RT : Hey Twitter, we need to have a talk.

Last night I learned & confirmed the name of the "main student" from the…
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2 days ago
rogeriochaves/spades: Start an Elm SPA ready to the real world
Spades is a framework for Elm that helps you quickly start a Single Page Application (SPA) ready to the real world, with an opinionated structure that allows your app to grow easily and well organized.

It has a CLI generating all the necessary Elm boilerplate when adding new components to your application.
elm  code  cli  programming  web  webdev  webapp  useful 
11 days ago
Untitled (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rKGpE3Yzng&t=461)
FYI: I made a segment about Rape Victim Advocates for Chicago Independent Television in 2005
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13 days ago
The Obscuritory
A blog for games unplayed and unknown
game  games  gaming  history  computer  computers 
17 days ago
Seeing Theory
A visual introduction to probability and statistics.
statistics  stats  probability  math  mathematics  javascript  code  visualization  infographic  infographics 
21 days ago
College track star warned police about her ex-boyfriend 6 times in the 10 days before he killed her – ThinkProgress
RT : Lauren McClusky warned police about her ex-boyfriend 6 times in the 10 days before he killed her
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21 days ago
A Timeline Of Facebook's Scandals In 2018
I bet 2019 is going to be even worse for Facebook.
facebook  reference  2018  list  lists  scandal 
22 days ago
SZCZ.org: Using Clojure to Solve the NPR Sunday Puzzle
Files related to last week's presentation about and the Sunday Puzzle are now online:
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27 days ago
Byrne’s Euclid
geometry  math  mathematics  book  books  design  beauty  history 
5 weeks ago
How Did the Republican Party Get So Corrupt? - The Atlantic
After Wisconsin Democrats swept statewide offices last month, Robin Vos, speaker of the assembly, explained why Republicans would have to get rid of the old rules: “We are going to have a very liberal governor who is going to enact policies that are in direct contrast to what many of us believe in.”

As Bertolt Brecht wrote of East Germany’s ruling party:

Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?
republican  republicans  rightwing  politics  corruption  news  history  usa 
5 weeks ago
John Dingell: How to Fix Government - The Atlantic
I Served in Congress Longer Than Anyone. Here’s How to Fix It.
Abolish the Senate and publicly fund elections.
government  usa  history  politics  advice  advise  future 
6 weeks ago
Legacy of President George H.W. Bush: War Crimes, Racism
"I don't care what the facts are." -- George H. W. Bush

Well, I do:
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7 weeks ago
Exclusive: The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed | The Nation
As President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who retired from the military as a five-star general after leading Allied forces to victory in World War II, said in a 1953 speech, “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” What would Eisenhower say today about a Pentagon that deliberately misleads the people’s representatives in Congress in order to grab more money for itself while hunger, want, climate breakdown, and other ills increasingly afflict the nation?
government  military  money  budget  usa  fraud  finance 
7 weeks ago
Outcast is an ambitious action adventure game featuring unique voxel technology and a compelling storyline. It was developped by Appeal (our company) and published in 1999 by Infogrames, worldwide.
videogames  game  gaming  history  tech  technology 
8 weeks ago
Fox News Isn't A Normal Media Company. We Have To Stop Treating It Like One.
Complaining about, mocking, and pedantically fact-checking Fox is easy, and liberals have been doing all of the above since the Clinton administration. But removing it from polite society will be hard, and will require a nuanced conversation about the line between a free press, which most liberals cherish as an abstract ideal, and the reality of a far-right propaganda operation that has had a uniquely destructive effect on public life. Then again, that conversation is already underway, and no one has worked harder to delegitimize the free press than Fox News.

Boycotting Fox is also something that is within the power of consumers and activists to start doing at any time. It doesn’t require waiting for an election and it doesn’t depend on election results. It is well within the parameters of the law. It simply requires a well-organized, dedicated effort to make Fox radioactive for anyone who isn’t fully committed to advancing the conservative movement. Fox will still be a lucrative grift after that, because while the audience it caters to may be a small minority of Americans, but it is real, wealthy, and it will remain loyal. But imposing real financial and social consequences on the people who’ve built careers on spewing hate and misinformation is something we could have attempted years ago. Better late than never.

David Klion is a writer based in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in the Nation, the New York Times, the Guardian, and elsewhere. He tweets at @DavidKlion.
conservative  media  rightwing  activism  protest 
8 weeks ago
Stan Lee obituary: The genius of the superhero creator - BBC News
"Every time I go to a comic book convention, at least one fan will ask me, 'What is the greatest superpower of all?' I always say that luck is the greatest superpower, because if you have good luck then everything goes your way."
comic  comics  media  inspiration  luck  genius  success  excelsior 
10 weeks ago
AI Hub  |  AI Hub  |  Google Cloud
Google Cloud’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Hub is a catalog of plug-and-play AI components, including end-to-end AI pipelines and out-of-the-box algorithms. AI Hub provides enterprise-grade sharing capabilities for organizations to privately host their AI content as well as to foster reuse and collaboration on everything AI. Users can also access unique Google Cloud AI and Google AI technologies that can be easily deployed for experimentation but also all the way to production on Google Cloud and on hybrid infrastructures.
ai  google  code  software  development  research  science  algorithm  algorithms 
10 weeks ago
Why Religion? | MetaFilter
"Religion often frames suffering as punishment. A family tragedy taught me otherwise."
religion  family  life 
10 weeks ago
Discover Art & Artists | The Art Institute of Chicago
Explore thousands of artworks in the museum’s wide-ranging collection—from our world-renowned icons to lesser-known gems from every corner of the globe—as well as our books, writings, reference materials, and other resources.
art  artists  history  online  image  images  design  chicago 
10 weeks ago
Amazon's Gender-Biased Algorithm Is Not Alone - Bloomberg
Amazon’s recruiting engine went to great lengths to identify and weed out women. A women’s college in the education section of a resume was an automatic demerit. By contrast, the presence of typically male vocabulary, such as “executed,” was a point in favor. These are just two examples of how computers can sift through data to find proxies for the qualities that they want to seek or avoid. What seems like offhand, irrelevant information correlates to things like gender, race, and class. And like it or not, gender, race, and class are very important in how our world works, so their signals are very strong. This allows computers to discriminate without their creators intentionally doing so.

What makes Amazon unusual is that it actually did its due diligence, discovered the troubling bias and decided against using the algorithm.
algorithm  algorithms  sexism  racism  bias  amazon  job  jobs  research  computers 
10 weeks ago
High School English in the United States from 1899-1919 or so | MetaFilter
"A List of Books for Home Reading of High-School Pupils" was published in 1912 by the National Council of Teachers of English, a group that formed the year before and still makes recommendations to teachers today. Forerunners to the NCTE list include the NEA's report on college entrance requirements (1899), Franklin T. Baker's "Bibliography of Children's Reading" (1908), and the Newark Free Public Library's popular list of "A Thousand of the Best Novels" (1904-1919). But many NCTE members would also help shape a thorough recommendation for the "Reorganization of English in Secondary Schools" (1917) and contribute to The English Journal, issues of which from 1911-1922 are free online.
history  usa  reading  english  lit  literature  education  school  schools  teaching  highschool 
10 weeks ago
'Canada is the most multicultural country in the world' - BBC News
Syed Najam Hassan is 42 years old and lives in Alberta, Canada.

He set up his first free public library on his front lawn in Calgary three months ago.

Today there are libraries in seven different locations in Alberta with hundreds of people visiting each one each day.

Syed's aim: "To bring different cultures together" inspired by their love of reading.
canada  world  library  book  books  inspiration  inspiring  culture 
11 weeks ago
7 Signs that indicate you have become a corporate slave - Careerizma
1. You sleep less than an average of 6 hours every night.

2. Part of your daily routine involves turning the floor lights on, when you arrive, and off, when you leave.

3. You have never attended your daughter’s dance recital.

4. You can’t remember the last time you had a day off, let alone a vacation with your family.

5. You are constantly anxious about your performance, or rather the way it is perceived by your manager.

6. You feel you cannot talk to your manager, your HR or your colleagues about your grievances.

7. ­­Your work-life balance has taken a nose dive.
work  job  corporate  corporation  corporations  life  list  lists  economy  economics  parecon  markets 
11 weeks ago
"I think it's hard for people to come to terms with their own mortality" | MetaFilter
Timothy Caulfield is the Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, Professor & Research Director at the University of Alberta. He is also fascinated by pseudoscientific celebrity health advice, specifically how it's based on bad science, and on that topic, published the book Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? (Goodreads). He also uses his humour, quick wit and science knowledge to investigate trendy diets, ancient therapies, wellness and anti-aging products to separate science fact from fiction in a series called A User’s Guide to Cheating Death (YT, trailer). He's into his second season of six episodes each, streaming for free from Vision TV for folks in Canada, and all 12 episodes are available on Netflix, too.
argument  books  health  reference  death  life  skepticism 
11 weeks ago
Decentralisation: the next big step for the world wide web | Technology | The Guardian
First, it is technically more difficult to build a decentralised web because everything isn’t in one place. Then there’s getting people to use it. “Right now humanity lives at Facebook,” says Mitchell Baker, chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation. A killer app, a thing that everyone wants, could help here – but there isn’t one yet. Though that is neither surprising nor a failure given how early it still is, adds Baker. Many of the apps that do exist are clunky and difficult to use; user experience needs to improve.

The DWeb movement also needs to focus on its true advantages – the things centralised systems can’t do, says Juan Benet, founder of Protocol Labs. And one of those is speed. Because of the way the DWeb works differently from the current web, it should intrinsically be faster, but there is a long way to go on that, he says.

There are also big issues about governance that need to be ironed out, says Primavera De Filippi, who studies the legal and organisational challenges of decentralised technologies at the National Centre for Scientific Research in Paris and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. How does the decentralised web all come together when no one is in charge? And how do you make sure things don’t just become centralised again, the system repeating itself, particularly when there are companies that want to make money?

How big online companies push back also remains to be seen. “There are going to be a lot of forces for the status quo,” says Kahle. The DWeb is new and burgeoning, but it also isn’t inevitable.
conference  decentralized  democracy  freedom  future  inspiration  internet  parecon  tech  technology  video  videos  web  web2.0 
11 weeks ago
Decentralized Web Summit 2018: Global Visions / Working Code
The Internet Archive's Decentralized Web Summit is dedicated to creating the web we want [and the web we deserve]. We are convening those who want to build a web that...

Remembers. Forgets. That’s safe. That cares about people. That’s a marketplace. That’s a public square. That learns. That’s magical. That’s fun. A web with many winners. A web that’s locked open for good.
web  web2.0  future  inspiration  tech  technology  freedom  democracy  parecon  decentralized  conference  video  videos  internet 
11 weeks ago
The Great Filter—the most important question in history
You don’t need 10,000,000 alien civilizations to have us tripping over old warp cores and wrappers from Phaser Burger. You just need one. For any of the “maybe they’re just quiet” objections to work, it would require that every single civilization that developed, regardless of the conditions in which it developed, would independently and uniformly determine that they would be quiet homebodies. No one, not a single Klingon Musk or Darth Bezos could ever get the idea of venturing out to colonize or launching self replicating probes. That answer seems much, much less likely than what the evidence suggests: There is no one out there.

Really, when you put the Great Filter together with Fermi’s question, there seem to be only two possible outcomes.

Answer One: Intelligent life is a fluke.

Maybe life is much more rare, much more unlikely, than our theories would suggest. All the substances required to create life seem common enough, and there are all those planets. But maybe there’s a step we don’t understand. Or maybe life is common, but it’s the development of complex life that’s rare. Maybe if we get out there, will find that our galaxy is really the Slimy Way, filled with planets overrun with the simplest forms of life, and nothing else. Or maybe it’s intelligence. Or technology — a lot of creatures on Earth, on both land and sea, seem to have reached the simple tool-using stage, but maybe getting from pointy stick to pointy stick with stone attached is just much, much harder than it looks. We don’t know which step, but one of the steps between “having a planet that appears suitable for life” and “having a technological civilization” may be a near impossible move.

This, by the way, is the Good Answer. The answer you should really, really hope is true. This is the answer that says “Yes, there is a Great Filter that stands in the way of developing a technological civilization, but we have passed that filter. The universe—the lonely, empty universe—is at our feet!”

Answer Two: Intelligent life is a disaster.

This the less good answer. The answer that says “Yes, there is a Great Filter out there … and it’s in our future.” What’s particularly bad about this is that everything would suggest that it’s in our immediate future. Because given not too much longer to hang around, this little group of monkeys is likely to escape and start being the sort of interstellar pest who would build a McDonald’s franchise on someone else’s moon … if there was anyone else.

Here’s what makes this excessively worrisome: We have no reason to think that developing intelligent life is all that hard. After all, in the one example we know of it all worked out. We know that in our Solar System, there are three planets that are at least somewhat “Earth like” and somewhat near the habitable zone. Of those, one developed life. That one went on to pass every other proposed bottleneck of the Filter theory. So as far as we can tell … it’s not that hard.

Answer two says that sure, intelligence may be as common as sand, but holding onto a technological civilization isn’t just hard, it’s essentially impossible. There are very good reasons to believe this is the correct answer.
future  research  science  space  life  history  humanity  questions  tech  technology  intelligence 
11 weeks ago
A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley - The New York Times
Tim Cook, the C.E.O. of Apple, said earlier this year that he would not let his nephew join social networks. Bill Gates banned cellphones until his children were teenagers, and Melinda Gates wrote that she wished they had waited even longer. Steve Jobs would not let his young children near iPads.

But in the last year, a fleet of high-profile Silicon Valley defectors have been sounding alarms in increasingly dire terms about what these gadgets do to the human brain. Suddenly rank-and-file Silicon Valley workers are obsessed. No-tech homes are cropping up across the region. Nannies are being asked to sign no-phone contracts.

Those who have exposed their children to screens try to talk them out of addiction by explaining how the tech works.
kids  children  tech  technology  apple  iphone  parenting  siliconvalley 
11 weeks ago
CAP API | Caselaw Access Project
The Caselaw Access Project API, also known as CAPAPI, serves all official US court cases published in books from 1658 to 2018. The collection includes over six million cases scanned from the Harvard Law Library shelves.
data  database  law  legal  api  reference  code  history  court  software 
11 weeks ago
1984+6 | MetaFilter
1990 was a 1970s television series depicting a then future UK under dystopian state control following an economic collapse.
tv  television  future  media  vision  economy  economics 
11 weeks ago
Time Traveler by Merriam-Webster: Search Words by First Known Use Date
When was a word first used in print? You may be surprised! Enter a date below to see the words first recorded on that year.
word  words  history  time  dictionary  english  language  search  online 
12 weeks ago
Babel: active code in Org-mode
Babel is Org-mode's ability to execute source code within Org-mode documents.
orgmode  emacs  programming  code  reference  useful  inspiration  tech  technology  software  literate 
12 weeks ago
Stars seize Iranian imagination | News | Al Jazeera
People in the southern Iranian town of Saadat Shahr make sure not to miss Friday prayers.
astronomy  world  iran  arabic  inspiration  science  inspiring 
12 weeks ago
The Dirty Secret of the Global Plan to Avert Climate Disaster | WIRED
When asked how we should read the results of any integrated assessment model, controversial as they are, McGlynn sighs. “The most important of the IPCC’s projections is that we’re screwed unless we can figure out how to take CO2 out of the atmosphere, because we haven’t acted fast enough,” she says. “I think that’s the most important part of the story.”

Still, negative emissions are not mentioned in the Paris Climate Agreement or a part of formal international climate negotiations. As Peters and Geden recently pointed out, no country mentions BECCS in its official plan to cut emissions in line with Paris’s 2°C goal, and only a dozen mention carbon capture and storage. Politicians are decidedly not crafting elaborate BECCS plans, with supply chains spanning continents and carbon accounting spanning decades. So even if negative emissions of any kind turns out to be feasible technically and economically, it’s hard to see how we can achieve it on a global scale in a scant 13 or even three years, as some scenarios require.

Looking at BECCS and direct air capture as case studies, it’s particularly clear that there’s only so fast you can act, and that modelers, engineers, politicians, and the rest of us must face up to the necessity of negative emissions together.
climate  climatechange  climatecrisis  research  science  chemistry  world 
12 weeks ago
New Power | The indispensable guide to navigating the 21st century
The world seems chaotic. Polls failed to predict that Trump would win. Airbnb is worth more than Hilton. #MeToo is taking down powerful, previously untouchable heads of industry. But when you step back from the chaos, you can notice there’s an underlying force at work: “new power.”

By understanding new power you can reshape the world around you. The future is a battle for mobilization. Those who flourish will be those best able to channel participatory energy — for the good, the bad, and the trivial. And this battle will have big implications for people, organizations, and for the world at large.
future  activism  hope  inspiration  inspiring  power  crowdsourcing  protest  change 
12 weeks ago
Inside the Secret Meme Lab Designed to Propel #NeverAgain Beyond the March | Vanity Fair
“It’s funny,” Dylan Baierlein told me. “If you came to one of our meetings and watched us and listened to us, you would think that, like, nothing is getting done! But the craziest thing is, amidst this chaos of nonsense, somehow, we are getting it all done in our own way. I don’t know why it works, I don’t know how it works—but it does. And it’s incredible.”
psychology  activism  media  socialmedia  guns  government  policy  protest 
12 weeks ago
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