Teen's coronavirus-themed prom dress made of duct tape is a work of art
- Her coronavirus-themed dress features multiple images depicting life during the pandemic.
- Manker's ideas evolved as the pandemic continued to impact people all over the world.
- She does so by showing an image of people running away from the giant coronavirus to signify the world trying to avoid catching the disease.
- It would be difficult to tell from looking at the pictures of her work, but Manker says this is her debut as a duct tape artist.
- Her previous experience is from making small duct tape wallets and flowers when she was much younger.
- Four months and 41 rolls of duct tape later, she managed to make something far more elaborate.
- Manker says it is "surreal" that her work was able to make an impression on people all over the world who commented on the post.
How the Black Death made the rich richer
- Although the Black Death caused short-term losses for Europe’s largest companies, in the long term, they concentrated their assets and gained a greater share of the market and influence with governments.
- But we can certainly see parallels with the way that the Black Death strengthened the power of the state and accelerated the domination of key markets by a handful of mega-corporations.
- The trend of the post-Black Death 14th and 15th Centuries was a concentration of resources – capital, skills, and infrastructure – into the hands of a small number of corporations.
- Small business has taken a really decisive hit across a wide range of sectors as Covid-19, like the Black Death, results in big companies gaining market share.
- At a state level, the Black Death caused the acceleration of trends towards centralisation, the growth of taxation, and government dependence upon large companies.
How deepfakes could actually do some good
- Because survivors can rarely reveal their own identities safely, the team behind the film Welcome to Chechnya turned to the same sort of technology typically seen in deepfake videos.
- Still, the promise of deepfake-like technology to anonymize people may grow more popular, experts told Recode, complicating the debate over the ethics and the regulation of this controversial application of artificial intelligence.
- The man behind Welcome to Chechnya’s technology is visual effects expert Ryan Laney, who says the technology used in the film essentially moves faces like marionette puppets.
- When asked about the questions surrounding deepfakes, Welcome to Chechnya’s Laney says that his technology doesn’t technically count because “deepfakes as a practice are inherently nonconsensual.” To him, the artificial intelligence used in the film required both the agreement of those filmed to be anonymized and the consent of the activists who volunteered their faces.
Lindsay Lohan Is Back, But... Why? – CCN.com – Op-ed %
- So, Lindsay Lohan has surfaced again–the only problem is, I don’t know why.
- Whatever you find to be synonymous with the name Lindsay Lohan is likely dependent on your demographic.
- And during all these tough times I feel like I’ve learned to understand the simplicity of life and birthdays.
- I was thinking about how many birthdays I’ve had that are just like so extravagant and how lucky we all are to just have the people around us that we love and the people in our lives that we love and how simple is key.
- In quite unfortunate timing (especially considering she’d waited almost a decade), the lockdown lined up with the single’s early April street date.
- Naturally, the people interviewing her wanted to know what Lindsay Lohan’s been doing for the last decade.
A rare case of brain-destroying amoeba has been confirmed in Florida
- The Florida Department of Health on Friday announced the confirmed case of Naegleria fowleri -- a microscopic single-celled amoeba that can infect and destroy the brain.
- Since 1962, there have only been 37 reported cases of the amoeba in Florida.
- Naegleria fowleri is typically found in warm freshwater like lakes, rivers and ponds.
- The DOH has cautioned people who swim in those freshwater sources to be aware of the amoeba's possible presence, particularly when the water is warm.
- The DOH recommended people avoid bodies of warm freshwater around power plants and shallow fresh water during periods of high water temperature.
- The DOH also noted that you could possibly be exposed to the amoeba through a neti pot when rinsing congested sinuses.
- In the US, there have been 143 known infected cases of the amoeba, according to the Florida DOH.
Trump tries to drag America backward on a very different July 4th
- On Saturday in the nation's capital, the Trump administration has planned July 4 celebrations that ignore Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser's concerns about public health guidelines, although at least there'll be some of the social distancing measures at the White House that were ignored in South Dakota, where the President largely acted as if the coronavirus didn't exist.
- South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican and close Trump ally, set the tone earlier this week during an appearance on Fox News where she said there would be no social distancing as spectators gathered to celebrate freedom.
- Just like he does on his Twitter feed, which is dominated by dismay over the toppling of statues of racist figures from America's past, Trump minimized the dangers of the pandemic Friday night in South Dakota, expressing more concern for the safety of statues than of the American people.
As coronavirus cases skyrocket, US marks July Fourth with pleas for people to skip the parties
- Coronavirus cases are rising in 36 states heading into the weekend with California, Arizona, Texas and Florida all posting record numbers of new infections this week.
- In Georgia, where coronavirus cases are going up, about 1,400 health care workers signed a letter to Gov. Brian Kemp asking him to increase state restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
- Dr. Jesse Couk, the chair of infectious disease at Shepherd Center and a doctor at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, told CNN he worked with other doctors and health care professionals to create the letter after he became frustrated with lack of action after a spike in cases.
- Although Quest can provide results within a day for priority patients — including sick health care workers and people in the hospital — the average turnaround time is three to five days for most other patients, the company said in a statement Monday.
De-escalating social media conflict
- One way to look at the problem is how potentially damaging the interaction between two people winds up being after a user posts something that is likely to require a Mea Culpa.
- It's likely very difficult to tell whether a tweet actually requires a Mea Culpa, because divisiveness and disagreement are part of the public conversation (most especially in politics).
- If one user normally has good interactions with another, but then posts something that results in a negative response from the other, this could be a way to get higher signal on a potential Mea Culpa tweet.
- Another way to look at this is of tweets that received a negative sentiment reaction by a user that resulted in the poster admitting mistake, and that the user saw the Mea Culpa in their home feed, what % of those users wound up forgiving the poster?
The Tricky Math of Covid-19 Herd Immunity
- That means the virus will spread at an accelerating rate until, on average across different places, 60% of the population becomes immune.
- So how much lower is the herd immunity threshold when you’re talking about a virus spreading in the wild, like the current pandemic?
- Another new study takes a different approach to estimating differences in susceptibility to COVID-19 and puts the herd immunity threshold even lower.
- The paper’s 10 authors, who include Gomes and Langwig, estimate that the threshold for naturally acquired herd immunity to COVID-19 could be as low as 20% of the population.
- In the meantime, to prevent the spread of the virus and lower that R0 value as much as possible, distancing, masks, testing and contact tracing are the order of the day everywhere, regardless of where you place the herd immunity threshold.
The danger of surrogate metrics (2007)
- The measure of whether the group is making or losing money is an example of a metric, and it's a good metric, in the sense that it measures exactly what it says it's going to measure.
- So, you spend some time writing a reporting layer on top of the forum software that tracks the time between when a post first shows up and it has a response from somebody in your company.
- You work with your group, tell them that they need to do better, and over the next month, the average response time goes down to 12 hours, and you're happy that you've solved the problem.
- That's because "response time" is a surrogate measure of the thing that you really care about, customer satisfaction.
- But even if people don't game the system, surrogate metrics can, at best, suggest when something is bad, but they can never tell you when something is good enough.