photo-by-data

Conversation Hearts

Valentine’s Day fluff masquerading as 12.11 coda fic. Enjoy!

3.8k, ao3

They stop in Salina on their way home from Eureka Springs. It’s still too far from the bunker to bother picking up groceries. Ice cream would be a lost cause by the time they got it into a freezer, but for the sheer sake of variety some of the big box stores in Salina offers both novelty and a conveniently timed pit stop in the seven hour drive home. The traumatic loss of and subsequent regaining of his memories over the last couple of days has left Dean feeling a little too shaky to drive straight through.

Not to mention he really needs to get a new phone. It sucks to keep borrowing Sam’s just to check in with Cas, who insisted on regular updates once Dean had finally told him what had happened. Just in case he suffered a relapse, or any other side effects of being both cursed and cured by witchcraft in the span of twenty-four hours. If he can’t be home already, replacing his phone feels like a good start. He hopes has hasn’t lost all the pictures on his crushed phone, the ones he hasn’t had a chance to back up on his laptop back at the bunker. He should really do that more often, he thinks. Losing his memories has given him an entirely new perspective on things like that.

Keep reading

Hanna was given another turn in the game because she found out Lucas was Charlotte’s friend. 

This will buy Lucas some time to formulate a response for when Hanna starts asking questions.

The Game shuffled through all of their photos, analyzed the data, and picked Hanna because she’s the best strategic pick for A.D. at present time. 

I don’t think the Game is being remotely controlled by a human. Like Ali said, “it’s deciding.” It’s playing 3D chess. There really is an artificial intelligence design behind it. 

pokshi  asked:

mtl likely to drop their phone in the toilet/what'd they do after they dropped it

this was so fucking funny omg

  1. mingyu!!!!
  2. hansol
  3. seungkwan
  4. soonyoung
  5. seungcheol
  6. wonwoo
  7. jisoo
  8. seokmin
  9. chan
  10. jeonghan
  11. minghao
  12. jun
  13. jihoon

freak out and are like “i need to call 911!!!” but they cant!!! cuz their phone’s ruined!!!! the fact they cant properly have a mental breakdown would cause them more anxiety: seungkwan, chan, soonyoung

be upset/annoyed with themselves and try to fix it as soon as possible without anyone knowing about it (probs out of embarrassment.) mourn their lost photos, videos, and data for weeks: jihoon, minghao

find it fucking hilarious, go tell the other members to show them their v expensive iphone 7 jus ~chillin~ in the toilet: JUN, seokmin, seungcheol

be pretty calm, sad they lost their data & have to get a new phone but handle it fairly well. they tell the members abt it like 3 days later when they notice his phone is missing “oh yeah i didnt tell u guys??? i told manager-nim. i dropped it in the toilet a couple days ago”: jisoo, hansol

literally start screaming/laughing. the other boys think some exorcist shit is going down in the bathroom?? but when they go to check up on him, he’s just hovering over the toilet bowl, half fake crying half laughing. a tad embarrassed but find it hysterical for the most part: mingyu, jeonghan, wonwoo

- diamond

I’m trying to design some Appmon, which is actually more difficult than designing straight up Digimon because a lot of apps have been taken already… so you have to go a bit outside the box.

Skimon, at the top, is a Cameramon variant based on the Epic ski app that my family used in Breckenridge to calculate our ski stats for the day. I classified him as Social because the app was really about sharing your photos and ski data with other people. He’s blue like Cameramon’s sprite in Cyber Arena.

Sportamon has design influences from Hackmon, Dokamon and regular Digimon Extyrannomon. He’s an Entertainment type app for streaming sports videos, like an ESPN app. I wanted him to look like a sport’s team mascot - and also like Digimon’s mascot, Agumon (wink wink) - so he’s got a big mascot head and foam finger hands. I chose a basketball shoes because the NCAA tournament final game is tonight and it was on my mind.

I’m trying to think of more Appmon to make, so if I make more I’ll post them here.

vimeo

Tourism Philippines kindly asked me to show off their country’s assets, particularly the islands of Palawan and Cebu. I’d heard rumours of the Philippines’ natural beauty, so I couldn’t refuse the offer. What followed was 7 days of island hopping in some of the most stunning natural surroundings I have ever experienced (and I’ve been to some beautiful places). I’ve been snorkelling, kayaking and swimming before, but I can assure you it’s more fun in the Philippines. Mother nature turned it on, up, and went all out. In that one unforgettable week I shot 10800 photos and videos (608GB of data) to make this edit, which combines slow motion, timelapse and aerials to capture the jaw-dropping beauty and unique sense of escapism on offer in the Philippines. Thanks so much for watching!

10

“Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.” - Carl Sagan

Wanderers is a vision of humanity’s expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available. Watch the breathtaking short film on Vimeo.

Toward a conversation on digital resistance | by Ada A.

In the course of my work, I have been thinking about digital resistance. I spend a lot of my time on the computer, on my cell phone or other digital devices, and have often noted that while they are in many ways central to my life, they are the source of a great deal of stress, difficulty and even pain and material suffering. Yet, while marginalized communities have always had networks and traditions for providing care - emotional, mental, physical - in the physical, corporeal world, the relatively recent advent of digital hyperconnectivity and hyper-presence has allowed little time for similar strategies in the digital realm.  

I would like to start a conversation about this topic, but I’m afraid that I don’t have all the tools. What I know about corporeal self-care, self-defense and self-preservation is built on generations of lived experience, traditions passed through my family and my friends’ families, gigabytes of information written into books and articles and essays and into my body and my memories. No such history exists to inform me about my interactions with digital media - there are parallels, to be sure, but I believe firmly that the digital age is a novelty, a state of being for humans that has not occurred yet by linear time-reckoning. As such it presents very new difficulties, joys and oppressions. Yet, I also want to know what kinds of already-existing ancestral or otherwise wisdom could speak to the situation I find myself and my communities in.
                                                                                                                       Hence the question I want to ask is “How can marginalized people protect themselves and more in the digital world?” - and currently it is a question I cannot begin to ask. What are we protecting ourselves from exactly? Who are “we”, given that digital identities are more than ever in continual flux, negotiation and re-definition? What is the digital world and what is its history?  

So, instead of tackling an impossibly big subject head on, I’d like to start figuring out the things we’d need to know or invent in order to have a working discourse on digital defense.

Here are some ideas:

1.  We need a clear and specific reckoning of digital oppression, for instance:

  • A comprehensive setting out of the kinds of exploitation practiced by digital media giants like Facebook, twitter, google etc - and their material consequences, and how they affect marginalized communities in particular. Particularly urgent is the need for some kind of discussion about mental health and social media.
  • A history and analysis of cyber-attacks; for instance the phenomenon of “doxxing” practiced by various right-wing groups, hacking, internet scams, virus programming, etc.
  • A comprehensive description and analysis of surveillance techniques, who’s practicing them, what the risks are, etc (this probably already exists.)

2.  We need to have conversations about what constitutes the digital world.

  • We need to resist the liberal notion of the disembodied digital “playground” and recognize that the digital world, whatever that is, is a contested location of power and has deep and necessary connections to the corporeal world. The oft-repeated notion that marginalized people might find solidarity in the anonymity and convenience of digital communications must be critically scrutinized.
  • We need to find out and document what kinds of labor get erased when we draw the boundaries of a digital world, and if these kinds of labor are gendered and racialized. For instance,human resource management and code documentation are utterly crucial to any large software project, and at least one sociological study on software companies has revealed that this kind of labor is both much more likely to be performed by self-identified women and to be left out of discussions about software development.
  • How accessible is the internet exactly? What do we assume about the universality or nature of internet access? Is there a universal ‘digital world’ that we are all plugged into, or is its access limited by factors of wealth, race, nationality, etc? Who then has a stake in digital warfare?
  • What is the history of online communications? Who has been left out of that history already, and who is currently writing it? Who has stakes in writing this history?

3.  We need to define the possibilities and stakes for digital resistance.

  • For instance, the 1960s-era idea of a media war, one of the backbones of the philosophy of nonviolent resistance, is predicated on the idea that hegemonic powers (read: governments, white supremacists and their institutions, large corporations) don’t have complete control over the media. While that may have been true back then, it certainly isn’t true now, and we need to move on from the idea of a media war that is winnable in terms of the current media infrastructure.
  • Given the impossibility of winning an old-school media war, what are the alternatives? How can we resist without taking on impossible fights?

I will admit readily that some of these answers or discussions exist already. (Please send links to me if you find them!) What is maybe more important is that we make them known and accessible, and put them into dialogues with each other.

Bio: Ada A. is an experimental composer residing in Philadelphia, but with roots elsewhere. They love children and would someday like to be paid to do what they’re best at: worrying about computers. Ada performs and worries as Madam Data. Photo by Ada A.

anonymous asked:

The black amd white gritty photo of dylan with short hair on the little report thing..was that a mug shot? Ive been confused.

A xerox of his Drivers License photo and data.

vimeo

Wanderers

A Short-Film by Erik Wernquist

“Wanderers is a vision of humanity’s expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available. Without any apparent story, other than what you may fill in by yourself, the idea with the film is primarily to show a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds - and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there.”

This is one of the most beautiful short films I have ever seen. The narration by Carl Sagan gave me goosebumps.

Internet Security Tip: One of the more common vectors of personal data leakage is funny cat pictures.

Folks are typically relatively circumspect with pictures of themselves, but not with pictures of their pets - after all, it’s highly unlikely that anyone would be able to personally identify a random cat from a smartphone snapshot. However, most cats are photographed inside their owners’ homes, and unless explicitly instructed otherwise, most smartphones cameras will tag photographs with metadata that includes the GPS coordinates at which each photo was taken. This data is often accurate enough to pinpoint a particular street address.

So guess what? Unless you’ve been sanitising your image metadata, there’s a good chance that anyone who’s seen your funny cat pictures can find out where your cat lives - and, by extension, where you live.

anonymous asked:

This blog has been very interesting since day one, it's strength is definitely the factual information, photos, data, the discussion is rather weak most of the time. You mentioned you strive for objectivity and I believe you, you mean well, but as a fan of Tom, you greatly emphasize the positive and downplay the negative which is only natural. Once I disabused myself of your claims of objectivity and ignored fans' moronic opinions, it helped me focus on the factual and I learned a lot.

It’s great that you found the information here useful. To call other peoples opinion “moronic” though seems like a troll move. Please don’t.

vimeo

This is one incredible video!!

Created by Erik Wernquist.

Wanderers is a vision of humanity’s expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available.

Enjoy! :)