A lengthy write-up today in Neatorama about the RAND Corporation, a think-tank most are familiar with on some level without really knowing it’s place in history.
Think, of a huge R&D house, that inspired Doctor Strangelove, but also researched the effectiveness of government healthcare under the Nixon administration.
While I think their headline is a bit too suggestive and I don’t buy into the whole “controls America” appeal, this was a worthwhile read.
The Rand Corporation: The Think Tank That Controls America
Health care was just the beginning of RAND’s expansion into the social sciences. Although 50 percent of RAND’s current $223 million budget still comes from federal funding, much of that goes toward non-defense work. The think tank currently employs close to 1,000 researchers, who spend their time analyzing everything from renewable energy and obesity to hurricanes and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Sending this one out to all my friends who say how much they hate MARTA and they can do a better job, etc. is the simple and addictive Mini Metro
This is how I’ve been wasting a bunch of my time this week, the in-browser or downloadable game Mini Metro, which challenges you to build a functional and efficient subway system.
Simple, addictive, and coming to iOS soon.
Play Mini Metro
The NSA and the British GCHQ have been intercepting Yahoo Messenger video content shared on ostensibly private webcam conversations. If that’s not embarrassing enough, they’ve deemed the majority of users “undesirable.“
GCHQ does not have the technical means to make sure no images of UK or US citizens are collected and stored by the system, and there are no restrictions under UK law to prevent Americans’ images being accessed by British analysts without an individual warrant.
Read the entire article on The Guardian
The wait is over and it is finally time for me, and most of you too I imagine, to relive our childhood and adolescence by streaming from the newly launched WWE Network, letting you enjoy the best of the history of the WWF/WWE for $9.99/mo
I am looking forward to spending a majority of my upcoming evening watching the Undertaker v. Mankind Hell In A Cell Match. undoubtedly the greatest match ever, on something better than YouTube for the first time since it aired.
Here’s to hoping a majority of the Attitude Era is available for streaming. And respect to the crew at MLB Advanced Media for the technology and infrastructure to bring this to fruition
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Benn Jordan (aka The Flashbulb) blogged an informative, accurate, and interesting piece approaching everybody’s hatred of Spotify with a bit of common-sense. Read the entirety of I Can’t Believe It’s Getting Better on Benn’s blog,
If you are looking for more interesting things to read on this topic, now is a good time to revisit Frank Zappa‘s writings from 1983 where he basically predicts the future of digital music purchasing and streaming, “A Proposal For A System To Replace Ordinary Record Merchandising.” in addition to our previous posting on Why Music Shouldn’t Be Free
Enter SelfieCity, a website that takes an analytical view at “selfies” taken from users in Bangkok, Berlin, Moscow, New York, and Sao Paolo. The site uses image recognition and analysis to analyze tilt, angle, mood, and all the other things that make the selfie what it is.
This is data-mining and vanity together, at its finest – as well as an interesting use of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform.
Get down to the details by seeing the complete analysis and reading some full-length reports on SelfieCity, but most exciting is the interactive selfie browser Selfiexploratory.
Women’s selfies show more expressive poses; for instance, the average amount of head tilt is 150% higher than for men: (12.3° vs. 8.2°). Sao Paulo is most extreme – there, the average head tilt for females is 16.9°
Similar to their unique marriage of acoustic and electronic music, the guys over at Archie Pelago are taking promos and previews to their latest release “Lakeside Obelisk.”
The crew has brought the single Saturn V into the realm of interactivity with an immersive experience viewable as a standalone application on both PC and Mac, as well as a browser-based version.
Read the complete Saturn V write-up here on Archie Pelago’s blog.
Consider for a moment, the idea that there is a perfect place for everything. An idealized, meticulously detailed and personally crafted hideaway, the galactic tree-house of your memory’s past, present and future. Beyond the classic limits and boundaries of time and space, there can be a fully realized place born in the minds of their dreamers.
Enter Saturn V, a digital vestibule filled sound, sight and our favorite earthly pleasures. Please, join us.