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    Good quote: On religion
    • Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again.

      Karl Marx

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    Rule of thirds: huge eye level research
    • The literature on art history and the aesthetics of photography puts forward a theory of dividing the canvas into thirds, horizontally and vertically. And when human faces are portrayed, two concrete rules for the position of the eyeline are often mentioned:

      • the rule of thirds: the eyeline should be 2/3 (≈0.67) from the bottom
      • the golden ratio rule: the eyeline should be at 1/(golden ratio) (≈0.62) from the bottom




      The maxima of the eyeline height distribution for photographs and paintings is predominately in the range of 0.6 to 0.67.

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    Apple: How capitalism works
    • Apple's new moonshot plan is to make iPhones and computers entirely out of recycled materials by putting pressure on the recycling industry to innovate. But documents obtained by Motherboard using Freedom of Information requests show that Apple's current practices prevent recyclers from doing the most environmentally friendly thing they could do: Salvage phones and computers from the scrap heap.

      Apple rejects current industry best practices by forcing the recyclers it works with to shred iPhones and MacBooks so they cannot be repaired or reused—instead, they are turned into tiny shards of metal and glass.

      "Materials are manually and mechanically disassembled and shredded into commodity-sized fractions of metals, plastics, and glass," John Yeider, Apple's recycling program manager, wrote under a heading called "Takeback Program Report" in a 2013 report to Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. "All hard drives are shredded in confetti-sized pieces. The pieces are then sorted into commodities grade materials. After sorting, the materials are sold and used for production stock in new products. No reuse. No parts harvesting. No resale."

      Apple's practices are often against the wishes of the recycling companies themselves, who don't like to shred products that are still valuable. In a weird twist of fate, I visited ECS Refining before I knew that it did recycling for Apple. While I was there, I watched workers crowbar and crack open recent-model MacBook Pro Retinas—worth hundreds of dollars even when they're completely broken—to be scrapped into their base materials.

    2 comments 3 comments Vitaliy_KiselevApril 21Last reply - April 21 by aae991 Subscribe to this blog
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    On motivation
    • If you want to get anything done, there are two basic ways to get yourself to do it.

      The first, more popular and devastatingly wrong option is to try to motivate yourself.

      The second, somewhat unpopular and entirely correct choice is to cultivate discipline.

      This is one of these situations where adopting a different perspective immediately results in superior outcomes. Few uses of the term “paradigm shift” are actually legitimate, but this one is. It’s a lightbulb moment.

      What’s the difference?

      Motivation, broadly speaking, operates on the erroneous assumption that a particular mental or emotional state is necessary to complete a task.

      That’s completely the wrong way around.

      Discipline, by contrast, separates outwards functioning from moods and feelings and thereby ironically circumvents the problem by consistently improving them.

      The implications are huge.

      Successful completion of tasks brings about the inner states that chronic procrastinators think they need to initiate tasks in the first place.

      Put in simpler form, you don’t wait until you’re in olympic form to start training. You train to get into olympic form.

    1 comment 2 comments Vitaliy_KiselevApril 20Last reply - April 20 by MikeLinn Subscribe to this blog
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    Good quote: On monopolies
    • Capital, created by the labour of the worker, crushes the worker, ruining small proprietors and creating an army of unemployed. In industry, the victory of large-scale production is immediately apparent, but the same phenomenon is also to be observed in agriculture, where the superiority of large-scale capitalist agriculture is enhanced, the use of machinery increases and the peasant economy, trapped by money-capital, declines and falls into ruin under the burden of its backward technique. The decline of small-scale production assumes different forms in agriculture, but the decline itself is an indisputable fact.

      By destroying small-scale production, capital leads to an increase in productivity of labour and to the creation of a monopoly position for the associations of big capitalists. Production itself becomes more and more social—hundreds of thousands and millions of workers become bound together in a regular economic organism—but the product of this collective labour is appropriated by a handful of capitalists. Anarchy of production, crises, the furious chase after markets and the insecurity of existence of the mass of the population are intensified.

      V. Lenin

    1 comment 2 comments Vitaliy_KiselevApril 20Last reply - April 20 by Glenn7 Subscribe to this blog
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    18 Nobel idiots
    • Guys published such letter

      • European integration is essential not only to maintain peace on the continent but also for the economic progress of member states and their political power in the world.
      • The proposals made by the anti-European programs would destabilize France and would call into question cooperation between European countries, which today ensures economic and political stability in Europe.
      • Isolationist and protectionist policies and competitive devaluations, all at the expense of other countries, are dangerous means of trying to generate growth. They lead to reprisals and trade wars. In the end, they will hurt France and its trading partners.
      • When they are well integrated into the labor market, migrants can be an beneficial for the host country. Several of the most prosperous countries in the world have been able to welcome and integrate emigrants.

      It is one problem with it all. As all 19 are idiots not understanding that rise of Le Pen popularity originate on real and materialistic reasons.
      Idea of this guys is to somehow fix current situation without movement forward (to socialism) or backwards (that Trump and Le Pen propose).
      Guys, if you want to keep capitalism you way is reaction way, going backwards towards trade wars transforming into huge real war.

    2 comments 3 comments Vitaliy_KiselevApril 18Last reply - April 18 by endotoxic Subscribe to this blog
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    Airbnb and Hotels - serious fight for money
    • In a presentation in November, the American Hotel and Lodging Association, a trade group that counts Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide and Hyatt Hotels as members, said the federal investigation and the New York bill were “notable accomplishments.”

      Both were partly the result of a previously unreported plan that the hotel association started in early 2016 to thwart Airbnb. The plan was laid out in two separate documents that the organization presented to its board in November and January. In the documents, which The New York Times obtained, the group sketched out the progress it had already made against Airbnb, and described how it planned to rein in the start-up in the future.

      The plan was a “multipronged, national campaign approach at the local, state and federal level,” according to the minutes of the association’s November board meeting.

      Airbnb has brought hotel pricing down in many places during holidays, conventions and other big events when room rates should be at their highest and the industry generates a significant portion of its profits, said Vijay Dandapani, chief executive of the Hotel Association of New York City, which works with the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

    1 comment 2 comments Vitaliy_KiselevApril 17Last reply - April 18 by nomad Subscribe to this blog
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