Spurious Correlations tags: weekly rajive data openuptru tru research correlation causation ‘free to develop a hothouse plant that bore little resemblance to anything that grew in the natural soil’ “Protected from the harsh winds of the markets, legal educatorswere free to develop a hothouse plant that bore little resemblance toanything that grew in the natural soil of law practice. The hothousewalls are falling, leaving law schools to cope with markets.”1Larry RibsteinPracticing Theory: Legal Education for the 21st Century tags: law legal education weekly tweet Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
Obfuscation. A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest | We Make Money Not Art “Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest is an important and straight to the point book that reminds us that, ultimately, we’re up against intimidating asymmetries of power and knowledge. Stronger actors -whether they are corporations, governmental bodies or influential people- have better tools at their disposal if they want to hide something. What we have is obfuscation. It might require time, money, efforts, attention but it gives us some leverage as well as some measures of resistance and dignity. “ tags: weekly sociology How the CIA encouraged citizens under occupation to sabotage their workplaces during World War II. I cannot believe this is real. The CIA’s WWII Guide to Sowing Office Dysfunction Perfectly Describes Your Toxic Workplace https://t.co/Qd9U6yyhDk https://t.co/fFmzQJv8es tags: #fav weekly Resist and Thrive — Medium “Approaching your work with thoughtfulness at the core is challenging. You’re going against the grain. Your tools of measurement are very different from your peers. It’s easy to doubt yourself?—?I do it all the time.” tags: weekly measurement Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
Designing Journalism for Discovery and Engagement — The Local News Lab — Medium “Later in his commentary Ragusea touches on transparency: “just trust me I know what I’m talking about doesn’t work anymore, even if you are trustworthy and you do know what you’re talking about,” he says. “It’s like math problems in school: it is not enough to get the right answer you have to show your work.” Since at least 2011 in journalism developer circles show your work has been a mantra, and it is slowly spreading to other parts of the newsroom. Ragusea argues that Thompson’s idea of discovery is important not because “people enjoy watching their hero sleuth chase down a mystery” but because nobody will believe you anymore when you “report a bunch of facts, even if you explain where you got them from. You have to show how you got them.” Show, don’t tell. It’s writing 101 and it is the basic idea of active versus passive transparency. I like putting the emphasis on active transparency, in part, because it reinforces the idea of journalism as a process not a product.” tags: weekly journalism active tweet How to Protect Your Personal Data—and Humanity—From the Government – The Atlantic ” There are so many ghosts in our machines—their locations so hidden, their methods so ingenious, […]
Become a vigilante superhero in this interactive tale about wealth inequality / Offworld “. In Cape, an interactive fiction story created by Bruno Dias for the ongoing Interactive Fiction Competition, you become one of those shadowy figures trying right wrongs in a crime-ridden city. But since wealth inequality lies at the heart of all the problems you encounter, well… let’s just say that it’s an uphill battle. “ tags: weekly videogame if interactivefiction fiction game UCalgary ePortfolio platform | D’Arcy Norman dot net D’Arcy on WP portfolio conversations tags: eportfolio portfolio weekly Thomas Sankara – Wikiquote “I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory[….] You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. […] We must dare to invent the future.” tags: quote madness future caution weekly Amazon Offers Up Research Money for ‘Crazy’ Ideas That Just Might Work – The Chronicle of Higher Education “A new grant program, announced on Thursday, takes aim […]
Man Stuck In Tree After Car Floods Gives Best Weather TV Interview Of All Time ““So I’m up about 20 feet in a tree right now,” he adds. “What?!” comes the response, which is weirdly enough what we’re all thinking. “What are you, what, uh, are you okay? How’s your energy, you’ve been there quite some time?” “Oh no, I’m fine,” Packer assures us. “Thankfully this is the nicest tree here. It’s a little cold, but I did Boy Scouts for 20 years, so I know how to keep my energy up and keep warm, so I’m doing fine.” “ tags: weekly weather interview exercism.io “Think deeply about how code can be improved. One particularly well-kept secret is that looking at someone’s code with an eye towards finding ways of improving it can teach you more about writing readable code than receiving feedback on your own code. Doing this forces you to think about why you make the trade-offs that you do, what in the code you are reacting to, why you are reacting to it, and how you might improve it. There is rarely only one good solution to a problem. Asking questions and articulating your thoughts about these small problems can change your thinking about the issues you face in the code bases you work in on a […]
Learning to Code is Non-Linear – Buffer Posts – Medium Certainly true for me in a variety of areas of learning . . . “Programming was taught to me in a similar way?-?and for students to attain true understanding, this doesn’t feel like it’s the best way to learn. There is a literal learning curve to programming, and once you hit the inflection point of that curve you become somewhat self reliant. You know what to ask Google, you know the process of debugging, and you start to realize you’re capable of accomplishing anything by yourself. But if you haven’t hit that point yet, it can feel like you may never hit that point. Traditional methods of testing and gauging progress among students who are at different points in their capacity to learn programming don’t feel quite fair, and I believe this discourages many (particularly underrepresented minorities) from continuing to learn how to code.” tags: weekly coding nonlinear learning Human Interference Task Force – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “The goal of this “Human Interference Task Force” was to find a way to reduce the likelihood of future humans unintentionally intruding on radioactive waste isolation systems. Specifically, the task force was to research ways to prevent future access to the deep geological nuclear repository of Yucca Mountain.” tags: weekly odd future […]
Price Check: How Companies Value Body Parts tags: data health insurance texas sociology weekly How Your Travels Around the Internet Expose the Way You Think | WIRED “This is what psychologists call “metacognition,” thinking about how we think. Trailblazer gave me an x-ray view of my own mental activity. Clicking on random memes triggered a curious search query and—boom—20 pages later I’d find a useful scientific paper. (I’m now more forgiving of falling down a Twitter hole.) Traditional academic citations never capture serendipity, the stumbling, associational nature of how knowledge relates to itself. Trailblazer does. Imagine if trail sharing became routine. Reporters could enrich their stories by showing how they came to their conclusions. You could send funny or jokey pathways, like cognitive emoji. Trails are like Proustian cookies, teleporting us back to mental states from weeks ago. Vannevar Bush was right: The journey is a destination.” tags: weekly thoughtvectors metacognition search explore data thinking Trump supporters and protesters clash at Richmond rally | WTVR.com “I was about a foot away when this irate gentlemen in the crowd spit in another gentleman’s face,” said spectator Daniel Reilly, a Republican from North Carolina who came to see Trump speak out of curiosity. “Trump’s security team started leading several people out and there was a gentleman directly across from us who was […]
A Map Of All The Divorces – On The Media “Is this someone who thinks that marriages are ruined because of environmental factors, and wants to avoid those environments? Or someone who really wants to date a divorcee, and is looking for the greatest concentration of them? Or is it someone who wants to know the best place to launch their divorce-themed business (shared-custody calendars, studio apartment rentals)? Also, even if this person exists, anywhere, this data would be useless to them. Patch’s divorce map shows divorces as a raw number, rather than divorces-per-capita.” tags: data journalism weekly mapping divorce My Heart Feeds a Series of Tubes – an ode to Yahoo Pipes tags: data pipes yahoo weekly tweet Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
Podcast: the only way to get evidence-based policy is to embrace ambiguity in science / Boing Boing “The reality is that, in the world of science and research, the “truth” is messy, and evolving. There’s this moment in an interview that every researcher dreads: “Yes, Dr Knowitall, but are you certain?” But researchers say to me: “The problem is Tracey, people with no scientific discipline can say what they like. They can say we need more prisons to reduce crime, the HPV vaccine is causing chronic fatigue or the climate has warmed by more or less than it has. And in response what do we have? Caveats, probabilities and error bars!” So we keep the messy bits to ourselves. We flatten out uncertainties because we’re afraid that scientific uncertainty will be used against us. Co-opted by extremists. Used as fodder for headlines. Or we stay silent while others do. Because in reality researchers work always with uncertainty. It’s the nature of the beast.” tags: weekly truth lies reality Beware of easy work — Medium tags: weekly philosophy art tweet Peeple | Character is Destiny “Looking at everyone in the three ways you could possibly know someone – personally, professionally and romantically – you can provide a rating and review on everyone you come in contact with, while allowing yourself to […]
Overcoming Bias : Forsee The Speakularity ““There’s no way this means that everything we say is now in the open,” Hanson argues. “There’s a layer of what we say that’s in the open … but we’re always talking at several levels at once.” … Our brains adapted to writing, to libraries, and to the Web. They will adapt to the Record. And people will, anyway, continue to be less concerned with how they sound than with how they look.” tags: weekly privacy internet record Defense lawyers of Reddit, what would your defense be for various Disney villains? : AskReddit “Defense lawyers of Reddit, what would your defense be for various Disney villains?” tags: reddit weekly law Megan Fox Posts “I’m Still Here,” Takes Confusing Stance On Object Permanence – StarWipe ““I just continue to have an angsty relationship with social media,” adds Fox, seeming to lend credence to an interpretation of her selfie as offering a conventional understanding of object permanence. Presumably the “I” that has an “angsty relationship” with “social media” is a separate entity from that media, as it is in relation “with” the “social media” rather than “of” it. Still, it is possible to have a relationship “with” oneself. So, strictly speaking, Fox could be referring to the angst she experiences by depending on social media in […]