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beingblog:

“Lust by Flооd”
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
Here’s a photo I considered as the lead image for our recent show on “The Genesis of Desire.” The episode is a deep-dive into the biblical stories of Noah and the Flood, and Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden — touching on themes of the language of desire, engagement with the world, and, yes, the timing and appropriateness of sexual relations.
I was enamored with most everything about the composition of this photo by Flood Gondekowa: the title, the sense of struggle, the tension of the fist grasping a comforter sans duvet, the size and shape of the ring as if it were an uncommitted covenant with someone or something, the aqua overtones. 
Alas, I ended up not using it. The visual innuendo might have been too provocative for our audience’s sensibilities — or at least for our host. She was raised Southern Baptist after all. *grin*
Photo by Flood Gondekowa/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

beingblog:

“Lust by Flооd”

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

Here’s a photo I considered as the lead image for our recent show on “The Genesis of Desire.” The episode is a deep-dive into the biblical stories of Noah and the Flood, and Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden — touching on themes of the language of desire, engagement with the world, and, yes, the timing and appropriateness of sexual relations.

I was enamored with most everything about the composition of this photo by Flood Gondekowa: the title, the sense of struggle, the tension of the fist grasping a comforter sans duvet, the size and shape of the ring as if it were an uncommitted covenant with someone or something, the aqua overtones. 

Alas, I ended up not using it. The visual innuendo might have been too provocative for our audience’s sensibilities — or at least for our host. She was raised Southern Baptist after all. *grin*

Photo by Flood Gondekowa/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

profitably:

Boom.

Profitably just closed $1.1M, and I think I am feeling every emotion at once. While the rest of the team is ready to go out and celebrate (and has earned it!), I feel like I could use a nap, a hug, a good cry, and then perhaps a Manhattan or two.

In July, we tried to raise $500k and…

The LG Thrive Prepaid Android GoPhone With AT&T Is Really A Great Phone If You Do Not Plan To Sign A Contract

As a lot more individuals are hitting their teen years, the demand for individuals getting their first mobile phones keeps rising. In relation to getting your very first mobile phone you will recognize that there are a couple of options. Your very first option is to get a regular mobile phone and sign a contract with the mobile phone provider. For people who do not want to sign a contract you will recognize that you can get yourself a pre-paid cellular phone service. In case you are looking for a mobile phone but do not want to wind up signing a contract you will see that the LG Thrive Pre-paid Android GoPhone with AT&T is actually a good option.

One thing you’re going to find if you haven’t had a cell phone before is that if you wind up signing a contract with a company, they may also require a deposit. A few of these companies will even call for a deposit of up to $250. You are also going to discover that you are going to have to pay a cancellation fee if you discover that the mobile phone doesn’t work where you need it to, and you will wind up paying a cancellation fee if you have to cancel your service before your two years are up. These are simply a small number of the reasons that more individuals are looking for pre-paid services for their new mobile phones. We had a lot of fun putting this article together because this subject of cell phone reviews really fascinates us. What is also exciting to us is coming to a full realization of how important it is to be fully aware of all the various implications.

We know or at least believe that will have a better feeling for things once you get through this. There are tremendous benefits to be had once you reach that particular place. Make no mistake about it - you have the power to exert far more control over your life than you realize.

And simply because you don’t need to sign a contract you will find that the LG Thrive Prepaid Android GoPhone with AT&T is among the better options you have. To make this phone work all you really have to do is purchase minutes for the phone each month. With regards to the amount of minutes you purchase you’re going to discover that your phone will be activated for anywhere from 30 days to a year, and the minute cards vary from $15 to $100.

You will recognize that not only will this phone incorporate the android operating system, but it is an incredibly good quality phone. This is really one of the best operating systems which you can find on a phone these days. The screen which comes with this phone is in fact a touch screen that’s 3.2 inches in size, and you’re also going to realize that the qwerty touch screen keyboard makes texting super easy. It also makes searching the net rather easy as it works much like your home computer would work. If you go to Amazon you’re going to discover that they have a complete list of all of the features that you will find with this phone as we do not have the time or the room to go over all of the features here.

One more thing you are going to find is that you can save 25% if you end up buying this phone from Amazon, which means you will only wind up paying $150 for this phone. Another thing that you may possibly like about buying this from Amazon is that they are going to pay the shipping fees to have this phone shipped to your home.

mobocracy:

derekg:

I read quite a few boring papers about various nerdy topics but this paper is not boring - it’s AMAZING.  I was already a fan of Spotify but after reading this, I am sort of blown away. A few tidbits that I didn’t know - 

  • Uses Peer-to-Peer to distribute music
  • Using Ogg Vorbis for encoding
  • Song data comes from 8.8% servers, 35.8% p2p, 55.4% cache
  • 88% of access were against 12% of the catalog
  • 60% of the catalog was access at least once a week
  • All TCP based 
  • No NAT Traversal but wide use of UPnP on home routers

The whole paper is packed with a ton of insights. Spotify is an impressive engineering feat. 

Two additional things that I walked away with that I thought were particularly cool.

  • Spotify uses a markov model for throughput estimations. The client doesn’t start playing until all simulations pass (e.g. indicate the track will play without a buffer underrun)
  • Neighbor selection (which peers to stay connected to) is performed based on a heuristic which determines peer utility. Peer utility is based on things like; bytes sent over time, other peers found through searches via connection, and number of tracks the peer has that the client has been interested in.

forrst:

Update as of January 1, 2011, the invite system is based on your Forrst reputation; the users in the 93rd percentile or higher will receive between 1 and 3 invites, commensurate with their standing on Forrst. Reputation is listed on your profile, and may be earned through positive contributions…

jumoblog:

We’ve been working on changes to the site based on user feedback, and we’d like to hear what you think! Our new look focuses on high-quality content and simplified design.
 
What we heard:

  • People can access financial information on sites like Guidestar and Charity Navigator and in-depth…

hipmunk:

At Hipmunk, we’re travel nerds, but we’re also nerd nerds. That means we like the Internet, especially on our flights.

We’ve heard that many of you like wi-fi on your planes, too—either when you’re traveling for work or when you just need some quality Facebook time. So we decided to build wi-fi…

nilaypat3l:

As you may have heard, I’m joining my man Josh Topolsky (and some other good friends) at SB Nation, and we’re going to be building a new tech site from scratch. It’s easily the most exciting career decision I’ve ever made — you don’t often get the chance to completely start over and create…

bauldoff:

This beautiful unassuming two-story library building in Thailand was built with natural lava stone from the site, concrete, wood, and bamboo. The project was a cooperative between Rintala Eggertsson Architects and students from NTNU Trondheim University for the children of Ban Tha Song Yang villiage’s Safe Haven Orphanage.
The task was to use local materials and building technics to create a building that would solve the problems of education in the orphanage the best possible way. At the same time, natural ventilation systems and sunshades were studied and introduced into the building.
(via Young and Brilliant)

bauldoff:


This beautiful unassuming two-story library building in Thailand was built with natural lava stone from the site, concrete, wood, and bamboo. The project was a cooperative between Rintala Eggertsson Architects and students from NTNU Trondheim University for the children of Ban Tha Song Yang villiage’s Safe Haven Orphanage.

The task was to use local materials and building technics to create a building that would solve the problems of education in the orphanage the best possible way. At the same time, natural ventilation systems and sunshades were studied and introduced into the building.

(via Young and Brilliant)

brief downtime today for server upgrade

twfeed:

There will be approx. 1 hour’s downtime today at 4pm GMT (11am EST), as part of an upgrade of our database servers. For more details nearer the time, follow @twf_support on twitter, we’ll post a notice there before we take down the service, and will notify you when we’re back.