Building the Arte

femtoxic:

-imaginarythoughts-:

land-of-propaganda:

Shaun King exposes Ferguson PD lie about distance from SUV

Click here to watch the video

This needs to be brought to attention IMMEDIATELY!!!!!

I don’t even understand what they’re expecting anymore. if they can lie to us to our face and us KNOW the truth, what power do we have , then?

(via loveyourchaos)

errors-dot-albi:

thatscienceteacher:

theveganarchist:

stfuconservatives:

lesserjoke:

antigovernmentextremist:

gerrycanavan:

Jury nullification. Pass it on.

Jury nullification is so fucking important.

This is something that more people should be aware of, if only because (in many states, at least) defense attorneys are actually prohibited from mentioning it to jurors. The law allows a jury to return a “not guilty” verdict contrary to the facts of the case, but not for the defense to inform them of that power or to argue for its application in the current trial.

I didn’t know about this. Wow.

always reblog

This is SUPER IMPORTANT and also a good reason to show up for jury duty. You know all those laws you think are stupid? This is your chance to maybe do something about it. 

I…. I thought this was common knowledge… signal boosting this because it obviously isn’t!

errors-dot-albi:

thatscienceteacher:

theveganarchist:

stfuconservatives:

lesserjoke:

antigovernmentextremist:

gerrycanavan:

Jury nullification. Pass it on.

Jury nullification is so fucking important.

This is something that more people should be aware of, if only because (in many states, at least) defense attorneys are actually prohibited from mentioning it to jurors. The law allows a jury to return a “not guilty” verdict contrary to the facts of the case, but not for the defense to inform them of that power or to argue for its application in the current trial.

I didn’t know about this. Wow.

always reblog

This is SUPER IMPORTANT and also a good reason to show up for jury duty. You know all those laws you think are stupid? This is your chance to maybe do something about it. 

I…. I thought this was common knowledge… signal boosting this because it obviously isn’t!

(via taracrow)

kushl0rd:

coldalbion:

gwidderntree:

jumpingjacktrash:

sikssaapo-p:

15 styles of distorted thinking

STOP SCROLLING.
if you are not on guard for these they will own you.
yes, i mean you. i mean me. i mean everyone.

Re-reblogging to add that I have participated in every single one of these at some point between the ages of 6 and 32; a fearsome reality distorting trap each one
… now which one am I doing the most this week?

Always reblog this.

So many painful memories. The worst is that I can just see every instance I’ve ever participated in these so clearly in my mind. We’re all guilty of these. 

kushl0rd:

coldalbion:

gwidderntree:

jumpingjacktrash:

sikssaapo-p:

15 styles of distorted thinking

STOP SCROLLING.

if you are not on guard for these they will own you.

yes, i mean you. i mean me. i mean everyone.

Re-reblogging to add that I have participated in every single one of these at some point between the ages of 6 and 32; a fearsome reality distorting trap each one

… now which one am I doing the most this week?

Always reblog this.

So many painful memories. The worst is that I can just see every instance I’ve ever participated in these so clearly in my mind. We’re all guilty of these. 

(Source: mindmotivation, via pagesandplants)

PLEASE HELP

soror-dxm:

rosaleithewitch:

I have a client in need of help. She has a bad deity that won’t leave her alone, and won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. I’ve never experienced a situation like this, but if any of you have, please let me know how I can help her, or how she can help herself! 

Depends on her level of experience, but for starters she could petition and give offerings to another very dominant deity (Like Zeus, Mars, etc) for help.

Burning an incense made of equal parts mortar-and-pestled star anise and cloves, with a tiny (1/8th part or less) of dragons’ blood resin mixed in, is a pretty fine exorcism incense.  An execration or exorcism of the deity by name and attributes should be reasonably effective; combined with an appeal to the chief deity of the relevant pantheon to rein in his/her recalcitrant/overbearing co-deity.

(via igamuinacra-merenptah)

mindblowingscience:

Ethical trap: robot paralysed by choice of who to save

Can a robot learn right from wrong? Attempts to imbue robots, self-driving cars and military machines with a sense of ethics reveal just how hard this is
CAN we teach a robot to be good? Fascinated by the idea, roboticist Alan Winfield of Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the UK built an ethical trap for a robot – and was stunned by the machine’s response.
In an experiment, Winfield and his colleagues programmed a robot to prevent other automatons – acting as proxies for humans – from falling into a hole. This is a simplified version of Isaac Asimov’s fictional First Law of Robotics – a robot must not allow a human being to come to harm.
At first, the robot was successful in its task. As a human proxy moved towards the hole, the robot rushed in to push it out of the path of danger. But when the team added a second human proxy rolling toward the hole at the same time, the robot was forced to choose. Sometimes, it managed to save one human while letting the other perish; a few times it even managed to save both. But in 14 out of 33 trials, the robot wasted so much time fretting over its decision that both humans fell into the hole. The work was presented on 2 September at the Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems meeting in Birmingham, UK.
Winfield describes his robot as an “ethical zombie” that has no choice but to behave as it does. Though it may save others according to a programmed code of conduct, it doesn’t understand the reasoning behind its actions. Winfield admits he once thought it was not possible for a robot to make ethical choices for itself. Today, he says, “my answer is: I have no idea”.
As robots integrate further into our everyday lives, this question will need to be answered. A self-driving car, for example, may one day have to weigh the safety of its passengers against the risk of harming other motorists or pedestrians. It may be very difficult to program robots with rules for such encounters.
But robots designed for military combat may offer the beginning of a solution. Ronald Arkin, a computer scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, has built a set of algorithms for military robots – dubbed an “ethical governor” – which is meant to help them make smart decisions on the battlefield. He has already tested it in simulated combat, showing that drones with such programming can choose not to shoot, or try to minimise casualties during a battle near an area protected from combat according to the rules of war, like a school or hospital.
Arkin says that designing military robots to act more ethically may be low-hanging fruit, as these rules are well known. “The laws of war have been thought about for thousands of years and are encoded in treaties.” Unlike human fighters, who can be swayed by emotion and break these rules, automatons would not.
"When we’re talking about ethics, all of this is largely about robots that are developed to function in pretty prescribed spaces," says Wendell Wallach, author ofMoral Machines: Teaching robots right from wrong. Still, he says, experiments like Winfield’s hold promise in laying the foundations on which more complex ethical behaviour can be built. “If we can get them to function well in environments when we don’t know exactly all the circumstances they’ll encounter, that’s going to open up vast new applications for their use.”
This article appeared in print under the headline “The robot’s dilemma”

Watch a video of these ‘ethical’ robots in action here

mindblowingscience:

Ethical trap: robot paralysed by choice of who to save

Can a robot learn right from wrong? Attempts to imbue robots, self-driving cars and military machines with a sense of ethics reveal just how hard this is

CAN we teach a robot to be good? Fascinated by the idea, roboticist Alan Winfield of Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the UK built an ethical trap for a robot – and was stunned by the machine’s response.

In an experiment, Winfield and his colleagues programmed a robot to prevent other automatons – acting as proxies for humans – from falling into a hole. This is a simplified version of Isaac Asimov’s fictional First Law of Robotics – a robot must not allow a human being to come to harm.

At first, the robot was successful in its task. As a human proxy moved towards the hole, the robot rushed in to push it out of the path of danger. But when the team added a second human proxy rolling toward the hole at the same time, the robot was forced to choose. Sometimes, it managed to save one human while letting the other perish; a few times it even managed to save both. But in 14 out of 33 trials, the robot wasted so much time fretting over its decision that both humans fell into the hole. The work was presented on 2 September at the Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems meeting in Birmingham, UK.

Winfield describes his robot as an “ethical zombie” that has no choice but to behave as it does. Though it may save others according to a programmed code of conduct, it doesn’t understand the reasoning behind its actions. Winfield admits he once thought it was not possible for a robot to make ethical choices for itself. Today, he says, “my answer is: I have no idea”.

As robots integrate further into our everyday lives, this question will need to be answered. A self-driving car, for example, may one day have to weigh the safety of its passengers against the risk of harming other motorists or pedestrians. It may be very difficult to program robots with rules for such encounters.

But robots designed for military combat may offer the beginning of a solution. Ronald Arkin, a computer scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, has built a set of algorithms for military robots – dubbed an “ethical governor” – which is meant to help them make smart decisions on the battlefield. He has already tested it in simulated combat, showing that drones with such programming can choose not to shoot, or try to minimise casualties during a battle near an area protected from combat according to the rules of war, like a school or hospital.

Arkin says that designing military robots to act more ethically may be low-hanging fruit, as these rules are well known. “The laws of war have been thought about for thousands of years and are encoded in treaties.” Unlike human fighters, who can be swayed by emotion and break these rules, automatons would not.

"When we’re talking about ethics, all of this is largely about robots that are developed to function in pretty prescribed spaces," says Wendell Wallach, author ofMoral Machines: Teaching robots right from wrong. Still, he says, experiments like Winfield’s hold promise in laying the foundations on which more complex ethical behaviour can be built. “If we can get them to function well in environments when we don’t know exactly all the circumstances they’ll encounter, that’s going to open up vast new applications for their use.”

This article appeared in print under the headline “The robot’s dilemma”

Watch a video of these ‘ethical’ robots in action here

(via darkersolstice)



First day at school, Gaza, Palestine.

this is the most important thing right now.

First day at school, Gaza, Palestine.

this is the most important thing right now.

(Source: hadeiadel, via interdimensionaladventurer)

bookofwisdom:

lavenderbiscuits:

healing-winds:

Oh my god this took forever. 
I wasn’t originally going to upload it on to tumblr, but then I just flipped a coin. 
I’m in love with Iguanamouth’s unusual dragon hoards. I figured if I had a dragon he would hoard religious items. I have an obsession with religion. I’m probably going into Theology next year for college. Anyway yeah, here it is. 
I referenced the dragon’s head from a tumblr artist while I was at school and in class, but now for the life of me CANNOT FUCKING FIND THE ARTIST SO I CAN CREDIT THEM. UGH. 
Please guys, if anyone finds the artist or original drawing (It was just the head of a dragon, I just referenced the face -not traced-) please please tell me so I can credit!
All the other things (books, statues, garlands, crucifix, etc) were referenced/traced from random google images. 
Fun Fact: All the things in this drawing are things I actually own in my house, including the huge ass crucifix. 
Items from left to right: Garland, Shiva statue, Ganesha statue, stone cross, three holy books (The Qur’an, The Bible, The Bhagavad Gita), two prayer rugs, holy water, tilaka, Japa beads, rosary beads (up on top), candles, a ‘Keep Calm and Love Allah’ bumper sticker, Krishna plushie (beautifully made), Jesus on the cross, Mary, Allah sign, and poster of Kali Ma. 

I feel like BookofWisdom is gonna get a kick out of this because she loves dragons

Cheese on toast, you have no idea how excited I just got. I ADORE the unusual hoards series. :’D
(Also, no I did not stop posting dragon-related things on tumblr. I just moved them all to a side blog. an-online-hoard, if you need more dragon in your life.)

bookofwisdom:

lavenderbiscuits:

healing-winds:

Oh my god this took forever. 

I wasn’t originally going to upload it on to tumblr, but then I just flipped a coin. 

I’m in love with Iguanamouth’s unusual dragon hoards. I figured if I had a dragon he would hoard religious items. I have an obsession with religion. I’m probably going into Theology next year for college. Anyway yeah, here it is. 

I referenced the dragon’s head from a tumblr artist while I was at school and in class, but now for the life of me CANNOT FUCKING FIND THE ARTIST SO I CAN CREDIT THEM. UGH. 

Please guys, if anyone finds the artist or original drawing (It was just the head of a dragon, I just referenced the face -not traced-) please please tell me so I can credit!

All the other things (books, statues, garlands, crucifix, etc) were referenced/traced from random google images. 

Fun Fact: All the things in this drawing are things I actually own in my house, including the huge ass crucifix. 

Items from left to right: Garland, Shiva statue, Ganesha statue, stone cross, three holy books (The Qur’an, The Bible, The Bhagavad Gita), two prayer rugs, holy water, tilaka, Japa beads, rosary beads (up on top), candles, a ‘Keep Calm and Love Allah’ bumper sticker, Krishna plushie (beautifully made), Jesus on the cross, Mary, Allah sign, and poster of Kali Ma. 

I feel like BookofWisdom is gonna get a kick out of this because she loves dragons

Cheese on toast, you have no idea how excited I just got. I ADORE the unusual hoards series. :’D

(Also, no I did not stop posting dragon-related things on tumblr. I just moved them all to a side blog. an-online-hoard, if you need more dragon in your life.)

How to Learn to Write A Sonnet
Lots of people will be aghast at this way of learning to write a sonnet.  Oh well.  Their loss. “The purity of poetry” doesn’t suffer because people learn a thing or two about how to write them; it gains.  
This worksheet will teach you to construct a sonnet backwards, from the rhyme scheme first.  By the time you’ve filled out this worksheet a dozen times, your brain will be chomping at the bit to write one front-ways from first to last.  And with a few weeks’ practice, when a teacher tells you to “write a poem!” for National Poetry Month in April, you’ll be churning out fifteen sonnets a week for the A+ in English class you always wanted. 

How to Learn to Write A Sonnet

Lots of people will be aghast at this way of learning to write a sonnet.  Oh well.  Their loss. “The purity of poetry” doesn’t suffer because people learn a thing or two about how to write them; it gains.  

This worksheet will teach you to construct a sonnet backwards, from the rhyme scheme first.  By the time you’ve filled out this worksheet a dozen times, your brain will be chomping at the bit to write one front-ways from first to last.  And with a few weeks’ practice, when a teacher tells you to “write a poem!” for National Poetry Month in April, you’ll be churning out fifteen sonnets a week for the A+ in English class you always wanted. 

dinocology:

astrodidact:

Teenager from India invents device that can convert breath to speech
A high school student from India has invented a device that can convert a person’s breath into speech, to give millions of people around the world suffering from speech impediment a ‘voice’ for the first time.
Sixteen-year-old Arsh Shah Dilbagi has developed a new technology called ‘TALK’, which is a cheap and portable device to help people who are physically incapable of speaking express themselves. Right now, 1.4 percent of the world’s population has very limited or no speech, due to conditions such as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), locked-in syndrome (LIS), Encephalopathy (SEM), Parkinson’s disease, and paralysis.
http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20141509-26176.html

His name is Arsh Shah Dilbagi and he’s 16 years old. Gettin tired of sensationalized “mystery baby from a country where people are brown does a science thing!” articles. Use peoples names, don’t act so surprised when people of color are geniuses.

dinocology:

astrodidact:

Teenager from India invents device that can convert breath to speech

A high school student from India has invented a device that can convert a person’s breath into speech, to give millions of people around the world suffering from speech impediment a ‘voice’ for the first time.

Sixteen-year-old Arsh Shah Dilbagi has developed a new technology called ‘TALK’, which is a cheap and portable device to help people who are physically incapable of speaking express themselves. Right now, 1.4 percent of the world’s population has very limited or no speech, due to conditions such as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), locked-in syndrome (LIS), Encephalopathy (SEM), Parkinson’s disease, and paralysis.

http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20141509-26176.html

His name is Arsh Shah Dilbagi and he’s 16 years old. Gettin tired of sensationalized “mystery baby from a country where people are brown does a science thing!” articles. Use peoples names, don’t act so surprised when people of color are geniuses.

(via cuntofdoom)

kushl0rd:

writing sonnets is actually one of my hidden talents and I wrote this one in ten minutes on a bet last night.

A traditional sonnet has 14 lines, but I stopped at 12.

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I would argue that a 12-line poem is not a sonnet, but these lines demonstrate to me that you can write a sonnet. It’s kind of amazing to me how many people say, “Oh, I could never do that.” But really, a lot more people can and should.

Sonnets and Odes — those are my favorites.

(Source: pagesandplants)