Burger King says sorry for Russian World Cup pregnancy ad
@BurgerKing apologizes for ad offering free whoppers to Russian women who get pregnant by tournament stars:
dystopia  socialmedia  weekly 
2 days ago
How markets plundered Free Software's best stuff and used it to create freedom for companies, not people / Boing Boing
But markets discovered free software and turned it into "open source," figuring out how to create developer communities around software ("digital sharecropping") that lowered their costs and increased their quality. Then the companies used patents and DRM and restrictive terms of service to prevent users from having any freedom.

Mako says that this is usually termed "strategic openness," in which companies take a process that would, by default, be closed, and open the parts of it that make strategic sense for the firm. But really, this is "strategic closedness" -- projects that are born open are strategically enclosed by companies to allow them to harvest the bulk of the value created by these once-free systems.
open  capitalism  weekly 
2 days ago
How the Case for Voter Fraud Was Tested — and Utterly… — ProPublica
It wasn’t enough to save him. In her opinion, Robinson described “a pattern and practice by Defendant [Kobach] of flaunting disclosure and discovery rules.” As she put it, “it is not clear to the Court whether Defendant repeatedly failed to meet his disclosure obligations intentionally or due to his unfamiliarity with the federal rules.” She ordered Kobach to attend the equivalent of after-school tutoring: six hours of extra legal education on the rules of civil procedure or the rules of evidence (and to present the court with a certificate of completion).
legal  law  weekly 
3 days ago
The value of CryptoKitties has plummeted / Boing Boing
In December someone paid US$155,000 for a single cryptokitty. In March investors who should know better, like Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures, gave CryptoKitties $12 million.

--How is capitalism seen as a real option?
capitalism  weekly  dystopia 
5 days ago
Saudi Arabia's Ambitious Economic Overhaul Hinges On Reducing Its Oil 'Addiction' : NPR
Engineers follow the journey of every drop of crude from the moment it is extracted, sent through pipelines and onto ships bound for overseas customers. Aramco officials say 4.5 terabytes of data are received every second from sensors strategically placed throughout the kingdom.
weekly  data  scale  oil  saudi  aramco 
5 days ago
Employees who practice mindfulness meditation are less motivated, having realized the futility of their jobs / Boing Boing
Turns out that people who meditate are less motivated: "Meditation was correlated with reduced thoughts about the future and greater feelings of calm and serenity -- states seemingly not conducive to wanting to tackle a work project.
weekly  meditation  mindfulness 
7 days ago
Meet the guys who tape Trump's papers back together - POLITICO
It was a painstaking process that was the result of a clash between legal requirements to preserve White House records and President Donald Trump’s odd and enduring habit of ripping up papers when he’s done with them — what some people described as his unofficial “filing system.”
weekly  politics  dystopia 
7 days ago
These Portuguese Libraries Are Infested With Bats—and They Like It That Way | Travel | Smithsonian
And every morning, just as their forebears did, the librarians remove the skins and clean the library floors.
weekly  bats  library 
7 days ago
MathBox² — Acko.net
The next talk, Making WebGL Dance, contained elaborate long takes worthy of an Alfonso Cuarón film, with only 3 separate shots for the bulk of a 30 minute talk. The lesson seemed obvious: the slides shouldn't have graphics in them, rather, the graphics should have slides in them. The diagnosis of PowerPoint syndrome is then the constant trashing of context from one slide to the next. A traditional blackboard doesn't have this problem: you build up diagrams slowly, by hand, across a large surface, erasing selectively and only when you run out of space.
weekly  math  presentation  js 
8 days ago
Replication in Psychology Experiments: Everything We Know is a Lie - Neatorama
The Stanford Prison Experiment isn't the only psychological experiment that doesn't hold up over time. We recently posted about how the Robber's Cave Experiment was retooled to attain the desired results. The same investigator found irregularities in Stanley Milgram's experiments in the willingness of subjects to obey authority even when that means harming others. Even the famous Marshmallow Experiment has been discredited by replication studies. Vox has an overview of famous but discredited psychology experiments, and the difficulty of correcting textbooks and the popular image of these studies.
weekly  research  truth  lies  reality  academic 
10 days ago
Vue Native
Build native mobile apps using JavaScript and VueJs
vue  js  javascript  webdev  app 
12 days ago
How The New York Times Uses Software To Recognize Members of Congress
But we did some Googling and found the Amazon Rekognition API. This service has a “RecognizeCelebrity” endpoint that happens to include every member of Congress as well as several members of the Executive branch. Problem solved! Now we’re just talking about knitting together a few APIs.
weekly  journalism  ai  future  facial_recognition  api  amazon 
16 days ago
How The Alt-Right Manipulates The Internet’s Biggest Commenting Platform
“If you had 20 guys with 10 socks each, [.......]

you could dramatically force the narrative in the correct direction"

--not how I expected that sentence to continue
weekly  socialmedia  socialnetworking  comments  disqus  culture 
19 days ago
Towards Virtual Reality Infinite Walking: Dynamic Saccadic Redirection
This project significantly expands the allowable size difference between the virtual and physical environments by exploiting temporal blindness in human visual systems. We look specifically at saccades, which are rapid eye movements during which the visual signals are temporarily blocked but not perceivable due to brain interpolation. Thus, during saccades, we can change the virtual cameras inside the HMD to nudge users walk in the desired directions (e.g. away from walls) without them noticing the camera changes.
weekly  vr  virtualreality  brain  eye 
20 days ago
The wheels are falling off technology in schools: Microsoft
and the same conversation with the same ideas after 20 years . . . now in book form and from MS
weekly  education  technology 
20 days ago
One Small Blow Against Encroaching Totalitarianism: Obfuscation is the Enemy - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Obfuscation is the enemy in Orwell’s essay, the sign of a fell purpose, and of the tendency of language to become vague in the political theater in order to mask the inhumanities of political regimes.
weekly  quote  obfuscation 
23 days ago
Commentary - Futility Closet
Thank God, it will soon be dark.

Oh, my hand.

Now I’ve written the whole thing; for Christ’s sake give me a drink.

Writing is excessive drudgery. It crooks your back, it dims your sight, it twists your stomach and your sides.
weekly  monks  writing  sameold 
23 days ago
John Ruskin: Fit the Third and Last - Text Patterns - The New Atlantis
So we see the same essential point being made over and over again, since the middle of the nineteenth century at least. Ruskin, Illich, and and Franklin all see that there are technologies that liberate human creativity, that enable human power, and, by contrast, technologies that enslave us, that force our very being into conformity with their codes and structures. 
weekly  technology  philosophy  freedom  slavery 
26 days ago
Bitcoin backlash as ‘miners’ suck up electricity, stress power grids in Central Washington | The Seattle Times
There may be something larger in this statement . . . .

At the root of the dilemma is a mismatch in business models. Public utilities are typically managed with the expectation of incremental growth, decades-long investments and a community-oriented bottom line — what Wright defines as delivering “the best value, for the most people, for the longest period of time.”

Bitcoin mining, by contrast, is characterized by soaring demand, massive price volatility, and an investment time frame measured in years or even months.
weekly  business  bitcoin  energy 
27 days ago
Artificial Senses
Artificial Senses visualizes sensor data of the machines that surround us to develop an understanding how they experience the world.
privacy  weekly  Umwelt 
4 weeks ago
GDPR for side-projects? Blocking all EU traffic with nginx in 3 simple steps
# Disable logging for EU users
access_log /var/log/nginx/access.log combined if=$allow_visit;
gdpr  nginx  data  privacy 
4 weeks ago
dc.js - Dimensional Charting Javascript Library
dc.js is a javascript charting library with native crossfilter support, allowing highly efficient exploration on large multi-dimensional datasets (inspired by crossfilter's demo). It leverages d3 to render charts in CSS-friendly SVG format. Charts rendered using dc.js are data driven and reactive and therefore provide instant feedback to user interaction.

dc.js is an easy yet powerful javascript library for data visualization and analysis in the browser and on mobile devices.
javascript  js  data  dataviz  large 
5 weeks ago
educate your child
interactive data viz on choosing a school and the impact that has in Chicago
weekly  data  dataviz  vcusocy  education  chicago  interactive 
5 weeks ago
Meet Calumma uetzi, a rainbow-colored chameleon from Madagascar that was just named after a VCU professor
“It's one thing to have a species named after you,” he said, “but it's another thing to have a really nice and pretty species named after you.”
weekly  quote  chameleon  vcu 
5 weeks ago
Small b blogging
What’s going on here? I call it small b blogging. It’s a virtuous cycle of making interesting connections while also being a way to clarify and strengthen my own ideas. I’m not reaching a big audience by any measure but the direct impact and benefit is material.

--what's this look like for departments/education?
weekly  audience  intent  stats 
5 weeks ago
J.R.R. Tolkien Expressed a "Heartfelt Loathing" for Walt Disney and Refused to Let Disney Studios Adapt His Work | Open Culture
he also called Disney a “poor boob” and lamented “What might not have come of it if this man had been educated—or even brought up in a decent society?”
weekly  disney  tolkein 
6 weeks ago
AirSelfie2 Drone | Boing Boing Store
The Selfie Gets an Upgrade with This Phone-Controlled, Pocket-Sized Drone
future  weekly  dystopia  drone  selfie 
6 weeks ago
In 1974, Beuys spent three days in a room with a wild coyote for his performance, I Like America and America Likes Me.
7 weeks ago
The Ratio Tracker — Data For Progress
Twitter occupies a relatively small share of the American public, but counts essentially every public figure among its daily active users. As much of elite communication takes place on this online platform, we at Data for Progress feel that it is important to provide some insight on how political elites use the platform, and how their audiences respond. In this spirit, we will be providing periodic analyses into various aspects of the Twittersphere.
data  dataviz  sociology  vcusocy  twitter  politics  weekly 
7 weeks ago
You Can’t Opt Out Of Sharing Your Data, Even If You Didn’t Opt In | FiveThirtyEight
It’s what happens when one person’s voluntary disclosure of personal information exposes the personal information of others who had no say in the matter. Your choices didn’t cause the breach. Your choices can’t prevent it, either. Welcome to a world where you can’t opt out of sharing, even if you didn’t opt in.
weekly  privacy  future  dystopia 
7 weeks ago
Rough.js is a light weight (9kB) graphics library that lets you draw in a sketchy, hand-drawn-like, style. The library defines primitives to draw lines, curves, arcs, polygons, circles, and ellipses. It also supports drawing SVG paths.
webdesign  hand  sketch  js  svg 
7 weeks ago
README.md – animated-thing
music box tool and an interesting option for an intro to coding workshop
music  glitch  collaborative  coding  weekly 
7 weeks ago
Old Man River - Futility Closet
Because of its importance to the region’s Māori people, New Zealand’s Whanganui River is legally a person, with rights, duties, and liabilities, including the right to be represented in court proceedings.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson said the river will be recognized as a person “in the same way a company is, which will give it rights and interests.”
weekly  river  rights 
8 weeks ago
Recapping and Reflecting on OLC Innovate 2018 – Adam Croom
While I was flying to Nashville, I had an idea. I grabbed all of the names, emails, and companies that emailed me, and put together a spreadsheet. Aha, if you have a spreadsheet, you have a database. I proceeded to then write a email template inviting them to this session. It’s a drip campaign which means if they don’t respond, I also reminded them.
weekly  vendor  croom 
8 weeks ago
BBC Sound Effects - Research & Education Space
These 16,016 BBC Sound Effects are made available by the BBC in WAV format to download for use under the terms of the RemArc Licence. The Sound Effects are BBC copyright, but they may be used for personal, educational or research purposes, as detailed in the license.
weekly  sound  audio 
8 weeks ago
Citation Hunt
Find statements in need of citations on Wikipedia for research assignments
wikipedia  research  citation  weekly 
9 weeks ago
Secure, Fast & Private Web Browser with Adblocker | Brave Browser
Browse faster by blocking ads and trackers that violate your privacy and cost you time and money.
cleanse  browser  brave 
9 weeks ago
Internal Revenue Service
Using the latest technologies, the IRS offers multiple avenues for you to get tax information. If you have a smartphone, we have an app! If you like to watch videos from your phone or computer, we have dozens of helpful YouTube videos…and, of course, follow us on Tumblr.
weekly  irs  tumblr  meme  socialmedia  dystopia 
9 weeks ago
James Bridle / Works
all kinds of interesting art/tech work
art  technology  weekly 
9 weeks ago
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