Plan 9 From Outer Space

CIA releases 13 million pages of declassified documents online, including flying saucers, psychic powers and extrasensory perception.

Offbeat, Security
UserpicHyperface Project
Posted by Sasha

Berlin-based artist and technologist Adam Harvey aims to confuse facial recognition systems, such as ones used by Amazon in their retail store or Facebook recognizing users in photos by presenting them with thousands of false hits so the machines can't tell which faces are real.

Two models wearing CV Dazzle styling. Photograph: Adam Harvey

During a project, CV Dazzle, Adam Harvey attempted to create an aesthetic of makeup and hairstyling that would disable machines to detect a face.

Speaking at the Chaos Communications Congress hacking conference in Hamburg, Harvey said: “As I’ve looked at in an earlier project, you can change the way you appear, but, in camouflage you can think of the figure and the ground relationship. There’s also an opportunity to modify the ‘ground’, the things that appear next to you, around you, and that can also modify the computer vision confidence score.”

hyperface pattern

Hyperface pattern, specifically created to contain thousands of facial recognition hits. Photograph: Adam Harvey

UserpicBarcelona in Black and White
Posted by Moxietype

barcelona graffiti

Graffiti in Barcelona's Born district. Photo taken on Rolleiflex 2.8f with Zeiss Planar lens on Kodak Tri-X 400 film.

In the article New York Times forgot to mention the power of Reddit, Twitter, MySpace in the early days or other specialty blogs on "going viral". Nothing new about Facebook.

Publishers built entire business models around attracting search traffic, and search-engine optimization, S.E.O., became an industry unto itself. Facebook’s influence on the web — and in particular, on news publishers — was similarly profound. Publishers began taking into consideration how their headlines, and stories, might travel within Facebook. Some embraced the site as a primary source of visitors; some pursued this strategy into absurdity and exploitation.

UserpicSesimbra, Portugal
Posted by Sasha

view from the hotel do mar

View from the hotel Do Mar, Sesimbra.

view on the sea from hotel do mar

View from the Hotel Do Mar, Sesimbra.

old fishing boats in sesimbra

Old fishing boats in Sesimbra.

fishing boats in sesimbra

Old fishing boats in Sesimbra.

old tires

A pile of old tires.

hotel do mar stairs

Hotel Do Mar, Sesimbra.

As one can see most photos have marks from what appears to be dirty rollers at the processing machine at the lab that I used. Needless to say, I am now going to pay twice the amount to develop all film in 'dip and dunk' process method as the carnage which is bound to happen by low cost and quality lab is not worth the saved money. Photos taken on Rolleiflex 2.8F with Carl Zeiss lens on Kodak Porta 400 film.

UserpicArt of Architectural Photography
Posted by Sasha

flatiron building

Flatiron is one of my favorites photos featured on BBC's Art of Architectural Photography 2016.

Michele Palazzo: "New York City's iconic Flatiron building emerges from the blizzard, like the bow of a giant ship ploughing through the wind and the snow. Taken during the historic coastal storm, Jonas, on 23 January 2016, the photograph went viral during the aftermath of the storm."

UserpicThe Best and the Worst Brand Designs of 2016
Posted by Sasha

The Best

instagram logo


In May, Instagram shocked the internet when it unveiled a pared-down, rainbow-gradient upgrade to its Polaroid icon.

The Worst


the wort logo

Trump-Pence Logo

Well, here we are: the absolute worst brand design of the year. The animation above says it all, but Twitter reacted to it well, too.

Read more here

UserpicBikes of Amsterdam
Posted by Sasha

photo of bikes of amsterdam

photo of bike in amsterdam

photo of bicycle in amsterdam

Photos of bikes in Amsterdam. Photo taken on Rolleiflex 2.8 F on Kodak Porta 400.

UserpicCity in Motion
Posted by Sasha

amsterdam in motion

Amsterdam, Oude Spiegelstraat. Photo taken on Rolleiflex 2.8F on Kodak Porta 400 film.

UserpicAmsterdam, Herrengracht
Posted by Sasha

amsterdam photo herrengracht

amsterdam photo canal herrengracht

amsterdam straussvouigel restarurant

4th color layer which is proprietary to Fujicolor PRO 400H, captures a true to nature eerie light of Amsterdam. Notably the file size of digital scan of the negative is about 2.5 times larger than from Kodak Porta under the same settings. Photo is taken on Rolleiflex 2.8F with Carl Zeiss lens.