Open by default? | Jisc
How can we make the most of open practices in research, education and skills?
open  openaccess  opencontent  creativecommons 
3 days ago
The Great 78 Project – Community Preservation, Research, Discovery of 78rpm Records
The Great 78 Project is a community project for the preservation, research and discovery of 78rpm records. From about 1898 to the 1950s, an estimated 3 million sides (~3 minute recordings) have been made on 78rpm discs. While the commercially viable recordings will have been restored or remastered onto LP’s or CD, there is still research value in the artifacts and usage evidence in the often rare 78rpm discs and recordings. Already, over 20 collections have been selected by the Internet Archive for physical and digital preservation and access. Started by many volunteer collectors, these new collections have been selected, digitized and preserved by the Internet Archive,  George Blood LP, and the Archive of Contemporary Music.
archive  music 
5 days ago
Democracy is a clash not a consensus: why we need the agora | Aeon Essays
Such depictions are uncontroversial, and capture much of the flavour of the agora in the later classical era (480-323 BCE) where public and private, politics and profit mingled. But whether they explain the beginnings of the agora in the first place seems less clear. For one might ask: why might a young community feel the need to create a space in which to meet? Certainly people need a place to meet – around a water hole, on a street corner; many African villages conduct their meetings under the shade of a tree. But that people need a space for meeting seems less obvious – and wasn’t there plenty of space around anyway? For what is important about the agora is that it is not simply a space, but rather a defined space, a bounded absence. An upright stone marking the edge of the agora from Epidaurus on the Peloponnese is inscribed: ‘boundary of the agora’. But what might this boundary mean?
history  agora 
8 days ago
Flipgrid - Video for student engagement and formative assessment
Flipgrid is a video discussion community for your classroom that supercharges your students’ voices. You add the topics, your students respond with short videos, and everyone engages!
video  collaboration  discussion  resnetsem 
10 days ago
Citationsy · Create citations, reference lists, and bibliographies
Citationsy is a no-nonsense reference collection and bibliography creation tool
for people who value simplicity, privacy, and speed.

There are no ads, there’s no tracking, and I don’t sell or give your data to anyone.
I built the citation management software I wanted to exist in the world.
research  tools  resnetsem 
10 days ago
Outboard Memory – Query Thumbnails & Crop Images CSS Trick – Bionic Teaching
Often I’d have set those images as background images to deal with different aspect ratios and do a cover. Something like this. I was never a big fan of this method as I don’t like creating inline css and that’s the only way I could think to do it with dynamically created content in php or javascript. If just felt awkward.

Enter object-fit and if you already knew of it I don’t know why you didn’t tell me. You can see the difference it makes in the two examples embedded below. Not earth shattering but really handy for stuff I do all the time.
12 days ago
On Writing: Anne Lamott – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education
One of the things that most frequently causes writers to feel stuck or frustrated is trying to write and edit at the same time. These are two very different cognitive activities, and examining your last three sentences for flaws is a sure way to block the creative impulse that might lead to the next sentence.
writing  resnetsem 
14 days ago
Workshop: Making Twitter Bots for Digital and Cultural Literacy – Leonardo Flores, PhD
On Saturday, July 29 at 1:15 pm, I will be offering a workshop on creating Twitter bots at the Digital Pedagogy Lab in Vancouver.

Here’s a link to a Google document for the workshop that will allow you to read and make comments on the document. Please feel free to use the comment functionality to chime in and ask questions.
twitter  bot  netnarr 
16 days ago
Ten Years Ago
See what the web was doing a decade back
archive  tech  cooltech 
16 days ago
The Evolution of Trust
During World War I, peace broke out.

It was Christmas 1914 on the Western Front.
Despite strict orders not to chillax with the enemy, British
and German soldiers left their trenches, crossed No Man's Land,
and gathered to bury their dead, exchange gifts, and play games.

Meanwhile: it's 2017, the West has been at peace for decades, and
wow, we suck at trust. Surveys show that, over the past forty years, fewer and fewer people say they trust each other. So here's our puzzle:

Why, even in peacetime, do friends become enemies?
And why, even in wartime, do enemies become friends?

I think game theory can help explain our epidemic of distrust –
and how we can fix it!
game  games  gametheory 
19 days ago
The Secret History of Kubrick, the Blog Theme That Changed the Internet | HuffPost
Kubrick, the template that launched millions of beautiful blogs and helped transform the Internet, is expected to be retired mid-year as the default theme for the popular WordPress blogging platform.

The half-life of any innovation in the virtual world, no matter how important, is short — though in Kubrick’s case, it’s been a happy life.

It’s been the fallback theme on the rapidly growing WordPress since 2005, when young Danish technology whiz Michael Heilemann created the simple blue and white blog template at his family farmhouse north of Copenhagen.  
history  wordpress 
23 days ago
Are.na is a platform for organizing your internet.

Are.na is a simple tool for connecting what you find and building knowledge. It’s a space where you can save anything, structure your thinking however you want, and discover new things together.
bookmarking  curation  resnetsem 
4 weeks ago
"An investigation into local government's ideal role in enhancing commu" by Susan Anne Savage
In many parts of the world, local government is grappling with a transition - from managing the development and maintenance of local infrastructure, delivery of essential services and economic governance - to responding to the cultural and social needs expressed by their community. Residents want the opportunity to discuss inspirational needs including living in a place that offers cultural engagement that is ‘liveable’ and is attractive/interactive offering public art and cultural amenity. So, while development and support of the creative industries has not featured highly in the work of local government in the past, it may now become desirable, to work together with creative industries to enable local government to deliver what the community want.
In response to local government's addressing this need, this research seeks to answer the question: What is local government’s ideal role in enhancing community liveability via creative industries and how might its contributions be identified and made visible to both justify and maximise them?
It was proposed that this research phenomena may be best understood through the lens of Social Capital Theory as it is assumed that it is “the social networks, trust and connections within communities that ultimately help to improve social, physical and economic conditions as well as the lives and life chances of those where it exists” Westwood (2011:691). At the ‘grassroots’ level of government it is understood that community relationships and social capital are critical to the success of local government engagement, decision making and service delivery. As such, the focus of the research from its question through to its data collection was on understanding the interconnections between the key stakeholders, the activities they undertake and the emergent outcomes for community.
4 weeks ago
Serial and how to tell a long story well. – Creative Business Leadership
Serial’s story is intricate, complicated and spans many years. It involves dozens of people and a dizzying array of data: dates, names, titles, legal jargon and procedural ephemera. How does Serial construct a any narrative out of this birds’ nest of input, let alone one which has kept listeners engaged, episode after episode?

Part of the answer is structure. Telling a long and complicated story involves a set of decisions about what to tell first, next and last. In Serial’s long and winding case, the choice of what topics to cover in each episode is crucial. Early episodes concentrate on introducing the people involved and telling their stories, setting up the case’s unanswered questions. The middle episodes follow the narrator’s attempts at investigating the story, in a roughly chronological fashion. The final episodes provide us with expert opinions and nuances on information previously offered, leading us to a conclusion. The structure is not hidden from the listener. Instead it’s regularly referred to, most memorably at the start of the final episode when the man convicted of the murder, Adnan Syed, tells Koenig, “I’m worried you don’t have an ending.”
Storytelling  resnetsem 
4 weeks ago
Nibbler - Test any website
Nibbler is a free tool for testing websites. Enter the address of any website and Nibbler will give you a report scoring the website out of 10 for key areas, including accessibility, SEO, social media and technology.
analytics  tools  cooltech 
6 weeks ago
The Persistence Argument for Running Your Own Server Is Wrong | Hapgood
This is another comment. I changed my mind. This article is fake
6 weeks ago
What’s Next for Louise Delage, Instagram’s Most Fascinating Fraud – Adweek
Last summer, for an organization called Addict Aide, Paris agency BETC invented a character named Louise Delage.

The fictional woman appeared on Instagram and cleaned up on followers in a handful of weeks. (She still has over 110,000 as of this writing.) Her life was glamorous and beautiful, and people ate it up.

But a little over a month after her Instagram debut, a video appeared on her account that revealed the truth. Louise’s entire Insta universe was actually a campaign about alcohol addiction.
socialmedia  instagram  dipp  identity 
7 weeks ago
Fall on Vimeo
A falling man finds peace in his fate as a he learns to let go of emotion, sensation and his physical body. His impact on the city and people below is felt if only for a brief moment.
video  film  animation  ds106 
7 weeks ago
Different languages: How cultures around the world draw shapes differently — Quartz
Did you start at the top or bottom? Clockwise or counterclockwise? New data show that the way you draw a circle holds clues about where you come from.
In November, Google released an online game called Quick, Draw!, in which users have 20 seconds to draw prompts like “camel” and “washing machine.” It’s fun, but the game’s real aim is to use those sketches to teach algorithms how humans draw. By May this year, the game had collected 50 million unique drawings.
We used the public database from Quick, Draw! to compare how people draw basic shapes around the world. Our analysis suggests that the way you draw a simple circle is linked to geography and cultural upbringing, deep-rooted in hundreds of years of written language, and significant in developmental psychology and trends in education today.
culture  language 
7 weeks ago
CS4G Network Simulator
Netsim is a simulator game intended to teach you the basics of how computer networks function, with an emphasis on security. You will learn how to perform attacks that real hackers use, and see how they work in our simulator!
education  game  networking  security  simulation  cooltech 
7 weeks ago
Minimal Computing ·
We envision this web space as a place for thought pieces on minimal computing, examples and how-to pieces, listings of events and resources, and as a place to find collaborators. Please watch this space for further developments.
computing  small 
7 weeks ago
Bring ideas to life with free online Arduino simulator and PCB apps | Autodesk Circuits
Autodesk Circuits empowers you to bring your ideas to life
with free, easy to use online tools.
diagram  hardware  learning  cooltech 
7 weeks ago
Open Doors 2017
A unique chance for you to see behind the scenes at major ‘live’ construction sites across England, Scotland and Wales.
construction  issi 
7 weeks ago
Open Data - Libraries.io
Libraries.io gathers data from 33 package managers and 3 source code repositories. We track over 2.4m unique open source projects, 25m repositories and 85m interdependencies between them. This gives Libraries.io a unique understanding of open source software. An understanding that we want to share with you.

This page contains information on how to download, use and redistribute data from Libraries.io.
data  library  open 
7 weeks ago
A Brief History of the GIF, From Early Internet Innovation to Ubiquitous Relic | History | Smithsonian
What do Barack Obama, the sloth from Zootopia, and a bear waving its paw have in common? All were named “most popular in 2016” for that most zeitgeist-y of Internet memes: animated GIFs. Since their creation 30 years ago, the looping clips have followed a rocky path to stardom, going from ubiquitous to repudiated and back again. Whether you love them or decry their infantilizing impact on language, it’s impossible to go long without seeing them on the news, social media, or even in office Slack rooms. Thanks to the humble GIF, no emotions are too big or small to capture in animated image form.
gif  history 
8 weeks ago
Social Cooling
If you feel you are being watched,
you change your behavior.
Big Data is supercharging this effect. 
This could limit your desire to take risks or exercise free speech.
Over the long term these 'chilling effects' could 'cool down' society.
privacy  data  dipp 
8 weeks ago
A free web app to take the pain out of transcribing recorded interviews.
app  tools  audio  transcription 
9 weeks ago
Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices
mobile  assessment 
9 weeks ago
Alice – Tell Stories. Build Games. Learn to Program.
Alice is an innovative block-based programming environment that makes it easy to create animations, build interactive narratives, or program simple games in 3D. Unlike many of the puzzle-based coding applications Alice motivates learning through creativite exploration. Alice is designed to teach logical and computational thinking skills, fundamental principles of programming and to be a first exposure to object-oriented programming. The Alice Project provides supplemental tools and materials for teaching using Alice across a spectrum of ages and subject matter with proven benefits in engaging and retaining diverse and underserved groups in computer science education.
3d  animation  education  software  cooltech 
9 weeks ago
Making A WordPress Plugin That Uses Service APIs — Smashing Magazine
We will walk through how I made GitHub Pipeline, a plugin that allows you to display data from the GitHub API on WordPress pages using shortcodes. I’ll give specific examples and code snippets, but consider the technique described here a blueprint for how to consume any service API with a plugin.
php  plugin  wordpress  github 
9 weeks ago
The location platform for developers and designers
APIs for maps, geocoding, driving directions, and more
apps  maps  tools 
9 weeks ago
Connect | Share | Adopt
The Online Learning Exchange has been setup to house a number of resources to support the scale up of the Online Learning Model. The site provides detailed information about the Online Learning Model itself and expands on the seven elements - Learning Communities, Interaction Between Students, Teacher Presence, Interaction with the Professions, Flexible & Adaptive Learning, Interactive Resources and E-Assessment.
learning  online  eco  issi 
9 weeks ago
MathBox² — Acko.net
How do you convince web developers—heck, people in general—to care about math? This was the challenge underlying Making Things With Maths, a talk I gave three years ago. I didn't know either, I just knew why I liked this stuff: demoscene, games, simulation, physics, VR, … It had little to do with what passed for mathematics in my own engineering education. There we were served only eyesore PowerPoints or handwritten overhead transparencies, with simplified graphs, abstract flowcharts and rote formulas, available on black and white photocopies.

Smart people who were supposed to teach us about technology seemed unable to teach us with technology. Fixing this felt like a huge challenge where I'd have to start from scratch. This is why the focus was entirely on showing rather than telling, and why MathBox 1 was born. It's how this stuff looks and feels in my head, and how I got my degree: by translating formulas into mental pictures, which I could replay and reason about on demand.
math  cooltech 
9 weeks ago
PedalboardPlanner.com - Plan your Perfect Guitar Pedal Board!
Interactive planning guide for guitar pedals. Great interface
guitar  music  cooltech 
9 weeks ago
4D Toys. An interactive toy for 4D children.
Poke, throw, roll and watch as they disappear into a dimension you can't see.
Get an intuitive feel for how four-dimensional objects behave:
Become a child of the fourth dimension.
In this case the 4th dimension is not time but a 4th dimension of space that works just like the first three dimensions we are familiar with. If you count time these toys are 5D.
It turns out that the rules of how objects bounce, slide and roll around can be generalized to any number of dimensions, and this toy lets you experience what that would look like.
10 weeks ago
Yahoo Pipes resurrected! You enter data by pointing a block to an URL and an RSS (or Atom) feed. This feed then moves through your pipe, block by block, and each block can manipulate it. A simple example is combining multiple RSS feeds into one and filtering that combined data stream for a keyword.
pipes  cooltech 
11 weeks ago
Album Liner Notes
We are the largest archive of Liner Notes on the internet.
culture  music 
11 weeks ago
A Child Who Survived | Book View Cafe Blog
The vapid statement “the creative adult is the child who survived” is currently being attributed to me by something called Aiga —


which is “supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.” I wasn’t able to communicate with Aiga to ask them to take my name off their design.

It probably wouldn’t do much good anyhow. A false attribution on the Internet is like box elder beetles, the miserable little things just keep breeding and tweeting and crawling out of the woodwork.
11 weeks ago
creativeHE community - Google+
Creativity for Learning in HE community, conversations, courses
creativity  issi 
12 weeks ago
BBC Radio 4 - A Point of View, The fun of work - really?
"I haven't been visiting schools and drowsing during headteachers' PowerPoint presentations for nothing this past quarter century", writes Will Self.

"I know full-well that the purpose of both British education and British employment is the same: to keep us busy and purposive from cradle to grave".

Will Self explores how the worlds of work and education have become seamlessly merged with each other.
ideas  work  issi 
12 weeks ago
The Trump Documents - The Onion - America's Finest News Source
The Onion has obtained hundreds of documents from an anonymous source within the White House.
12 weeks ago
A grown-up tries out online learning, finds himself as bored as real high school students.
To understand the computer-based courses many high-schoolers must take, I signed up for some. It was even less fun than you’d think.
12 weeks ago
AgileBits Blog | Introducing Travel Mode: Protect your data when crossing borders
We often get inspired to create new features based on feedback from our customers. Earlier this month, our friends at Basecamp made their Employee Handbook public. We were impressed to see they had a whole section about using 1Password, which included instructions for keeping work information off their devices when travelling internationally.

We knew right away that we wanted to make it easier for everyone to follow this great advice. So we hunkered down and built Travel Mode.

Travel Mode is a new feature we’re making available to everyone with a 1Password membership. It protects your 1Password data from unwarranted searches when you travel. When you turn on Travel Mode, every vault will be removed from your devices except for the ones marked “safe for travel.” All it takes is a single click to travel with confidence.
12 weeks ago
Messaging startup Slack is secretly an acronym for Searchable Log of All Communication and Knowledge — Quartz
The name “Slack” has always felt like a wink and a nod. The popular messaging service is designed to replace traditional office email and increase productivity, but it can also be fun to the point of distraction. Hence the irony in what Slack terms its users (“slackers”) and how it’s come to be used as a verb (I’m slacking).
But it turns out that Slack is an acronym as well. It stands for Searchable Log of All Communication and Knowledge.
Slack co-founder and CEO Steward Butterfield revealed that last night in response to an inquiry on Twitter. He included a screenshot of a chat from Nov. 14, 2012, in which he announces having come up with “a better code name” for the program.
12 weeks ago
Philographics — Studio Carreras
Philographics is a series of posters that explain big ideas in simple shapes.
art  design  ds106 
12 weeks ago
WP: Query $args
WordPress Query Comprehensive Reference
wordpress  code 
12 weeks ago
Building the Serverless Superman · Raymond Camden
So yes - I built something stupid again. Recently I discovered the awesomeness that is @Big Data Batman. This is a twitter account that simply copies tweets with “Big Data” in them and replaces it with “Batman.” It works as well as you may think - either lame or incredibly funny. (At least to me.)
twitter  bot  behindscenes 
12 weeks ago
WordPress Performance in Theme Development • Calvin Koepke
I’ve once again updated my theme, but for good reasons. I wanted to explore two areas of front-end web development that I needed more experience in: WordPress performance in building themes, and the new CSS kid on the block — Grid.

This post is a review of the strategies I used in the theme, and how you can leverage performance gains and layout options using modern technologies. If you like the theme, you can get it for free on GitHub.
wordpress  behindscenes 
12 weeks ago
The New York Times Told Me to Take This Down – - meta - – Medium
It’s been five months since the New York Times dropped their mammoth digital story “Snow Fall,” and some people still talk about it as if it came out last week. At a conference recently, the editor-in-chief of the Times said that “Snow Fall” has become a verb inside the newsroom. Om Malik suggested that projects like this are where media companies should be investing their money.
I was thrilled when I first saw “Snow Fall.” For the past few years I’ve been working to help publishers break from their templates and craft powerful digital stories. I work on a startup designed to streamline this process called scroll kit. So, instead of tweeting about how awesome “Snow Fall” was, I wanted to do something that would show its admirers that they can do it too—I made a replica. It took about an hour to put together, and I recorded a video of the process. I recently opened my email to see a cease and desist:
12 weeks ago
How We Made Snow Fall - Features - Source: An OpenNews project
The New York Times’ astonishing Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek, launched in the final days of 2012, capped a year of extraordinary work in interactive journalism, both at the Times and in newsrooms around the world. In the six days after Snow Fall’s launch on December 20th, 2012, it had received more than 3.5 million page views and 2.9 million visitors, nearly a third of whom were new visitors to the Times website.
web2storytelling  behindscenes 
12 weeks ago
Automattic Buys Scroll Kit, A Code-Free Website Builder That Once Got Legal Heat From The NYT | TechCrunch
WordPress maker Automattic’s acquisition spree to build out its platform continues apace. Today comes news that it has acquired Scroll Kit, a New York-based startup that had developed a platform for people to build websites without needing to know any code, or, in the words of co-founders Cody Brown and Kate Ray announcing the news, “a process for making the web that was more like drawing on a piece of paper.”

The Scroll Kit editor is being shut down in three months as its co-founders integrate some of the features into WordPress. “I can’t go into details about what we’re working on but I can say that we’re shutting down Scroll Kit so we can work on the core WordPress.com product,” Brown tells me. “We’re drawn to WordPress because it’s an opportunity to take the best features inside Scroll Kit and reach an audience that is many magnitudes larger.”
12 weeks ago
About - The Physics Factbook
The Physics Factbook is an encyclopedia of scientific essays written by high school students that can be used by anybody. It is an exercise in library research methods in which students are sent out in search of a measurement with the intent of having them find more than just a number with a unit. It is an ongoing project with no foreseeable end date or limits.
12 weeks ago
Spurious Correlations
Spurious Correlations was a project I put together as a fun way to look at correlations and to think about data. Empirical research is interesting, and I love to wonder about how variables work together. The charts on this site aren't meant to imply causation nor are they meant to create a distrust for research or even correlative data. Rather, I hope this project fosters interest in statistics and numerical research.
statistics  data 
may 2017
What do millions of social media images shared in New York, Bangkok, Sao Paolo, or London tell us about each city? Which parts of a city receive most attention and which remain invisible? How can we quantify and measure these patterns?  

Inequaligram project analyzes 7,442,454 public Instagram images shared in Manhattan over five months. We use measures of inequality from economics to analyze differences in sharing between parts of a city.

The ratio between a Census tract with most images and the tract with least images is staggering: 250,000 : 1. For locals, 50% of their images are shared only in 21% of Manhattan area. For tourists, this proportion is 12%. The significant parts of the city are thus largely invisible on Instagram.

The inequality of locals' Instagram sharing turns out to be bigger than inequalities in levels of income, rent, and unemployment.  The inequality of visitors' sharing is larger than income inequality in the most unequal countries. (See Analysis).  
equity  socialmedia  netnarr 
may 2017
Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors - Copyright Overview by Rich Stim - Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center
Unfortunately, the only way to get a definitive answer on whether a particular use is a fair use is to have it resolved in federal court. Judges use four factors to resolve fair use disputes, as discussed in detail below. It’s important to understand that these factors are only guidelines that courts are free to adapt to particular situations on a case‑by‑case basis. In other words, a judge has a great deal of freedom when making a fair use determination, so the outcome in any given case can be hard to predict.

The four factors judges consider are:

the purpose and character of your use
the nature of the copyrighted work
the amount and substantiality of the portion taken, and
the effect of the use upon the potential market.
fairuse  copyright 
may 2017
An introductory Arduino class design – Dave's Educational Blog
I started working with Arduino hardware at the beginning of 2016, thinking of it as a potential platform for real world projects for kids. I have ZERO electronics background, so it really took me a year of playing with it on and off to get my mind around how you could use it with kids and still make it fun. Most of the introductory lessons I saw online involved “attach this wire to a light, make the light blink” kind of activities that are designed to provide a SET OF SKILLS in small steps along a linear pathway. I hate this approach to learning. I wanted something that got to a useable project very, very quickly and then allowed for discovery after the project was built.
ideas  inspiration  teaching  diy 
may 2017
An epic battle is playing out over Copyright Reform in Europe.
Key things that make the internet awesome are at stake, and policy makers are making important decisions right now.

Help us throw as many leaflets as we can on The European Parliament!

Are you ready?
may 2017
Giving Students an Authentic Voice - Connecting is Learning
I ask my students to send reviews of my courses at the end of each semester. Some write as a blog entry, some create videos short and long. Here I include a selection (I have well over a hundred of these) that I will share in the session as well as others I cannot due to time.

Note that these are all hosted on their own blogs and YouTube accounts, this is their data and their material to share. My role is to give them the opportunity to express themselves.
may 2017
Teach@CUNY Handbook – Online, Annotatable 2017 Edition
The primary audience for the Teach@CUNY Handbook is Graduate Center students preparing for their first semesters as college professors in CUNY’s classrooms. The handbook has been built in dialogue with students at the Graduate Center who have sought guidance and assistance from the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) in the two years since we opened. Hundreds of GC students have visited our office hours, attended our workshops and other events, emailed us for support, and pulled us aside in the hallway to share suggestions for how we might support their teaching. The TLC team logs these conversations, and has used them to shape both our programming and this first iteration of the Teach@CUNY Handbook.
may 2017
42 Visions For Tomorrow From The Golden Age of Futurism
It's 2015. But sometimes it feels like our futuristic dreams are stuck in the 1950s and 60s. And there's actually a good reason for that.

The period between 1958 and 1963 might be described as a Golden Age of American Futurism, if not the Golden Age of American Futurism. Bookended by the founding of NASA in 1958 and the end of The Jetsons in 1963, these few years were filled with some of the wildest techno-utopian dreams that American futurists had to offer. It also happens to be the exact timespan for the greatest futuristic comic strip to ever grace the Sunday funnies: Closer Than We Think.

Jetpacks, meal pills, flying cars — they were all there, beautifully illustrated by Arthur Radebaugh, a commercial artist based in Detroit best known for his work in the auto industry. Radebaugh would help influence countless Baby Boomers and shape their expectations for the future. The influence of Closer Than We Think can still be felt today.

How many of these visions of the future are we still waiting on?
retro  art  future 
may 2017
BotOrNot by Truthy
BotOrNot checks the activity of a Twitter account and gives it a score based on how likely the account is to be a bot. Higher scores are more bot-like.
bot  twitter  cooltech  netnarr 
may 2017
Rogue One vs. The Force Awakens — The Fault in Our Star Wars - YouTube
In this video I examine some of the flaws and imperfections in Rogue One and The Force Awakens to extract the lessons we can learn about showing vs. telling, active protagonists, and meaningful consequences.
ds106  film  Storytelling  video 
may 2017
gdocs2md-html/README.md at master · lmmx/gdocs2md-html · GitHub
A simple Google Apps script to convert a properly formatted Google Drive Document to the markdown (.md) format.
tools  markdown 
april 2017
Convert a Google Drive Document to the Markdown format, suitable for publishing.
A simple Google Apps script to convert a properly formatted Google Drive Document to the markdown (.md) format.
tools  markdown 
april 2017
Platform Cooperativism
Platform cooperativism is a growing movement that builds a fairer future of work. By organizing businesses that value democratic governance and the co-ownership of platforms, a broad range of freelancers and co-op members have created a concrete, near-future alternative to the extractive “sharing economy.” Whilst avoiding techno-solutionism, these new platform cooperatives are poised to reclaim principles like innovation, solidarity, and resilience by bringing together the rich heritage of cooperativism with the newest Internet technologies, while acknowledging the needs of core constituents.
april 2017
10 Rules to Follow When Composing a Photo – PhotographyTalk – Medium
You can have the most stunning subject to photograph in the most gorgeous lighting, but if you don’t take care to compose the shot well, no amount of good light and inherent beauty will prevent the image from being a dud.
There are plenty of photography composition tips to help you create a better photo. That’s the good news.
The bad news — if you can call it that — is that it just takes a bit of practice to become adept at using a compositional technique.
What’s more, it can get a bit overwhelming trying to decide which compositional techniques to learn, let alone which ones to implement.
Again, a little bit of practicing a handful of compositional techniques will help you determine what you like to do to give your photos a boost.
Let’s take a look at 10 compositional rules that will help you create a more impactful photo.
photography  thruthelens 
april 2017
USAFacts is a new data-driven portrait of the American population, our government’s finances, and government’s impact on society. We are a non-partisan, not-for-profit civic initiative and have no political agenda or commercial motive. We provide this information as a free public service and are committed to maintaining and expanding it in the future.
We rely exclusively on publicly available government data sources. We don’t make judgments or prescribe specific policies. Whether government money is spent wisely or not, whether our quality of life is improving or getting worse – that’s for you to decide. We hope to spur serious, reasoned, and informed debate on the purpose and functions of government. Such debate is vital to our democracy. We hope that USAFacts will make a modest contribution toward building consensus and finding solutions.
There’s more to USAFacts than this website. We also offer an annual report, a summary report, and a “10-K” modeled on the document public companies submit annually to the SEC for transparency and accountability to their investors.
data  economics  statistics  Visualization 
april 2017
An interactive twine-based fiction game
text  game  netnarr 
april 2017
Breaking Linear Classifiers on ImageNet
a second group of seemingly baffling results has emerged that brings up an apparent contradiction. I’m referring to several people who have noticed that it is possible to take an image that a state-of-the-art Convolutional Network thinks is one class (e.g. “panda”), and it is possible to change it almost imperceptibly to the human eye in such a way that the Convolutional Network suddenly classifies the image as any other class of choice (e.g. “gibbon”). We say that we break, or fool ConvNets
image  machinelearning 
april 2017
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