Saturday, February 18, 2017

Folklore of Ageing Well: Google Maps

You are not rich until you have something that money cannot buy! The longest chapter in the bible, Psalm 119, hides the remarkable snippet: “I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches..."

Bets on Fortress placed before bid news yield 400% profit CNBC

Lessons on Aging Well, From a 105-Year-Old Cyclist New York Times

Money is hardly a measure of literary value. But literary work is deeply connected to its author's financial circumstances...Starving Writers

Sydney storm leaves thousands of homes without power, more damaging weather to come

Only the Russians can charge $120 for private library admittance Capitalism has no serious rival. Yet its ability to deliver economic growth has been tarnished. It's time for a new, pragmatic capitalism 

Euro-French spacecraft pilot for European Space Agency (ESA), Thomas Pesquet recently captured the red heart of Australia from the International Space Station (ISS) approx. 400km above ground.

Homes with a vista of the ocean are the perfect antidote to stress.
It's no secret that you'll pay more for a hotel room with an ocean view, and these days there's scientific research backing the soundness of that decision. A recent University of Exeter study found that health outcomes improve, relative to how close one lives to the ocean. Marine biologist and author Wallace J. Nichols says our brains are hardwired to react positively to water. In his book Blue Mind, Nichols explores why so many of us are drawn to the ocean. He discovered research that shows proximity to water floods the brain with feel-good hormones such as dopamine and oxytocin, while levels of the stress hormone cortisol drop.Perhaps in the future there will be a case to be made for claiming back some of the cost of our ocean-view hotel room from our health insurance provider.For those looking for a more permanent solution, ocean views are on hand year-round in Sydney's coastal suburbs providing a stress-releasing backdrop after a long day at work. They are also the perfect place for a weekend wind down. Creative Bra Grrrrllllssss: Why Being Near The Ocean Can Make You Calmer And More Creative

Tesla Model X P100D review: the safest, fastest, most sophisticated SUV ever

A rash of invisible, fileless malware is infecting banks around the globe Ars Technica

Via PetaPixel – “Today is Google Maps’ 12th birthday, and graphic design student Matteo Archondis is paying the platform homage in a really cool way. A fan of timelapse and hyperlapse techniques, Archondis created a visual hyperlapse tour of the world usingonly screenshots taken within Google Maps. The result is beyond impressive, taking you to landmarks all over the world—from a 360 around the Eiffel Tower to a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. In all, the hyperlapse contains some 3,300 screenshots captured over the course of 2 days, and edited together in a grueling post-processing workflow that took another week after that.”

Who do We Trust Americans don’t trust anymore, and that’s a big problem

Gerrymandering just isn’t that big a problem (pdf)

·        Forget 'Fake News.' for Markets, It's Never Been More Real

The similarly magical thinking behind this EU proposal is evident from the first, frankly amazing, whereas clause: “Whereas from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’s Monster to the classical myth of Pygmalion, through the story of Prague’s Golem to the robot of Karel Čapek, who coined the word, people have fantasized about the possibility of building intelligent machines, more often than not androids with human features.


Made in Prague: the psychological torment of Czech cinema...