Kenwood’s jazz band seeks funds for Kennedy Center performance – hpherald.com
Kenwood Academy High School jazz band will perform at the Kennedy Center in DC and is looking for donations.
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10 days ago
842 steps, 41 stories, 14 minutes.
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21 days ago
TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): Nose in a book
I consider it a point of pride that I thought of my son Zachary when I saw this cartoon:
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24 days ago
Donald Trump Is President. This Is What We Do Next.
Your sage advice for today, and every day, "Donald Trump is President [vomit in mouth]. This Is What We Do Next.":
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4 weeks ago
Bizarre Paintings Of Mecha Robots And Werewolves Attacking East European Peasants Of The Early 20th Century
The Polish artist Jakub Rozalski, who goes by the sobriquet “Mr. Werewolf,” has produced an amusing series of steampunk-ish canvases in which serene and idyllic rustic landscapes of what seem to be Eastern Europe (Rozalski’s very back yard, you might say) in the early decades of the 20th century feature the prominent and inexplicable existence of completely fictitious giant mecha robots.
steampunk  painting  art  robots  aweseome  europe  poland 
4 weeks ago
Carl Edwards expected to retire immediately from NASCAR
Bummer. Carl Edwards is my favorite NASCAR driver. Sad to see him go.
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5 weeks ago
SZCZ.org: A candidate for the Unifying Theme of Activism
This marks the first time I used a picture of Voltron in a blog post:
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8 weeks ago
Untitled (http://www.chicagomediaaction.org/audiofiles/wzrd_2016-10-23.mp3)
Enjoy the radio magic of my badly botched 2016 election predictions on , dated October 23, 2016 -
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8 weeks ago
Find the Right Words - Words To Use
Welcome to Words to Use, a new kind of word reference that can help you write about anything! Unlike a thesaurus, which groups words by their meaning, we group subject-related words by parts of speech.
word  words  semantic  semantics  reference  english  language  write  writing 
8 weeks ago
Maybe the Internet Isn’t a Tool for Democracy After All
But the recent panicked focus on fixing the “fake news” problem itself seems inadequate, reliant on the belief that merely by ensuring that hoaxes and lies are unable to circulate on social networks, we can return to civil public discourse. That misinformation plagues our politics is a symptom of a larger, more existential problem: The tech industry has disrupted the public sphere and has shown neither the interest nor the ability to reconstruct it. No matter what Facebook might believe, there is no turnkey algorithmic solution that will ensure a perfect civic network. It will always be possible for people who take advantage of networks’ “dumb” nature — their inability to distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate traffic — to flood them with junk.

Is it possible to encourage productive, meaningful speech online without regulating the speech itself? A stronger public sphere might emerge if the power of the few companies that determine the dissemination of news and ideas were greatly reduced. If Facebook’s effective monopoly on online distribution were broken, a new set of ways to report and share news could arise: a social network where the sources of articles were highlighted rather than the users sharing them. A platform that makes it easier to read a full story than to share one unread. A news feed that provides alternative sources and analysis beneath every shared article. We can’t believe that merely connecting people is enough to enable freedom. But if we abandon the air of inevitability that has surrounded the expansion of the internet and the politics we’ve too long presumed it enables, we may find that it still is a fantastic tool for democracy — in concert with a strong free press; transparent, independent institutions; and the old-fashioned democratic value of arguing with your neighbors to their faces, rather than with their Twitter accounts.
democracy  twitter  internet  news  fake  socialmedia  indymedia  inspiration  idea  ideas  todo  communications 
8 weeks ago
Hooked for Life - The Huffington Post
Inside the NFL's relentless, existential, Big Tobacco-style pursuit of your children.
football  nfl  sport  sports  kids  children 
8 weeks ago
If You Want to See How Donald Trump Will Destroy the Environment, Read This Legislative Roadmap
Given that CEI is playing a key role in the anticipated next cabinet, it's good to know what their plan is:
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8 weeks ago
Carl Sagan's Ambitious College Reading List: Plato, Shakespeare, Gide, and Plenty of Philosophy, Math & Physics (1954) | Open Culture
Carl Sagan’s Ambitious College Reading List: Plato, Shakespeare, Gide, and Plenty of Philosophy, Math & Physics (1954)
todo  toread  reference  list  lists  book  books  science  philosophy  math  mathematics 
9 weeks ago
GitHub - anantdgoel/HackPrincetonF16
In the current media landscape, control over distribution has become almost as important as the actual creation of content, and that has given Facebook a huge amount of power. The impact that Facebook newsfeed has in the formation of opinions in the real world is so huge that it potentially affected the 2016 election decisions, however these newsfeed were not completely accurate. Our solution? FiB because with 1.5 Billion Users, Every Single Tweak in an Algorithm Can Make a Change, and we don't stop at just one.
fake  news  code  software  programming  ai  api  github  media  information  fakenews 
9 weeks ago
Untitled (http://hpherald.com/2016/12/14/quality-public-education-doesnt-require-genius/)
"...educate the whole student in order to develop Chicago’s local talent into the future leaders of the city"
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9 weeks ago
SCIENCE — If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a...
"If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things." - Albert Einstein,
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9 weeks ago
SZCZ.org: Answers to Questions about American Media and Politics
Latest blog post: "Answers to Questions about American Media and Politics" -
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10 weeks ago
The Distribution of Users’ Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think
Level 3 = 5% of Adult Population

This is what this most-skilled group of people can do: “At this level, tasks typically require the use of both generic and more specific technology applications. Some navigation across pages and applications is required to solve the problem. The use of tools (e.g. a sort function) is required to make progress towards the solution. The task may involve multiple steps and operators. The goal of the problem may have to be defined by the respondent, and the criteria to be met may or may not be explicit. There are typically high monitoring demands. Unexpected outcomes and impasses are likely to occur. The task may require evaluating the relevance and reliability of information in order to discard distractors. Integration and inferential reasoning may be needed to a large extent.”

The meeting room task described above requires level-3 skills. Another example of level-3 task is “You want to know what percentage of the emails sent by John Smith last month were about sustainability.”
skills  demographics  design  computer  computers  tech  technology 
10 weeks ago
Recycling: does it actually help the environment? | Adler Astro-Journalists
I recycle, but here are some pointed questions to consider about recycling.
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11 weeks ago
‘There is no cavalry left’: Cities prepare to lead the way on climate action
If St. Petersburg, Florida, can do it, then certainly Chicago can. Do you agree?
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11 weeks ago
TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): Plutocracy and oligarchy
"The real difficulty is with the vast wealth and power in the hands of the few and the unscrupulous who represent or control capital. Hundreds of laws of Congress and the state legislatures are in the interest of these men and against the interests of workingmen. These need to be exposed and repealed. All laws on corporations, on taxation, on trusts, wills, descent, and the like, need examination and extensive change. This is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people no longer. It is a government of corporations, by corporations, and for corporations..."

- From the diary of President Rutherford B. Hayes (11 March 1888)
quote  quotes  politics  inequality  activism  protest  corporate  government  usa  corporation  corporations  market  markets  parecon 
11 weeks ago
How tiny wasps cope with being smaller than amoebas - Not Exactly Rocket Science : Not Exactly Rocket Science
Thrips are tiny insects, typically just a millimetre in length. Some are barely half that size. If that’s how big the adults are, imagine how small a thrips’ egg must be. Now, consider that there are insects that lay their eggs inside the egg of a thrips.

That’s one of them in the image above – the wasp, Megaphragma mymaripenne. It’s pictured next to a Paramecium and an amoeba at the same scale. Even though both these creatures are made up of a single cell, the wasp – complete with eyes, brain, wings, muscles, guts and genitals – is actually smaller. At just 200 micrometres (a fifth of a millimetre), this wasp is the third smallest insect alive* and a miracle of miniaturisation.
biology  research  science  life  evolution 
11 weeks ago
YANSS 089 – James Burke’s new project aims to help us deal with change, think connectively, and benefit from surprise – You Are Not So Smart
Innovation took place in the spaces between disciplines, when people outside of intellectual and professional silos, unrestrained by categorical and linear views, synthesized the work of people still trapped in those institutions, who, because of those institutions, had no idea what each other was up to and therefore couldn’t predict the trajectory of even their own disciplines, much less history itself.
inspiration  philosophy  knowledge  idea  ideas  change  information  wikipedia 
12 weeks ago
Trump won with less support from black and Hispanic voters than any president in 40 YEARS | Daily Mail Online
Donald Trump was elected with eight per cent of the black vote, 28 per cent of the Hispanic vote and 27 per cent of the Asian-American vote

Among black voters, his showing was comparable to the 9 per cent captured by George W. Bush in 2000 and Ronald Reagan in 1984

But Bush and Reagan both did far better with Hispanic voters, capturing 35 per cent and 34 per cent

Trump's performance among Asian-Americans was the worst of any winning candidate since tracking of that demographic began in 1992
politics  political  race  racism  election  elections  history  demographics 
12 weeks ago
Untitled (https://www.wired.com/2016/11/actor-accent-analysis)
And for thanksgiving, here's a link having nothing to do with politics. (I really enjoyed watching this video):
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12 weeks ago
15 Questions to Replace “How Was School Today?” | Edutopia
Tell me about a moment today when you felt excited about what you were learning.
Tell me about a moment in class when you felt confused.
Think about what you learned and did in school today. What’s something you’d like to know more about? What’s a question you have that came from your learning today?
Were there any moments today when you felt worried? When you felt scared?
Were there any times today when you felt disrespected by anyone? Tell me about those moments.
Were there times today when you felt that one of your classmates demonstrated care for you?
Were there any moments today when you felt proud of yourself?
Tell me about a conversation you had with a classmate or friend that you enjoyed.
What was challenging about your day?
What do you appreciate about your day?
What did you learn about yourself today?
Is there anything that you’d like to talk about that I might be able to help you figure out?
Is there anything you’re worried about?
What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
Is there a question you wish I’d ask you about your day?
questions  list  lists  reference  tip  tips  school  learning  kids  children  education 
12 weeks ago
Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing - Zoom
Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform.
video  internet  conference  audio  online  platform 
12 weeks ago
I Was a Teenage Nazi Wannabe | New Republic
The alt-right is a loser's poor fantasy of what a radical revolution looks like. I should know.
They’ll give the alt-right a brush-off that’ll make Chris Christie look like Rasputin as soon as it suits their interests and needs. There is a great deal of racism on the right, obviously, yet the tunnel-vision focus on the comparative minutia of the offensive rhetoric of a crowd of nobodies distracts us from the getaway car. We can and should concentrate on more than one wrong at one time; the voices that say we must care about race or class, about women or workers, are dangerous and wrong. But alt-right Nazis deserve scorn, relentless teasing, and laughter. If you bother to be afraid, then you’re stuck fighting the crazy guy preaching on the corner while the guy in the corner office conspires to rob you blind.
rightwing  nazi  politics  usa  protest  activism  history 
12 weeks ago
White House honors two of tech's female pioneers - CNET
Among 2016 Medal of Honor recipients, 2 women software pioneers -- Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton:
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12 weeks ago
‘On the Silver Globe’ Is the Best Sci-Fi Film Never Made | Motherboard
It’s hard to imagine what it must’ve felt like to see Star Wars for the first time when it was released in 1977, but according to pretty much everyone who was there, it was nuts. The fantasy space opera was a pinnacle of technical innovation in American cinema that would go on to win ten academy awards and quickly become the highest grossing film ever up to that point.

At the same time Lucas was being showered with accolades for his “weirdo” space opera, another cinematic revolution was underway on the other side of the Iron Curtain. It was a science fiction film called On the Silver Globe and it was to be the magnum opus of Polish director Andrzej Zulawski.
poland  polish  film  films  movie  movies  politics  political  sci-fi  sciencefiction  scifi 
12 weeks ago
Results of the Holland Code (RIASEC) Test
A Holland Code summarizes your results with an acronym for the categories you score highest for, which makes you an IAC.

The United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration maintains a database of occupations sorted by Holland Code. The list of occupations for the IAC can be found at http://www.onetonline.org/explore/interests/Investigative/Artistic/Conventional/
szcz  psychology  mind  brain  job  career 
12 weeks ago
The Best of Journalism
Delivered to your inbox for less than $2 per month.
news  journalism  reference  list  lists  archive 
12 weeks ago
The following is an example of a 12-station HICT program. All exercises can be done with body weight and implements easily acquired in almost any setting (e.g., home, office, hotel room, etc.). The exercise order allows for a total body exercise to significantly increase the heart rate while the lower, upper, and core exercises function to maintain the increased heart rate while developing strength.

Exercises are performed for 30 seconds, with 10 seconds of transition time between bouts. Total time for the entire circuit workout is approximately 7 minutes. The circuit can be repeated 2 to 3 times.

1. Jumping jacks Total body

2. Wall sit Lower body

3. Push-up Upper body

4. Abdominal crunch Core

5. Step-up onto chair Total body

6. Squat Lower body

7. Triceps dip on chair Upper body

8. Plank Core

9. High knees/running in place Total body

10. Lunge Lower body

11. Push-up and rotation Upper body

12. Side plank Core
exercise  health  body  reference 
12 weeks ago
CO2 is bad for you | MetaFilter
At levels as low as 600 parts per million, carbon dioxide has measurable effects on human cognition.

In 2013, researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that carbon dioxide had measurable negative effects on human cognition at levels as low as 600 parts per million. That was confirmed by a Harvard study this summer.

There hasn't been much research done on the long-term effects of exposure to high levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide on human beings; even NASA has called for more. There's some speculation (alternate link) that the projected increase in CO2 will result in serious health consequences for human beings by the end of the century.
mind  brain  climate  climatechange  climatecrisis  globalwarming  psychology  neurology  neuroscience  cognition  cognitive  cognitivescience 
12 weeks ago
I Have Loved the Stars Too Fondly to Be Fearful of the Night | MetaFilter
Chinese, Ancient Greek, and modern Western skies, swappable

Arabic Star Names with modern constellations

Indian Constellations overlaid with Western

Mayan Constellations overlaid with Western

Navajo Constellations -- their stories

Norse Constellations

Various southern African peoples' constellations and stories.
space  stars  reference  astronomy  history  culture  world  anthropology 
12 weeks ago
TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): "Crony capitalism" defined
crony capitalism — a term used to describe an economic and political system in which government officials and big business are closely connected, and thus promote each others’ interests over the public good
word  words  capitalism  economy  economics  parecon  market  markets  government  business  politics  political 
12 weeks ago
The Shock of Victory | The Anarchist Library
Presumably any effective road to revolution will involve endless moments of cooptation, endless victorious campaigns, endless little insurrectionary moments or moments of flight and covert autonomy. I hesitate to even speculate what it might really be like. But to start in that direction, the first thing we need to do is to recognize that we do, in fact, win some. Actually, recently, we’ve been winning quite a lot. The question is how to break the cycle of exaltation and despair and come up with some strategic visions (the more the merrier) about these victories build on each other, to create a cumulative movement towards a new society.
longreads  activism  inspiration  anarchism  protest  history  winning  revolution  revolt 
12 weeks ago
we are the virus of the new world disorder | MetaFilter
CyberFeminism in the 90s and An Oral History of the First Cyberfeminists chronicle a wave of multimedia art that spun out of Australia's VNS Matrix, creators of the CyberFeminist Manifesto and All New Gen, a CD ROM game where "Female ‹cybersluts› and ‹guerrillas,› ‹anarcho cyber-terrorists› infiltrate cyberspace and hack into the controls and databanks of Big Daddy Mainframe, the Oedipal man".
internet  web  feminism  history  tech  technology  women  woman  politics  political  australia 
12 weeks ago
What do electric co-ops have to do with economic justice? « Appalachian Voices
Our current economic system, though it may seem like it, is not set in stone. More cooperative economies are our chance to adapt and overcome the current failures of our system.
economy  economics  justice  cooperative  energy 
12 weeks ago
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