31. Juli 2018

Toto covern Weezers „Hash Pipe“

Weezer covern Totos Africa und Rosanna, Toto covert Weezers Haschischpfeife. „You got your problems, I got my hash pipe“.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N9OM1nxdYcVon California Rocker: Toto Covers Weezer’s ‘Hash Pipe’ to Return the Favor for ‘Africa’“Hash Pipe” is Toto’s way of reciprocating for Weezer’s mega-hit cover of their 1982 tune “Africa.” Don’t laugh, this is big business as the mutual admiration society between Toto and Weezer gets yet another… Gib mir den Rest, Baby!

Dataset of Wild Faces

Mehmet Kerim Yucel et al haben eine Datenbank voller Gesichter in gewalttätigen Settings am Start, um Computervision-Systeme auf wilde Hunde zu trainieren. Existierende… Gib mir den Rest, Baby!

Butcher Billy remixes Playboy-Covers

Butcher Billy remixt alte Playboy-Cover für die ComicCon 2018: „[They] commissioned me to reinterpret some of their most classic magazine covers of all time through the lenses of pop culture -… Gib mir den Rest, Baby!

Average Face of God

Wissenschaftler haben mit ein bisschen Voodoo die durchschnittliche Visualisierung vom Gesicht Gottes im Kopf amerikanischer Christen ermittelt. Für NC-Leser vielleicht fast interessanter ist das… Gib mir den Rest, Baby!

AI kann tote von lebenden Augen unterscheiden

Forscher haben den Computervision-Algorithmus eines Iris-Scanners darauf trainiert, lebende von toten Augen zu unterscheiden, um Hacks wie im 1992er Demolition Man zu erkennen, in dem Wesley… Gib mir den Rest, Baby!

Newmodels.io

Neu im Feedreader*, die fantastischen NewModels.io. Wie Drudge Report mit weniger Rightwing-Outrage dafür mehr Zukunft, Kunst und Komplexität. Das schönste dabei: Keinerlei überflüssiger… Gib mir den Rest, Baby!

Fact-Checking Monty Pythons „Galaxy Song“

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buqtdpuZxvkEin wissenschaftlicher Fact-Check für den galaktischen Soundtrack zur besten lebenden Organverpflanzungsszene, die jemals auf Zelluloid gebannt… Gib mir den Rest, Baby!

Weltkarte für 4 Grad Erderwärmung

Fiese aber interessante Karte aus Parag Khannas Buch Connectography, die eine spekulative, zukünftige Welt mit einer Erderwärmung von 4 Grad und einige der möglichen Konsequenzen… Gib mir den Rest, Baby!

Unfollow Everybody

Anil Dash mit einer Tabula Rasa-Anleitung für Twitter: Unfollow Everybody. Das Backup seiner Followings und ein bisschen Listenvoodoo erreichte er mit einem Kommandozeilentool namens t.Nicht… Gib mir den Rest, Baby!

Evolutionary Computation Bestiary

Ein Bestiarium für Metaphern aus dem Tierreich für Code, also Fledermaus-inspirierte, kooperative Algorithmen zum Beispiel oder eine „clustering method based on blind, naked mole-rats“.

The goal of the Evolutionary Computation Bestiary is to catalog the, ermm… exuberance of the meta-heuristic “eco-system”. We try to keep a list of the many different animals, plants, microbes, natural phenomena and supernatural activities that can be spotted in the wild lands of the metaphor-based computation literature.

While we personally believe that the literature could do with more mathematics and less marsupials, and that we, as a community, should grow past this metaphor-rich phase in our field’s history (a bit like chemistry outgrew alchemy), please note that this list makes no claims about the scientific quality of the papers listed

Warming Arctic could be behind Heatwave

Slate schrieb vor ein paar Tagen völlig zurecht, dass sich die derzeitige Hitzewelle multiple Faktoren zur Ursache hat, was viele Klimawandel-Skeptiker zum Anlass nahmen, noch weiter herumzuzweifeln. Eine der Ursachen für die Hitzewelle ist ein langsam gewordener Jetstream in der Atmosphäre der nördlichen Welthalbkugel und dieses Phänomen lässt sich mittlerweile sehr wohl auf die erwärmende Arktis und damit auf den Klimawandel zurückführen, was Hitzewellen wie diese sehr viel wahrscheinlicher macht. Auch die europäische Hitzewelle aus dem Jahr 2003 lässt sich wohl auf dieses Phänomen zurückführen.

New Scientist: Warming Arctic could be behind heatwave sweeping northern hemisphere

One reason is that the jet stream—a fast-flowing river of air snaking continually round the northern hemisphere at altitudes of around 6 kilometres—has stalled over Europe since May, and could continue to do so, trapping regions of high pressure that are cloudless, windless and extremely hot. “It’s been a key player in the astounding heatwaves across the UK and Scandinavia this summer,” says Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University in New Jersey.

She says evidence is mounting that accelerated warming of the Arctic is a major reason why the jet stream keeps getting stalled. The stream is driven by collisions between cold air descending southward from the Arctic and warm air pushing northward from the equator.

The greater the temperature difference between the colliding air streams, the more powerful the jet stream. But the temperature gap—and therefore the power of the jet stream—is being weakened because the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, supplying the stream with increasingly warmer air. “Heatwaves over northern hemisphere continents in recent years fit the hypothesis that rapid Arctic warming is playing a role,” says Francis.

New Scientist: Climate change made Europe’s heatwave twice as likely to happen

He says this summer’s extreme weather in the Northern Hemisphere is related to a near-stationary perturbation in the jet stream. Such patterns have been implicated in “many of the most extreme, persistent summer weather events in recent years, including the 2003 European heat wave, 2010 Moscow wildfires, 2011 Texas and Oklahoma drought [and the] 2016 Alberta wildfires.”

In a study published last year, Mann and his colleagues showed that such patterns are becoming more common as a result of human-caused climate change (Scientific Reports, doi.org/f9vwxh). Mann says the “amplified warming in the Arctic” seems to be a major contributor.

Octopusses on XTC

Jordan Peterson hat vielleicht depressive Hummer am Start, aber die sind ein Scheiß gegen soziale Octopusse auf XTC: MDMA Makes Octopuses Want to Mingle, Too.

Like most octopuses, this color-changing cephalopod is asocial, meaning it likes to be alone most of the time, unless it’s trying to mate.

But when given MDMA, a drug well known for boosting emotional empathy and prosocial behavior in humans (i.e. making you really, really want to fraternize), these octopuses also seemed to want to hang out with each other, even if they weren’t trying to find a mate.

This is interesting not only because these octopuses don’t normally behave this way, but also because the last common ancestor we shared was probably some wormlike thing between 500 and 750 million years ago. We’re pretty different from octopuses — in fact, by some estimates, these eight-legged freaks are the closest thing on Earth to an alien species. So it’s fairly intriguing to see that a drug works on them the same way it does on us.

According to the authors, these findings might tell us a lot about how “ancient neurotransmitter systems are shared across vertebrate and invertebrate species.”

Arbeitsplätze in Redaktionen von US-Tageszeitungen fallen um 45%

Aktuelle Zahlen zum schleichenden Tod der Tageszeitungen: Newsroom employment dropped nearly a quarter in less than 10 years, with greatest decline at newspapers. Der Verlust an Arbeitsplätzen in Redaktionen von Tageszeitungen alleine beträgt 45% in den USA, bei uns dürfte es ähnlich aussehen.

From 2008 to 2017, newsroom employment in the U.S. dropped by 23%. In 2008, about 114,000 newsroom employees – reporters, editors, photographers and videographers – worked in five industries that produce news: newspaper, radio, broadcast television, cable and “other information services” (the best match for digital-native news publishers). By 2017, that number declined to about 88,000, a loss of about 27,000 jobs.

This decline in overall newsroom employment was driven primarily by one sector: newspapers.

„Gedrucktes ist tot“ (Dr. Egon Spengler).