April 28, 2012

A Night In Paris With Invader

In Bed With Invader is a short film by Extermitent Production about street artist Invader.

Marat Dupri | Skywalker

spiegel.deIf you are the parent of a teenager, you may be concerned about the latest fad from Russia—daredevil photographers shooting from death-defying heights without the benefit of safety harnesses.

All Photos: Marat Dupri

One of the stars is photographer Marat Duri who was born on October 25, 1991 and belongs to the generation in Russia that grew up after the breakup of the Soviet Union and only learned about communism through textbooks.

“I was a sickly child, and didn’t develop well due to a lack of vitamins and environmental pollution. I had a weak heart. The doctors told me I couldn’t play sports; it was like a lifelong punishment.

I often went to see movies, but I found them boring. Then I searched online to see what kinds of subcultures were out there. I found 'roofing' exciting, and I found someone who took me onto my first roof. I had to climb 48 stories to get to the top of the building. I was tired after that, but happy. Roofing has kept me healthy. My heart beats better.”

“What we do is a bit anarchistic. We defy the security guards. When we go onto especially well-guarded buildings, we sometimes get arrested ... even by agents of the the FSB and FSO (ed’s note: Russia’s domestic intelligence agency and presidential security service, respectively).”

“I’m studying law in Moscow. If they arrest me again, I know which statutes they can really charge me with violating and which ones they’re just trying to intimidate me with.”

“When you stand in front of a building, you can't hesitate, you can’t doubt.”

“I recently climbed to the top of the statue of Peter the Great in the center of the city one night—100 meters (330 feet) up and onto his head. We climbed up while the guards were sleeping. A weather vane was spinning in the wind on the very top. Below, the sun was slowly rising over Moscow. The city was asleep, and it was like life was frozen. I was the happiest person on Earth. I only need to look down to forget all my problems.

At such times, I experience a sensation of freedom. No one can disturb me. No one tells me what's good and what’s bad.”

Dark Shadows

Google Talks with Automakers About Making Self-Driving Cars

detroitnews.comSearch engine giant Google thinks self-driving cars can be on U.S. roads in the next few years and is in talks with automakers to roll out the technology.

“The most important thing computers can do in the next 10 years is drive a car,” Google project manager Anthony Levandowski told a crowd of several hundred engineers at the SAE World Congress in Detroit.

Mountain View, Calif.-based Google could make an announcement as early as next year on when it might offer the self-driving technology, he said.

Levandowsi told reporters after his speech that Google is in talks with major automakers.

Google is also talking to suppliers to find “partners that want to work with us.”

The company is moving ahead, meeting with insurance companies as part of a multi-pronged effort to make computer-driven cars a reality.

Obama Teaches Malia to Drive

Samuel L. Jackson | Siri

slacktory.comSamuel L. Jackson’s iPhone ad above was cool, but it didn’t have enough swearing, and it wasn’t realistic about Siri’s capabilities. The folks at Slackstory fixed that (video below).

High Tech, Low Life

hightechlowlifefilm.comHigh Tech, Low Life follows the journey of two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel the country—chronicling under reported news and social issues stories. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras they develop skills as independent one-man news stations while learning to navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations and avoiding the risk of political persecution.

The Man Who Quit Money

Mark Sundeen, the author of book, The Man Who Quit Money is a soulful journey into the spirit of Daniel Suelo. Suelo, gave up on money in 2000. He walked into a phone booth, pulled out 30 dollars and left it.

Twelve years later, Suelo still does not have a personal i.d. bank accounts, a modern home, does not take money, or live off of federal welfare. Suelo, lives in caves in the canyon lands outside of Moab, UT, harvests wild foods, eats roadkill, and dumpster dives. Suelo, is not an isolationist, he still is very active in the Moab community SE Utah politics and he is an active blogger.

Sundeen, knew Suelo from Moab, UT when they both worked together as cooks, but years later Sundeen came across Suelo in a market he payed him no attention, but after Sundeen, gave thought to the current economy and Suelo’s philosophy he began to write his book in 2009.

IBM | Lithium-Air Battery

IBMIBM researchers are developing lithium-air battery technology capable of powering a family-sized electric car for approximately 500 miles (800 km) on a single charge.

Current lithium oxide batteries are heavy. Increasing the mileage range increases weight. Instead of using heavy metal oxides, lithium-air batteries borrow oxygen from the air as the vehicle is being driven, creating an air-breathing battery. This results in lighter batteries with high energy density that extend the car’s range from a single charge.

IBM researchers have successfully demonstrated in the lab the fundamental chemistry of the charge-and-recharge process for lithium-air batteries and, if this bold research project is successful, people could see it in cars between 2020 and 2030.

April 26, 2012

Ruby Sparks

Novelist Calvin creates his world by writing about it.

Obama Asks That Interest On Student Loans Not Be Increased

newyorker.comObama is talking to students across the nation about interest on student loans; if Congress doesn’t do anything, the rates for Stafford loans will double in July, from 3.4 to 6.8 per cent.

I’m the president of the United States. We only finished paying off our student loans off about eight years ago. That wasn’t that long ago. And that wasn’t easy—especially because when we had Malia and Sasha, we’re supposed to be saving up for their college educations, and we’re still paying off our college educations.

Audio below: Student Loan Debt Exceeds One Trillion Dollars, NPR

Audio below: Negotiating The College Funding Labyrinth by Claudio Sanchez, NPR

President Obama said that when he and Michelle were first married they paid as much in student loans as for their mortgage. This is American life for more and more people who find it impossible to get a higher education without borrowing a great deal of money. Our culture of indebtedness is not simply a product of people wanting houses they can’t afford, but of students listening when their teachers and people they trust tell them—correctly—that they can’t afford not to go to college. It is almost impossible to simply work one’s way through even a state college without parental money, financial aid, or a loan. Public-university tuitions have more than doubled in the past twenty years, above and beyond the rate of inflation.

April 24, 2012

Billionaires Plan to Mine Asteroids For Precious Metals

National Public RadioAsteroids contain many tons of precious metals and a new company called Planetary Resources, Inc has the financial backing of some big names in high tech, and hopes to launch specially-designed prospecting spacecraft within two years.

Near-Earth asteroids contain valuable resources such as water. Water could be used to make propellants that could be stored in orbiting fuel depots for spacecraft. And some near-Earth asteroids contain platinum group metals in much higher concentrations than the richest Earth mines. In space, a single platinum-rich 500 meter wide asteroid contains about 174 times the yearly world output of platinum, and 1.5 times the known world-reserves of platinum group metals (ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium, and platinum). This amount is enough to fill a basketball court to four times the height of the rim. By contrast, all of the platinum group metals mined to date in history would not reach waist-high on that same basketball court.

The president of the company is Chris Lewicki, a former NASA engineer who worked on major missions that landed robots on Mars such as the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. And the company has lined up wealthy investors from the high-tech world that include Google CEO Larry Page and Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, plus, former Microsoft guru Charles Simonyi who flew in space twice.

Advisors include the explorer and filmmaker James Cameron, along with retired University of Arizona Professor John Lewis who wrote an influential book called “Mining the Sky.”

April 23, 2012

Highrise Features Glass Pool Balconies

All photos: James Law Cybertecture

jameslawcybertecture.comJames Law of James Law Cybertecture International designed Parinee Ism in India which features individual glass pool balconies.

The design concept of the tower is inspired by the ripple effect generated by water droplets, which is also known as the capillary wave. The outline of the tower demonstrates the fluidity and dynamic nature of the ripple and can be conceived as an abstract representation of the symbol Ohm (Ω).

The ripple effect usually generates a vortex-like space in the center. The tower design is trying to recapture the essence of this space by creating a large void in the middle along with a special designed clubhouse form which opens to reveal a dancefloor.

April 21, 2012

Floating Drive-In Theater

Photos by Piyatat Hemmatat, (c) Studio-OS

fastcodesign.comAmidst the rocky shoreline of Yao Noi, Thailand, a group of avid filmgoers were delivered by boat to an outdoor pavilion floating in the middle of a quiet lagoon for an original movie screening.

The event was organized by Film on the Rocks Yao Noi which commissioned architect Ole Scheeren to build what he came to call the Archipelago Cinema, a large raft built out of recycled materials.

Guests were taken by boat through the darkness of the sea to a glowing raft in the middle of the quiet waters of Nai Pi Lae lagoon on Kudu Island. Surrounded by a dramatic landscape of towering rocks emerging from the ocean, the audience experienced an atmospheric convergence of nature and cinematic narratives—primordial notions of light, sound and stories suspended in the darkness between sea and sky.

Following its debut, Archipelago Cinema was dismantled and donated to the village where it was built, for use as a playground and floating theater.

Little Printer | Your Personal Newspaper

bergcloud.comWhat if you could print your own personal mini-newspaper the size of a sales receipt without ink that contained only information that is pertinent to you?

Little Printer lives in your home and brings you news, puzzles and gossip from friends. You set up subscriptions on your smartphone and the Little Printer gathers them together to create a timely, beautiful mini-newspaper. Get the latest tweet or facebook posts from your friends or family, foursquare locations, weather updates, puzzles or your to-do list to take with you.

You can get deliveries multiple times a day, but twice gives you your very own morning or evening newspaper and because it’s printed on thermal paper like sales receipts, there is no ink.

“We love physical stuff. What’s great about paper is that it’s made for sharing. You can scribble on a puzzle and give it to a friend, or stick birthday reminders up on the fridge for your family to see. Paper is basically a technology tailor-made for a home full of people.” ~BERG CEO Matt Webb

Coursera | Free Elite University Classes Online

National Public RadioYou may never have had a chance to attend an elite university, but now you can take some classes at one—online. Four major universities—Stanford, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Michigan—are joining forces with a Silicon Valley start-up called Coursera.

Together they plan to offer free online classes in more than three dozen subjects. The professors involved hope this kind of interactive online education could transform higher education.

Below are some of the courses offered.

Anontune | Social Music Platform From Anonymous

“It has come to our attention that the state of online music has been sabotaged by the fat hands of corporate involvement. These changes have led to a world in which your enjoyment of music is controlled and billed by the minute.” ~Anonymous

WIREDIn a move sure to attract attention from the music industry, a small group of coders claiming to be part of Anonymous is putting together a social music platform called Anontune. The rather ambitious goal: Create a service that seamlessly pulls up songs streaming from all around the internet.

On the ever-sprawling internet, music can pop up anywhere—Tumblr pages, blogs, The Hype Machine (to name but a few). Almost any song is available at any time, whether posted by legitimate sources or uploaded by fans or pirates, and Anontune would tap into that rich reservoir.

AnonTune itself does not host any music files. It simply searches for music on YouTube, Soundcloud, and other sites. The development of AnonTune never stops, and in the future many more sources will be added!

The stated central aims of the service’s creators are to provide a flexible, open platform for users to listen to music without having to pirate it or face legal repercussions—read Anontune's white paper here (.pdf). True to form, users of the service can largely remain anonymous.

April 19, 2012

The Council

In The Council, three eighth-graders run for student council election. Video by Catherine Orr and Elena Rue of StoryMineMedia.

April 18, 2012

USA’s Biggest Spy Center is Under Construction

WIREDIn Bluffdale, Utah—home to one of the nation’s largest sects of polygamists, the Apostolic United Brethren, with upwards of 9,000 members—a project of immense secrecy the Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency by contractors with top-secret clearances. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks.

The mammoth Bluffdale center will have another important and far more secret role that until now has gone unrevealed. It is also critical for breaking codes. And code-breaking is crucial, because much of the data that the center will handle—financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications—will be heavily encrypted. According to a top official involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.”

The NSA has established listening posts throughout the nation to collect and sift through billions of email messages and phone calls, whether they originate within the country or overseas. It has created a supercomputer of almost unimaginable speed to look for patterns and unscramble codes. Finally, the agency has begun building a place to store all the trillions of words and thoughts and whispers captured in its electronic net. And, of course, it’s all being done in secret. Read the entire story by James Bamford at WIRED

Caine’s Academy | Brooklyn Castle

Brooklyn Castle is a documentary about New York’s IS 318 the first middle school team to win the United States Chess Federation’s national high school championship—an impoverished, inner-city middle school‘s chess team beat all of the country’s high school teams.

April 14, 2012

ISP & Telephone Provider Promises to Put Your Privacy First

Nicholas Merrill
photo by Alexander Klink

cnet.comNicholas Merrill is planning to revolutionize online privacy with a concept as simple as it is ingenious: a telecommunications provider designed from its inception to shield its customers from surveillance.

Merrill, 39 told CNET that he’s raising funds to launch a national “non-profit telecommunications provider dedicated to privacy, using ubiquitous encryption” that will sell mobile phone service and, for as little as $20 a month, Internet connectivity.

The ISP would not merely employ every technological means at its disposal, including encryption and limited logging, to protect its customers. It would also—and in practice this is likely more important—challenge government surveillance demands of dubious legality or constitutionality.

Merrill says his ISP, to be run by a non-profit called the Calyx Institute with for-profit subsidiaries, will put customers first. “Calyx will use all legal and technical means available to protect the privacy and integrity of user data,” he says. Continue reading at cnet.com.

Chris Avery | SF Player

Time Travel | Looper

In Looper, time travel will be invented—but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper”—a hired gun, like Joe—is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good…until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self for assassination.

“Never let your target escape…even if the target is you.”

Bentley EXP 9 F Concept

coolhunting.comIf you have a personal driver and maybe a butler, you may be interested in the new Bentley SUV.

April 13, 2012

The Real World is for Lossers | Ignore it Safely

mashable.comAcknowledging that “there’s no real reason to be bothered by our actual surroundings any longer”—Ignorify is an app that wants to provide a solution. Specifically, by alerting texters and Instagrammers and Angry Birds-players to the physical objects (poles, potholes, dogs) that might impede their meanderings.

“My new app is something that solves an age-old problem and an annoyance for all of us in the tech industry: the real world.” ~the inventor of Ignorify

Propeller Island City Lodge

A room with a slanted floor which makes grandma’s bed seem to fly. The wardrobe comes out of the wall, but table and chair have got to stay straight!

propeller-island.deFriday the 13th is a appropriate time to stay at German artist Lars Stroschen’s Propeller Island City Lodge, a habitable work of art in the heart of berlin, which he says is not one of those trendy designer hotels…it is more like a private planet which has evolved in unique synchronicity with the tastes of its inventor.

Have your pick of 30 unique accommodations from floating beds to padded rooms, dungeons, mirrored rooms and even coffins.

All furnishings and other objects in the rooms are custom-made, individual handiwork. None can be found anywhere else on this planet—one could consider the Propeller Island City Lodge to be a MUSEUM with guest accomodations or a stay-in work of SCULPTURE.

Whoever desires freedom can find perennial inspiration here—the unfolding mental universe of our guests is the joy of the creator.

All photos and artwork by Lars Stroschen.

From top to bottom and all around the bed, everything is upholstered with green leather. A kingly or queenly room where one can hear his own heart beat when the spirit grows weary.

The furnishings hang from the ceiling and you sleep and sit in comfortable boxes beneath the floorboards. Uncannily surreal! The only four-bed room.

The diamand-shaped room is completelylaid out with mirrors and gives you the impression of living in a kaleidoscope.

Sleep in a silver temple beneath the resplendent heavenly spheres. The open bed has a terraced structure. Asian flair with aged masonry.

This entirely white room can be darkened and illuminated at your desire with a variety of artifical lamps. A mirror located above the bed allows you to see yourself ‘in another light’

An exclusively connoisseur room for all those ‘Nosferatus’ who cannot wait for that which awaits us all. Whosoever has second thoughts can creep to the bedplace below, safe within the labyrinth.

A tubular room for 3 with consecutively ordered, terraced beds. The floor is hilly and even the wands are tilted! Those who prefer more private places can use the box below the highest bed.

A house made of green stained glass stands in this room, and next to it a romantic writer’s arbour with a century-old skylight. A pendulous stone at the head of the bed holds it in position. A wondrous, green light!

A friendly prison cell with a hole in the wall. The toilet is in the room, just like we know it should be! You really WANT to stay here, it’s extremely comfortable and freedom awaits on the balcony with a parasol.

A large room with a gable roof. The bathroom in this room is like a small house, entirely made of blue glass. From the high seat you can observe the antics and ‘goings-on’ in the circular rotating bed which presents you with constantly changing perspectives through strategically empty picture frames. We cannot recommend the bed for tall people (2m in diameter).

The reception area at the Propeller Island City Lodge

Akin to a barn, this room is constructed from the ages-old rafters of the house. A hidden ladder leads up to the berth, from which one can survey the pillow fortress made of potato sacks packed with foam rubber. Very pleasant earth tones.

A roughly hewn stone wall and the vivid azure blue colouring remind opening soon: visitors of a Mediterranean village. The room is rather cozy and offers space only for one person. The bed has been carpentered from palisade wood. Rustic comfort with southerly style among flower-photos.

The wild brush strokes of abstractly painted murals surround and adorn the mirrored aperture to the goings-on next door - an opened curtain might just invite you to have a look! The bathroom is a gigantic plastic bag - a real sensation!

Dual cages, situated in the centre of this spacious menagerie, rest on stilts measuring 1.5 meters tall and await applause from the neighbouring guest(s). Your curtain presides over what your audience sees and what not! The roomy bathroom has a toilet that thrones atop a tower and permits peeks into the golden bathtub. In the cages kids love to sleep, otherwise the room is for two.

April 12, 2012

Japanese Use Palm Readers Instead of Cards at ATMs

nikkei.comoAfter the tsunami and earthquake that hit Japan last year, many people lost their ATM cards and personal ID and were unable to access their bank accounts.

Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank says in September it will introduce Japan’s first ATMs that will enable customers to conduct cash withdrawals and other transactions by simply placing their palms over a reader, obviating the need for a card or bank book.

Customers who want to use the new ATMs of the Gifu Prefecture-based bank must first register certain biological information beforehand at a bank branch. When using the ATMs, customers will be required to enter their dates of birth, hold their palms over the reader and enter their four-digit ID numbers.

The bank says the new ATMs will mean that customers will still be able to withdraw money even if they lose their cash cards due to a natural disaster.

High-Tech Border Checks Can Blow Spies’ Cover

Iris scanner from Senex Technologies on display at the CeBIT trade show. Photo: Fabian Bimmer/AP

WIREDWhen Tom Cruise broke into police headquarters in the futuristic crime thriller Minority Report, he got past the iris scanners with ease: He just swapped out his eyeballs.

CIA agents may find that just a little beyond the call of duty. But meanwhile, they’ve got to come up with something else: The increasing deployment of iris scanners and biometric passports at worldwide airports, hotels and business headquarters, designed to catch terrorists and criminals, are playing havoc with operations that require CIA spies to travel under false identities.

Busy spy crossroads such as Dubai, Jordan, India and many E.U. points of entry are employing iris scanners to link eyeballs irrevocably to a particular name. Likewise, the increasing use of biometric passports, which are embedded with microchips containing a person’s face, sex, fingerprints, date and place of birth, and other personal data, are increasingly replacing the old paper ones. For a clandestine field operative, flying under a false name could be a one-way ticket to a headquarters desk, since they’re irrevocably chained to whatever name and passport they used. Continue reading the story by Jeff Stein at WIRED.

Vupen | Hacking Is Profitable Business

National Public RadioVupen finds vulnerabilities in software, keeps them secret and sells them to government agencies—that’s intelligence agencies, militaries, law enforcements—specifically to be used for spying on computers and smartphones; breaking into the same devices that you and I use.

Meet The Hackers Who Sell Spies The Tools To Crack Your PC (And Get Paid Six-Figure Fees) by Andy Greenberg

Instagram Sells For $1 Billion Even Though It Has No Revenue

National Public RadioTwo years ago, the photo sharing app Instagram didn’t exist. The company has fewer than two dozen employees and it has no profits and no revenue. That’s right. It brings in no money at all.

Everybody Wants To Be A K-Pop Star

National Public RadioAll-girl and all-boy pop music groups from South Korea can earn millions. K-Pop is massively popular in Southeast Asia and spreading elsewhere, including the United States. One of the most successful groups popped up on CBS’s “Late Show” recently.

These groups are often huge—Girls’ Generation includes nine members, Nine Muses confusingly includes eight—and to stoke the flames, South Korea’s suddenly in-demand pop factories are looking to the country’s youth.

Rob Schmitz Goes Inside Foxconn

http://www.marketplace.org/Marketplace Shanghai Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz is only the second reporter ever to gain access to visit the factory floor at Apple’s Chinese producer Foxconn.

Reporter’s Notebook: From both sides of the gates of Foxconn by Rob Schmitz

The first misconception I had about Foxconn’s Longhua facility in the city of Shenzhen was that I’ve always called it a ‘factory’—technically, it is. But after you enter the gates and walk around, you quickly realize that it’s also a city—240,000 people work here. Nearly 50,000 of them live on campus in shared dorm rooms. There’s a main drag lined on both sides with fast-food restaurants, banks, cafes, grocery stores, a wedding photo shop, and an automated library. There are basketball courts, tennis courts, a gym, two enormous swimming pools, and a bright green astroturf soccer stadium smack-dab in the middle of campus. There’s a radio station—Voice of Foxconn—and a television news station. Longhua even has its own fire department, located right on main street. This is not what comes to mind when you think “Chinese factory.” continue reading at marketplace.org

April 10, 2012

18-Year Old E.J. Delacruz Runs for City Council in Honolulu

khon2.com“I'm tired of it, and I would like to get involved and make a difference and represent the people, like they should be represented. …For me I really want to get my generation involved, because it’s really going to be my generation that's paying for—whether it’s the mistakes, bills, whatever it is for the mistakes of our past generation.” ~E.J. Delacruz

April 5, 2012

93-year-old Rachel Veitch Has Driven Her Mercury Comet Caliente 567,000 Miles in 48 Years

Above: GrowingBolder.com did a video report about Rachel Veitch back in 2007, when the car only had 540,000 miles on the odometer.

National Public Radio93-year-old Rachel Veitch has pampered her beloved 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente, a car she calls “The Chariot,” for nearly five decades and 567,000 miles.

The “misty yellow” Chariot, which cost just under $3,300, still has her original engine. The air conditioner’s also original. Chariot has outlasted the “lifetime guarantees” on three sets of shocks, eight mufflers and 18 batteries.

April 4, 2012

Trippple Nippples

heartymagazine.comTo call Trippple Nippples “noise pop” would be to understate this jaw-dropping, head-spinning, Tazmanian devil of a band.

Trippple Nipples is, as they’ve been called by music blog Too Many Sebastians, “brain-damage pop.” Trippple Nippples will make your eardrums burst and the capillaries in your eyes pop. But what really hooks Trip Nips fans is that they’re fun.

Shanghai Calling

National Public RadioA growing number of American professionals have moved to China in the last decade to ride the economic boom.

Shanghai Calling follows the misadventures of a hotshot Chinese-American lawyer who relocates from New York to Shanghai. Sam Chao (Daniel Henney) isn’t exactly ready for the transition: He speaks no Chinese and has no clue how the country works, and soon after he arrives, he learns a product made by his biggest client is apparently being pirated all over town.

The Ascension Painting

If you’ve been following iON’s Revelation series, imbibing RnA drops or just trying to reconnect your 143,998 strands, you might want to check out Ascension Girl’s (Sheila Kern) The Ascension Painting.

The painting is a excellent visual aide for the myriad metaphors expressed in the Revelation and the website gives a divine explanation of the symbolism.

April 1, 2012

Gmail Tap | Tap into the Future of Writing Emails on the Go

GoogleThe QWERTY keyboard was invented in 1874 and yet it is still used today, largely unchanged. Today we’re excited to introduce a new input method designed for the future: Gmail Tap for Android and iOS.

Gmail Tap takes the keyboard from 26 keys to just two. Every letter of the alphabet is represented by a simple pattern of dots and dashes, and once you know them you can type without even looking at your screen. This makes it ideal for situations where you need to discreetly send emails, such as when you're on a date or in a meeting with your boss.