Religion at Bantar Gebang

September 28, 2011 / 0 comments

2,000 families are estimated to live at Bantar Gebang, Indonesia’s largest trash dump. In this photo, women who live in this community are praying at the end of Ramadan. Photograph: Javaz Tizmaghz, the Guardian

Google’s Autocomplete Algorithm

October 21, 2010 / 0 comments

A friend shared this series of Google autocomplete search results on a social network, it contains screen captures of Google’s autocomplete feature along with a venn diagram produced from the resulting terms: I was curious if I would get the same terms, so I tried it. As soon as I found that my results for…

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Fatwa Against Body Scans

February 20, 2010 / 0 comments

Fiqh Council of North America issues fatwa against airport body scans: “It is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or women be seen naked by other men and women. Islam highly emphasizes haya (modesty) and considers it part of faith. The Quran has commanded the believers, both men and women, to cover their…

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Burqa v2

April 14, 2008 / 0 comments

The Washington Post is reporting that the Bush administration is prepared to begin directing our most advanced spying technology on our own citizens. This includes advanced satellite systems. We are entering the era of total surveillance. Every movement will soon be tracked – every cell phone call will enable location tracking – with clear line…

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