2011-08-13

Bill Maher Mocks American Socialism (video)

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Bill Maher Mocks American Socialism (video)

Xah Lee, 2011-08-13

A funny clip with the comedian and political commentator Bill Maher (b1956).

Bill Maher: New Rules - Socialism

The following is the full show, on politics and the debt crisis.

Bill Maher Debt Ceiling 2011 PART 1
Bill Maher Debt Ceiling 2011 PART 2

The black suite is former NY governer Eliot Spitzer (b1959) notorious for the scandal where he's been exposed of using a high-priced prostitute in 2008 while still a governor of NY.

The gentlement in gray suite is Matt Kibbe, a Tea Party leader.

The lady in red is Margaret Hoover (b1977), American political commentator. Great-granddaughter of former President Herbert Hoover. She's HOT!

The prostitute Eliot slept with is a party girl Ashley Alexandra Dupré (b1985). A very smart chick and quite a interesting character by herself. Recently, in 2010 she posed nude for Playboy. See also: A Close Encounter With A Prostitute In Las Vegas.

2011-08-12

Grayhat SEO Use Translation as a Method to Generate Inbound Links

There's a new technique of gray hat SEO going on.

In the past year, i've got 2 polite requests for translation of 2 of my articles. Basically, someone will contact you (email), and ask you kindly whether you would give permission for a translation of one of your article into one of the eastern european language for their site. The translation is expertly done, by human. Eventually, after they are done with the translation, they'll let you know the URL (which does link back to your article). Then, eventually, they want to you to link back. All the conversation is politely done and cordial. From the conversation, there's absolutely nothing related to SEO or spam.

The problem is, when you look at their url, clearly it's a web hosting site selling web hosting services, and it has absolutely nothing to do with whatsoever with the subject matter of your article. The site simply host translated articles from several i presume highly ranked sites. What they want is a link back from your article, so that their site will rank high in Google search.

Midnight Poison; Space Dementia; Eva Green

Dior Midnight Poison Commerial, with Eva Green

midnight poison 4
Ad for perfume “midnight poison” by Dior (2007). amazon
Dior Midnight Poison commerial, starring Eva Green.

for the full song, lyrics, info, and other piano versions, see: http://xahlee.org/piano/Midnight_Poison_Space_Dementia.html

2011-08-11

Dusty Springfield - the Windmills of Your Mind

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Dusty Springfield - the Windmills of Your Mind

Xah Lee, 2011-08-10

Check out this site, you must. http://therevolvinginternet.com/.

Try to actually do a search there.

Did you hear that beautiful music flowing steadily in the background?

That is The Windmills of Your Mind (1969), sung by Dusty Springfield (1939‒1999).

Isn't it beautiful and mesmeric?

Here's the lyrics.

  Round like the circle in a spiral
  Like a wheel within a wheel
  Never ending or beginning
  On an ever spinning reel

Like a snowball down a mountain
Or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that's turning
Running rings around the moon

Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes on its face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space

  Like the circles that you find
  In the windmills of your mind
Like a tunnel that you follow
To a tunnel of its own
Down a hollow to a cavern
Where the sun has never shone

Like a door that keeps revolving
In a half-forgotten dream
Or the ripples from a pebble
Someone tosses in a stream
  Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
  Past the minutes on its face
  And the world is like an apple
  Whirling silently in space

  Like the circles that you find
  In the windmills of your mind
Keys that jingle in your pocket
Words that jangle in your head
Why did summer go so quickly?
Was it something you I said?

Lovers walk along the shore
And leave their footprints in the sand
Is the sound of distant drumming
Just the fingers of your hand?
Pictures hanging in a hallway
And a fragment of a song
Half-remembered names and faces
But to whom do they belong?

When you knew that it was over
You were suddenly aware
That the autumn leaves were turning
To the color of his hair?
  Like a circle in a spiral
  Like a wheel within a wheel
  Never ending or beginning
  On an ever-spinning reel

As the images unwind
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind
“Dusty Springfield - The Windmills of Your Mind”

2011-08-10

Miss Teen USA and World Maps (video)

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“Miss Teen USA 2007 - South Carolina answers a question”

The question asked is:

Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can't locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?

The girl who asked the question is actress Aimee Teegarden (b1989).

The Miss South Carolina is Caitlin Upton (b1989). Here's a transcript of her answer:

I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some … people out there in our nation don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our, uh, education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over HERE in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future, for our children.

At the time, both of them are 18 years old. The way she nonsensically mentioned Iraq and South Africa is probably due to some training in answering such questions. Her whole answer is a keyword show of US political zeitgeist, stringed together incoherently, and that's what made it funny. e.g.

  • “i personally believe” instead of “i think” or “i believe”, so she may not offend others on politically charged questions.
  • “U.S. Americans”. Note the unusual but correct and politically correct phrase. Typically, US American just call themselves “American”, conveniently ignoring Canada, Central America, South America.
  • “education”
  • “help”

One of the funny comment on youtube goes: «south carolina you tried your best… however, it's time to admit that your destiny lies in porn.» (—omly85)

We can all laugh at her, but note that she's just 18 at the time. When i was 18, i don't know shit. If you ask this question to US Americans over age 30, probably the best answer from majority will be “i dunno.”.

Facebook Disclosing Phone Numbers

it looks like you can now see all the phone numbers of your Facebook friends in one page. Go to 〖Accounts〗 on the upper right corner. Then 〖Edit Friends〗. Then, 〖Contacts〗 on the left. I'm seeing about 40 mobile phones of my friends.

2011-08-09

On the Curry–Howard Isomorphism of SQL and NoSQL with Church-Turing Perspective

can someone summarize this into just few paragraphs?

  • A co-Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks (2011-03-18) By Erik Meijer, Gavin Bierman. @ Source queue.acm.org

by just the supporting voice for NoSQL it oozes, i think it stinks shit.

maybe the author mathematicians are just trying to get themselfs published by hip factor.

No, i haven't read the article. But am sure it's scumbag.

For explanation, see: Are You Intelligent Enough to Understand HTML5?The NoSQL Movement.

hi my fellow hacker news reddit slashdot readers, FUCK YOU!

Emacs: “winner-mode”: Preserve Your Split-Panes Configulation

Discovered winner-mode minor mode. It's bundled with emacs 23.2. winner-mode lets you revert to a previous pane configuration.

Example use:

  • Start winner-mode. 【Alt+x winner-mode】.
  • Call split-window-vertically.
  • Call split-window-horizontally.
  • Now, remove all split panes by calling delete-other-windows.
  • Now, you can go back to previous split pane config by typing 【Ctrl+c 】 (winner-undo). With right arrow does winner-redo.

If you want this functionality always, put in your emacs init file:

;; a feature to preserve split pane configuration. Use 【Ctrl+c ←】 and 【Ctrl+c →】
(when (fboundp 'winner-mode) (winner-mode 1)) ; 1 for on, 0 for off

unicode punctuation symbols

new Punctuation and Printer's Symbols in Unicode

donations to xahlee.org

Thanks to Damon Haley, Lindner Technologies, Shuyang Zhao for donation. Very much appreciated.

2011-08-08

Internet Hipsters and Hipstering of our Age

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Internet Hipsters and Hipstering of our Age

Xah Lee, 2011-08-07

gosh my g+ stream is flooded. It's like taking several hours just to scan thru what people are saying.

i've always been, reserved in the act of “friending” online. (am actually a loner type, don't make much friends) On my twitter, i follow just about 100. Facebook i don't use much…

typically, as a principle, i never follow anyone who's popular. e.g. if you have more than few hundred followers, i don't follow you. If you are a celebrity, i don't follow you. Except, a very handful of celebrities, mostly in programing field who write about tech details of computer languages that am actually interested.

typically, if i want info, i go to encyclopedia (or wikipedia these days), not from general news sites or any friends. Sometimes i subscribe to specialized news outlets (e.g. hacker news and reddit bots on twitter) for info.

in fact, i despise fashion, trends, pop. I DESPISE anyone following celebrities. And i despise mutual followers.

my subconscious tenet on this is like this: i respect people who follow/friend only people they know in RL, or they really have a interest in. I despise any who does any sort of online SEO, so-called Web2.0 "social networking", or any new age internet thing, so-called "memes", or such shit.

one prototypical guy i recently learned on g+ i despise is Tom Anderson (99k followers), which i learned is of the MySpace fame. I find nothing of what he said interesting. In fact, he almost always post a random lurid animated gif to go alone with his posts. Like this:

dog prey cat

(btw, if you like this sorta thing, goto: http://boards.4chan.org/b/ and satiate yourself.)

Because of his celebrity status and crass style, every time he posts something, immediately there's hundreds of drivel comments: yay, w@@t, cool, haha, blab, luv it, and ass-kissing aplenty.

another such example is Xeni Jardin (18.9k followers) of Boing Boing fame. Cute chick alright (but tooth getting long). Cat pics. Animated cat pics. Hippopatumus pics. Cats on the road pics. These are our net age journalists? There we have it. Internet drivel celebrities. Again, one thousand immediate commentators of w@@t.

but on g+, i thought i should go for a change. (kinda inline in past couple of years of getting into the SEO community) So, on g+, i started to follow more random people, and many celebrities (and learned quite a few big names. Mostly of the silicon valley startup celebrities, internet personalities, and i also followed lots of google staff, managers (it appears to me, everyone at google is a manager. lol), famous bloggers, and some photographers popular online… Most of the time i also do mutual follow too.

for example, one of the bigshot i recently learned is +Robert Scoble (his writing i have more interest than Tom Anderson or Xeni Jardin). Scoble got 106k followers, and he himself follows 4.6k people. 4.6k! Can you imagine? In one of his post related to the topic, i asked about the situation, and he kindly answered he doesn't do mutual follow, and only follow people that actually interest him, that have something interesting to say.

i don't doubt Scoble, but though, how could one follow 4k people and still have time to do ANYTHING? I suppose one must start to use the friend management system (e.g. filters, grouping of subjects, g+ circle, etc.) But then, that means whole new slot of time for the task of meta managing the circles. (start to install extensions, reading news about these extensions, bug report on extensions, try to find another for different browser, debate and suggest features…)

currently, i only follow 296, and i'm already taking a few hours to go thru. (reading means reading. It means, if they posted a video, and i find it mildly interesting, i usually try to preview the vid. (some vids are 1 hour long) If i find the vid really interesting, i take the time to digest it, which often leads to writing about it. For example a recent one on the Korean 21-years-old singer on Korea Got Talent show, which lead me to take few hours to write http://xahlee.org/music/Choi_Sung-Bong_Nella_Fantasia.html. (part of it leads to reading about Susan Boyle, but i haven't published my notes yet.)

sometimes it's a article. For example, right now the Anonymous hacked the Syrian military site. It's all over g+ and tweeter social-networking shit. It takes 1 minute to see the news, but being the thorough type, i have to look at the hacked site for myself, have to do a screenshot myself, then wrote a blog of it. Also, being a programer, i had to look at the HTML source code, see what they linked to, what kinda web tech they use, etc. So that took already 1 hour to do for a quick writeup without digesting. e.g. http://xahlee.org/Periodic_dosage_dir/Anonymous_hacked_Syrian_military_site.html and i didn't even began. Because i haven't yet watched the 8 or so vids they linked except one. But most importantly, what is Syria? I barely know. What's the history of Syria? What's the current political situation of Syria? What do Syria people look like? I just know it's somewhere in mid east. LOL. I mean, you shouldn't glib & re-share online without understanding at least the basic background, history, right?

you can't simply come away with this piece of news then conclude: Repressive government hit by freedom loving hackers for the good of humanity, end of story. Can you? and “Thanks to twitter and facebook that made Egyptian revolution possible”, rly? “Google the monopoly tried to be evil to enforce real names”?

ok… one sentence leads to 2, 2 to 3, and 959 words. I think i spend 2 hours on this spontaneity.

Perfect monster of tentacle ...

I wasn't sure if this photoshop or not.

lamprey

But i know it's perfect for tentacle sex.

See also: Sea lamprey.

Male vs Female: No Makeup Day

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Male vs Female: No Makeup Day

Xah Lee, 2011-08-08

[anthropology, ethology, esthetics]

we should have a no-makup day. So, on that day, all women do not wear any makeup.

… am reading my g+ stream at the moment, saw some post by females e.g. +Amanda Blain , +Lisa Bettany. Lisa is a photographer, and posts some of her photos of portraits of girls. In those close up face shots of pretty girls, you notice the makeup of eye-liners.

I've always been interested in studying the difference between human male and female from a cold ethology point of view… their body shape differences, body skeleton structural differences, vocal quality as sound characteristics (or at a higher level: speech differences), postures, locomotion gait differences, behavior differences… So, while viewing the pretty girl portraits, many feature attractive eyes, i wondered, what would it look like without those eye-liners or enhanced eye-lashes? How is it different from men's eyes? Another way to ask the question is, if we take close-up of just the eye (without eyebrow) of healthy young adult male & female of same age group, can we in general still tell the sex? What difference are there exactly? are eye sizes different between men and women? do their shape differ generally? by this i mean we should be able to scientifically quantify it by statistical means. (am pretty sure all these are well researched. Am sure the 3D animation technologies have already captured the answers completely.)

… recently added a bunch of females on g+ that's from a site reporting females with massive number of followers. So, in my stream i now see lots of female's posts. Many or all of them, wear at least light makeup in their profile photos. Many are female programers at Google. (in contrast to women in show biz, which of course always wear heavy make-up) So, i think it would be something, if for a day all females you see are without any make-up.

if, suppose one day by some magic all females in the world do not wear any makeup, then when you (male or female) woke up, go about your day business, to work, would you actually notice something different?

I don't suppose i would notice. I'd probably notice eventually, but probably wouldn't be sensitive or think much about it. My guess is that most men would react likewise. My guess is that women would be much more sensitive

then, i guess there's the philosophical question on esthetics. Look at this pic:

Stephanie eye-liner mascara
“Stephanie” (Photo by Lisa Bettany)

there's mascara and eye-liner. The question is, what is it, that eye with these paints makes it more attractive? I don't really know. I mean, here we do presume that the subject is fair looking. i.e. her eye does not have any physical blemishes or any deformities, so that the eye-liner isn't used to hide or correct something. (THERE! i think i might have answered my own question. That is: eye-liner is most effective only when it is used to hide/correct/change the shape/blemish of the eye. Otherwise, it may not have much esthetic effect. In the case of mascara, it is used to make the lashes appear as thicker, e.g. emulating more healthier eye. (because, i think younger people have thicker and denser lashes, in general))

Am pretty sure many of the questions above have been discussed by anthropologists etc. If you know, pass some paper links. Am just curious.

For ladies who are reading this… if you find this creepy… i agree. lol. No am not here to do some psychology test. This is just one of my philosophical write-up done spontaneously. Circle me if you are also into philosophical contemplation.

PS zoologist Desmond Morris has written much about these topics. See: Reading Notes on “Intimate Behavior”.

2011-08-07

Anonymous hacked Syrian site

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2011-08-07 Anonymous Hacked Syrian Military Site

Xah Lee, 2011-08-07

Anonymous hack syrian site 20110807T2250 PST
Syria's Ministry Of Defense website 〔mod.gov.sy〕 as of〔2011-08-07T22:51:46-07:00〕

Anonymous hacked Syria's Syria Ministry Of Defense website.

Their text reads:

To the Syrian people: The world stands with you against the brutal regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Know that time and history are on your side - tyrants use violence because they have nothing else, and the more violent they are, the more fragile they become. We salute your determination to be non-violent in the face of the regime's brutality, and admire your willingness to pursue justice, not mere revenge. All tyrants will fall, and thanks to your bravery Bashar Al-Assad is next.
To the Syrian military: You are responsible for protecting the Syrian people, and anyone who orders you to kill women, children, and the elderly deserves to be tried for treason. No outside enemy could do as much damage to Syria as Bashar Al-Assad has done. Defend your country - rise up against the regime! - Anonymous

إلى الشعب السوري : إن العالم يقف معكم ضد نظام بشار الاسد المتوحش. اعلمو ان التاريخ و الوقت في صالحكم -- استخدام العنف هو اخر حل لكل طاغي ، و كلما زاد طغيهم و عنفهم اقتربت نهايتهم. نحيي تصميمكم على اكمال ثورتكم السلمية ضد هذا النضام ، و نقدر سعيكم لتحقيق العدالة و ليس الانتقام. سوف يسقط جميع الطغاة ، وبفضل شجاعتكم ... بشار الأسد هو التالي.

الى الجيش السوري : أنت مسؤول عن حماية الشعب السوري، وكل من يأمرك بقتل النساء والأطفال والمسنين يستحق أن يحاكم بتهمة الخيانة. لا يمكن لأي عدو خارجي أن يلحق الضرر بسوريا بقدر ما قام به بشار الاسد. دافعوا عن بلدكم - انتفضوا ضد النظام - مجهول

Here's the HTML source: Anonymous_hack_mod.gov.sy_20110807T230747-0700.zip

The top is a scrolling picture gallery, each picture is linked to a youtube video. When hovered over, it also gives a short textual description.

Here's a complete list of linked videos:

At the bottom, they link to a bunch of other sites. Here are the links:

Emacs Lisp vs Perl: Redux

Emacs Lisp vs Perl: Redux. Which Do You Prefer?

I wrote this article: Text Processing: Emacs Lisp vs Perl. Today, some discussion happend on google's g+ social networking site, and Randal L Schwartz made the comment that he actually prefer Perl over Emacs Lisp for text processing. See the discussion at Source plus.google.com

Note: Randal is a well known expert in Perl, co-author of Perl (1st edition) and Learning Perl, and also has written at least one elisp package in GNU Emacs (a pretty printer for elisp at 〔lisp/emacs-lisp/pp.el〕)

So, if you are fluent in using both Perl and Emacs Lisp for TEXT PROCESSING, which one do you prefer? and why? (For this purpose, Perl here can mean any of Python, Ruby, Scheme.)

Comment or vote (upper right) at: http://xahlee.blogspot.com/2011/08/emacs-lisp-vs-perl-redux.html. Result will be posted here in a week.

2011-09-03 Here's result:

If you are fluent in using both Perl and Emacs Lisp for TEXT PROCESSING, which one do you prefer? (Perl here can be any of Python, Ruby, Scheme.)