Purchasing power parity aside, how much do you need to earn to be among the top 1% of the world?
That was the finding World Bank economist Branko Milanovic presented in his 2010 book The Haves and the Have-Nots. Going down the distribution ladder may be just as surprising. To be in the top half of the globe, you need to earn just $1,225 a year. For the top 20%, it's $5,000 per year. Enter the top 10% with $12,000 a year. To be included in the top 0.1% requires an annual income of $70,000.
"Afghanistan - Canadian soldiers from 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on patrol with the Afghan National Army come under attack from Taliban RPG and small arms fire. No Casualties"
Not one to miss a trick, H&M have collaborated with Trish Summerville, the revered costume designer who worked on the English film version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, to add an urban, edgy twist to 30 pieces, all with the unmistakeable essence of Lisbeth Salander.
Battered jeans, cropped leather jackets and hoodies make up the uniform of the private detective, who is played by breakout American actress Rooney Mara.
Tanya Huff on storytelling, stubbornly logical mages and Pac-Man publishing.
After Lucas proved there was money in SF back in 1977, smaller publishing companies began being bought up by the larger companies then the larger companies were, in turn, bought up by multinational corporations. (The staff at Bakka, NA’s oldest SF book store, called it PacMan publishing as imprint after imprint was devoured.)
"Häxan (English title: The Witches or Witchcraft Through The Ages) is a 1922 Swedish/Danish silent horror film written and directed by Benjamin Christensen. Based partly on Christensen's study of the Malleus Maleficarum, a 15th century German guide for inquisitors, Häxan is a study of how superstition and the misunderstanding of diseases and mental illness could lead to the hysteria of the witch-hunts. The film was made as a documentary but contains dramatized sequences that are comparable to horror films."
King Dasrath and his army receive a tumultuous welcome in Ayodhya on their victory in a battle with neighbouring kingdom. Dasraths subjects hail him with cries of praise and adulation. His three queens express their relief and joy on his victorious return.
In an oft-cited letter in 1947 to the mathematician Norbert Weiner, he wrote: “One naturally wonders if the problem of translation could conceivably be treated as a problem in cryptography. When I look at an article in Russian, I say: ‘This is really written in English, but it has been coded in some strange symbols. I will now proceed to decode.’ ”
Related: Reading the article through, it looks as though nobody has let the New York Times know the Voynich Manuscript may already have been decoded.
The Ambani family have yet to move into their 27-storey, billion-dollar home in Mumbai. It turns out Antilia has bad feng shui.
Vastu, a philosophy that guides Hindu temple architecture, emphasises the importance of facing the rising sun - and despite the staggering sum spent on Antilia the building's eastern side does not have enough windows or other openings to let residents receive sufficient morning light.
Each night, deep in the bowels of the sub, the engineers bake potatoes by nestling them next to machinery as they closely monitor the nuclear reactor.
Crew member Graham “Scouse” Finley, 30, said: “I don’t know what the right temperature is for spuds but if we put them on at 10.30pm they’re perfect three hours later, crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle.
“I personally like mine with a bit of butter, cheese and curry paste, though some put all sorts on theirs.” The Liverpudlian LET – Leading Engineering Technician – added: “You could probably do other food like trout but you wouldn’t want to stink out the engine room.”
It's cooking with Robert Heinlein as HMS Triumph returns from station off the coast of Libya. Their Jolly Roger features prominently.
Mutant: Das Grauen Im All (Fordidden World) (1982)
I am trying to pick up a little German and, in principle, it should be fairly straightforward: Figure out where the verbs go and rely on about half your vocabulary looking eerily familiar (provided your first language is English).
In practice, it's a different story. I can't make the words sound sufficiently clipped when I say them aloud... This trailer was chosen for clipped pronunciation and bare breasts .'. nsfw unless your workplace is overrun by mutants in which case you are good to go macht schnell.
...the distinction between the published and the unpublished writer is about to become much less clear.
This is the kind of disintermediation that the internet does, and it’s going to upend a lot of lives and careers. We will still have gatekeepers; people will still need help sifting through the flood of new titles to find what they are looking for.
We will still have gatekeepers but their last names won't be "Atwood" or "Frum."
Singer doesn’t offer any further details, but we do know is that his movie will have nothing to do with either the 70s television series or the more recent Ronald Moore helmed remake series.
And: Universal Pictures is closing a deal with John Orloff to write Battlestar Galactica, a feature based on the Glen Larson 1978 TV series.
“I have wanted to write this movie since I was 12 years old, and built a Galactica model from scratch out of balsa wood, cardboard, old model parts and LEDs,” Orloff told Deadline. “I love BSG, and I would pass on the job rather than frak it up.”
We had ten hours for the first season, and the same for the second. Boardwalk Empire has twelve, Treme has twelve — if we'd had two more hours we could have told a lot more of the story. Storm of Swords [the third book] is enormous and it will have to be broken up into two seasons, I think. ...
The other thing that concerns me is what I call the butterfly effect. If you're familiar with the Ray Bradbury short story, you'll know what I mean. On TV, we saw the death of Mago, but we will see him in the books — he's still alive.
Also, he's beginning to wish I had never bothered with the colour of people's eyes.
Led by the eagle-eyed Steve Sherman (Joe Cobden), a rag-tag group of Peepers take to Montreal’s chilly rooftops under cover of night. They’re on the prowl for the perfect peep—desperate to glimpse a “hottie hookup,” a “panty party” or a “big booty buffet” through unshuttered windows.
But their lives are about to change. Enter Annette Fulvish (Janine Theriault), a brazen academic who turns the tables by setting her sights on the Peepers themselves. Soon it’s a battle royale for rooftop supremacy—will these die-hard obsessives manage to defend their turf, or will Peeping as they know it never be the same?
I've had several passports without my middle name ("Efram") which I've never used (though I'm not embarrassed by it or anything); however all the identity documents I've received in the past decade had insisted that all my names be present and identical on every piece, thanks to the growing use of databases and the growth of the Zuckerberg doctrine that every person should have exactly one name and that name should be identical in every context.
French provocateur Catherine Breillat (Fat Girl, Bluebeard) continues her deconstruction of classic fairytales with her latest, The Sleeping Beauty. Cursed at birth by an evil fairy, Anastasia is destined to prick her finger and die at the age of sixteen. When three feckless fairy sisters discover this they hatch a plan to alter the curse: rather than die, Anastasia will sleep for 100 years. While in slumber, Anastasia comes of age through a series of vivid dreams, filled with charming princes, dwarves, gypsies and magical creatures. When she reawakens a fully-formed adolescent, she finds that in real life, happy endings are more elusive than in our fantasies.
I think someone was naked in this but I developed narcolepsy about half way through.
Lars Von Trier is back with his new film, officially premiered in Cannes 2011.
Described as "A beautiful movie about the end of the world", Melancholia tells the story pf two sisters (Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg), who find their relationship challenged as a nearby planet threatens to collide into the Earth.
Sales of silk gloves, empire-line velvet dresses and demure strings of pearls surge as Downton Abbey influences the high street.
Downton Abbey fashions for all? You mean that even shopgirls and the second maid of the coalscuttle can now afford to wear the kind of elegant velvets and fur shrugs that were once enjoyed only by the proper ladies of the aristocracy?
Well I never. This is the kind of thing that would give Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, as played by Dame Maggie Smith, a fit of the oyster-eyed vapours. Yet this is exactly what is happening.
Above: Terje Isungset with Lena Nymark and Sidsel Walstad on the ice harp.
The group is playing on handmade istruments made out of ice, the horn is made out of the ice of the glacier of Val Senales, south tyrol in Italy, where the concert took place. The concert was held during the 45th icemusicfestival (february-march 2010)in a cave which was carved out from the glacier, close to the place where the famous iceman (Ötzi) was found.
Disguise our bondage as we will, 'Tis woman, woman, rules us still
On the one hand Grant Morrison argues the fetishistic roots of William Moulton Marston's Wonder Woman. On the other hand, Morrison aims to reboot the character without "without it being prurient or exploitative."
It seems to me he is missing his own point.
The Wonder Woman strip had this weird libidinous kind of element and obviously on Paradise Island, it was this amazing Second Wave, separatist, feminist idea of an entire island where women had ruled for 3000 years and what they did for fun was chase one another! So the girls would dress up like stags and run through the forest and another girl would chase them and then they'd capture the girl, tie her up and put her on a table and pretend to eat her at a mock banquet. This is a typical Wonder Woman adventure!
I am trying to work out what McAfee was trying to alert me to just now when I re-loaded the Flea; some sort of "blocked content"... Either it's a glitch or McAfee being twitchier than I am or I need to consider removing something. Your mileage may vary. Please let me know if there is a problem.
I had assumed the Nebra sky disk was a forgery. Majority opinion now appears to suggest it isn't.
"The Nebra Sky Disk is a bronze disk with a blue-green patina (originally black) and inlaid with gold symbols. These are interpreted generally as a sun or full moon, a lunar crescent, and stars (including a cluster interpreted as the Pleiades)."
"Two golden arcs along the sides, marking the angle between the solstices, were added later."
"A final addition was another arc at the bottom surrounded with multiple strokes (of uncertain meaning, interpreted as a Sun ship with numerous oars). The disk is attributed to a site near Nebra in Germany, and associatively dated to c. 1600 BCE. It has been associated with the Bronze Age Unetice culture."
Act of Valor has an unusual backstory. The film, directed by Mike "Mouse" McCoy and Scott Waugh, started out as a training video for Navy SEALS. The Navy liked what they saw so much that they decided to turn it into a documentary.
Then, they decided to make a feature, and hired screenwriter Kurt Johnstad (300) to create a fictional story about a squad that goes on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.
Every SEAL in the film, including the trailer above, is an actual US Navy SEAL.
Audie Leon Murphy (June 20, 1924 -- May 28, 1971) was the most decorated American soldier of World War II. To Hell and Back is a CinemaScope war film released in 1955. It was directed by Jesse Hibbs and starred Audie Murphy as himself and Kyle Sanville. It is based on the 1949 autobiography of the same name and is an account of Murphy's World War II experiences as a soldier in the U.S. Army. The book was ghostwritten by his friend, David "Spec" McClure, who served in the Army's Signal Corps during World War II.
The World Values Survey Cultural Map of the World represents basic values using two major "dimensions of cross-cultural variation", traditional vs secular and "rational" values and survival vs self-expression values (via AoSHQ).
I love this sort of thing because I can sit and quibble with it. For example, while I was pleased the updated map now describes Ex-Communist countries as Orthodox (which the Russian empire never stopped being, its iconography and ranks of saints recognizable albeit in drag for a few decades), the more interesting outliers drop off the map. I would like to know why Austria sits more comfortably in the Anglosphere than Catholic Europe and why Catholic Europe hosts Greece and Israel.
If I should happen to win something north of $40m, I am buying the clock tower mansion at 1 Main Street in Brooklyn. And a super-villain costume.
Though I am more impressed by the space than the furnishings.
Think: a masculine, neutral palette, modernist furnishings, and a custom Swarovski light fixture that makes full use of the 50-foot-high ceiling. Four 14-foot windowed clock faces—for which this building gets it name—frame the square and afford unrivaled views of the city.
All right, look, as much as I can say conclusively that having sex with Hemingway would be horrible, at a certain point we have to step back and say it would be equally horrible to marry any of these men, as they’re all dour, self-obsessed alcoholics. Within two months of the wedding, they’d look at you and see a dried up old harpy who represents nothing more than the novels they aren’t writing. Why are you such a selfish bitch?
Canada Post's system has made it impossible for me to file a complaint online, by telephone or by email. I would file a complaint with your office but you will not open a complaint resolution process without a file number. Which I can't get from Canada Post.
Everyone Paying Your Salary
PS: Result. It only took 1 hour and 15 minutes on hold (fortunately, I can multitask) but I now have a ticket service number. What I don't have is my delivery. Neither, it appears, does Canada Post; my tracking number is a phantom in their system, my delivery notice a bar code to nowhere.
PPS: To the Honourable Denis Lebel, i.e. the Minister responsible for Canada Post,
You could send these people flowers and they still wouldn't vote Conservative. Please connect the dots with this.
Enraged Peasants With Pitchforks
Lost and found: A Flea-reader writes:
A friend got Telus Optik, with the "free" HP laptop. Telus mailed the laptop. He received the delivery notice, went to the Shoppers "postal station", and was told "Oops, I gave that to someone else."
He was told to go get the laptop himself, and was given the address of the other party (privacy violation?). He went to the address and found three very excitable, elderly Chinese women (no English speakers). He called a friend who spoke Mandarin (who explained the situation,) got the laptop, drove the three of them to the post office to get their proper package, and returned them to their home.
He won't complain since he got the laptop, eventually, and doesn't want to make waves.
The communications process sounds like the old joke ("For e-mail problems, send us an e-mail; for web problems, use our handy web form,...").
"Dragon Age: Redemption, is a web series about an elven assassin, named Tallis, who is hunting down a renegade mage. The success of the mission is of the utmost importance to Tallis, who risks having her freedom taken away if she fails."
Aftenposten interviews Noomi Rapace about her actionheltinnene role in Ridley Scott's forthcoming Alien universe feature, Prometheus (pace the limits of Google's Norwegian translation utility).
I play Elizabeth Shaw, a researcher and archaeologist. She is English but grew up in Africa for his father was a missionary. From him she had faith in God, and have a strong inner self. She is NOK most whole person I have done. She has an inner light. She is very stubborn and determined. She lost her parents when she was a child, as she has from early times been alone. But she is very intelligent. I know that when one has survived a long time myself, so be strong. But also fragile, for the wounded child within her has not been'll develop naturally. One is emotional lettbrekkelig. She is full of hope, a dream, a little naive. In the middle of the movie is a lot of things and she transformed into a warrior - another aspect of her springing to life.
"This is a fairly straightforward breakfast, but one that is unmistakably Northern. Each element of the meal, from the black pudding to the dark ale is heavy, packed with the calories necessary to keep warm and alive on The Wall."
This is a story about a little hedgehog (voiced by Mariya Vinogradova), who is on his way to visit his friend the bear cub. As explained in the introductory narration, the two would meet every evening to drink tea from the cub's samovar, which was heated on a fire of juniper twigs. As they drank their tea, the hedgehog and the bear would converse and count the stars together.
The 60s, 70s and 80s saw the release of many films whose characters became an integral part of Soviet culture: Winnie-the-Pooh (Винни-Пух), Crocodile Gena (Крокодил Гена), Karlsson-on-the-Roof (Карлсон, который живёт на крыше), The Musicians of Bremen (Бременские музыканты), Three from Buttermilk Village (Трое из Простоквашино), Nu, pogodi! (Ну, погоди!), Hedgehog in the Fog (Ёжик в тумане), The Mystery of the Third Planet (Тайна третьей планеты) etc.
Colorado, San Isabel National Forest – the heart of what many call Cowboy Country. Yet stray of the beaten path and you come across Bishop castle – a 160-foot high structure that weighs in at an estimated 50 thousand tons. Incredibly, it is the work of a single man – Jim Bishop.
Heinrich von Herzogenberg - Symphony No. 1 in C Minor Op. 50 (1885)
Symphony No. 1 by Heinrich von Herzogenberg. Conducted by Frank Beermann with the NDR Orchestra.
Herzogenberg's music is most frequently compared to that of Johannes Brahms, and the two composers actually were linked through Herzogenberg's wife, Elisabet von Stockhausen, who had studied piano with Brahms. Indeed, beginning at their key signatures, there are more than superficial resemblances between Brahms' First Symphony, premiered in 1876, and Herzogenberg's, which first was heard in 1885. A contemporary reviewer remarked, "The symphony seemed to us to be one whole gigantic reminiscence, though in the best sense of the word, of Johannes Brahms."
The Bloggess received yet another email pitch from a clueless PR company. First she replied with her usual picture of Wil Wheaton collating paper. Then things got out of hand.
I sort of felt bad for the guy (as I’ve accidentally fallen victim to the reply-all trap as well) and I considered just cowing down and remaining quietly chastened by this man, but then I remembered that this isn’t the 18th century and that I’ve never taken a high road in my entire life.
This is a bit inside baseball unless you run a high traffic blog but I am foursquare for demonstrations of relevancy.
"Like it?! You're gonna win an Oscar! All the Oscars!" Geoff raced over to the Luge, hit the Igniter and sucked up the torrent of chilled smoke that came billowing down the ice-pipe. When he spoke again, his voice was still thick with held breath: "Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots: The Movie!"
The counterpart to Galapagan isolation is the struggle for survival on a large continent, where firmly established ecosystems tend to blur and swamp new adaptations. ... In the pre-net era, managers were forced to make decisions based on what they knew to be limited information. Today, by contrast, data flows to managers in real time from countless sources that could not even be imagined a couple of generations ago, and powerful computers process, organize, and display the data in ways that are as far beyond the hand-drawn graph-paper plots of my youth as modern video games are to tic-tac-toe. In a world where decision-makers are so close to being omniscient, it’s easy to see risk as a quaint artifact of a primitive and dangerous past.
The end of the Tevatron doesn't mean the end of research at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and it doesn't mean the end of particle research in the United States. But it is the end of an era.
The new quadruple merger was discovered serendipitously during a Spitzer survey of a distant cluster of galaxies, called CL0958+4702, located nearly five billion light-years away. The infrared telescope first spotted an unusually large fan-shaped plume of light coming out of a gathering of four blob-shaped, or elliptical, galaxies. Three of the galaxies are about the size of the Milky Way, while the fourth is three times as big.
There is perhaps no greater image of irony tonight than that of anti-capitalist, anti-corporate, anti-materialist extremists of the Occupy Wall Street movement paying tribute to Steve Jobs — the co-founder, chairman and former chief executive of Apple Inc., who passed away this evening.
Update: Computers are like a bicycle for our minds (hat tip to Adam).
Also: Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005.
"Emma Watson has something to say about the pressure Hollywood puts on young women to look a certain way.
"Quite why she had to pose in a bunny outfit to get her message across in a magazine interview is unclear."
Winging it: America’s Cup racers push the sailboat to its limits.
America’s Cup 2.0 is still two years away, but the beta is already here: the America’s Cup World Series. Featuring everyone from Oracle Racing to Team Korea, the series is a preseason road show, a tour of racing events meant to build public awareness of the main America’s Cup event, which will be held in San Francisco in September 2013.