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TIL I learned of Derek Paraviccini, an autistic musical savant. Although born blind and barely able to care for himself, he plays piano with superhuman clarity and accuracy.

TIL I learned of Derek Paraviccini, an autistic musical savant. Although born blind and barely able to care for himself, he plays piano with superhuman clarity and accuracy.

"Today I learned I learned"

In the end, it'll be the autistic versus the robots

“Like many people who cannot see, Derek has developed an acute sense of hearing”

peew-fucking-lazer-soundd-paaaahhh-car-hooorrnnnn-sporadic-camera-zoom-feeewwww

Me: “wow, now I know Derek can hear very well”

That’s the dude who you can say “play Mozart in the style of Dr. John” and he can do it instantly. Amazing.

TIL American medicine still runs on fax machines. A 2017 study found that the fax accounts for 75% of the country's medical communications.

TIL American medicine still runs on fax machines. A 2017 study found that the fax accounts for 75...

The stupid part of it is that these fax systems are not even carried over ISDN or PBX or any other circuit-switched phone system these days. If you send a fax to the doctor, it almost certainly gets converted to IP traffic before it leaves the machine, and is then just delivered over the internet and goes right to an email address their copy supplier has set up for them. It's basically an incredibly cumbersome way of emailing someone a picture of some paper. Yet if you try to do that - ask if you can email the doctor a signed picture to the same fucking email address because the closest fax machine is in a museum, they will freak the fuck out about it.

I've been called out way too many times to unfuck fax issues because they rely on actual paper at both ends. Scribbling over an image on a tablet just isn't the same as a pen on paper.

I believe that's because fax machines were at one point the only method of transmitting legally signed documents electronically - even after the advent of scanners and email.

All industries (for example medical or mortgage/finance) will follow legal council's advice on how to operate and faxes were the only game in town when it came to immediately turning around a legally valid signed document without mailing it via snailmail.

Why can't they just do what McDonald's and other fast food restaurants have done and just have a screen at the pharmacy that has the order on it for the pharmacist to fill?

TIL of the great escape attempt of Juan, an Andean spectacled bear in Berlin zoo. Juan paddled across a moat using a log as a raft, scaled a wall and then finally appeared to commandeer a bicycle before being shot with a tranquiliser gun.

TIL of the great escape attempt of Juan, an Andean spectacled bear in Berlin zoo. Juan paddled ac...

And he would have gotten away with it if it hadn't been for those meddling kids!

Man, I would have looooooved it if they had just supervised his escape, to see how far he could actually take it. I guess we'll never know now, the potential of a determined bear on the run.

Bicycle riding bears? Is he Russian?

Surprisingly, this was in Germany. I was thinking the same thing.

TIL a soldier's home was foreclosed on by his HOA over unpaid dues totalling $800. While he was in Iraq.

TIL a soldier's home was foreclosed on by his HOA over unpaid dues totalling $800. While he was i...

$300k sold for 3.5k sounds like some shady fucking shit that the HOA was up to.

A case in point involves a soldier who, in 2008, was informed his fully paid-for $300,000 home in Frisco, Texas, had been foreclosed on and sold for $3,500 by his HOA over unpaid dues of $800 while he was serving in Iraq. In 2010, the case was settled and the soldier regained ownership of the home. Federal laws protecting military personnel may have been his defense; however, a gag order prevents details from being known.

Everything HOA get up to is shady.

I used to live in a townhouse. The HOA was foreclosing on a neighbor during the housing crisis because they were $500 behind on their association fees. A foreclosure would have had a huge negative affect on property values, but the management company insisted on going forward and the board went along. So shortsighted. I paid the $500 and they weren't going to accept it because I swear the management company wanted to be paid for a foreclosure. The board made them accept it. Another neighbor paid the fees the next month, then a group of us paid the next, and then the owner was able to start paying again. I knew I'd be moving in a couple of years and would have lost more than $500 if that house was sold for below market value. I can't imagine why neighbors wouldn't step up for a soldier in Iraq.

TIL a Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig received a takedown notice from a record label threatening to sue after his lecture on Youtube was flagged as containing their song. The lecture topic was copyright and fair use. Lessig, a prominent copyright attorney, successfully sued them back

TIL a Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig received a takedown notice from a record label threatening to sue after his lecture on Youtube was flagged as containing their song. The lecture topic was copyright and fair use. Lessig, a prominent copyright attorney, successfully sued them back
TIL a Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig received a takedown notice from a record label threat...

They triggered his trap card.

This link goes into further detail

Prof. Lawrence Lessig has settled his lawsuit against an Australian record label over the use of clips of a popular song by the band Phoenix in a lecture that was later posted online. Liberation Music, which represents Phoenix in New Zealand, claimed the clips infringed copyright, demanded YouTube take down the lecture, and then threatened to sue Lessig. Represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Jones Day, Lessig fought back, asserting his fair use rights in court.

"Too often, copyright is used as an excuse to silence legitimate speech," said Lessig.

(the story in the original post was written before the lawsuit began)

Lawrence Lessig had an AMA 3 years ago, linked here

Edit1: Oh, and 3 months ago, linked here

Edit2: This is probably a good time as any to remember Aaron Swartz, one of Lessig's close friends. Aaron was a co-founder of Reddit, internet activist, and child prodigy. He died 5 years ago today.

Harvard literally has a law school full of lawyers. You don't threaten a lawyer factory with a lawsuit.

It should be noted that Lessig is one of the most prominent scholars working on the impact of technology, and the internet in particular, on our legal system(s). He founded Creative Commons, which releases the licenses under Wikipedia content is created, and was the mentor of Aaron Swartz, one of the developers of reddit (who died exactly 5 years ago).

TIL that members of Congress consistently outperform stock market indexes & financial professionals because they're legally allowed to insider trade.

TIL that members of Congress consistently outperform stock market indexes & financial professionals because they're legally allowed to insider trade.
TIL that members of Congress consistently outperform stock market indexes & financial professiona...

That article was written the year before congress passed something to help curb congressional insider trading. Can't speak to the effectiveness of it or the specifics but you may want to find another source that's more recent and accounts for the STOCK Act

but I don't know where you draw the line.

I think it basically boils down to whether the information you have is public knowledge or not. Otherwise you have an unfair advantage and essentially can 'steal' money from average investors because they don't know what you do.

Here's what they did a year after the STOCK act.

https://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2013/04/16/177496734/how-congress-quietly-overhauled-...

It's almost as if we'd need something like a blind trust. Oh wait, we do have those

TIL In 1908 William "Bigfoot" Anakin, a local champion, was taken along by a publican to court to help demonstrate that darts was not gambling, it was a game of skill. He threw three darts in the center, no other court official could do the same. The judge ruled that darts was a game of skill.

TIL In 1908 William "Bigfoot" Anakin, a local champion, was taken along by a publican to court to...

Pinball was outlawed in most of the US until someone did something similar.

They used to put pinball machines in the background of movies whenever they showed gangsters to show how bad they were by having these evil, awful gambling machines.

You used to be able to win money. The free game feature on the machine used to be able to be cashed in for money from the machine owners. You could rack up multiple free games and make more than you put in.

Pinballs are really just carny games. Difficult to play well, but they're loud, lit up and are simple to comprehend.

Anakin could bullseye dartboards, his son could bullseye womp rats.

But how can it be gambling if you can't win any money from it?

TIL Joe Kennedy, John F Kennedy's father, sold his entire stock portfolio before the 1929 crash because "a shoeshine boy gave him some stock tips. And He figured that when the shoeshine boys have tips, the market is too popular for its own good."

TIL Joe Kennedy, John F Kennedy's father, sold his entire stock portfolio before the 1929 crash b...

Yeah, he told that story biblically, but people who knew him said he got tipped off by some of his connections that shit was getting wobbly, and he pulled out without passing on the info to his friends further down the food chain, making a lot of enemies in the process.

I'd believe this because it actually makes sense.

Sounds like a solid cover for some insider trading

Completely call bullshit. No way a man sells his entire portfolio because a shoecleaner said something about stocks

TIL that the "Pillars of Creation" within the Eagle Nebula are about 4-5 Light years tall

TIL that the "Pillars of Creation" within the Eagle Nebula are about 4-5 Light years tall

I think I read they're not there anymore. Something like stars around them would have nova'ed by now and blown them apart.

Yea, the time it takes light to travel to us means they're long gone.

I think it kind of morbid

Like what if something in our calculations is off and we're actually floating in a cold dead universe and just seeing the light from when it existed

So cool we can see the past like that. Like if an alien species came to earth from far enough away and said look over there, we could see the birth of their planet. Their solar system. If there were telescopes that big, anyway. 

Edit: with our current understanding of physics, yes, FTL is impossible...but

So cool we can see the past like that. Like if an alien species came to earth from far enough away and said look over there, we could see the birth of their planet. Their solar system. If there were telescopes that big, anyway.

Edit: with our current understanding of physics, yes, FTL is impossible...

TIL of "Prisencolinensinainciusol," an Italian pop song consisting of Gibberish and meant to sound like how English sounds to non-English speakers

TIL of "Prisencolinensinainciusol," an Italian pop song consisting of Gibberish and meant to soun...
https://youtu.be/-VsmF9m_Nt8

Here be the video.

The song is meant to sound to its intended Italian audience like English spoken with an American accent, but the lyrics are actually pure gibberish, with the exception of the words "all right".

Basically Matthew McConaughey

I feel like this is what having a stroke is like.

My brain’s genuinely convinced those are supposed to be English words, but can’t piece any of them together

Lyrics, by Adriano Celentano:

Prisencolinensinainciusol

In de col men seivuan

Prisencolinensinainciusol all right

Uis de seim cius nau op de seim

Ol uait men in de colobos dai

Trrr - ciak is e maind beghin de col

Bebi stei ye push yo oh

Uis de seim cius nau op de seim

Ol uoit men in de colobos dai

Not s de seim laikiu de promisdin

Iu nau in trabol lovgiai ciu gen

In do camo not cius no bai for lov so

Op op giast cam lau ue cam lov ai

Oping tu stei laik cius go mo men

Iu bicos tue men cold dobrei goris

Oh sandei

Ai ai smai sesler

Eni els so co uil piso ai

In de col men seivuan

Prisencolinensinainciusol all right

Ai ai smai senflecs

Eni go for doing peso ai

Prisencolinensinainciusol all right

Uel ai sint no ai giv de sint

Laik de cius nobodi oh gud taim lev feis go

Uis de seim et seim cius go no ben

Let de cius end kai for not de gai giast stei

Ai ai smai senflecs

Eni go for doing peso ai

In de col mein seivuan

Prisencolinensinainciusol all right

Lu nei si not sicidor

Ah es la bebi la dai big iour

Ai aismai senflecs

Eni go for doing peso ai

In de col mein seivuan

Prisencolinensinainciusol all right

Lu nei si not sicodor

Ah es la bebi la dai big iour

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