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Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

  • “These are satellite dishes, but they aren’t for TV. They’re meant for dispatching “mindfiles,” the memories, thoughts and feelings of people who wish to create digital copies of themselves and fling them into space with the belief that they’ll eventually reach some benevolent alien species.”

    Flinging mindfiles in to space in pursuit of immortality h/t @DavidRCroteau #english #philosophy #writingprompt

    — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) April 18, 2014

    tags: IFTTT Twitter weekly technology self immortality

  • “(This is a long post, born out of years of frustration with ineffective institutional collaborations. If you only want the highlights, here they are: grow your network by sharing, not planning to share or deciding who to share with; the tech doesn’t determine the sharing – if you want to share, you will; weave your network by sharing what you can, and they will share what they can – people won’t share [without a lot of added incentives] stuff that’s not easy or compelling for them to share. Create virtuous cycles that amplify network effects. Given the right ‘set,’ simple tech is all they need to get started.)”

    tags: weekly sharing

  • “His original concept was called the Action Office, and it was meant to be a flexible three-walled structure that could accommodate a variety of ways of working—his idea was that people were increasingly performing “knowledge work” (a new term in the 1960s), and that they needed autonomy and independence in order to perform it.

    In other words, the original cubicle was about liberation. “

    tags: weekly office design intent

  • “In studying this systematically, Harvard neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone found that “if you look at this painting so that your center of gaze falls on the background or her hands, Mona Lisa’s mouth — which is then seen by your peripheral, low-resolution, vision — appears much more cheerful than when you look directly at it, when it is seen by your fine-detail fovea.

    “This explains its elusive quality — you literally can’t catch her smile by looking at it. Every time you look directly at her mouth, her smile disappears because your central vision does not perceive coarse image components very well. People don’t realize this because most of us are not aware of how we move our eyes around or that our peripheral vision is able to see some things better than our central vision. Mona Lisa smiles until you look at her mouth, and then her smile fades, like a dim star that disappears when you look directly at it.””

    tags: art science weekly monalisa

  • “3. Granted, Madonna has adopted two children from Malawi. According to the record, this gesture was humanitarian and of her accord. It, therefore, comes across as strange and depressing that for a humanitarian act, prompted only by her, Madonna wants Malawi to be forever chained to the obligation of gratitude. Kindness, as far as its ordinary meaning is concerned, is free and anonymous. If it can’t be free and silent, it is not kindness; it is something else. Blackmail is the closest it becomes.

    tags: weekly language english manners protocol

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Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

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Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

  • “I enrolled the next fall, but with no intention of staying. I’d read my Fitzgerald, and I wanted to go east; I wanted to ride the train to the last station. As a natural-born child of the meritocracy, I’d been amassing momentum my whole life, entering spelling bees, vying for forensics medals, running my mouth in mock United Nations meetings and model state governments and student congresses, and I knew only one direction: forward, onward. I lived for prizes, praise, distinctions, and I gave no thought to any goal higher or broader than my next report card. Learning was secondary; promotion was primary. No one had ever told me what the point was, except to keep on accumulating points, and this struck me as sufficient. What else was there?”

    Lost in the Meritocracy – #thoughtvectors “I enrolled the next fall, but with no intention of staying. I’d r…

    — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) March 28, 2014

    tags: IFTTT Twitter weekly thoughtvectors education learning tweet

    • even unbidden privileges must be paid for.
    • With no stored literary material about which to harbor critical assumptions, I relied on my gift for mimicking authority figures and playing back to them their own ideas disguised as conclusions that I’d reached myself. The deployment of key words was crucial, as the recognition of them had been on the SATs. With one professor the charm was “ambiguity.” With another “heuristic” usually did the trick. Even when a poem or a story fundamentally puzzled me, I found that I could save face through terminology, as when I referred to T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land as “semiotically unstable.”
    • And unlike the material from my classes and lectures, these fragments stuck with me—maybe because I’d collected them for their own sake, not as cards to be played at final-exam time and then forgotten when a new hand was dealt.
    • And so, belatedly, haltingly, and almost accidentally, it began: the education I’d put off while learning to pass as someone in the know. I wasn’t sure what it would get me, whose approval it might win, or how long it might take to complete, but for once those weren’t my first concerns. Alone in my room, exhausted and apprehensive, I no longer cared about self-advancement. I wanted to lose myself. I wanted to read. I wanted to find out what others thought.


  • “A theme that surfaced and resonated with us was the notion of Data Across the Curriculum, which is analogous to Writing Across the Curriculum. Our CIO added, “what if we had a common data set?” similar to the Common Book concept. Imagine the interdisciplinary possibilities of merging these two—a thought-provoking book accompanied by a related thought-provoking data set.”

    tags: thoughtvectors data university weekly vt chronicle

  • “Joseph Garrett of Portsmouth, England, records himself as “Stampy,” and has passed 2 million subscribers and 708 million views. The Daily Mail estimates that his channel currently grosses anywhere from $88,000 to $880,000 a month. A less-watched channel with 140,000 subscribers brings in $5,000 to $10,000 a month.

    tags: youtube minecraft 4john weekly

  • “The perspective on this is first to ask whether the current educational practices are even using books in a powerful and educative way. Or even to ask whether the classroom process without any special media at all is educative.

    I would say, to a distressing extent, the answer is “no.”

    The education establishment in the U.S. has generally treated the computer (a) first as undesirable and shunned it, (b) as sort of like a typewriter, (c) not as a cheap but less legible textbook with smaller pages, etc. (d) as something for AP testing, (e) has not ventured into what is special about computing with reference to modeling ideas and helping to think about them.

    This in spite of pioneers such as Seymour Papert explaining both in general (and quite a bit specifically) just what it is and how it can revolutionize education.

    I’ve used the analogy of what would happen if you put a piano in every classroom. If there is no other context, you will get a “chopsticks” culture, and maybe even a pop culture. And this is pretty much what is happening.

    In other words, “the music is not in the piano”.

    tags: thoughtvectors kay education weekly time AlanKay dynabook

  • ““The only things that interest me in the U.S. are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock,” said a sanctioned Russian official. “I don’t need a visa to access their work.””

    tags: weekly russia 2pac

  • “Psychologists have understood that people prefer things they’ve experienced before at least since Robert Zajonc first demonstrated the ‘mere exposure effect’ in the 1960s. It doesn’t matter whether those things are triangles or pictures or melodies; people report liking them more the second or third time around, even when they aren’t aware of any previous exposure. People seem to misattribute their increased perceptual fluency – their improved ability to process the triangle or the picture or the melody – not to the prior experience, but to some quality of the object itself. Instead of thinking: ‘I’ve seen that triangle before, that’s why I know it,’ they seem to think: ‘Gee, I like that triangle. It makes me feel clever.’ This effect extends to musical listening. ”

    Why we love repetition in music – Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis – Aeon “Psychologists have understood that peop…

    — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) March 24, 2014

    tags: IFTTT Twitter repetition Music weekly like exposure tweet thoughtvectors

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Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

  • “What I think but don’t say is that we “dare” charge what we do because a critical mass of people are willing to pay that much. As someone who thinks capitalism is on the whole pretty icky, it makes a definite amount of sense to me that if what we’re offering is essentially a luxury service, we would charge as much as people are willing to pay. If what we’re offering isn’t food or water or medicine or a foundational education (which, don’t get me started), as long as it’s a sidecar, an add-on, an optional addition to those necessities, why shouldn’t we charge what people will pay, so long as they’re happy with the results?

    And then I cringe, listening to my own thoughts.”

    tags: weekly test prep capitalism essential supply demand

  • I don’t know how I feel about the song but the way it all works technically is pretty fascinating.

    tags: music loops technology weekly youtube video

  • “It’s an iterative process. I’m peeling an onion, and I can continue peeling that onion for the probably the rest of my life.

    How many times have you sneezed today? This month? Over the last 3 years? Thomas Christiansen knows his sneeze count because he’s been tracking them since 2011. We’ve actually heard from Thomas before, but we were happy to have him give an update on his unique self-tracking project at the 2013 Quantified Self Global Conference.
    To better understand his allergies and his overall health, Thomas began tracking a discrete phenomena, his sneezes. By plotting them over time and then exposing himself to other data like sleep, travel, and diet he’s been able to start to understand himself better. Watch his talk below to see what Thomas learned, and how he thinks about his process of continuous learning.

    tags: weekly thoughtvectors sneeze rabbithole qs quantifiedself

  • ““Mad Jack” Churchill enjoyed danger so much that he fought World War II with arrows and a broadsword — that’s him on the far right below, leading a training exercise in Scotland.

    “Any officer who goes into action without his sword,” he said, “is improperly dressed.”

    Churchill charged through the whole war this way — he’s the only British soldier to fell an enemy with a longbow — and yet he lived to be 90. He died peacefully in Surrey in 1996.”

    tags: history weekly wwii

  • “He requested that his skin be made into two drumheads, to become the property of his life-long friend, Warren Simpson, leader of a drum corps, of Cohasset, on condition that on Bunker Hill at sunrise, June 17th, each year, he should beat on the said drum the tune of ‘Yankee Doodle.’ On one drum-head was to be inscribed Pope’s ‘Universal Prayer,’ and on the other the ‘Declaration of Independence.’

    ‘The remainder of my body,’ he continues, ‘unless for anatomical purposes, to be composted for a fertilizer to contribute to the growth of an American elm, to be planted in some rural thoroughfare, that the weary wayfarer may rest, and innocent children play beneath its umbrageous branches rendered luxuriant by my remains.’” I need to one up this guy for plans for my corpse.

    — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) March 19, 2014

    tags: IFTTT Twitter weekly futility closet death drums

  • “Instead, rain brings them salvation. When it falls over the ocean, it doesn’t mix with the seawater straight away. Instead, it forms a layer that is either fresh or only mildly salty. If the conditions are right, these “freshwater lenses” can be both deep and persistent. And the yellow-bellied sea snake, it seems, drinks from them.”

    tags: research water ocean snakes weekly wcydwt thoughtvectors

  • A path to really, really boring writing.

    “Not sure if what you’ve written is correct? Writefull tells you how often your selected text is found in the database.

    If the number is low, this means it has not been used by many writers before you, and you might want to change it into something else. If the number is high, your selected text is good as it is!

    tags: writing data weekly technology dystopia english WRITEFULL

    • Not sure if what you’ve written is correct? Writefull tells you how often your selected text is found in the database.


      If the number is low, this means it has not been used by many writers before you, and you might want to change it into something else. If the number is high, your selected text is good as it is!




  • “Next month, with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Taveras’ city will launch “Providence Talks,” a new effort to take on the “word gap.” Providence will distribute small recording devices — essentially word pedometers — that tuck into the vest of a child’s clothing. These will automatically record and calculate the number of words spoken and the number of times a parent and child quickly ask and answer each other’s questions.”

    tags: words data quantified vocabulary weekly ?

  • ““There are an infinite number of boring things to do in science,” he told me. “But we live these short life spans. Why not do the thing that’s the coolest thing in the world to do?””

    tags: neuroscience brain perception newyorker weekly

  • “We trust children with freedom to a larger extent. For instance, no grades are given until age 12, which I would say is proof that we trust children longer to learn without threats. School itself starts later, at age seven. There are little academics before then. The goal for a child at seven is to be able to write his or her name and to know that reading is done form left to right. Other than that, it’s all play, and some exercises are meant to foster students’ sense of trust and safety in each other.”

    tags: education trust sticks grades weekly

  • “Apparently, it was common among protesters to carry around the leftovers of weapons that failed to take them out of the game.”

    tags: weapons ukrainian revolution weekly

  • “Why does a $500 tuxedo rent for $90 a day while a $20,000 cat rents for only $40?
    Why do female models earn so much more than male models?
    Why might retailers deliberately hammer dents into their own appliances?
    Why do the keypad buttons of drive-up cash machines have Braille dots?
    Why are child safety seats required in cats but not in airplanes?
    Why are whales, but not chickens, in danger of extinction?
    Why is there a light in your refrigerator but not in your freezer?
    Why do 24-hour convenience stores have locks on their doors?
    Why are newspapers, but not soft drinks, sold in vending machines that allow customers to take more units than they paid for?
    Why are brown eggs more expensive than white ones, even though the two types taste the same and have identical nutritional value?

    h/t Enoch

    tags: economics questions weekly

  • “”The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity, a network not of wires but of people,” said Francis, adding: “The Internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God.””

    Pope Francis says the Internet is a ‘gift from God’ – “”The digital world can be an …

    — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) March 17, 2014

    tags: IFTTT Twitter weekly pope internet culture tweet

  • “*The school is a business that produces educated children as products. The teachers are employees. The administrators are managers. The government is the board of directors. The tax-payers are the shareholders. School-businesses must be “accountable,” which means producing quarterly reports in which numbers — test scores, attendance — go up, regardless of whether that reflects any underlying educational merit.

    Homework is eating American schoolkids and their families – Boing Boing “*The school is a business that produ…

    — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) March 17, 2014

    tags: IFTTT Twitter weekly education school tweet homework

  • “What can we learn from Information Aesthetics to understand today’s condition and potentials of media analytics? What could Max Bense’s mathematical philosophy of critical rationalism tell us about the objective reign of information and algorithms of nowadays? Are there affiliations between the filigree vector graphics of the sixties and seventies to the exuberant image aggregates after the iconic turn? And: how could connections look like between methods of distant readings of abundant piles of pictures with very close investigations of their details? What would ultimately be a simulation of the art historian’s gaze by the means of digital computers? Could even art history become a branch of computer science? And: how will aesthetical questions be answered in the age of Big Data?

    Cultural Analytics as proposed by Lev Manovich is a contemporary attempt to address such questions. Departing from the problem that digital image media brought about in the last decades – the impossibility to view all or at least a significant fraction of all of the images that circulate in the net – Cultural Analytics aims to offer methodologies for dealing with this torrent of images by creating visualizations and thus even more images extracting chrominance, size, creation date, information, redundancy etc.

    tags: dataviz information analytics aesthetics weekly

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Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

  • “Na Nach took off about 30 years ago as a countercultural offshoot of the Breslovers, a Hasidic sect that follows the mystical writings of 19th-century Ukrainian rabbi Nachman of Breslov. Their central belief is that happiness is key to a rich relationship with God, and that it’s their spiritual duty — a mitzvah — to spread that happiness to others.”

    tags: weekly jewish jew happiness joy mitzvah religion happy

  • “It’s been said that only a tenth of historians’ research makes it into their written work. A tenth of newspapers read, books carried, archives explored, receipts tallied, journals skimmed, letters digested. A tenth of people’s lives sifted to make history manageable and ready for publication. It’s a potent and necessary tenth, but still: a small share of the past, only a fraction of which will ever reach the wider public.

    Consider The Appendix your new home for the other nine-tenths. It is a quarterly journal of history for the rest of us, a workshop for essays and art about the people and events just outside what gets taught in school. More often than not, The Appendix’s subjects won’t have Wikipedia entries, let alone doorstop-sized biographies of their lives. Instead, The Appendix’s historians, writers and artists deliver choice discoveries from the archives – tragic, absurd, and inspiring stories that challenge what we think we know about the past and present. Its pages swell with forbidden love letters, the marginalia of bored policemen and monks, the lost journals of the failed and forgotten, and photographs of someone else’s grandmother. Things often tossed in the dustbin of history — but better off in The Appendix.”

    h/t @DavidRCroteau

    tags: weekly history journal culture online

  • “An English professor at Harvard University turned heads last month when she instructed students in her poetry class to refrain from asking questions during lectures so as not to disrupt recordings being made for the MOOC version of the course.”

    “But on reflection he decided it was fairly innocuous. “There are lots of lecture courses in which students do not ask questions anyway,” Mr. Lewis wrote on his blog. “This professor was making a point of having a much livelier conversation with the undergraduates for half an hour after the recorded portion of the lecture, which is a lot more than I or many of my colleagues do.”

    tags: harvard mooc moo weekly lecture questions

  • “I’d spent many months attempting to track down the true nature of the lampshade, its origin and meaning, a search that had taken me halfway around the world. “

    tags: lampshade prompt writingprompt english weekly

  • “I wonder, finally, what would happen if we simply opened the doors and let the students go; if we let them walk out of the dim light of the overhead projector into the sunlight; if we let them decide how, or whether, to engage this monolith? Would it be so terrible? Could it be worse than what they are currently experiencing? Would adults look at young people differently if they had to confront their children on the street, rather than locking them away in institutions? Would it force us to say more explicitly what a humane and healthy learning environment might look like? Should discussions of the future of school reform be less about the pet ideas of professional reformers and more about what we’re doing to young people in the institution called school?”

    tags: weekly education

  • “The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it’s everywhere. The world’s most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. ”

    h/t Kick Ass Ledes

    tags: weekly english language rollingstone goldman sachs economics crisis

  • “We do not endorse the systematic harvesting of mortal flesh for mass consumption.” “We do not endorse the s…

    — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) March 9, 2014

    tags: IFTTT Twitter cannibalism monsanto weekly tweet McSweeney’s

  • “cos·mo·lyr·i·cal \käz-?mä-lir-i-k?l\

    a deeply personal and highly engaging performance poetry composition pertaining to the branches of astronomy and philosophy dealing with the apparent origin, history, structure, dynamics, elements, laws, and characteristics, of the observable universe including space, time, causality, and mind;”

    defining cosmolyrical “cos·mo·lyr·i·cal \käz-?mä-lir-i-k?l\ a deeply personal and highly engaging performance…

    — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) March 9, 2014

    tags: IFTTT Twitter poetry weekly definition tweet

  • “Yeah. It’s just amazing, and points out a hallmark of the Skunk Works. Don’t waste energy on something you have a solution for. You’ve got a lot of things to worry about already: how to keep the glass from melting at speed, how to keep the engines running at high speeds for long periods, how do you keep the fuel from exploding. If someone had a simple solution to something, then that’s what they did. A very unique, very pragmatic approach. ”

    “you can’t react to things that would…happen the way you would..It was a vector, not a line.” #thoughtvectors

    — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) March 9, 2014

    tags: IFTTT Twitter weekly pragmatic

  • “I have referred to Muffins as bread mushrooms. Honestly though its still a good description”

    “When I was learning English I could not remember the English for Reindeer, so I called it a Christmas Llama.”

    This would be an amazing game for an #English or foreign language classroom cc @lukeneff

    — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) March 9, 2014

    tags: IFTTT Twitter language words vocabulary weekly

  • “And of course, if you’re suffering, the chances are that your opponent is, too. Indifference to pain confers a tactical advantage.

    ‘I remember the best race I ever had where the pain was almost enjoyable because you see other people hurt more than you,’”

    tags: pain weekly

  • “Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds?—?no more, no less?—?to write down the most important points. If you always do just this, said his grandfather, and even if you only do this, with no other revision, you will be okay.”

    tags: weekly habit

  • “This is shocking. Not the conclusion, which is clearly correct. The problem is that the conclusion has been known to comedians for at least the last several thousand years. When I trained in improv comedy the third class was on callbacks, the jargon term for that technique. The entire structure of an improv comedy set is based around variations on the idea that things are funnier if they’re repeated. And yet to the authors it was “common knowledge” that this will spoil a joke. There is a long tradition of people who know, from experience, how this works, and yet the idea of asking them is not evident anywhere in the paper. This is the problem — the sense that the only valid answers come from inside science and the research world.”

    tags: truth knowledge weekly facts validity

  • “But once fear is established, it’s hard to overcome. Mike Mackert, a University of Texas professor who studies health literacy, points out: “Once people latch onto a particular belief, sometimes hearing contradictory, though correct, information only strengthens an incorrect belief.””

    tags: truth lies weekly chemicals

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