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it’s one of our intern’s last days today, and i’m a little bummed out… cool dude, and pretty vicious on the ping-pong table… but i’m hopefoo we get him back in the office and hire him when he finishes school… anywho, think i’ll take a break and maybe walk over to starbucks for an afternoon doubleshot… emmmmmm, so goooooood.

sexy bitches ;)

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Arby’s Celebrates Game of Thrones Finale

Arby’s Celebrates Game of Thrones Finale With… Turkey Legs?

Starting Sunday, August 27 at limited locations across the U.S., Arby’s is going to be selling big honking turkey legs. Just handing meat-covered bones out the drive-through window. Here is your meat covered bone, sirrah. Now get thee hither to yon Game of Thrones finale.

I am not opposed to seeing this Renaissance Faire staple being served by a fast food restaurant. Nay, ‘tis quite the opposite. “What took you so long!?” I cry, standing in the rain outside the restaurant, knees going weak. I fall to the ground, hand pressed against the window glass. “What took you so long?..” And then I die.

Not only are these giant turkey legs, they are giant turkey legs seasoned with brown sugar and salt, smoked, and then slow roasted until the meat is just as tough as it always is, because you can only do so much with a turkey leg.

too bad it’s only in a few select stores, because if it was country wide then i’d probably be pretty tempted to stop by a local arby’s and pick one up… but more importantly, i almost completely forgot that this sunday is the season “finale” of Game of Thrones.

well… fuck.

seriously wish they would’ve gone with a full 10-episode season this year… i mean… dude, c’mon.

#fuckers  #sigh

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Is Your Software Racist?

This Breakthrough Tool Detects Racism And Sexism In Software

Last year, Amazon was figuring out where it should offer free same-day delivery service to reach the greatest number of potential Prime customers. So the company did what you’d expect: It used software to analyze all sorts of undisclosed metrics about each neighborhood, ultimately selecting the “best” based on its calculations. But soon journalists discovered that, time and time again, Amazon was excluding black neighborhoods.

It wasn’t on purpose, Amazon claims. Its system never even looked at race. Instead, the software had essentially learned this prejudice through all sorts of other data. It’s a disquieting thought, especially since similar AI software is used by the Justice Department to set a criminal’s bond and assess whether they’re at risk of committing another offense. That software has learned racism, too: It was found to wrongly flag black offenders as high risk for re-offense at twice the rate of white offenders.

Amazon’s biased algorithm, like the Justice Department’s, doesn’t just illustrate how pervasive bias is in technology. It also illustrates how difficult it is to study it. We can’t see inside these proprietary “black box” algorithms from the outside. Sometimes even their creators don’t understand the choices they make. Continue…

with the advent of so many new AIs and algorithms, i found this to be rather interesting… didn’t even think of this, or realize that it was even a thing / problem until now.

The Reason Your Brain Loves Wide Design

#hmmmmmm

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Emoji… Code?!

seems like some of my co-workers were going a little batshit crazy nuts with the emoji’s in slack today, and i made a comment about how these damn emoji’s are gonna be the end of us all… and that they seem to be on a fast-track to taking over the world — then my buddy dropped a link to this.

ummmm… yeah…

holy… shit.

i guess we’re already well on our way there!

◉_◉

#blink

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Food Porn

emmmmmmm….. bacon…… ‘enuff said.

maybe for a better world, all we need is more bacon?

PS. have a strong hanker’n for a BLT right now.

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My Co-Worker Behnaz Featured on CNN

Behnaz Babazadeh’s candy burqas challenge cultural stereotypes

(CNN)The image of a veiled woman has become one of the most politically charged images of our time. The head-to-toe burqa, with a slit only for the eyes, is the most controversial of all the modes of veiling from a non-Muslim point of view.

“The Edible Burka” by Afghan-American photographer Behnaz Babazadeh plays on people’s fears — of otherness, of political correctness — to create an unforgettable work that led to a TED talk on her unique cross-cultural practice.

Arriving in the US from Afghanistan (via Iran) as a very young child, Babazadeh remembers the reaction to her desire to wear pretty fabric around her face, as was her custom. It wasn’t considered necessary in her new life.
Then, as a teenager in the aftermath of 9/11, her desire to understand the mores of a country many Americans had scarcely heard of, propelled her towards a creative practice.

An academically trained designer, Babazadeh turned to photography to document her elaborate experimentation. It has become the evidence of her inquiry.

While she was still studying, she heard about a woman in the UK known as Latex Lady, a BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism) submissive who had burqas custom-made in latex as her preferred form of restrictive clothing. Her view of the burqa was as a utilitarian garment that could help her live her daily life; a view diametrically opposed to the usual Western perception of the Taliban’s sartorial preference.

Babazadeh made a film inspired by this attitude — “Burkaphilia” — and also began a series of conversations with her grandmother, through which she came to understand how her culture’s outlawing of intimacy of any kind before marriage left women and men with no idea how to behave on their wedding night.

Babazadeh’s creative response was to further explore the idea of the burqa as a fetish object. The desire to create an edible burqa grew from a personal need to create an East-West dialogue, akin to the one taking place in her own mind.

somebody posted this link in slack this morning at work, and i was pretty amazed… how crazy awesome, right? i mean, i’ve been working with behnaz for the past few years… knew about her continuing thing with the burqa’s, and remember how nervous she was about the TED talk — but damn, still pretty awesome.

congrats behnaz! you go gurl :)

#ThumbsUp  #GoBehnaz

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Google Anti-Watermark Algorithm

Google Creates Algorithm That Instantly Erases Watermarks From Stock Images

Manually removing visible watermarks from images is incredibly tedious—and rightfully so, since they protect the copyrights of photographs available online. However, Google researchers have pinpointed a blatant flaw in this system: watermarks are slapped onto photos in the exact same manner, which means it would take a single method to remove them altogether.

In supporting this idea, a team led by research scientists Tali Dekel and Michael Rubinstein have developed an algorithm that automatically strips visible watermarks off stock photographs, showing how dangerous the future could be for creatives should they continue to protect their copyrights in the same way.

well this could certainly be usefoo for peeps looking for some sweet stock photos… while on the flipside, it’s definitely not so good for photographers / companies that use watermarks on their photos posted online, etc…

#hmmmmmm

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The Defenders We Like

6 Things We Liked About The Defenders (and 4 We Didn’t)

So many big crossover events can feel isolated from what’s going on in each individual character’s lives in their own series—unimportant enough that everyone can come together, quip, and punch bad guys for a bit, and then be on their merry ways for the real character development to happen in their own series. But The Defenders feels huge not just for the culmination of years of build up, but for how vitally important it is for the main characters and supporting characters involved beyond introducing them to a wider world… or a wider New York, in this case.

i started to watch The Defenders over the weekend and finished the last few episodes last night… didn’t realize it was only 8 episodes until it was over and i was like “you’re kidding me… that’s the end? the finale?!?! WTF?!”

i will say that i liked this show/series better than The Iron Fist, but damn man…. all that time waiting, hearing about it, and looking forward to it and it’s only 8 episodes long… geeeesh, c’mon netflix.

PS. watched it yet? what did ya think?

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The Defenders, Today!

i dunno about you guys, but i’ve been looking forward to the release of The Defenders for quite awhile now — and it’s out today on Netflix ;)

so yeah, guess what i’ll be doing this weekend?

PS. just hope it’s better than Iron Fist, mang!

#BingeWatch  #ThumbsUp

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Vue You Later

i got an email a couple weeks back about how my Playstation Vue subscription was going up from $35 to $45 a month… sure, it’s only 10 bucks but i wasn’t overly happy about it, especially since i’m already another $15/mo for HBO and was thinking of adding the Sports package ($10/mo) — which starts to add up, since now i’m looking at $70 a month for Vue/Sports/HBO… and that’s not including Amazon/Netflix/Crunchyroll y’know?

then yesterday i saw this post on engadget about a deal going on with Directv Now and thought “hmmmmm, interesting”…

since i had some running around to do, i decided to stop by the AT&T store near me and asked them about the promotion, getting more info etc… long story short, i ended up signing up for it — had to prepay $105 for the next 3 months, and since i’m an AT&T subscriber with my phone, they upgraded my plan to the “unlimited” one and saved me another $4/mo… also found that i was eligible for another promotion they have going for AT&T users, where for a limited time you can get the $35 Diretv Now package for only $10 a month — so they gave me that as well, so after 3 months i’ll only pay the extra $10 a month on my phone bill for it.

oh, and i also walked out of the store with a brand new Apple TV (32gb)…!

soooooo…. net net… my phone bill dropped by 4 bucks, and in three months it’ll increase by $6 for Directv Now.

pretty sweet, huh?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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F-14 Love Letter

A Love Letter To The F-14 Tomcat

The F-14 Tomcat was a Cold War fighter first deployed in the 1970s. For over 30 years it served the US Navy with distinction, yet its greatest legacy is perhaps found not on the battlefield, but in the hearts of kids like me who grew up with certain cartoons, movies and video games.

There’s a weird point where military hardware and popular culture can sometimes intersect. On the one hand, in intent, tanks and jets and guns are supposed to kill and/or protect. Sometimes though, a vehicle or weapon can strike a nerve and move beyond their original design to become something else. Something suggestive, something poetic, something entirely outside the realm of military matters altogether. Take the AK-47: it was originally a firearm for Soviet infantry, but thanks to film and music (rap especially) it’s now as much a symbol of resistance and crime as it is the Red Army.

For a generation of kids who grew up in the 80s, this also applies to the F-14 Tomcat.

Perhaps known better in the West by its collected series name, this opening act of the Robotech saga has a cast full of weird and wonderful creatures, both human and otherwise, but they’re all outshone (and outloved) by the series’ transforming Veritech Fighter.

Heavily based on the design of the F-14, Macross’ designers clearly fashioned the VF-1 as a homage to Grumman’s fighter, taking not just all the jet’s visual trademarks—including its double engines and swept wings—but even actual squadron insignia, with Macross’ Skull Squadron lifting the colours and insignia of the US Navy’s VFA-103.

oh man, he’s totally right… between Robotech/Macross and Top Gun, how could you not get a bit nostalgic over the F-14 Tomcat, especially if you grew up in the 80s?!

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Pantone For Prince

Prince Gets His Own Purple

Prince was multi-chromatic; a comedian who said as few words as possible, an androgynous sex symbol, a devout mischief-maker, an artist who fused disparate styles — soul and rhythm and blues and rock solos and reedy electronics — into one squarely his own, painted with a palette no one had even noticed.

Regardless, we call him The Purple One for good reason. And now, thanks to a deal between his increasingly license-happy estate and the Pantone Color Institute, he has his own, specific, kingly shade.

“While the spectrum of the color purple will still be used in respect to the ‘Purple One,’ Love Symbol #2 will be the official color across the brand he left behind,” a statement reads. The color was inspired by the hue of a piano he’d planned to take on tour, before passing away on April 21, 2016.

think that’s great… man, can’t believe it’s been over a year since he passed.

damn.

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Historical Pics

NASA before Powerpoint. 1960’s.

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just reminded me of that movie “Hidden Figures“, which i thought was great… oh, and… ummm… powerpoint? seriously?

#blink

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ISPs Monitoring Your Porn?

US ISPs could soon monitor your ‘secret’ porn viewing habits

When I heard last week that Congress had voted to repeal restrictions that would’ve prohibited internet service providers (ISPs) from monitoring and selling users’ browsing histories, locations, app usage, identifying information, and more to whomever was buying, I wasn’t too bothered by the news. Like many people my age, I grew up with the understanding that Google knows everything about me, and that there isn’t much point in getting worked up about it.

And, hey, I’m a porn industry journalist: I don’t have much to hide. I visit a lot of porn sites, and it’s for research, okay? But late last week, as I considered finding a sexy website for more, er, personal reasons, I started to rethink my laissez-faire attitude. As Mike Stabile, communications director at the adult entertainment industry trade association the Free Speech Coalition (FSC) put it when I spoke to him, “Even though I’m open and there’s nothing that I’d be particularly embarrassed about, there’s still stuff that’s very, very private.”

Which basically boils down to a couple of main questions: If President Trump signs Congress’s online privacy repeals into law, as he’s expected to do, can I trust my favorite smutty websites to keep my secrets safe from my ISP? And what’s at stake if I can’t?

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well damn… haven’t really paid much attention to this stuff, but when you put it in those terms… ummm, yeah… what the fuck?

sometimes i really do feel rather “old school”, with these silly notions on privacy and whatnot.

#ugh  #sigh

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5yr Old Lingerie Show?!

Girls as young as 5 walk in controversial Victoria’s Secret-style lingerie show

Young girls dressed in bikinis and fluffy underwear have been pictured walking the runway at a show in a shopping centre in Chengdu, China’s Sichuan Province.

The child models are also sporting full make-up and their lingerie is accessorised with feathers, jewels and even wings – just like the famous Victoria’s Secret angels.

The girls, some of whom are believed to be as young as five-years-old, take to the catwalk in small two-pieces and headresses as people in the audience take photographs.

man, i’m not even sure what to say…

that’s really fucked up.

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Google’s Controversial Anti-Diversity Memo

Google fires employee behind controversial anti-diversity memo…

Google has fired the employee who wrote a controversial 10-page internal memo that criticizes the search giant for its efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in its workforce, the company has confirmed to ABC News.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent a note to employees about the incident on Monday, saying the staffer violated the company’s Code of Conduct. The post went over “the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace,” Pichai said. “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK,” he added.

In the memo, which circulated on an internal company network and was first reported by Motherboard and published in full by Gizmodo on Saturday, the writer attributes gender inequality in the male-dominated tech industry to biological differences between the sexes.

“Distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and … these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership,” the author wrote.

The memo also targeted what it referred to as a “left-leaning” workplace culture at Google and urged the firm to “stop alienating conservatives.”

google… left-leaning..?! alienating conservatives? nahhhhh… not google… no effin way, dude.

i feel like that’s the norm, to be perfectly honest… i mean, doesn’t really matter if you’re working at a big tech company like google, facebook, or apple — it’s all the same in a lot of ways… i’m surrounded by libs in the workplace, you just get used to it (and stay quiet).

as for the gender thing, i dunno… but sure seems like peeps on twitter are having a field day with it.

Julian Assange offers job to fired Google employee who wrote anti-diversity memo…

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HBO Gets Hacked!

HBO Hackers Release Ransom Note and New Trove of Stolen Data

ONE WEEK AFTER hackers spilled multiple episodes of unreleased HBO shows and scripts online, the same group has dropped its second trove of purported internal data from the premium network. And this time it’s not just nihilistic Game of Thrones spoilers—there’s a ransom note, too.

The latest leak includes another half-gigabyte sample of the group’s stolen digital goods; it claims to have 1.5 terabytes in all. This round includes scripts for the first four episodes of the current Game of Thrones season, as well as the script of the yet-to-air fifth episode, all watermarked with the hackers’ motto, “HBO is Falling.” Beyond those leaked scripts, the spill contains countless HBO internal documents, including emails, financial balance sheets, employment agreements, and marketing-strategy PDFs.

Most strikingly, the hackers have finally revealed their motive: extortion. In a rambling letter published as a scrolling video set to the Game of Thrones score, the hackers have reproduced an ultimatum that they imply they’ve sent to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, demanding an amount of money (redacted from the published version of the letter) as ransom for the stolen data, which they’ll otherwise continue to leak. “Our demand is clear and Non-Negotiable: We want XXXX dollars to stop leaking your Data,” the letter reads. “HBO spends 12 million for Market Research and 5 million for GOT7 advertisements. So consider us another budget for your advertisements!”

fucking hackers, i swear… hope they throw off the gloves and go full Game of Thrones on their asses.

#punkass  #douchebags

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Stunning Long Exposure Shot

Stunning Long Exposure Shot at Night by @brnwills

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What’s New in High Sierra

What’s New in macOS High Sierra!

i know it’s been quite awhile since it was announced, but i still have trouble thinking of macOS — much less remembering it — as “High Sierra”.

dunno why, but out of all the names they’ve come up with and used over the past decade or more, this is the weakest of ’em… i seriously, high sierra?

PS. still looking fwd to the upgrade, as always.

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iPhone 8 ‘Won’t Be Cheap’

iPhone 8 ‘won’t be cheap’, says Foxconn executive

A senior executive at Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics giant that assembles the iPhone, has said Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 “won’t be cheap”.

Luo Zhongsheng said the high manufacturing costs for the new phone, which is expected to feature a radical design overhaul, will push up the price of the iPhone 8.

The price of producing a special new screen is expected to be responsible for much of the extra cost, Zhongsheng said in a now-deleted post on Chinese social network Weibo.

Design leaks have suggested the iPhone 8 will feature a redesigned edge-to-edge screen, with a gap at the top for the front-facing camera and other sensors. While this will allow for a bigger screen, it is also a very unusual shape, and could be difficult for manufacturers to produce in high quantities.

won’t be cheap, huh? shit man, when has the iphone ever been concidered “cheap”?? that being said, makes you wonder how much of an increase we’re talking about here… one of my friends, who just got back from california this weekend, mentioned how he was looking forward to getting a new iphone and that he was definitely gonna get the higher end or “premium” version — even if it costs $1,400.

yup, that’s what he said, or at least what he heard out there as far as prices go… i was like “hell yeah!”, then “hey wait a sec… did you say $1,400 for the new iPhone?!”

g’damn man.

iPhone 8 facial recognition will unlock your phone even when it’s lying down…

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