Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Located in the remote, mountainous area of china’s garze tibetan autonomous prefecture, Larung Gar is the largest buddhist settlement in the world, with 40,000 monks and nuns drawn to its Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute for study.
Living like ants in tightly packed wooden huts spreading over and up the hilly terrain, conditions for the village residents are basic, with the segregated monks and nuns sharing communal toilets, and huts left unheated throughout the harsh winter months.
Established by an influential lama of the Nyingma tradition some thirty years ago in a then uninhabited valley, the settlement quickly grew, attracting a mix a students from China, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.
The settlement welcomes everyone, including the Tibetan buddhist nomads seen in several photos, with the monks and nuns living off donations and revenue from a guest house built for those who make the twenty hour coach ride from Chengdu.
It's just amazing that this lake of fire and lava heaves and throbs away for years, venting the energy of some underground inferno.
Here we have two areas of spattering, caused in turn by large bursting gas bubbles, which come to the surface and pop. They're Pele's burps.
Interestingly, the surface crust tends to flow into the spattering area, where it sinks. This migration can produce rips and tears of the lava lake crust as it approaches the chaotic spattering zone.
He got shot at close range. Should have run as soon as the jeep he was in got stuck.
Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled.
But I won't ditch my electronics. Perhaps the best defense to this type of crapola is to overwhelm them with info, too much to properly analyze.
Why would they want this? Such personal data, ranging from users’ political views to their purchase histories to their locations, are foundational to the business successes of companies like Facebook and Alphabet, built on targeted advertising and personalization and together valued at over $1.2 trillion by investors. This is also why I'm super suspicious of the new iPhone's face recognition app. I simply don't believe that Apple wouldn't have a way to collect that info and sell it if the money were there. If the government wanted to track you, and they subpoenaed the info, what could Apple do, practically speaking, to stop them. Can't fight the Man.
Thus, if your political views, for example, made you a suspicious person to some bureaucrat like Lois Lerner, what's to stop the government from using this kind of data, either from cell phone towers, or face recognition, to know where you go and thus what you are up to?
Related: Even while the FCC was more strictly regulating, a few powerful companies took control of what we see and don't on the Internet.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
The divot from far away
The divot closer
Below, you can just make out a tiny little airplane right center of the divot, to appreciate the tremendous scale of the beast below.