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Greg Wilson on Twitter: I spend most of my time concatenating strings. Sometimes I do it by typing (as in this tweet), other times I do it programmatically (sed! Jekyll! elisp! Pandoc!), but yeah, mostly it's just concatenate this, concatenate that, conca
@gvwilson: I spend most of my time concatenating strings. Sometimes I do it by typing (as in this tweet), other times I do it programmatically (sed! Jekyll! elisp! Pandoc!), but yeah, mostly it's just concatenate this, concatenate that, concatenate buddy over there in the corner...
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Ling Ma’s “Severance” Captures the Bleak, Fatalistic Mood of 2018 | The New Yorker
A shopping mall also features prominently in “ Severance ” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Ling Ma’s zombie apocalypse of a début, which was published in August, won the Kirkus Prize for fiction in October, and has begun to pop up, as the year nears its end, on various best-of-2018 lists. The epidemic that has befallen the globe is called Shen Fever—it is believed to have originated in Shenzhen, China, the world capital of electronics manufacturing—and it is contracted through the inhalation of “microscopic fungal spores.” Before it kills its victims, it sends them into a zombie-like cycle of repetition, endlessly performing familiar tasks unto death. As in that book—and in Ishiguro’s subsequent novel “ Never Let Me Go ,” published in 2005, about human clones who lead quiet lives until their organs are harvested—one has the sense that the protagonist’s disaffected personality is symptomatic of a deeply troubled system, the horrors of which she has been unable, or unwilling, to face. It is the feeling of drowning in a big hot open gutter, of crawling inside an undressed, unstaunched wound that has never been cauterized.” Ma is at her most deft when depicting this kind of severance: the amputation of the immigrant’s past, preserved like a phantom limb whose pain is haunted with absence. When, at the beginning of the novel, New York becomes a haunted husk of abandoned subway stations, streets devoid of venders, and rooftops and sidewalk cracks overgrown with “fernlike ghetto palms,”
3 days ago
Researchers Found a Cheap, Surprisingly Effective Way to Get More Low-Income Students Into College – Mother Jones
A new working paper suggests that removing those barriers with a promise of financial aid can significantly increase the number of low-income students who apply to and enroll in a selective college. Past research suggested that the most effective ways to change a student’s college decisions required “boots on the ground” involvement, like one-on-one mentoring, Dynarski says. Dynarski cautions that the study’s takeaway is not as simple as “outreach and information make a difference,” but rather that the school committed to offering qualified students a full scholarship that depends only on admission and not additional financial aid forms. Her coauthor, Syracuse University professor Katherine Michelmore, said that while other schools send similar recruitment letters that provide information on scholarships, none are explicit guarantees to students who still might question whether they could afford to attend. Dynarski said she hopes to replicate the study in other settings, and noted that both public and private schools could successfully recruit more promising low-income students with an outreach program like UM’s.
3 days ago
Heidi N. Moore on Twitter: Dumplin’ on Netflix is lovely — all that Dolly Parton — but for one thing. Just as we have to beware of portraying women as the vehicles through which straight men become fully realized, we can’t portray gay men as vehic
@moorehn: Dumplin’ on Netflix is lovely — all that
Dolly Parton — but for one thing. Just as we have to beware of portraying women as the vehicles through which straight men become fully realized, we can’t portray gay men as vehicles through which straight women become fully realized.
7 days ago
Matt Colville on Twitter: Avengers 4 Cap: You escaped the Quantum Realm? Ant-man: Um, no. Well, yes. I mean, I will. I haven't yet Cap: You will, but you haven't yet Ant-man: Ok so the thing about Quantum is time's sort of optional, turns out? I can sort
@mattcolville: Avengers 4
Cap: You escaped the Quantum Realm?
Ant-man: Um, no. Well, yes. I mean, I will. I haven't yet
Cap: You will, but you haven't yet
Ant-man: Ok so the thing about Quantum is time's sort of optional, turns out? I can sort of travel back in time now. Anyway..what'd I miss?!
8 days ago
Nick Falvo, PhD on Twitter: “All the great story lines are great practical jokes that people fall for over and over again.” — Kurt Vonnegut
@nicholas_falvo: “All the great story lines are great practical jokes that people fall for over and over again.”

— Kurt Vonnegut
8 days ago
The Daily — Study: Aboriginal languages and the role of second-language acquisition, 2016
Aboriginal languages are an integral part of the social fabric and culture of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. Specifically, high concentrations of speakers who learned an Aboriginal language as their mother tongue, were often found in small communities, away from major urban centres. Growth rates were conducted using an adjusted base to control for differences in incompletely enumerated reserves from one cycle to another. While the term Indigenous has seen increased use in Canada to refer to First Nations people, Métis and Inuit collectively, the 2016 Census asked respondents whether they identified as an Aboriginal person. To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, or for more information on Insights on Canadian Society , contact Sébastien LaRochelle-Côté (613-951-0803; sebastien.larochelle-cote@canada.ca ).
8 days ago
Kira Goldner on Twitter: Today's theory lunch: winning a twitter argument about D&D by showing the proof in a talk on constructions of fair dice. Yep, the primary application of graduate level theoretical computer science. @rweber314 @mattcolville htt
@kiragoldner: Today's theory lunch: winning a twitter argument about D&D by showing the proof in a talk on constructions of fair dice. Yep, the primary application of graduate level theoretical computer science. @rweber314 @mattcolville https://t.co/yuMA1SIvFN

https://twitter.com/kiragoldner/status/1071212727815757825/photo/1
8 days ago
GitHub - google/jax: GPU- and TPU-backed NumPy with differentiation and JIT compilation.
With its updated version of Autograd, JAX can automatically differentiate native
Python and NumPy functions. Compilation and automatic differentiation can be
composed arbitrarily, so you can express sophisticated algorithms and get
maximal performance without leaving Python. JAX is written in pure Python, but it depends on XLA, which needs to be
compiled and installed as the jaxlib package. This 1:1
correspondence makes most of the translations to XLA essentially trivial, and
ensures we only have a small set of primitives to cover for other
transformations like automatic differentiation. So far, JAX includes lots of help and contributions from Jamie Townsend , Peter Hawkins , Alex Wiltschko ,
George Dahl, Eli Bendersky ,
Zak Stone, Alexey Radul ,
Michael Isard,
Skye Wanderman-Milne,
and many others.
8 days ago
The State of UX in 2019
Paying lead/director salaries to individual contributors inflates our industry, while fancy job titles create the false expectation that someone is being hired to manage and not to produce designs — leading to frustration and low retention rates. From 33% of divorced couples citing Facebook as a reason for their split , to gamers who die of starvation after binge-playing for several consecutive days, to more extreme cases like the Youtube campus shooter who was allegedly angry at the company’s monetization policies. The same way we take pride in limiting our red meat consumption to avoid cardiovascular diseases and protect the world resources, or campaign against smoking, designers can be the ones advocating for healthier UX. We must proceed with caution as we open our process to more people as it will be tempting to get swept away by “likes” and “claps.” We can lean on two guiding questions as we embark on this new territory: 1) How do we avoid creating a culture of celebrity chefs in design? Special thanks to: Camila Rosa , Jason Fried , Julie Zhuo , Erika Hall , David Teodorescu , Amber Case , Paul Graham , Joe Munko , Dave Malouf , Jonathan Lieberman , Sungjoon Steve Won , Benjamin Berger , Ivan Manolov , Mario Hugo , Bruno Oyama
8 days ago
Jennifer Keesmaat on Twitter: When I was Chief Planner in Toronto, Mayor Ford approached staff and asked them to 'look the other way' when a family friend's business was caught dumping toxic chemicals into the river. Staff refused. Yesterday, Doug Ford's
@jen_keesmaat: When I was Chief Planner in Toronto, Mayor Ford approached staff and asked them to 'look the other way' when a family friend's business was caught dumping toxic chemicals into the river. Staff refused. Yesterday, Doug Ford's government made doing so legal. Beyond the pale. https://t.co/bDxLisJqk3

https://twitter.com/jm_mcgrath/status/1070770226797707270
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Power & Politics on Twitter: .@JustinTrudeau says @fordnation thinks we "should make pollution free again." Says Ford may want to play games with numbers, but feds will move forward in a very consistent way. "If anyone is moving the goalposts it’s Premi
@PnPCBC: .@JustinTrudeau says @fordnation thinks we "should make pollution free again." Says Ford may want to play games with numbers, but feds will move forward in a very consistent way. "If anyone is moving the goalposts it’s Premier Ford." #cdnpoli #onpoli https://t.co/ifsrZpC4pK

https://twitter.com/PnPCBC/status/1071169568503152642/video/1
8 days ago
Letting neural networks be weird • Aw yeah it’s time for cookies with neural networks
By seeing examples of what humans did, they can learn to translate languages, predict product sales, and even categorize text and images as innocuous or explicit (it has a lot of trouble with this last task, as it turns out). I’ve given them paint colors , bandnames , and even guinea pig names and in each case their results are somewhat… mixed. (Paint colors called Stanky Bean , Stargoon, and Turdly, for example) The problem is that it doesn’t know what any of these words mean - it’s just picking letter combinations that seem likely to it. For more cookies, including the neural net’s strange obsession with “balls,” as well as bonus material every time I post, you can sign up here . kitchen-prose-and-gutter-rhyme liked this vandorendra liked this laudanumandabsinthe reblogged this from horse-badorties and added: I’d like to slip my Low Fuzzy Feats into your Hersel Pump Spritters Show more notes Loading...
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Ontario stalls on climate action | Pembina Institute
“Today, the Ontario government released a climate plan that lacks a clear path to reduce our carbon pollution and ensure a clean, healthy, and safe environment. “A credible climate plan would, at minimum, present effective solutions to reduce carbon pollution from transportation, industry, and homes and buildings. “We will be assessing the government’s announced plan to regulate industrial carbon pollution and their proposed flexibility mechanisms such as compliance payments. “As the recent United Nations IPCC report made clear, we need urgent action to limit climate change and head off its more extreme impacts. Ontario is already experiencing extreme climate events, from the polar vortex the last few winters, to the record-setting wildfires of this past summer, to the flooding in Toronto, Ottawa, and Windsor.
8 days ago
Laguardia #1 Review: A Sci-Fi Comic Full of Beautiful Black People - Black Nerd Problems
With Laguardia #1 , Nnedi Okorafor continues her work of bringing a unique, insightful Black African science fiction aesthetic to audiences. The story centers on Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka, a Nigeria-American doctor who’s returning to New York pregnant from Lagos, leaving behind a concerned boyfriend/baby daddy, Citizen Raphael Nwabara. Together with colorist Devlin, Ford does a great job of bringing dark-skinned Black folks to the pages, surrounded by African art and clothes. By the end of the issue, Future has re-united with her grandmother in the Bronx and is settling in with her unborn baby and her alien plant roommate, while Citizen is getting pulled deeper into the unrest in Lagos. If on the nose social commentary with your alien sci-fi all mixed with an evocative African vibe is your speed, along with strong Black characters, I can recommend keeping up with Laguardia.
8 days ago
Olivia Guest | Ολίβια Γκεστ on Twitter: Anybody else laughing at how the same constellation of scientists who retweet "robots/AI will take over and enslave us" also retweet "fuck ethics boards in science — ethics committees just slow me down
@o_guest: Anybody else laughing at how the same constellation of scientists who retweet "robots/AI will take over and enslave us" also retweet "fuck ethics boards in science — ethics committees just slow me down without adding anything of value"?

🤯

I mean... 😂
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Opposition politicians took turns Thursday trying to woo Indigenous vote - APTN NewsAPTN News
A federal election is less than a year away. So this week’s Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa was too good to pass up for the leaders of Canada’s federal political parties. Elizabeth May (Green), Jagmeet Singh (NDP) and Andrew Scheer (Conservative) all took turns at the Assembly of First Nations podium.
8 days ago
Latest House results confirm 2018 wasn't a blue wave. It was a blue tsunami. - CNNPolitics
Republican Rep. David Valadao of California's 21st District conceded on Thursday to Democrat T.J. Cox. Cox's victory combined with other election results means that Democrats have picked up a net gain of 40 seats. Put another way, this was the fourth best performance for Democrats in the 37 general House elections since President Donald Trump was born. This year's 8.6 point House popular vote win for the Democrats is the greatest on record for a minority party heading into an election. (Note: I'm assigning the Democrats and Republicans the votes for their candidates on other lines via electoral fusion .)
8 days ago
It’s a Good Year to Get Into Gardening Because of Weed - VICE
Since then I have spent hours browsing gardening videos on YouTube and leafing through local seed catalogues and watching how the sun and the wind move across my backyard. No, there isn’t much to do in the dead of winter except watch the barren ash trees bend in the brutal Newfoundland wind and dream about the life you will sprout up in spring. I found a little dogberry sapling in the backyard that has already grown into a spiral, so I’m also thinking about training it as a bonsai, because I’ve gone insane and now I’m completely obsessed with trees. Not far from my house is a crabapple tree that was knocked over about a decade ago but lived to grow sideways through a chainlink fence, flowering and fruiting over a hillside full of trash. The man at the counter told me I was mad to think of starting a garden in St. John’s; not only is the climate hostile, but most of the soil is polluted with old lead paint.
8 days ago
Canada Should Support Journalism, Not Newspaper Owners - VICE
It’s a faux pas to take a politician at their word these days, but let’s give Joly the benefit of the doubt when she declares that “non-viable business models” will not see a dime. It is an invaluable public service presently caught in the throes of market failure, because it happens on a scale that is too small to generate self-sustaining profits through a transitory period of technological shock. Hard facts and empiricism and the equitable inclusion of community voices will slowly seep up the trunk until the bare branches burst forth with Good Takes. But many of the already-existing community papers are run by large corporations that seem less interested in building a sustainable future for Canadian journalism than in having more money for their shareholders’ furnaces. The emphasis of any subsidy has to empower journalists directly to produce good work—it can’t just boil down to a bailout for the stooges who employ them.
8 days ago
Toxic Masculinity Is At the Heart of This Darkness - VICE
In the interim, all we have so far is reports that it appears Minassian is a high-functioning autistic man who made a Facebook post in the minutes before the killing invoking misogynist murderer Elliot Rodger and announcing the inauguration of the “incel rebellion.” For those uninitiated into the heart of darkness called Extremely Online, incels or “involuntary celibates” are a group of sad men so upset at their lack of sexual activity that they fantasize about raping, murdering, and otherwise brutalizing all women as a kind of guerilla anti-feminist warfare. It has very deep roots, especially in this country—the Montreal Massacre, where 14 women were murdered, happened long before Marc Lepine could post anywhere on the “manosphere.” But now death cults fitting every type of broken manchild flourish on the internet like weeds in the wake of a wildfire, or the slimy tendrils of some ancient underground fungus creeping up to consume the dead and dying. The teenagers who flew to Syria to found a Caliphate of murder and sexual slavery, the boys who stormed Columbine Highschool, the man who slammed his car into protestors at Charlottesville, the hundreds of other men who are convinced the only way they’ll ever feel justified and alive is to break the lives of others—these bitter fruits all grow from the same seed. For every grand spectacle of violent death, there are many more men - sexually frustrated, emotionally stunted, bitter, brooding, isolated, invisible - who carry around
8 days ago
No Matter What Happens With Pipelines, Justin Trudeau Is Screwed - VICE
It culminated this week with Bill 12, a law that concentrates the power to control and coordinate petroleum exports in the hands of Alberta’s natural resources minister with little political oversight. Say what you will about Rachel Notley or the hill she’s picked to die on here, but credit where it’s due for getting Jason Kenney to endorse the Alberta state seizing the commanding heights of petro production. And given that the economic viability of new pipeline expansions is questionable , the cynic in me believes that what is really going on is Kinder Morgan walking away from an unprofitable project and using environmental/protest concerns as cover, with a bonus of suing Canada if things go south. He will still probably end up fighting between two and four provinces in court over the carbon tax, he loses all his Smiling Sunny Ways in the process of securing the pipeline, and Doug Ford is still the premier of Ontario. The pseudo-harmony between climate action and oil sands expansion collapses, and Trudeau is caught in devastating partisan crossfire: from the Right that he was never serious about natural resources, from the Left that he was never serious about the environment, and from both that he is serially full of shit.
8 days ago
America Is No Longer a Safe Country and Canada Should Say So - VICE
Under the STC, asylum seekers who arrive legally Canadian land border crossings are often turned back to American authorities without having their refugee claims heard in this country. As long as the United States uses industrialized child abuse as a means of border control, it is not a safe country for refugees, asylum seekers, or other migrants. Assuming Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy holds— federal officials anticipate to house some 30,000 migrant children by August —it may be only a matter of time before the Supreme Court of Canada strikes down the STC. If Canadian liberalism is still worth a damn, it will proactively prevent vulnerable families from being thrown into a vicious system that separates children from their guardians and often loses track of them entirely . There is nothing left to lose in this diplomatic sanction, and Canada taking leadership here helps empower domestic and international opposition to Trump’s immigration policy.
8 days ago
The Phony ‘Illegal Immigrant’ Crisis and the Slow, Sad March to the 2019 Election - VICE
Pundits and news anchors breathlessly repeat claims about “illegal crossings” and “queue jumping.” Opposition MPs are forcing the Parliamentary Immigration Committee to convene for emergency meetings in August to deal with the escalating calamity. The CPC have learned that going hog wild on deliberately outrageous falsehoods in order to rile up the worst impulses in the country is a winning political strategy. The federal government and its fellow-travelers in media have been behaving as if all our cultural struggles are actually over and settled for all time (“because it’s 2015”) and tarred everyone who interrogated its empty platitudes with the same bad faith brush. As it turns out, people don’t submit to vacuous moralizing just because their boss keeps telling them “you are are better than this.” Trying to benevolently smother thought out of politics may actually have laid the groundwork for less scrupulous attempts by partisans to end-run democracy by gaming our lizard brains. One hesitates to draw the conclusion that three years of high-handed but half-assed efforts to drag the public along with whatever TEDx bullshit the Liberals are floating may have generated the feelings of resentment necessary for far right politics to flourish.
8 days ago
An Epic Conversation on Astra Taylor’s ‘What is Democracy?’ - VICE
Towards the end of the Republic , Plato’s immortal work of political philosophy/homoerotic fanfiction, the ancient sage Socrates warns his students against the dangers of democracy. So the film is my way to kind of honour my love for political philosophy and also show that I really think there is a capacity for reflection and self-rule that we've blocked from really allowing to flourish. And it's so interesting in this moment of #MeToo... is a feminist film really just one that says "and now we will reveal how these women have fought to become athletes, just like men" or "we'll now show how this woman has been a victim of sexual harassment." Neoliberal economists, Hayek and the rest, they wanted to move power away from the nation-state, because that's where labour unions and stuff could exercise influence and redistribute wealth. Over the course of your conversation with Wendy Brown, in the last segment, you come up against this fundamental contradiction of hyper-inclusive democracy, which is basically that ultimately, at the end of the day, the demos always has to be bounded.
8 days ago
Forcibly outing LGBT children to their parents is monstrous | Drew Brown | World news | The Guardian
This thorny philosophical issue has come to a head in Canada , where the conservative party in Alberta has endorsed a policy that would require schools to inform parents if their children enroll in “extracurricular activities of a religious or sexual nature”. Supporters of the policy successfully countered that the real monstrosity is a godless public school system, trampling parents’ rights to raise their children in accordance with whatever values they see fit. The family, as the alpha and omega of human society, is a thoroughly political institution: every aspect of the household, from cohabitation to the distribution of domestic labour, is a medium and method of exercising, expanding, or limiting power. Photograph: Xinhua / Barcroft Images
So it is strange to hear this argument for schoolyard surveillance from people otherwise obsessed with the idea of individual self-responsibility against statist oppression. Whether or not the UCP actually runs on this platform (its leader, Jason Kenney, has suggested he might ignore any distasteful policies passed by its membership, despite campaigning on the opposite), the party is still widely expected to win the next provincial election in 2019.
8 days ago
Newfoundland Needs to Chill the Fuck Out - VICE
When parents in Middle Arm, Newfoundland and Labrador, found out a government-subsidized “gay class” was coming to brainwash their kids into trans lesbian communists, they banded together to pull all but 13 students out of school for the day . So while St. John’s feels more secular than ever—school buildings all named SACRED HOLY HEART OF MARY MOTHER OF GOD notwithstanding—nearly everywhere else on the island west of Clarenville has been ceded to fundamentalists for decades. We were a thirty-minute drive from the unofficial buckle of the Bible belt: the Miracle Temple next to the highway at the Lewisporte junction, a squat little brick nightmare lit up with neon signs that say JESUS SAVES and SINNERS GO TO HELL and an enormous billboard covered in flames and a mad-eyed preacher shouting HEY! The members of Alberta’s United Conservative Party are thirsting to make homophobia an election issue, and a crashing wave of social conservatism is trying to propel Doug Ford into the premier’s office before people realize they’re allowed to vote NDP. That more of the province’s social, political, and cultural exchanges play out in polarizing online spaces means we’ll probably see more towns galvanized into contrarian backwardness by the glare of the news cycle before it’s all said and done.
8 days ago
God Guard Thee: Our Political Destiny is Written in the Stars | The Overcast
But content aimed at holding back this cresting tide of a new dark age was received poorly by a number of stakeholder focus groups, so after carefully consulting with my brand management team, we have decided that I’m just going to lean into it. It’s actually because I only considered the positions of the two primary celestial bodies ( Sol and Luna ) and neglected to build a full natal chart accounting for the more subtle trines, sextiles, and declensions required for piercing accuracy. When well-dignified, they are magnanimous in victory and unbroken in defeat; an aristocrat in the classical sense, one who ‘rules by excellence.’ Unfortunately, like the premier, the leader of the NDP may find herself thwarted by the awkward position of the Moon in Capricorn. Combine this with the confused fanaticism of the Moon in Pisces – a mind pulled unknowingly forever after its own furious inertia – and the legendary pettiness of provincial politics, and you might have a recipe for trouble. But there is a chilling influence on this house from his Sagittarian Moon; so cold and clear is this mind when fixed upon an object that it revolts when oppositional ideas or facts arise to cloud its vision.
8 days ago
RESURRECTING THE GREAT AUK - The Newfoundland Quarterly
Not only was the Great Auk an excellent source of fresh meat and bait for transatlantic sailors, but it also had fine, soft down ideal for the feathered pillows and cushions fashionable in Europe. Its body was covered in a thick layer of fat and oil good for all manner of fuel, and its eggs were so delectable that the Beothuk canoed 60 kilometres out to sea in search of the big bird’s nests. When Sir Richard Whitbourne wrote in 1622 that it was “as if God had made the innocency of so poore a creature to become such an admirable instrument for the sustenance of man,” he could not have foreseen that this providential treasure would be squandered in less than two hundred years. William Blake’s “dark Satanic mills” pale before the columns of crematory fire that lit up Funk Island like a ghastly, hellish lighthouse. It is harder to put ourselves on those schooners bound for Funk, ten millennia of brine and birdshit stinking in your nostrils over the hunger pangs, praying that this seasonal slog of blood and grease and soggy feathers will get your family through the winter.
8 days ago
A Depressing Dispatch from the Edge of the World—Newfoundland - VICE
When news broke that the provincial government had struck a tentative agreement with the Newfoundland Association of Public Employees that included a no-layoff clause, the St. John’s Board of Trade and the NL Employers’ Council erupted. We’re borrowing $2 million dollars a day to make payroll and the union thugs at NAPE have just tied Leviathan’s sword-arm behind his back at the exact moment we need him to start gouging out his guts to please the banks. In retaliation, the union held its own press conference to denounce the Board of Trade as a cabal of vampires, a ruthless band of wreckers who would see the whole provincial state smashed and slashed and burned for private gain. No one important, of course: the real supervillain architect of Newfoundland’s demise will live a long and happy life selling shitty luxury homes on the south end of St. John’s to the very people ruined by his government. In the meantime, I’ll be over here staring into the sea half in the bag on Alberta Premium, wondering whether I can make a life and start a family and build a future for myself in the only place I’ve ever felt at home, or whether I’m weeks or months or a few short years away from lowering Sonny’s mother down into her grave in the shadow of a U-haul.
8 days ago
The Rock in a Hard Place - The Deep Magazine
In his final article for St. John’s The Telegram, before returning to his hometown of Toronto last November, longtime provincial politics correspondent James McLeod sketched a first draft of Newfoundland and Labrador’s obituary: Originally from Placentia, he grew up determined to remain there, but one day on Lemarchant Road in St. John’s, suddenly realized he was happier in Toronto—a revelation that felt like both a betrayal and a liberating acceptance of self. You know, I only heard this story recently: My mother’s family were from Brighton, Notre Dame Bay, and they were getting sheet music mailed in from New York, and they were all big readers, and they all became really high-achieving people. This is a Christian settler society, so there’s the literal intended sense of “go to church, read the Bible, obey the priest.” But I always like to think about it as, actually, you may only be able to live here if you’ve already found the thing that sustains you through whatever life throws at you. So in the backrooms, the federal Liberal party and the British authorities just gave this guy omnipotent power, basically, this pig farmer from Gander, failed businessman.
8 days ago
https://mfeldstein.com/coursera-ceo-interview-betting-on-opm-market-and-shift-to-low-cost-masters-degrees/
Given this short timeline and the nature of investment-backed educational experiments, I think the real focus should be on whether and how MOOCs or successor models build on current scalability and openness while overcoming these four barriers. Six years later, it is becoming increasingly clear that the next-generation model for MOOCs in higher education is to become a form of Online Program Management (OPM) providers, including the near-term focus on master's degrees. This interview gives the clearest view yet of Coursera's emerging business model, and by extension it helps explain the new subset of MOOC-based OPM that includes FutureLearn, edX, and Udacity as vendors. "What we didn't realize is that while we were developing a software tool to help solve the challenge of teaching the Socratic method online, we were simultaneously creating a way to facilitate discussion-based learning in an asynchronous environment that would eventually be used in all of our future partner programs." Like the curricular materials market, the product is based on student outcomes, which wraps in the value of the credential coming from the university along with the academic and administrative experience enabled by the company.
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Thread by @WrayAJ: "A THREAD about the proposed "Open-For-Business" bylaw in Ontario For those unaware, the Ontario Gov't has introducted today Bill 66: Restori […]"
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Rima Berns-McGown on Twitter: Ford’s 1st 6 months: destroyed hard-won, overdue labour reforms; drove ppl deeper into poverty, slashing OW&amp;ODSP &amp; killing basic income; killed protection for vulnerable kids, the environment, &amp; French services;
@beyrima: Ford’s 1st 6 months:

destroyed hard-won, overdue labour reforms;
drove ppl deeper into poverty, slashing OW&amp;ODSP &amp; killing basic income;
killed protection for vulnerable kids, the environment, &amp; French services; &amp;
drove business AWAY from #ONpoli

You deserve better, Ontario
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Some perspective on "predatory" open access journals | Confessions of a Science Librarian
Fist of all, after gathering together some of the stories about predatory OA journals, I will present some of what's been written recently about issues in scientific peer review, it's problems and potential solutions. Top Canadian scientist and award-winning student caught in 'blatant plagiarism' of text (Dongqing Li and Yasaman Daghighi publish plagiarized paper in Springer journal Microfluidics and Nanofluidic, which Li edits) Retraction count grows to 35 for scientist who faked emails to do his own peer review (Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry author Hyung-In Moon did his own peer review) Feb 2013. Facebook’s Unethical Experiment: It intentionally manipulated users’ emotions without their knowledge (PNAS publishes paper that should never have passed internal ethics/peer review) Jul 2014. ISU loses $1.4 million in fraud case (Grant to study HIV vaccine rescinded due to Dong-Pyou Han's misconduct in faking results) Jul 2014. SAGE Publications busts “peer review and citation ring,” 60 papers retracted (Huge scandal at Journal of Vibration and Control) Nov 2014.
8 days ago
TTC union warns Presto too unreliable for agency to end Metropass program next month | The Star
The union representing TTC workers is warning that the Presto fare card system is still plagued by reliability issues and isn’t capable of handling the influx of users expected when the agency discontinues the Metropass program next month. In a Dec. 4 letter sent to Premier Doug Ford, the president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 argued the Presto fare card system was not ready to handle the switch from Metropasses at the end of the month. The union argues that Presto reliability would improve if TTC workers, who already operate and maintain transit vehicles, were also authorized to handle repairs to the fare card machines. TTC spokesperson Heather Brown said the agency has procedures in place with Metrolinx to ensure “Presto contractors are on site within a timely manner” to address any malfunctions. She acknowledged the “mixed accountabilities” that result from Presto being responsible for maintenance of fare card devices on vehicles controlled by the TTC can cause challenges, but the two agencies work together to resolve any issues.
8 days ago
Evidence that Works | The Mowat Centre
Initiatives to enable data-driven decision-making have been growing in a variety of policy areas, with increasing funding from both governments and the social sector. This includes establishing a clearinghouse of successful initiatives and organizations, providing technical supports to decision-makers, and redesigning services to be more people-centered. Alongside this paper, we also compiled a number of examples of Canadian capacity-building organizations and multi-sector partnerships that are successfully learning and sharing what works to help improve outcomes for people in their communities. We present this initial listing to help advance the effort of mapping Canada’s evidence landscape, and welcome additions and corrections to it. The Community Safety Knowledge Alliance and Mowat NFP, hosted a two day event that brought international leaders and innovators in evidence-informed policymaking together to share emerging trends, discuss lessons learned, and provide fresh insight into the challenges facing policymakers, practitioners, researchers and academics in their quest to determine ‘what works’.
8 days ago
To Reduce Privacy Risks, the Census Plans to Report Less Accurate Data - The New York Times
But mathematical breakthroughs, easy access to more powerful computing, and widespread availability of large and varied public data sets have made the bureau reconsider whether the protection it offers Americans is strong enough. In 2003, Irit Dinur and Kobbi Nissim, then with the NEC Research Institute, warned about extensive data publication and the inadequacy of many existing attempts to ensure confidentiality, including those used by the Census Bureau in 2000 and 2010. “I think it is crystal clear what the potential harm is from poorly protected tabular summaries,” said John Abowd, associate director for research and methodology at the Census Bureau, who became an early proponent of differential privacy. Using only the summary tables with their eight billion numbers, Mr. Abowd formed a small team to try to generate a record for every American that would show the block where he or she lived, as well as his or her sex, age, race and ethnicity — a “reconstruction” of the person-level data. Mr. Abowd wrote via email that the bureau would release a large batch of the tables from its experiments, along with the production code used to generate them: “Users of all stripes will be able to use those simulation results to assess average error for their own use cases at all levels of geography.” In presentation materials for Thursday’s announcement, special attention is paid to lessening any problems with redistricting: the potential complications of using noisy counts of voting-age
8 days ago
Stephen L Ross on Twitter: P.S. Have to admit that causally suggesting solution where virtually all rigorous microdata research goes through data centers is pretty irresponsible. Too little infrastructure. Not enough grant money. Implies Massive reduction
@SteveRo48195125: P.S. Have to admit that causally suggesting solution where virtually all rigorous microdata research goes through data centers is pretty irresponsible. Too little infrastructure. Not enough grant money. Implies Massive reduction in quantity of research using census data. https://t.co/z7WtqX4lNB

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8 days ago
Alberta Crown land proposed for sale not treaty land, Kenney says | CBC News
UCP Leader Jason Kenney spoke to the media Thursday at an end-of-session news conference at the Alberta legislature. Treaty 8 Grand Chief Arthur Noskey called Kenney's land sale proposal "insulting." Treaty 8 Grand Chief Arthur Noskey said on Thursday that Kenney could face legal action if he tries to implement the plan. Kenney said Mackenzie County council wants to expand the land auction undertaken by the government of then-premier Ed Stelmach 10 years ago. Asked about the comments by Treaty 8 leaders, Kenney said Indigenous people did not raise any concerns over the land sale a decade ago.
8 days ago
Newsroom : Proposed Changes to Create Jobs and Reduce Regulatory Burden in Specific Sectors
If passed, the Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, 2018 will, along with regulatory changes, eliminate red tape and burdensome regulations so businesses can grow, create and protect good jobs. This would help reduce regulatory burden for existing, new and expanding provincially licensed meat plants, such as small abattoirs, allowing them to focus on food safety and economic growth. Ministry of TransportationMake requirements more flexible about when motors on e-bicycles must disengage This change under the Highway Traffic Act would reduce the regulatory burden and respond to requests from industry stakeholders. These changes would affect the persons to whom LTC licensees would be required to give notice when they withhold approval of admission, as well as public consultations on licensing transactions, temporary emergency licences and short-term authorizations. To avoid unnecessary duplication, Ontario proposes to no longer require facilities to create or review their toxics reduction plans as the federal government finalizes its approach to these substances.
8 days ago
The '80s PBS Show "Square One" Made It Cool To Love Math
Square One, which was created by the Children’s Television Workshop and aired across the nation on PBS from 1987 to 1992, wasn’t as long-running as Sesame Street or Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and has never been the same kind of ubiquitous cultural touchstone. The show was 30 minutes long and, like Sesame Street (which was mostly targeted to younger, preschool-age kids), consisted of a series of skits, cartoons, and ongoing, loosely serialized narratives. Mathman , a Pac-Man-inspired miniseries within the larger show, was created by Jim Thurman, best known as a joke writer for Dean Martin, Carol Burnett, and Bob Hope — which honestly explains a lot. Mathcourt was a takeoff on the newly popular genre of reality court television, à la Judge Judy , and the sketch Late Afternoon With David Numberman was inspired by, well, I think you can guess. I could whiz through the multiplication tests at my own pace, and then go play the computer game Number Munchers for as long as I wanted, which — along with Bagel Bites and obsessively rereading The Baby-Sitters Club Super Specials — was one of the few things I found as satisfying as Mathnet .
8 days ago
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Dunham, who has long used “feminism” as a platform for herself, her voice and her work, issued a statement along with Jenni Konner, co-showrunner and writer of “Girls” stating, “While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year. As part of her recent PR run—which comes after the death of her website , the dissolution of her production partnership with Jenni Konner , the very public and controversial resignation of a Lenny Letter writer , and a call for women of color to no longer work with/for her —she has now apologized for this damaging lie one year later. This kind of harm is the one source of power that white women have, and they exert it as much as possible, from calling the cops on Black children and adults minding their own business, to actively supporting racist and misogynistic policies that sometimes end up hurting them too. From her objectification of and outright anger at Odell Beckham Jr. for not hitting on her during the 2016 Met Ball, to admitting to molesting her younger sibling and masturbating in bed next to them within her own book , as well as her tokenism of Black and Brown people within “Girls”, Dunham has shown us who she is, and white women have continued to support and uplift her as a feminist hero. SUPPORT WEAR YOUR VOICE: DONATE HERE Rose McGowan and Bette Midler both strongly
8 days ago
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Doctors can now issue prescriptions for free visits to the ROM
Drugs can only do so much, especially when a person is experiencing social isolation, loneliness, low income, barriers to employment or other issues that can further impact their quality of living. The pilot, which started in September of 2018 and will run until December of 2019, aims to connect patients with local, non-clinical services that might supplement (or even come to replace) their medical and pharmaceutical treatments. "In the U.K., social prescribing shows promising results in achieving positive outcomes for clients, healthcare providers, and communities overall," writes the Alliance on its website . As of next month, 20 different ROMCAN associate providers will be running the program, including the Rexdale Community Healthcare Centre, which helped the Museum shape its pilot. It is the ROM's hope that this new Social Prescription Program can eventually be rolled out to all of its community partners, which number in the hundreds and include such organizations as the Alzheimer's Society of Toronto, CAMH, Autism Ontario and Sick Kids.
8 days ago
New partnership enhances study of computational economics at UBC
“We are excited to expand our toolbox with QuantEcon, equipping students with the resources and technical skills needed to thrive in this growing field.” The first release of the joint work is an enhanced set of lectures and software for graduate students worldwide, co-authored by VSE Prof. Jesse Perla. CIDE and QuantEcon’s collaborative efforts will also help the VSE offer a new undergraduate course on data science and machine learning in economics in January 2019. The course teaches students Python, a computer programming language that allows users to write sophisticated code, a heavily in-demand skill in both academia and industry. “Our collaboration is already generating valuable teaching material and software at the cutting edge of computational economic modeling and data science.”
8 days ago
Our digital foundation grows stronger | Open Government
Modernizing our policies is a critical step in meeting the public’s expectations for digital government by ensuring we provide reliable, accessible, and seamless services using the right technologies in the right way. By modernizing requirements and strengthening guidance for departments we can embrace new methods and tools to improve how government builds and delivers its services. Enterprise Architecture is the coordination of information, applications, technologies, security and privacy for IT projects across the government. They enable interaction directly between machines, making information exchange more efficient and service delivery streamlined and faster. Prior to this appointment, Alex was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation since July 2014.
8 days ago
Alex Benay on Twitter: Today we issued a new #gc wide directive on mandatory use of #APIs - all new services moving forward will require an API to be located in the new GC API store - congrats to all @TDAndrea23 @owen_teo @aneetabains who helped make this
@AlexBenay: Today we issued a new #gc wide directive on mandatory use of #APIs - all new services moving forward will require an API to be located in the new GC API store - congrats to all @TDAndrea23 @owen_teo @aneetabains who helped make this possible #GCdigital

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8 days ago
Dr. Tammy Schirle 🍺 on Twitter: One of these days I’m going to write some guidelines to help economists with presenting to non-economist audiences.
@tammyschirle: One of these days I’m going to write some guidelines to help economists with presenting to non-economist audiences.
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New Statscan data on victims of violent crime in Canada | Blake Shaffer
The rate of violent crime, notably sexual assaults, remains extremely skewed towards women. The rate of violent crime causing death and attempted murder is skewed towards men but remains relatively low in Canada. The bulk of crimes remains in the greater than 18 category, although growth is larger for teens, especially on a per capita basis. The rate of violent crime, notably sexual assaults, remains extremely skewed towards women. The rate of violent crime causing death and attempted murder is skewed towards men but remains relatively low.
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Lisa Young appointed director of graduate programs at School of Public Policy | UToday | University of Calgary
Young is one of Canada’s leading authorities on women's participation in politics, interest groups and social movements. Under Young’s leadership, the FGS has undergone significant transformation since the beginning of her tenure as dean and vice-provost (graduate studies). She has been committed to providing a high-quality graduate educational experience, and creating a more supportive and dynamic environment within the faculty for students, supervisors, and staff. As a result of Young’s move to The School of Public Policy, I am also pleased to announce that Dr. Robin Yates has been appointed interim dean and vice-provost (graduate studies), effective Feb. 1, 2019. In 2003, after practising as a veterinarian in Australia, Yates received a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship to pursue his PhD at Cornell University, which he completed in 2006.
8 days ago
The Blockchain Is a Reminder of the Internet’s Failure
Nor do I hate the blockchain because of how quickly Initial Coin Offerings turned from “innovative way to raise startup capital without selling your soul to venture capitalists” to “how fast can we scam a whole generation of crypto-suckers out of their cash before security regulators slam the door on our collective ass?” I don’t even hate the blockchain because bitcoin seems, at this point, primarily a way to transmute massive amounts of electricity into a speculative, climate-change accelerating investment commodity. Instead of leading us to truth, the Internet gave everyone the unparalleled opportunity to build their own personal knowledge universe, catalyzing a comprehensive unmooring of society from actual fact that has surely been a factor in the rise of Trump and a global turn towards propaganda-fed authoritarianism. In a “trustless” system, public key cryptography and the “consensus” generated by distributing a database across multiple nodes eliminates the potential for fraud or corruption or exploitation committed by any intermediary. But I am confounded by their inability to see that they are falling victim to exactly the same fallacies their hacker forebears embraced: this notion that we can code ourselves out of the deep holes we’ve dug; that we are building utopias in our virtualities that will finesse away the imperfections of human character. It’s not hard to understand the urge to declare that “the blockchain is the new Internet.” The mid-90s were a giddy time;
8 days ago
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History of PSE in Canada Part VII – The here and now (since 2003). - HESA
Encouraged by growth in spending in Ottawa, it was awfully tempting to plow some of those extra student dollars from expansion into more buildings for research, lower teaching loads to accommodate more research (thus creating a need for more sessional teachers and more non-academic staff to pick up work faculty no longer chose to do), and – above all – raise faculty salaries so they were competitive with those in America (the rocketing increase in the value of the dollar around 2006 helped enormously, too). Not enough to create a crisis, but enough to make things uncomfortable, and at a few small universities which happened to experience a bad class recruitment or two (e.g. Acadia) it came pretty close to pushing them to the wall. I’ll spare you the details since I chronicled them back in The State of Post-Secondary Education , but suffice to say we’ve more or less just replaced lost government funding with international student dollars and carried on as if nothing had changed. Result: a lot of people with disappointed hopes of academic careers, and significantly decreased success rates on grant competitions (made worse in the medical sciences by CIHR’s bizarre decision to hand out fewer, larger awards). This led to a lot of unhappy scientists who were not in the least mollified by the fact that the Government throughout this period did keep investing fairly heavily in “Big Science” projects like TRIUMF, NEPTUNE, Canada First Research Excellence Grants, etc.
12 days ago
A Primer on Pre-Registration | The Replication Network
[From the article “The preregistration revolution” by Brian Nosek, Charles Ebersole, Alexander DeHaven, and David Mellor, published in PNAS] “Progress in science relies in part on generating hypotheses with existing observations and testing hypotheses with new observations. Mistaking generation of postdictions with testing of predictions reduces the credibility of research findings. … An effective solution is to define the research questions and analysis plan before observing the research outcomes—a process called preregistration.”“…A substantial barrier to preregistration is insufficient or ineffective training of good statistical and methodological practices. Those values are advanced with education and resources for effective preregistration in one’s research domain.”“The reference list for this review provides a starting point, and there are some education modules available online to facilitate preregistration planning: for example, online courses ( https://www.coursera.org/specializations/statistics , https://www.coursera.org/learn/statistical-inferences ), instructional guides ( help.osf.io/m/registrations/l/546603-enter-the-preregistration-challenge ), criteria established for preregistration badge credentials ( https://osf.io/6q7nm/ ), and collections of preregistration templates ( https://osf.io/zab38/wiki/home/ ).”“…Existing domain-specific and domain-general registries make it possible for researchers in any discipline to preregister their research. However, resear
12 days ago
A Rick and Morty writer will take Star Trek where no Trek has gone before—comedy | Ars Technica
Have you lost more than one afternoon reading old script outlines and scanning concept art for the forgotten mid-2000s project, Star Trek: The Final Frontier ? The new project is being developed by Mike McMahan, a writer on Rick and Morty, and it will focus on the support crew working on one of the other Starfleet ships. “Mike won our hearts with his first sentence: ‘I want to do a show about the people who put the yellow cartridge in the food replicator so a banana can come out the other end,’” Star Trek: Discovery co-creator Alex Kurtzman told Variety. No timeframe or other notable details were attached to Lower Decks in the Variety report, but it's the second new Trek series CBS has announced this fall. Back in August, Sir Patrick Stewart told a crowd at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention that he'd be returning to the role of Jean-Luc Picard in another new series for CBS All-Access.
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