Centered within the summertime habitat of the endangered southern resident killer whales, Orcasound Lab is also a good place to listen for ships passing through Haro Strait and boats traveling along the west side of San Juan Island. In the fall you can hear humpbacks, and in the summer male harbor seals vocalize nearby.
weekly  orca  sound 
23 hours ago
Brooklyn students hold walkout in protest of Facebook-designed online program
Weird to see these complaints from a variety of angles and in light of early "innovation zone" work done in NYC . . . (also same old, same old in terms of bad wifi etc.)

“It’s annoying to just sit there staring at one screen for so long,” said freshman Mitchel Storman, 14, who spends close to five hours a day on Summit classes in algebra, biology, English, world history, and physics. “You have to teach yourself.”

Summit stresses “personalized learning” and “self-direction.” Students work at their own pace. Teachers “facilitate.” Each kid is supposed to get 10 to 15 minutes of one-on-one “mentoring” each week.
weekly  nyc  education  innovation  facebook 
AAEEBL (@AAEEBL) | Twitter
AAEEBL-global professional group for authentic, experiential & evidence-based learning #eportfolios. #edchat #edtech #elearning #highered
twitter  portfolio 
2 days ago
Why you should never ever eat a garden slug | TreeHugger
According to news reports, 19-year-old Sam Ballard caved into a dare to swallow a slug. Tragically for Ballard, the slug came with the roundworm parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis, AKA the punk-rock-sounding rat lungworm. While when mature these parasites take residence in rats, in their youth they sometimes call slugs and snails home, creating a potential menace for anyone consuming raw or undercooked creatures harboring the parasite.
As Mindy Weisberger writes for LiveSceince , "In Ballard's case, the parasite caused a serious brain infection. He fell into a coma for 420 days and was paralyzed from the neck down when he was released from the hospital three years later...." Ballard remains paralyzed and requires full-time care
psa  slug  weekly 
9 days ago
Create a Stripe Customer with Gravity Forms Stripe Product Feed
ab the value of the second piece of metadata, which is found inside the metaData array. This gets you the field key of the email address field, which you can use to grab the actual value.
stripe  gravityforms 
10 days ago
Our young people, for the most part -- unless they are geniuses -- after a very short time in college give up any hope of being individually great. They plan, instead, to be good. They plan to be effective, They plan to do their job. They plan to take their healthy place in the community. We might say that today it takes a genius to come out great, and a great man, a merely great man, cannot survive. It has become our habit, therefore, to think that the age of greatness has passed, that the age of the great man is gone, that this is the day of group research, that this is the day of community progress. Yet the very essence of democracy is the absolute faith that while people must cooperate, the first function of democracy, its peculiar gift, is to develop each individual into everything that he might be. But I submit to you that when in each man the dream of personal greatness dies, democracy loses the real source of its future strength.

--1957 . . .
weekly  college  education 
11 days ago
CROWDLAAERS provides learning analytics about active participants, temporal activity (active days), collaborative discourse (threads), and also Hypothesis tags.
tool  hypothesis  data  analytics 
13 days ago
Meet the Existentialist Bodybuilder – Power Trip – Medium
Going to the gym, I regret to inform you, is pointless. But so is not. Which leaves you with a choice. And that right there is the heavy lifting of humanity.
weekly  philosophy  gym  fitness 
14 days ago
Own the Demand – Florent Crivello
Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall reckons Google will pay $9B to Apple this year to remain iOS’ default search engine — an amount that could go up to $12B next year (source). By comparison, Microsoft’s search engine Bing generated $1.7B in revenue in 2017. So Apple’s “search engine business” is roughly 5x as big as Microsoft’s — all while, you know, having no actual search engine.

---I wonder about this re edx, corporate influenced education etc.
weekly  demand  economics  education 
15 days ago
The Red Baron | by Kwame Anthony Appiah | The New York Review of Books
Education has put its seal of approval on a minority,” he wrote, “and its seal of disapproval on the many who fail to shine from the time they are relegated to the bottom streams at the age of seven or before.” What should have been mechanisms of mobility had become fortresses of privilege. He saw an emerging cohort of mercantile meritocrats who

can be insufferably smug, much more so than the people who knew they had achieved advancement not on their own merit but because they were, as somebody’s son or daughter, the beneficiaries of nepotism. The newcomers can actually believe they have morality on their side. So assured have the elite become that there is almost no block on the rewards they arrogate to themselves.

The carapace of “merit,” Young argued, had only inoculated the winners from shame and reproach.
weekly  sociology  education  merit 
15 days ago
It only took Oz govt transformation bods 6 months and $700k to report that blockchain ain't worth the effort • The Register
He also reiterated the relentless nature of the vendor push. "A lot of the big vendors are pushing blockchain very hard, and internationally most of the hype around blockchain is coming from vendors and companies, not from governments and users and deliverers of services."
weekly  blockchain  technology  change  vendor 
21 days ago
Power Causes Brain Damage - The Atlantic
Less able to make out people’s individuating traits, they rely more heavily on stereotype. And the less they’re able to see, other research suggests, the more they rely on a personal “vision” for navigation. John Stumpf saw a Wells Fargo where every customer had eight separate accounts. (As he’d often noted to employees, eight rhymes with great.) “Cross-selling,” he told Congress, “is shorthand for deepening relationships.”
brain  cognition  research  power  weekly 
22 days ago
Notes of Cabinet Meeting on Edmond Charles Genet, 2 August 1793
. The Presidt. was much inflamed, got into one of those passions when he cannot command himself. Run on much on the personal abuse which had been bestowed on him. Defied any man on earth to produce one single act of his since he had been in the government which was not done on the purest motives. That he had never repented but once the having slipped the moment of resigning his office, and that was every moment since. That by god he had rather be in his grave than in his present situation.
weekly  president  power  government  washington 
26 days ago
The Story Behind the Mysterious Guillotine on a Brooklyn Roof - VICE
"So, yeah, this is kind of the idea behind that—just like, here's your free healthcare. It'll solve your problems."
weekly  guillotine  symbol  art 
26 days ago
Georgetown Law Students Object to Exam Software
More than 500 law students at Georgetown University have signed a petition asking the law school to scrap its new exam software.

In a letter to administrators, students raised privacy and security concerns about the Exam4 platform and objected to the requirement to install it on their personal laptops in order to take their finals.
privacy  security  highered  law  weekly 
26 days ago
Changes to Twitter's rules may kill off its most entertaining bots — Quartz
. “But I am beginning to suspect that once we all leave Twitter, they will realize that we represent a lot of what made Twitter good, and that maybe the platform needs fun bot makers more than we need Twitter.”
twitter  api  bot  weekly 
27 days ago
[Easy Chair] | The Wizard of Q, by Walter Kirn | Harper's Magazine
He’d discovered a principle of online storytelling that had eluded me all those years ago but now seemed obvious: The audience for internet narratives doesn’t want to read, it wants to write. It doesn’t want answers provided, it wants to search for them. It doesn’t want to sit and be amused, it wants to be sent on a mission. It wants to do.
weekly  narrative  internet 
27 days ago
‘Do Not Track’ Privacy Tool Doesn’t Do Anything
“Do Not Track,” as it was first imagined a decade ago by consumer advocates, was going to be a “Do Not Call” list for the internet, helping to free people from annoying targeted ads and creepy data collection. But only a handful of sites respect the request, the most prominent of which are Pinterest and Medium. (Pinterest won’t use offsite data to target ads to a visitor who’s elected not to be tracked, while Medium won’t send their data to third parties.) The vast majority of sites, including this one, ignore it.
privacy  donottrack 
28 days ago
Reflecting on a MagicMirror Build - DEV Community 👩‍💻👨‍💻
MagicMirror² is an open source modular smart mirror platform. With a growing list of installable modules, the MagicMirror² allows you to convert your hallway or bathroom mirror into your personal assistant.
mirror  weekly  opensource 
28 days ago
[no title]
Now that the crypto bloodbath is in full view the new refuge of the
crypto scoundrels is “blockchain”, the technology underlying crypto
that is now alleged to be the cure of all global problems, including
poverty, famines and even diseases. But as discussed in detail below
blockchain is the most over-hyped – and least useful - technology in
human history: in practice it is nothing better than a glorified
spreadsheet or database.
weekly  crypto  bitcoin  blockchain 
29 days ago
Kara Swisher on the worst and best bosses she’s ever had.
: ‘Babylon was.’ Which means: Every major power falls.”
weekly  tshirt  todo 
29 days ago
#digitalsherlocks hashtag on Twitter
Interesting crowd participation pattern in media analysis --- mainly Russia related.
weekly  journalism  crowd 
4 weeks ago
An Airbnb guesthouse of horrors - The Boston Globe
“Sorry about the confusion. Life’s too short for me to give you an explanation. Have a nice time in LA.”
weekly  quote 
4 weeks ago
"I just know" replaces systematic reviews at top of evidence pyramid
“After much research and deliberation, we feel we cannot ignore what a parent or conspiracy theorist feels “in their gut”. There are just too many anecdotes and too many people buying untested alternative health products to ignore this any longer,” explained SHEA spokesman Dr. Harold Rami.
weekly  truth  lies  parody 
4 weeks ago
New U.S. Weapons Systems Are a Hackers’ Bonanza, Investigators Find - The New York Times
Sometimes the testing teams toyed with their Pentagon targets. One team “reported that they caused a pop-up message to appear on users’ terminals instructing them to insert two quarters to continue operating.”
weekly  hacking  security 
4 weeks ago
Enigma Public
We've curated the world's broadest collection of public data into a single searchable, explorable web portal and API.
open  data  weekly  api 
5 weeks ago
awesomedata/awesome-public-datasets: A topic-centric list of high-quality open datasets in public domains. New PR ☛☛☛
This list of a topic-centric public data sources in high quality. They are collected and tidied from blogs, answers, and user responses. Most of the data sets listed below are free, however, some are not. Other amazingly awesome lists can be found in sindresorhus's awesome list.
weekly  open  data  source  github 
5 weeks ago
A philosopher explains how our addiction to stories keeps us from understanding history - The Verge
The problem is, these historical narratives seduce you into thinking you really understand what’s going on and why things happened, but most of it is guessing people’s motives and their inner thoughts. It allays your curiosity, and you’re satisfied psychologically by the narrative, and it connects the dots so you feel you’re in the shoes of the person whose narrative is being recorded. It has seduced you into a false account, and now you think you understand.

The second part is that it effectively prevents you from going on to try to find the right theory and correct account of events. And the third problem, which is the gravest, is that people use narratives because of their tremendous emotional impact to drive human actions, movements, political parties, religions, ideologies. And many movements, like nationalism and intolerant religions, are driven by narrative and are harmful and dangerous for humanity.
weekly  storytelling  truth  lies  emotion  history 
5 weeks ago
“Telling the Bees” | JSTOR Daily
This practice of “telling the bees” may have its origins in Celtic mythology where the presence of a bee after a death signified the soul leaving the body, but the tradition appears to have been most prominent in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the U.S. and Western Europe. The ritual involves notifying honey bees of major events in the beekeeper’s life, such as a death or marriage.
weekly  bees  rituals 
5 weeks ago
DeVos’ security detail projected to cost up to $7.7M during the next year - POLITICO
The Marshals Service said the final cost of protection for DeVos in fiscal 2018 was $6.79 million.
weekly  education  money 
5 weeks ago
Planning to Vote in the November Election? Why Most Americans Probably Won’t - The New York Times
Ms. Hill watched as smiling politicians kept making promises and, in her view, growing richer.

----data viz average net worth of politicians over time adjusted for inflation . . .
weekly  data  dataviz  todo  project  politics 
5 weeks ago
Software disenchantment @ tonsky.me
As a general trend, we’re not getting faster software with more features. We’re getting faster hardware that runs slower software with the same features. Everything works way below the possible speed. Ever wonder why your phone needs 30 to 60 seconds to boot? Why can’t it boot, say, in one second? There are no physical limitations to that. I would love to see that. I would love to see limits reached and explored, utilizing every last bit of performance we can get for something meaningful in a meaningful way.
weekly  progress  technology  goals 
6 weeks ago
Build Your Own Learning Tools (BYOT) | OUseful.Info, the blog...
One of the things I’ve started exploring recently is the extent to which we can create “reproducible” (open) educational resources using Jupyter notebooks. Part of the rationale for this is that if the means of producing a particular asset are provided, then it becomes much easier to reuse the assets with modification. However, I’ve also come to appreciate that having a computational environment to hand also means we can explore the taught subject matter in a wider variety of ways.
tools  diy  oer  weekly 
6 weeks ago
The first “social network” of brains lets three people transmit thoughts to each other’s heads - MIT Technology Review
Together, these devices make it possible to send and receive signals directly to and from the brain. But nobody has created a network that allows group communication. Until now. 
weekly  brain  technology 
6 weeks ago
World War II bombings weakened upper atmosphere at edge of space | Ars Technica
"Residents would routinely recall being thrown through the air by the pressure waves of air mines exploding."
weekly  wwii  ww2  bombs  environment 
6 weeks ago
List: Myths About Your Thirties — Debunked - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
The media sources that are reliable sources of news and information and the ones that are evil and designed to manipulate dumbasses will blend together and you will not be able to tell the difference without consulting Snopes, which you’re also not sure if you can trust.
weekly  truth  lies 
7 weeks ago
Why I’m done with Chrome – A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering
For ten years I’ve been asked a single question by the Chrome browser: “Do you want to log in with your Google account?” And for ten years I’ve said no thanks. Chrome still asks me that question — it’s just that now it doesn’t honor my decision.
weekly  privacy  chrome  data 
7 weeks ago
Kaiten - Wikipedia
Kaiten (回天, literal translation: "Return to Heaven", commonly rendered as "turn of the Heaven's will", "the heaven shaker"[1]) were manned torpedoes and suicide craft, used by the Imperial Japanese Navy in the final stages of World War II.
weekly  history  manned  torpedo  war  wwii 
7 weeks ago
In the Eyes of the Animal
another experiential animal eye
Umwelt  vr  browser  animals  weekly 
7 weeks ago
Animal Vision Simulator
see the world through the eyes of various animals - android phone app
phone  augmented  reality  Umwelt  vision  weekly 
7 weeks ago
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