Masuma Ahuja and Denise Lu for the Washington Post applied a technique called databending to a bunch of photos. The idea is that computer files — even though they represent different things like documents, images, and audio — encode data in one form or another. It’s just that sound files encode beats, notes, and rhythms, whereas image files encode hue, saturation, and brightness. So when you treat image files as if they were audio, you get some interesting results.
See Jamie Boulton’s post from a couple of years ago for a detailed description on how to do this yourself with Audacity Effects.
The illegal trade in animal products
The tragic increase in female genital mutilation
EVERY ten seconds one girl around the globe has her genitals sliced with a knife. The labia are pulled back and some or all of the clitoris is cut away; sometimes the labia are severed or sewn tight. The practice has deep cultural roots in many countries. But unlike male circumcision, which has been shown to reduce disease and actually enhances sexual pleasure, female genital mutilation puts its victim at risk of infection, infertility and death. Sex often becomes extremely painful: indeed, this may be the very justification for it by those who wield the blade.
New data released today by UNICEF paints a mixed picture. Although the prevalence of female genital mutilation is declining, the population growth in the countries where it is practiced means the actual number of victims will increase. If the present trend continues, the number of girls cut each year will grow from 3.6m today to 4.1m in 2035. It marks a big increase, considering that around two-thirds of both men and…Continue reading
Vendor: Pop Chart Lab
Just in time for the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary, our fearsome taxonomy of Gotham’s rogues gallery has returned to strike again! Featuring an all new pulp-inspired design, this 12″ x 16″ chart is a veritable Who’s Who of knaves and ne’er-do-wells, and categorizes by name nearly every one of Batman’s colorful combatants–from big-time baddies like the Joker and Mr. Freeze, to lesser-known lawbreakers like the Walrus, Batzarro, and Larry the Judge. A comprehensive crimefighter’s database second only to the Bat-Computer, this is the definitive guide to the superstitious and cowardly lot who have dared to dance in the pale moonlight with the Caped Crusader.
12″ x 16″
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Using 100 lb. archival stock certified by The Forest Stewardship Council, this poster is pressed on an offset lithographic press with vegetable-based inks in Long Island City, Queens.
This item is available for preorder. Orders containing it will begin shipping Tuesday, 29 July.
The USGS-led mapping effort reveals that the Martian surface is generally older than previously thought. Three times as much surface area dates to the first major geologic time period – the Early Noachian Epoch – than was previously mapped. This timeframe is the earliest part of the Noachian Period, which ranges from about 4.1 to about 3.7 billion years ago, and was characterized by high rates of meteorite impacts, widespread erosion of the Martian surface and the likely presence of abundant surface water.
The different fortunes of Sony and Apple