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Old 08-24-2012, 04:53 PM   #2376
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MADRID An elderly Spanish woman has destroyed a 19th century church fresco after she attempted to restore it without permission.

The Ecce Homo, a depiction of Christ crowned with thorns painted by local artist Elias Garcia Martinez, has graced the wall of the Santuario de la Misericordia Church in Borja, near Zaragoza, for more than 120 years.

But over the last 18 months its surface has deteriorated because of moisture in the church, causing parts of the painting to flake off.

An elderly woman amateur artist in her 80s, upset at the worsening state of an image she loved to gaze on, took it upon herself to restore the artwork to its former glory, but with devastating results.



The result was a botched repair in which the original face has been almost completely painted over with amateur brushstrokes. The image now resembles an ape, rather than the son of God.

"Unfortunately a local resident with very good intentions decided without consulting anyone that she would restore the fresco," said Javier Silvestre, the councillor reponsible for culture at Borja town hall.

"The result is disastrous." A panel of art historians will meet at the church next week to consider the problem.

The amateur painter carried out her work without anyone noticing.

Descendants of the artist used to spend their vacations in the town and donated the picture to the local municipality.

The "restoration" was only discovered when the relatives made a donation toward its upkeep and an expert was sent out to examine the fresco.

At first church authorities thought the picture had been deliberately vandalized until the octogenarian came forward and admitted her role.

The Centro de Estudios Borjanos, a local cultural organization responsible for preserving the town's artistic heritage, has called for a full investigation into how it was allowed to happen.

"The value of the original work was not very high but it was more of a sentimental value," said a spokesman.

"It was painted by Elias Garcia Martinez who is the father of two well-known local artists and the family had made a donation toward its preservation.

"The church is always open because many people visit ... no one realized what the old woman was doing until she had finished," the spokesman said.

Officials hope to find out what materials the woman used in her work on the fresco to help experts in undoing the damage.

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If you didn't go tonight, pay whatever the scalpers are asking for Saturday's showing. I will guarantee it's worth it.

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If it matters, it's San Francisco International Airport.
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Rant about duplex paint:

2nd can, first can completely fucked up my bike project, went to canadian tire and got a new one. fucking new one is garbage too, the spray pattern spitter spatters all over the place, not consistent or anything.... just went on with the project cause i was like fuck it, its just a bike. Now after my great job sanding, and painting, the clearcoat fucks everything up.

TLDR: dont buy duplex clearcoat (i did not use duplex paint so YMMV)
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2nd can, first can completely fucked up my bike project, went to canadian tire and got a new one. fucking new one is garbage too, the spray pattern spitter spatters all over the place, not consistent or anything.... just went on with the project cause i was like fuck it, its just a bike. Now after my great job sanding, and painting, the clearcoat fucks everything up.

TLDR: dont buy duplex clearcoat (i did not use duplex paint so YMMV)
People have issues with uneven spray from all different brands of spray cans. Usually it's not a result of a bad can, but painting when the ambient heat is too high or holding the can too far back. Not saying that's definitely the case here, just that it's a possibility.
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If you didn't go tonight, pay whatever the scalpers are asking for Saturday's showing. I will guarantee it's worth it.

My ears are still bleeding and I can't talk. But that's okay!
My ears still aren't back to normal and it's almost a whole day later, Awesome show tho
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for those who are trying a DIY oil change at home and aren't too mechanically inclined please do some basic research and make sure you have the right tools or just take it to a lube shop/dealership.

one of my neighbors was attempting to do an oil change and had no idea what they were doing. some things to point out for a big wtf.

- no idea where the drain plug or oil filter was
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- had a little jug to drain the oil into(they made a mess before i could come back with a drain pan)
- to top it off his buddy was prying at the positive battery terminal with some kind of chisel and a pliers(makeshift hammer)

i lent them some of my tools so they managed to finish the job
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Is 3 and a half hours sufficient layover time to not risk missing a flight? I'll be arriving at 9:30AM and departing at 12:50PM.

If it matters, it's San Francisco International Airport.
I managed to make a 1 hour transfer with collecting bags, going through immigration and security, re-checking bags at Chicago O'Hare without too much problems. Did a bit of running here and there. 3.5hours should be more than enough.
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for those who are trying a DIY oil change at home and aren't too mechanically inclined please do some basic research and make sure you have the right tools or just take it to a lube shop/dealership.

one of my neighbors was attempting to do an oil change and had no idea what they were doing. some things to point out for a big wtf.

- no idea where the drain plug or oil filter was
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- one side was on a safety stand with the other side on a floor jack
- no chocks on the back(camry)
- had a little jug to drain the oil into(they made a mess before i could come back with a drain pan)
- to top it off his buddy was prying at the positive battery terminal with some kind of chisel and a pliers(makeshift hammer)

i lent them some of my tools so they managed to finish the job
My mk2 Volkswagens used a giant allen key for the drain plug, FYI. And I never use chocks for simple maintenance things like that. It's only when I know I'm going to be torquing on bolts with the possibility of rocking the car is when I'll use 'em. *shrug*
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Chalk this up to super-creepy: scientists have discovered a way to mind-read personal secrets, such as bank PIN numbers and personal associations, using a cheap headset. Utilizing commercial brain-wave reading devices, often used for hands-free gaming, the researchers discovered that they could identify when subjects recognized familiar objects, faces, or locations, which helped them better guess sensitive information. Security interrogators could benefit most immediately from the new brain hacking technique, since it would reveal when suspects are actually familiar with the face of a potential accomplice. As for bank information, scientists could guess the first PIN number only 40% of the time. But, as brain-controlled devices become more common, the researches warn that viruses could discretely display images on a screen and help tech-savvy thieves narrow down their search for private information.

Brainwave-reading devices, which control computers hands-free, have become increasingly popular for entertainment, control of prosthetics for paralyzed individuals, and military application. The latest commercial versions of brain-reading devices, often used by researchers and software developers, can cost as little as $300 (the product pictured above is the “Emotiv“).

So, in the eerily titled, “On the Feasibility of Side-Channel Attacks with Brain-Computer Interfaces,” a team of researchers from Oxford, Berkeley, and Geneva tested the liklihood that hackers could hijack the device and attempt to uncover sensitive information.

“More specifically, we are interested in understanding how easily this technology can be turned against its users to reveal their private information, that is, information they would not knowingly or willingly share,” wrote the researchers.

Participants were outfitted with commercial-grade brain-wave reading devices and shown a list of people, possible PIN numbers, and the likely location of their home. Often, when the researchers stumbled upon the actual information they were seeking, they saw an expected spike in brain-wave P300, which is known to activate when presented with familiar information. Researchers could guess the correct answer for participants’ first PIN number 20% of the time, the regional location of their home 30%, birth month 60%, and the bank branch of their ATM 30%.

With refinement, the researchers imagine that the brain-hacking technique will get more accurate. For instance, when trying to identify a persons home, “we envision possible future attacks in which the true geo- graphic location of a user is leaked by showing maps or landmarks with increased accuracy.”

For now, the most immediate benefit is for law enforcement interrogation (which is essentially a guessing game). This new technique would reveal, with higher probability, when a subject actually recoginizes the face of a potential accomplice.

But, of course, the applications are endless. Brands could use it to identify the mass-market awareness of a particular product. Facebook could identify whether users actually know the people they recommend under the “people you may know” section. As brain-wave reading technologies become more pervasive, it appears we will inadvertently leave ourselves vulnerable to a new security threat: mind hacking.
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If it matters, it's San Francisco International Airport.
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