Backlash in China brewing against rampant face-recognition in daily life

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Photo of CCTV camera by Rafael Parr

Over at Technode, Shi Jiayi synthesizes recent stories in Chinese media showing how China’s ever-surveilled population is getting sick of rampant face-recognition, and is speaking out.

Face-recognition tech has penetrated all sectors of everyday life in China. As Jiayi notes, it’s “it is now used in stores for pay-by-face, in hotels and public transportation for identification checks, and even in schools for monitoring in-class behavior.” — Read the rest

A carrying case for your snowman

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Screenshot of video of Yuko Matsuzawa crafting a carrying case for a snowman

The designer/artisan Yuko Matsuzawa created a gorgeous insulated tote bag in which to carry around your snowman.

Apologies for the undoubtedly-dodgy machine translation here, but this is how Google translate renders the description on their site:

Carry a snowman
In the morning when the warm soup heals you, the first snow comes when you look at the window.

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13-minute mini-doc on the cult of the Criterion Collection

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You probably know a few Criterion cultists. They’re a curious breed of obsessive collector and media citizen who just can’t get enough of these video products, with their extensive special features and thoughtful booklets of deep-dive essays and lovely packaging. Or maybe it’s the cultured, urbane air that enthusiasts believe owning such a collection imparts. — Read the rest

Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. “Marshmallow Test,” and MORE!

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YOU can buy the two new Tom the Dancing Bug books, Tom the Dancing Bug: Into the Trumpverse, and The Super-Fun-Pak Comix Reader! Information here.

Memberships are now open for Tom the Dancing Bug’s INNER HIVE. Join the team that makes Tom the Dancing Bug a reality, and get exclusive access to comics before they are published, sneak peeks, insider scoops, and lots of other stuff. — Read the rest

In just 100 hours, Speakly says they’ll have you speaking confidently in a foreign language

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You may have heard of the 10,000 Hour Rule, popularized by noted journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell. It supposes that it takes 10,000 hours of active, intense focus on a talent or skill to attain expert-level mastery.

There’s debate over whether that theory is actually true or not, but it’s also spawned a lesser-known spinoff, the 100 Hour Rule. — Read the rest

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