Thermin Simulation

“Theremin is a free online synth instrument that makes an array of different sounds. Play it by dragging the cursor or use multiple fingers to fiddle with waveforms, and experiment with the delay, feedback and scuzz sliders.

In the new app version (available for iPhone / iPad and Desktop), you can make layers, record, loop and download creations. The app allows use offline to play live at shows, in the studio or anywhere.”

Merzig-Bettsdorf (franzoesisch: Bettelainville)

“Die Strecke Merzig-Bettsdorf (franzoesisch: Bettelainville) wurde 1917 eroefnet und war eine eingleisige Hauptstrecke mit starken strategischen Bedeutung, weshalb es keine ‘passage a niveau’ gibt. Die Strecke war nur kurze Zeit voellig deutsch: 1919 wurde die Grenze quer durch den Silwinger Tunnel gezogen und fiel das groesste Teil der Strecke Frankreich zu. Nach Sprengung (und Nie-wiederaufbau) der Saarbruecke bei Merzig, verkuemmerte die Strecke voellig und 1959 wurde das Verkehr am Franzoesischen Restschnitt eingestellt. Nur zwischen Hombourg und Bettelainville gibt es heute noch Museum- und Draisinenverkehr. Wir werden jetzt diese interessante Strecke folgen ab Merzig und vor allem den Silwinger Tunnel (1715 Meter) zwischen Silwingen (D) und Waldwisse (F) ausfuehrlich dokumentieren, ebenfalls den Dalsteiner Tunnel (665 Meter) bei Dalstein (F).”

Im Schatten der Netzwelt – The Cleaners

“Soziale Medien beeinflussen das Weltgeschehen. Pro Minute entstehen 500 Stunden Videomaterial auf YouTube, 450.000 neue Tweets auf Twitter, 2,5 Millionen Posts auf Facebook. Doch wer entscheidet, was die Welt zu sehen bekommt? Auf den Philippinen arbeiten Zehntausende Content-Moderatoren, die Unmengen an Bildern sichten. Ihre Arbeit wirft Fragen von Zensur auf.
Es gibt eine gigantische Schattenindustrie digitaler Zensur in Manila, dem weltweit größten Standort für Content-Moderation. Dort löschen Zehntausende Menschen im Auftrag der großen Silicon-Valley-Konzerne belastende Fotos und Videos auf Facebook, YouTube, Twitter & Co. Komplexe Entscheidungen über Zensur oder Sichtbarkeit von Inhalten werden an die Content-Moderatoren abgegeben. Die Kriterien und Vorgaben, nach denen sie arbeiten, sind eines der am besten geschützten Geheimnisse des Silicon Valley. Die Dauerbelastung dieser traumatisierenden Arbeit verändert die Wahrnehmung und Persönlichkeit der Content-Moderatoren, denen es verboten ist, über ihre Erfahrungen zu sprechen. Parallel zu den Geschichten von fünf Content-Moderatoren zeigt der Dokumentarfilm die globalen Auswirkungen der Online-Zensur und wie Fake News und Hass durch die sozialen Netzwerke verbreitet und verstärkt werden. Die Vision einer vernetzten globalen Internetgemeinde wird zum Alptraum, wenn hochrangige ehemalige Mitarbeiter der sozialen Netzwerke Einblicke in die Funktionsweisen und Mechanismen der Plattformen geben. Gezielte Verstärkung und Vervielfältigung jeglicher Art von Emotionen machen die Plattformen zu Brandbeschleunigern, die soziale, politische und gesellschaftliche Konflikte anheizen und die Spaltung der Gesellschaft vorantreiben. Hans Block und Moritz Riesewieck erzählen in ihrem Debütfilm vom Platzen des utopischen Traums der sozialen Medien und stellen die drängende Frage nach den Grenzen des Einflusses von Facebook, YouTube, Twitter & Co. auf den Einzelnen und die Gesellschaft.”

See also:


Talking Policy: Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck on Moderating Social Media



“This presentation pertains to an ASUS Q200E VivoBook, similar to the Asus VivoBook X202E. In this demonstration we will show how to replace the outer touch screen, without removing the hinges, and leaving the display screen & top cover intact.”

My comment: “Thanks for the video; it helped me a lot. Additional note: if (like me) you only want to disable the touchscreen (after it has been broken and fires random touches) you do not need to unscrew hard disk etc; just unplug the white plug (visible at 2:06 and 1:43 in the left had corner)”

See below:

Source (copy/paste):

“If a country cannot pass a law to save the lives of female cyclists — when that proposal is supported at every level of UK Government — then I don’t see how that country can truly be called independent.”

That’s what Boris Johnson wrote yesterday in his resignation letter.

But he’s wrong.

What have female cyclists got to do with Brexit?

Mr Johnson is known for his sometimes-tangential anecdotes — as anyone who remembers his speech at the 2008 Olympics, in which he claimed the British invented table tennis under the name “whiff whaff”, will tell you.

But we were still a little surprised to discover that this parting missive on the issue of Brexit — which he was apparently still writing when Number 10 confirmed his departure — spends a lot of time on vehicle regulation.

The former Foreign Secretary wrote: “we seem to have gone backwards since the last Chequers meeting in February, when I described my frustrations, as Mayor of London, in trying to protect cyclists from juggernauts.

“We had wanted to lower the cabin windows to improve visibility; and even though such designs were already on the market, and even though there had been a horrific spate of deaths, mainly of female cyclists, we were told we had to wait for the EU to legislate on the matter.”

His concluding thought on the issue: “If a country cannot pass a law to save the lives of female cyclists — when that proposal is supported at every level of UK Government — then I don’t see how that country can truly be called independent.”

“Supported at every level of UK Government”?

That’s quite a compelling account of how the EU has stifled common sense policy-making by a national government. The problem is, Mr Johnson is wrong.

It’s true that when he was Mayor of London, Mr Johnson campaigned to introduce tougher rules on lorry safety to protect cyclists.

But he’s left out some key details.

For one thing, he neglects to mention that the regulations he’s talking about were in fact put forward by the European Parliament, and backed by 570 MEPs, with 88 voting against. He also fails to acknowledge that those laws have actually been passed.

More crucially, Mr Johnson is wrong to say that the laws in question were “supported at every level of UK Government.”

When the regulations were put forward by the EU, the UK government explicitly did not support the proposals.

A government spokesperson told BBC News in 2014: “Where we are not supporting European Parliament proposals, it is simply because they will not produce practical changes in cab design and could lead to additional bureaucracy for Britain.”

The European Council, which includes representation from the UK government, later adopted the directive.

Mr Johnson should know he is wrong

It’s curious that Mr Johnson has chosen this particular example to demonstrate what he sees as the problems with EU regulation.

Not only did he know that the European Parliament had proposed the laws, he also knew that the UK government opposed them — because he explicitly called out ministers on the issue at the time.

In January 2014, Mr Johnson said: “If these amendments, supported by dozens of cities across Europe, can succeed, we can save literally hundreds of lives across the EU in years to come. I am deeply concerned at the position of the British Government and urge them to embrace this vital issue.”

Perhaps in his hasty drafting, Mr Johnson has misremembered the exact chain of events.

A source close to Mr Johnson told FactCheck: “Boris called for change more than a year before EU measures came into force. If we had taken back control we could have implemented them immediately in order to save lives.”

David Farrier goes to the Auckland International Film Festival and, guess what, it is total balls

“no-one is breaking any laws here, but it seemed fairly obvious that this festival was taking indie filmmakers’ money, and providing very little in return – like, say, playing their film. ”

Strikingly similar scheme than predatory journals: see

Links used in using curl for Clarifai

Update: link to Clarifai’s conference – Perceive 2020 – 

Update: I have now a project on github that is a cctv that uses Clarifai to identify concepts and make animated gifs:

php code, to find out what is in an image:

$random_string=substr(str_shuffle(MD5(microtime())), 0, 5);

echo ‘<h1>’.$random_string.'</h1>’;


$ch = curl_init();

// set URL and other appropriate options
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_VERBOSE, ‘1’);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_CUSTOMREQUEST, “POST”);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, “”);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true); // curl_exec returns the value

$headers = array(
‘Content-Type: application/json’,
“Authorization: xyzabcd”
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, $headers);

$fields = ‘{“inputs”:[{“data”:{“image”:{“url”:”‘.$imgurl.'”}}}]}’; // Your image here.
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $fields);

// grab URL and pass it to the browser
$result = curl_exec($ch);

// echo ‘<h2>’.$result.'</h2>’;

$mydata= json_decode($result, true);

$concepts = $mydata[“outputs”][0][“data”][“concepts”];

// var_dump($concepts);

for($i=0;$i < sizeof($concepts); $i++ ) {
if($i != 0 ) { $conceptlist .= ‘, ‘; }
$value = $concepts[$i];
$conceptlist .= $value[“name”];

echo “<h3>Concepts: “;
echo $conceptlist;
echo “</h3>”;

// close cURL resource, and free up system resources

echo ‘<img src=”‘.$imgurl.'” alt=”‘.$conceptlist.'” title=”‘.$conceptlist.'”>’;

Finally: C:\Users\vim\curl\curl.exe –verbose –libcurl tmp1.c -H “Authorization: Key xyzabcd” -H “Content-Type: application/json” –data “{“”inputs””:[{“”data””:{“”image””:{“”url””:””″”}}}]}”

(You must replace xyzabcd with your own API key)