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 
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 
2 days ago
What comic comes up when you load XKCD today? : AskReddit
the various permutations of the umwelt comic broken down
reddit  xkcd  weekly  umwelt 
5 days ago
The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018
I cannot tell what is parody and what is reality anymore.
culture  weekly  twitter  outrage 
5 days 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 
6 days ago
What Does the Giraffe Say? Scientists Find the Answer | WIRED
In their paper they note “exploring giraffe vocal communication turned out to be time consuming, tedious and very challenging … we strongly suggest developing an automatic system that helps analyzing great amount[sic] of acoustic data.”
weekly  umwelt  giraffe  sounds 
8 days ago
These psychedelic stickers blow AI minds | TechCrunch
researchers have created a wonderful attack on image recognition systems that uses specially printed stickers that are so interesting to the AI that it completely fails to see anything else.
weekly  ai  future 
10 days ago
Time Travel
In the language of the Navaho there is no past, present, and future tense like those of many languages. Events are talked about with regard to their quality of happening rather than their temporal quality. Is it possible that time may not really exist, but is just an artifact of our biological and cultural evolution?

--I haven't independently verified this to my satisfaction yet.
time  navajo  language  weekly 
14 days ago
Time Travel and Modern Physics (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
You have to end this, you have to kill him, really kill him once and for all. You shoot him, but your eyesight is so bad that your aim is off. You do not kill him, you merely damage his left eye. He staggers off. You fall to the ground in agony, and decide to study the paradoxes of time travel more seriously.
weekly  time  travel 
14 days ago
Is white space always your friend? – Questions in Dataviz
"most people would agree that white space is your friend, but empty space is not"
weekly  design  data  dataviz  socy  whitespace  minimal 
17 days ago
What I Use to Visualize Data | FlowingData
Always nice to see what other people use to do things.
dataviz  data  tools  weekly  socy 
18 days ago
Coding the Law: Student Work
Challenge: For a given jurisdiction, create a "chatbot" to determine if someone is eligible for appointed counsel, fee waivers, or the like. The bot should provide users with a set of action items to obtain any such aid, including copies of any applicable court forms pre-filled with data obtained from interaction with the bot.
weekly  chatbot  bot  law  legal 
22 days ago
Pen Plotter Art & Algorithms, Part 1
the physical/digital blend I find interesting
art  programming  weekly 
22 days ago
Every scrap of paper has the capabilities of a full computer,
while remaining a fully-functional scrap of paper.

--this is augmented reality
weekly  future  victor 
4 weeks ago
Education Outrage: In 1995 I posted the Student's Bill of Rights. What has changed?
3. No student should be required to memorize anything that is likely to be will be forgotten in six months.
weekly  student  rights 
4 weeks ago
Plain Sailing - Futility Closet
By the time they matured, in the 19th century, they were no longer necessary. Historian Fernand Braudel wrote, “Colbert had thought of everything except the steamship.”

-- wonder how much planning ends up this way
weekly  quote  future  planning 
4 weeks ago
Complex Knitting and Critical Instructional Design: A Problem-Solving Mindset – OFFICE OF DIGITAL LEARNING
We define critical instructional design as the intentional designing of digital learning spaces that reflect a sense of awareness, hope, and possibility; that encourage learning agency;  that allow students to own the process of their discoveries; and that likewise allow the creators of those spaces to undergo their own learning and discovery processes. As such, critical instructional design work asks for our perseverance as designers and learners, because the answers are often not at the surface but require some digging.
weekly  education  philosophy 
5 weeks ago
Strategic Plan | Flint Hill School
Curricular Excellence

The process of reviewing the school’s academic program within the context of excellence should include asking such questions as:

How can we build on our experiential learning successes? How can we do that in ways that
enhance the teaching and learning experience, and yet are affordable for Flint Hill?
How can we foster stronger connections between the departments and divisions, to encourage cross-curricular integration and to improve student learning and outcomes? What programs, policies, and/or 
structures strengthen those connections?
Are there opportunities to facilitate and/or enhance the above by changing the way we schedule our offerings, and the way we 
structure our academic calendar, that would give us greater flexibility in programming and 
increase innovative teaching opportunities?
How might (or will?) distance learning play a role in our ability to offer the highest quality education in
the most flexible way? How can faculty best use online/in person (hybrid) teaching approaches and other technology options to enhance their programs and create more flexibility for students?
rms  stratplan  curriculum 
5 weeks ago
The Burlington School Strategic Plan – The Burlington School Strategic Plan – Private School in Burlington NC | The Burlington School
I - Ensure Academic Excellence

Establish TBS as a national leader in 21st-Century Pre-K thru 12 independent school education – using differentiated, rigorous and innovative instructional approaches, curriculum and technology.
Develop partnerships with area businesses, universities and organizations to provide service learning opportunities and internships.
Promote National and Global Citizenship.
Establish a culture of continuous improvement in all aspects of the School’s program.
Grow learning opportunities through enhanced relationships with regional institutions and organizations to complement both the internal curriculum and the TBS Experience.
Invest in faculty and staff in order to hire and retain the best in field.
Establish clear expectations for professional development and drive the professional development line item in the budget to at least 1% of net tuition revenue.
rms  stratplan  curriculum 
5 weeks ago
Chuck Grassley blasts Sheldon Whitehouse in Trump-Russia probe tweet - Business Insider
I would hope you would tweet a correction so that your followers also know it is false.
weekly  twitter  dystopia  socialmedia  politics 
5 weeks ago
Alaska is warming so fast, quality-control algorithms are kicking the data - The Washington Post
The temperature in Barrow had been warming so fast this year, the data was automatically flagged as unreal and removed from the climate database. It was done by algorithms that were put in place to ensure that only the best data gets included in NOAA’s reports. They’re handy to keep the data sets clean, but this kind of quality-control algorithm is good only in “average” situations, with no outliers. The situation in Barrow, however, is anything but average.

h/t jammurdo in Digital Humanities slack group
data  weekly  climate  technology 
5 weeks ago
Trump’s Lies vs. Obama’s - The New York Times
We have used the word “lies” again here, as we did in our original piece. If anything, though, the word is unfair to Obama and Bush. When they became aware that they had been saying something untrue, they stopped doing it. Obama didn’t continue to claim that all Americans would be able to keep their existing health insurance under Obamacare, for example, and Bush changed the way he spoke about Iraq’s weapons capability.

Trump is different. When he is caught lying, he will often try to discredit people telling the truth, be they judges, scientists, F.B.I. or C.I.A. officials, journalists or members of Congress. Trump is trying to make truth irrelevant. It is extremely damaging to democracy, and it’s not an accident. It’s core to his political strategy.
data  dataviz  dystopia  weekly 
5 weeks ago
Multivariate Map Collection - Jim Vallandingham
But what if you have multiple variables that you would like to present on a map at the same time?

Here is my attempt to collect examples of multivariate maps I’ve found and organize them into a loose categorization. Follow along, or dive into the references, to spur on your own investigations and inspirations!
weekly  maps  map  dataviz  vcusocy 
6 weeks ago
Kleptocrat is a unique game of strategy and tactics, based on real-life patterns of money laundering and offshore structuring that have been used by actual corrupt public officials... that is, until they got caught.

This game, created by The Mintz Group, a global investigative firm that specializes in tracing assets, offers you insight into the strategies of the corrupt, as well as those who are trying to bring them to justice.
weekly  dystopia  game  finance 
6 weeks ago
xkcd: Bad Code
"it just looks bad because it's a spreadsheet formula"
code  xkcd  weekly 
6 weeks ago
Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers | EdSurge News
The secret to its swift entry into publishing was OER (open education resources). Rather than hire authors to write textbooks from scratch, the company is now curating open-educational materials already on the internet.
oer  weekly 
6 weeks ago
Firefighters attempt to contain Bel-Air blaze ahead of the strong winds expected Thursday night - LA Times
The Los Angeles Police Department asked drivers to avoid navigation apps, which are steering users onto more open routes — in this case, streets in the neighborhoods that are on fire. 
weekly  fire  technology  algorithms 
6 weeks ago
Food taboos: their origins and purposes
the Ache people, i.e., hunters and gatherers of the Paraguayan jungle. According to Hill and Hurtado [6], the tropical forests of the Ache habitat abound with several hundreds of edible mammalian, avian, reptilian, amphibian and piscine species, yet the Ache exploit only 50 of them. Turning to the plants, fruits, and insects the situation is no different, because only 40 of them are exploited. Ninety eight percent of the calories in the diet of the Ache are supplied by only seventeen different food sources.
weekly  food 
6 weeks ago
Ants, not evil spirits, create poisonous devil’s gardens in the Amazon rainforest
"Devil's gardens are large stands of trees in the Amazonian rainforest that consist almost entirely of a single species, Duroia hirsuta, and, according to local legend, are cultivated by an evil forest spirit," write Frederickson and her colleagues in Nature. "Here we show that the ant, Myrmelachista schumanni, which nests in D. hirsuta stems, creates devil's gardens by poisoning all plants except its hosts with formic acid. By killing other plants, M. schumanni provides its colonies with abundant nest sites—a long-lasting benefit, as colonies can live for 800 years."
weekly  amazon  ants 
6 weeks ago
Bitcoin could cost us our clean-energy future | Grist
By July 2019, the bitcoin network will require more electricity than the entire United States currently uses. By February 2020, it will use as much electricity as the entire world does today.
weekly  bitcoin  dystopia  future 
7 weeks ago
Everybody Lies: FBI Edition | Popehat
When an FBI agent is interviewing you, assume that that agent is exquisitely prepared. They probably already have proof about the answer of half the questions they're going to ask you. They have the receipts. They've listened to the tapes. They've read the emails. Recently. You, on the other hand, haven't thought about Oh Yeah That Thing for months or years, and you routinely forget birthdays and names and whether you had a doctor's appointment today and so forth. So, if you go in with "I'll just tell the truth," you're going to start answering questions based on your cold-memory unrefreshed holistic general concept of the subject, like an impressionistic painting by a dim third-grader. Will you say "I really don't remember" or "I would have to look at the emails" or "I'm not sure"? That would be smart. But we've established you're not smart, because you've set out to tell the truth to the FBI.
truth  lies  reality  fbi  weekly 
7 weeks ago
This Magical Software Makes Facebook Profile Pictures Come Alive
“What Facebook will do with this–I don’t know.”
It’s reasonable to imagine that Facebook would like to incorporate such a fun feature into its platform as soon as possible.

h/t Matt
weekly  dystopia  facebook 
7 weeks ago
Syndicating annotations – Jon Udell
Although it sprang to life to support ebooks, I think this mechanism will prove more broadly useful. Unlike PDF fingerprints and DOIs, which typically identify whole works, it can be used to name chapters and sections. At a conference last year we spoke with OER (open educational resource) publishers, including Pressbooks, about ways to coalesce annotations across their platforms. I’m not sure this approach is the final solution, but it’s usable now, and I hope pioneers like Steel Wagstaff will try it out and help us think through the implications.
weekly  annotation  hypothesis 
7 weeks ago
How Far Will Sean Hannity Go? - The New York Times
Until a few years ago, the staff of “Hannity,” the top nightly cable show in the United States, shared news by text or email, but today, much of the collaborative work is handled via a Twitter account accessible to only the staff. “If I like something, I’ll click Like, and if other producers like something, they’ll click Like,” Berry told me. The result is a “pool of ideas” — “50, 60, 70 stories,” in addition to articles Hannity himself has flagged for inclusion. “You’ve got to pull it all together,” Berry added. “Build that argument.” Soon, a few top contenders had emerged, among them a Facebook comment from a CBS executive, Hayley Geftman-Gold, who wrote that she was “not even sympathetic” because “country-music fans often are Republican gun toters.”
twitter  society  dystopia  media  weekly 
8 weeks ago
What city is the microbrew capital of the US?
Using scrollama (or something close to that.

h/t Jeff
dataviz  data  weekly  webdev 
8 weeks ago
Megalopyge opercularis - Wikipedia
"grid-like hemorrhagic papular eruption with severe radiating pain".

-- I played ring-around-the-rosy with a tree that had one (maybe more) of these on it when I was around 5 years old.
weekly  asp 
8 weeks ago
An Introduction to Scrollama.js
Scrollama is a modern and lightweight JavaScript library for scrollytelling using IntersectionObserver in favor of scroll events. Using IntersectionObserver abstracts element-in-view detection and removes the need to monitor scroll events, which contribute towards a sluggish experience. It offers three main features:
webdev  scroll  weekly  js  javascript 
8 weeks ago
Defensive Exploitation Shortridge-Zero-Nights
Presentation that starts with the idea that you understand tech and uses it to explain how humans will behave in a infosec scenario.
security  technology  weekly 
9 weeks ago
Mnuchin: 'I didn’t realize' viral dollar bill photo would go public - POLITICO
Mnuchin said he changed his signature because it was “very, very messy” and “barely” legible.

“It was very effective at signing things, but I felt since it was gonna be on the dollar bill forever, I should have a nice, clean signature,” he said.
weekly  dystopia 
9 weeks ago
Strange and Curious Wills of the Georgian Era in the Canterbury Court - Geri Walton
WILLIAM SHACKELL, ESQ. – Governor of Plymouth – 12 October 1782
“I desire that my body may be kept as long as it may not be offensive, and that one of my toes or fingers may be cut off to secure a certainty of my being dead, I also make this further request to my dear wife, that as she has been troubled with one old fool, she will not think of marrying a second.”
weekly  will 
9 weeks ago
Character Building - Futility Closet
A man gets well pummelled at a public school; is subject to every misery and every indignity which seventeen years of age can inflict upon nine and ten; has his eye nearly knocked out, and his clothes stolen and cut to pieces; and twenty years afterwards, when he is a chrysalis, and has forgotten the miseries of his grub state, is determined to act a manly part in life, and says, ‘I passed through all that myself, and I am determined my son shall pass through it as I have done;’ and away goes his bleating progeny to the tyranny and servitude of the long chamber or the large dormitory. It would surely be much more rational to say, ‘Because I have passed through it, I am determined my son shall not pass through it; because I was kicked for nothing, and cuffed for nothing, and fagged for everything, I will spare all these miseries to my child.’
weekly  quote 
9 weeks ago
Cards Against Humanity Saves America
So we’ve purchased a plot of vacant land on the border and retained a law firm specializing in eminent domain to make it as time-consuming and expensive as possible for the wall to get built.

On Day 1, all Cards Against Humanity Saves America recipients will get an illustrated map of the land, a certificate of our promise to fight the wall, some new cards, and a few other surprises.
weekly  america 
10 weeks ago
Game of Drones: Mexico’s Cartels Have a Deadly New Weapon
The aerial drone in the rear cargo bay was armed and ready to be deployed. Sitting in an open plastic case beside an AK47 assault rifle and spare clips. The 3DR Solo Quadcopter carried a shrapnel-filled IED that was in turn rigged to detonate by remote control.

It was the first time a weaponized Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) had been found in the hands of an organized crime group in Mexico.

“[Such] explosives and weapons are for the exclusive use of the Army,” said State Attorney Carlos Zamarripa
drones  weapons  weekly  future  dystopia 
10 weeks ago
Various - Don't Trust Your Neighbors: Early Albanian Traditional Songs & Improvisations, 1920s-1930s (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs
Various ‎– Don't Trust Your Neighbors: Early Albanian Traditional Songs & Improvisations, 1920s-1930s
weekly  music 
10 weeks ago
In the Land of Vendettas That Go On Forever | VQR Online
Prenga burst into the station with his brother and a cabal of associates, discharging several rounds of gunfire and hollering, “We will eradicate your tribe!”
quote  weekly  dystopia  reality 
10 weeks ago
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