Think you’re safe inside your house? Think you’re privacy is protected as long as you’re inside the four walls of your home? Think again. Police agencies all across the country have obtained a piece of equipment called Radar-R which can work like finely tuned motion detectors, using radio waves to zero in on movements as slight as human breathing from a distance of more than 50 feet. They can detect whether anyone is inside of a house, where they are and whether they are moving.

At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside, a practice raising new concerns about the extent of government surveillance.

Current and former federal officials say the information is critical for keeping officers safe if they need to storm buildings or rescue hostages. But privacy advocates and judges have nonetheless expressed concern about the circumstances in which law enforcement agencies may be using the radars — and the fact that they have so far done so without public scrutiny.

“The idea that the government can send signals through the wall of your house to figure out what’s inside is problematic,” said Christopher Soghoian, the American Civil Liberties Union’s principal technologist. “Technologies that allow the police to look inside of a home are among the intrusive tools that police have.”

Agents’ use of the radars was largely unknown until December, when a federal appeals court in Denver said officers had used one before they entered a house to arrest a man wanted for violating his parole. The judges expressed alarm that agents had used the new technology without a search warrant, warning that “the government’s warrantless use of such a powerful tool to search inside homes poses grave Fourth Amendment questions.”


h/t Indy Star

I think the only choice that could have been worse than Calvin Klein using Bieber for their campaign would have been for them to actually exhume Anna Nicole Smith and do a “Weekend at Bernie’s” themed ad with her wearing CK underwear.

Took a trip with the family this weekend to the New York Transit Museum. It’s pretty cool to see all of the old trains that they’ve used throughout the history of NYC. They also have a specific time where they do activities for the kids, this week they built snow plows/trains out of cardboard, popsicle sticks and other random stuff.

If you’re into history and are into this sort of thing the kids will definitely enjoy it and the price isn’t bad either. It was only $7 for adults and $5 for children which isn’t bad for a couple of hours of your time.

It was interesting trying to explain to my daughter what subway token was and how we used to use them. The closest analogy I got to was Chuck E. Cheese tokens which finally sunk in.

Hope you enjoy some of the photos. Check out more information on their website here: New York Transit Museum.

“American Sniper” cost just $60 million to make and by the time opening weekend was finished it had already raked in a cool $120+ million you would think that they could have spent just a tiny bit of money on either using a real baby or finding a better animatronic one that the one they used.

At only one point during the scene does the baby do anything and that’s when it wiggles it’s right hand a slightly when Bradley Cooper is sitting down holding him. It’s hard to tell whether or not that’s their attempt the make the baby look realistic or if it’s the baby’s attempt to alert everyone that it’s accidentally swallowed its entire pacifier, can’t breathe and is in urgent need of help. Either way the hand wiggle goes unnoticed and the rest of the scene is completely lost by the fact that the only thing you can think of is the fact that there’s a GODDAMNED LIFELESS BABY being passed back and forth between these two people.

Vimeo is sort of like the classier older brother of YouTube. Believe it or not, Vimeo was actually founded a year before YouTube burst onto the scene.

Not that YouTube doesn’t have quality content, the sheer volume alone would make it mathematically improbably for quality stuff to not turn up occasionally. On the other hand, Vimeo is a place where more, how would you say it, “artistic” people usually go to showcase their work.

Whereas YouTube allows pretty much anyone to throw stuff up there in the hopes of drawing traffic and creating revenue through ad impressions, Vimeo relies mostly on its membership levels for its revenue. There’s a Vimeo Plus, Vimeo Pro and a Vimeo for Business and each one gives you different benefits and upload restrictions and whatnot.

Vimeo’s Top Video of 2014

Watchtower of Turkey from Leonardo Dalessandri on Vimeo.

With 11 Staff Picks, Leonardo Dalessandri is one of the all-time most decorated Vimeans, but it wasn’t until the debut of 2013’s “Watchtower of Morocco” that his present style began to take shape. Incorporating tons of in-camera motion, rhythmic swoops, and artful wipes alongside a mélange of techniques from hyper lapse to slow motion, Dalessandri’s formal innovation achieved perfection in this year’s follow-up, “Watchtower of Turkey.” This hard-developed skill, paired with a sense of both drama and grace, created a travel video unlike any we’d seen before. (Jason Sondhi)

Vimeo presents: The Top 10 Videos of 2014

NASA recently released the largest photo ever taken that shows part of the Andromeda galaxy. The photo is made up of 1.5 billion pixels and the full-sized photo takes up 4.3 GB of disk space. The image shows over 100 million stars and thousands of star clusters in the images that stretches out over 40,000 light-years across one of the edge of the pancake shape discs of Andromeda.

Because the galaxy is only 2.5 million light-years from Earth, it is a much bigger target in the sky than the myriad galaxies Hubble routinely photographs that are billions of light-years away. This means that the Hubble survey is assembled together into a mosaic image using 7,398 exposures taken over 411 individual pointings.

The largest NASA Hubble Space Telescope image ever assembled, this sweeping bird’s-eye view of a portion of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) is the sharpest large composite image ever taken of our galactic next-door neighbor. Though the galaxy is over 2 million light-years away, the Hubble Space Telescope is powerful enough to resolve individual stars in a 61,000-light-year-long stretch of the galaxy’s pancake-shaped disk. It’s like photographing a beach and resolving individual grains of sand. And there are lots of stars in this sweeping view — over 100 million, with some of them in thousands of star clusters seen embedded in the disk.

Check out an amazing zoomable view of the image at

I saw these guys playing at the Atlantic Ave. terminal the other day. They had a pretty good sized crowd standing around watching them too which is unusual for this location. Normally when people play here they’re largely ignored but these guys definitely got a few peoples’ attentions.

Reddit user manne0708 posted photos of the 33,600 piece jigsaw puzzle that she has worked on over the past two and a half months. According to manne0708 the puzzle took about 450 hours of actual work to finish.

The puzzle came in ten different bags allowing that formed ten different sections of the puzzle which makes the feat a little more possible to imagine. What’s even more impressive is that she managed to finish the entire puzzle without losing a single piece. Although she did admit to accidentally vacuuming a few pieces up and having to open up the dust bag to dig them out.


Pillars of Creation (Click to enlarge)

In just a few months NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope will celebrate its 25th anniversary of taking awe-inspiring, breathtaking photos of parts of our Universe that we had no idea even know existed before we laid eyes upon these images.

As part of its celebration NASA pointed Hubble back towards the Pillars of Creation and took some amazing new high-definition photos of the Pillars that are even more stunning than the original.

The so-called “Pillars of Creation” is probably tied with Hubble Ultra Deep Field photo as one of the most famous photos ever taken by the Hubble Telescope.

Last year for Hubble’s 24th anniversary NASA celebrated by releasing some amazing photos of the Monkey Head Nebula.