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Heavy rainfall over Europe during the the past week has swollen many rivers past their flood stage, wreaking havoc unseen in decades across Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic. At least 18 people across the region have been killed, and tens of thousands have been evacuated. In Germany, the crest of the Elbe River is now approaching the North Sea, as the swollen Danube River is surging toward the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Collected here are images from the past several days of those affected by these historic floods, even as meteorologists predict more rain over the coming weekend. [36 photos]

The city hall of Grimma, Germany, surrounded by floodwater, on June 3, 2013. Flooding has spread across a large area of central Europe following heavy rainfall in recent days. Eastern and southern Germany are suffering under floods that in some cases are the worst in 400 years. Tens of thousands of Germans, Hungarians and Czechs were evacuated from their homes as soldiers raced to pile up sandbags to hold back rising waters in the region. (AP Photo/dpa, Jens Wolf)     

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Summer Vibes on the new FvF Mixtape #55 by Colin Tunstall

Colin Tunstall from Saturdays NY not only runs a successful business, publishes a magazine and is a devoted surfer - he also has impeccable taste in music. For our latest FvF Mixtape #55, he selected some oldschool classics and new tunes with artists Trini Lopez, Gold Panda and Magnetic Fields.

01. Dirty Man – Laura Lee
02. In The Year 2525 – Zager & Evans
03. Nao Adianta – Trio Mocoto
04. Things I Did When I Was Dead – No Age
05. Little Baby – The Blue Rondos
06. 5th Ave – Gold Panda
07. This Magic Moment – Lou Reed
08. Don’t Think Twice – Trini Lopez
09. My Year Is A Day – Les Irresistibles
10. Desert Island – The Magnetic Fields
11. We Can’t Fly (Radio Edit) – Aeroplane
12. Joue Pas Le Rock ‘N’ Roll Pour Moi – Johnny Hallyday

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Mitt Romney launched his fall campaign for the White House in a rousing Republican National Convention finale Thursday night, proclaiming America needs “jobs, lots of jobs” and promising to create 12 million of them in perilous economic times. “Now is the time to restore the promise of America,” Romney said in a prime-time speech to [...]

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The Economics of Interaction: How We Can Use Microeconomics to Describe System Interaction

The Economics of Interaction: How We Can Use Microeconomics to Describe the Interaction Between User and System A Google Tech Talk June 7, 2012 Presented by Leif Azzopardi ABSTRACT Searching is inherently an interactive process usually requiring numerous iterations of querying and assessing in order to find the desired amount of relevant information. Essentially, the search process can be viewed as a combination of inputs (queries and assessments) which are used to "produce'' output (relevance). Under this view, it is possible to adapt microeconomic theory to analyze and understand the dynamics of Interactive Information Retrieval. In this talk, I will describe how the search process can be treated as an economics problem and then go on to describe a series of simulations on TREC test collections where I analyzed various combinations of inputs in the "production'' of relevance. The analysis reveals that the total Cumulative Gain obtained during the course of a search session is functionally related to querying and assessing. Furthermore, this relationship can be characterized mathematically by the Cobbs-Douglas production function. Then in a subsequent analysis using cost models, I show which search strategies minimize the cost of interaction for a given level of output. And these developments establishes the theoretical foundations of Interactive Information Retrieval, providing numerous directions for empirical experimentation that are motivated directly from theory <b>...</b>

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While we're doing our "best of 2010"s - here's our top 25 albums from the past year. Going into 2011 there's going to be a lot more from us on the music front, including a monthly music night at London's Old Blue Last. To keep informed and up-to-date, sign up to our events mailer.

25. Islet – Whimmy
24. Spectrals – A Spectrals Extended Play EP
23. Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be
22. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
21. Best Coast – Crazy For You
20. Crystal Castles – II
19. Games – That We Can Play
18. Salem – King Night
17. Perfume Genius – Learning
16. Vondelpark – Sauna EP
15. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
14. No Age – Everything In Between
13. Everything Everything – Man Alive
12. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
11. Four Tet – There Is Love In You

10. Mountain Man – Made The Harbor

9. Deerhunter – Halycon Digest

8. Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me

7. Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti – Before Today

6. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

5. Active Child – Curtis Lane EP

4. Twin Shadow – Forget

3. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

2. Beach House – Teen Dream

1. Wild Nothing – Gemini/Golden Haze EP

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