Just another ghost in the machine.

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Kredu tiujn, kiuj serĉas la veron. Dubu tiujn, kiuj trovas ĝin. -André Gide

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farsizaban:

"Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has become the first woman to ever win the Fields Medal — known as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics" — since the award was established in 1936. The Stanford mathematics professor was awarded the prestigious honor for her contributions to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems."

farsizaban:

"Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has become the first woman to ever win the Fields Medal — known as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics" — since the award was established in 1936. The Stanford mathematics professor was awarded the prestigious honor for her contributions to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems."

junkiie:

emeraldsplash:

acalc, I am dying right now. 

Quick - whip that candle/glowy thing, hope it’s a cross and chain!

I was just reminded that most of Andrei Tarkovsky’s films are online for free these days (I say most because it appears his last one, The Sacrifice, isn’t). Image/audio quality may be relatively lackluster in some transfers, but it’s better than nothing. (Although, Solaris looked pretty good when I checked it out.) [Pictured above: a screen from Stalker]

I was just reminded that most of Andrei Tarkovsky’s films are online for free these days (I say most because it appears his last one, The Sacrifice, isn’t). Image/audio quality may be relatively lackluster in some transfers, but it’s better than nothing. (Although, Solaris looked pretty good when I checked it out.) [Pictured above: a screen from Stalker]

zeitvox:

awkwardsituationist:

These photos were taken by mohammed salem and klaus thymann (click pic), showing the rise of parkour in gaza’s shati and khan yunis refugee camps. unemployment in the camps is high, and with little to do and limited resources, some have turned to parkour as a means of escape.

Ss abdullah enshasy, who cofounded gaza parkour team with mohammed aljkhbeer, explains, “i have witnessed war, invasion and killing. when i was a kid and i saw these things, blood and injuries, i didn’t know what it all meant.”

Adds aljkhbeer"there is a big relationship between parkour and barriers that we’re surrounded by in the gaza strip. there’s the blockade, walls are everywhere. …parkour gives us a sense of freedom and allows us to endure these conditions without getting deeply depressed.” 

For a sport that is literally about overcoming obstacles and living beyond imposed physical restraints, parkour has perhaps even greater resonance in the narrow, politically and militarily confined gaza strip, which is home to a densely boxed in population of 1.7 million palestinians.  

But enshasy notes, “at first people didn’t accept us. they would say, ‘you jump like monkeys and you climb buildings like thieves’.” but as their facebook page explains, parkour is about breaking from conventional paths in life and finding your own.

What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

It’s weird. Nearly a month or so ago, when I read some more stuff on the upcoming Mirror’s Edge 2 video game, and after Israel started bombarding Gaza, the thought crossed my mind that someone could make a more meaningful, more visceral type of parkour/free running game if it were set in Gaza Strip, during an Israeli incursion. You know, the role of a courier, running through and over the dense maze of the city, trying not to get blown up or shot or fall to your death whilst delivering information when there’s no reliable power or means of communication. And now, this. But I don’t think anybody has the will or guts and resources to make a (nonexploitive) game like that.

fiftyshadesofmacygray:

This made tear up for real.

(Source: thechanelmuse, via teemingturtles)

Silent Hills

Whaaaaaat. HIDEO KOJIMA + GUILLERMO DEL TORO + SILENT HILL. Are you kidding me? Kojima is gonna next-level the meta/4th wall stuff. And can you imagine this game on Sony’s Morpheus VR headset (I bet you anything they’re gonna make it compatible). After the poor showing of recent Silent Hill media, this is probably the best news possible.

(Source: delsinsfire)

I can’t picture anyone daydreaming about me. I can’t picture someone thinking about me when they’re laying in bed before they fall asleep. I can’t picture anyone telling their friends about me. I can’t picture anyone getting butterflies because I hugged them, or even just because I made eye contact with them. I can’t picture someone smiling because my name lit up their phone. I just can’t.

(Source: s4rcoline, via teemingturtles)

Someone tweets for the third night in a row:

My Twitter account is worth $1,349.70. Find yours at valuemytweets.com. It’s Free…

Oh yeah? *clicks unfollow button* Now what’s it worth? lol

Besides, that valuation is probably utter bullshit.

UPDATE: of course, a tumblr account whose description is “startups, marketing and social media growth. The life of having a Good Audience” , would like this post, in the hopes that I would check out their page, even though the implicit message I’m conveying is that I kind of loathe that attitude when it comes to social media…

MUTANTS FROM OUTER SPACE
AMERICAN ALL THE WAY
THEY CAME TO SAVE THE DAY
ITS THE LASER SHARKS

MAN GAVE THEM LASER BEAMS
TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN DREAM
LASERS FROM THE DARK
HERE COMES THE LASER SHARKS

[finish with a J-pop verse of all things]

lmao this would have been the only cartoon/show I needed as a kid. Someone needs to go back in time and invent this.

eartheld:

elenamorelli:

{ afternoon on lake braies }

mostly nature

(via teemingturtles)

Azerbaijan President declares war with Armenia via Twitter →

What are people saying about this in general or in specific where you’re at right now, lovelolo? Or about their threat to strike the capital? :\

Before waking up, sometimes I’ll be dreaming of stuff I’ve been working on recently. Sometimes it’s frustrating and nonsensical, and it’s like my brain is running at 100% cpu and overheating my whole body; but other times there’s a strange cogency that’s hard to obtain even while awake. I like to think in the latter instances that I’m glimpsing into the brain’s learning mechanism. I think that happened yesterday morning. My dream consisted of like the conceptual imagery I use in my head when trying to reason out abstract coding stuff. And I think my brain was trying to somehow combine an agglutinative constructed human language (Esperanto) with a multi-paradigm computer programming language (Lua), or perhaps a functional one (like Clojure). Usually, that would just be nonsense dream logic, but after I woke up and was still thinking about it, I started writing some of it down and it kind of made sense, haha. More than likely this will/would lead to dead-end futility, but I might have to explore it some more and see if it has promise. It actually aligns with some other similar ideas I’ve had in recent times. (Note: I wouldn’t call myself an expert in either human or computer languages, but I don’t let that stop me, because I have intuition and IDEAS, alright? :P)

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