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RT @CMichaelGibson: Determining if an image is a Chihuahua or muffin is a tough problem in artificial intelligence pic.twitter.com/aXUQ4KPfgM

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Determining if an image is a Chihuahua or muffin is a tough problem in artificial intelligence pic.twitter.com/aXUQ4KPfgM



Posted by CMichaelGibson on Sunday, May 14th, 2017 11:53pm
Retweeted by pmarcas_likes on Monday, May 15th, 2017 2:05am


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lizamu
11 days ago
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samuel
12 days ago
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I'm dog sitting a chihuahua named Magia and all day this is all I could think about.
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duerig
11 days ago
Some of those muffins really do look like chihuahuas. It is uncanny.

Census director resigns

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The U.S. Census director John H. Thompson resigned and will leave June 30. Seems not good. And a horrible time for government data in general.

The news, which surprised census experts, follows an April congressional budget allocation for the census that critics say is woefully inadequate. And it comes less than a week after a prickly hearing at which Thompson told lawmakers that cost estimates for a new electronic data collection system had ballooned by nearly 50 percent.

Isn’t this supposed to be the age of big data or something? I thought data was the new oil. Measure things to improve them. Etc. Census data — not just the decennial stuff — is core in so much policy-making to make sure people are properly represented. The direction government data seems to be headed confuses and frustrates to no end, and to think that just a few years ago I’d think happy thoughts with the prospect of where it was going.

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SLADDA: IKEA Designs a Bicycle for Everyday Life

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SLADDA: IKEA Designs a Bicycle for Everyday Life

Just when you think IKEA couldn’t make ANOTHER product to aid in your everyday life, they somehow do, and it’s something you’d never expect them to make – a bicycle. SLADDA, much like the rest of IKEA’s offerings, is low-maintenance and adaptable to your various needs. They didn’t just launch a unisex bicycle, they’ve created a collection of accessories to go with it in hopes of solving your daily transportation needs and to make your life as easy as possible.

SLADDA is equipped with a rust- and oil-free belt drive, automatic gears, and a multifunctional click system for accessories, like front and back racks and bike bags. There’s also a handy trailer to haul heavier loads. On top of that, there are bicycle helmets, a U-lock, and a pump.

SLADDA is available in 26″ or 28″ versions with a retail price of $499.

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Rodriguez Wants DOT to Remedy NYC’s Most Cramped Sidewalks

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Sixth Avenue by Radio City Music Hall. Photo: Kevin Case/Flickr

City Council transportation chair Ydanis Rodriguez wants DOT to address overcrowding on some of the city’s most cramped sidewalks. A bill introduced this week would require DOT to identify 10 locations with the heaviest pedestrian traffic volumes and “develop strategies for improving safety and traffic flow at such locations.”

“In this city, most New Yorkers rely on public transportation — and we also walk,” Rodriguez told AMNY. “It’s important that this is a starting point to look for opportunities to make sidewalks more walkable and safer and make sure the DOT has the data to make that possible.”

Speaking with Gothamist, Rodriguez spokesperson Russell Murphy identified Seventh and Eighth avenues in the vicinity of Penn Station and Times Square as areas in need of upgrades.

A temporary sidewalk extension on 32nd Street near Penn Station, installed by Vornado Realty Trust in 2015, was popular with the public, but plans to make it permanent were shelved after businesses complained about the lack of loading zones. Vornado’s Plaza 33, on 33rd Street at Seventh Avenue, returned this year after a successful 2015, but Vornado and DOT have not committed to making it permanent.

And while those projects can help alleviate crowding on cross streets, no plans are on the table to widen sidewalks on Midtown avenues, where there are so many people on foot that during peak hours they can’t fit on the sidewalk and walk in traffic lanes.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s revamp of Penn Station, announced this week, doesn’t address the sidewalk crush on surrounding streets.

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Seventh Avenue by Penn Station. Video still: Streetfilms

Midtown isn’t the only part of NYC where pedestrians spill off the sidewalk. Murphy also cited sidewalk congestion in downtown Flushing as a safety concern.

DOT has taken steps to give pedestrians more room to breathe in Midtown and Flushing, via plazas and sidewalk widenings. But there’s clearly a lot more work to do. Systematically identifying and prioritizing sidewalk expansion projects is a logical next step.

Rodriguez expects to see results in the near term. The bill, if adopted into law, would have DOT post the results of its pedestrian volume study online by next April, along with status reports on what measures the agency has taken to improve conditions at each location.

Roosevelt Avenue and Main Street in Downtown Flushing. Photo: David Meyer.

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lizamu
238 days ago
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Be the salmon. That's my daily mantra as I walk against the extremely strong current of pedestrians towards me on 7th.
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A Call for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (Blog)

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By Kathleen Kelly Janus

Why philanthropy needs to support more community-driven solutions, not just Ivy League ones.
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FAHOUSE: A Double Triangular House in the Forest

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FAHOUSE: A Double Triangular House in the Forest

Jean Verville architecte designed FAHOUSE, a residence burrowed in the middle of a hemlock forest in Eastern Townships, Canada. The design takes inspiration from the archetypal figure of a house and doubles it with two triangular prism forms that are connected – almost like two trees growing towards the sky.

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The project answers the needs of a young, professional couple and their two children with a playful design that explores a new way of living.

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A wide staircase on the exterior leads to a patio covered by a cantilevered prism above. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and windows open up to the forest that surrounds the house. The expanse of glass removes the separation between the living area inside and the outdoors.

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A wooden staircase wraps around the interior from the ground floor to the childrens’ room, which is decked out with bunk beds.

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The family shower room frames different views of the greenery outside while displaying a graphic black and white pattern on the inside.

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Photos by Maxime Brouillet, courtesy of v2com.

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lizamu
310 days ago
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The house is oddly cool, but what I love about this post is the positions of the dude in the photos! Hilarious.
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