Happy weekend, everyone, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. Valentine’s day will be here soon but, rather than make a bubbly, rose-scented cocktail, I’ve decided to enlist the sinister blood orange for a less twee take on the holiday.
If that jar of boozy citrus looks familiar to you, it’s because you follow Eating Trash With Claire, and you know that it contains blood-orange-infused vermouth. You could honestly sip the stuff straight from the jar and be completely happy—I did and I was—but I think Valentine’s Day calls for something a little stronger. To make this juicy, slightly sweet but potent beverage, you will need:
- A blood orange
- 2 ounces of gin
Chop the blood orange into wedges, throw it in a jar, and cover it with vermouth. From there, you can either let it infuse for a few days at room temperature (it turns pink when it’s ready to drink) or use a sous-vide setup and let it hang out in 185-degree bath for an hour before chilling it overnight in the fridge. Once you’ve made your infusion, add two ounces of the bloody vermouth to a stirring glass, along with two ounces of your favorite gin. Add ice, stir to chill, and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with one of those boozy citrus slices, and either drink to or against love, depending on how you’re feeling.
from Lifehacker http://bit.ly/2nPf3zc
The stock market is trying to avoid its worst week since the 2008 financial crisis.
The Dow jumped more than 300 points at Friday’s open, a modest bounce after an ugly few days. But then it gave back those gains and more. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq also dropped slightly.
Fears about inflation and so…
from FF All News http://bit.ly/2slb81N
On board the Tesla Roadster that Elon Musk sent hurtling towards the sun, aiming for a long, leisurely Earth-Mars orbit, there were a few pieces of miscellaneous cargo.
A so-called ‘Starman,’ which is a life-size mannequin wearing a production version of the SpaceX crew spacesuit; a miniature car created by Hot Wheels to commemorate the Roadster and its primary passenger; and something called an
(pronounced “Ark”), which is not so easy to summarily describe.
The Arch on board is a data crystal (sort of like a Jedi Holocron if you’re a nuke for Star Wars lore) that contains all three books from Isaac Asimov’s classic Foundation trilogy. It’s actually a modest amount of data relative to the possibilities of the storage medium – in this case, a quartz silica structure which, using 5D optical storage techniques, can eventually achieve a max storage capacity of 360 terabytes on a disk just 3.75 inches in diameter.
But why shoot a tiny quart disc into space? Why Foundation, and why aboard the Falcon Heavy, the crowning achievement of Elon Musk’s SpaceX private launch venture thus far?
First, while the disc itself and the technology behind it (developed by University of Southampton’s Dr. Peter Kazansky and his research team) is incredibly interesting (it’s expected to last for over 14 billion years, even accounting for outer space dangers including cosmic radiation) – it’s not the definition of what an Arch actually is. That, according to Arch Mission co-founder Nova Spivack, is actually something much more ambitious, broad in scope and technology agnostic.
The Arch Mission was actually inspired by Asimov’s Foundation series, which envisions an “Encyclopedia Galactica” that contains all the knowledge ever gathered by a civilization that has grown to galaxy-spanning scale. Spivack, along with co-founder Nick Slavin and a team that includes a number of council members from a wide range of background and industries, want to make this theoretical vision a functional reality – and the Arch SpaceX sent to space is the first, tiny piece of the puzzle.
Spivack explains that the Arch Mission isn’t about any one specific piece or even category of technology: The goal is essentially to build the largest, most resilient and most complete offsite backup ever created – an offsite backup of all human knowledge, spread across space in a variety of formats and mediums, with ample redundancy and hopefully multiple means of access.
“It really is a backup of civilization that’s designed to last for millions of years, and to do that effectively we have to have replication just like a large server farm would,” Spivack said. “In this case, our replication is solar system scale, which means that we’ll be putting archives literally around every planet in the solar system that we can get to. Think of it almost like Saturn’s rings, but in this case the ring will be tiny little crystals containing data.”
Just like how offsite backup is a smart idea for your home office because it means you’ll still have your data even if something happens to your entire house, like a fire or a flood, a galaxy-spanning repository of information provides something of an insurance policy in case of events like massive electromagnetic pulses, solar flares, or (and it hardly seems all that fantastic anymore) global thermonuclear war.
That’s not the only thing that a galaxy-wide encyclopedia can provide: If we achieve Elon Musk’s goal of becoming an interplanetary species, then we need to take into consideration how an interplanetary internet would work – Spivack notes that even transmitting at light-speed via lasers, it would take a long time for information to cross the distance of space, and so having a local database orbiting the Moon or Mars, for instance, would be a more practical option. Plus, far into the future, should any human colony somehow be cut off from Earth, or vice versa, it would be immensely useful to still have access to the sum total of human knowledge up to that point, for obvious reasons.
But how did Musk and SpaceX get involved? Twitter. Spivack told me about how he was lucky enough to catch the SpaceX CEO’s attention with a tweet about Arch Mission and Foundation, which Spivack chose as the first piece of information stored on an Arch after reading an article about Musk’s favorite books.
The tweet eventually led to a meeting, at which Spivack presented Musk with one of the Archs encoded with Asimov’s seminal series. Musk was thrilled, according to Spivack, and immediately said he’d be adding it to his personal library. Spivack was taken aback; this was, after all, supposed to be an Arch destined to tag along on the Falcon Heavy payload’s trip to Mars – eventually, he agreed to provide Musk with not one, but two of the first five Archs, including one to keep and one to send off into the cosmos.
It’s no small feat to convince Elon Musk to not only pay attention to what you’re doing, but then to also load up your payload aboard his rocket and blast it into space just because he thinks you’ve got a good idea. But this accomplishment is just the start for Arch Mission and its plans, Spivack assures me.
Next, the non-profit organization (yes, it’s registered and is always seeking donations, Spivack says) is going to encode non-living DNA with other data sets, to be sent off on similar missions. The method is still in its relative infancy, but it has the potential to store tremendous amounts of data with incredible layers of redundancy, so that even if a portion is lost or damaged by cosmic rays, many more duplicates of the information will survive, for a very, very long time.
It’s crucial, Spivack says, that this be “non-living” DNA, since there are rules about sending out biological matter into the wider universe beyond our Earth, and for very good reason. But when I ask about whether Spivack has ever considered the possibility that a pan-galactic encyclopedia already exists, left by some other sentient race that we just haven’t noticed or figured out how to read yet, he admits that’s been a key founding idea all along Arch Mission’s development, and brings up an interesting idea about our own DNA as one example of how that might work.
“I started wondering whether there was a message somewhere for us to find,” Spivack told me. “And I started thought, well, where would that message be? If I was creating a message like that, I’d put it somewhere where I could guarantee it would be found, but it wouldn’t be found too soon.”
He continued that he’d also likely hide other clues related to the first in more difficult to access locations, so that as society progressed it could unlock additional information, but only when ready. The logical first place Spivack says he’d likely hide the first piece of the puzzle was in our own DNA, or in the DNA of something else we’re likely to observe as a sufficiently advanced species, including, for instance, an Apple. Our DNA and the DNA of other living things has long stretches of segments about which we understand little to nothing, he points out, so a message could be hidden there.
Ultimately, Spivack suggested that we can’t know right now if Arch Mission isn’t just an echo of a far-distant project currently beyond human understanding. But he does know that Arch is doing what it can today to make its vision a reality, including securing other launch partners, and berths aboard future missions to the Moon, Mars and the rest of the Solar System. There’s the non-living DNA project coming up, and Arch will also send a full archive of Wikipedia to space in one of its forthcoming forays.
Where it needs help, Spivack says, is in securing additional datasets to be added to the collection (he asked for both TechCrunch’s archive and Crunchbase, and we’ll certainly see about sending both because that’s definitely something crucially missing from space), as well as funding (they help fund research into different data storage methods through the foundation) and tip-offs to interesting research in the field. Spivack admits the idea can seem a little difficult to wrap your head around, but he also believes that it’s work that will have impact for humans now, since they’re spurring the development of tech and research that can be used in other ways.
There are obviously tremendous challenges ahead for Arch Mission, including how to encode the data so that it’s likely to be decipherable by future humans (or anyone else, for that matter), but the information is encoded in a number of different ways to make interpretation more likely. There’s also a matter of seeding physical information in the outer reaches of our galactic reach, but Arch has already hitched a ride on one rocket, so how hard can it be?
from TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/2EbY7Jv
Data visualization brings more eyes, attention and understanding to complex stories. When it works well, it can make a story crystal-clear. But it takes effort, coding and time—and is sometimes out of reach for all but the biggest newsrooms.
One easy way to make data visualizations is through Flourish, a tool that helps you design and create graphics to embed on a website or export as a SVG file. We’re making Flourish free for journalists, so that it’ll be easier for newsrooms of all sizes and budgets to create their own data visualizations.
We’re also working with design studio Pitch Interactive to make free virtual reality templates for newsrooms in Flourish. Here’s an example: The visual above shows related Google searches for TV shows. Any journalist in a newsroom could use that template, but with different data. For example, the visual below shows searches for U.S. Senators before this year’s midterm elections. (And here’s the visual code on GitHub).
Traditionally, creating the same visual with different data is a tricky job involving developers. Flourish makes that easy—visuals can just be reused as they are, or you can create “stories” to narrate the visual by adding captions and leading the user on a visual journey.
th Flourish, journalists with no coding experience can make high-end interactive graphics and stories with no tech support—check out these tutorial videos for extra help. Crucially for the data journalism community, Flourish lets newsrooms share templates with each other. Though newsrooms can create some private templates, they can open-source others.
Flourish was soft-launched last year, and since then, the development team worked with designers and data journalists to build the launch version that has just been released. In that time, hundreds of journalists and newsrooms have signed up to use Flourish.
Flourish is just one of a series of tools and resources in our News Lab data journalism toolkit. Other tools include Tilegrams, Data Gif Maker and the Data Journalism Handbook. Look for more this year as we work to make it easier for data journalists to investigate, process, visualize and surface their data across the news industry.
from Official Google Blog http://bit.ly/2ExkQD6
Although the cryptocurrency market is on a downward trend this month, Bitcoin and the blockchain are not going away anytime soon. In fact, the SEC just released testimony to support the technology, which is super legit for something that used to be associated with black market drug sales.
Though market’s volatility may put off some investors, there are ways to find good coins worth your time so you can try to secure a future with Bitcoin in a way that’s responsible and low-risk.
A good way to get started is by taking an online course. There are often deals on courses via Udemy, Coursera, and other online learning sites. This bundle of courses that’s on sale in the Mashable Shop (for just $29) is also a good option. Here’s a breakdown of what’s included:
The Complete Bitcoin Course: Get .0001 BTC In Your Wallet
The first step to investing in any cryptocurrency is to understand how to purchase the main ones, like Bitcoin. But before you get ahead of yourself, you should also comprehend what exactly Bitcoin is, how mining works, and why Bitcoin is such a global phenomenon. You’ll also receive .0001 Bitcoin just for enrolling in the class so you can familiarize yourself without risking any of your own money.
Bitcoin For Business: How To Accept Bitcoin
Bitcoin has its pros and cons, so not all businesses will accept it, especially if it’s not entirely legal in certain countries. However, pretty much any company today can implement Bitcoin as a payment method, and this course will walk you through the process.
Start & Secure Your Bitcoin Fortune: Join The Revolution
Part of the reason some investors hesitate when it comes to cryptocurrency is that exchanges can be prone to online hacks. This course will show you how to protect yourself against 99% of online attacks on your privacy and finances so you can maintain a diverse crypto portfolio without worry.
Initial Coin Offering A-Z: Become A Smart ICO Investor
Beyond established coins like Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum you may have also heard of newer coins, like Ripple (XRP), OmiseGO (OMG), or VeChain (VEN). There are lots of coins to choose from, with Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) going up every day. But it can be hard to tell whether a project truly has potential, or whether it’s just a scamcoin (unless of course, you’re looking into PonziCoin, which is overtly both). In this course, you’ll learn how to get involved with coins on the ground floor before they take off and gain a broad knowledge of the altcoin space.
Once you’ve secured some Bitcoin, you’ll be able to purchase other coins, which usually don’t trade with USD. In cryptocurrency trading, it’s important to understand the fundamentals of the technology as well as the economics behind how prices are set. In this course, you can learn how to maximize your trades and develop a solid investment strategy.
Certified Bitcoin Professional
Did you know you can take a Bitcoin Professional Certification exam? If you don’t think Bitcoin applies to your life or career, think again. Having this certification on your résumé will give you a leg-up in the burgeoning professional cryptocurrency industry, which is more important than ever as companies like Goldman Sachs start to get involved in the speculation.
from Mashable! http://on.mash.to/2C9nTvX
Sleep expert Matthew Walker breaks down what happens in your brain when you dream. Following is a transcript of the video.
Matthew Walker: My name is Matthew Walker, I am a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and I am the author of the book "Why We Sleep."
What is dreaming and what happens and are there any real benefits to dreaming? Well, to take a step back I think it’s important to note that dreaming essentially is a time when we all become flagrantly psychotic. And before you perhaps dismiss that diagnosis, I’ll give you five good reasons, because last night when you were dreaming, first you started to see things which were not there, so you were hallucinating.
Second, you believe things that couldn’t possibly be true, so you were delusional. Third, you became confused about time, place, and person, so you’re suffering from disorientation. Fourth, you had wildly fluctuating emotions like a pendulum, something that we call being affectively labile. And then, how wonderful? You woke up this morning and you forgot most if not all of that dream experience, so you’re suffering from amnesia.
And if you were to experience any one of those five symptoms while you were awake, you would be seeking psychological or psychiatric treatment, yet during sleep and dreaming it seems to be both a normal biological and psychological process.
What are the functions, then, or the benefits of dreaming? Well we know that dream sleep, which principally comes from a stage that we call rapid eye movement sleep or REM sleep, dream sleep actually provides at least two benefits for the brain.
The first is actually creativity, because it’s during REM sleep and dreaming specifically when the brain starts to collide all of the information that you’ve recently learned together with all of this back catalog of autobiographical information that you’ve got stored up in the brain. And it starts to build novel connections, it’s almost like group therapy for memories. And through this pattern of informational alchemy at night, we create a revised mind wide web of associations. And you can start to divine new novel insights into previously unsolved problems, so that you wake up the next morning with new solutions, and it’s probably the reason that no one has ever told you that you should stay awake on a problem. Instead, people tell you to sleep on a problem. And we now have good evidence that it’s dream sleep that gifts you that type of informational wisdom rather than simply knowledge.
The second benefit of dream sleep is essentially a form of overnight therapy. It’s during dream sleep where we start to actually take the sting out of difficult, even traumatic, emotional experiences that we’ve been having. And sleep almost divorces that emotional, bitter rind from the memory experiences that we’ve had during the day. And so that we wake up the next morning feeling better about those experiences. So you can think of dream sleep as emotional first aid and it sort of offers this nocturnal soothing balm that smoothes those painful stinging edges of difficult experiences. So it’s not time that heals all wounds, but it’s time during dream sleep that provides you with emotional convalescence.
from SAI http://read.bi/2G15a8d
Friday February 9: Five things the markets are talking about **Stateside, the House of Representatives has approved the bill to fund the U.S government and has raised spending limits over two-years, it is now sending the measure to President Trump.** Investors should expect market turbulence to continue this year as pullbacks and volatility become more […]
from MarketPulse http://bit.ly/2BjG5WZ
Since I started teaching photography I’ve had the opportunity to teach a few kids as well as adults. Some special parents were able to see that their child had an interest in photography and a gift for doing it as well, and they encouraged them to pursue it. I gladly jumped on that bandwagon and supported them as well.
So I’ve rounded up not one, but four young photographers whose work will amaze you. You may think it slightly depressing that these youngsters can do such amazing work at a tender age (while you may be struggling to figure out how to shoot in Manual), but instead – allow them to inspire you!
Award-winning wildlife photographer age 13
Josiah Launstein started doing photography at age 5, using his dad’s old camera and got “serious” about it when he was only 7. Now he’s won awards for his photography and has been displayed in national galleries. Watch him in action photographing one of his favorite subjects, bighorn sheep. AND he’s Canadian like me!
See more of Josiah’s work on his website where you can buy prints, art cards, and calendars. I liked his work so much I bought a calendar myself!
Teen featured in national publications
By age 16 Alex Currie’s work was being featured in National publications, even recognized by Vogue magazine. He’s also produced short films with some of his friends.
A day with a teenage pro photographer
Our next young sensation is Ryan Parrilla, a Manhattan-based teen photographer. He’s been doing photography since age 12 on the streets of NYC. His camera of choice is a Canon Powershot G7 Mark II. Follow along to see a day of shooting with Ryan in his city.
10-year-old’s photography business – helps his autism
In this final inspirational video story, learn about how Morgan Wolfers picked up a camera to help him “focus”. He and his parents realized that photography helped with his autism and that he was naturally good at it.
See more of this amazing kid’s photography on his website here.
I hope these stories of kids doing photography have inspired you to get out there and do more shooting yourself. Look for the dPS weekly photography challenge if you need some ideas on what to shoot.
The post 4 Young Photographers Who Will Inspire and Amaze You by Darlene Hildebrandt appeared first on Digital Photography School.
from Digital Photography School http://bit.ly/2nOxcgO
Microsoft is now ready to polish your job applications — the company has released its LinkedIn-powered Resume Assistant for Office 365 subscribers. The AI-based helper sifts through LinkedIn profiles to find prominent examples of work experience and skill listings for your dream job, giving you some helpful tips for customizing your CV. You can also tap the ProFinder marketplace to talk to experts who can offer career advice, and search for relevant jobs without leaving Word.
Resume Assistant’s requirements are currently quite stiff: in addition to Office 365, you need to use Word in English and set Windows’ region to one of several countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and the US). Support for other platforms, countries and languages will have to wait until sometime in the "coming months." Still, it’s a start — and if you do live in the right place, this might be enough to help you stand out in a crowded field of applicants.
Source: LinkedIn Official Blog
from Engadget http://engt.co/2ERLSDb