Israeli Computer Scientist’s BriefCam SW Compresses Time on Videos

The SW creates, effectively, a video synopsis…

“At the first stage, we separate automatically the moving objects from the static background,” Peleg explained. In this case, the software identifies the people entering and exiting the building.

The software then replays the scene as if the people moved through the area simultaneously.

Shmuel Peleg“We pack as many objects as we can from as many different times as we can, so that we can see all the objects and all the activities in as short as possible time,” he said.

The summarized surveillance video from the office building, for example, compresses about two hours of activity into just a minute and a half.”

and more samples here

Warning lands Batavia teacher in hot water –

Kids are forced to incriminate themselves on a voluntary mandatory non-anonymous anonymous survey so teach acquaints them with their 5th Amendment rights not to disclose shit, so The Powers That Be get all nuclear on him… It’s just for your own good kids, honest

The Black Death Is Doing Fine – And Becoming Resistant

from Contagions

Yersinia pestis-plague-black death“Tibet-Qinghai plateau region is where Yersinia pestis originated and the region where subsequent pandemics arose, I think its time to look more closely at regional outbreaks and case studies.

In this region, the marmot (Marmota himalayana) is the primary reservoir for Yersinia pestis. This large communal burrowing rodent is hunted by local Tibetan tribesmen for both meat and pelts. Butchering marmots has long been considered a risk factor for contracting plague via their fleas, aerosols or skin abrasions. To investigate the exposure of marmot hunters to plague, Chinese epidemiologists collected serum from 120 Qinghai villagers, 68 male hunters and 52 female family members, along with 120 negative controls from the non-endemic area of Beijing. None of the villagers or controls reported having a fever within the last two years.

The results are eye-opening and illustrates the importance of occupational exposure. Over a third of the male villagers had an antibody response to Yersinia pestis. Only 2% of their female family members produced an antibody response. Wether two fever-free years are enough time to determine if they had symptomatic plague in the past is an open question. Their letter to Emerging Infectious Diseases does not provide much information on the test subject’s histories or oral reports. [see more here LINK]”

life is unfair, part infinity…

Barbara Eden at 78

Life Ball 2013 - Show“The 78-year-old “I Dream of Jeannie” actress wowed the crowd at this weekend’s Life Ball in Vienna, Austria, coming on stage in her iconic midriff-baring costume. LINK

nothing verse than verse… emilio degrazia


In Switzerland
The Alpine wall’s a solid range
Built upon
Bureaux de Change.

The monumental walls of Italy
Once built by pagan souls (all lost)
Slowly show decline and fall
Dissolved by the unholy ghost
Of Christian car exhaust.

In Berlin
The wall’s offense is so far right
Of the old left’s righteous route,
Children there now have to guess
Whether right’s in or out.

In Israel the wall’s a Book
Providing word of Adam’s fall.
The word now is
The handwriting there
Is on the wall.

An Iranian wall
Goes bit by bit.
There Allah backs citizens
Who have no say,
And lets the chips fall where they may.

The Great Wall of China
Is so defunct
Its outline is no longer map.
Keeping hoards neither in nor out
It’s now a great tourist trap.

For centuries in Vietnam
The jungle wall was under attack.
Against it civil invaders
Beat their heads
Until the centuries crack.

The London wall’s empirical,
A savant mind working hard
To reasonably conclude its empire sun
Is still unset
On hoards of servant humankind.

Alexandre Dumas hideaway on the grounds of Monte Cristo Castle in Marly le Roi, France

Alexandre Dumas hideaway on grounds of Monte Cristo Castle Marly le Roi France

what to say….

Arctic Amplification

Temperatures are warming faster in the Arctic than anywhere else in the world. Here’s why. Read more

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a Roethke poem, on his birthday…

The Waking


Theodore Roethke

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.
We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me, so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

Ray Manzarek – Terrific Interview From 1998

Ray Manzarek did this interview while at his keyboard(s) in 1998 and it’s one of the very best I’ve ever heard. Manzarak plays, demonstrates, celebrates… just wonderful. Absolutely worth a few minutes of your time.

Found something under the mostly dead old apple trees…

on an abandoned building lot … nobody seems to ever think to look there so I’ve had it to myself for a few years now…

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