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humanoidhistory:

The planet Saturn, oberved by the Casssini space probe on May 4, 2014.
(NASA)

humanoidhistory:

The planet Saturn, oberved by the Casssini space probe on May 4, 2014.

(NASA)

productiveslacker:

remember when Rabbit made a decorative and functional wall piece out of Pooh’s ass?

productiveslacker:

remember when Rabbit made a decorative and functional wall piece out of Pooh’s ass?

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romulanholiday:

I Only Know of Five Actors of Color: A Fancast

  • me: i don't even care. i'm not going to talk about this anymore.
  •  ...
  • me: and you know what else? [2000 word rant]
neurosciencestuff:

Neurons express ‘gloss’ using three perceptual parameters
Japanese researchers showed monkeys a number of images representing various glosses and then they measured the responses of 39 neurons by using microelectrodes. They found that a specific population of neurons changed the intensities of the responses linearly according to either the contrast-of-highlight, sharpness-of-highlight, or brightness of the object. This shows that these 3 perceptual parameters are used as parameters when the brain recognizes a variety of glosses. They also found that different parameters are represented by different populations of neurons. This was published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
The gloss of an object surface provides information about the condition of that object. For instance, whether it is wet or dry, whether food is fresh or old. Several gloss-related physical parameters such as specular reflectance and diffuse reflectance have been described and used in computer graphics so far. However, the parameters used when neurons respond to gloss have not yet been found.
A Japanese research group led by Hidehiko Komatsu, professor of the National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS), National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), in collaboration with the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) prepared 16 images representing various glosses and showed them to monkeys. In a circumscribed area in the inferior temporal cortex of the brain, neurons strengthened their responses proportionately as the contrast-of-highlight and/or sharpness-of-highlight got higher. Neural responses also vary greatly depending on the brightness, for instance, whether the object is black, gray, or white. Furthermore, the perceptual gloss parameters of the presented image could be fairly precisely predicted from the strengths of the population neural responses.
By the application of these findings in an artificial image recognition system, the researchers are expecting that it would be able to develop robots that recognize gloss like humans.

neurosciencestuff:

Neurons express ‘gloss’ using three perceptual parameters

Japanese researchers showed monkeys a number of images representing various glosses and then they measured the responses of 39 neurons by using microelectrodes. They found that a specific population of neurons changed the intensities of the responses linearly according to either the contrast-of-highlight, sharpness-of-highlight, or brightness of the object. This shows that these 3 perceptual parameters are used as parameters when the brain recognizes a variety of glosses. They also found that different parameters are represented by different populations of neurons. This was published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

The gloss of an object surface provides information about the condition of that object. For instance, whether it is wet or dry, whether food is fresh or old. Several gloss-related physical parameters such as specular reflectance and diffuse reflectance have been described and used in computer graphics so far. However, the parameters used when neurons respond to gloss have not yet been found.

A Japanese research group led by Hidehiko Komatsu, professor of the National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS), National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), in collaboration with the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) prepared 16 images representing various glosses and showed them to monkeys. In a circumscribed area in the inferior temporal cortex of the brain, neurons strengthened their responses proportionately as the contrast-of-highlight and/or sharpness-of-highlight got higher. Neural responses also vary greatly depending on the brightness, for instance, whether the object is black, gray, or white. Furthermore, the perceptual gloss parameters of the presented image could be fairly precisely predicted from the strengths of the population neural responses.

By the application of these findings in an artificial image recognition system, the researchers are expecting that it would be able to develop robots that recognize gloss like humans.

"I don’t believe that paperbacks will ever destroy hardbound publishing… The paperback has actually benefited publishing in more ways than one. Selling reprint and other subsidiary rights is now what keeps a lot of hardbound publishers from going bankrupt, because without a paperback sale, a book doesn’t make expenses most of the time. Also, paperbacks encourage the reading habit; people start with them, and a small percentage will graduate to hardbound books. So new readers are created and books are provided for people who can’t afford the hardbound ones—and that’s the greatest advantage of all… I think the hardbound publisher’s got to be in on this some way or another, and the one who hasn’t buttressed himself with an interest in a paperback house has been very short-sighted."  -

Bennett Cerf, on the emergence of paperback books in the 1930s.

For laffs, substitute “ebook” for “paperback” and “print” for “hardbound”.

Right on so you know I’m a Catelyn Stark fan. And a lot of other people aren’t. There are more people that hate Catelyn Stark than either Sansa or Arya. Truth. Over time I have read some truly mind-boggling interpretations of Catelyn Stark, things that just confuse me and make me wonder if people can even read. So many. So very, very many.

And in all that time there is only one instance I can remember of ever questioning a moderator-type figure’s judgment and that is when fucking Tower of the Hand posted that piece that ended withthe congratulation of XYZ Frey for slitting Catelyn’s throat so that we dont’ have to listen to her talk any more. Good job on those vocal chords!!!11 har har har!!1111 You know the one.

I spent YEARS on westeros.org and there were so many outrageously idiotic things said about her, longstanding, 40-page long threads about how she was the worst person in the world and every single thing she ever did was stupid and hateful and selfish and how she’s to blame for literally everything bad ever. And I hated those arguments and I grew distractingly angry and fought them but I did not blame the moderators for allowing them to exist. I did not take it as a reflection of the moderators’ opinion or sanction, I was angry at the people who said the things and angry that so many people thought that way and angry that I had to search so hard for a small circle of people who thought similarly enough to how I thought that I could even have a productive conversation with them about what I loved so much. Yes I understand how it’s all frustrating! But to ask moderator figures to try and change that did not occur to me, and it still did not occur to me even after I stopped going to places like westeros.org and Tower of the Hand and WIC.net. You can’t ever find one place where I thought that moderators did not do enough to make me feel better as a Catelyn Stark fan, save that one exception where I thought that it was extremely poor taste to publish an article that celebrated the mutilation of a character’s body so that the damn woman wouldn’t talk any more. THAT is hateful.

typingsdrawings:

deskgirl:

pyrositshere:

internetgoose:

I’m gonna depress the hell out of all of you. ready? ok go

so, that “stop devaluing feminized work post”

nice idea and all

but the thing is, as soon as a decent number of women enter any field, it becomes “feminized,” and it becomes devalued.

as women enter a field in greater number, people become less willing to pay for it, the respect for it drops, and it’s seen as less of a big deal. it’s not about the job- it’s about the number of women in the job.

observe what happened with biology. it’s STEM, sure, but anyone in a male-dominated science will sneer at the idea of it being ‘for real,’ nevermind that everyone sure took it more seriously when it was a male dominated field. so has happened with scores of other areas; nursing comes to mind

so the thing is, it’s not the work or the job that has to be uplifted and seen as more respectable. it will never work out, until people start seeing women as respectable

but there’s a doozy and who the fuck knows if it’s ever happening in my life time

"observe what happened with biology. it’s STEM, sure, but anyone in a male-dominated science will sneer at the idea of it being ‘for real,’ nevermind that everyone sure took it more seriously when it was a male dominated field."

Personal anecdote time!  I’m in a biology graduate program.  An acquaintance wanted to introduce some guy to me because his son was thinking about becoming an undergrad science major.  When he found out I was in the biology department, he grinned and said, “Well, I guess that’s kind of related to science.”

I gave him what I hope was an icy look and said, “Isn’t it strange how men outside the field started saying that right around the time biology majors shifted from mostly male to mostly female?”

The guy got this look on his face like he was about to play the “just a joke” card, and then an older woman who had been standing nearby, talking to someone else, turned to me and said, “The same thing happened with real estate.”  She went on to explain that, over the course of the career, the male-to-female ratio among real estate agents had dropped, and the pay and “prestige factor” of that job dropped along with it.

Same thing happened to literature. Used to be poetry was the medium of educated men, and novels were “the trashy, unprofessional writings” of women. The more poetry women wrote, the less esteemed it became, and the more men wrote novels, the more value novels had. Now YA novels are frowned on, and also considered women’s territory. If I could find it, I read a few months ago the personal experiences of a female scifi writer and the bias there. Women are expected to write “less intelligent” soft scifi while hard scifi is for men and considered superior. One is valued more than the other based on the genders that tended to write them, and now men and women are pigeon-holed into those genres and disrespected if they don’t adhere to them.

This is probably like 90% of the reason for the backlash of “Anti-gamers” when it comes to women in nerd culture. Nerd culture isn’t really respected anyway and even though it originated as a massive boys AND girls club (really more a girls club since the first ever sci-fi nerd convention was created by women for their love of star trek) but there’s probably a subconscious knowledge that whatever respect they do have (and it’s getting more respect right now too thanks to nerds growing up into people with money and making movies) that it’ll be “lost” if taken over by women because we’ve been taught over and over again that women ruin everything.

NO GURLZ ALLOWED!!!

Why? Because we live in a society that has been hard wired for centuries that to BE a woman is weak so anything women excel at must be also weak and of no value, hence why we try to keep women out of EVERYTHING and then once they get in people scoff and go “yeah well it wasn’t that hard to begin with that’s the only reason you got in at all…”

God all of this is so true. People always change the rules and change the goal posts and it is fucking frustrating as hell.

eafiu:

You have no idea how much work it entails to be thorough while modding for asoiafuniversity. It would be much easier for everyone involved if we could just pick and choose meta that we 100% agreed with, but that’s not what the blog is about.

Jeez for real.