The Kids (Who Use Tech) Seem to Be All Right - Scientific American
Technology use tilts the needle less than half a percent away from feeling emotionally sound. For context, eating potatoes is associated with nearly the same degree of effect and wearing glasses has a more negative impact on adolescent mental health.
weekly  science  health  technology  research 
5 hours ago
RIBOCA review: A disturbingly tangible Anthropocene – We Make Money Not Art
In October 2012, the artist selected a lone tree alongside a dyke of the Rhine, in the Ruhr area, one of the most heavily industrial regions of Europe. Once the first leaves began to fall in early autumn, he and his team collected them, preserved them, painted them and then re-attached them to the tree using a fine wire and a mechanical cherry-picker. This painstaking task continued until mid-November, by which time the tree had shed all of its foliage and the leaves had all been reattached.
weekly  art  tree 
2 days ago
Dropgangs, or the future of darknet markets • Opaque Link
The other major change is the use of “dead drops” instead of the postal system which has proven vulnerable to tracking and interception. Now, goods are hidden in publicly accessible places like parks and the location is given to the customer on purchase.

geocaching for criminals :)
crime  culture  weekly  technology 
2 days ago
Programming Sucks
Also, the bridge was designed as a suspension bridge, but nobody actually knew how to build a suspension bridge, so they got halfway through it and then just added extra support columns to keep the thing standing, but they left the suspension cables because they’re still sort of holding up parts of the bridge. Nobody knows which parts, but everybody’s pretty sure they’re important parts.


This is what it is to learn programming. You get to know your useful tools, then you look around, and there are some handy new tools nearby and those tools show you the bottomless horror that was always right next to your bed.


Remember that stuff about crazy people and bad code? The internet is that except it’s literally a billion times worse. Websites that are glorified shopping carts with maybe three dynamic pages are maintained by teams of people around the clock, because the truth is everything is breaking all the time, everywhere, for everyone. Right now someone who works for Facebook is getting tens of thousands of error messages and frantically trying to find the problem before the whole charade collapses. There’s a team at a Google office that hasn’t slept in three days. Somewhere there’s a database programmer surrounded by empty Mountain Dew bottles whose husband thinks she’s dead. And if these people stop, the world burns.
weekly  programming  projectmanagement 
5 days ago
The Revenge of the Intuitive | WIRED
But now I'm struck by the insidious, computer-driven tendency to take things out of the domain of muscular activity and put them into the domain of mental activity. This transfer is not paying off.
weekly  technology  future  past 
5 days ago
This Workplace Is a Family Now, Dammit - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
“We’re so glad you joined the family at this underfunded public school. Remember, you’re just like a mother or father figure to these kids. You teach them, take care of them, feed them, and oh yeah — take a bullet for them, even though your salary puts you right on the poverty line for this area. We’re just your typical traditional family that preys on each other’s altruism, and could be invaded unexpectedly at any minute by a crazed relative with a restraining order. Anyway, have a nut-free brownie!”
weekly  education  teaching  family 
8 days ago
What's Next for Hack Education
I am hoping that the shift away from compiling all the goings-on for that weekly news round-up will give me more time to think deeply and critically about education and technology, instead of perpetually being enraged by how many terrible and silly things are marketed as “solutions” by folks who just want to sell a product or service – some aware, some unaware that their very well-funded load of futurist bullshit is pretty damn dystopian.

---best wishes to Audrey as I couldn't do more than skim those weekly round-ups because I found them so deeply depressing
weekly  quote 
13 days ago
The Chaos - Gerard Nolst Trenité
classic English poem containing about 800 of the worst irregularities in English spelling and pronunciation.
poetry  english  weekly  language 
13 days ago
Why Data Is Never Raw - The New Atlantis
“Raw data is both an oxymoron and a bad idea; to the contrary, data should be cooked with care.” “Raw” carries a sense of natural or untouched, while “cooked” suggests the result of cognitive processes. But data is always the product of cognitive, cultural, and institutional processes that determine what to collect and how to collect it. In this sense, “raw data” is indeed a contradiction in terms. In the ordinary use of the term “raw data,” “raw” signifies that no processing was performed following data collection, but the term obscures the various forms of processing that necessarily occur before data collection.
data  weekly 
13 days ago
Microsoft/jericho: A learning environment for Interactive Fiction games.
Jericho is an environment that connects learning agents with interactive fiction games. Jericho uses Frotz and Ztools to provide a fast, python-based interface to Z-machine games.
weekly  if  cyoa 
13 days ago
That Isn’t a Mistake – dy/dan
But the vast majority of the work we label “mistakes” is students doing exactly what they meant to do.

We just don’t understand what they meant to do.

Teaching effectively means I need to know what a student knows and what to ask or say to help her develop that knowledge. Calling her ideas a mistake transforms them from a window into her knowledge into a mirror of my own, and I am instantly less effective.
weekly  DanMeyer  mistake 
27 days ago
Influencers Are Faking Brand Deals - The Atlantic
The owner of one sunglasses brand, who asked to remain anonymous so as not to alienate anyone in the influencer community, said the practice has put him in a tough position as a stream of mid-level influencers post mediocre-quality sponsored content seemingly on his behalf, without his approval or control.
weekly  instagram  socialmedia  dystopia 
29 days ago
Byrne’s Euclid
A reproduction of Oliver Byrne’s celebrated work from 1847 plus interactive diagrams, cross references, and posters designed by Nicholas Rougeux
weekly  math  dataviz  explorable  geometry 
29 days ago
Federal court says NY ban on nunchucks unconstitutional
The ruling went over the history of the ban, and said it “arose out of a concern that, as a result of the rising popularity ‘of ‘Kung Fu’ movies and shows,′ ‘various circles of the state’s youth’ — including ‘muggers and street gangs’ — were ‘widely’ using nunchaku to cause ‘many serious injuries.’”
weekly  data  law  legal 
29 days ago
How to read this book - The Cliff Nest
The book will include multiple cybersecurity and/or technical challenges which will invite the readers to look around the internet. Some are part of the story, while others will ask the readers to propose a solution with a character name that will tell the solution in the story.
weekly  security  interactive  if 
4 weeks ago
arbtt: the automatic, rule-based time tracker
arbtt, on the other hand, is a time tracker that gets out of the way. Its core component (arbtt-capture) silently captures data about what you are doing, completely autonomously. No interaction required, no distraction possible. This information is continuously stored in a log file. A separate tool (arbtt-stats) the allows you to investigate this data, at whatever time is convenient to you, by using simple text-based rules.

One big advantage of this approach is that you do not need to know in advance what queries you are interested in. Since the rules are applied in real-time when you are evaluating your data, and not when recording it, your raw data is always intact, and you can add more rules and forgotten special cases later.
weekly  data  tracking  opensource  productivity 
4 weeks ago
Facebook made itself indispensable to media companies, "pivoted to video," changed its mind, and triggered a industrywide mass extinction event / Boing Boing
Then came the day that Facebook announced the "pivot to video," a rare, clear, ringing instruction to the media companies: MAKE VIDEO. Video: the most expensive, difficult-to-skim content there is, and there'd better be a lot of it.


It was fraud. Video, it turned out, was hard to make and hard to casually skim, but video viewership numbers are the very easiest to cook, meaning that Facebook could use all that pivoting video to rip off its advertisers.
weekly  media  video  facebook  socialmedia 
4 weeks ago
After Some Careful Consideration, Our Family is Pivoting and Becoming a VR Startup - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
That is why, starting today, we will be restructuring our focus from being a loving, suburban family to being a lean, cutthroat virtual reality software company. Trust us, it’s the right move for our family at this time.
weekly  vr  future  humor 
4 weeks ago
Deleting array elements in JavaScript - delete vs splice - Stack Overflow
****use splice instead

delete will delete the object property, but will not reindex the array or update its length. This makes it appears as if it is undefined:
weekly  js  javascript  array 
4 weeks ago
Why Ratings and Feedback Forms Don’t Work - The Atlantic
Chasing ever more ratings abandons the original lesson of mechanical feedback: Specific, critical information can make a system perform well. The thoughts, opinions, experiences, and advice that consumers are asked to share all seem to have equal significance—and organizations seek ever more quantities of that feedback. An app called DropThought, for instance, promises to “capture feedback anywhere” from users who can reply “easily with one click using their smartphones.” Any thought, any response is worth capturing.
weekly  feedback 
5 weeks ago
Eagle.js is a web-based slideshow framework for Vue.js. It supports animations, themes, interactive widgets (for web demos), and makes it easy to reuse components, slides and styles across presentations.
framework  slides  pug  vue  js  presentation 
5 weeks ago
ʝ³ #wcus on Twitter: "TinyMCE was never tying to be a layout tool, like MicroSoft Word does not try to be PowerPoint. The Block-Based editor is trying to be both a typing tool and a layout tool. Today, I think it fails at providing a fluid interface to
TinyMCE was never tying to be a layout tool, like MicroSoft Word does not try to be PowerPoint.

The Block-Based editor is trying to be both a typing tool and a layout tool.

Today, I think it fails at providing a fluid interface to make either task feel enjoyable.
weekly  wordpress 
5 weeks ago
The "Yellow Jackets" Riots In France Are What Happens When Facebook Gets Involved With Local News
The same month that Nogueira set up his first group, Mark Zuckerberg announced two algorithm changes to Facebook’s News Feed that would “prioritize news that is trustworthy, informative, and local.” The updates were meant to combat sensationalism, misinformation, and political polarization by emphasizing local networks over publisher pages. One change upranks news from local publishers only. Another change made the same month prioritizes posts from friends and family, hoping to inspire back-and-forth discussion in the comments of posts.
weekly  algorithms  socialmedia  facebook 
5 weeks ago
Are you concerned for the safety of your small dog? It's a dangerous world where coyotes, aggressive dogs, and even birds of prey can injure or kill your small dog in the blink of an eye. We know because it happened to us, and that's why we developed our patented CoyoteVest. Its purpose is to help slow down or prevent a surprise attack and give you enough time to react before serious injury occurs. The CoyoteVest gives us peace of mind knowing that our dogs are not utterly defenseless.
weekly  dog  fear  protection 
5 weeks ago
Measuring the Filter Bubble: How Google is influencing what you click
Private browsing mode and being logged out of Google offered very little filter bubble protection. These tactics simply do not provide the anonymity most people expect. In fact, it's simply not possible to use Google search and avoid its filter bubble.
weekly  filter  privacy  data  google 
6 weeks ago
A Business With No End - The New York Times
**This article is amazing and has all the things.

Olivet University was established in California in 2000 by an evangelical pastor named David Jang. His global religious community — often referred to, simply, as “the Community” — has been the subject of numerous articles that allege labor violations, fraud and abuse. That includes a 2014 Mother Jones story in which former religious followers of Mr. Jang said that the Community recruited them from China and brought them to the U.S. on student visas to study at Olivet University. In reality, the followers said, they spent most of their time working illegally, for very little pay, churning out clickbait for the International Business Times.
weekly  highered  immigration  amazon  clickbait  visa  labor  sociology 
6 weeks ago
You Snooze, You Lose: Insurers Make The Old Adage… — ProPublica
Schmidt’s privacy concerns began the day after he registered his new CPAP unit with ResMed, its manufacturer. He opted out of receiving any further information. But he had barely wiped the sleep out of his eyes the next morning when a peppy email arrived in his inbox. It was ResMed, praising him for completing his first night of therapy. “Congratulations! You’ve earned yourself a badge!” the email said.
weekly  privacy  medical  health 
7 weeks ago
3D printers emit microparticles that can embed in your lungs
Four years of research shows that 3D printers emit hazardous microparticles–which can embed themselves in your lungs forever.
weekly  3dprinting  health  edtech 
7 weeks ago
Secret Hitler
Secret Hitler is a social deduction game for 5-10 people about finding and stopping the Secret Hitler.

Players are secretly divided into two teams: the liberals, who have a majority, and the fascists, who are hidden to everyone but each other. If the liberals can learn to trust each other, they have enough votes to control the elections and save the day. But the fascists will say whatever it takes to get elected, advance their agenda, and win the game.

from Jeff
game  fascism  political  weekly 
7 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks 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 
9 weeks ago
AAEEBL (@AAEEBL) | Twitter
AAEEBL-global professional group for authentic, experiential & evidence-based learning #eportfolios. #edchat #edtech #elearning #highered
twitter  portfolio 
9 weeks 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 
10 weeks 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 weeks 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 
10 weeks ago
CROWDLAAERS provides learning analytics about active participants, temporal activity (active days), collaborative discourse (threads), and also Hypothesis tags.
tool  hypothesis  data  analytics 
10 weeks 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 
11 weeks 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 
11 weeks 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 
11 weeks 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 
12 weeks 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 
12 weeks ago
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