Dense Planar SLAM
Experimental AR computer vision project by Renato Salas-Moreno utilizes an RGB-D sensor and Oculus Rift to detect flat areas within a space to add digital content … such as placing a Facebook wall onto your living room wall - video embedded below:
We present an efficient new real-time approach which densely maps an environment using bounded planes and surfels extracted from depth images (like those produced by RGB-D sensors or dense multi-view stereo reconstruction). Our method offers the every-pixel descriptive power of the latest dense SLAM approaches, but takes advantage directly of the planarity of many parts of real-world scenes via a data-driven process to directly regularize planar regions and represent their accurate extent efficiently using an occupancy approach with on-line compression. Large areas can be mapped efficiently and with useful semantic planar structure which enables intuitive and useful AR applications such as using any wall or other planar surface in a scene to display a user’s content.
Akhenaten the Alien Pharaoh
“Akhenaten was known before the fifth year of his reign as Amenhotep IV. He was a Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt who ruled for 17 years, and was the father of Tutankhamun. He is especially noted for abandoning traditional Egyptian polytheism and introducing worship centered on the Aten. The Aten, the sun-disk, is first referred to as a deity in The Story of Sinuhe from the 12th dynasty, in which the deceased king is described as rising as god to the heavens and uniting with the sun-disk, the divine body merging with its maker. By analogy, the term “silver Aten” was sometimes used to refer to the moon. The solar Aten was extensively worshiped as a god in the reign of Amenhotep III, when it was depicted as a falcon-headed man much like Ra. Akhenaten claimed, “There is only one god, my father. I can approach him by day, by night.” This was a very, very strange statement for the time. Akhenaten could have been the first monotheist in all of history, a precursor to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Muhammad as prophets who worshiped one god.
In the reign of Amenhotep III’s successor, Amenhotep IV or Akhenaten, the Aten became the central god of Egyptian state religion, Amenhotep IV changed his name to Akhenaten to reflect his close link with the new supreme deity.
Akhenaten was one of the most controversial Pharaohs to rule Egypt. According to Egyptian Mythology he descended from the gods who arrived on Earth at the time of Tep Zepi and until today, people still believe that this Pharaoh did in fact come from the Stars.
In 1352 BC, Akhenaten ascended to the throne as the tenth pharaoh of the 18th dynasty. Almost immediately, he instituted a series of radical religious changes, including a ban on references to multiple gods. He abandoned traditional Egyptian polytheism and introduced the worship of the Aten.
An early inscription likens him to the sun as compared to the stars. Akhenaten, upon becoming Pharaoh ordered all the, the iconography of previous gods to be removed. He only allowed one emblem, which was a sun emblem, literally a sun disk with curious arms or rays pointing down.
According to writings by Akhenaten and poems that were written about him later on, he was visited by beings that descended from the sky, who told Akhenaten what he needed to do, and perhaps this is why he removed all other symbols of other gods from Egypt and implemented most of the changes he went on to do.
Akhenaten claimed to be a direct descendant of Aten and like any other pharaoh Akhenaten regarded himself to be divine, he was a God, but not only did he believe himself to be a god, the whole nation saw him as a god and worshiped him like one. During his time as Pharaoh Akhenaten made numerous changes but he also ordered the construction of a new capital city which he called Amarna and he dedicated it to the sun. Akhenaten spent the next ten years there and in that time he instituted changes in art and culture and on of the most notable changes were how he would be publicly depicted, and this was important because in Egyptian iconography, Pharaohs are depicted as these triangular shaped beings, strong shoulders and these very skinny waists, so basically they were depicted as being strong, like heroes, this would reflect power and it was very important but Akhenaten would go on and shows himself perhaps as he really is, a strange look, unlike other Pharaohs.
The list of peculiarities is lengthy: an elongated skull, long neck, sunken eyes, thick thighs, long fingers, backward-turned knee joints, a prominent belly that suggests pregnancy and female-like breasts. The first thing that is strange is his elongated skull, and in all of the statues and depictions of him, we see this elongated skull. In general his body was sort of like a feminine and masculine mixture.
The change in royal iconography of Akhenaten depicted him with a misshapen head, with a potbelly a sunken chest, elongated arms, larger thighs and this was totally opposed to the idealized iconography of traditional Egyptian artists that showed these big and strong looking Pharaohs.
Why would he make changes in the royal iconography to show him as this “weak” Pharaoh? His wife Nefertiti was also depicted having an elongated skull, did they have some kind of genetic anomaly that caused their heads– and body’s in general to be misshaped and disproportional? Or is there something more to this strange Pharaoh and his origins? Is it possible that he was actually a hybrid human being? with genes and DNA from Extraterrestrials? What is for sure is that he was not like other Pharaohs and human beings in general, when you look at his statues and depictions you immediately point out these strange, unlike humanoid characteristics. He is simply put a strange “human”.
Dr. Braverman (Professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine) attributes the king’s female form to familial gynecomastia, brought on by an inherited syndrome called aromatase excess syndrome. This diagnosis is the first to be associated with Akhenaten. As for the shape of Akhenaten’s head, Dr. Braverman attributes this to a condition called craniosynostosis, in which sutures, the fibrous joints of the head, fuse at an early age, and interfere with the process of skull formation. The specific condition, called a sagittal suture, is dominantly inherited. Dr. Braverman says he observed this abnormality in the king’s daughters as well as in Queen Hatshepsut, daughter of Tuthmosis I, founder of Akhenaten’s paternal line, and in King Tut, who ended this line.
After his reign the city of Amarna was abandoned and temples to the sun were destroyed, images of Akhenaten were deliberately defaced and Ancient Egypt rapidly “recovered” and returned to its old ways, worshiping many gods.Today, many Egyptologists believe that Akhenaten was actually forced to abdicate and flee from Egypt with his loyal followers.
In 1907, the actual body of Akhenaten was discovered in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings by British archaeologist named Edward Ayrton. After unearthing Akhenaten’s mummified remains, Edward Ayrton was able to confirm that the ancient pharaoh’s skull was misshapen and elongated. Akhenaten was succeeded by his son, Tutankhamun, who became the most renowned pharaoh of all time. When his tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter, Tutankhamun was also found to have an elongated skull. In February 2010, the results of DNA tests confirmed that he was the son of Akhenaten.
written by Ivan P.- Ancient-Code.com
REALLY just wanna take this chance to remind the people who follow me to not kill/trap opossums if they’re in your yard, and do not call animal control! Seriously.
- Opossums are literally 100% BIOLOGICALLY INCAPABLE of carrying rabies. Their body temperature is too cool to incubate it properly.
- Opossums are actually quite gentle and NOCTURNAL, so if they’re roaming, they’ve probably gotten lost, been injured, and are looking for a place to hide.
- Young opossums tend to try to climb into garbage cans when they’re starving. This is because THEY ARE LITERALLY STARVING. Don’t fucking shoot them or hit them with things because you wanna be some fucking macho top-of-the-food-chain cocksucker.
- Mama possums are amazing mothers and if you encounter an “aggressive” opossum, it’s probably because she’s got babies hanging off her nipple and she’s freaking out. They’re clumsy. Sometimes they don’t hear you coming and you catch each other off guard.
- Wanna lure an opossum off of your property? You can set up a box with some greens and cat kibble in it, hide it well, and lure them out that way. They’re actually quite harmless and keep other predators away. they eat lotsa gross stuff.
- Opossum mamas who get hit by cars often still have their helpless babies attached to them. Possums get a bad rep and people say they are “the dumbest animal”, but they are incredible creatures who have been around since the days of fucking dinosaurs so treat them well, okay?
Meet the pollen-gilded bat (Phyllonycteris poeyi), really living up to its name. This species, from eastern Cuba, has specialised fur that grips onto pollen, creating a very handy moveable feast.
At the risk of alienating those among our followers who are bat-haters, look at this dude. Also known as the Cuban flower bat, its wingspan can actually reach 14”. The flower it’s sitting in (Talipariti elatum)just happens to be a relative of the already large-bloomed hibiscus. Not exactly a bumble bee of a bat, sizewise. —MN
What Does Sound Look Like?
When light passes between areas of different air density, it bends. You’ve probably noticed the way distant pavement seems to shimmer on a hot day, or the way stars appear to twinkle. You’re seeing light that has been distorted as it passes through varying air densities, which are in turn created by varying temperatures and pressures.
In the mid-19th century, German physicist August Toepler invented a photography technique called Schlieren Flow Visualization to visually capture these changes in density. The setup is a bit hard to explain in words (watch the video above for a full explanation) but it allows scientists and engineers to see things that are normally invisible: the rising heat from a candle, the turbulence around an airplane wing, the plume of a sneeze.
At TEDxYouth@Manchester, genetics researcher Dan Davis introduces the audience to compatibility genes — key players in our immune system’s functioning, and the reason why it’s so difficult to transplant organs from person to person: one’s compatibility genes must match another’s for a transplant to take.
(Images from Davis’s talk, Drew Berry’s animations, and the TED-Ed lessons A needle in countless haystacks: Finding habitable worlds - Ariel Anbar and How we conquered the deadly smallpox virus - Simona Zompi)
Seemingly unaware of my presence, these young men talked about their plans to fuck as many girls from other racial/ethnic groups as they could “catch” before graduation. They “ran” it down. Black girls were high on the list, Native American girls hard to ﬁnd, Asian girls (all lumped into the same category), deemed easier to entice, were considered “prime targets.” Talking about this over-heard conversation with my students, I found that it was commonly accepted that one “shopped” for sexual partners in the same way one “shopped” for courses at Yale, and that race and ethnicity was a serious category on which selections were based. To these young males and their buddies, fucking was a way to confront the Other, as well as a way to make themselves over, to leave behind white “innocence” and enter the world of “experience.” As is often the case in this society, they were conﬁdent that non-white people had more life experience, were more worldly, sensual, and sexual because they were different. Getting a bit of the Other, in this case engaging in sexual encounters with non-white females, was considered a ritual of transcendence, a movement out into a world of difference that would transform, an acceptable rite of passage.
bell hooks, Eating the Other (via goleyaas)
This is why it makes me mad when people say they’re into someone who is “ethnic”, it just means they’re into the idea of someone’s race, wanting a part of it, and to acquire that or I guess “taste” that culture they try and sleep with someone who is labeled “ethnic”. Often people who are considered “ethnic” are either hyper-sexualized and are seen as “dominant” and aggressive almost animalistic while others are seen as submissive “slaves” for the “masters” to control and dominate and use. There is no in between or normalcy when it comes to People of Color, the “ethnic” group of people, which is a group label usually made up by white people but it’s not limited to just them.
White people are cannibalistic in that way because they’ll destroy and harm and use as many of us to satisfy their hunger (be it sex, resources, etc). They look at us as the other but really their just killing parts of themselves via us, people they don’t see as human. -_-