Miguel del Pino: Best Pets to be most Curious about

In the first place, I would like to justify this term that some animalists reject to the point of being offended: according to the Dictionary of use of Mary Miller, “pet” means “figure or something that has to bring good luck to its owner” and there is no doubt that companion animals should be a source of joy, when its adoption and care are performed in the correct way. The Dictionary of the RAE recognizes, in addition to this definition, the “animal of company”. The world of the animals of…

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Kids in Japan are more independent than American Counterparts (2015)

In Japan, small children take the subway and run errands alone, no parent in sight. The reason why has more to do with social trust than self-reliance. It’s a common sight on Japanese mass transit: children troop through train cars, singly or in small groups, looking for seats.   They wear knee socks, polished patent leather shoes, and plaid jumpers, with wide-brimmed hats fastened under the chin and train passes pinned to their backpacks. The kids are as young as six or seven, on their way to and from school,…

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Applying McLuhan’s Tetrad to the Smartphone (2016)

1. Introduction & Background “The medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium – that is, of any extension of ourselves – result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology.” – Marshall McLuhan (The medium is the message, 1964) McLuhan believed that the introduction of new technologies into a society has a determining effect on the organisation of that society, the perceptions of its members, and the…

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Epic Ink: How Japanese Warrior Prints Popularized the Full-Body Tattoo

  In the late 1820s, when artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi debuted his stunning new series of warrior prints, Japanese culture was well into a period of flux. Since around 1615, after the ruling Tokugawa family established their headquarters in Edo (the former name for Tokyo), the country had been set on a course of rapid urbanization and isolation from the global order. The private wealth of Japan’s thriving merchant class fueled the emergence of the so-called Floating World—shadowy urban districts devoted to nightlife and entertainment—and a host of media chronicling its…

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The App That Reminds You You’re Going to Die

Five times a day for the past three months, an app called WeCroak has been telling me I’m going to die. It does not mince words. It surprises me at unpredictable intervals, always with the same blunt message: “Don’t forget, you’re going to die.” From Our January/February 2018 Issue Try 2 FREE issues of The Atlantic Subscribe Sending these notices is WeCroak’s sole function. They arrive “at random times and at any moment just like death,” according to the app’s website, and are accompanied by a quote meant to encourage…

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Acoustic delay line memory

Delay Line Memory Delay line memory always fascinated me.  It is well known that early computers such as the UNIVAC-I used mercury acoustic delay line memory.  Less well known is that the use of digital delay line memory continued well into the semiconductor era in the form of Torsional and Quartz delay line memories for calculators. Analog delay line memory also has had many uses over the years.  One common use was for drop-out compensators in video tape recorders.  As each video line was read from the video tape, a…

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Protecting Trivia Apps from Cheaters

Mobile trivia apps, such as HQ Trivia and The Q, modernize game show-style entertainment, allowing anyone to try their hand at winning cash prizes from their smartphone from anywhere. However, these applications are susceptible to cheaters and bots. For example, a developer by the name of Toby Mellor recently demonstrated how he created a near-realtime system to cheat on HQ Trivia. His post (linked above) details his use of Google cloud APIs to create this system. While the demo was certainly impressive, I felt that I could improve on this…

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23 Photos that cover the whole irony of the phrase “Good day!”

Share on Facebook Tuitéalo The morning is the moment that establishes the mood for the whole day. And it is understandable that all want to be the best possible, but many times it happens that just in the mornings, nothing goes according to plan. Great.guru met 23 pictures that show the morning is especially bad for some people. When you have not yet awakened, but you already want yogurt If the manufacturers of potato chips made bread “My wife prepared me a cake, but fell down when you pull it…

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20 Situations of everyday life that can go crazy any

Share on Facebook Tuitéalo We all have our peculiarities. What about them looks completely normal, for others, it is unacceptable. In addition, any insignificant detail could unbalance the emotional state of a person. For example, a hard word, a gesture unexpected, a bizarre action or just something that is not perfect. Great.guru gathered for you the 20 situations of life that surely one day you have bothered also. 20. When you realize that so is more comfortable to listen to. 19. “When I see this, I become the Hulk”. 18.…

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