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Maria Elisa Duque :: Photography : Home Carpenter Ants and Fossilized Mind Control This is the unlikely story of a fungus in Thailand that has seemingly magical powers. Far away from their origins in Haitian folklore, zombies live again in the world of nature. Scientists are intrigued by this entity’s ability to control the brains of carpenter ants in a process known as “parasitic zombification.” As indicated by the picture above, a reddish brown stalk created by the fungus known as Ophiocordy unilateralis , has invaded the ant’s body. The exposed position is ideal for releasing spores. This unusual mind-control dates back 48 million years as indicated by a recent study reported in The American Naturalist. “The evidence we found… shows that the parasite has been working in the same way for a very long time. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC housed these leaf specimens for years until David Hughes developed the idea of examining the fossil record for traces of the distinctive bite marks. What do YOU think about this?

The Creators Project | James Powderly The Creators Project: So, James, how do you define your job? It seems to defy categorization. James Powderly: I guess I’m a designer, somewhere between an artist and an engineer. It sounds like you have a dream gig, but where do you get the funds to realize these types of projects? Evan Roth [another member of the EyeWriter team] and I began working together because we secured an art residency in New York City at a place called Eyebeam. What do you mean by “fake”? Well, we actually don’t have a physical lab in a specific location; we just have the website. How did someone with your skill set choose creating artistic technology instead of making weapons or equally menacing objects? I think it’s safe to say that when you reach a certain amount of technical capability you can make whatever you envision. Can you briefly explain how the EyeWriter works? Basically there’s a camera pointed at the user’s eye.

et "la folle rumeur" - Acrimed | Action Critique Média Un « scoop » décoiffant pour un « buzz » printanier. Tout a commencé par une rumeur : « Des adhérents d’Acrimed seraient partis avec la caisse en Afrique pour participer à "La Ferme Célébrités" ». Cette rumeur a été amplifiée par un communiqué du conseiller de notre Présidence : « Acrimed met la clé sous la porte ». Pourtant vous ne l’avez ni entendu dans le Journal Télévisé de Jean-Pierre Pernaut (qui pourtant nous consomme comme un produit régional) ni lu dans les grands titres de la presse écrite (dont les chefferies pourtant nous vénèrent). Pourquoi ? Parce qu’ils ont vérifié l’information. Habiles à déjouer les « complots », nous avons réagi par un « scoop ». Quel « scoop » ? Acrimed a besoin de sous Empêchez-nous de vivoter… de plus en plus mal. ... Sérieusement : Objectif : 20.000 euros … Offrez nous ce matelas financier et ce bouclier moral. … Empêchez-nous de vivre au-dessus de nos moyens. Comment ? Acrimed a besoin de sousAcrimed ne veut plus vivoter… de plus en plus mal.

Damien Blottière’s Fifth Element Photography photo © Damien Blottière You may have heard of him lately if you so happen to be a part of Paris’ fashion and photography circles. Through the unique photographic ‘cut and paste’ technique that he uses, this is the photography of the future through the lens and hands of the French born photographer, Damien Blottière. Paris, March 2012: The design issue of Out Magazine falls into our hands featuring a cover story of our 80’s ‘Enfant terrible’ of fashion, Jean-Paul Gaultier in an image that evokes an impression of the past blending with the future. Extremely modern, in its use of colors, graphics and ambiance, this photographic feature depicts the transition of an 80’s persona adapted perfectly to the present day thus eloquently transforming JPG from ‘L’Enfant Terrible’ of fashion to ‘Un Enfant Eternel’ of avant-gardism. Short film made for japanese magazine Commons & Sense Man. The Shape of Things to Come / VMan 24A film by Damien Blottière, styling by Tom Van Dorpe sources:

The good, the bad and the ugly truth about social media - Social media is a great way to keep in touch with old college buddies. Or to lose your job. Or to get yourself hauled before a judge. The power of social media, and the pitfalls, has been particularly evident in the past couple of weeks, as a Chamber of Commerce executive stepped down from her job after questions about her use of Twitter, and a juror faced contempt of court because of something she posted on her Facebook page during a trial. Both are wiser now, and hopefully others have learned something from these situations as well. Social media is not to be used carelessly. In Dexter, the chamber executive director resigned in late August after a column in the Dexter Leader questioned how she was using Twitter to promote a campaign aimed at getting people to shop and dine locally. At least she didn’t run afoul of the law. The attorney’s son was clever enough to understand Facebook, and to use it in a way that was advantageous to the defendant.

Bananas and Monkeys Original source unknown. (But the story appears to have some basis in fact.) Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result - all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Now, put away the cold water. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted. Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey. After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. And that, my friends, is how company policies are made. Return to Jim Huggins' Humor Page

La liberté contre les traces dans le nuage - Une interview d&#03 Il y a un peu plus d’une semaine Tristan Nitot évoquait sur son blog une « magnifique interview » du juriste Eben Moglen par le journaliste Glyn Moody (que nous connaissons bien sûr le Framablog, preuve en est qu’ils ont l’honneur de tags dédiés : Moglen et Moody). C’est la traduction de l’intégralité de cette interview que nous vous proposons ci-dessous. Pourquoi Nitot était-il si enthousiaste ? Parce qu’il est légitime de s’inquiéter chaque jour davantage du devenir de nos données personnelles captées par des Facebook et des Google. Mais la critique récurrente sans possibilités d’alternatives pousse au découragement. Or, poursuit-il, cette interview propose « une ébauche de solution technique qui pourrait bien signer la fin du Minitel 2.0 ». Et Tristan de conclure de manière cinglante : « l’identité en ligne, la liste de nos relations, les archives de nos messages échangés sont bien trop précieuses pour être confiées à quelconque organisation privée, quelle qu’elle soit ».

Victor Cobo