wildcat2030

wildcat2030:

A More Pseudonymous Internet
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From ephemeral publishing apps to the abandoned Google “real names” policy, a push to revive relative namelessness online.

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Excellent article. Some excerpts:

they search for safe spaces where they can … anonymously practice new ways of thinking and being. These interactions offer them freedom and distance from their existing relationships. They eventually use the experiences, relationships, and practices cultivated through their Elastic Self in other areas of their life.

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I was finding myself on the Internet learning skills that would be useful both as a professional and a human offline. My ability to be an effective creator was hugely shaped by writing popular fan fiction and running side-project businesses in virtual worlds. Researchers have also found pseudonymous games to be great environments for training leadership skills.

The above is hilarious to me right now. Just the other day I was talking to someone about Neopets. Yeah, Neopets. It’s a ridiculous thing to try to explain: a website built around fantasy creatures helped me learn valuable skills like marketing and business-management, and even helped build an international network of friends and business prospects (some of whom I’ve encountered recently, over a decade later, in person and on other sites).

“companies and institutions often misinterpret the meaning of people’s social lives, codifying it in a way that forces people into static relationships that don’t reflect the fluid nature of actual relationships.

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Commentators began suggesting real-name usage would make the Internet a clean and civil place. (These theories are contradicted by evidence.) Unsurprisingly, some people who have advocated for real-name usage are affiliated with data-gathering social platforms.

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Can pseudonyms and anonymity be used to hurt others? Obviously, yes. As a woman on the Internet, I’ve encountered my share of nastiness.

There’s nothing about this article that gives the writer away as a woman, until she mentions it. Once it’s out there, certain people will judge what you say by your gender, and it’s neither fun nor interesting. Although I use my name here on tumblr, there are other sites on which I still use pseudonyms. I’ve been called “man”, “dude”, “12-year-old boy”, “sir”, and “neckbeard”, among other terms usually reserved for humans with a set of testicles, and know of other women who’ve had the same experience. People still think there are few women in discussions of gaming and STEM, but I wonder how many of us are simply hidden, just because we don’t want to deal with the BS?

Anyway, I agree with the author: anonymity and pseudonymity are an important kind of freedom, worth fighting for going forward.

uvec
uvec:

MANY MOONS HANDLE IT!

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Beautiful image. However, the link above is broken (dead Deviantart page), and was made invisible in the permalink, by the original poster’s layout. The artist’s name was neither in the tags, nor text. Had to sift through cycles and cycles of tumblr and pinterest pages before finally noticing the artist's subtle watermark in the corner. Apparently the image was also rotated 90° clockwise, somewhere along the way.
Not saying this was intentional obfuscation. Seems like the OP (uvec) tries to credit people. But, it isn’t helpful that the content source is listed as the OP’s tumblr. Unless the OP is the artist (maybe? no telling info to know for sure), this is incorrect.
So guys, unless you don’t care, watermark your stuff. Small & unnoticeable is fine — less of a chance of rude people removing it, that way.
All that said, this is evidently "Many Moons Handle It" by Ernest Tang.

"A family of moons orbiting the gas giant of Sunatta. We have a moon orbiting a moon orbiting a bigger moon orbiting the gas giant. All of these moons have been paraterraformed by the type II civilization that lives here. … I used textures from http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/, Nasa Visible Earth and NSGS.”

uvec:

MANY MOONS HANDLE IT!

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Beautiful image. However, the link above is broken (dead Deviantart page), and was made invisible in the permalink, by the original poster’s layout. The artist’s name was neither in the tags, nor text. Had to sift through cycles and cycles of tumblr and pinterest pages before finally noticing the artist's subtle watermark in the corner. Apparently the image was also rotated 90° clockwise, somewhere along the way.

Not saying this was intentional obfuscation. Seems like the OP (uvec) tries to credit people. But, it isn’t helpful that the content source is listed as the OP’s tumblr. Unless the OP is the artist (maybe? no telling info to know for sure), this is incorrect.

So guys, unless you don’t care, watermark your stuff. Small & unnoticeable is fine — less of a chance of rude people removing it, that way.

All that said, this is evidently "Many Moons Handle It" by Ernest Tang.

"A family of moons orbiting the gas giant of Sunatta.
We have a moon orbiting a moon orbiting a bigger moon orbiting the gas giant.

All of these moons have been paraterraformed by the type II civilization that lives here.

… I used textures from http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/, Nasa Visible Earth and NSGS.”

olena

olena:

Hank Pellissier { writes }:

Metaphorically, for me, the “nakedness” of mental transparency is identical to physical nudity. The complex data of our yearning craniums won’t be shrouded any longer, won’t be buried and disguised under fabricated obstacles and artifice.

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But, naked isn’t free.

Can I climb mountains, naked? Can I travel to outer space, naked? Can I “be myself”, naked? Definitely not, definitely not, and no, I don’t think so.

Whatever appendages we choose to attach to ourselves daily or permanently, whatever artifice we handle and live with and use and surround ourselves with… it’s our costume, our armor, our shelter, our extremities, our transformation into what we are and everything we’re capable of being, would like to be, or are becoming.

I want to be buried, disguised, fabricated, obfuscated, clarified, extended through artifice.

proofmathisbeautiful
ketchuprocket:

all-the-other-humans:

Fucking physics

Somewhere in the world, a physics professor writes the perfect exam question.

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This is actually not a physics assignment, but an artwork by Michael Craig-Martin, titled “On the Table” — a part of his conceptual explorations featuring similar balance problems, from the 1970s.

ketchuprocket:

all-the-other-humans:

Fucking physics

Somewhere in the world, a physics professor writes the perfect exam question.

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This is actually not a physics assignment, but an artwork by Michael Craig-Martin, titled “On the Table” — a part of his conceptual explorations featuring similar balance problems, from the 1970s.

mucholderthen

mucholderthen:

THE OPERATING SYSTEM
Created by Olena Shmahalo

Far-long ago, in a distant space-time,
a n0thing exploded over eons,

rippling into the here-now.

Over billions of years, anxious bits vibrated into “being”,
in every direction stacking and multiplying,
creating branches of { Unimportance },
of complexity and necessity, until, eventually,
that explosion became themselves.

See and read the entire “Operating System”

Your father was a space rock;
you were born a cosmonaut.

You are a cosmic accident —
a system of instructions,
 achieving self-recognition. 

You are nature looking in, 
at once mundane and sublime.

See and read the entire “Operating System” …

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scientificillustration

molecularlifesciences:

popmech:

10 Scientific Images That Changed How We Look at the World

Any conversation about progress in science will include visualization.

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The 5 images above:

  1. Robert Hooke’s Flea Drawing
    Date: September 1665
    This is the most important individual flea of all time. Coming from Robert Hooke’s Micrographia, a collection of illustrations he drew in 1665 that currently resides in the National Museum of Health and Medicine, this drawing is a work of art. But more importantly, it demonstrated the power of the microscope that allowed Hooke to depict the pest in minute detail.

    [This drawing predates Anton van Leeuwenhoek’s (“father of Microbiology”) observations by just under a decade, and Nicolas Andry’s subsequent theory (1700) that microscopic “worms” were actually responsible for disease.]
  2. Hubble’s eXtreme Deep Field
    Date: September 25, 2012
    You are looking at the beginning of the [known] universe. The Hubble telescope captured this image of distant galaxies 13.2 billion light years away—the latest in a series of Deep Field images that started in 1995—after an exposure time of 23 days. Hundreds of galaxies, billions of stars, all collected into one photograph.
  3. "Earthrise"
    Date: December 24, 1968
    Considered to be the most important environmental photograph ever taken, “Earthrise” was taken by Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders on Christmas Eve, 1968. Above the barren horizon of the moon, the photo captured the entirety of the beautiful, living Earth, changing the way we looked at our own world.
  4. Darwin’s Phylogenetic Tree of Organisms
    Date: 1837
    Scrawled in one of his famous notebooks (“red transmutation notebook B”), this is the first branching diagram of the lineage of organisms. The best part is the “I think” scribbled up top. “I think…this may become one of the most important discoveries in human history.”
  5. Copernican Model of the Solar System
    Date: 1543
    …Copernicus [removed] Earth from its position as the center of the universe in his famous book De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium…
subatomicuniverse
I was an ordinary person
who studied hard.

Richard Feynman, theoretical physicist, d. 1988 (via whats-out-there)

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Context:

"You ask me if an ordinary person could ever get to be able to imagine these things like I imagine them. Of course! I was an ordinary person who studied hard. There are no miracle people. It happens they get interested in this thing and they learn all this stuff, but they’re just people. There’s no talent, no special ability to understand quantum mechanics, or to imagine electromagnetic fields, that comes without practice and reading and learning and study. I was not born understanding quantum mechanics — I still don’t understand quantum mechanics! I was born not knowing things were made out of atoms, and not being able to visualize, therefore, when I saw the bottle of milk that I was sucking, that it was a dynamic bunch of balls bouncing around. I had to learn that just like anybody else. So if you take an ordinary person who is willing to devote a great deal of time and work and thinking and mathematics, then he’s become a scientist!”

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True of art, as well.

inthenoosphere
inthenoosphere:

Symbolic representation of the participatory universe as developed by physicist, John Archibald Wheeler

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“We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” ― Carl Sagan
A video of John Wheeler talking about this image.
Christopher Langan’s animated gif version of John’s idea, via Imagining the Tenth Dimension.
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I’m curious, who’s the artist of the above drawing? I haven’t been able to find a real source yet. It is Wheeler’s idea, but it’s unclear if this particular picture was drawn by him — seems not.

inthenoosphere:

Symbolic representation of the participatory universe as developed by physicist, John Archibald Wheeler

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We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” ― Carl Sagan

A video of John Wheeler talking about this image.

Christopher Langan’s animated gif version of John’s idea, via Imagining the Tenth Dimension.

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I’m curious, who’s the artist of the above drawing? I haven’t been able to find a real source yet. It is Wheeler’s idea, but it’s unclear if this particular picture was drawn by him — seems not.

The Truth About Elephant Artists

Can jumbo elephants really paint? Intrigued by stories, naturalist Desmond Morris set out to find the truth
By Desmond Morris
UPDATED: 21:25 EST, 21 February 2009

… I had a nasty feeling there was a catch in it somewhere, so when I was visiting Thailand this year I decided to find out the truth.

Read On —›
TL;DR / SPOILERS:

The inevitable conclusion … is that elephants are not artists. … they do not explore new patterns or vary the design of their work themselves. Superficially, they do appear to be more advanced, but it is all a trick.

Having said this, what an amazingly clever trick it is! No human hand touches the animal’s trunk. The brain of the elephant has to translate the tiny nudges she feels on her ear [(guidance from her handler)] into attractive lines and blobs.

And she has to place these marks on the white surface with great precision. This requires considerable intelligence and a muscular sensitivity that is truly extraordinary.

So all is not lost. We can still marvel at the paintings these animals make, even if their skill is to do with muscle control rather than artistic ability.

kerberos30 asked:

Hello Olena, I really appreciate your works.I wonder if it's possible for you to send me a virtual copy of your work 'Oh deer' in big resolution.I will be really happy if you can do so.

Thank you. That’s not something I do. A hi-res copy is essentially a printable, reproducible copy that’s usually purchased with a license and usage agreement.