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Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-12-22

Tesseract.js | Pure Javascript OCR for 100 Languages!Tesseract.js is a pure Javascript port of the popular Tesseract OCR engine. This library supports more than 100 languages, automatic text orientation and script detection, a simple interface for reading paragraph, word, and character bounding boxes. Tesseract.js can run either in a browser and on a server with NodeJS. These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books – Atlas Obscura This Is How To Change Someone’s Mind: 6 Secrets From Research – Barking Up The Wrong Tree

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-12-08

“Link In Bio” is a slow knifeFor a closed system, those kinds of open connections are deeply dangerous. If anyone on Instagram can just link to any old store on the web, how can Instagram — meaning Facebook, Instagram’s increasingly-overbearing owner — tightly control commerce on its platform? If Instagram users could post links willy-nilly, they might even be able to connect directly to their users, getting their email addresses or finding other ways to communicate with them. Links represent a threat to closed systems. –just like RSS headlessCMS | Top Content Management Systems for JAMstack sites Small Technology Foundation – About Ethical EdTech Harvesting the Blood of America’s Poor: The Latest Stage of CapitalismThe number of collection centers in the United States has more than doubled since 2005 and blood now makes up well over 2 percent of total U.S. exports by value. To put that in perspective, Americans’ blood is now worth more than all exported corn or soy products that cover vast areas of the country’s heartland. The U.S. supplies fully 70 percent of the world’s plasma, mainly because most other countries have banned the practice on ethical and medical grounds. Exports increased by over 13 percent, to $28.6 billion, between 2016 and 2017, and the plasma market is projected to “grow radiantly,” according to one industry […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-11-24

Why you might be counting in the wrong language – BBC FutureFor example, in French, 92 is quatre-vingt douze or “four twenties and twelve”. And in Danish, the word for 92 is tooghalvfems, where halvfems, meaning 90,is an abbreviation of the Old Norse word halvfemsindstyve, or “four and a half times twenty”. — thinking the USA isn’t likely to change based on the whole decimal system thing . . .