creativeHE community - Google+
Creativity for Learning in HE community, conversations, courses
creativity  issi 
3 days 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 
3 days 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.
4 days 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.
4 days 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.
4 days 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.
4 days ago
Philographics — Studio Carreras
Philographics is a series of posters that explain big ideas in simple shapes.
art  design  ds106 
5 days ago
WP: Query $args
WordPress Query Comprehensive Reference
wordpress  code 
6 days 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 
8 days 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 
8 days 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:
8 days 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 
8 days 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.”
8 days 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.
8 days 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 
11 days ago
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 
11 days ago
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 
15 days ago
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 
16 days ago
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?
18 days ago
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.
18 days ago
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.
19 days ago
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 
19 days ago
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 
20 days ago
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 
26 days ago
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 
27 days ago
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 
27 days ago
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.
28 days ago
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 
4 weeks ago
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 
4 weeks ago
An interactive twine-based fiction game
text  game  netnarr 
5 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
Life on a Möbius Strip: The Greatest Moth Story Ever Told, About the Unlikely Paths That Lead Us Back to Ourselves – Brain Pickings
In this storytelling masterpiece, a testament to poet Mark Strand’s notion that life is “such a lucky accident … that we’re almost obliged to pay attention,” Levin uses her scientific research into whether the universe is infinite or finite as a springboard for leaping into the infinitely complex, infinitely messy mysteries of the human heart — those largely arbitrary events we spend our lives arranging into a mosaic of meaning.
Storytelling  inspiration 
5 weeks ago
How I Present – dy/dan
I will share some of my workflow and style choices with you but a lot of that is just how I present, not how you should present. I’ll offer only two words of advice that I think every single presenter should take seriously.

To preface that advice, I’d like you to make a list of what you like and dislike about presentations you attend. Keep that list somewhere in view.
5 weeks ago
This Picture Will Change the Way You Learn to Code – freeCodeCamp
Recently several amazing visualizations of the various technologies used by web developers in 2017 surfaced on the Interwebs. One of them (geared towards backend developers) is pictured above.
These are great resources for both beginners and experts alike. They clearly lay out what technologies you should be aware of if you want to get a job as a frontend web developer, backend web developer, or system administrator.
But I think they are especially useful to absolute beginners learning their first few lines of code.
learning  Programming 
5 weeks ago
Nikkon - Kaira
Nikkon is a creative multipurpose WordPress theme designed with a minimal, clean, basic design. Nikkon offers multiple header layouts, multiple footer layouts, multiple page templates so along with SiteOrigin's simple drag and drop Page Builder you are really able to built any type of website you desire. Nikkon will work great for a simple personal blog, online photography portfolio, or a full eCommerce online store by simply installing the free WooCommerce plugin. Build your online shop and start selling your products in no time on your own WooCommerce store. Nikkon integrates with top plugins such as SiteOrigins Page Builder, WooCommerce, Contact Form 7 and more. Simple, elegant, clean, beautiful, Nikkon offers great design for any website from a fashion shop to your corporate business website. Hope you like it !!
wordpress  theme 
5 weeks ago
The Alchemy Web Site
 Nearly a gigabyte currently online of information on alchemy in all its facets. Divided into over 2700 separate topics and providing tens of thousands of pages of text, over 3000 images, over 300 complete alchemical texts, extensive bibliographical material on the printed books and manuscripts, numerous articles, introductory and general reference material on alchemy. This is essentially a reference library on the topic of alchemy.
   This site is organised by Adam McLean, the well known authority on alchemical texts and symbolism, author and publisher of over 80 books on alchemical and Hermetic ideas.
   Alchemy is a complex subject with many different interconnected aspects. Many people still only think of the quest of the philosophers' stone to change base metals into gold. On this web site you will be able to explore the riches of alchemical texts, some of which are wonderful works of allegorical literature, delve into its amazing, beautiful and enigmatic symbolism, and ponder its underlying hermetic philosophy, which holds a picture of the interconnection of the Macrocosm and Microcosm.
   This website is so complex and extensive that it can take some time to thoroughly explore all the sections. Clicking on the links in the menubar on the left or the buttons below will allow exploration of the major sections of the alchemy web site.
history  alchemy  netnarr 
5 weeks ago
The web was supposed to be a thing we make – Glitch – Medium
It’s easy to forget in an era of billion-dollar Internet startups that the original vision of the web was that it’s something we make, not just something we consume. So Glitch is helping us to remember.
web  maker  html  cooltech 
5 weeks ago
robertfoss/audio_shop: Your frinedly neighbourhood script for mangling images using audio editing tools
Your friendly neighborhood script for mangling images using audio editing tools. This script lets you interpret image or video data as sound, and apply audio effects to it before converting it back to image representation
graphics  cooltech  images  ds106 
5 weeks ago
Fairytale Prisoner by Choice: The Photographic Eye of Melania Trump
Why won’t the first lady show up for her job? Why? I became obsessed with this question and eventually looked to Melania’s Twitter history for answers. I noticed that in the three-year period between June 3, 2012 and June 11, 2015 she tweeted 470 photos which she appeared to have taken herself. I examined these photographs as though they were a body of work.
Everyone has an eye, whether or not we see ourselves as photographers. What we choose to photograph and how we frame subjects always reveals a little about how we perceive the world. For someone like Melania, media-trained, controlled and cloistered, her collection of Twitter photography provides an otherwise unavailable view into the reality of her existence. Nowhere else — certainly not in interviews or public appearances — is her guard so far down.
instagram  dipp  thruthelens 
5 weeks ago
Software Library: Macintosh Internet Archive
A collection of emulated software for the early Macintosh computer, created by Apple as the successor to the Apple II series. Simple, powerful and a new path in computing, the Macintosh's graphics-based operating system changed the face of computing
computer  history  apple  macintosh  emulator 
5 weeks ago
Does Ian Bogost Own a Pressure Washer?
The Paper of Record regarding Ian Bogost's ownership of a pressure washer.
6 weeks ago
The Active Citizen in a Digital Age | Stanford University | NovoEd
We participate in our communities in many ways – as neighbors, volunteers, voters, donors, members of local organizations (PTAs, churches, associational groups), and political activists. Democracies depend on people being willing to participate. Some participation is required (paying taxes, some military service). But democracies also depend on people's willingness to join in by choice.

This class provides an introduction to the roles of individuals and associations in shaping our collective public life and the civic fabric of our towns, states, and countries. Sometimes this involves coming together to influence governing bodies such as city councils or public agencies; sometimes it focuses on doing the things your community wants but can't or won't get government to do.
activism  civic  netnarr  mooc 
6 weeks ago
GIPHY Capture
GIPHY CAPTURE is the best way to create GIFs on your Mac. Simple, powerful, free, and easy enough for pretty much everyone and even a few small mammals.
apps  gifs  gif 
6 weeks ago
Wakefulness and Digitally Engaged Publics - Hybrid Pedagogy
A public pedagogy of wakefulness critiques existing systems of education that are removed or distanced from the concerns of the public. Academics are responsible for unpacking complex ideas in the public space while using research and education as a means to enact change.
academia  activism  netnarr 
6 weeks ago
AnswerGarden » ...- Plant a Question, Grow Answers! Generate a live word cloud with your audience.
AnswerGarden is a new minimalistic feedback tool. Use it for real time audience participation, online brainstorming and classroom feedback.
6 weeks ago
Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Give It Away" covered by one person in the style of 20 different bands / Boing Boing
Anthony Vincent brings his "20 Different Styles" genius to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Give It Away," as if it was performed by the Beastie Boys, Guns N' Roses, David Bowie, Naughty By Nature, Frank Zappa, Bob Marley, and many more.
music  audio  video  ds106  behindscenes 
7 weeks ago
Responsive Video Gallery
With a simple CSS grid and the jQuery app “Fancybox”, it’s easy to make a responsive video gallery with videos from YouTube and Vimeo.
code  jquery  video 
7 weeks ago
Tabletop Whale
"an original science illustration blog"
animation  blog  infographics  science 
7 weeks ago
Browser Extension and Login-Leak Experiment
When you browse the web, small beacons (trackers) are spying on your online activities. Even though such trackers are invisible, they collect information about you such as which pages you visit, which buttons clicked, and what text you typed. This information is often used to show you targeted advertisements and may require you to pay a higher price during online shopping depending on the collected information.

Did you know websites can track you by your browser extensions and web logins?
Recent studies show that you can be tracked based on your web browser properties. In this experiment, we demonstrate that you can also be tracked by

your browser extensions (such as AdBlock, Pinterest, or Ghostery), and
the websites you have logged in (such as Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter).
7 weeks ago
Politaoke – You for Office!
It’s real political speeches that we’ve turned into Karaoke!

Politaoke is non-partisan political karaoke project in which participants can respeak real contemporary political speeches from local, national and international politicians. Now you too can deliver the great rhetoric filled speeches of today’s most important politicians in this audience participation performance! Just come to a show, select a speech and take the mic when your name is called. It’s just like Karaoke, but easier since you don’t have to sing!
activism  netnarr 
7 weeks ago
Conflict Kitchen
Conflict Kitchen is a restaurant that serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. Each Conflict Kitchen iteration is augmented by events, performances, publications, and discussions that seek to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus region. The restaurant rotates identities in relation to current geopolitical events.
activism  netnarr 
7 weeks ago
Artists Without a Cause - AWAC
Artists Without a Cause AWAC strives to create a symbiotic relationship between artists working in the political and social field with organizations and activists who are championing a cause. We want to bridge the gap and create a common language between goal- oriented and focused activists and process-oriented artists working on the same issues.
art  activism  netnarr 
7 weeks ago
Katherine Smith, Iconic Navajo Land Defender And Matriarch, Dies | Fronteras Desk
Billowing clouds rolled in and out over Big Mountain bringing wind, rain, snow and sun when Katherine Smith said goodbye to the land she loved and defended.

“In our beliefs when a death occurs, the weather will tell you how blessed they were, the prosperty,” said daughter Marykatherine Smith. “We see rain, wind and snow as prosperity so she was very blessed.”
7 weeks ago
Marp - Markdown Presentation Writer
Marp is the simplest presentation writer with Markdown.
markdown  presentation  cooltech 
7 weeks ago
All Aboard | Begin You Digital Journey
Are you keen to improve your digital knowledge, skills or confidence? If so, we’d love to help. All Aboard is a national project that aims to empower learners, teachers, and anyone who uses technology to support their work, their study, or other aspects of living in a digital age.
identity  dipp  digital 
7 weeks ago
Elementor - Drag & Drop Page Builder for WordPress
Use Elementor with your favorite or customized theme. Change themes and still keep all your designs. Landing pages, homepages, posts, portfolios, products. Elementor can be used to design any page or custom post type.
theme  wordpress 
8 weeks ago
iTunes' Terms And Conditions Turned Into A Satirical Graphic Novel
You accept and comply with them on daily basis, you mindlessly scroll through them just to get to the ‘continue’ button, yet you most likely have never read them, despite a nagging feeling that you probably should: the terms and conditions of any app or website. Infamous for being over 20,000 words long, the iTunes T&C might just be the most unappealing of them all, but comic artist Robert Sikoryak managed to make them not only readable, but also immensely enjoyable by turning them into a graphic novel.
copyright  comic  netnarr 
8 weeks ago
Tentacular Archaeology
Wouldn’t you like to write and deploy on the web your own generative piece of tentacular archaeology? Eldritch Archaeology? (Or maybe an abstract generator – one click, and you’re done. Something new everytime. We all just do variations on the same paper over and over again anyway, don’t we….)

You can, now, via glitch.com. This site allows you to remix and deploy others’ code. So I rewrote the site report generator and moved it to Glitch; you can see it in action at ªªhttps://lovecraftian-archaeology.glitch.me/ andºº if you want to remix it go to the edit page.
9 weeks ago
Tracery is a super-simple tool and language to generate text, by GalaxyKate. It's been used by middle school students, humanities professors, indie game developers, professional bot makers, and lots of regular people, too.
generator  javascript  netnarr 
9 weeks ago
The Infinite Hotel Paradox: A Brilliant Animated Thought Experiment to Help You Grasp the Mind-Bending Concept of Infinity – Brain Pickings
“Infinity is a demented concept,” astrophysicist Janna Levin, who studies the finitude of the universe, wrote in her spectacular diary-turned-book about the universe. Infinity is also a dementing concept. Most of us find it oddly hard, impossible even, to actually wrap our minds around it and envisage a thing — for it can’t really be a number, can it? — to which we can’t simply add something else to produce infinity-plus-one, instantly rendering “infinity” finite.

To help ordinary humans tussle with this extraordinary concept, German mathematician David Hilbert conceived of what is now known as the Infinite Hotel Paradox — a brilliant and mind-bending specimen of that neat intersection of science and philosophy: the thought experiment. Hilbert came up with the Infinite Hotel Paradox in 1924, but it was popularized only after his death by Russian-American theoretical physicist George Gamow’s 1947 book One Two Three… Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science (public library).

This illuminating short animation from TED-Ed, written by Jeff Dekofsky, brings the famous thought experiment to life
infinity  animation 
9 weeks ago
Blink - Codestag
In a saturated market of overly complicated themes, Blink allows users to achieve a visually stunning website right out the box, without having to go through complex documentation and setup instructions.

Coded with the best coding practices for WordPress, Blink is a theme with robust performance and solid code, that adapts beautifully to any device. Experience the performance by giving a try to the live demo.
wordpress  theme 
9 weeks ago
The music over the ruins of Aleppo | Correspondent
There are some things that bombs and fighting just can’t kill. Like Mohammed Anis and his determination to live, and to begin anew in the ruins that are today his hometown of Aleppo. Even if his home is quite literally a pile of debris. Even if much of what he had treasured -- from his beloved collection of vintage American cars to his trusty pipe -- is today destroyed, mangled, broken. Even if the only thing around him that still works is an old gramophone that he cranks by hand.
Anis had been known in rebel-held eastern Aleppo before it fell to government forces at the end of December. Amid the savage fighting and the accompanying shortages, he refused to leave his home and his collection of vintage cars that he showed off whenever he could. The story that my colleague, Karam al-Masri, told of him became one of the more inspiring ones to come out of the besieged eastern part of Syria’s second city.
photography  thruthelens  backstory 
10 weeks ago
George Orwell: Politics and the English Language
Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble. If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary first step toward political regeneration: so that the fight against bad English is not frivolous and is not the exclusive concern of professional writers. I will come back to this presently, and I hope that by that time the meaning of what I have said here will have become clearer. Meanwhile, here are five specimens of the English language as it is now habitually written.
These five passages have not been picked out because they are especially bad — I could have quoted far worse if I had chosen — but because they illustrate various of the mental vices from which we now suffer. They are a little below the average, but are fairly representative examples.
10 weeks ago
The Awesome Foundation
Have a crazy brilliant idea that needs funding? We award $1,000 grants every month. It couldn't be simpler! Your idea is yours alone. We don't want a stake in it. We just want to help you make it happen!
10 weeks ago
Sideways Dictionary
Sideways dictionary — it's like a dictionary, but using analogies instead of definitions. Use it as a tool for finding and sharing helpful analogies to explain technology. Because if everyone understands technology better, we can make technology work better for everyone.
dictionary  reference  Technology 
10 weeks ago
Teach Yourself Computer Science
If you’re a self-taught engineer or bootcamp grad, you owe it to yourself to learn computer science. Thankfully, you can give yourself a world-class CS education without investing years and a small fortune in a degree program 💸.

There are plenty of resources out there, but some are better than others. You don’t need yet another “200+ Free Online Courses” listicle. You need answers to these questions:

Which subjects should you learn, and why?
What is the best book or video lecture series for each subject?
This guide is our attempt to definitively answer these questions.


Study all nine subjects below, in roughly the presented order, using either the suggested textbook or video lecture series, but ideally both. Aim for 100-200 hours of study of each topic, then revist favorites throughout your career
computer  learning  books 
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Glitch is the friendly community where you'll build the app of your dreams

With working example apps to remix, a code editor to modify them, instant hosting and deployment - anybody can build a web app on Glitch, for free
code  cooltech 
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Pork Chops and Apple Sauce: Appraising the Brady Bunch’s Art Collection
The world of The Brady Bunch can be defined by a conspicuous style. After all, the setting is an architect father’s passion project, accoutered with what Carol Brady once described as Danish Modern furniture. The family’s fashion arc went from Ozzie and Harriet in season one to post-sixties extremes in season three. Yet the Brady’s choice of household artwork seems oddly uninspired. Apart from a few exceptions, Brady wall art is practically invisible, begging to be upstaged by Mike’s designs, which include both the house and the family that lives there. What follows is an examination of that which is meant to be ignored.

I’ve detailed the Brady family art collection and elaborated on the trends and styles that it represents. It began as a lark, but it became a personal opus that surpassed the simple room-by-room inventory I envisioned. In some cases specific artists, pieces, and manufacturers have been unearthed, filling a gaping informational void on the internet. My work is sure to be a treat for anyone who loves art, or The Brady Bunch, or tedious overanalysis.
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Hemingway Editor
Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear.

The app highlights lengthy, complex sentences and common errors; if you see a yellow sentence, shorten or split it. If you see a red highlight, your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its meandering, splitting logic — try editing this sentence to remove the red.
writing  tools 
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