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Burgemeester stopt proef rond 1,5 meter in Toverland

Binnenllands Bestuur - 4 augustus 2020 - 5:23pm
Voor de camera van 1Limburg legt directeur Jean Gelissen jr. van pretpark Toverland monter uit dat mensen in enkele achtbanen en een wildwaterbaan weer in de lengterichting achter elkaar mogen zitten. Dat is geen 1,5 meter afstand, maar anders is …

Go Ahead mag niet spelen; Ajax zonder publiek

Binnenllands Bestuur - 4 augustus 2020 - 5:23pm
Burgemeester Ron König van Deventer verbiedt de competitiewedstrijd tussen Go Ahead Eagles en De Graafschap, die op zondag 6 september in zijn gemeente zou worden gespeeld. Volgens de burgemeester is het vanwege de beperkingen door …

Ambtenaren slecht op de hoogte van nieuwe website-eisen

Binnenllands Bestuur - 4 augustus 2020 - 5:23pm
Ambtenaren lijken niet goed op de hoogte van digitale toegankelijkheid van websites. Dat wordt duidelijk uit de raadpleging van het Ambtenarenpanel onder 530 overheidsmedewerkers. De meerderheid is niet goed op de hoogte van de verplichtingen die …

Geen mondkapje op in Kalverstraat? 95 euro boete

Binnenllands Bestuur - 4 augustus 2020 - 5:23pm
Wie vanaf woensdag in bepaalde delen van Amsterdam geen mondkapje draagt, riskeert een boete van 95 euro. De verplichting voor het dragen van een mondkapje voor iedereen van dertien jaar en ouder geldt op vijf drukke plekken in de binnenstad, zoals de …

Sinterklaasintochten geannuleerd vanwege corona

Binnenllands Bestuur - 4 augustus 2020 - 5:23pm
Hoe organiseer je een coronaproof Sinterklaasintocht? Het korte antwoord: dat lukt niet. Daarom hebben veel lokale Sinterklaascomités de intocht voor dit jaar al geschrapt. Wel wordt er nagedacht over alternatieven.

Amsterdam legt illegale verhuurders eerste boetes op

Binnenllands Bestuur - 4 augustus 2020 - 5:23pm
In de eerste maand dat de gemeente Amsterdam in delen van de binnenstad een verbod hanteert op vakantieverhuur, zijn drie voorwaardelijke boetes van 50.000 euro uitgedeeld. Ze zijn voor bewoners die hun huis actief aanbieden op vakantieverhuursites. 

Niet alle ambtenaren vrijwillig naar kantoor

Binnenllands Bestuur - 4 augustus 2020 - 5:23pm
Een ruime meerderheid van de ambtenaren gaat per 1 september weer naar kantoor. Maar, hoge uitzonderingen daargelaten, niet allemaal tegelijk. Enkele gemeenten hebben besloten dat ambtenaren tot 1 januari zo veel mogelijk thuis moeten blijven werken. …

Gemeenten missen steun rijk bij emissievrije zones

Binnenllands Bestuur - 4 augustus 2020 - 5:23pm
Het ontbreken van een ‘nationaal kader’ is de belangrijkste reden waarom gemeenten worstelen met hun emissievrije zones voor stadslogistiek. Dat leiden onderzoekers van Natuur & Milieu af uit de toelichtingen van slecht scorende …

Veel gemeenten en provincies doen glyfosaat in de ban

Binnenllands Bestuur - 4 augustus 2020 - 5:23pm
Steeds meer gemeenten en provincies verbieden het gebruik van onkruidbestrijder glyfosaat. Het beleid vloeit voort uit een uitspraak in hoger beroep van de Grondkamer, afgelopen maart, die een dergelijk verbod toestaat bij kortlopende pachtcontracten. …

D66 Rotterdam kritisch op pilot mondkapjes

Binnenllands Bestuur - 3 augustus 2020 - 7:19pm
Net als de D66-fractie in Amsterdam steunt de D66-fractie in Rotterdam het ‘lokale experiment’ met de mondkapjesplicht in drukke gebieden die deze week van start gaat in beide steden. Wel heeft de Rotterdamse fractie veel vragen over de …

Zet ‘scharrelgeld’ in voor indicatievrije voorzieningen

Binnenllands Bestuur - 3 augustus 2020 - 7:19pm
Zorg voor (meer) ontschot budget. Of werk met een potje ‘scharrelgeld’ om initiatieven te ondersteunen die nog niet in een beleidskader passen. Dit zijn twee van de vijf tips om initiatieven in het zogeheten voorliggend veld voor de Wmo te …

‘Dataverzameling bedreigt ook digitale vrijheid’

Binnenllands Bestuur - 3 augustus 2020 - 7:19pm
Inbreuk op individuele privacy is het meest gehoorde argument, maar grootschalige dataverzameling kan ook de democratische waarden eroderen. Dat betogen Maaike Harbers (lector Kunstmatige intelligentie & samenleving aan de Hogeschool Rotterdam) en …

Druktemonitor Utrecht voor recreanten en toeristen

Binnenllands Bestuur - 3 augustus 2020 - 7:19pm
Recreanten en toeristen kunnen bij hun bezoek aan de provincie Utrecht voortaan zien hoe druk het is in de recreatiegebieden, stadscentra en horeca. De provincie heeft daarvoor de website druktemonitorutrecht.nl online gezet.

Diversity, Silicon Valley-style

Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog - 3 augustus 2020 - 5:49pm
And not just Silicon Valley, of course: Brian Leiter

Twitter redux

Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog - 3 augustus 2020 - 4:28pm
With some more regular blogging resumed, I will also resume linking posts here on Twitter, for those who prefer to follow the blog that way. In addition, I also post some things exclusively on Twitter (e.g, making fun of America's... Brian Leiter

The Map of Quantum Physics: A Colorful Animation Explains the Often Misunderstood Branch of Science

Open Culture - 3 augustus 2020 - 4:00pm

In our time, few branches of science have taken as much public abuse as quantum physics, the study of how things behave at the atomic scale. It's not so much that people dislike the subject as they see fit to draft it in support of any given notion: quantum physics, one hears, proves that we have free will, or that Buddhist wisdom is true, or that there is an afterlife, or that nothing really exists. Those claims may or may not be true, but they do not help us at all to understand what quantum physics actually is. For that we'll want to turn to Dominic Wallman, a Youtuber whose channel Domain of Science features clear visual explanations of scientific fields including physics, chemistry, mathematics, as well as the whole domain of science itself — and who also, as luck would have it, is a quantum physics PhD.

With his knowledge of the field, and his modesty as far as what can be definitively said about it, Wallman has designed a map of quantum physics, available for purchase at his web site. In the video above he takes us on a guided tour through the realms into which he has divided up and arranged his subject, beginning with the "pre-quantum mysteries," inquiries into which led to its foundation.

From there he continues on to the foundations of quantum physics, a territory that includes such potentially familiar landmarks as particle-wave duality, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, and the Schrödinger equation — though not yet his cat, another favorite quantum-physics reference among those who don't know much about quantum physics.

Alas, as Wallman explains in the subsequent "quantum phenomena" section, Schrödinger's cat is "not very helpful, because it was originally designed to show how absurd quantum mechanics seems, as cats can't be alive and dead at the same time." But then, this is a field that proceeds from absurdity, or at least from the fact that its observations at first made no sense by the traditional laws of physics. There follow forays into quantum technology (lasers, solar panels, MRI machines), quantum information (computing, cryptography, the prospect teleportation), and a variety of subfields including condensed matter physics, quantum biology, and quantum chemistry. Though detailed enough to require more than one viewing, Wallman's map also makes clear how much of quantum physics remains unexplored — and most encouragingly of all, leaves off its supposed philosophical, or existential implications.

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Based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities, language, and culture. His projects include the book The Stateless City: a Walk through 21st-Century Los Angeles and the video series The City in Cinema. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall, on Facebook, or on Instagram.

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Ten more commandments found!

Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog - 3 augustus 2020 - 2:26pm
This is pretty funny. Brian Leiter

Revisit Scenes of Daily Life in Amsterdam in 1922, with Historic Footage Enhanced by Artificial Intelligence

Open Culture - 3 augustus 2020 - 1:00pm

Welkom in Amsterdam… 1922.

Neural network artist Denis Shiryaev describes himself as “an artistic machine-learning person with a soul.”

For the last six months, he’s been applying himself to re-rendering documentary footage of city life—Belle Epoque ParisTokyo at the start of the the Taish? era, and New York City in 1911—the year of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.

It’s possible you’ve seen the footage before, but never so alive in feel. Shiryaev’s renderings trick modern eyes with artificial intelligence, boosting the original frames-per-second rate and resolution, stabilizing and adding color—not necessarily historically accurate.

The herky-jerky bustling quality of the black-and-white originals is transformed into something fuller and more fluid, making the human subjects seem… well, more human.

This Trip Through the Streets of Amsterdam is truly a blast from the past… the antithesis of the social distancing we must currently practice.

Merry citizens jostle shoulder to shoulder, unmasked, snacking, dancing, arms slung around each other… unabashedly curious about the hand-cranked camera turned on them as they go about their business.

A group of women visiting outside a shop laugh and scatter—clearly they weren’t expecting to be filmed in their aprons.

Young boys looking to steal the show push their way to the front, cutting capers and throwing mock punches.

Sorry, lads, the award for Most Memorable Performance by a Juvenile goes to the small fellow at the 4:10 mark. He’s not hamming it up at all, merely taking a quick puff of his cigarette while running alongside a crowd of men on bikes, determined to keep pace with the camera person.

Numerous YouTube viewers have observed with some wonder that all the people who appear, with the distant exception of a baby or two at the end, would be in the grave by now.

They do seem so alive.

Modern eyes should also take note of the absences: no cars, no plastic, no cell phones…

And, of course, everyone is white. The Netherlands’ population would not diversify racially for another couple of decades, beginning with immigrants from Indonesia after WWII and Surinam in the 50s.

With regard to that, please be forewarned that not all of the YouTube comments have to do with cheeky little boys and babies who would be pushing 100…

The footage is taken from the archival collection of the EYE filmmuseum in Amsterdam, with ambient sound by Guy Jones.

See more of Denis Shiryaev’s  upscaled vintage footage in the links below.

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Ayun Halliday is an author, illustrator, theater maker and Chief Primatologist of the East Village Inky zine. Follow her @AyunHalliday.

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How will the pandemic and economic crisis affect the landscape of higher education

Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog - 3 augustus 2020 - 12:56pm
Scott Galloway, a marketing professor at NYU (so he takes pleasure in markets and the destruction they wreak), has prepared a detailed analysis grouping colleges ranked by U.S. News into four categories: Thrive, Survive, Struggle, Perish. According to Professor Galloway... Brian Leiter

Zamrock: An Introduction to Zambia’s 1970s Rich & Psychedelic Rock Scene

Open Culture - 3 augustus 2020 - 10:00am

The story of popular music in the late 20th century is never complete without an account of the explosive psychedelic rock, funk, Afrobeat, and other hybrid styles that proliferated on the African continent and across Latin American and the Caribbean in the 1960s and 70s. It’s only lately, however, that large audiences are discovering how much pioneering music came out of Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, and other postcolonial countries, thanks to UK labels like Strut and Soundway (named by The Guardian as “one of the 10 British Labels defining the sound of 2014” and named “Label of the Year” in 2017).

Germany’s Analogue Africa, a label that reissues classic albums from the era, puts it this way: “the future of music happened decades ago.” Only most Western audiences weren’t paying attention—with notable exceptions, of course: superstar drummer Ginger Baker apprenticed himself to Fela Kuti and became an evangelist for African drumming; Brian Eno and Talking Heads’ David Byrne (who also introduced thousands to “world music”) imported the sound of African rock to New Wave in the 80s, as did post-punk bands like Orange Juice and others in Britain, where music from Africa generally had a bigger impact.

But the fusion of African polyrhythms with rock instruments and song structures had been done, and done incredibly well, already by dozens of bands, including several in the East African country of Zambia, which had been British-controlled Northern Rhodesia until its independence in 1964. In the decade after, bands formed around the country to create a unique form of music known as “Zamrock,” as it came to be called, “forged by a particular set of national circumstances,” writes Calum MacNaughton at Music in Africa.

Zamrock bands were influenced by the funk and soul of James Brown and the heavy rock of Hendrix, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Cream—the same music everyone else was listening to. As Rikki Ililonga from the band Musi-O-Tunya says in the Vinyl Me, Please mini-documentary above, says, “the hippie time, the flowers, love and everything, Woodstock. We were a part of that culture too. If the record was in the Top 10 in the UK, it was in the Top 10 here.” But Zambia had its own concerns, and its own powerful musical traditions.

“As much as we wanted to play rock from the Western world, we are Africans,” says Jagari Chanda, vocalist for a band called WITCH (“we intend to cause havoc”), “so the other part is from Africa—Zambia. So it’s Zambian type of rock—Zamrock.” The term was coined by Zambian DJ Manasseh Phiri. The music itself “was the soundtrack of Kenneth Kaunda’s socialist ideology of Zambian Humanism,” MacNaughton notes. “In fact, Zamrock owed much of its existence to the nation’s first president and founding father. A guitar-picker who took great pleasure in song” and who promoted local music “via a quota system” imposed on the newly-formed Zambia Broadcasting Service (ZBS).

Vinyl Me, Please has collaborated with MacNaughton and others from Now-Again Records to release 8 Zamrock albums, “7 of which have never been reissued in their original form.” The video above, “The Story of Zamrock,” reflects their decade-long journey to rediscover the 70s scene and its pioneers. In the video at the top from Bandsplaining, you can learn more about Zamrock, which has been gaining prominence in album reissues for the last several years, and which “deserves to be a part of the musical history of Africa in a much bigger way than it has been up to now,” Henning Goranson Sandberg writes at The Guardian. See all of the music featured in the video at the top in the tracklist below.

0:00 WITCH - "Living In The Past"

0:40 Keith Mlevhu - "Love and Freedom"

1:05 Paul Ngozi - "Bamayo"

3:11 WITCH - "Introduction"

4:19 Musi-O-Tunya - "Mpondolo"

4:32 Musi-O-Tunya - "Dark Sunrise"

5:28 Rikki Ililonga - "Sheebeen Queen"

5:37 WITCH - "Lazy Bones"

6:00 Paul Ngozi - "Anasoni"

6:16 The Peace - "Black Power"

6:46 Keith Mlevhu - "Ubuntungwa"

7:06 Amanaz - "Khala my Friend"

7:24 WITCH - "Living In The Past"

8:19 The Blackfoot - "When I Needed You"

8:39 Salty Dog - "See The Storm"

9:30 Salty Dog - "Fast"

10:42 Rikki Ililonga & Derick Mbao - "Madzi A Moyo"

10:54 Paul Ngozi - "Nshaupwa Bwino"

11:43 Amanaz - "Sunday Morning"

12:38 The Blackfoot - "Lonley Highway"

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Josh Jones is a writer and musician based in Durham, NC. Follow him at @jdmagness

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