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The Antisocial Network at last

June 21, 2013 By: jessicazafra Category: Technology No Comments →

Hell is Other People: Walk One from Scott Garner on Vimeo.

via The Daily Dot.

Of course if one were really antisocial she would not join any social networks at all.

You are what you shoot

May 10, 2013 By: jessicazafra Category: Food, Technology 13 Comments →

Breakfast still-life by Pieter Claez

Instagramming Your Food May Signal Bigger Problem, Researcher Says.

Doing research on how Instagramming your food may signal a bigger problem is an even bigger problem.

And devoting space to an article about research on how Instagramming your food may signal a bigger problem is the biggest problem.

So there are people who feel compelled to share every detail of their daily lives as if the rest of the world gives a flying fig about their digestive systems. How does the media deal with this? By giving a flying fig. Try harder, people, you’ve got nothing.

That said, it is rude to delay meals by taking pictures of the food on the table. You can spend as much time as you want photographing your own food, but lay off our plate.

The problem of Wernher von Braun

May 08, 2013 By: jessicazafra Category: History, Science, Technology 3 Comments →

Von Braun, the Nazi who built the space program, with US President John F. Kennedy. Photo from

On Thursday, September 20, 1945, Wernher von Braun arrived at Fort Strong. The small military site on the northern tip of Boston Harbour’s Long Island was the processing point for Project Paperclip, the government programme under which hundreds of German scientists were brought into America. Von Braun filled out his paperwork that day as the inventor of the Nazi V-2 rocket, a member of the Nazi party, and a member of the SS who could be linked to the deaths of thousands of concentration camp prisoners. Two and a half decades later on Wednesday, July 16, 1969, von Braun stood in the firing room at Kennedy Spaceflight Centre and watched another of his rockets, the Saturn V, take the Apollo 11 crew to the Moon.

That he was responsible for both the deadly Nazi V-2 and NASA’s majestic Saturn V makes Wernher von Braun a controversial historical figure. Some hold that his participation in the Nazi war effort necessitates classifying him as a villain. But while his actions during the Second World War were monstrous, he wasn’t motivated by some inherent evil or personal belief in Nazi ideology. Von Braun was motivated by his childhood obsession with spaceflight, a somewhat uncritical patriotism, and a naive grasp of the ramifications of his actions in creating one of the War’s deadliest weapons. How can we treat someone who brought technological triumph to two nations, in one case as a purveyor of death and destruction and in the other a bringer of wonder and inspiration?

Read Wernher von Braun: History’s most controversial figure? by Amy Shira Teitel.

“Liking” is not doing

May 03, 2013 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Technology No Comments →


Read Facebook ‘likes’ don’t save lives at Dangerous Minds.

The Hive Mind and the Outsourced Manhunt

April 21, 2013 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Places, Technology No Comments →


In an earlier era, law enforcement might not have identified the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing so rapidly.

When the smoke literally cleared on Monday, investigators had a huge problem and nearly no leads. No individual or organization claimed responsibility for the bombings that killed three and wounded more than 180. So they took a big leap: They copped to how little they knew, and embraced the wisdom of The Crowd.

Hiding in plain sight was an ocean of data, from torrents of photography to cell-tower information to locals’ memories, waiting to be exploited. Police, FBI, and the other investigators opted to let spectator surveillance supplement and augment their own. When they called for that imagery, locals flooded it in. They spoke to the public frequently, both in person and especially on Twitter. All that represented a modern twist on the age-old law enforcement maxim that the public’s eyes and ears are crucial investigative assets, as the Internet rapidly compressed the time it took for tips to arrive and get analyzed.

Read This Is the Modern Manhunt: The FBI, the Hive Mind and the Boston Bombers, at Danger Room in Wired.

House of Cards and the very near future of content

April 02, 2013 By: jessicazafra Category: Technology, Television 2 Comments →

House of Cards remake

We’re addicted to House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey as a scheming United States Congressman. Quick pegs: Evil West Wing, Game of Thrones in DC, Richard III (a Spacey specialty). Never play nice people again, Kevin, we don’t buy it. Robin Wright is terrific; every time we see her we want to punch Sean Penn in the face.

Yeah it’s a remake of a British series and the Brit original is better blah blah blah. But House of Cards is more than an addictive series. It didn’t originate on TV or cable; it’s produced by Netflix. The delivery system now produces its own content. We’re seeing the beginning of a great shift here.

Read House of Cards and the Decline of Cable in the New Yorker.