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January 31 2015

Verizon Won’t Stop Tracking Users, But At Least You Can Opt Out Now
There Is No "You" In a Parallel Universe

U.S. Army Looking to Strengthen Cultural Affairs Support

The U.S. Army is searching for a new group of cultural affairs officers to supervise the securing and preservation of important cultural monuments, property and locations in conflicted areas.  The Army had long taken a more lax, reactive approach to cultural preservation, but is looking to strengthen its methods.  “The civil affairs units have always had ‘functional […]

January 30 2015


Kehinde Wiley Interviewed in New York Times

Artist Kehinde Wiley is profiled in the New York Times this week, discussing his early life in Los Angeles, and his responses to the outrage over police violence in Ferguson, MO.  “I know how young black men are seen,” the artist says in his Williamsburg studio. “They’re boys, scared little boys oftentimes. I was one of them. I […]
George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

The Top 10 Moments From Spring/Summer 2015 Couture Week

From the fashion to the haute joaillerie to the off-the-runway star sightings, these were some of the season’s most memorable happenings.
Cutting Through Data Science Hype
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Nathan Jurevicinaus - Peleda Designs

Kim & Kanye Are Pretty Much Besties With President Obama

Back in October, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West met President Barack Obama.

Now we have photographic proof such an event took place. The president even signed the photo, which means they are pretty much besties.


A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Jan 30, 2015 at 2:47pm PST

Best #FBF photo ever, right?

London’s National Gallery Staff Planning Five Day Strike

Employees at The National Gallery in London have planned a five day strike in response to the museum’s privatization of their positions, which union general secretary Mark Serwotka claims “risks damaging the worldwide reputation of what is one of the U.K.’s greatest cultural assets.” Read more at New York Times  

First 'Game Of Thrones' Photos From Season 5 Reveal New Characters, Arya's Journey

Season 5 of "Game of Thrones" may be three months away, but that hasn't stopped us from speculating about every possible spoiler and teaser. The first official trailer arrived on Thursday, and now we have the first official photos from Season 5.

Among many things, the pictures reveal an expected big change for Arya as she (spoiler alert) arrives at the House of Black and White in Braavos, as well as the first look at some new characters:

Season 5 of "Game of Thrones" premieres Sunday, April 12, on HBO.

Val Kilmer Reportedly Hospitalized With Throat Tumor

TMZ reports that Val Kilmer was hospitalized earlier this week after he began bleeding from his throat.

Sources told the website the 55-year-old actor was rushed from his home in Malibu, California, on Jan. 26 after someone called 911.

The "Batman Forever" star was taken to UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, where doctors performed surgery on what is believed to be a throat tumor. He is now reportedly in recovery.

Request for comment made by The Huffington Post to Kilmer's rep has yet to be returned at this time.

The actor has not gone on record about any illness; however, he has kept his neck covered with a scarf during recent public outings.


Deleted Scenes From The 'Parenthood' Finale Are Straight-Up Precious

"Parenthood" ended on Thursday night with a bunch of tears and one beautiful montage set in the future. Now, NBC has released a few deleted scenes that tug at our heartstrings just a little harder.

This one includes a visit from Amber's (Mae Whitman) dad Seth (John Corbett), who wants to meet baby Zeek for the first time. Corbett told The Hollywood Reporter that showrunner Jason Katims told him the scene would be cut for time, but was "super bummed." Katims told TVLine, "It was a really nice moment, and it was painful to cut it. But unfortunately, we were in a situation where we didn’t have a choice."

Another clip shows the original Bravermans -- Camille (Bonnie Bedelia), Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) and their four children -- roasting Sarah (Lauren Graham) before her wedding. They run through all of her ex-boyfriends at the dinner table.

In the last deleted scene, Hank (Ray Romano) and his daughter Ruby (Courtney Grosbeck) have a rare, sweet moment. "I'm really happy for you," she says to her dad. Don't mind the weeping over here.


17 Celebrity Stars Who Look Like Disney Princesses

These stars are essentially living, breathing Disney princesses—but not for the reasons you'd think.

These Artists Are Creating Technology That Won't Suck Your Soul

minicade3.jpg Chloe Vareldi and Atul Varma's Minicade

For those of us who spend most of our lives working, communicating, dating, reading and doing things with the help of screens and devices, technology can feel like both a godsend and a massive soul suck. But last night, a bunch of creators, techies, artists and regular people got the chance to experience a more humanizing side to technology at the opening of Eyebeam's 2015 art and technology showcase. "The projects that we support and engage with are constantly critically analyzing technology," says Peter Kaiser, the communications director of Eyebeam, which was established in 1997 and supports technology-focused artists with residencies and fellowships. The showcase features work created by the non-profit's 2014 residents. This year, many of the most interesting works explored physical ways of interacting with technology, bringing us beyond the loneliness of our gadgets with games, dancing, and even a device to force you into real conversation without your phone.

When we entered the Eyebeam showcase space at 111 Front Street, one thing immediately stood out against the installations and screens: a live dancer. Nancy Nowacek, a performance artist who explores the relationship between bodies and spaces, was coaching a participant as they acted out directions written on large index cards. One command was "you are an older man in coveralls turning a slow somersault backwards down a flight of stairs. You are not falling." The movements appeared similar to illustrations on a poster on the wall, which showed the wide range of bodies in motion from Nowacek's open-source library of human figures, created with Google's SketchUp Warehouse.

Untitled Attitudes2.jpg Untitled Attitudes1.jpg A piece by Nancy Nowacek 

By using the public to create these positions, Nowacek explained that she's trying to integrate images of "real people" into the technology and design process. "The body has become an almost useless part of technology" she said, "I'm trying to find ways to value it." This disconnect between real bodies and design is apparent in something like an architectural sketch, where figures pictured look more like confused Sims characters than real humans in a space. Nowacek's project put us at the core of architecture and design, and invited fair visitors to act out different movement prompts. These gestures would potentially be used by young architects in their designs, and if nothing else, gave us an excuse to dance again.

Close by, the colorful Minicade designed by artist/programmer duo Chloe Varelidi and Atul Varma sparked our inner mallrat arcade fiend. Using graphics fit for the emoji generation, a suspended animé style gaming console and a ton of cute stickers, Minicade invited people to play short games like 'Eat the Marshmallow' and 'Don't Step on the Poo!,' then personalize those games with an easy drag and drop HTML menu. It's simple to collaborate with others on a game, sending the link back and forth and publishing it for others to play, but it was also a quick way to learn code.

micbox.jpg Allison Burtch's cellphone mic jammer

But not all of the art was concerned with fun and games. At the far end of the gallery, programmer and artist Allison Burtch demonstrated how a tiny box can cut out cellphone frequency, suddenly giving real silence and privacy in a world of constant communication. "Every part of us is now data, and it's being extracted for profit," Burtch said as she demonstrated how the device made the wavering lines of an iPhone's voice recording app go flat when placed in front of the box. Like Burtch's recent Log Jammer project, a frequency jammmer that disrupts all cellphone voice communication and is disguised as a log to hide in nature, the cell mic jammer gives privacy and anonymity to conversations that might accidentally become recorded or overheard. "I look at privacy issues as the gentrification of our souls," Burtch explained, claiming that this device is a hardware solution to a software problem. It's a way to know that you are really alone, and can choose to stay alone for those rare human interactions when you don't need -- or want -- your cell phone.

While it's unlikely that any of these projects will ever see real-life application, their value comes from showing us that humanity in technology is not too far gone -- as long as we're willing to search for it.

The Eyebeam 2015 Art and Technology Showcase will be on view from January 30th-February 21st in Gallery 216 at 111 Front Street, Brooklyn.

Christie’s Hosts an Online Auction With Some Fresh Names in Fine Jewelry

The house is teaming up with Dalia Oberlander of the e-commerce site Latest Revival to sell eight original designs next week.
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