Yesterday, a teacher at my daughter’s preschool told me that she saw two boys and a girl spinning the knobs of a play oven. Boy #1 says: ‘I’m a pilot! I’m flying a plane.’ Boy #2 says: ‘Me too!’ The girl is quiet, so the teacher says to her: ‘What about you, are you a pilot?’ The 3 year old girl replies: ‘I can’t be a pilot. I’m a pilot’s wife.’
So what do you think has happened in this little girl’s short life to make her believe it’s more likely that she would be a pilot’s wife than a pilot?
Sign Language Rings Convert Gestures To Speech
"Here’s how the rings work, in a nutshell. There are three detatchable rings that are worn on the the thumb and first two fingers of each hand, as well as a bracelet. As the user signs out whatever they want to say, the translation is then spoken through a digitized voice that comes from the bracelet. I’m not sure if it works real time or not, but that’s still some pretty amazing stuff. And that’s not all…
"The gesture-to-speak aspect works fine when the hearing-impaired person wants to talk to someone else, but what about vice versa? The bracelet carries the double duty of turning sound into text that runs across an LED display.
Coolest thing ever.
My only curiosity is the difference in sign production both individually and regionally. Very neat concept, though.
“ Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue. Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money. They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves. This inward blame has been a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for their poor, publicly and privately, than any other ruling class since, say, Napoleonic times.”
An ongoing sadistic project—by Athens-based architect and 3D modeler Katerina Kamprani—that opposes the de rigueur function of design, in a bid to redesign everyday things with a twist, rendering them almost useless but still usable.
This makes me so angry
There’s no doubt that social media is playing an ever-larger role in most Americans’ lives.
Information Week surveyed experts to put together a list of the five social media trends businesses can expect to see next year.
- More monetization. Social media platforms will increasingly generate revenue.
- Easing privacy concerns. Americans will be more comfortable with sharing personal data online.
- More user-generated content. Retailers will look to users to create social media content to drive sales.
- Google+ gets more traction. Though it still trails Facebook, Google’s social media network will become more popular.
- Respectable Facebook. The social media giant has finally shaken off the fallout from its botched IPO and will increasingly be seen as undervalued.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s FISA Improvements Act would give the NSA even more authority to monitor our phone calls, text messages and every online move.
It’s an awful piece of legislation and it must be stopped.
We need real reform of the government’s surveillance programs, not this fake fix that Sen. Feinstein and a handful of NSA cheerleaders are trying to sneak through Congress.
ʼTis the season for quietly ushering through horrible bills before Congress goes home for the holidays.
We can’t let the FISA Improvements Act move forward.
1. S.1631, FISA Improvements Act of 2013: thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:S.1631:
2. “Dianne Feinstein’s Fake Surveillance Reform Bill,” ACLU, Nov. 11, 2013: aclu.org/blog/national-security/dianne-feinsteins-fake-surveillance-reform-bill
We all know that the Wall Street banks shouldn’t be allowed to continue with the high-stakes gambling that crashed our economy in 2008. But the politicians in Washington, DC have by-and-large failed to act. Now regulators are poised to make a small but important step towards reform before the end of the year.
Next week, the key regulatory agencies charged with watching over Wall Street will decide the fate of the so-called “Volcker Rule.” Named after former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, the “Volcker Rule” would ban big banks from making risky bets for their own gain.
Wall Street has been trying to kill this rule since before it became law. They sought to undermine it as agencies wrote the actual regulations. Now they are engaged in a last-ditch effort to block the rule or poke it full of loopholes as regulatory agencies finalize the rule through an end of year vote. The final vote on the draft Volcker Rule is scheduled for December 10th.
- Ben Protess, “Volcker Rule on Bank Risk Approaches Its Final Edits,” DealBook, December 3, 2012.
- Michael J. Moore and Dakin Campbell, “Wall Street Sweats Out Volcker Rule Impact on Revenue,” Bloomberg Businessweek, December 4, 2013.
- Pat Garofalo, “Volcker On The Watered-Down Volcker Rule: ‘I Don’t Like It’,” ThinkProgress, october 24, 2011.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who served 27 years in prison for anti-apartheid activities and led his continent into a new era, has died at age 95.
South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed the news:
"He is now resting. He is now at peace," Zuma said. "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."
Born Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in Transkei, South Africa, the civil rights activist would become the linchpin in South Africans’ move to end the country’s notorious apartheid regime. The impact of his efforts — to reconcile generosity with pragmatism and to find the common ground between humanity’s higher values and his own aspiration to power, as journalist John Carlin once described them — would ultimately reach well beyond South Africa’s borders, and earn him a Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.