Homemade DIY word clock – Part 1

Yes! This is so cool!

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In this article I have something stylish for you: It’s a project idea, I had for a while. And today I decided to finally build it! I’m pretty sure almost everyone of you has already seen a world clock, even if most of you have just seen them on pictures. For everyone else: It’s one of these clever clocks that do not display the exact time, but display a sentence, approximating the time instead, composed from different words that light up:

WordClock_02.JPG Figure 1: A word clock

As these clocks can be pretty expensive, I decided to build some cheap ones myself. Three of them will be given to two friends of mine and one is for me. This article will be a description of the steps needed to create such a thing, so you can build your own one at home!

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Undignified Grave for an Angel

Saw an angel, saw an angel

Arched wings of black fully removed

Red articles of life hard and dry

Soft, dreamsome  feathers pressed into the ice

It’s talons reach still, preserved in last night’s snow

The ebony guardian sang and said “hello”

Undignified violence, and an audience that carries on

No proper burial for a messenger of the sky

No respect in this frozen grave.

 

Ways to Pair & Wear Greenery: 2017’s color of the year

Ways to Pair & Wear Greenery: 2017's color of the year

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Lessons for the Information Age

Two decidedly opposite opinions on The Internet’s effects emerged in it’s early days, and persist even now.  These criticisms and praises of the net are only becoming more relevant each day.  Folks from futurists, to anarchists cherish the web’s ability to make information available worldwide.  Conversely, many people are concerned about the spread of disinformation at everyone’s fingertips.

Facebook rose to popularity in the early 2000s, and has since seen younger users drift away from their site.  Facebook, as a business, has an interest in keeping a large user-base.  Secret algorithms used by Facebook, and perhaps every social media platform, control what content users are shown.  These algorithms exploit Confirmation Bias, among other biases, to keep users coming back to their site.   Products of Facebook, Twitter, and Google present you with what you want to see.  One reason, is so that users aren’t discomforted  by cognitive dissonance and other “negative” emotional responses to their site.  This isn’t any one user’s fault.  These algorithms promote content that is similar to things you’ve liked, viewed, or searched for previously.  This is a systemic problem that happens behind-the-scenes of your favorite websites, and is mostly beyond your control.

That being said, The Internet is a powerful tool, which can be used for good.  It’s easier than ever to expose corruption by putting information online where everyone can see it.  When a website is cited, you can easily click to check any claims without even getting out of your seat.  Additionally, you can use search engines to instantly find facts and trustworthy sources.

“For true democracy to work, people need easy access to independent, diverse sources of news and information.” —democracynow.org/about

With claims from both sides that the media is unfairly for/against Trump or Hillary, these key ideas are incredibly relevant.  While we are all vulnerable to the virus of misinformation, advertisement, and propaganda, there are also ways to protect ourselves:

  1. Seek out a wide variety of content:  This is something I strive for every time I am reading the news or researching something.  If you normally get all your news from John Oliver, try watching videos made by people who have different views and backgrounds than you.  This is important for seeing both sides of every argument, and then coming up with your own balanced views.  Also, it sort-of messes with some website’s algorithms, because then you’ll get recommended content that isn’t just an echo of what you want to hear, but a broad collection of ideas.
  2. Check it: see an allegation without any sources to back it up?  Look for more info on that topic.  Just because a rich/high profile person said-so, doesn’t make it true.  Honestly, I don’t even trust so-called fact-checkers and fact-checking websites–I’d rather find out on my own than being assured something is true with little explanation.
  3. Follow the money:  Newspapers, tv programs, websites, even documentaries all get funding somehow, from somewhere.  Newspapers are almost always owned by a larger company, and they have a bottom line.  Always consider how money could be influencing the content these sources, which citizens rely on to be well-informed, put out there.  One site I like for getting my news is Democracy Now, although I do get information from elsewhere(see no.1), because they are a non-profit organization.

The wild internet is a tricky place.  Citizens of the internet need to protect themselves(and everyone else) from, and for, information.

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A glimpse into a modern siege: Julian Assange medical report

“for security reasons [Julian Assange] had had no direct family contact and would not discuss his family further with me fearing the identity of his partner and young children be exposed and used as leverage against him.  (Online threats have been made that Mr. Assange’s family should be sought out and killed to be used as leverage to get at Mr. Assange.)”

Read the report for yourself here.

“for several weeks [Assange] experienced being woken up in the middle of the night.  After waking up on three consecutive nights he became convinced he was being woken by a banging on the wall or window of his bedroom.  On one occasion, he awoke to the same sound and checked the time – 4:01 am in the morning. Embassy CCTV footage confirmed to Mr. Assange that the bang was external: ‘A group of about five Metropolitan Police officers stood outside the window of the room I was sleeping in. One of officers pointed at the window. Another officer then took an object from his pocket and threw it at the window.'”

New PAIN Single Black Knight Satellite is Reassuring

Time leaches almost every band’s unique sound more and more every release.  With lineup changes, pressure from record companies, and the pursuit of fame, many bands slowly crumble.  In a world regular humans are incapable of seeing, is a graveyard of bands metalheads used to like, before they sold out, or started to sound too much like pop music.  Any one who’s traced a band’s discography from early demos to their latest music video steps carefully here.  Learning that there is new music from your favorite artist can be bad news.  There’s always a good chance that the tracks are poorly mixed, or worse–the vocals are layered and modified into oblivion.  One’s darkest fear of all is that the new songs will sound closer to Kanye West than Metallica.

Peter Tagtgren has had a lot of success.  Most people know him as the frontman for Hypocrisy, or through his solo project, PAIN.  In the last year, he also released the album Skills in Pills with Till Lindemann of Rammstein, under the name Lindemann.  Peter’s work, whether alone or with others, has earned him an international cult following that mostly lives online.  When I heard the news, that there would be a new album and single, I wasn’t overly worried that the new stuff would be a nosedive in quality.  Peter is capable of making diverse sounding music, but he understands that going in a new artistic direction means a new project, with a new name.

Image result for Pain Dark Knight Sattelite  The new PAIN single, Black Knight Satellite, maintains the sound that fans recognise as PAIN.  This is a relief.  Black Knight Satellite will also be on the new album Coming Home.  I am inferring from this, that the other tracks will sound similar.  If the rest of Coming Home sounds like that, then we can all rest easy that PAIN hasn’t sold out.  That being said, I urge you all to go listen to the new single, protected by the foreknowledge that it won’t be an utter disappointment.