Light Work: The Rise of NBA Skills Trainers - The Ringer
Bazzell is a part of a new generation of skills trainers who have utilized social media to their advantage and in the process turned the profession mainstream. Today you would be hard-pressed to find an NBA player who doesn’t have “their guy,” whether they’re team-affiliated or from the private sector. Players work out with their trainers in the offseason, do film work with them, and keep in contact—sometimes in person—throughout the season. Some have even been hired on their trainees’ teams. In recent years, these trainers have become more than just another face in an NBA player’s entourage. They are highlight-reel curators, entrepreneurs, and newsmakers. To the chagrin of some of their peers, some are even social media celebrities.
weekly  sports  socialmedia 
17 hours ago
Design Thinking Is Fundamentally Conservative and Preserves the Status Quo
Although it is often advertised as a method that is as innovative as the solutions it promises to produce, it bears an uncanny resemblance to an earlier model of problem-solving, celebrated in the 1970s and 1980s for the superior solutions it was supposed to produce. Called the “rational-experimental” approach to problem solving, it was a simplified and popularized version of the scientific method, in much the same way that design thinking is a stylized — some say “dumbed down” — version of the methods designers use.  It, too, was enthusiastically embraced by managers and policy makers, and was invoked to reshape practices in firms and government.


They turn the everyday ability to solve a problem into a rarified practice, limited only to those who self-consciously follow a specialized methodology.
weekly  design  thinking  fad  fraud  dystopia 
13 days ago
Google and Facebook Didn't End Data Privacy - The Atlantic
Location data was particularly voluminous, with Android smartphones conveying a user’s position in space more than 300 times in a 24-hour period—even if the user has turned off location history in the device’s Google settings. The study also shows that the “incognito” mode in Google’s Chrome browser, which promises to hide a user’s information from websites while browsing, still makes it possible for Google to connect those supposedly hidden visits to its own, internal profile of a user.
privacy  data  tracking  weekly 
19 days ago
Art historians have traditionally used physical light boxes to prepare exhibits or curate collections. On a light box, they can place slides or printed images, move the images around at will, group them as desired, and visually compare them. The transition to digital images has rendered this workflow obsolete. Now, art historians lack well-designed, unified interactive software tools that effectively support the operations they perform with physical light boxes.
tool  art  history  lightbox  images 
21 days ago
Coffee delivery drone patented by IBM - BBC News
A coffee-delivering drone that can detect when people are tired and bring them a drink has been patented by technology company IBM.
weekly  drone  ibm  productivity  dystopia 
22 days ago
We took a tour of the abandoned college campuses of Second Life
Colleges were among those that bought the hype of the Linden Lab-developed virtual world. Many universities set up their own private islands to engage students; some even held classes within Second Life.

Most of these virtual universities are gone –– it costs almost $300 per month to host your own island –– but it turns out a handful remain as ghost towns. I decided to travel through several of the campuses, to see what's happening in Second Life college-world in 2015

First, I didn't see a a single other user during my tour. They are all truly abandoned.
weekly  virtual  secondllife 
4 weeks ago
When You Hear _______, Pay Attention – Hacker Noon
... you’re about to fall into a trap and need to pay attention):

Might as well do [some extra thing] while we [do the original thing]
weekly  consider 
5 weeks ago
Fallout 76's Downright Exciting Plan to Deal With Griefing and Trolls :: Games :: Features :: Fallout 76 :: Paste
Howard says they wanted the game to have an element of danger without griefing, which is a tall order in an open world online game. To achieve this, they implemented features that will greatly reduce any incentive to grief other players, and turn those that do into the villains. For example, when you shoot another player, your character only does a small amount of damage, with more damage awarded if you continue and engage and enter into PvP. Players who die may seek revenge for their deaths, gaining double reward of caps and XP. Players that kill those who didn’t want to be engaged are labeled a “wanted murderer” and have a bounty placed on their head. If you are labeled a wanted murderer, you will receive no reward for those kills. Wanted murderers will also appear on your map as a red star denoting the bounty on their head, and the bounty comes out of their personal stash of caps. They also cannot see the other characters on the map.
weekly  games  videogame  motivation  behavior 
5 weeks ago
Welcome to Coyote | Coyote
--would also make for an interesting project for English and art classes

The open-source Coyote software was developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago to support a distributed workflow for describing images in our web CMS and publishing those descriptions to our public website. The MCA team is creating both alt-text descriptions of 20–30 words, as well as much longer descriptions, particularly of collection works.
accessibility  art  weekly 
6 weeks ago
Fostering focus for small screens – Dropbox Design – Medium
A nice before/after redesign post with a focus on mobile and simplicity.
weekly  webdev  simplify  design 
6 weeks ago
Logging Activity With The Web Beacon API — Smashing Magazine
The Beacon API is used for sending small amounts of data to a server without waiting for a response. That last part is critical and is the key to why Beacon is so useful — our code never even gets to see a response, even if the server sends one. Beacons are specifically for sending data and then forgetting about it. We don’t expect a response and we don’t get a response.
weekly  api  webdev 
7 weeks ago
Bedrock | WordPress Boilerplate | Roots
WordPress boilerplate with modern development tools, easier configuration, and an improved folder structure
wordpress  webdev 
7 weeks ago
Did you know that style and script tags can be set to display: block? | CSS-Tricks
The other night, Amit Patel mentioned that you can set script tags in HTML to display: block with CSS and then edit that code inline with the contentEditable attribute. This means that you can then see it all update live in the browser as you type. Shortly after, Marius Gundersen replied that you can do this with the style tag as well.
weekly  webdev  block 
7 weeks ago
A pre-history of weeknotes, plus why I write them and perhaps why you should too (Week 16)
Writing: I know from experience that naming and recording these wobbly feelings is valuable because, at some point in the not-too-distant, you come back to your own work and say, “holy shit, that’s amazing, how was I capable of that,” and then you read the historic weeknotes and realise that at the time you were miserable about what you are now delighted by, and closing the loop like that gives you perspective during self-doubt moments in the future.
weekly  reflection  public  blog  record 
7 weeks ago
Quantified Self — Project Pages | Welcome
A fascinating way of using mood tracking in a clinical setting has been pioneered by Dr. Alan Greene. His experiment with Reverse Mood Tracking came from pausing briefly before walking into an exam room to note his current mood. Then, after walking through the door, he would pause and note whether his mood had changed.
weekly  mood  Quantified  self  data  emotion 
7 weeks ago
Interactive, adaptable celestial map done with the D3.js visualization library. So, GeoJSON for sky stuff. Which surprisingly nobody has done yet, it seems.
weekly  d3  js  stars  planets  dataviz 
8 weeks ago
St. Louis Uber driver has put video of hundreds of passengers online. Most have no idea. | Metro |
Jason Gargac, of Florissant, livestreams videos of his rides as an Uber and Lyft driver in greater St. Louis without his customers' knowledge. This screencap from Gargac's channel on the livestreaming website Twitch shows him transporting passengers on a recent ride. The faces of passengers have been covered with black boxes by the Post-Dispatch. Screen-capture via Twitch.
dystopia  weekly  twitch  uber  lyft  privacy 
8 weeks ago
How the Roman Empire Made Pure CSS Connect 4 Possible | CSS-Tricks
In this article, I will walk through the key ideas of a Pure CSS Connect 4 game I built. I tried to avoid hardcoding as much as I could in my experiment and worked without preprocessors to focus on keeping the resulting code short. You can see all the code and the game right here:
weekly  webdev  css 
8 weeks ago
Newcomer Conjugate Method Lessons / Elite FTS
Dynamic effort days will not be easy. These were harder and heavier than the max effort days. First, I started with nine sets of three, then switched to 12 doubles as Louie suggested, because in a powerlifting competition you just do singles, so you are better off doing a first rep 12 times than only nine times.
Dynamic movements should be done fast. We are using 50%, 55%, or 60% bar weight, plus 20% or 25% of bands or chains for accommodating resistance. The bar should be moving fast. If it is not fast, reduce the weight. You are not lifting for your ego; you are lifting for speed-strength, which is the ability to develop force rapidly.
Rest periods of 40 to 60 seconds for dynamic effort work nearly gave me heart attacks in the first few weeks. Totally worth it!
Bands are useful for raw lifters as well! Louie (and Zatsiorsky) writes about the mini-max point, and examined that a barbell loaded with weight plates is too heavy at the bottom but too light at the top. If you apply some bands, weight loading throughout the movement will be just perfect for that extra improvement.
Another very important aspect of using bands is speed — more precisely deceleration. As you are approaching the lockout of a deadlift, bench, or squat, you will feel (no matter what) that the barbell is slowing down. Applying bands will help keep up that speed even toward the end of the lift.
weekly  exercise  conjugate 
8 weeks ago
Bodies believed to be those of 95 black forced-labor prisoners from Jim Crow era unearthed in Sugar Land after one man’s quest - The Washington Post
Moore started researching Sugar Land’s slavery and convict-leasing history after spending time working as a prison guard at one of Texas’s oldest prisons, and his curiosity intensified. He had a hunch. Based on what he learned, he believed that the bodies of former slaves and black prisoners were still buried in Sugar Land’s backyard. He focused his attention on a site called the Imperial State Prison Farm, the one that bore the name of the country’s premier sugar company.
slavery  capitalism  texas  corporations 
9 weeks ago
Super Punch: "ECOT, Ohio’s largest online charter school, officially closes"
lies and theft in online edu . . . similar to lies Temple's business dean engaged in
education  online  stats  lies  weekly 
9 weeks ago
This sun-chasing robot looks after the plant on its head - The Verge
Chinese roboticist and entrepreneur Sun Tianqi has made it happen: modding a six-legged toy robot made by his company Vincross to carry a potted plant on its back.

The resulting plant-robot hybrid looks like a leafy crab or a robot Bulbasaur. It moves toward the sunshine when needed, and it retreats to shade when it’s had enough.
weekly  robot  plant  technology 
9 weeks ago
Temple business dean forced out over falsified MBA data used in rankings - Philly
“the Fox School … knowingly provided false information to at least one rankings organization about the online M.B.A. In addition to the misreporting of the number of students who took the GMAT from 2015 to 2018, the average undergraduate GPA was overstated, and there were inaccuracies in the number of offers of admission as well as in the degree of student indebtedness.”
weekly  online 
10 weeks ago
H-Diplo Commentary 1 on Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress | H-Diplo | H-Net
Or maybe you have just closed Steven Pinker’s latest book, which would not have been out of place as propaganda material in the age of Brezhnevian stagnation.
weekly  quote 
10 weeks ago
logger - Google Drive
from way back in case anyone asks again
google  ccps  dell  hcps  logger  example 
10 weeks ago
The U.S. Air Force learned to code—and saved the Pentagon millions
“We don’t want to be anybody’s outsource app development organization forever,” says Keith Salisbury, the vice president responsible for Pivotal’s work with the federal government. “We want our clients to understand what we do and how we do it, and most importantly, why we do it. We don’t want to teach them to fish. We want to teach them to be fishing guides.”
weekly  webdev  pd 
10 weeks ago
----like what we tried a few months back

Itty bitty sites are contained entirely within their own link. (Including this one!) This means they're...

💼Portable - you don't need a server to host them
👁Private - nothing is sent to–or stored on–this server
🎁Easy to share as a link or QR code
weekly  tool  html  url 
10 weeks ago
When Jean-Paul Sartre Had a Bad Mescaline Trip and Then Hallucinated, for Years, That He Was Being Followed by Crabs | Open Culture
The crabs followed him “all the time,” he said, “I mean they followed me in the streets, into class.”
weekly  quote  crabs  sarte 
11 weeks ago
Ice Poseidon’s Lucrative, Stressful Life as a Live Streamer | The New Yorker
There was a time when he was swatted every day for a month. Things reached a crisis point when someone called in a bomb threat on a plane he had just boarded in Phoenix, on his way to a video-game convention, and several of the airport’s runways had to be closed. The episode led to Denino’s permanent banishment from Twitch, which is why he now streams on YouTube.
weekly  socialmedia  dystopia 
11 weeks ago
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