Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-04-03

9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us — Modern Learning — Medium We know that most of our students will forget most of the content that they “learn” in school. As Matthew Lieberman from UCLA notes, “For more than 75 years, studies have consistently found that only a small fraction of what is learned in the classroom is retained even a year after learning.” Jacob Torrey – LANGSEC: Taming the Weird Machines The complexity of our computing systems (both software and hardware) have reached such a degree that data must treated as formally as code. The Superbowl of Protest will be in Cleveland this Year – Global Guerrillas The Federal government gave Cleveland a $50 m security grant to prepare for the convention.  With this money, the city plans to field 4-5,000 officers drawn from around the state.  Here’s what it they plan to equip them with: Commons:Picture of the Year/2015/R1/Gallery – Wikimedia Commons Wikipedia’s photos of the year contest – some really amazing work and CC licensed. The next hot job in Silicon Valley is for poets – The Washington Post Even mundane tasks demand creative effort, as writers try to build personality quirks into the most rote activities. At the start-up x.ai, a Harvard theater graduate is tasked with deciding whether its scheduling bots, Amy and […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-03-27

MIT Media Lab Changes Software Default to FLOSS* — MIT MEDIA LAB — Medium Kind of insane that there was ever a need for ‘permission’ to release their own work. This student put 50 million stolen research articles online. And they’re free. – The Washington Post “There are many ways to argue that copyright infringement is not theft, but even if it is, it is justified in this case,” she said in an instant-message interview via Google. “All content should be copied without restriction. But for education and research, copyright laws are especially damaging.” What I learned from Om and Hossein These two people who I only know because they blog, are right — but then I thought — no I don’t agree. And yes, it’s something I’ve been struggling with, but for me the struggle is over. I write my blog not because I want to write a “good” blog post, or even one that’s read by a lot of people. And my own self is not scattered, it’s right here, and as long as I live it will continue to be here. And my online self doesn’t exist for the benefit of others, it’s here to help my real self develop his thinking and create a trail of ideas and feelings and experiences that I can look back […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-03-20

Angola’s Wikipedia Pirates Are Exposing the Problems With Digital Colonialism | Motherboard Wikimedia and Facebook have given Angolans free access to their websites, but not to the rest of the internet. So, naturally, Angolans have started hiding pirated movies and music in Wikipedia articles and linking to them on closed Facebook groups, creating a totally free and clandestine file sharing network in a country where mobile internet data is extremely expensive. Why does HTML think “chucknorris” is a color? – Stack Overflow How come certain random strings produce various colors when entered as background colors in HTML? For example: test Data Structure + Narrative Chart = StoryLine? | OUseful.Info, the blog… Dada Portal | The Ridership Rachenitsa Each musical beat is a day, as is each vertical line. One musical instrument represents the daily ridership of Chicago buses, and the other represents the daily ridership of New York subways. (Both are measured at fare collection points.) BioBIKE Portal One solution is for biologists to become familiar with a few tools, such as Blast. This gets the researcher from one point to another, like flying high above the terrain. Some places are impossible to get to in this way. Another solution is to procure the services of a computer programmer. This may produce new tools appropriate to the problem at hand, […]