Do It Yourself - Futility Closet
Society of Mutual Autopsy (Société d’autopsie mutuelle), founded in 1876 “for the purpose of furnishing to the investigations of medicists brains superior to those of the common people.”
weekly  tshirt  history 
Porsche Classic supplies classic parts from a 3D printer
Due to the consistently positive results received to date, Porsche is currently manufacturing eight other parts using 3D printing. The parts in question are steel and alloy parts produced using the selective laser melting process, and plastic components manufactured using an SLS printer
weekly  future  porsche  culture  change 
5 days ago
HUBzero - Home
Host analytical tools, publish data, share resources, collaborate and build communities in a single web-based ecosystem.
education  research  science  collaboration  python  platform  webdev  weekly 
8 days ago
Bildung - Wikipedia
The term Bildung also corresponds to the Humboldtian model of higher education from the work of Prussian philosopher and educational administrator Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835). Thus, in this context, the concept of education becomes a lifelong process of human development, rather than mere training in gaining certain external knowledge or skills. Such training in skills is known by the German words Erziehung, and Ausbildung. Bildung in contrast is seen as a process wherein an individual's spiritual and cultural sensibilities as well as life, personal and social skills are in process of continual expansion and growth.
weekly  education  language  german  philo 
14 days ago
Apple HomePod review: locked in - The Verge
When you set down a HomePod and play music, it goes through a number of steps to tune itself. First, it tries to create a model of the room it’s in by detecting the sounds reflecting off walls. It does this in two passes: the first pass builds a model to a high degree of initial confidence, and the second pass refines the model. This happens faster if you’re playing music with a lot of bass.
weekly  audio  privacy  data  sound  sonar 
14 days ago
Episode No. 113: What's Going On in This Graph? - Policy Viz
Michael Gonchar and Sharon Hessney lead a new project at the New York Times called “What’s Going On in This Graph?” (WGOITG). Every second Tuesday of every month, the NYT publishes a graphic on a topic suitable for subjects across the middle school and high school curricula. They might remove some key information, such as titles, labels, and annotation, and then ask the students three questions:

• What do you notice?
• What do you wonder?
• What’s going on in this graph?
weekly  data  vcusocy  dataviz  graph  understanding 
14 days ago
Uses This / Interviews
A collection of nerdy interviews asking people from all walks of life what they use to get the job done.
tools  interviews  workflow  work 
14 days ago
This Mutant Crayfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe - The New York Times
Before about 25 years ago, the species simply did not exist. A single drastic mutation in a single crayfish produced the marbled crayfish in an instant.

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The mutation made it possible for the creature to clone itself, and now it has spread across much of Europe and gained a toehold on other continents.
weekly  animal  poetry  evolution 
14 days ago
The Anatomy of a Data Story
Knaflic explains that “it’s not the graph that makes the data interesting. Rather, it's the story you build around it—the way you make it something your audience cares about, something that resonates with them—that’s what makes data interesting.”
weekly  vcusocy  data  socy  story  narrative 
16 days ago
Introduction · Purgecss
Purgecss is a tool to remove unused CSS. It can be used as part of your development workflow. Purgecss comes with a JavaScript API, a CLI, and plugins for popular build tools.
css  webdev  tool  purge 
18 days ago
Excel vs R: A Brief Introduction to R
There is no doubt that the learning curve for R is much steeper than producing one or two charts in a spreadsheet. However, there are real long-term advantages to learning a dedicated data analysis tool like R.
weekly  r  data  programming  history  vcusocy  power 
20 days ago
OverTheWire: Wargames
Each shell game has its own SSH port
weekly  computer  security  hacking 
21 days ago
Visualization Tools
a data visualization of data visualizaitons
weekly  keshif  data  vcu  vcusocy 
21 days ago
A gem among the snowpack of Olympics data journalism - Junk Charts
When data journalism and dataviz are done right, the designers have made good decisions. Here are some of the key elements that make this article work:
data  dataviz  vcusocy  journalism 
21 days ago
Panicked about Kids’ Addiction to Tech?
The funny thing about verbalizing what you’re doing is that you’ll check yourself about your decisions to grab that phone. Somehow, it’s a lot less comfy saying: “Mom’s going to check work email because she can’t stop looking in case something important happens.”
weekly  technology  culture 
22 days ago
39 studies about human perception in 30 minutes – kennedy elliott – Medium
Lee and coauthors (34) observed “novice users” when they encountered unfamiliar visualizations and tried to make sense of them. Participants had difficulties in moving away from their initial frameworks, even if they were incorrect. Thus, first impressions are quite important.
data  dataviz  research  visualization  vcusocy  basics 
23 days ago
Minimalism in Information Visualization - Attitudes Towards Maximizing the Data-Ink Ratio
Within-subjects analyses of the evaluations of the
graphs found that the traditional format (Graph A)
received significantly higher evaluations than those of
the minimalist format (Graph D) on all six aspects
research  dataviz  vcusocy  minimalism 
23 days ago
Minimalism in Data VIsualization: Perceptions of Beauty, Clarity, Effectiveness, and Simplicity
In summary, the academic literature on
minimalism and data visualization, provides
conflicting empirical evidence related to
minimalism’s ability to improve a visualization.
This debate has carried over outside of academia
as evidenced by blog postings such as that of
Kosara (2010) that discusses the work of
Bateman et al. (2010). However, most of the
literature seems to suggest that minimalism in
the form of a high data-ink ratio or lack of
embellishment does not improve the quality of a
visualization. This is counter to Tufte’s notion that
such visualizations are superior.
research  dataviz  simplicity  vcusocy 
23 days ago
Timeline with markers -
make for a slick interactive for student annotation of timeline
timeline  interactive  tie 
24 days ago
Donald Rumsfeld’s Snowflake Poetry Is Exactly What America Needs Right Now - POLITICO Magazine

I have a feeling that
the things I want to do
that we have to drop
off the calendar
don’t get put back on.
For example,
I still need a dentist appointment.
Nov. 28, 2001,1:21 p.m.

h/t my lovely wife
weekly  poetry  government 
24 days ago
Tangle: a JavaScript library for reactive documents
Tangle is a JavaScript library for creating reactive documents. Your readers can interactively explore possibilities, play with parameters, and see the document update immediately. Tangle is super-simple and easy to learn.
interactive  javascript  js  dataviz  data  vcusocy  explorable 
24 days ago
Crossfilter is a JavaScript library for exploring large multivariate datasets in the browser. Crossfilter supports extremely fast (<30ms) interaction with coordinated views, even with datasets containing a million or more records; we built it to power analytics for Square Register, allowing merchants to slice and dice their payment history fluidly.
visualization  charts  javascript  chart  d3  js  tool  vcusocy 
24 days ago
Walgreens Vampire | Orlando - Yelp
He's normally referred to as the Altamonte Vampire, although I've never seen him in any other businesses than Walgreens, as he pretty much lingers there late at night. I've also heard to him referred to as Dracula, but I think the Walgreens Vampire is more fitting than anything.
weekly  vampire  walgreens 
24 days ago
Prior Art - Futility Closet
Krøyer patented his technique in the United Kingdom and Germany, but (the story is told) the Dutch application was rejected because a Dutch examiner found the 1949 Donald Duck comic The Sunken Yacht, by Carl Barks, in which Donald and his nephews raise a yacht by filling it with ping-pong balls.
weekly  law  legal  patent 
26 days ago
Senate Quietly Admits It Doesn't Protect Staffers' Personal Email Or Devices From Hacking
The government agency responsible for policing the Senate’s cybersecurity doesn’t actually protect staffers’ personal devices or accounts, creating what one former congressional staffer called “a major threat vector” for foreign hackers.

“If I were a foreign intelligence service, I would be looking at every single congressional staffer, then I’d look at their personal email accounts because they’re all using Gchat,” said Daniel Schuman, a former House of Representatives staffer and the current chair of the Congressional Data Coalition, a nonprofit group that urges Congress to become more transparent and tech-savvy. “The Senate is not doing anything, nor is the House, to protect that,” Schuman told BuzzFeed News.
weekly  security  culture  politics 
27 days ago
My Grandfather’s Travel Logs and Other Repetitive Tasks · An A List Apart Article
But what do you do when you’re faced with a problem that can’t be solved with a plugin, like my grandfather’s travel data? If you’re a designer, what’s the best way to structure unconventional data so you can just focus on designing?
weekly  workflow  programming 
28 days ago
Comic contracts and other ways to make the law understandable
Considering how swamped we all are with agreements and terms, from the workplace to just downloading apps, we need to change the way the information regulating our legal relationships is presented, as well as the level of other detail it contains.

Pointlessly complex contracts have to stop. This is why some lawyers are rethinking contract design, using mind maps, illustrations and even contracts in comic strip form, which is the focus of my research.
weekly  legal  media  storytelling  law  contracts 
4 weeks ago
What comic comes up when you load XKCD today? : AskReddit
the various permutations of the umwelt comic broken down
reddit  xkcd  weekly  umwelt 
4 weeks ago
The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018
I cannot tell what is parody and what is reality anymore.
culture  weekly  twitter  outrage 
4 weeks ago
INTE 5340 - Weekly Reflections of an Analog Woman in a Digital World: Case Study #1 - - Anthropology for Everyone models for me what a living, breathing course can look like. When I look back to when I taught Drugs and Behavior and Intro Psych, I see the classes I taught as boring and lifeless. We as a class didn't create our own stories together, and we lost the opportunities to make connections. I really like how well-integrated all the various media for each lesson and challenge are on the website. And the more I dig into this site, the more I am personally challenged​ to design my classes to have more of an open pedagogy behind them and being okay with my classes being in the "beta" stage every week.
weekly  anth  anth101  reflection  pedagogy 
4 weeks ago
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