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November 14 2014

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Dude hacks his Hearing to listen to WiFi

Frank Swain ist seit Jahren taub und nun zusammen mit Künstler Daniel Jones sein Hörgerät gehackt eine App für sein Hörgerät entwickelt, mit der er WiFi-Signale hören kann. Oben eine Karte eines Spaziergangs von Swain durch London, mit verzeichneten WiFi-Signalen. Auf der Website des Phantom Terrain-Projekts gibt’s auch das Soundfile dazu, das ähnlich wie die ollen Modem-Sounds klingt – nur seltsamer. Ist das jetzt schon sowas wie Artificial Synaesthesie? So’n bisschen wie Neil Harbisson? Oder ist das quasi Sinn-Hacking durch Erweiterung „empfangbarer“ Frequenzbereiche? Jedenfalls: Weird Body-Hacking Art is weird. Toll!

I AM walking through my north London neighbourhood on an unseasonably warm day in late autumn. I can hear birds tweeting in the trees, traffic prowling the back roads, children playing in gardens and Wi-Fi leaching from their homes. Against the familiar sounds of suburban life, it is somehow incongruous and appropriate at the same time. As I approach Turnpike Lane tube station and descend to the underground platform, I catch the now familiar gurgle of the public Wi-Fi hub, as well as the staff network beside it. On board the train, these sounds fade into silence as we burrow into the tunnels leading to central London.

I have been able to hear these fields since last week. This wasn’t the result of a sudden mutation or years of transcendental meditation, but an upgrade to my hearing aids. With a grant from Nesta, the UK innovation charity, sound artist Daniel Jones and I built Phantom Terrains, an experimental tool for making Wi-Fi fields audible.

New Scientist: The man who can hear Wi-Fi wherever he walks

(via Nerdcore)

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Before And After Photos Of Caterpillars Becoming Butterflies

var imagebase='file://D:/Program Files (x86)/FeedReader/'; Before And After Photos Of Caterpillars Becoming Butterflies (38 pics) 15:56 27.10.2014, Maxx, amazing, World Of Technology It's incredible to think that caterpillars can make such an impressive transformation when they become butterflies. They may transform themselves but as you're about to see, they still share some resemblance to their previous look.

Brahmin Moth


Spicebush Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Polyura Sempronius

Acraga Coa

Acharia Stimulea

Phobetron Pithecium

Glass Winged Butterfly

Cerura Vinula

Flannel Moth

Blue Morpho

Isochaetes Beutenmuelleri

Hubbard’s Small Silkmoth

Isa Textula

Pipevine Swallowtail

Spotted Apatelodes

Io Moth

Attacus Atlas

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Guide to Self-Studying Japanese

A large proportion of Japanese learners self-study. Finding places to learn Japanese in a classroom environment can be difficult and expensive. Here’s a guide on how you can learn Japanese for free and from the comfort of your sofa.

When learning Japanese, the most important step is to learn Hiragana and Katakana, the writing alphabets of Japanese.

The best way I’ve found to do that is to make flashcards. Make sure you practice writing as well as recognizing them, this will not only be a great skill to have but will also reinforce the shapes in your mind.


[Hiragana 42], the best guide I’ve found to learn the Hiragana (in a day!)
[Hiranana and Katakana Quiz Site]
[Kana Invaders Game]
[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Vocabulary….

The next step is to start learning vocabulary. Where can you find what to learn? Use a site like Memrise to find word lists (for example, there is a word list for all the vocabulary in starter textbooks like Genki), and use the amazing interface to learn them and keep them in your long term memory.


[Memrise] as mentioned above to find and learn vocabulary lists.
[Most Common Words List]
[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Kanji….

While encountering vocabulary, you’re likely to be coming across super-complicated-looking Kanji. You can learn Kanji through Memrise as above, but there are some other websites that may be of interest.


[Kanji Damage] A great site where you can learn Kanji through Mnemonics.[WaniKani] by the same people ho make TextFugu (below) can help you learn Kanji from scratch.
[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Kanji….

The next step is to apply that new vocabulary to grammar points and start making sentences.

If you can’t get your hands on textbooks like Genki, don’t fear! There are a lot of great online grammar resources.


[TextFugu] a highly rated ‘online textbook’ which will guide you right from the beginning of learning Japanese.
[Guide to Japanese] another online textbook with a lot of grammar points and excellent explanations.

The Fun Parts: Using Japanese Online Media

So you probably have learnt Japanese because you have some interest in Japanese media. Time to start using it to your learning advantage!

Aside from the obvious watching Anime, J-dramas and films, why not try Reading Japanese News? Watching Japanese TV? Just make sure you are making these activities productive - note down new vocabulary, add them to Anki, and keep learning! It’s much easier to learn things you’re interested in. Try translating Japanese songs, etc.

The most important but difficult part of self-studying Japanese is getting your own compositions checked. Utilize all that grammar and vocabulary and write a short piece, it could be a diary entry or a short essay. Get it recorded for you by a native on RhinoSpike, and checked for grammar and consistencies on Lang-8.These sites also give you the chance to connect with Japanese natives, and perhaps start up some language exchanges!

For more resources, take a look at my Ultimate Resources List


Any more tips? Comment below!

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