whelm - definition and meaning
Yes, "whelm" (as in "underwhelm" or "overwhelm") is a word:
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9 days ago
When life throws you lemons: A New York startup shakes up the insurance business | The Economist
IT IS not typhoons or earthquakes that insurers should fear most, but geeks alert to their businesses’ inefficiencies. Daniel Schreiber and Shai Wininger, tech entrepreneurs with no insurance background, spotted that the industry is huge (worth $4.6trn in global premium income a year, reckons Swiss Re, a reinsurer), distrusted, antiquated and hopelessly unreformed.
money  business  inspiration  startup  startups  idea  ideas  todo 
10 days ago
University Bans Words Spelled With "Man" Like "Sportsmanship" And "Manpower" - All That Is Interesting
Below are all the terms that Cardiff Metropolitan University is banning and the alternatives they suggest instead:

“Best man for the job” – Best person for the job
“Businessman/woman” – Businessperson, manager, executive
“Chairman/woman” – Chair, chairperson, convenor, head
“Charwoman, cleaning lady” – Cleaner
“Craftsman/woman” – Craftsperson, craft worker
“Delivery man” – Delivery clerk, courier
“Dear Sirs” – Dear Sir/Madam (or Madam/Sir)
“Fireman” – Fire-fighter
“Forefathers” – Ancestors, forebears
“Foreman/woman” – Supervisor, head juror
“Gentleman’s agreement” – Unwritten agreement, agreement based on trust
“Girls” (for adults) – Women
“Headmaster/mistress” – Head teacher
“Housewife” – Shopper, consumer, homemaker (depends on context)
“Layman” – Lay person
“Man” or “mankind” – Humanity, humankind, human race, people
“Man” (verb) eg man the desk – Operate, staff, work at
“Man in the street”, “common man” – Average/ordinary/typical citizen/person – but is there such a person?
“Man-hour” – Work-hour, labor time
“Man-made” – Artificial, manufactured, synthetic
“Manpower” – Human resources, labor force, staff, personnel, workers, workforce
“Miss/Mrs” – Ms unless a specific preference has been stated – though its common not to use titles at all these days
“Policeman/woman” – Police Officer
“Right-hand man” – Chief assistant
“Salesman/girl/woman” – Sales assistant/agent/clerk/representative/staff/worker
“Spokesman/woman” – Spokesperson, representative
“Sportsmanship” – Fairness, good humor, sense of fair play
“Steward/ess” – Airline staff, flight attendant, cabin crew
“Tax man” – Tax officer/inspector
“Waitress” – Waiter, server
“Woman doctor” (or feminine forms of nouns eg actress, poetess) – Doctor (actor, poet etc)
“Working man”, “working mother/wife” – Wage-earner/taxpayer/worker
“Workman” – Worker/operative/trades person
“Workmanlike” – Efficient/proficient/skillful/thorough
feminism  word  words  language  english 
10 days ago
Auschwitz death camp: Poland puts database of prison guards online - BBC News
The names of Nazi SS commanders and guards at the Auschwitz death camp in German-occupied Poland have been put online by the country's Institute of National Remembrance (INR).

It has been hailed as the most comprehensive list to date.

About 9,000 names - nearly all German - are on the Auschwitz garrison list, some with photographs attached.

The INR hopes the list will prove that Auschwitz was not a Polish-run camp. More than a million people died there.
poland  germany  german  data  database  online  jail  history  prison  polska  reference 
13 days ago
Will you look at this? The situation with the Bridges of Madison County is really bad. Someone should write a boo…
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16 days ago
Congress May Lack Technical Expertise to Properly Investigate Russian Hacking
I've been a code pro for 17 years & an amateur policy wonk for 15 years, so I feel the acute lack of "techspertise"
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25 days ago
Clojure/west 2017
Has Regular Registration to Clojure West already closed? I don't see a ticketing option on this page:
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25 days ago
The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute: A Corporate Halfway House for former FCC chairs (the last 4 non-acting FCC chairs joined Aspen)
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26 days ago
Brat burmistrza Emanuela współpracownikiem telewizji Fox | Dziennik Związkowy
The brother of the mayor of Chicago will be a medical contributor to Fox News.
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27 days ago
Machine learning for text analytics
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29 days ago
Tom Wolfe’s Reflections on Language - 3:AM Magazine

"My mom said her cousin's veterinarian believes that this is the cat that ate the rat that ate the Minnesota salad bar cheese ball appetizer"
words  word  syntax  racism  race  philosophy  linguistics  language  knowledge  funny 
29 days ago
Yiannopoulos, Trump and toxic masculinity | The Skeptical OB
The right dropped Yiannopoulos because his views on pederasty threatened _their_ masculinity.
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4 weeks ago
Why Do So Many Americans Fear Muslims? Decades of Denial About America’s Role in the World.
I think this ranks as one of the most important articles you'll read this year, or ever:
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4 weeks ago
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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6 weeks ago
842 steps, 41 stories, 14 minutes.
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8 weeks 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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8 weeks 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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9 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 
9 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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10 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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december 2016
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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december 2016
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 
december 2016
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 
december 2016
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 
december 2016
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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december 2016
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 
december 2016
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 
december 2016
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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december 2016
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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december 2016
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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december 2016
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 
december 2016
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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december 2016
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 
november 2016
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 
november 2016
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 
november 2016
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 
november 2016
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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november 2016
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?
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november 2016
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