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February 25 2014

13:34

January 23 2014

16:59

From Ashes To Diamands: A Way To Treasure The Dead (Literally!)



Swiss company Algordanza takes cremated human remains and — under high heat and pressure that mimic conditions deep within the Earth — compresses them into diamonds.

Most of the stones come out blue, Willy the company founder and CEO says, because the human body contains trace amounts of boron, an element that may be involved in bone formation. Occasionally, though, a diamond pops out white, yellow or close to black – Willy's not sure why. Regardless, he says, "every diamond from each person is slightly different. It's always a unique diamond."

Most of the orders Algordanza receives come from relatives of the recently deceased, though some people make arrangements for themselves to become diamonds once they've died. Willy says about 25 percent of his customers are from Japan.

At between $5,000 and $22,000, the process costs as much as some funerals. The process and machinery involved are about the same as in a lab that makes synthetic diamonds from other carbon materials.

It only takes about a pound of ashes to make a single diamond, Willy says. His company has created up to nine diamonds from one individual's ashes.

Algordanza isn't the only company blinging out the afterlife, either. An American company called LifeGem offers the same services, and there are a number of U.S. patents for similar procedures.

Most of the time, Willy says, people take the diamonds to a jeweler to be made into rings or pendants.

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December 30 2013

06:45

How Can You Distinguish Between Humans and Bots?

Detecting and blocking unwanted bots requires website owners to understand how to distinguish between humans and bots.

In the cyber world, it can be difficult to differentiate between human activity and bot activity. Not knowing the difference can be damaging. Bots have the ability to perform thousands, if not millions, of searches per day skewing the web analytics and not in a good way. Bots can run applications automatically, allowing them to run thousands of apps in a very short period of time. It can be difficult to distinguish between the two, but it is very important to understand the process of stopping unwanted bots.

Uncovering the Obvious

There are a few facts that, when thought about, become quite obvious the actions could not have been performed by humans. If there are thousands of searches completed in the span of an hour, it is physically impossible for a human to perform those searches. Another hint is when the searches are done from different locations at the same time; again, it is physically impossible for a human to be in more than one place at a time. When searches are completed by one IP address, but in multiple locations, it is a clue that a bot was in charge.

Method of Searching

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The method used to search certain terms could also be a clue that a bot, and not a human, was at work. Humans do not tend to search in alphabetical order or search the same term over and over again. While a human might perform several, if not many, searches within a short amount of time, typically a human will click on one or two links during the search. When a bot searches, sometimes they will not have any click-throughs, which is a significant clue to a bot’s activity. In addition to searching the same term, bots will search terms within one or two categories in a short period of time.

Signs that you are Dealing with Bots

There are certain results that immediately signify the use of bots on your site. The most obvious problem is the fact that they skew your data. With multiple visits in a short period of time, your positive results could be incorrectly inflated in terms of the number of visitors to your site. On the other hand, your bounce rate and length of each visit will be incorrectly lowered due to the lack of click-throughs, a characteristic of the bots.

Stopping Through Automated Programs

The best method to use on any website is to block bots from ever having access to a website. This is much easier than kicking them out, once they have already had access to your site. When a search is considered to be done by a bot, it should be stopped right away through an automated program. This is not a fail proof way to protect your data, however. You still might have skewed results because the visits the bot made to your site may still count in your analytics.

Telling the Good from the Bad

The major problem with detecting and blocking unwanted bots is that not all bots are bad. Certain bots, such as those from Google and Bing are necessary in order to increase your site’s search engine rankings. It is important to be able to tell the good bots from the bad in order to avoid unwanted bots from scraping your website’s information. Even the bots that are not malicious in nature, meaning they are not stealing any data, may be harmful. On the back end of your website, they may be sucking up data, causing your site to operate much slower than normal.

Detecting and blocking unwanted malicious scraper bots from your website requires careful attention and walking a fine line. Good bots are necessary to maximize your search engine optimization but bad bots can do some serious harm to your website. While it might be easy to see the obvious factors that make up bot activity, such as thousands of searches from one computer, not all activity is easy to detect. Using a program that can help you protect your website from bots is crucial to the safety of your data and website, as well as its efficient operations.

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Peter works as a senior business associate helping brands and start up’s to take efficient business decisions and plan proper business strategies. He is a big gadget freak who loves to share his views on latest technologies and apps.

December 16 2013

23:31

The Human Predators

Avec de mettre en avant sa ligne de vêtements, la marque américaine Realtree spécialisée dans le camouflage pour chasseurs propose de mettre en images celle-ci. Des clichés où il est difficile de distinguer l’homme de son environnement, montrant des habits permettant de se fondre dans la flore en toute discrétion.

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December 06 2013

14:00

Acura — Human Race

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The imagery is beautiful, and it really captured my imagination. The narration is very appropriate to the imagery.

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December 05 2013

13:00

Blinky™

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Soon every home will have a robot helper.

Don’t worry.

It’s perfectly safe.

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11:00

ARK

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An unknown virus has destroyed almost the entire human population. Oblivious to the true nature of the disease, the only remaining survivors escape to the sea. In great ships, they set off in search of uninhabited land. So begins the exodus, led by one man …

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November 07 2013

08:30

Dogs Dressed as Humans by @ongezondnl

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I look at these picture, and now I’m thoroughly convinced that dogs are humans. Portraits bySebastian Magnani have dogs dressed as humans, and we’re assuming there are a few post-production touches as well, even so look how very human they appear!

The project is named Underdogs, and Sebastian first started working on it in August 2009, and now includes two sets.

More photo’s and information here.


    






October 24 2013

09:13

Mark Jenkins et son terrifiant Street Art

Mark Jenkins est un street artist américain résidant à Washington qui s’est fait connaitre principalement pour ses installations de rue. Il a commencé en 2003 avec la série Tape Men qui s’articulait autour de l’installation de moulages de son corps à l’aide de rubans d’emballage transparent...

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October 06 2013

11:12

Splash

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This project was named as “Splash”. And this idea belongs to photographs : David Wile and April Maciborka.

David Wile and April Maciborka have been exploring the reactions of people and animals after being splashed by the wet stuff.

More informatian and all photos here!

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September 23 2013

03:22

Second Skins photo series shows animals modeling clothing, of course

Second Skins photo series shows animals modeling clothing, of course

It turns out that dogs aren’t the only creatures who look good decked out in trench coats, fur collared jackets, or denim shirts. In Miguel Vallinas’s series, Second Skins, we see all sorts of beasts – from deer and zebras to owls and roosters – modeling the best of contemporary fashion for us.

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August 11 2013

13:15

Hyper-Realistic Artist Loops Himself into Infinity







Based in Indonesia, artist Veri Apriyatno creates the most amazing three-dimensional illustrations. His great success as an artist is evident in his extensive portfolio, which consists of a captivating collection of human forms drawn with intense detail. Apriyatno has produced six books about how to draw and he has definitely proven to be a master of the artform.

This series of hyperrealistic self-portraits mimic the style of artist M.C. Escher, where each monochromatic form continues from the previous in an exploration of infinity. It's often difficult to identify where the drawing ends and the real artist begins. Apriyatno uses just a pencil to build the shadows and textures that result in the photorealistic drawings. His blacks, whites, and grays create an exaggerated contrast and an extreme depth to the work, and the playful final results are inventive and powerfully striking.

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July 30 2013

16:09

Bodyscapes: Creating Landscape Photos With the Human Body

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Cut Throat Valley Carl Warner isn’t your typical landscape photographer. Where most would take to the outdoors, the London-based photog creates landscapes in his studio. Previously, we shared his surreal photo series Foodscapes: landscapes created using all manner of edible products.

His most recent project is a departure from his work with food, and perhaps posed an even greater challenge. Dubbed “Bodyscapes,” the series turns the ridges, hills and valleys of one or more human bodies into strange and surreal landscape photos.

Each photo is named based on the body parts it is composed of, and some are more difficult to make look landscape-like than others.

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July 29 2013

14:45

Bodyscapes Photography

L’artiste anglais Carl Warner crée des paysages humains : le corps devenant un objet et se constituant en désert ou en montagne. Il le fragmente jusqu’à le dénaturer complètement, livrant une réflexion sur la façon dont il s’intègre dans l’espace. Un travail impressionnant à découvrir en images.

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July 08 2013

11:58

Dictionary of Numbers extension adds context to numbers

We read and hear numbers in the news all the time, but it can be hard to imagine what those numbers mean. For example, big numbers, on the scale of billions, are hard to picture in our head, because we don't typically handle that many things at one time. Most of us have never seen a billion dollars plopped in front of us. The Dictionary of Numbers, a Google Chrome extension by Glen Chiacchieri, can help you out in this department.

I noticed that my friends who were good at math generally rely on "landmark quantities", quantities they know by heart because they relate to them in human terms. They know, for example, that there are about 315 million people in the United States and that the most damaging Atlantic hurricanes cost anywhere from $20 billion to $100 billion. When they explain things to me, they use these numbers to give me a better sense of context about the subject, turning abstract numbers into something more concrete.

When I realized they were doing this, I thought this process could be automated, that perhaps through contextual descriptions people could become more familiar with quantities and begin evaluating and reasoning about them.

Install the extension, and as shown in the video above, it injects inline descriptions next to numbers in articles. You can also use the search box. Enter "100 meters" and you get "about the height of the Statue of Liberty." Although still rough around the edges (It seems to find descriptions for a limited index of numbers.), the Dictionary is an interesting experiment in making numbers for relatable.

June 26 2013

22:40

50 human emotional photography

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May 08 2013

04:09

Striking Map Portraits by Ed Fairburn

Ed Fairburn is an illustration graduate whose work is mostly figurative. He paints, draws, and constructs using a flexible range of tangible media across a wide range of surfaces and contexts. By utilizing patchwork of roads, rivers, and trains, Ed creates outstanding portraits on printed maps. He colors street grids with meticulous ink, or pencil crosshatching, smoothly blending macroscopic terrain with human features. Fairburn has a great eye for finding patterns, exploring a wealth of ideas and concepts. Enjoy!

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January 04 2013

08:49

Car Built with Painted Human Bodies


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Emma Hack, the skin painter/illustrator that did the Gotye video we all know about, created this really wild optical illustration of a car. She used 17 men and women to lay in the form of the car. The project was created in support of the Motor Accident Commission of South Australia. They used it as a way to highlight the dangers of speeding. Via Scene360.




July 11 2012

00:06

Human Pantone Swatches











In an ambitious ongoing photo series by Spanish artist Angelica Dass, the photographer seems to be looking for subjects whose skin tone reflects specific Pantone colors. The project, titled Humanae, takes an 11x11 pixel sample from the subject's face and fills the background with that color and accompanies the image with the Pantone alphanumerical code below it, just like a Pantone swatch!

We've certainly come across several Pantone-inspired art works that have exhibited new outlooks on color and design, but this may be one of the most intriguing and perhaps controversial series to date. It really brings to light the color of one's skin and, essentially, classifies people accordingly with a series and letters and numbers.

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March 29 2012

07:20

Missing Pieces

Leave it to Robert Krulwich to bring us back to life in the world of personal data. In reference to Stephen Wolfram's dive into emails, keystrokes, meetings, and phone calls:

"It's amazing how much it's possible to figure out by analyzing the various kinds of data I've kept," Stephen Wolfram says. To which I say, "I'm looking at your data, and you know what's amazing to me? How much of you is missing."

This is the bit I struggle with when it comes to the whole quantified self thing. There are lot of people who collect data about themselves, and it's all about optimization and trying to "fix" something. I'm more interested in how personal data collection relates to say, keeping a journal or scrapbooking. In this sense, it's not about how much of your life is missing in your personal data stream. Instead it's about how data can help you fill in the gaps.

By the way, if you're not listening to Krulwich's show slash podcast Radiolab, who he co-hosts with Jad Abumrad, you're missing out on some fine storytelling.

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