From a study in the APS journal Psychological Science: "Sexual imagery is often used in magazine and TV ads, presumably to help entice buyers to purchase a new product. But new research suggests that women tend to find ads with sexual imagery off-putting, unless the advertised item is priced high enough. The findings, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, reveal that women's otherwise negative attitudes about sexual imagery can be softened when the images are paired with a product that connotes high worth." via reddit.com/r/science
"After two decades online, I'm perplexed. It's not that I haven't had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I've met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I'm uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community. Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities. Commerce and business will shift from offices and malls to networks and modems. And the freedom of digital networks will make government more democratic. Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth [is] no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works." A view of the Internet's future from February 26, 1995 at 7:00 PM
What Happens To Google Maps When Tectonic Plates Move?
GPS - Measuring Plate Motion (PDF)
David Potere, sensors, JUL 2008: Horizontal Positional Accuracy Of Google Earth's High Resolution Imagery Archive
These findings indicate that Google Earth high resolution imagery has a horizontal positional accuracy that is sufficient for assessing moderate-resolution remote sensing products across most of the world's peri-urban areas.Dr. Nagi Zomrawi Mohammed, Ahmed Ghazi and Hussam Eldin Mustafa, International Journal Of Multidisciplinary Sciences and Engineering, vol4 issue6 JUL 2013: Positional Accuracy Testing Of Google Earth (PDF)
In this project, the coordinates of the beginnings and ends of the centralines of runways well-visible in GoogleEarth® were compared with the coordinates of the corresponding runways extracted from the Global Elevation Data Testing Facility (GEDTF). The results demonstrate that there are inconsistencies in the position data provided by GoogleEarth®, and therefore caution must be exercised when using this service for certain purposes, such as navigation.Postcards From Google Earth, previously
The jazz guitarist Jim Hall died yesterday. The New York Times reports:
Jim Hall, a jazz guitarist who for more than 50 years was admired by critics, aficionados and especially his fellow musicians for his impeccable technique and the warmth and subtlety of his playing, died on Tuesday at his home in Greenwich Village. He was 83.
The cause was heart failure, his wife, Jane, said.Pat Metheny has said:
The list of important musicians with whom Mr. Hall worked was enough to earn him a place in jazz history. It includes the pianist Bill Evans, with whom he recorded two acclaimed duet albums, and the singer Ella Fitzgerald, as well as the saxophonists Sonny Rollins and Paul Desmond, the drummer Chico Hamilton and the bassist Ron Carter, his frequent partner in a duo.
But with his distinctive touch, his inviting sound and his finely developed sense of melody, Mr. Hall made it clear early in his career that he was an important musician in his own right.
He was an influential one as well. Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell and John Scofield are among the numerous younger guitarists who acknowledge him as an inspiration. Mr. Hall, who never stopped being open to new ideas and new challenges, worked at various times with all three.
In his later years Mr. Hall composed many pieces for large ensembles, drawing on both his jazz roots and his classical training. Works like "Quartet Plus Four" for jazz quartet and string quartet, and "Peace Movement," a concerto for guitar and orchestra, were performed internationally and widely praised.
If the critics tended to use the same words over and over to describe Mr. Hall's playing — graceful, understated, fluent — that was as much a tribute to his consistency as to his talent. As Nate Chinen wrote recently in The New York Times, Mr. Hall's style, "with the austere grace of a Shaker chair," has sounded "effortlessly modern at almost every juncture" of his long career.
Within a day or two of expressing any interest in the two words "jazz guitar," you will come across Jim Hall. He is in many ways the father of modern jazz guitar. To me, he's the guy who invented a conception that has allowed the guitar to function in a lot of musical situations that just weren't thought of as a possibility prior to his emergence as a player. He reinvented what the guitar could be as a jazz instrument.That quote is from the liner notes to the album called Jim Hall & Pat Metheny (downloadable at the bottom of this webpage).
It's not about the guitar, it's about music which is the thing you would say about any great musician. Jim transcends the instrument. The notes that he plays, if they were played by any other player on any other instrument, would have the same kind of value and the same kind of impact and effect. And that is, to me, the quality that separates someone who's an important musician from somebody who's just a really good player on their instrument. The meaning behind the notes is what speaks to people. It's not necessarily the sound or the technique of it, it's more the spirit of it and that's the thing that Jim is about for me.
Of all the great jazz artists, no one has had a more profound impact on me than guitarist Jim Hall. As a guitarist myself there are times when I look to his music to teach me purely technical things - how does he play through certain chord changes, how does he voice his chords, how does he produce that miraculous sound of his? But if this were all his art had to offer, it would be fairly shallow. His work speaks as much to the human condition as any artist past or present, and if one looks and listens attentively, there are great rewards to be found there.
"(TL;DR summary: AT&T is buying entire legislatures to rewrite the laws to allow them to become a fully unregulated company with no wholesale obligations, creating a de-facto monopoly. They can (and likely will) use it to squash or hurt wireless competitors as well, as they're permitted to favor their own subsidiaries with the network built and created over a hundred plus year monopoly, and Comcast is fully on-board because they'd like to split the market created when all their competitors are dead)" Paul Timmins, the telco nerd behind TelcoData.US (Previously), expounds on how the big players in the telecom business (AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast) are ruining the future of connectivity in the US.
Buried deep among the hundreds of old scripts in RKO Pictures' archives was a 1941 melodramatic gem about an amnesia-stricken man who wakes up in the middle of a revolution in Mexico. Never produced, the screenplay for "The Way to Santiago" is credited to Orson Welles.
"Mbube", a song that morphed into "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", illustrates the convoluted legalities surrounding music publishing rights and payments.
Alice Munro, awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, was unable to travel to Stockholm due to her health, so the committee went to her. This is their 30 minute interview with the celebrated author.
Previously and more previously.
A Louisiana fire ant colony and 18 pounds of molten aluminum -- two great tastes that taste AWESOME together. Brought to you by the good folks at Anthill Art.
Top Ten Reasons you Don't Want an Owl for a Pet
With a particular focus on Alice the Great Horned Owl, who currently resides with Karla Bloem, director of the Houston Nature Center and executive director of the International Owl Center.
Through a series of baby steps, Alice eventually moved into Karla's home. This involved all kinds of modifications to make the situation safe and healthy for Alice. It also allowed Alice to freely interact with Karla, and presented the unique opportunity for Karla to conduct the first-ever vocal study on Great Horned Owls. It has also given Karla a very unique perspective on why owls don't make good pets.
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Wayside Creations' surprisingly high-budget, on location shot Fallout New Vegas fan-series returns with: Nuka Break Season 2! (Full episode playlist). Rejoin Twig the Vault-Dweller, Ben The Ghoul , Scarlet The Escaped Slave and the Mysterious Ranger as they deal with the explosive aftermath of Season 1. (Nuka Break Previously, Wayside Creations previously)
"...Rest stops are vanishing from the landscapes of America. All over the country, rest areas are losing the fight to commercial alternatives: drive-thrus at every exit and mega-sized travel centers offering car washes, wi-fi, grilled paninis and bladder-busting sized fountain drinks. They're on the chopping block for many states, their upkeep giving way with tight highway budgets. Louisiana has closed 24 of its 34 stops, Virginia, 18 of its 42; pretty much every state in the country has reduced its number of rest areas, or at least cut operating hours. And they're not just being closed, they're being demolished. "They're just toilets and tables" you might say. But if you take a closer look, you will see that they are much more. " (Via The Atlantic Cities, which includes an interview with the photographer, Ryann Ford)
The issues of limited budgets and decreasing usage that are leading states to close rest areas has been covered in the news for a few years, with area residents and long-haul truckers voicing their concerns. Some facilities are set to be demolished and replaced with truck-only parking, due to the cost of improving the facilities to meet EPA standards and to work with the recently passed Jason's Law that is intended to improve locations for truckers to stop.
After a weekend in which tight end Rob Gronkowski and safety Tyrann Mathieu both sustained season-ending tears to their anterior cruciate ligaments, many NFL fans are wondering why there seem to be more such injuries this season than in seasons past. Grantland looks at the dreaded ACL tear and tries to solve the puzzle.
Some (including T.J. Ward, Gronkowski's tackler on the play which injured him) blame the rules that discourage shots to the head, claiming they force defenders to go low in order to make tackles. Others point to the shorter training camps and new limitations on offseason work that the players negotiated for in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement.
Outside the NFL, ACL tears are increasingly common in the NBA, with Derrick Rose the most notable victim. Last May, Rose tore the ACL in his left knee; last month, he tore the meniscus, the ACL's neighbor, in his right knee. And, for reasons that haven't yet been identified, women are far more at risk for ACL tears than men. Though, as Dejuan Blair has demonstrated, it's possible to play professional sports without any ACLs at all.
Once upon a database query, while I pondered weak security,
And many avenues of access via backdoor,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a wiretapping,
As of some one gently sniffing, sniffing at our server's door.
"'Tis some hacker," I muttered, "tapping at our server door
Or just a virus, nothing more." -- The NSA Raven
Blorpy: Interesting stories found in comments "Internet comments are NOT all stupid. If you read through enough comments, you come across some amazing stories. I find them and post them here." [via mefi projects]
Kenny Shirley and Carlos Scheidegger of AT&T Labs have put together a fascinating tool to analyze voting patterns for the baseball Hall of Fame. This Deadspin post will help walk you through it.
Note: You may need to use Chrome as your browser.
The Twin Peaks 12 Days of Christmas featuring a few actual cast members of the show (including BOB!), recorded by those wacky radio folks at KROQ in Los Angeles and barely tied-in to their first annual "Almost Acoustic Christmas" concert which continues to this day. Lyrics here. Previous Peaks
Watch from Space as the Moon Orbits Around the Earth
• The moon orbits the Earth at an average speed of 2,300 miles an hour (3,700 kilometers an hour).
• Take a tour of the moon.
• Another view from a satellite: a lunar and terrestrial eclipse on the same day.
Improve your public speaking with the help of MeFi's own Mathowie.
29 Easter Eggs and Bits of Trivia about Toy Story, which turned 18 last month.
Some facts previously from Buzzfeed.
Yule Log. Yule Log on TV. Yule Log '83. Yule Log on YouTube. Yule Log with Music. Yule Log on Netflix. Yule Logs for Designers. Yule Log with Bacon. Previously, previouslier, previousliest.
Veterans Administration hospitals performed lobotomies on more than 2,000 mentally ill soldiers during and after World War II. Today, the Wall Street Journal published the first part of a story extensively documenting the lives of the men who underwent this procedure, and those who performed it.
Re-examining Yasujiro Ozu on film. On the 50th anniversary of Yasujiro Ozu's death, Mark Schilling examines the iconic director's own thoughts on the filmmaking process. Donald Richie's review of 'Ukigusa (Floating Weeds),' Nov. 26, 1959. Ebert on Ozu. Criterion on Ozu.