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Friday, October 25, 2019

In This Edition:
Dung beetle, deepfake impressions, Overview, Microsoft SandDance, Music from Saharan Cellphones, Éire Markings, government hackers and Edward Snowden on Joe Rogen!

Alasdair Roberts, Quinie, Hank Tree at The Blue Arrow

Image: Ailbhe Nic Oireactaigh and Alasdair Roberts

Last week I went to see Alasdair Roberts and his band in the Blue Arrow in Glasgow, supported by Hank Tree and Quinie (who sang some amazing acapela folk songs in Scots!). Check out some photos of the concert here.

Deepfake Impressions

Image: YouTube, Jim Meskimen

Impressionist actor Jim Meskimen teamed up with deepfake video creator sham00k to create a deep fake video showing Jim performing impressions of famous actors while his face is changed to match those actors.

Overview Photography

Image: over-view.com

Overview is a photography project that uses satellite and aerial imagery to demonstrate how human activity and natural forces hape our Earth. Check out their great work on their website, where you can filter by topics such as cities, design, transport, waste and nature. An example in the waste category is the above pictured cattle feedlot in Texas where cattle weighing 250kg are stored and fattened until they weight 450kg+ to be sent to slaughter. The lagoon gets its glowing colour from the high concentration of manure and chemicals.

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Microsoft SandDance

Image: Microsoft

Microsoft have open-sourced their SandDance data visualisation tool. The Microsoft Research tool allows data to be presented as unit visualisations for datasets up to 500k rows, instead of traditional data aggregation visualisation. The tool has been re-written from as an embeddable component in javascript stacks. It is also available as a Visual Studio Code and Azure Data Studio extension.

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Music From Saharan Cellphones

Image: sahelsounds.bandcamp.com

In 2010, a compilation of music from Saharan mobile phones was complied on tape. The oftentimes unlabelled tracks included were a collection of popular music doing the rounds on memory cards of mobile phones and shared via bluetooth. In 2011, the artists were tracked down and the collection was released commercially 50% going directly to the artists. The album is also available on Spotify.

Éire Markings By Drone

Image: Conor Corbett, Éirespace

Drone photographer Conor Corbett (aka Éirespace) travelled the coasts of Ireland to capture drone photos of any of the remaining Éire markings from Workd War II. The 82 markings were created by volunteers of the Coastal Watch Service to help aircraft distinguish neutral Ireland from Northern Ireland. Many of the markings have been restored and some have resurfaced, such as the No.8 Bray which was revealed by a gorse fire in 2018. Treasa Lynch created the website eiremarkings.org to track the status of any remaining markings.

Podcast Of The Week: Darknet Diaries - Misadventures of a Nation State Actor

Image: darknetdiaries.com

Darknet Diaries is a great podcast about shady things in the tech world. This week while going through the back catalog I listened to episode 10 which featured an interview with a Nation State Actor, aka a government hacker! The fascinating story describes how the unnamed agency hacked into the network of an unnamed agency of another country, only to be foiled by a windows update!

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Snowden On Rogen

Image: YouTube, Joe Rogen

This week, Joe Rogen published his monster interview with Edward Snowden. Poor Joe got about 6 sentences in during the almost three hour interview. In saying that, the account given by Snowden is fascinating because of the passion that he conveys when talking about what he discovered and why he decided to become a whistleblower. The conversation towards the end moves on to more up to date topics such as bulk data collection and Snowden's life in Russia. Snowden was on the show to promote his new book Permenant Record (affiliate buy link here).

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Found This Week is a curated blog of interesting posts, articles, links and stories in the world of technology, science and life in general.
Each edition is curated by Daryl Feehely every Friday and highlights cool stuff found each week.
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Daryl Feehely

I’m a web consultant, contract web developer, technical project manager & photographer originally from Cork, now based in Scotland. I offer my clients strategy, planning & technical delivery services, remotely & in person. I also offer freelance CTO services to companies in need of technical bootstrapping or reinvention. If you think I can help you in your business, check out my details on http://darylfeehely.com