Monthly Archives: October 2012

impartial-pleasures: honoraryalpha: orangeyouellis: boredofno…



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A bus stop with swings

One of the best ideas

perfect

Except the truth is even better. This is in montreal and every summer they put up a series of musical swings. If you look in the background you can see more people swinging away.

Each swing is a set of four and has its own unique sound, but if you are in perfect harmony with the other 3 seats then an actual song is played. The theory is that you communicate and interact with people more if it’s for a specific goal and if you’re having fun

holy fucking balls this is the greatest idea ever

m0iety: Green Pedestrian Crossing created by Jody Xiong The…













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Green Pedestrian Crossing created by Jody Xiong

The China Environmental Protection Foundation developed an outdoor campaign, displayed on the street, to creatively promote this message. They decided to leverage a busy pedestrian crossing; a place where both pedestrians and drivers meet.

The campaign involved laying a canvas 12.6 metres long by 7 metres wide on the ground, thus covering the pedestrian crossing with a large leafless tree. On either side of the road, beneath the traffic lights, were placed sponge cushions soaked in green, environmentally friendly, washable paint. As pedestrians walked towards the crossing, they stepped on the green sponge, thus leaving green foot imprints on the canvas of the tree. Each ‘green’ footprint on the canvas looked like leaves growing on a bare tree, which made people feel that by walking they could create a greener environment.

The ‘Green Pedestrian Crossing’ was carried out across 7 thoroughfares in Shanghai. The campaign was then extended to 132 roads across 15 cities in China, with a participation exceeding 3,920,000 people.

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africaisdonesuffering: Cardiopad At 24, Cameroonian engineer,…



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Cardiopad

At 24, Cameroonian engineer, Arthur Zang, is the epitome of innovation at its best. Zang has invented the Cardiopad, a touch screen medical tablet, and the first of its kind in Africa. The tablet enables heart examinations such as electrocardiograms to be performed from a distance. Meaning such examinations can be administered at remote rural areas and the results, transferred wirelessly to specialist for interpretation. Electrodes are placed on the patient in question and connected to a module, which is then connected to the Cardiopad; the results are then transmitted from the tablet to the specialist that will interpret them. The Cardiopads will save countless patients the hassle of travelling long distances to major hospitals for tests. According to Zang, the device is 97.5% effective, he developed this technology to facilitate the treatment of heart disease in Cameroon as well as the rest of Africa and believes that it will save numerous human lives.

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blackwomenworldhistory: Making History: Takkara…



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Making History: Takkara Brunson
interviewed by Zach Doleshal

Zach Doleshal speaks with Takkara Brunson about her research on Afro-Cuban women in pre-revolutionary Cuba. Brunson’s research experiences in Cuba, and stories of the fascinating women who form the core of her research offer a taste not only of life and work in a place few Americans get to visit, but also a window into the making of a social and cultural historian.

Brunson’s dissertation, “Constructing Afro-Cuban Womanhood: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in Pre-Revolutionary Cuba, 1902-1958,” is the first full-length treatment of the formation of a modern Cuban identity that examines race and gender as complementary and conflicting forces in the lives of women rather than as distinct categories of analysis.

This dissertation explores continuities and transformations in the construction of Afro-Cuban womanhood in Cuba between 1902 and 1958. A dynamic and evolving process, the construction of Afro-Cuban womanhood encompassed the formal and informal practices that multiple individuals—from lawmakers and professionals to intellectuals and activists to workers and their families—established and challenged through public debates and personal interactions in order to negotiate evolving systems of power. The dissertation argues that Afro-Cuban women were integral to the formation of a modern Cuban identity. Studies of pre-revolutionary Cuba dichotomize race and gender in their analyses of citizenship and national identity formation. As such, they devote insufficient attention to the role of Afro-Cuban women in engendering social transformations. The dissertation’s chapters—on  patriarchal  discourses of racial progress, photographic representations, la mujer negra (the black woman), and feminist, communist, and labor movements—probe how patriarchy and assumptions of black racial inferiority simultaneously informed discourses of citizenship within a society that sought to project itself as a white masculine nation.  Additionally, the dissertation examines how Afro-Cuban women’s writings and social activism shaped legal reforms, perceptions of cubanidad (Cuban identity), and Afro-Cuban community formation.  The study utilizes a variety of sources: organizational records, letters from women to politicians, photographic representations, periodicals, literature, and labor and education statistics.  Engaging the fields of Latin American history, African diaspora studies, gender studies, and visual culture studies, the dissertation maintains that an intersectional analysis of race, gender, and nation is integral to developing a nuanced understanding of the prerevolutionary era.

Takkara Brunson received her PhD in the history department from the University of Texas in 2011. She specializes in modern Latin American history with a particular focus on race and gender, citizenship, and national identity. She currently holds a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship at the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and Africa-American Studies at the University of Rochester.

robertogreco: “OMG. Book as interface. Book as interface. Book…



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“OMG. Book as interface. Book as interface. Book as interface. (via greg kepler)” —cozylampshade

missing-e: Missing e is free for anyone to use. I love the…



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Missing e is free for anyone to use. I love the community here on Tumblr and it makes me happy to make your experience better.

I do my best to keep Missing e up-to-date, fresh and exciting. Dealing with some issues that have come up have not been easy, either. However, I’m only one guy. One pretty nifty guy, but one guy nonetheless. You are most welcome to lend your support; I am always happy to hear suggestions and even happier to receive donations.

You may ask what donations are used for?

The answer is three-fold:

  1. Missing e’s website hosting costs
  2. Encouraging my friends to believe that Missing e is work worth doing
  3. Keeping me rich in candy and hot chocolate

On a serious note, I spend no small amount of my free time developing Missing e. If you aren’t able to donate, I’m always very pleased to get feedback, suggestions and kind words from you guys.

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[tw: mention of abuse, rape] Circle of 6 App – a free app that prevents violence before it happens

[tw: mention of abuse, rape] Circle of 6 App - a free app that prevents violence before it happens:

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FINALLY AVAILABLE FOR ANDROID!!

I’m stoked about this app - it was created in response to a White House challenge to create an app to help prevent sexual violence.  It’s free. It’s available for iPhones and Androids. It could save you or someone you care about.

WHOA WOWOW WHAT A GOOD

IF YOU HAVE A SMARTPHONE THIS IS AMAZING I HAVE WANTED SOMETHING LIKE THIS FOREVER

For the linkphobic or lazy: It’s an app that lets you pre-select up to 6 of your contacts. It then has four buttons that automatically deploys a message to all of the selected numbers - a car icon that deploys a text saying “I need to get home now” that AUTOMATICALLY INCLUDES YOUR CURRENT GPS LOCATION AND A GOOGLEMAP TO WHEREVER YOU ARE, a phone icon that deploys a text reading “I need a distraction, please call me and pretend you need me”, an icon when you’re unsure or nervous about a relationship or sexual situation that sends you links to websites and resources and deploys an appropriate text, and the proverbial oh-shit button that automatically contacts two emergency contacts or hotlines of your choice

what a good app

And don’t forget: The fact that you have something that can near-instantly send a quick photograph or video to a secure e-mail server can in and of itself be a powerful weapon against multiple forms of violence before it even happens.

Your electronic eye can be a weapon in and of itself.

TW’d this cause it made me have weird feelings about my second rape because this could have saved me, I think. 

treehugger: Architecture for Humanity Chicago helps improve…



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Architecture for Humanity Chicago helps improve food access and eating habits in inner-city areas by buying up an old Chicago Transit Authority bus and retrofitting it into a single-aisle grocery store. Dubbed the Fresh Moves Mobile Produce Market, it travels through the Windy City’s “food deserts,” selling fresh produce and offering classes on cooking and nutrition.

See more smart ideas for fixing cities: 12 Innovative Ways to Rethink Our Cities. 

beautone: Chicago’s Segregation, illustrated via time-lapse…



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Chicago’s Segregation, illustrated via time-lapse video of the CTA Red Line

msloveonelove: callmesandie: 5 Alternative Search Engines That…









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5 Alternative Search Engines That Respect Your Privacy

Google, Bing, Yahoo – all the major search engines track your search history and build profiles on you, serving different results based on your search history. Try one of these alternative search engines if you’re tired of being tracked.

Google now encrypts your search traffic when you’re logged in, but this only prevents third-parties from snooping on your search traffic – it doesn’t prevent Google from tracking you.

DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo is a popular search engine for the privacy-conscious. As its privacy page says, DuckDuckGo doesn’t log any personally identifiable information. DuckDuckGo doesn’t use cookies to identify you, and it discards user agents and IP addresses from its server logs. DuckDuckGo doesn’t event attempt to generate an anonymized identifier to tie searches together – DuckDuckGo has no way of knowing whether two searches even came from the same computer.

Its home page is simple and clean – even more so than Google’s.

Because DuckDuckGo knows nothing about you, it can’t serve different results to different users. You’ll get the same results as everyone else.

DuckDuckGo’s donttrack.us page explains search engine tracking and DuckDuckGo’s approach in an entertaining way.

Startpage

If you prefer Google’s search results and just want more privacy, try Ixquick’s Startpage. Startpage searches Google for you – when you submit a search, Startpage submits the search to Google and returns the results to you. All Google sees is a large amount of searches coming from Startpage’s servers – they can’t tie any searches to you or track your searches.

Startpage discards all personally identifiable information. Like DuckDuckGo, Startpage doesn’t use cookies, it immediately discards IP addresses, and it doesn’t keep a record of searches performed.

If you’ve heard of Scroogle – a Google scraper that no longer exists – Startpage is a similar service.

Startpage also includes a proxy feature — you can open a page in Ixquick’s proxy directly from the search results. This is slower than normal browsing, but websites won’t be able to see your IP address. The proxy also disables JavaScript to protect your privacy.

Ixquick

Ixquick is the main search engine from the company that runs Startpage. Unlike Startpage, Ixquick pulls results from a variety of sources instead of only Google – this can be a good or a bad thing, depending on how much you like Google’s search results.

Ixquick and Startpage have essentially the same design. Ixquick includes the same privacy features Startpage does, including the Ixquick proxy links in the search results.

Blekko

Blekko doesn’t go as far as DuckDuckGo and Ixquick, but it’s still a big improvement over Google, Bing, and Yahoo. Blekko does log personally identifiable information, but deletes it within 48 hours. In contrast, Google stores this information for 9 months – and then anonymizes it without actually deleting it.

You can disable the data collection entirely by enabling the SuperPrivacy setting. Blekko even lets you disable ads entirely.

Ask.com – AskEraser

Ask.com offers an optional AskEraser feature that you can enable from its Settings page. When you enable this feature, Ask.com will set a single cookie in your browser – indicating that AskEraser is enabled – and delete all other Ask.com cookies. With AskEraser enabled, Ask.com won’t store your search history except in rare circumstances.

Ask.com does clarify that your search history will be stored if a critical error occurs (logging will resume until the problem is solved) or if law enforcement asks Ask.com to log your search activity.

Big brother is watching.