Language About The Unspeakable ~ Part 2/6 (Terence McKenna) Welcome to India, Where We Divide By Zero The Congress Working Committee accepted the demand for separate statehood for Telangana this week, thus introducing the possibility of one more IPL team that no one will care about. This move has changed the fundamental nature of discourse in Andhra Pradesh, with people finally talking about something other than the soul-fondling awesomeness of Hyderabadi biryani. Hyderabad will be the joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for the next ten years, making it the state’s most awkward love triangle since the time Shoaib Malik allegedly married the appetisers before the main course. After that, the capital will shift to wherever Saina Nehwal goes. This news led to a renewed demand for other states. The pro-Gorkhaland voices also got stronger, to which Didi responded by calling everyone’s mom a Maoist. Then there’s the half-joke that maybe India would work better as a collection of separate nations, like Europe. I don’t get the concept of regional pride. Like this: Like Loading...
Chromecast Is Google’s Miracle Device | Gadget Lab At an event where everyone was expecting a new Android tablet ( and got one) Google announced something far more interesting and important: The Chromecast, a small stick that jacks into the back of your television via HDMI and allows you to sling content via Wi-Fi from your phone, tablet or computer to the big screen. It costs $35, and comes with three months of free Netflix (even for existing subscribers), which means it effectively costs $11 plus shipping.* On paper at least, it’s the best device Google has ever announced. That last point is huge. It means no matter what the web video or audio source (with the exception of Silverlight and Quicktime video) you should be able to play it on your TV if it plays in your desktop browser tab. There have been a few other solutions that try to pull something similar off like Apple’s AirPlay and Roku’s Streaming Stick. Google’s had some flops in the living room–Google TV hasn’t ever caught fire, and the Nexus Q has been a total disaster.
The Top 25 Psychedelic Videos of All Time | The Daily Psychedelic Video To see places 50-26 of the list please click here 2 years ago, when the idea was born to set up a website dedicated to curating one psychedelic video every day, we were still skeptical about how long one could continue, and afraid that after a month or two we’d run out of psychedelic videos to post. Today, in the second year anniversary of daily psychedelic video posts, with more than 700 psychedelic videos on the site, it seems clear that there are many more psychedelic videos out there than any of us would have dared to imagine. Now, with the advent of 3D screen technology and augmented reality glasses, one can only imagine what these might mean for the future of psychedelic video and media. After 700 videos we felt that we now have a preliminary basis to create a pioneering list of the greatest psychedelic videos of all time. So this one is probably the first, and we took the selection process very seriously (indeed, some people thought almost psychotically serious). 25. 24. 23. 22.
Reddit in the red: Why the Internet's front page is still losing money. Being popular has never been Reddit’s problem. The hard part has been capitalizing on that popularity. This week, the social-news bulletin board tweaked its front page, demoting two controversial subreddits—/r/politics and /r/atheism—from the default category list and replacing them with several others, including /r/gifs and /r/explainlikeimfive. In a blog post, the site explained that the demoted subreddits “just weren’t up to snuff.” But some users—probably the same ones who have made /r/politics and /r/atheism so insufferable, come to think of it—didn’t buy it, and insisted there must be some conspiracy. So Reddit CEO Yishan Wong followed up with a post reiterating that the move had nothing to do with advertisers or money. It runs ads, albeit not too many, and not in a flashy way. That’s it. Yep, the site is still in the red. The fact is that making money online as a media company remains extremely difficult.
George Saunders's Advice to Graduates It’s long past graduation season, but we recently learned that George Saunders delivered the convocation speech at Syracuse University for the class of 2013, and George was kind enough to send it our way and allow us to reprint it here. The speech touches on some of the moments in his life and larger themes (in his life and work) that George spoke about in the profile we ran back in January — the need for kindness and all the things working against our actually achieving it, the risk in focusing too much on “success,” the trouble with swimming in a river full of monkey feces. The entire speech, graduation season or not, is well worth reading, and is included below.
Disbarred lawyers who seek reinstatement have a rough road to redemption Features Posted Aug 01, 2013 09:50 am CDT By G.M. Filisko Kenneth Lawson: "I was thinking 'You'll never be happy again.' Kenneth L. “Does God have a sense of humor, or what?” Hawaii may feel like heaven, but for Lawson it carries a touch of purgatory. Lawson was a Cincinnati attorney who built a notable criminal defense practice after receiving his Ohio license in 1989. In 2008 Lawson’s wife, Marva, moved to Hawaii with their three children to join the medical staff at a Honolulu hospital. His schemes to obtain the prescriptions involved his physician, who wrote an estimated 700 to 800 prescriptions between 2004 and 2007, many of which were written in other people’s names. Lawson agreed to plead guilty. Ruling in Cincinnati Bar Association v. In September 2011, however, the guillotine fell on Lawson’s legal career in Ohio. But while Lawson was in Hawaii waiting to be sentenced, the head of the state bar’s lawyer assistance program introduced him to Randall W. And the process is not cheap.
Afternoon Animation: Kaleidoscope Ft. The Italian National Team Of Gymnastics The perfect way to space out on a Tuesday afternoon, KALEIDOSCOPE by Freddy brings viewers through an abstract paradise of runs, kicks, and jumps courtesy of the Italian National Team of Gymnastics. Created by DLV BBDO and production team abstract:groove, the collective, paired with Director Luigi Pane, experimented with the kaleidoscope effect for dramatic results. Working with 4 thaumascopes of different sizes and shapes, the biggest 9 meters long with a triangular opening of 2.5 meters, and the smallest 1.5 meters in length with a square opening of 60 centimeters, the team worked extensively to achieve the graphic patterns above. Just as interesting as the techniques used were the performers enlisted: The Italian National Team of Rhythmic Gymnastic 'le Farfalle', choreographed by their trainer Emanuela Maccarani. Recently we were able to speak briefly with Director Luigi Pane, who filled us in on his process: EDxSummit intro: The Power of X
Deep-sea gigantism Examination of a 9 m (30 ft) giant squid, the second largest cephalopod, that washed ashore in Norway. In zoology, deep-sea gigantism, also known as abyssal gigantism, is the tendency for species of invertebrates and other deep-sea dwelling animals to display a larger size than their shallower-water relatives. Examples of this phenomenon include the giant isopod, the giant amphipod, the Japanese spider crab, the king of herrings (an oarfish of up to 12 m), the deepwater stingray, the seven-arm octopus, and a number of squid species: the colossal squid (up to 14 m in length), the giant squid (up to 13 m), Onykia robusta, Taningia danae, Galiteuthis phyllura, Kondakovia longimana, and bigfin squids. Explanations It is not known whether deep-sea gigantism comes about as a result of adaptation for scarcer food resources (therefore delaying sexual maturity and resulting in greater size), greater pressure, or for other reasons. Gallery See also References
Higher Purpose: The Ascent of Everest | redscarab To celebrate 60 years of the first ascent of the world’s tallest mountain, adventure enthusiasts ANURAG MALLICK and PRIYA GANAPATHY chronicle death, danger, dreams and the lure of the Everest From traveling to the ends of the earth, going into outer space or plumbing the depths of the ocean, man’s quest for exploration knows no bounds. One doesn’t look for logic in performing human feats that surpass the perceived limits of physical and mental endurance. But how you can climb a mountain unless you know it’s there? In 1802, the British started the Great Trigonometric Survey of India to determine the earth’s curvature by measuring the length of the country. Since Nepal and Tibet were closed to foreigners, the British employed several natives in this enterprise. Measurements were coded as written prayers. Thus, Nain Singh became the first person to determine the exact location and altitude of Lhasa, mapped the trade route from Nepal to Tibet and the course of the Tsangpo River. Like this:
Steep Ravine Cabins: Million Dollar Views for $100 a Night: Gardenista Older Steep Ravine Cabins: Million Dollar Views for $100 a Night by Julie Chai Issue 5 · Living Small · February 5, 2015 Newer Issue 5 · Living Small · February 5, 2015 When friends invited my husband and me to join them for a weekend at Steep Ravine cabins, we had no idea what to expect. Planning a trip? Above: Photograph by Julie Chai. Having lived up and down the Pacific coast and driven the length of it a number of times, I thought I'd experienced the most beautiful parts of the coastline. The magic of this place comes not only from the landscape, but also from the fact that it feels like it's blissfully remote. An added bonus: a cabin is only $100 a night—a steal for oceanfront views with beach access. Looking for another cost-effect campground cabin? Above: Photograph via JetKat Photo. You'll see spectacular views of, and from, each of the cabins perched on a rugged slope. Above: Photograph by Ricky Brown via Flickr. Cabin interiors are beautifully spare and well cared for.
Mesmerising video created using kaleidoscopes & gymnasts Production studio abstract:groove and advertising agency DLV BBDO have created a mesmerising promotional film for sports clothing brand Freddy by using a clever combination of kaleidoscopes and gymnasts. No post-production was used to create the kaleidoscopic effects seen in the film. Instead, abstract:groove designed and built four thaumascopes varying in shape and size in order to capture the footage. Gymnasts from the Italian National Team of Rhythmic Gymnastic "le Farfalle" then performed within the thaumascopes for abstract:groove to capture on camera. Prior to filming, abstract:groove studied small scale models and then simulated the movements in CGI to determine how well they work. You can take a look behind the scenes to find out more about how the film was made by watching the video below.
Erdős number The Erdős number (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈɛrdøːʃ]) describes the "collaborative distance" between a person and mathematician Paul Erdős, as measured by authorship of mathematical papers. The same principle has been proposed for other eminent people in other fields. Overview Paul Erdős (1913–1996) was an influential mathematician who spent a large portion of his later life living out of a suitcase, and writing papers with those of his colleagues willing to give him room and board. He published more papers during his lifetime (at least 1,525) than any other mathematician in history. The idea of the Erdős number was created by the mathematician's friends as a tribute to his enormous output. Definition If Alice collaborates with Paul Erdős on one paper, and with Bob on another, but Bob never collaborates with Erdős himself, then Alice is given an Erdős number of 1 and Bob is given an Erdős number of 2, as he is two steps from Erdős. ... Erdős in Mathematics Harry M.
Food Security: The biggest mistake India might have made till date Historians often ask counterfactual questions to figure out how history could have evolved differently. Ramachandra Guha asks and answers one such question in an essay titled A Short History of Congress Chamchagiri, which is a part of the book Patriots and Partisans. In this essay Guha briefly discusses what would have happened if Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second prime minister of India, had lived a little longer. Shastri died on January 11, 1966, after serving as the prime minister for a little over 19 months. The political future of India would have evolved very differently had Shashtri lived longer, feels Guha. But that as we know was not to be. The government estimates suggest that food security will cost Rs 1,24,723 crore per year. Economist Surjit Bhalla in a column in The Indian Express put the cost of the bill at Rs 3,14,000 crore or around 3% of the gross domestic product (GDP). Food security will also mean a higher expenditure for the government in the days to come.