What Makes Paris Look Like Paris

March 22, 2019

What Makes Paris Look Like Paris? It’s complicated.

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“What Makes Paris Look Like Paris?” Carl Doersch, Saurabh Singh, Abhinav Gupta, Josef Sivic, Alexei A. Efros, Communications of the ACM

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Apples

March 21, 2019

SweeTango, Zestar, Rave, Cosmic Crisp, Evercrisp, Arctic, Kissabel, Envy. How do you like them apples?

A Vox video by Ellen Rolfes and Alexandra Cardinale.

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Dick Dale, 1937 – 2019

March 20, 2019

Surf Guitar king Dick Dale died last Saturday at the age of 81. A cancer survivor, he continued to tour until his death in order to pay his medical bills.

More:

“Dick Dale, ‘King of the Surf Guitar,’ dead at 81,” Vanessa Franko, Orange County Register

“Dick Dale, godfather of surf guitar, dies aged 81,” Laura Snapes, The Guardian

“Dick Dale: ‘King of Surf Rock’ guitarist dies aged 81,” Mark Savage, BBC

“Dick Dale, the Inventor of Surf Rock, Was a Lebanese-American Kid from Boston,” Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker

 

Video: “Miserlou,” by Dick Dale & His Del-Tones, an adaptation of an Eastern Mediterranean tune (hear the original 1927 recording here).

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Fingerprints

March 19, 2019

The first conviction based on fingerprint evidence was in 1911.But how reliable is fingerprint analysis? Dean Peterson of Vox investigates.

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Escalators: Walk or Stand?

March 18, 2019

JR East, the East Japan Railway Company, wants Tokyo commuters to stand on both sides of station escalators instead of reserving one side for impatient people who want to walk. A study found that most escalator accidents happen when walkers stumble over luggage or run and slip, so the all-standing policy is safer and more efficient.

Good luck with that. The policy was tried in Hong KongLondon’s underground and DC’s Metro, but it didn’t go over well. Standing to one side on escalators and walking on the other is too firmly embedded in urban behavior. In Washington, there’s even a song about it:

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Why Not Tonight

March 17, 2019

“Why Not Tonight,” written by James Gilreath, recorded by Jimmy Hughes, 1967.

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Burnt Out Star

March 17, 2019

“Burnt Out Star,” by Australia’s Pond. singer Nick Allworth, 2018.

Pond website

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Homemade Cigarettes

March 17, 2019

“Homemade Cigarettes,” written and recorded by Joe Walker, 1966.

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Billie Jean

March 17, 2019

“Billie Jean,” written and originally recorded by Michael Jackson, performed by guitarist Alexandr Misko.

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Out of the Depths

March 17, 2019

“Out of the Depths,” by the Banks Brothers (Bishop Jeff Banks and Rev. Charles Banks), recorded at the First Baptist Church, Nutley New Jersey, 1974.

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