Want to see yourself as an Indian, an African, Chinese or European? How about old or young again. Check out this lovely toy from St Andrews University: Face Transformer.
Upload a picture of a face and start playing. You will love it.
Militant about “Islamism” by Janet Tassel
“It’s a mistake to blame Islam, a religion 14 centuries old, for the evil that should be ascribed to militant Islam, a totalitarian ideology less than a century old. Militant Islam is the problem, but moderate Islam is the solution.” Daniel Pipes
An excellent look at the man and his important work, by the Harvard Review.
Jorn Barger stopped posting to his superb Robotwisdom weblog (he coined the term weblog in 1998) well over a year ago. He’s back.
I disagree with the man’s politics but his weblog was one of the finest reads on the web until he stopped posting – possibly as a protest against the Iraq War – in 2003.
Welcome back Jorn!
This site is hilarious by the way. Check out the superb position names in the “3 and 4 persons” section.
Ning Wen and his wife were arrested last fall at their home office in Manitowoc, Wis., for allegedly sending their native China $500,000 worth of computer parts that could enhance missile systems. As these naturalized citizens await trial, similar episodes in Mount Pleasant, N.J., and Palo Alto, Calif., point only to the tip of the iceberg, according to FBI officials keeping tabs on more than 3,000 companies in the U.S. suspected of collecting information for China. A hotbed of activity is Silicon Valley, where the number of Chinese espionage cases handled by the bureau increases 20% to 30% annually. Says a senior FBI official: “China is trying to develop a military that can compete with the U.S., and they are willing to steal to get [it]
The old yellow peril is going nowhere. With 100,000,000 overseas Chinese, they have massive numbers of loyal spies available in every country in the world. Bill Gertz’s books on the China Threat were lost in the maelstrum of 9/11, but The West cannot allow itself to ignore China’s rapidly growing military power, aggressive espionage, economic cheating and intellectual property theft.
Podcasters, should you encode in mono or stereo? From IT Conversations:
I want to correct a bit of mis-information that’s floating around the Podosphere: that you should avoid the use of stereo when encoding your MP3 podcasts that are mostly speech. If you just want the quick answer:
Encode mostly speech podcasts using Joint Stereo with the Intensity Stereo (IS) option. Use the same configuration for mostly music podcasts, but fall back to Stereo if you hear annoying artifacts in the resulting MP3 files.
Now for the longer explanation… MORE
Every year I post bout the firebombing of Dresden and Hamburg. This year is no different, except that at my source is the new English langue version of Der Spiegel launched recently:
VICTOR KLEMPERER’S DRESDEN DIARIES: Surviving the Firestorm
Once, as she was searching, she had wanted to light a cigarette and had had no matches, something was glowing on the ground, she wanted to use it — it was a burning corpse.
THE DESTRUCTION OF DRESDEN: A Multimedia Overview of the Firestorm [Excellent]
The firestorm that destroyed Dresden on Feb. 13, 1945 wasn’t an accident. Rather, it was the result of years of lessons learned and research. New aerial photos provided to SPIEGEL ONLINE from Keele University in England show the horrific extent of the damage.
From the Discovery Channel
Do Valentines Hinder Love?
Senders of greeting cards and valentines may actually use the cards to distance themselves from their feelings, reflecting a culture in which relationships, due to social and economic pressures, are “necessarily temporary,” according to a new book by an Ohio State University professor [Barry Shank].
…He also mentioned that collections of cards from individuals revealed that senders often would write exactly the same thing to different lovers.
..favored at the time were “vinegar” valentines that Shank said “policed class boundaries.”
Examples include a card that addressed the recipient as, “You nasty old bachelor.” Yet another had the line, “You want to be my steady male? Well, go stick your head in a pail.“