Computer scientists have discovered a way to number-crunch an individual’s own preferences to recommend content from others with opposing views. The goal? To burst the “filter bubble” that surrounds us with people we like and content that we agree with.
Very interesting. I'm always afraid of getting tunnel vision from my online habits.
More at the MIT Technology Review.
The squat, featureless surface gives drug dealers nowhere to hide their secret caches. The angled sides repel skateboarders and flyposters, litter and rain. The cambered top throws off rough sleepers. In fact, it is specially crafted to make sure that it is not used as anything except a bench. This makes it a strange artifact, defined far more by what it is not than what it is.
The Camden Bench is a concerted effort to create a non-object.
One of the podcasts I listen to regularly is Radiolab. Their latest tells the fascinating story of a man lost to the ages:
When hikers first found Ötzi (the nickname given to the body discovered in 1991), everyone assumed they'd stumbled upon an unfortunate mountaineering accident. But as the body was pulled from the ice, authorities started to suspect this wasn't a modern-day adventure gone wrong. It was, as producer Andy Mills explains, an OLD body. Really, really old.
Listen to it below or on their site.
It's nice to live in the city but have woods within walking distance. This afternoon we went for a nice long trek among the autumn colours.
Last night we watched Darwin, a documentary about the town of the same name.
Located at the remote edge of Death Valley, just off the gigantic China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, it's yet another mining town well past its heyday of 3500 inhabitants, now counting barely 35.
Having visited a couple of similar near-ghost towns in the area, and having been strangely attracted to them (I need to go back), I was immediately drawn in. But it's the people, their stories and the pride and fortitude that stand out in this film.
Lost in the remote Sahara desert of Niger is a memorial painstakingly built by the relatives of the victims of the 2007 bombing of UTA flight 772 from Brazzaville to Paris.
It can be seen from Google Earth.
Here are photos of the construction.
Some articles I read recently that I thought were worth sharing:
Last night, we took a stroll along the canal to see the Brussels Light Festival.
The lasers over the water are the nicest touch and it's worth checking out for those alone. The rest is a little scattered and underwhelming, to be honest.