Things of note for the week ending August 1st, 2014.
1. Anti Surveillance YOUR FACE
Robinson Meyer slathered his face in make up and, as a result, achieves the oxymoronic feat of hiding in plain sight by looking ridiculous.
When it works, CV dazzle keeps facial-recognition algorithms from seeing a face. The technique takes its name from the dazzle camouflage of the two World Wars: The Great Power navies sought to protect their ships not by hiding them among the waves but by obscuring their size and movement.
The Atlantic has more.
2. I wrote about Gaza.
There’s not much else I can say aside from: please read and, if you so wish, pass it forward.
Failing that, donate to one of these three charities –
3. The American Room
Bizarrely, I found this adventure into, and subsequent critique thereof, the American room ‘with YouTube’ hugely interesting. Fundamentally it is an article about decor and the blandness against which lives are depicted and played out but, for some reason, when I reached the end of the article, I burst into tears.
Put it in your ears AND DANCE LIKE THERE IS NO TOMORROW because one day, there won’t be.
5. The Monkey Men of India
Outside of the recent Russian / Gecko space mentalism, this is probably my favourite animal-based news of recent weeks. Are you ready for this?
FORTY INDIAN MEN HAVE BEEN HIRED TO IMPERSONATE MONKEYS TO SCARE AWAY THE REAL MONKEYS FROM DEHLI’S PARLIAMENT BUILDING AND OTHER GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS.
One bonus item this week:
I’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s hilarious. Marvel’s funniest film yet.
Go and see it.
PS. Still off Twitter – it’s actually really quite refreshing. That said, my output has gone up on the other places where I dick about, e.g.: Facebook (public posts, often), Instagram (random photos), and Spotify (for ze choons).