Another technological revolution was required to usher in today's era of selfies. Front-view cameras on phones finally made self-portraiture into something anyone could do in a few seconds. And yet, Carbon muses, the same basic psychological need informs Kahlo's work and the most artless selfie. They are, he writes, a way of conveying selfhood using "a mixture of concreteness and imagination." All self-representations, he argues, are "enhanced" in order to sum up complex feelings in a single image. In a sense, the Snapchat-altered image is just an updated version of what Renaissance painters were doing 500 years ago, when they peered into mirrors and decided to make images of themselves that went beyond mere reflection. … [Read more...] about How a 500-year-old engineering innovation led to selfies
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Twitter has extended its support to the ‘KeepItOn’ campaign by dedicating an emoji to raise awareness among users about Internet blackouts being used as a tool to repress dissent. The “#KeepItOn” online movement is supported by over 200 organisations across 75 countries. The campaign is supported by research centres, rights and local advocacy groups, detection networks, and media organisations fighting against Internet shutdowns. “A recent report from Access Now shows an increase in Internet shutdowns globally, with 213 documented shutdowns in 2019 and a concerning trend toward more targeted and prolonged shutdowns. Sometimes known as (Internet) ‘blackouts’ or ‘kill switches’, shutdowns can be highly targeted, focused on specific groups of individuals for the purposes of repressing dissent, to larger shutdowns which can deprive entire communities of essential information and isolate people from their support networks,” … [Read more...] about Twitter dedicates emoji for ‘KeepItOn’ campaign to raise awareness on Internet blackouts
Hide or minimize the preview of you: I use mine as a mirror, and I know I’m not alone. It’s easy to find yourself checking your hair. Dim your screen: Unless you absolutely need to see everyone, try this. It’s more useful to create the illusion that you’re looking at people than to actually look at anyone. Test Your Internet Connection Video chats require a reasonably fast, very stable internet connection. It doesn’t matter how good you look on your webcam if all your Wi-Fi can send is a pixelated splodge. … [Read more...] about How to Look Better on Zoom (and Other Video-Calling Apps)
These pictures are very easy to make. I use only a little aquarium and a pipette to make such shots. When you drop a single droplet of milk or cream into the water, it sinks in such shapes. Here, you can play with lots of things, more drops, colored milk and cream, etc. You must only push the trigger and set the light. The pictures are always great. … [Read more...] about Photographer Captures Worlds in a Drop of Water
In 1961, Congress passed a resolution that officially recognized meat packer Samuel Wilson (1766-1854) as Uncle Sam's namesake. Wilson, who supplied meat to the army during the War of 1812, is reputed to have been a man of great fairness, reliability, and honesty who was devoted to his country. … [Read more...] about Who Created Uncle Sam?