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new-aesthetic:

How One Woman Hid Her Pregnancy From Big Data

For the past nine months, Janet Vertesi, assistant professor of sociology at Princeton University, tried to hide from the Internet the fact that she’s pregnant — and it wasn’t easy. Pregnant women are incredibly valuable to marketers. For example, if a woman decides between Huggies and Pampers diapers, that’s a valuable, long-term decision that establishes a consumption pattern. According to Vertesi, the average person’s marketing data is worth 10 cents; a pregnant woman’s data skyrockets to $1.50. And once targeted advertising finds a pregnant woman, it won’t let up. […] First, Vertesi made sure there were absolutely no mentions of her pregnancy on social media, which is one of the biggest ways marketers collect information. She called and emailed family directly to tell them the good news, while also asking them not to put anything on Facebook. She even unfriended her uncle after he sent a congratulatory Facebook message. She also made sure to only use cash when buying anything related to her pregnancy, so no information could be shared through her credit cards or store-loyalty cards. For items she did want to buy online, Vertesi created an Amazon account linked to an email address on a personal server, had all packages delivered to a local locker and made sure only to use Amazon gift cards she bought with cash. […] Genius, right? But not exactly foolproof. Vertesi said that by dodging advertising and traditional forms of consumerism, her activity raised a lot of red flags. When her husband tried to buy $500 worth of Amazon gift cards with cash in order to get a stroller, a notice at the Rite Aid counter said the company had a legal obligation to report excessive transactions to the authorities. “Those kinds of activities, when you take them in the aggregate … are exactly the kinds of things that tag you as likely engaging in criminal activity, as opposed to just having a baby,” she said.

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Slippage and instability threaten to bring some of the buildings down, not just putting the site’s UNESCO-designated mansions at risk but potentially injuring (or worse) its annual hordes of international visitors.

[Image: General view of Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius; courtesy U.S. Library of Congress].

In Phys.org’s words, the sensors are being installed “to assess ‘risks of hydrogeological instability’ at the sprawling site, boost security and test the solidity of structures, as well as set up an early warning system to flag up possible collapses.”

The results are a bit like electronic eavesdropping—a kind of NSA of the ruins—only, instead of wire-tapping a single phone line, the entire city of Pompeii will be listened to from within, hooked up from one side to the other with equipment so sensitive it is normally used in waging “electronic warfare.”

[Image: The Street of Tombs, Pompeii; courtesy U.S. Library of Congress].

The data will eventually be made available online for all to analyze, but it is interesting to read of a more immediate use of the sensors’ findings: Pompeii’s “security guards will be supplied with special radio equipment as well as smartphone apps to improve communication that can pinpoint their position and the type of intervention required.”

In other words, guards will receive electronic updates from the city itself while out on their daily rounds, including automated pings and alerts of impending structural failure or deformations of the ground, like some weird, semi-militarized version of ambient music, as if listening to the real-time groans of a settling city by radio

Yeah, sometimes this is needed.

The entire Crazy from the Heat EP is so bizarre.
Crazy from the Heat EP

Edgar Winter Group’s Easy Street (Edgar played keyboards on the sessions). The Louis Prima medley above The Beach Boys’ California Girls The Lovin’ Spoonful’s Coconut Grove

Roth had yet to leave Van Halen at the time, and had criticized the use of synthesizers and more of a pop sound in the music Eddie Van Halen had been writing. Oddly, Van Halen wanted darker lyrics to accompany his tunes, and Roth wanted to keep with lighter fun lyrics.

The EP almost seems like a middle finger to Eddie Van Halen: Here’s how you do keyboard based pop music.

Still, it just doesn’t make any sense.

EDIT: The tumblr theme is interpreting the markdown language weird. Whole sentences are links when they shouldn’t be. Weird.

notpulpcovers
notpulpcovers:

Heaven knows they were trying, what with the chest-harness and the rayguns, but by the late 1970s cover artists had somehow lost the ability to even make a planet full of dinosaurs look interesting. For some older, and therefore better, dinosaur cover art, I of course recommend pulpcovers.com/tag/dinosaurs

Yep, this is pretty horrid. I’ve never read the book, but I also question how much of the cover actually had to do with the work. 

notpulpcovers:

Heaven knows they were trying, what with the chest-harness and the rayguns, but by the late 1970s cover artists had somehow lost the ability to even make a planet full of dinosaurs look interesting. 

For some older, and therefore better, dinosaur cover art, I of course recommend pulpcovers.com/tag/dinosaurs

Yep, this is pretty horrid. I’ve never read the book, but I also question how much of the cover actually had to do with the work. 

allenwilt

allenwilt:

When will I have time to do these again? Sigh.

I know I haven’t been posting. I’m not on “hiatus” (I so love how capricious that word is on Tumblrverse), I’ve just been very busy.

I’ve been wanting to write about Hanoi, but I have no camera to do the place justice. I guess I’d have to rely on words to capture and describe the essence of this exotic (yep, even for me) city. Perfection must be paid.

Until then. Be patient with me, beloved readers (oh, you know, the five of you who actually “wait” for me to write something).

To the writers I follow, I’ve been reading. I’ve just been sort of creeping in the background.

All right, carry on.

Brilliant stuff. 

amariefox
amariefox:

QUAINT MAGAZINE is out today! And MERMAIDS is the featured fiction piece.
I just want to say that it was a complete honor to work with these women. They not only took a chance on this rather complicated submission, but provided a fantastic support system. I’m so proud to be associated with this issue. If you’re considering reading this, I would ask you to give a few bucks. Quaint is one of the few places that PAYS contributors. So, please, please, please consider sending a dollar or two their way.
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Go and read this. You know you should. 

amariefox:

QUAINT MAGAZINE is out today! And MERMAIDS is the featured fiction piece.

I just want to say that it was a complete honor to work with these women. They not only took a chance on this rather complicated submission, but provided a fantastic support system. I’m so proud to be associated with this issue. If you’re considering reading this, I would ask you to give a few bucks. Quaint is one of the few places that PAYS contributors. So, please, please, please consider sending a dollar or two their way.

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Go and read this. You know you should. 

I’m going to start moving any longer pieces over to SVBTLE

I’ve gone ahead and made the subdomain longreads.riskylengths.com and posted an old, old 24 hours short story there. 

As I get into things, hopefully there will be more soon. 

(Hat tip to amariefox for  inspiring me to finally move my stuff over there. Her pieces can be found here.