"There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark." Stephen Hawking.
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|‘They are loving, sensitive and graceful,’. Photo: Chris Jordan|
"Jordan is fascinated with these majestic birds. With no natural predators on Midway, Laysan albatrosses show no fear of humans, so his footage provides an authentic bird’s-eye view: “Albatrosses are so mysterious because they haven’t been on our radar. They live in places humans just don’t go – yet when we look closely, they are unbelievably magnificent,” he says."
|Photograph: Chris Jordan|
... "Chris Jordan believes the focus should be on forcing people to have a stronger emotional engagement with the problems plastic causes. His famous photographs of dead albatross chicks and the colourful plastic they have ingested serve as a blunt reminder that the planet is in a state of emergency."
|Photograph: Chris Jordan|
"“They are loving, sensitive and graceful – when you look at any creature this closely, it becomes amazing,” says Jordan, who believes we would fall in love with any animal if we only stopped to look at them with a similar childlike sense of awe."
|Women's Strike 8 March 2018, read more|
Women across Spain prepare 24-hour strike at work and in the home
Spanish women are planning to down tools to mark International Women’s day on Thursday to prove that "if we stop, the world stops". The Local
|Clara Zetkin founded International Women's Day in 1910|
|Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer, Project Apollo|
"This is a great photo I just ran across on the internets. It said it was “Margaret Hamilton, Apollo program”, but it didn’t say who Margaret Hamilton was.Margaret Hamilton was the lead software engineer for Project Apollo."
"In the photo above, she is standing in front of the printouts of the code for the Apollo guidance system (1969)."
|Turing's letter to W. Churchill in 1941.|
The door was open I was seething Your mother burst in it was freezing She said it looks like it's trying to rain I was lost I felt sea sick You convinced me that he'd left You said keep talking but don't use any names I scolded your driver and your brother We are old enough to know how long you've been hooked And we've all been through the war And each time you score Someone gets hauled and handcuffed and booked It felt like four in the morning What sounded like fire works Turned out to be just what it was The stars looked like diamonds Then came the sirens And everyone started to cuss All the noise was disturbing And I couldn't find Irving It was like two stations on at the same time And then I hid your car keys And I made black coffee And I dumped out the rest of the rum Nick and Socorro broke up And Candice wouldn't shut up Fin he recorded the whole thing Ray he said damn you And someone broke my camera And it was New Years And we all started to sing Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind Should auld acquaintance be forgot for the sake of auld lang syne I was leaving in the morning with Charles for Las Vegas And I didn't plan to come back I had only a few things Two hundred dollars And my records in a brown paper sack I ran out on Sheila Everything's in storage Calvin's right I should go back to driving truck Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind Should auld acquaintance be forgot for the sake of auld lang syne
"This map, inspired by a Reddit thread with a similar map, shows the national days of the world's countries. As you can see, the world is mostly divided between countries that celebrate a national independence day and countries that celebrate a national unification or revolution day. The outliers are a tiny minority, and only two countries have no formal national day at all.
... Spain celebrates Columbus Day (yes, the holiday is a little controversial there as well, although not as much as in the U.S.), ... , in Greenland, they celebrate the longest day of the year." The Washington Post.
Native English speakers are the world's worst communicators
In a room full of non-native speakers, ‘there isn’t any chance of understanding’. It might be their language, but the message is often lost.
... “A lot of native speakers are happy that English has become the world’s global language. They feel they don’t have to spend time learning another language,” says Chong. “But… often you have a boardroom full of people from different countries communicating in English and all understanding each other and then suddenly the American or Brit walks into the room and nobody can understand them.”
“It’s a photo that I wish didn’t exist but now that it does I want everyone to see it,” he wrote on Instagram. “What started as an opportunity to photograph a cute little sea horse turned into one of frustration and sadness as the incoming tide brought with it countless pieces of trash and sewage. This photo serves as an allegory for the current and future state of our oceans.”