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  • Microsoft Granted Patent to Reanimate Dead People as 3D ‘Chatbots’... Literally straight out of a Black Mirror episode.

    01/22/2021 1:11:30 PM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    https://summit.news ^ | Published 1 min ago on 22 January, 2021 | Paul Joseph Watson
    Microsoft has been granted a patent for technology that would “reanimate” the dead by re-creating them via social media posts, videos and private messages that could even be downloaded into a 3D lifelike model of the deceased. Not creepy at all. “The tech giant has raised the possibility of creating an AI-based chatbot that would be built upon the profile of a person, which includes their “images, voice data, social media posts, electronic messages,” among other types of personal information,” reports IGN. “It’s understood that the chatbot would then be able to simulate human conversation through voice commands and/or text...
  • Israeli Archaeologists Find ‘Christ, Born of Mary’ Inscribed in Ancient Valley

    01/21/2021 6:21:53 AM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    CBN ^ | 01-20-2021 | Emily Jones
    The inscription, “Christ born of Mary.” Photo: Tzachi Lang, Israel Antiquities Authority ======================================================= JERUSALEM, Israel – Israeli authorities excavating in the Jezreel Valley have unearthed a 1,500-year-old inscription dedicated to Jesus. Excavators found the Greek inscription while digging in the village of et-Taiyiba. The inscription was engraved in stone in what is believed by researchers to be the remains of a Byzantine-era church. The inscription reads: “Christ, born of Mary. This work of the most God-fearing and pious bishop [Theodo]sius and the miserable Th[omas] was built from the foundation...Whoever enters should pray for them.” According to Dr. Leah Di-Segni, a...
  • Christ Below The Sea (short video)

    01/19/2021 11:42:04 AM PST · by OneVike · 11 replies
    The Reason For My Faith ^ | 1/18/20 | Chuck Ness
    The original clay model used as the mold for the famous, "Il Cristo degli Abissi" statue, can be seen at the Ravenna "National Museum of the Underwater Activities" in Italy. The original statue is in the Mediterranean sea off San Fruttuoso, between Camogli and Portofino on the Italian Riviera. The statue was placed in the water on 22 August 1954 at approximately 17 meters depth, and stands 2.5 meters (8.5 feet) tall. Professor Guido Galletti cast the original from the inspiration of the first Italian to use SCUBA gear, swimmer/diver Duilo Merchant. Galletti wanted a symbol to inspire all who...
  • Vintage Aaron Rodgers: Man in old photo looks like Packers QB

    01/17/2021 9:57:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    A man featured in an old photo that recently sold on eBay looks like he could be Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers’ doppelganger, or even a long-lost ancestor. According to WBAY, the photo of the unidentified mustached man sold for $202.50. The seller, who is located in Iowa, listed the photo as “Antique Victorian Photograph Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Look alike with Wife.” The eBay description says the photo is from “late 1800′s early 1900′s.” The seller auctions off vintage items.
  • "Bongcheon-Dong Ghost" [Creepypasta Comic Dub]

    01/17/2021 6:17:01 AM PST · by Jonty30 · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | Oct 29, 2015 | The Lost Narrator
    For something different, I present a Korean Webcomic. I can almost guarantee that if you watch it full-screen, you'll probably jump twice. It's not gory, just scary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR1tFArn10F2TlKEpY-gCHx1MJVTCMOLlZY5ZRAdaaSBFiin_Ip5IYnMJ50&v=NFgwAdcA6jY&feature=youtu.be
  • An Interview with Theatre Director and Playwright Robert Cooperman

    01/16/2021 12:28:08 PM PST · by tbw2 · 2 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | 01/15/2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    Robert Cooperman is the founder and president of Stage Right Theatrics. Stage Right Theatrics is a non-profit theater dedicated to promoting conservative-themed plays and artists. They present the annual Conservative Theatre Festival®, as well as produce original plays with conservative/traditional points of view.
  • Biden Should...

    01/15/2021 5:59:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 69 replies
    We asked writers from left, right and center to offer creative ideas for the next president - not necessarily the obvious policy measures at the forefront of political discussion. Plus: 7 artists illustrate their own proposals. Biden Should ... End the War on Drugs Seek a Compromise on Religious Liberty and Gay Rights Convene a Racial Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission Cancel All Student Debt Use Bitcoin to Help the Poor Let the Space Race Continue Make Immigration More Humane Create a New Deal-Style Program for Artists and Writers Distribute Vaccines Fairly Build a National Child-Care System Spend Money on...
  • Depressing Tour of Barcelona

    01/14/2021 9:44:50 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 57 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/18/2020 | BookingHunterTV
    If you've purchased a new 4K or 8K television and need content to test it out Youtube has a lot of nice videos. I was just looking for something to use as eye candy while we were eating lunch so I put on a walking tour of one of my favorite cities, Barcelona. Instead of admiring the beautiful scenery and high resolution it turned out to be one of the most depressing shows we've seen in ages. This was filmed in July, during the height of the tourist season, and the place is practically deserted. The few people who are...
  • Looking Glass converts any photo into 3-D image

    01/11/2021 12:55:07 PM PST · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    https://techxplore.com ^ | January 07, 2021 | by Peter Grad
    Credit: Looking Glass Factory On the first day of a popular psychology course in the 1970s at City College of New York, students were told the story of how a remote South American tribe that was never exposed to technology or even electricity reacted when they saw a cowboy program on TV for the first time. Panic-stricken viewers dodged out of the way as galloping horses disappeared at the edge of the screen, while others searched high and low to find the missing animals. These were old, bulky televisions with scrappy black-and-white displays. But to the tribe members, the images...
  • 450-Year-Old Painting Contains Over 100 Proverbs We Still Use Today

    01/08/2021 12:05:13 PM PST · by Bob434 · 32 replies
    MyModernMet ^ | January 14, 2017 | Jessica Stewart
    Birds of a feather flock together. When the cat's away, the mice will play. We all know and love these common, American proverbs. Sometimes ironic, often silly and amusing, these sayings test our brains—and our wit. And it's not just in English. Playing with language in literature, conversation, and art has been a hallmark of different cultures for centuries. With this in mind, over 450 years ago, Dutch master Pieter Bruegel the Elder painted his incredible Netherlandish Proverbs. Also known as The Dutch Proverbs, this oil on wood painting is a detailed masterpiece that visually represents over 100 Dutch proverbs....
  • "The Cheetah" - original jazz rock, by Yours Truly

    01/07/2021 11:01:13 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 6 replies
    Me, via YouTube ^ | 1/8/21 | Me, as Hopalong Ginsberg
    My latest song. I think we all know who I'm talking about.
  • Capitol riots: Pro-Trump protesters storm the US legislature - in pictures

    01/07/2021 2:01:29 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    bbc.com ^ | January 7, 2021 | BBC
    Protesters in support of US President Donald Trump swarmed the Capitol building, forcing officials to order lawmakers to shelter in place and halting debate in both the House and Senate. Congress was meeting to confirm President-elect Joe Biden's electoral college victory.
  • Jeweler breaks record with 12,638 diamonds set in one ring

    01/05/2021 9:16:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 5, 2021 / 11:25 AM | By Ben Hooper
    An Indian jeweler broke a Guinness World Record by setting 12,638 diamonds in a single ring. Photo courtesy of Guinness World Records Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A jeweler in India broke a Guinness World Records when he set 12,638 diamonds in a single ring. Harshit Bansal, founder of Renani Jewels in Meerut, said he was studying jewelry design in Surat in 2018 when he started considering attempting the Guinness record for most diamonds set in one ring. Bansal's company has now unveiled the Marigold, also known as the "Ring of Prosperity," which features thousands of 38.08-carat natural diamonds. "My target...
  • Wyman Meinzer, Texas State Photographer

    01/03/2021 10:51:48 AM PST · by Twotone · 12 replies
    Vimeo ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    A Little Bit of West Texas Wyman Meinzer is the photographer. He once lived in the old jail in Benjamin, TX . The photo of the coiled rattlesnake appeared on the cover of a wildlife magazine in the 80s. He said there were times he crawled a long way on his belly to get a good shot of a wild animal. And the music is perfect. It was a pleasure to see so many living deer with such amazing antlers. These old fellows have been around a long time to grow horns like that. The music is by Doug Smith....
  • Monthly Fiber Arts Thread January 1-31, 2021

    01/01/2021 8:28:08 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies
    January 1, 2021 | Diana in Wisconsin
    The Monthly Fiber Arts Thread is a monthly gathering of people that love yarn and fabric of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first project, to experienced fiber artists and beyond, we would love to hear from you. It is impossible to hijack the Monthly Fiber Arts Thread. Knitting, crochet, quilting, weaving, general crafting - there is no telling where it will go, and that is part of the fun and interest. Jump in and join us! Send a Private Message to Diana in Wisconsin if you'd like to be added to our Fiber Arts...
  • How NOT To Get A Divorce From Your Wife

    12/31/2020 11:27:49 AM PST · by SmokingJoe · 35 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 31 2020 | Alfred Hitchcock
    Alfred Hitch cock Presents. Middle aged gentleman, gets bored with his perfectly nice, attractive wife and decides to have an affair with another lady for some excitement. He thinks he wants to divorce his wife and marry his mistress, but he is n for a surprise. Nice twist in the tail. Only 12:24 long. A laugh if you have 12 minutes.
  • Don’t Miss Tonight’s Full Moon: The Wolf Moon

    12/29/2020 11:54:33 AM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    https://scitechdaily.com ^ | By Gordon Johnston, NASA | December 29, 2020
    The Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon, Ice Moon, Cold Moon, the Moon after Yule, the Long Night Moon, the Datta Jayanti Moon, Unduvap Poya, and the Chang’e Moon. The next full Moon will be Tuesday evening, December 29, 2020, appearing opposite the Sun in Earth-based longitude at 10:28 PM EST. This is close enough to midnight that the full Moon will be on the next day in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), so many calendars will show the full Moon on December 30, 2020. The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Monday evening...
  • A New Book Makes the Case That Fantasy Art Is America’s Least Understood Fine-Art Form—See the Wild Images Here

    12/28/2020 2:19:08 PM PST · by tbw2 · 110 replies
    Artsnet ^ | 12/23/2020 | Sarah Cascone
    A New Book Makes the Case That Fantasy Art Is America’s Least Understood Fine-Art Form—See the Wild Images Here Taschen presents 500 pages of dragons, wizards, and fantasy maidens.
  • 'Deadliest Catch' Star Nick McGlashan Dead at 33

    12/28/2020 11:26:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 72 replies
    TMZ ^ | 12/28/2020 6:48 AM PT | Staff
    Nick McGlashan, a 7th generation fisherman who starred in "Deadliest Catch," has died ... TMZ has learned. The Medical Examiner and family tell TMZ ... Nick passed away Sunday in Nashville. The cause of death has not been determined. Nick appeared on the show for years ... from 2013 - 2020, in 78 episodes. Nick's family has a storied tale of the sea. His great uncle worked on the first boat in the U.S. crab industry. Two of his aunts were crabbers ... one of who was lost at sea after the boat sank. As for Nick ... he started...
  • Hilaria Baldwin not Spanish? Alec Baldwin’s wife admits name is Hillary, was born in Boston

    12/28/2020 9:38:14 AM PST · by Red Badger · 69 replies
    https://www.syracuse.com ^ | December 28,2020 Updated 8:08 AM; Today 8:06 AM | By Geoff Herbert
    Alec Baldwin’s wife Hilaria Baldwin is responding to accusations she faked her Spanish accent and lied about her heritage for years. The Daily Beast reports a Twitter user named @lenibriscoe shared a long thread raising questions about Hilaria, who claimed she was born in Mallorca, Spain, and has given Spanish names to her five children with Baldwin (Carmen, Rafael Thomas, Leonardo Angel Charles, Romeo Alejandro David and Eduardo Pau Lucas). Tweets include footage of Hilaria’s accent fluctuating, including when she said she couldn’t remember the English word for “cucumber” during a “Today” show appearance, and evidence (including her yearbook and...