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Waiting for Bárðarbunga

Installation by François Quévillon explores the subject of monitoring in nature with technology, with a computer that monitors and displays looping videos of remote volcanic areas of Iceland:

Waiting for Bárðarbunga is made of hundreds of video sequences which are presented according to the evolution of a statistical model that integrates data about the state and activity of the computer that presents them : temperature of components, fan speed and energy consumption. The video database consists of stationary camera shots that last a few seconds each. Most of them can be seamlessly looped and sometimes evoke remote webcams watching isolated areas. The audiovisual sequences are interconnected one to the other inside a rhizomatic structure. They are grouped and linked according to formal, conceptual, location-based and event-based characteristics. Amongst others, they show rivers under surveillance, glaciers breaking into drifting icebergs, foggy landscapes, hissing steam vents, boiling mud and geothermal power plants. The non-linear audiovisual piece evolves based on a probabilistic system influenced by real-time information coming from the computer’s sensors. According to the amplitude of their variation and the correlations between the types of data, what the viewer experiences ranges from comtemplative spaces where time seems to be suspended to energy-charged audiovisual blasts.

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A secret program to monitor students’ online activities began quietly in Huntsville schools, following a phone call from the NSA, school officials say.

Huntsville schools Superintendent Casey Wardynski says the system began monitoring social media sites 18 months ago, after the National Security Agency tipped the school district to a student making violent threats on Facebook.

The NSA, a U.S. agency responsible for foreign intelligence, this week said it has no record of a call to Huntsville and does not make calls to school systems.

Regardless of how the program started, Huntsville City Schools began scanning Facebook and other sites for signs of gang activity, watching for photos of guns, photos of gang signs and threats of violence.

The Huntsville monitoring program is called SAFe, or Students Against Fear. School board members said they did not know about the program when contacted last week.

Internal documents explaining the program, obtained by AL.com, show examples of four different students posing on Facebook with handguns. None are on school grounds. Three are listed as expelled. One was referred for counseling.

Here’s the school district’s explanation of how the program got started:

About a year and half ago, Wardynski said, the NSA called Huntsville and reported a high school student had threatened on Facebook to injure a teacher.

Al Lankford, the city’s longtime school security officer, told AL.com that he took the NSA phone call. He said security officers went to the high school and eventually searched the boy’s car.

“We found a very good size knife and the student was expelled,” said Wardynski, a former U.S. Army colonel appointed as superintendent in Huntsville in 2011.

NSA did not acknowledge placing such a call. “The National Security Agency has no record that it passed any information to the Huntsville school district, and the description of what supposedly occurred is inconsistent with NSA’s practices,” said Vanee Vines, public affairs specialist with the NSA, on Monday.

The NSA is focused on foreign intelligence. Vines said any information about a domestic safety issue would be sent to another federal agency, like the FBI. “Moreover, NSA does not make recommendations regarding school safety programs,” said Vines via email.

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2014/09/after_warning_from_nsa_huntsvi.html

Mad Dopers Monitor America

you may be high, you may be low
you may be rich, child, you may be poor
you gotta move, you gotta move

If loving you was a crime I swear that I wouldn’t mind to do the time

On Fridays I like to dress it up a bit for the phlebotomist and ultrasound tech by brushing my hair and wearing some hoop earrings.

Harry was up before I left (5:45am). I think it’s a combo of him hearing me upstairs taking my shot (hubs, I swear I’m trying to be as quiet as I can) and it getting light out earlier. Plus side was I got to see him before I left.

To recap: I had 2 follies on the left and 4 on the right on Wednesday. Fingers crossed I’ve got enough today for a trigger (but I’m sorta thinking I’ll be back Sunday morning for monitoring).

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The Melbourne treemail phenomenon - BBC News
Some people talk to their plants. In Melbourne, they email the trees, writes the BBC's Shaun Ley.

“Dearest Golden Elm”, wrote one correspondent earlier this month, “I finally found you! I see you every day on my way to uni, but I had no idea of what kind of tree you are. You are the most beautiful tree in the city and I love you.”

About 3,000 emails have been sent to individual trees in the last two years. This didn’t start out as an exercise in sentiment, but a hard-headed attempt by Melbourne city council to manage an urban forest in decline - as a result of drought, by 2009 40% of the 77,000 trees in Australia’s “garden city” were struggling or dying.

“Many of these trees were in a severe state of decline and we were staring down the barrel of losing up to 50% of our beautiful tree population. That would have fundamentally changed the way that Melbourne looked, the way it performed environmentally, the way people felt about it socially and even economically as well,” says councillor Arron Wood, who leads on the environment.

“So what we did is we actually mapped all the trees in the city… In doing so we had to assign each of them an individual tree ID and it was a logical step then to allow our residents to actually interact on a digital platform. And they could email whether a tree was dropping limbs or if it was in a severe state of decline and we could easily locate that tree and come out and intervene.”

It was then that something extraordinary happened. Instead of identifying a tree in need of attention and emailing the council to get it done, people in Melbourne began sending personal messages to the trees.

Aww, tree hugging goes digital.

Running Routes: Benefits Referring to Monitoring Them

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EURA lot of websites offer you the option in consideration of share the information with other joggers. You can even see which paths ourselves prefer on their regimens. All this is exceeding for group activities, fallowness simply for the purpose of getting tips and hints.

On foot routes are therefore important as representing getting the real picture regarding the progress of your practical test. You had best always plan and monitor them carefully using online sites. These offer inner man a plenty of other benefits as well, which is why they are proportionately overmuch popular. They are the fastest, easiest and plurality strong way to get the most antiquated in relation to your routines. Once you start using them, you yourself will realize how important inner self are. Indeed, they are excellent organizational aids and allowance to make your exercise more effective.