Mouse knew that the future was going to be hard. He knew that the happy-ever-after is rarely what it cracks up to be, but still; fresh out of prison and with all of the promises of a new life ahead of him; you could say he had everything to look forward to. The only problem was that the world ended shortly after that. In the days, weeks, and years that follow, Mouse has to learn how to survive in a post-apocalyptic world that is quickly crumbling into chaos around him. He has to learn how to navigate mad cultists, slavers, and even more importantly; the hazards of friendship.
‘How to Live at the End of the World’ is a story about loyalty, society, and about courage. It is a tale of one man’s past, and what it takes to be redeemed from it. Through the course of this book in six exciting parts, Mouse is forced to decide what are the guiding principles to live by, in a world that is seemingly at its end. Highly speculative, ‘How to Live’ puts real people in unbelievable situations, offering the reader different visions of the future; some apocalyptic, and some utopian. How to Live pictures a world driven by events beyond its capacity to bear: from catastrophic climate change to social upheaval and technological collapse.
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When all else is taken away, what rules would you live by?
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An elite group of industry leaders from an assortment of technology-related fields gather together here to speculate about the implications of the technology for business, entertainment, science, engineering and education after 2020, when computers will be everywhere and almost completely invisible, These futurists focus on exploring how information technology will be reshaping our world. What will business and society be like when technology has completely saturated the events of everyday life? The relationship between man and machine, man and information, and information and machine is going to have radical consequences (both positive and negative) on future generations. This title consists of essays by 11 visionaries, derived from the March 2001 Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) conference. The book offers strategic direction on the future of our world saturated with computers and networks.
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This imaginative ‘how to’ book explores whimsical ways of doing a host of different tasks, including ‘how to wonder’, ‘how to see the breeze’, and ‘how to be brave’. With text and images by award-winning illustrator Julie Morstad, this book will be beloved by all ages. How to read this book? That is up to you!
The first monograph, design manual, and manifesto by Michael Bierut, one of the world’s most renowned graphic designers—a career retrospective that showcases more than thirty-five of his most noteworthy projects for clients as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Yale School of Architecture, the New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, and the New York Jets, and reflects eclectic enthusiasm and accessibility that has been the hallmark of his career.
Protégé of design legend Massimo Vignelli and partner in the New York office of the international design firm Pentagram, Michael Bierut has had one of the most varied and successful careers of any living graphic designer, serving a broad spectrum of clients as diverse as Saks Fifth Avenue, Harley-Davidson, the Atlantic Monthly, the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, Billboard, Princeton University, the New York Jets, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Morgan Library.
How to, Bierut’s first career retrospective, is a landmark work in the field. Featuring more than thirty-five of his projects, it reveals his philosophy of graphic design—how to use it to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, make people cry, and (every once in a while) change the world. Specially chosen to illustrate the breadth and reach of graphic design today, each entry demonstrates Bierut’s eclectic approach. In his entertaining voice, the artist walks us through each from start to finish, mixing historic images, preliminary drawings (including full-size reproductions of the notebooks he has maintained for more than thirty-five years), working models and rejected alternatives, as well as the finished work. Throughout, he provides insights into the creative process, his working life, his relationship with clients, and the struggles that any design professional faces in bringing innovative ideas to the world.
Offering insight and inspiration for artists, designers, students, and anyone interested in how words, images, and ideas can be put together, How to provides insight to the design process of one of this century’s most renowned creative minds.
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The Practice of Network Security Monitoring: Understanding Incident Detection and Response
Network security is not simply about building impenetrable walls — determined attackers will eventually overcome traditional defenses. The most effective computer security strategies integrate network security monitoring (NSM): the collection and analysis of data to help you detect and respond to intrusions.
In The Practice of Network Security Monitoring, Mandiant CSO Richard Bejtlich shows you how to use NSM to add a robust layer of protection around your networks — no prior experience required. To help you avoid costly and inflexible solutions, he teaches you how to deploy, build, and run an NSM operation using open source software and vendor-neutral tools.
You’ll learn how to:
Determine where to deploy NSM platforms, and size them for the monitored networks
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There’s no foolproof way to keep attackers out of your network. But when they get in, you’ll be prepared. The Practice of Network Security Monitoring will show you how to build a security net to detect, contain, and control them. Attacks are inevitable, but losing sensitive data shouldn’t be.
Network Monitoring – When it comes to network monitoring, the thin line between legal monitoring and privacy bleaching gets more and more vague. However, if you are managing a network, monitoring is one thing you want to be doing at any time.
Network monitoring is like policing what is being accessed on the network and what network traffic is being transmitted across the network. This is something you want to be doing at any one time. Well-managed networks that have less downtime are ones that are regularly under surveillance. In a busy network environment, it can go a long way in determining the productivity of the team.
What are the signs and symptom of thyroid problems?
Reports suggest that there are at least 27 million Americans who have a thyroid condition, except that they may not be aware of it.
If your thyroid is affected it can alter your health, especially weight, depression and energy levels. Hypothyroidism is the most widespread thyroid condition, more commonly affecting women. If undiagnosed, it can noticeably boost your risk of obesity, heart illness, and depression. There are many signs and symptom of thyroid problems. You may not have all of the signs and symptom of thyroid problems, but be attentive of you notice either symptom or a combination of them.
Common signs and symptom of thyroid problems include muscle and joint pains, and carpal/tendonitis problems. Such pain and the propensity to increase carpal tunnel in the arms/hands, and tarsal tunnel in the legs should not be neglected. Another common sign and symptom of thyroid problems is neck discomfort/enlargement. This includes swelling, uneasiness with clothing around the neck, a croaky voice, or a noticeable and enlarged thyroid. Other signs and symptom of thyroid problems include hair / skin changes as they are rather susceptible to thyroid conditions. This could cause them to be coarse and brittle, apart from your hair falling frequently.
Signs and symptom of thyroid problems include bowel problems. Long-term constipation is connected with hypothyroidism and diarrhea is linked with hyperthyroidism. Other signs and symptom of thyroid problems include menstrual irregularities and fertility problems. Hypothyroid conditions prompt a heavy, more recurrent and painful periods, whereas shorter, lighter, or sporadic menstruation can be related with hyperthyroidism. Infertility may be linked with undiagnosed thyroid disorders.
Signs and symptom of thyroid problems should be given top priority if you have a family history of thyroid problems. This is because it heightens the possibility of you being affected by thyroid disorders.
Signs and symptom of thyroid problems include fatigue. This refers to a feeling of exhausted for no apparent reason and experiencing tiredness even when you have had ample sleep. Signs and symptom of thyroid problems include depression and anxiety. This refers to sudden panic attacks or depression, especially that which does not react to anti depressants.
Signs and symptom of thyroid problems include weight changes. This refers to a noticeable change in weight, either increasing or decreasing even though you do not change your daily routine, diet or food intake. Difficulty losing weight can also be seen as signs and symptom of thyroid problems. As such, even a low carb diet or exercise does not help lose weight.
If you work in or as part of a large corporate, chances are that you are involved in some way with the network infrastructure. Every large corporate organization in this knowledge economy uses an efficient network as the never centre of all operations. Whether you spend your time actively administering the network, or even sitting in front of the computer to check your email, the reliable performance of the network when you need it to perform can spell the difference between effective productivity and crippling inefficiency.
If you are a network administrator or you are interested in monitoring what people are doing on the network, then welcome to the world of network monitoring. With the proliferation of network monitoring tools and devices, you just cannot go wrong in keeping tabs on your network activities. In a network that requires monitoring intrusion threats from the outside, an intrusion detection system deployment is the recommended option. What if you simply want to monitor the status of your server, monitoring software will help you do that by sending what are called HTTP requests to keep tabs of the server environment. These status requests will either return a time-out or a successful ping. A network monitoring software has the advantage of measuring end to end response times accurately as well as alerting the user using various ways. An alarm may be sounded when a predefined limit is reached, when a certain condition is not met or when security is bleached. These alerts can even be configured to be sent via email to a remote user in real-time.
Knowing the status of your network can often prove to be immeasurably beneficial. When you have infrastructural crises, when your systems are not working as they should, when there is a security loophole that needs to be plugged immediately or even when you need access to inventory and data reports, you need effective network monitoring solutions. This is why network monitoring systems are all the rage in the corporate workplace. And the very reason why network monitoring companies are raking in big bucks.
Network monitoring also allows one to take note of failing or slowing systems. Without networking surveillance, it can be difficult to determine bottlenecks in a network. Perhaps a server is failing due to too many requests, perhaps memory on a server is full or it could be infected by some form of malware. Other problems include overloaded systems, crashed servers and power outages. Some network monitoring software take virtual snapshots of a network’s workflow. This allows for problem resolution even before a network failure occurs.
In the real world however, network monitoring does not have to be a complicated endeavor. It can be as simple as tracking the number of people logged in at any one time or the number of people using a certain resource on a network. When done right and with the right motive, then it can be a real time and money saver.
What is a network monitoring system? And how is it different from the numerous engineers and technicians you have on your rolls? Isn’t an automated network monitoring system nothing but a redundancy? And what makes a program or a system better at network monitoring than a bunch of professionals who are trained to react to strange and often unexpected downtime? These are all natural questions that need to be asked when network monitoring crops up. And an effective network monitoring system will answer all of them.
A network monitoring system is a program or process that ensures that a critical resource like your network infrastructure continues to work effectively, efficiently and reliably. It not only keeps track of all the network inventory information, it also monitors the utilization of your network resources, rapidly determines connectivity and cross connectivity across the network, monitors the uptime and reliable availability of shared network resources and even tracks and reports historical utilization patterns and uses the information to predict outages. It is an automated, and highly effective way to monitor your network infrastructure. Remember that a network monitoring system is not meant to replace your engineers and technicians. Rather, the network monitoring system you use will be a valuable tool that they can use to understand your networks better and provide apt service.
When it comes to network monitoring, the thin line between legal monitoring and privacy bleaching gets more and more vague. However, if you are managing a network, monitoring is one thing you want to be doing at any time. Network monitoring is like policing what is being accessed on the network and what network traffic is being transmitted across the network. This is something you want to be doing at any one time. Well-managed networks that have less downtime are ones that are regularly under surveillance. In a busy network environment, it can go a long way in determining the productivity of the team.
The best part is that most network monitoring systems today are built for seamless integration.
What this means is that even if you are not hunched in front of your computer 24/7 or are out of the office or even t country, the network monitoring system can send you real time messages about the status of your network. You can either visit a website where the reports are hosted for your information and action, or even receive an SMS on your mobile phone or an update to your handheld. So that you can use your time to act on issues rather than on full time network monitoring! And give your customers the value for the money that they deserve.
Rcpp is the glue that binds the power and versatility of R with the speed and efficiency of C++. With Rcpp, the transfer of data between R and C++ is nearly seamless, and high-performance statistical computing is finally accessible to most R users. Rcpp should be part of every statistician’s toolbox. — Michael Braun, MIT Sloan School of Management
“Seamless R and C++ integration with Rcpp” is simply a wonderful book. For anyone who uses C/C++ and R, it is an indispensable resource. The writing is outstanding. A huge bonus is the section on applications. This section covers the matrix packages Armadillo and Eigen and the GNU Scientific Library as well as RInside which enables you to use R inside C++. These applications are what most of us need to know to really do scientific programming with R and C++. I love this book. — Robert McCulloch, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Rcpp is now considered an essential package for anybody doing serious computational research using R. Dirk’s book is an excellent companion and takes the reader from a gentle introduction to more advanced applications via numerous examples and efficiency enhancing gems. The book is packed with all you might have ever wanted to know about Rcpp, its cousins (RcppArmadillo, RcppEigen .etc.), modules, package development and sugar. Overall, this book is a must-have on your shelf. — Sanjog Misra, UCLA Anderson School of Management
The Rcpp package represents a major leap forward for scientific computations with R. With very few lines of C++ code, one has R’s data structures readily at hand for further computations in C++. Hence, high-level numerical programming can be made in C++ almost as easily as in R, but often with a substantial speed gain. Dirk is a crucial person in these developments, and his book takes the reader from the first fragile steps on to using the full Rcpp machinery. A very recommended book! — Søren Højsgaard, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Aalborg University, Denmark
“Seamless R and C ++ Integration with Rcpp” provides the first comprehensive introduction to Rcpp. Rcpp has become the most widely-used language extension for R, and is deployed by over one-hundred different CRAN and BioConductor packages. Rcpp permits users to pass scalars, vectors, matrices, list or entire R objects back and forth between R and C++ with ease. This brings the depth of the R analysis framework together with the power, speed, and efficiency of C++.
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For 16 years, EyeSee360 has made panoramic cameras for the military and other industries. Now the company has adapted its technology for the 360Fly, a consumer video camera that allows anyone to record a whole scene—360 degrees around and 240 vertically—without moving. Users mount the baseball-size camera on a tripod or GoPro-style on a helmet or surfboard. The lens captures the image, and the camera sends footage to a phone or computer over Wi-Fi. Viewers can watch the video as a single framed shot or click-and-drag to see the entire scene almost as if they were there.
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This article originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of Popular Science.
A good drink is an important part of a good dining experience, be it a pint of your local microbrew or a glass of pinot noir. While some of us may fancy ourselves as beer or wine connoisseurs, the average customer might not be able to tell ale from pale ale, pinot blanc from pinot grigio. Worry not: there’s an app for that.
SipSnapp is a mobile app that aims to provide you with enough information to can make an informed decision. Once you’ve settled in your seat, open the app, and snap a picture of the drinks menu in front of you. Within a minute, SipSnapp reads the list from the menu and returns a detailed analysis: brewer, style, user ratings and so on — all the facts you need to make a wise decision of what drink to order.
Currently, the app’s Kickstarter campaign has raised $467 of their pledged $30,000 total with 28 days to go. Their first prototype, if they reach the funding goal, would focus only on beer. Aside from snapping photos, searching can also be done by drink name and results will include user ratings and comments from Ratebeer.com. Another feature of the app is that it learns of your personal preferences over time, and in a Netflix style, recommends beers that you would like when it pops up on the menu. The SipSnapp team also projects future features that will include a wine section, searching for available drinks according to location, and a paid premium service.
The latest is a tiny robot from a startup called ZUtA Labs, called the Pocket Printer: a fist-sized, Roomba-like robot that rolls across paper, trailing letters behind it like Hansel and Gretel dropping breadcrumbs. With 17 days to go, the project has reached its $400,000 funding goal, with pre-orders of the devices going for about $200 a pop.
The printer’s still in the prototype phase; you can see it eke out a little printed Hello in the campaign video above. So, we have a while before we can see what it can really do. That said, the about section lists a 40-second print time for an “average” page, which doesn’t seem especially efficient. Maybe we’ll recoup that time from all the jams we won’t have to deal with?
Because Titanfall’s multiplayer matches are cloud hosted, developers no longer have to make tough choices—like whether to add players or artificially intelligent background characters—to save processing power. “Other AI running around makes the world much more interesting,” says Respawn software engineer Jon Shiring.
Courtesy Respawn Entertainment
On March 11, Electronic Arts will release Titanfall (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC; $60), an online first-person shooter that promises to reinvent shooting-your-friends-in-the-face technology. Developed by Respawn Entertainment, it comes with a notable pedigree. Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella created the Call of Duty franchise before leaving Activision, and his team has the best track record in the business for creating preternaturally compelling games (the CoD series has sold more than 100 million copies). With new gameplay concepts and technology, Titanfall will be this year’s shooter to beat. Here’s why.
Zampella’s team devised CoD’s grabbiest feature, an awards system that gives players weapons based on experience points. It’s an extremely effective method for keeping players engaged. Titanfall adds several twists, such as “burn cards,” single-use items that provide a quick stat boost or extra muscle.
Bodies In Motion
Most shooters are played on the ground, but Titanfall lets players move like parkour athletes—running on walls and taking massive leaps. “People start playing it normally,” says Zampella, “but after a certain point it clicks: ‘I can jump over that fence.’ Now, when I play a game without wall running, I feel like something’s missing.”
Network-induced delays in multiplayer sessions (a.k.a. “lag”) are instant immersion killers and the bane of a gamer’s existence. All Titanfall games will be hosted on Microsoft’s global network of servers, Xbox Live Compute, which promises to make multiplayer scenarios less susceptible to interruption.
This article originally appeared in the March 2014 issue of Popular Science.
If you’ve spent any time lately walking on busy city sidewalks, you’ll know that many people are gazing steadily into smartphone screens as they get around, often at the expense of seeing who and what are right around them. Presumably they’re checking texts and email, or using online maps and other apps to find shops, restaurants, doctors’ offices, and other destinations.
By focusing so intently on our screens and following a set route from point A to point B, have we sacrificed chance encounters with the unexpected? That’s what MIT Media Lab researcher Dhairya Dand suggests. “Today we immerse in our digital lives through smartphones,” he writes. “We don’t get lost anymore, we don’t wander, wonder and discover.”
Dand has set out to solve this disconnection with his “SuperShoes,” which decouple sight from the map-based navigation equation, and replace it with the sense of touch. Flexible insoles are embedded with vibrating motors under the toes, which connect wirelessly to an app on the user’s smartphone. The phone in turn taps into information stored in a cloud account where the user has already input likes and dislikes: hobbies, shops, foods, people, interests and more.
Enter a destination into the app and put the smartphone away in a bag or pocket. The tiny motors in each insole then communicate directions via toe-tickle. “[L]eft toe tickles – turn left, right toe tickles – turn right, no tickle – keep going, both tickle repeatedly – reached destination, both tickle once – recommendation, both tickle twice – reminder,” Dand writes.
Feel Your Way
The SuperShoes insoles includes small motors that tickle the wearer’s toes to indicate which direction to walk, a microcontroller, and a low-power Bluetooth transmitter that wireless connects the insoles with the user’s smartphone.
The tickling interface lends itself to several functions beyond being a tactile map. They can also act as tour guide to points of interest, known and unknown; as a reminder when the user nears a site related to a to-do task (like buying a quart of milk at the nearest bodega); as a prompt to get up and take a worry-free walk break during free time, knowing that you’ll make your way back in time for your next meeting or other calender commitment; and, as a way to safely encounter new things in the city, by taking different routes between regular destinations without getting lost.
Although the accompanying video suggests Dand has tested SuperShoes with a number of users, he does not seem to have released any specs for how to build and program up your own set of tickling insoles, or made the app or cloud platform public. Perhaps he’s hoping to follow a path to market being taken by a similar recent project out of MIT Media Lab: Lechal, a shoe with a tactile feedback system in the insole that can help the blind and visually impaired get around more safely.
1 of 3. Bollywood Actress Priyanka Chopra (C) and Actress Sonakshi Sinha and Anil Kapoor (R) entertain the crowd ahead of the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards in Tampa, Florida April 24, 2014.
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TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) – Celebrities and dignitaries from India and the United States descended on Florida this week for the “Bollywood Oscars,” an awards event making its first-ever U.S. stop with the aim of creating deeper ties between the two countries.
The International Indian Film Academy’s awards show set for Saturday has been compared to the Super Bowl in terms of its security needs, traffic management and planning. But its expected worldwide viewership of 800 million far surpasses the championship American football game’s 111.5 million viewers on average in 2014.
The film academy’s choice of Tampa, home to Florida’s third-largest South Asian community, to host its first U.S.-based awards show in the event’s 15-year history came as a happy surprise to some fans.
“I jumped out of my seat,” said Rubia Qureshi, 22, a local resident who grew up watching Bollywood films, known for their distinctive and elaborate song-and-dance performances. “I’m the biggest fan.”
Qureshi and her mother, who is of Pakistani heritage, joined hundreds of others eager to snap photos of movie stars as they arrived at the Tampa airport and walked the industry’s signature green carpet. Fans were so excited at the arrival of actress Deepika Padukone on Wednesday that they knocked over a security barrier.
Other celebrities taking part in the event include American actors John Travolta and Kevin Spacey as well as India’s Anil Kapoor, best known to U.S. audiences for his 2008 role in “Slumdog Millionaire,” and Shah Rukh Khan, an actor who has more than 7.4 million followers on Twitter.
The star sightings have created a buzz, but perhaps more exciting to local officials is the potential economic impact of hosting the awards as well as the prospect of building stronger business, cultural and tourism ties with India.
This week’s event is expected to bring 30,000 visitors and $11 million in revenue, organizers said. It also will lay the groundwork for longer-term opportunities with business owners who attend, said Tampa cardiologist Kiran Patel, the event’s biggest private backer.
“Ultimately this is not a four-day event,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “This is a multi-decade relationship.”
The $2 billion Indian film industry has a wide global reach and produces more movies each year than Hollywood, though the U.S. film industry generates five times more revenue, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The film academy’s decision to come to the United States, and particularly Tampa, is credited in part to the strength of the city’s Indian-American community, which numbers more than 23,500 people.
The effects of the community’s organization and growth can be seen throughout the Tampa Bay area where several large movie houses show Bollywood films. Indian restaurants and grocery stores are common, weekly cricket games are held at county parks and nearly a dozen Indian temples dot the area.
The film academy’s kickoff event on Wednesday night drew as many as 8,000 people to a downtown park, 40 percent of whom were not of Indian heritage, the mayor said. There they got a taste of the rich culture as deejays spun Indian music and local Bollywood-style dance troupes performed.
Kapoor said connections have grown wherever he has traveled for the Indian awards show, and he predicted the same result for the countries with the world’s two biggest film industries.
“It bridges the gap which has been between Hollywood and Bollywood,” he said.
Mali’s Cheikh Ag Tiglia, Ousmane Ag Mossa, Wonou Walet Sidati, Ibrahim Ag Ahmed Salem, and Aghaly Ag Mohammedi (L-R) of the Touareg desert blues band Tamikrest, pose at Barbican Hall before the Sahara Soul concert in London in this January 26, 2012 file photo.
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LONDON (Reuters) – Malian ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate, whose album “Jama Ko” urged his countrymen to stand together just as Mali erupted in conflict, has won the Best Artist accolade in the annual awards for world music magazine Songlines.
Tuareg band Tamikrest, who decried the ravages of the war in their album “Chatma”, won the Best Group category.
“Given what happened in Mali in the past year and a half, it’s not a surprise that two of these awards go to Malian artists,” Songlines Editor-in-Chief Simon Broughton said.
“I’m pleased that it’s Malians from other ends of the country,” he told Reuters, referring to different fronts in the conflict.
The Best Cross-Cultural Collaboration award went to Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora (harp-lute)player Seckou Keita.
Best Newcomer was Family Atlantica, a London-based band led by Venezuelan singer Luzmira Zerpa which brings together the music of Africa and Latin America.
Kouyate, who plays the banjo-like ngoni and wears flowing robes on stage, has been a mainstay of the Malian music scene for years. He and his band, Ngoni ba, which features his two sons, were recording “Jama Ko” in the capital Bamako when a coup took place in March 2012.
“The title track is a call to Malians to pull together. After that it all fell apart, but it shows the urgency of the message. It made him a statesman figure,” Broughton said.
“He comes from a traditional griot (story teller) background and it shows him as a contemporary griot, a voice of the country. There’s a rather regal presence about him too. Musically its gorgeous. Lovely arrangements, great songs. A political manifesto.”
The coup in Mali was followed by chaos and an Islamist take-over of the country’s north which saw music banned in towns taken over by hardliners. A Tuareg separatist revolt also spread
before a French military force intervened to restore order.
Tamikrest are one of a number of politically motivated Tuareg bands who followed in the wake of the ordinal Sahara desert bluesmen, Tinariwen. Now based in Algeria, they see themselves as distinct from Malians.
Their album “Chatna”, desert rock mixed with funk and dub, is dedicated to Tuareg women and features the keening vocals of woman singer Wonou Walet Sidati.
“It’s nice that given what happened in Mali last year, they brought this album out that looks at the women, talks about the problems that these conflicts bring and that it’s the women who often have to deal with them in many ways,” Broughton said.
“It’s quite a poignant record. There’s thread of sadness that runs through it.”
VALLEYS AND SLAVE ROUTES
At first glance an unlikely combination, harpist Finch and kora player Keita seamlessly blend the music of the Welsh Valleys and Senegal. A big hit at last year’s Womad event, they have since played at festivals all over the world.
“As soon as I heard the record I knew this was something special. There is a filigree delicacy. Usually in these fusions they are opposites but here you can’t tell who is doing what.”
“The thing that makes this is the personalities of the musicians that they get on so well,” Broughton said.
Newcomer award winners Family Atlantic are earning a reputation as a terrific live band, fronted by the flamboyant, Zerpa, with her extravagant costumes and dances, and featuring Londoner Jack Yglesias and Nigeran-Ghanaian Kwame Crenstil.
Their music is rooted in the African Diaspora and both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
“It’s Africa meets South America meets London…the classic slave trade routes. They’re really fun but they make a musical point about the connection. It is telling a musical narrative,” Broughton said.
More than 8,000 Songlines readers from 65 different countries voted for the awards shortlist, with the editorial board deciding the final winners. The magazine celebrates its 100th edition with the issue announcing the awards.
Last June, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software, sneaked something big into his Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. On a slide listing features that would debut in iOS 7, an unfamiliar word appeared: iBeacons. An iBeacon is a small module that makes a spontaneous Bluetooth connection with a nearby smartphone to deliver packets of information. In December, stores, arenas, and other venues began to test the hardware, pushing coupons and other location-based information to customers. Like any technology, iBeacon is not inherently good or bad; it’s how we use it that will make the difference.
To understand iBeacon, it’s important to understand the underlying technology, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Unlike previous Bluetooth devices, BLE ones don’t need to maintain a constant (and battery-draining) connection in order to share data. Instead they ping packets of information from their stationary locations. Only when another device comes into range will the two make a connection and share data. Manufacturers of health and fitness trackers have already put BLE to good use, creating devices that can gather data for days without a recharge. iBeacon makes it even easier to implement such exchanges, but not every company has our best interests as much at heart.
Pling! Your phone lights up: “Making tuna salad? Don’t forget the mayo! 20 percent off MegaMart brand.”
iBeacon will allow companies to mine and use data about you in real time. With multiple iBeacons in place, stores can pinpoint your precise location, allowing them to monitor your browsing habits and promote products you’re likely to buy. We’re used to Amazon doing this, but soon your local MegaMart will be able to also. Say, for instance, you pick up tuna fish and then some celery. Pling! Your phone lights up: “Making tuna salad? Don’t forget the mayo! 20 percent off MegaMart brand.” While we’re curious about this new era of extreme couponing, it’s easy to see how stores might misuse it.
That said, there are some helpful uses for location-specific information. Major League Baseball parks, including Citi Field in New York, will use iBeacons to guide you to your seats. (Citi will also use the system to sell you discounted hot dogs.) Radius Networks, a Washington, D.C., company, has released an iBeacon development kit, which individuals can use to build their own apps. Museums are talking about using the technology to push information about artwork to visitors as they move through galleries. And there’s potential for fun: Companies have used iBeacon to set up large digital scavenger hunts, and developers are cooking up games that could allow for spontaneous pickup matches that bridge the real and virtual worlds.
The trouble is, iBeacon is an all-or-nothing scenario. The only surefire way to turn it off is to turn Bluetooth off altogether—also shutting down the connection to your headset or fitness tracker or smartwatch. But that’s not realistic; we’re attached to Bluetooth. Which means it’s up to individual developers and companies to make the right choices and treat us, our privacy, and our attention with a little respect.
This article originally appeared in the April 2014 issue of Popular Science.
In a world of digital cameras and instant gratification, photographer Justin Quinnell embraces pinhole photography, a technique hundreds of years old. He uses beer cans and photographic paper to record the gradual shift in the sun’s path over the course of several months. Quinnell originally designed his simple beer-can solargraph camera for students at Falmouth University in England, but early experimentation quickly blossomed into a personal obsession. “The indestructibility of a pinhole camera opens up some fun possibilities,” he says. “The only viewfinder you need is your imagination.” Build and deploy your own by following these steps.
Materials: ∙ Empty 20- or 24-oz. aluminum can ∙ 6-cm. disc (cut from black card stock) ∙ 25-by-7–cm. strip (cut from black card stock, with 1-cm. notches on one long side) ∙ Roll of black gaffer tape ∙ 8-by-5–in. sheet of semimatte photo paper (i.e., half of an 8-by-10–in. sheet) ∙ Plastic cable ties
Tools: Can opener, pin, scissors, red light, blow-dryer, computer, flatbed scanner
1) Remove the can’s top with a can opener, and poke the middle of its side with a pin. Next, cut out the disc and notched strip from the black card stock.
2) Wrap the strip around the can’s base, and bend the notches inward at a 90-degree angle. Tape the disc on top of the notches to form a removable black lid.
3) Move everything into a darkened room. Turn on the red light to see, and insert 1⁄2 sheet of photo paper into the can facing the pinhole. Put tape over the pinhole.
4) Tape the lid over the can’s open end, and secure it with gaffer tape. (Use plenty of tape to ensure the camera is light-tight and waterproof.)
5) Take the project outside, aim the pinhole toward the southern sky, and vertically fasten the can to a signpost with cable ties. Uncover the pinhole.
6) Wait a month to a year (the longer the exposure, the more solar tracks appear). After the wait is over, cover the pinhole and take the camera indoors.
7) Remove the lid, and blow-dry the photo. Place it on a flatbed scanner, and make one-—and only one—high-resolution scan. (Don’t do a preview scan!)
8) Open the image, enhance its contrast (e.g., via “auto-equalize” or “auto-levels” commands), and invert the colors. Save the image to your computer.
Approximate time to build this project: 15 minutes Cost: Less than $1 per photo Difficulty: 1/5