Patricia is enjoying another stint, this time for 1 1/2 weeks, in Omaha for her Air Force Reserve duty. As is typical when she’s away, something in the household gets knocked off balance: the poor dog caught bronchitis. Her dear husband, already busy with the sons’ baseball playoffs, somehow made time to get the dog to the vet! Meanwhile, Patricia is taking advantage of some of the alone time by working out, repairing her recently-dropped iPhone and browsing at one of her favorite stores, Cabela’s.
Lee Ireland, a librarian at LibraryCard, added that, “the really important business of LibraryCard is literacy.”
But he’s sold on Magic, and Bettir is rapidly getting out of the blood-pressure business. He’s even still using the service himself, as crazy as it sounds. And he knows he’s riding a rare wave of virality, so he’s committed to getting Magic right and doing it quickly. He has to figure out how to scale, how to automate, how to hire enough contractors all over the country and pay them well enough that they’ll stick around long enough to upend an entire industry with a little technology and a lot of elbow grease. It sounds insane. It also sounds like Uber.
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Bowie’s passing was announced in a statement on his official website that read: “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.” The news was confirmed on Twitter by Bowie’s son, director Duncan Jones, who just finished the movie Warcraft.
Ellis is at PatreCon for a group Q&A titled “You Can’t Please Everybody,” about creators dealing with online criticism. Ellis is, by now, an expert witness. Just a few months earlier, in August, a year-old tweet in which she joked about “white genocide”—a neo-Nazi conspiracy theory—was exhumed, leading to a coordinated harassment campaign against her.
You can buy one of these cool rubber band machine guns (for $400), but that is not geeky enough. To qualify as a GeekDad you need the get the $30 plans and build it yourself.
Despite Amazon growing “leaps and bounds,” McMahon said she is in favor of free market and doesn’t partake in reigning in on any company unless a business is conducting unfair trade practices.
Companies are making the most of the occasion. Their advertisements have been specially created to revolve around the religious theme of the mela and appearances by popular Hindi film stars.
Trueman’s illustrations are superb, and full of life — literally. You’ll see that there are plants (leaves, flowers, clippings) incorporated into his paintings, which are rich with details. I think most of us picture Darwin as a balding, white-bearded old man, so it was refreshing to have a book that started with little Charles as a kid, and then as a student, and young man. In fact, it’s only on the last page of the book, toward the end of his life, that you get the typical Darwin portrait with the full beard.
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Kwitney: I’ve never written Marvel characters before, and even though I started reading Marvel comics as a kid and continued right through grad school, I hadn’t been reading the Avengers recently. So, yes, I had to do a lot of research. I also like to avoid work by doing research, so I probably did more than was strictly necessary.
“If they were branded, they would not be sent around as much,” he said. “I felt it was fun. You get to know these guys a little bit before you see the advert on TV.”
There was no expression on my face. Even though I spend most of my day talking to and collaborating with other people online, from my face you can see no trace of this. I thought about Paul Ekman developing his Facial Action Coding System in the 60s, and discovering that “expression alone is sufficient to create marked changes in the autonomic nervous system“. I felt like there was something important here that I needed to share. But it didn’t mean anything if it was just me, I had to get other people involved. People from all different backgrounds.
During her worst days of being targeted by a gang of misogynists last year, feminist writer Sady Doyle would look down at her phone after an hour and find a hundred new Twitter notifications, many of them crude sexual comments and attacks on her history of mental health issues. But when I present her with the notion of Conversation AI as a solution, she hesitates. “People need to be able to talk in whatever register they talk,” she says. “Imagine what the Internet would be like if you couldn’t say ‘Donald Trump is a moron.’” In fact, when I run the phrase though the Conversation AI prototype, I find that calling someone a moron scores a full 99 out of 100 on its personal attack scale.
30. In Once Upon a Time, Astrid tells Leroy she only managed to sell 42 candles last year.
Greg does such a great job with Papercutter because there are so many people that I’ve never heard of before in there. So he’d seen MK’s work because she’d drawn a lot of her own stuff before writing Americus. And he’d known me from the Portland comics scene, and he’d wanted to work with both of us.
So any Twitter posts show up on the Facebook page, and the blogs, and MySpace and other pages. You’d go mad trying to keep up otherwise.
“It’s written as if I’m somebody who takes all of this far too seriously, and that’s part of the fun of it,” says Addey. “It’s meant to be funny first and foremost.” He admits that science fiction typography is an odd niche, but he knows that there’s a surprising bit of overlap between people who like science fiction and people who like design. Addey chalks it up to the fact that science fiction films, perhaps more than any other genre, have to embrace design minutiae, to be truly convincing. And the more convincing they are, the more there is to talk about. “I could’ve written another 20,000 words about Blade Runner,” he says. “There’s that much detail in it.” If a world is going to be more real than real, that starts with the writing on the walls. And control panels.
Tesla also said the complaint was insufficient because it didn’t name the security guards who allegedly stopped the leafleting. Tesla said it can’t verify if the allegations are true unless those guards are identified.
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Miller is the first person genetic genealogy has put away for good. There could soon be others. Parabon has made public its involvement in 20 “solved” cases so far, with eight more undisclosed. Of those, at least four of the suspects were already deceased. The company was able to get up and running quickly after the Golden State Killer news broke the ice, because it had already created 100 or so genetic profiles through its phenotyping service, which creates a composite image from DNA for police to circulate in hopes of getting a lead. After hiring Moore, they quickly brought on three more genetic genealogists over the summer, and are in the process of hiring one more. The company says it’s now uploaded 200 profiles to GEDMatch, which represent cold cases from nearly as many law enforcement agencies scattered around the US. Parabon is actively working on 40 such cases.
Microsoft and Adobe are working closely together. While the newest version of Windows Phone won’t support Flash at initial availability, both companies are working to include a browser plug-in for the full Flash player in future versions of Windows Phone. More details will be shared at Microsoft MIX next month.
Although the website provides links to reset the password if a user forgets it, the links were not working when Wired visited the site.