“Russell Kirsch, inventor of the pixel, dies in his Portland home at age 91”

Everything in our digital world was invented or discovered by someone. Russell A. Kirsch invented the pixel.

Really!

While working with the National Bureau of Standards as a member of the Standards Eastern Automatic Computer (SEAC) team in 1957, Russell Kirsch invented the pixel while developing a digital scanner. The 176×176 pixel image above of Russell’s son was one of the first digitally scanned images.

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/08/13/business/ap-us-russell-kirsch-obituary.html

https://www.dpreview.com/news/2623782158/russell-kirsch-inventor-of-the-pixel-dies-in-his-portland-home-at-age-91

“This is The Heartwarming Reason ‘Mind The Gap’ Sounds So Different At Embankment Station”

The story of why the ‘Mind The Gap’ announcement at Embankment Station is different than the ‘Mind The Gap’ announcement at every other London Tube station is told at https://secretldn.com/mind-the-gap-embankment-station/

An earlier version of this story is told by the BBC at https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-21719848

“Evolution of Star Trek Series Music Theme (1966-2020) | VioDance”

A spectacular medley of Star Trek television show theme songs including The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, Discovery, and Picard. Even a guest appearance by “Dog of Nine” (I hope that I got the name right).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8MkYdtU61Y&feature=youtu.be

The VioDance YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC73QH–n1xVJKk9utRQrGoQ

The VioDance Patreon page:

https://www.patreon.com/user?u=35546634

“The Spectacular Science Behind Puddle Stomping”

A look at the importance of puddle stomping and other forms of play as children learn how to use their bodies.

The article also mentions our eight senses and then proceeds to explain the ones beyond the five (taste, touch, smell, vision and hearing) that most of us already know about:

  • the sense of knowing where our bodies are in space (aka sense of balance or vestibular sense)
  • the sense of knowing without looking where our limbs and body parts are (aka proprioception sense)
  • the sense of knowing what his going on within our bodies (aka interoception sense)

https://1000hoursoutside.com/blog/the-spectacular-science-behind-puddle-stomping

“Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance”

“Summary of the article: Strong coronavirus measures today should only last a few weeks, there shouldn’t be a big peak of infections afterwards, and it can all be done for a reasonable cost to society, saving millions of lives along the way. If we don’t take these measures, tens of millions will be infected, many will die, along with anybody else that requires intensive care, because the healthcare system will have collapsed.” (copied from the article)

https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-the-hammer-and-the-dance-be9337092b56

“Establishing the concept of aboriginal title in Canadian law”

The concept of aboriginal title was first described in the 1997 Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling generally known as Delgamuukw v British Columbia, [1997 3 SCR 1010]. The actual effect of Delgamuukw was to order a new trial because of evidenciary issues in the original trial. As a consequence, while Delgamuukw did describe the concept of aboriginal title, it did not create precedence.

In 2014, the SCC found itself again faced with a case dealing with aboriginal title. In this case, Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia [2014 2 SCR 257], the court issued a ruling that firmly established the concept of aboriginal title in Canadian law.

The Delgamuukw ruling:

https://www.scc-csc.ca/case-dossier/info/dock-regi-eng.aspx?cas=23799

A Wikipedia article on Delgamuukw v British Columbia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delgamuukw_v_British_Columbia

The Tsilhqot’in ruling:

https://www.scc-csc.ca/case-dossier/info/dock-regi-eng.aspx?cas=34986

An analysis ofTsilhqot’in by LawNow:

https://www.lawnow.org/viewpoint-38-6-bench-mark-case-indeed/

As I am most definitely not a lawyer, I strongly advise that you read the Delgamuukw Wikipedia article and the LawNow analysis of Tsilhqot’in, or the rulings themselves before forming any conclusions based on what I have typed above. -Danny

“What Happened After the Liberation of Auschwitz”

The final days of the Auschwitz concentration camp, its liberation by Soviet forces on January 27, 1945, the immediate aftermath, and the eventual effort to preserve the site for future generations.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-happened-after-liberation-auschwitz-180974051/

“Mel Mermelstein Survived Auschwitz, Then Sued Holocaust Deniers in Court”

The story of Mel Mermelstein who took some Holocaust deniers to court and got a California court to take judicial notice of the Holocaust. Specifically, Judge Thomas T. Johnson declared

“This court does take judicial notice of the fact that Jews were gassed to death at Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland during the summer of 1944. It is not reasonably subject to dispute. And it is capable of immediate and accurate determination by resort to sources of reasonably indisputable accuracy. It is simply a fact.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Mermelstein

This judicial notice had the effect of putting the onus on the other side (i.e. the Holocaust deniers) to prove that the Holocaust did not happen. Considering the mountains of admissible evidence that the Holocaust did happen, this gave the Holocaust deniers an essentially unclimbable mountain to climb if they hoped to win the case. Also, once one court has taken judicial notice of something, other courts are generally quite likely to take the same notice without a huge effort on the party seeking the notice (please keep in mind that IANAL and that a real lawyer would probably find at least a dozen things wrong with this paragraph 🤔).

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mel-mermelstein-survived-auschwitz-then-sued-holocaust-deniers-court-180970123/