Is he a mind reader? A stalker? Neither. Filmmaker Jack Vale has a friendly reminder for the masses: If you don't want strangers to know what you're doing, don't put it on the Internet.
Vale conducted a social media experiment at Huntington Beach, Calif. Checking Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, Vale tracked down people who had posted their location and activities with hashtags on social media. He then recorded their (often befuddled, sometimes outraged) reactions to being tracked down.
So, how did he do it? With a mixture of patience and fearlessness. "We would keep refreshing until we saw a photo of someone that was posted a couple of minutes ago," Vale told Yahoo News. He said there were quite a few fails, but there were also times when he would recognize where the photo was taken.
Vale explained that in cases where people uploaded only photos of their food, he could still click around their Instagram or Twitter accounts to find out what the people looked like. Armed with
- Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News | The Sideshow – Mon, Nov 18, 2013
Is he a mind reader? A stalker? Neither. Filmmaker Jack Vale has a friendly reminder for the masses: If you don't want strangers to know what you're doing, don't put it on the Internet.Read More »from Filmmaker's social media experiment results in on-camera freakouts
Here, another reminder that you really have no excuse for not getting enough exercise.
In 2005, Karen Aydelott was struck by a car, seriously injuring one of her legs, ABC-15 reported. Three years later, despite undergoing several surgical procedures, Aydelott was told that the leg needed to be amputated.
Fast-forward to this past weekend. Aydelott, now 67 according to Ironman.com, finished another Ironman, this one in Arizona. Ironman triathlons include a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike race and a full marathon (26.2 miles of fun).
Aydelott had completed the epic endurance races before. In fact, this most recent race was her 29th, according to ABC-15.Read More »from 67-year-old amputee completes Ironman competition
However, this competition proved special because unlike last month's Ironman World Championship in Hawaii during which she suffered complications with her prosthetic, Aydelott was able to finish before the race's midnight cutoff. She finished in 16 hours, 11 minutes and 12 seconds, according to Ironman.com.
Before the race, Aydelott told
"Batkid" already received the key to the city of San Francisco for saving Gotham. Now, he's got a congratulatory Vine from none other than the president of the United States.
Politico reports it's the first Vine the White House has published featuring Obama, according to the White House Director of Online Engagement.
Just 5 years old, Miles Scott has suffered from leukemia for most of his short life. Now it's in remission, and his dream has been to be a superhero. On Friday the city of San Francisco (via the Make-a-Wish Foundation) rallied around him to make that dream a reality in a way that, well, is just so perfectly awesome.
He got a ride in the Batmoblie, saved a woman from an oncoming trolley, "sealnapped" Lou Seal (the San Francisco Giants mascot) from the Joker and captured the Riddler after a robbery in the Financial District – all in front of thousands of people who stormed the streets to watch.
The San Francisco Chronicle issued a special edition thanking Batkid for saving theRead More »from President Obama thanks 'Batkid'
- Pentagon chief talks drones with Pakistan PM
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Monday that US drone strikes were "counter-productive" as Washington pushed for supply routes to Afghanistan to be kept open. In the first visit by a US defence secretary for nearly four years, Hagel flew from Kabul to Pakistan to meet the premier and the country's new army chief, General Raheel Sharif. Ties have been seriously strained over US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal belt as well as over sanctuaries for Afghan Taliban insurgents inside Pakistan's borders. Sharif "reaffirmed Pakistan's support for the Afghan peace and reconciliation process", a Pakistan government statement said after the talks.
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LONDON (AP) — British prosecutors say they are charging singer and former U.K. "X Factor" judge Tulisa Contostavlos for allegedly helping supply cocaine to an undercover journalist.
- 3 Foods Linked with Depression
In the study, researchers looked at the eating habits of more than 40,000 women, who didn't have depression at the study's start. It's all too easy to grab a cola on-the-go, but the same study in Brain, Behavior and Immunity study indicated that soft drinks as part of a regular diet may also contribute to depression. Fast Food: People who eat fast food are 51 percent more likely to develop depression than those who don't, according to a 2012 study in the journal Public Health Nutrition. Keep in mind that eating a small portion of any one food is unlikely to raise depression risk, so don't worry if you've just eaten your first heaping bowl of pasta in ages, or had the very occasional fast food burger.
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But the implications for the chief victim, Jang Song-thaek, are dire when you think of what happened to those who fell afoul of the North Korean propagandists’ stylistic forebears. The statement carries chilling echoes of Cultural Revolution-era China and the Stalinist Soviet Union during the 1930s show trials. Not since those dark days have we heard such a denunciation of “alien elements who had made their way into the party … gnawing at the unity and cohesion of the party … giving up the class struggle and paralyzing the function of popular democratic dictatorship,” as North Korea’s official news agency published Monday. Jang Song-thaek is uncle to the young North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, by virtue of having married Kim Jong-il’s sister.
- The Queen and I - For Mandela, it was "Elizabeth" not "Ma'am"
Not many men call Britain's Queen Elizabeth II "Elizabeth", much less dare to comment on her dress style or weight. Nelson Mandela was one of them. As global leaders gathered to pay homage this week to South Africa's anti-apartheid legend who died on Thursday, one former close aide recalled the cheeky lese majeste of a statesmen who charmed enemies, celebrities and ordinary people alike. "When he paid visits to Queen Elizabeth, it was always very entertaining to see their interaction, because he called her 'Elizabeth'...no one else in the world, I think, calls her 'Elizabeth'," Zelda la Grange, who was Mandela's personal assistant for more than a decade, told Reuters.
- There's a new cockroach in town, and it sneers at a New York winter
While the New York City real estate market is tight for humans, it just got a bit more competitive for cockroaches as well. The species, Periplaneta japonica, is native to Japan and could threaten the American cockroach, currently the pervasive species in New York, according to a recent report published by the Journal of Economic Entomology. “It is very conceivable that it [the Japanese cockroach] could live outdoors during winter in New York. That is in addition to its being well suited to live indoors alongside the species that already are here,” researcher Jessica Ware said, in a statement.
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