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New iPhones to Map Faces for Authentication and 3-D

New iPhones to Map Faces for Authentication and 3-D:  Apple is rumored be working on a controversial new camera designed to map your face in 3-D for the purpose of facial recognition.  Yea - and good luck with that!  Hell, as it is, Siri suddenly turns into Helen Keller almost every time I ask it something.  And what’s with the 3-D pics anyway?  Do they think our current, regular selfies aren’t narcissistic enough?…

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Added by Johnny Robish on February 23, 2017 at 9:42pm — 1 Comment

Meridian 57 - 6 - Sun on the Rocks

Summary of the amusement

After landing at Changi airport in Singapore without a passport, with her friends Lanai and former Herbaline employee Ambi Michaels, teleoperator Clarity Nice is set aside by a woman dressed as a hostess from Singapore Airlines, Yi Ling, before reaching the customs and passport area of the airport. Yi Ling has connections with a…

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Added by Workstudio on February 24, 2017 at 2:00am — No Comments

Happy Hour at the Goodall Institute

Lucy, having grown up as a human child, was like a changeling, her essential chimpanzeeness overlaid by the various human behaviours she had acquired over the years.  I watched, amazed, as she opened the refrigerator and various cupboards, found bottles and a glass, then poured herself a gin and tonic.  She took the drink to the TV, turned the set on, flipped from one channel to another then, as though in disgust, turned it off again.  She selected a glossy magazine from the table and,…

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Added by Con Chapman on February 24, 2017 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

In Case You Missed It: Steve Bannon at CPAC....Please, Pay Attention!

Bannon is clearly the intellectual force behind Trump:

Is Bannon inadvertently telling Democrats and Independent Progressives how to win and what to win on going forward?

Added by Ron Powell on February 24, 2017 at 6:30am — 15 Comments

Trains and Planes

A couple of days ago I heard a train in the distance, its chugging and its horn echoing through the valley. I live high up on a hillside on one side of the Susquehanna River valley, so the sound is trapped. I hadn't heard that sound in a while or at least been conscious of it. I used to hear it all the time.



The airport near where I live is not very active. We don't hear planes much.



In North Carolina, we lived pretty close to the local airport. A highway was under… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on February 24, 2017 at 8:06am — 3 Comments

A Black History Month short feature

Is there anything more square than step dancing? I love it, but it is definitely the nerdiest, squarest art form, unless you consider square dancing! Yep, square dancing is even cornier than step dancing.

So how did white people get from step dancing and square dancing (which are our native arts) to something like…

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Added by Terry McKenna on February 24, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

To Be Remembered Fondly May Be All That We Can Ask

Hospice came and said, “She’s in transition.”

And she was, she slipped away today.

Such a lovely way to say, “She’s dying;”

The Final Journey rather than The End.

 

A week ago today we sat together,

Talking of the past and her short future,

It wasn’t resignation. She seemed at peace,

Remembering fondly a life well lived.

 

She was French, Catholic, and from Vermont.

She was the the older sister that became the…

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Added by Rodney Roe on February 24, 2017 at 9:30am — 12 Comments

I Give Up

I truly did have my heart set on composing a little cameo of my dear friend Trapper Jack, something with some charm about it, something that his children could read over, nod at, and smile on . . . if he had any children. My last…

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Added by Stephen Brassawe on February 24, 2017 at 1:00pm — 21 Comments

Stephen Miller, mean, nasty and wrong!

Added by Dicky Neely on February 16, 2017 at 12:13pm — 6 Comments

Luck in a Fly-Over State

1 August 2014

As I have informed some of you previously, this is one of the bonfires that I regularly set in aid of navigation for jet airliner pilots 35,000 feet above me flying between Denver International Airport and O'Hare. I provide this…

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Added by Stephen Brassawe on February 16, 2017 at 2:00pm — 13 Comments

Scientists Close to Cloning a Woolly Mammoth

Scientists Close to Cloning a Woolly Mammoth:  Scientists say gene editing technology like CRISPR may soon open up a shortcut to resurrecting the woolly mammoth, but some argue doing so could be both risky and unethical.  

My feeling is why…

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Added by Johnny Robish on February 16, 2017 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Meridian 57 - 5 - Sun on the Rocks

Summary of the amusement

After landing at Changi airport in Singapore without a passport, with her friends Lanai and former Herbaline employee Ambi Michaels, teleoperator Clarity Nice is set aside by a woman dressed as a hostess from Singapore Airlines, Yi Ling, before reaching the customs and passport area of the airport. Yi Ling has connections with a…

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Added by Workstudio on February 17, 2017 at 2:30am — No Comments

Fighting Low Ratings, NPR Adopts NBA 24-Second Clock

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts.   Bob Zukoff, producer of the weekly radio show “The Creative Mind”, fidgets nervously as Amy Weber, a hammer dulcimer player and poetess who is one of tonight’s guests, strolls into the studios of WGBH, the local National Public Radio outlet.  “Looks like trouble,” he says.…

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Added by Con Chapman on February 17, 2017 at 5:51am — 5 Comments

Winter Sunset

Winter evening

without much prompting…

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Added by M. C. Sears on February 17, 2017 at 10:04am — 4 Comments

Babbling Brooks

For some years, David Brooks has self-identified as the coherent conservative, as opposed to the lunatic fringe. Since the ascendancy of Kim Jong-Don, he's become a tad more adamant in that regard. It, therefore, should come as no surprise that his column today carries on in such a manner.

What is refreshing is that he's offering up wisdom that sounds rather like he's been…

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Added by Robert Young on February 17, 2017 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

This Is Your Brain on Drugs

A previous missive bemoaned the death of the financial quant, which doesn't exactly break my heart. But we now have reporting that Kim Jong-Don has set out to kill off the bio-stat (or pharma quant). This is far more serious. If only because it's an assault on science. Clinical trials are important science, not FDA obstruction. But the Randians only see the real world through her kaleidescope glasses.…

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Added by Robert Young on February 7, 2017 at 6:18pm — 10 Comments

Boston, City of Champions: How We Do It

Four major sports.  Seventeen years.  Ten championships.  Face it; after the Patriots won the Super Bowl Sunday night, Boston is Title Town USA.  It’s never been done before, not even in New York, where they have two of every pro sports team to our one.

How do we do it, you may ask if you’re sitting in some loser burg like New York or Los Angeles or Miami, all of which dwarf Boston in size, but which produce championships about as often a Halley’s Comet…

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Added by Con Chapman on February 8, 2017 at 6:00am — 17 Comments

One Sentence Question for a Wednesday

Are conservatives trying to prevent this Chase Bank vision of the future from coming to fruition?:

Added by Ron Powell on February 8, 2017 at 7:30am — 15 Comments

NEW BLOG POSTS

The Trump Agenda

Posted by Ron Powell on October 20, 2017 at 10:00am 10 Comments

Trump scandals mounting up

Posted by Dicky Neely on October 19, 2017 at 10:26pm 4 Comments

Apologists for Empire

Posted by Rodney Roe on October 19, 2017 at 1:30pm 5 Comments

For So Long?

Posted by Robert Young on October 19, 2017 at 9:30am 2 Comments

nasty

Posted by ABG 2.0 on October 19, 2017 at 8:00am 3 Comments

Gone Home to Bobcaygeon

Posted by Boanerges on October 19, 2017 at 7:28am 8 Comments

Kabuki Diversity.. DNC Style!

Posted by Safe Bet's Amy on October 19, 2017 at 6:30am 8 Comments

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