Monthly Archives: December 2017

Algorithmic Bias

Algorithmic bias has been discovered or theorized in cases ranging from election outcomes to the spread of online hate speech.

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Mata Hari

Margaretha Geertruida “Margreet” MacLeod was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I.

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Blue Whale

The game reportedly consists of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators over a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide.

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Gods’ Man

Gods’ Man is a wordless novel by American artist Lynd Ward (1905–1985) published in 1929. In 139 captionless woodblock prints, it tells the Faustian story of an artist who signs away his soul for a magic paintbrush. Gods’ Man was the first American wordless novel, and is considered a precursor of the graphic novel.

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Maenad

The goal was to achieve a state of enthusiasm in which the celebrants’ souls were temporarily freed from their earthly bodies and were able to commune with Bacchus/Dionysus and gain a glimpse of and a preparation for what they would someday experience in eternity. The rite climaxed in a performance of frenzied feats of strength and madness.

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Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol

The Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol (HTCPCP) is a facetious communications protocol for controlling, monitoring, and diagnosing coffee pots.

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Trobriand Islands

In Trobriand society, it is taboo to eat in front of others. As Jennifer Shute noted, “the Trobrianders eat alone, retiring to their own hearths with their portions, turning their backs on one another and eating rapidly for fear of being observed.”

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Hatebeak

Hatebeak is a death metal band, formed by Blake Harrison and Mark Sloan, featuring Waldo, a Congo African grey parrot. Hatebeak is the only band to have an avian vocalist.

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