Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-08-23

Nadine Batchelor-Hunt | ???? ?????? on Twitter: “I just found out that “abracadabra” comes from Aramaic meaning ‘I create like the word’ (‘???? ?????’), and from the Hebrew for “I create as I speak” – and this is definit Customers aren’t satisfied with virtual college — Joanne JacobsIn addition, regulations keep lower-cost alternatives out of the market. To gain eligibility for federal financial aid, innovative programs must be accredited, writes Akers. They are “judged based on how they educate students (e.g., curriculum, faculty, manner of instruction) rather than on the outcomes they produce.” She proposes creating a pay-for-performance system that looks at outputs, such as first-year earnings and student loan repayment rates. — it’s almost like we can’t understand how this would also create really terrible results in the long run. xkcd: Synonym DateThe perfect English challenge. Stephanie McCarter on Twitter: “The masks I’m making for my Vergil students. https://t.co/xLEmeQGo6B” / Twitter Two.js: ExamplesTwo.js is a two-dimensional drawing api geared towards modern web browsers. It is renderer agnostic enabling the same api to draw in multiple contexts: svg, canvas, and webgl. Survivalism – WikipediaGet your terms right for the coming SHTF. 30 Completely Unrelated Movies Described In One Sentence That Perfectly Fits Them Both | Bored PandaFeels like a useful prompt. Scientific Illustration | Julia Moore Illustration | United StatesA […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-08-16

How Two British Orthodontists Became Celebrities to Incels – The New York TimesMike especially appreciated the words of Marcus Follin, a Swedish bodybuilder and ethnonationalist vlogger who calls himself the Golden One. In a popular video, the Golden One explained to his 100,000 subscribers how “mewing” could help return vigor and good looks to modern men. After the British Orthodontic Society expelled Mike, the Golden One rallied his followers to spread mewing videos in order to combat Mike’s orthodontic “adversaries,” who he said had a “vested interest” in silencing the Mews. We’d Love to Join Your Learning Pod – McSweeney’s Internet TendencyWe’ve been asked to join other multimodal sensory learning Hamptons pods, but your pod sounds AMAZING — so Laura Ingalls Wilder one-room schoolhouse meets Hunger Games, but in the best way. In this time when kids aren’t getting enough hugs, your pod seems full of hygge. I love that the students will learn to finger knit the words GOOD TROUBLE, and I agree that archery really should be considered the sport of this pandemic. And you’re certainly never too young to grow your own ingredients to make vegetarian haggis. InfoWars Reporter Hailed As a Deep State Victim. The Cops Say She Just Robbed Her Mom.The trio’s alleged attempts to lie to officers were so obvious to authorities that they […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-08-09

Basant ???? on Twitter: “The bridge was built to last. Then the river changed course. https://t.co/zYSVEpBWzQ” / TwitterThere’s a message in here somewhere. China’s Artificial Intelligence Surveillance State Goes Global – The AtlanticThe nanny apps work in tandem with the police, who spot-check phones at checkpoints, scrolling through recent calls and texts. Even an innocent digital association—being in a group text with a recent mosque attendee, for instance—could result in detention. Staying off social media altogether is no solution, because digital inactivity itself can raise suspicions. The police are required to note when Uighurs deviate from any of their normal behavior patterns. Their database wants to know if Uighurs start leaving their home through the back door instead of the front. It wants to know if they spend less time talking to neighbors than they used to. Electricity use is monitored by an algorithm for unusual use, which could indicate an unregistered resident. What the SAT’s Adversity Score Means for Its Racist Past – The Atlantic The original Scholastic Aptitude Test was invented in 1926 by Carl Brigham, a Princeton alumnus and avowed eugenicist who created the test to uphold a racial caste system. He advanced this theory of standardized testing as a means of upholding racial purity in his book A Study of American Intelligence. Conversation Piece – Futility […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-08-02

Sean M Elliott on Twitter: “@2tonbug @willsybee Gary Larson has a *lot* to say about this. https://t.co/s6m8628iXw” / TwitterThe last paragraph on the left is worth reading. Especially in the days of audience research etc. Software that monitors students during tests perpetuates inequality and violates their privacy | MIT Technology ReviewSoftware that monitors students during tests perpetuates inequality and violates their privacy — might as well say it twice Dunderville SwiftOnSecurity on Twitter: “Someone broke into my garage and stole my car and I didn’t know since I haven’t been driving.” / TwitterA strange story and the Tile aspect is interesting. Abraham Lincoln’s Annual Message to Congress — Concluding RemarksWe can succeed only by concert. It is not “can any of us imagine better?” but, “can we all do better?” The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-07-26

Zoom doesn’t need to be awful: Lessons from video chat historyMore importantly, this is a moment when we desperately need online environments that encourage dialogue between people from different backgrounds and perspectives—that are inclusive of more diverse forms of participation than “Hollywood Squares” allows. The current Zoom environment only sets us back from this goal by reinforcing an interaction model that has been rightly criticized for reflecting and perpetuating the worst instincts of professional meeting culture, such as power-hoarding and individualism. The H5P PB Kitchen – Cooking with H5P & Pressbooksh/t @cogdog Snake Handling | The First Amendment EncyclopediaState courts have consistently upheld the state laws as reasonable health and safety regulations, such as the Court of Appeals of Kentucky in Lawson v. Commonwealth (1942) and the Alabama Court of Appeals in Hill v. State (1956). The adventure app Randonautica has led users to dead bodies, haunted houses, and other bizarre destinations / Boing Boing Fatum Project theory. “All things in the world are causally connected and everything that happens, including our thoughts, is usually determined by the sum of all environmental factors.” Randonautica is an app that borrows from the Fatum Project’s research to break away from the probability-tunnels our everyday choices create. Using a quantum number generator to send users to a set of mysterious coordinates, Randonautica has […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-07-19

As We May Code – NSHipster Loss | Know Your MemeAlongside the outright mockery of the strip, a trend arose on /v/ which involved taking the Loss strip and representing it in different ways. Usually, these would attempt to be minimalistic, portraying the characters as lines, dots, or just having four empty panels. Similar to how anything with green and purple can be recognized as Daily Dose, any similar-looking four pane comic can be recognized as Loss. Brian Roemmele on Twitter: “?One of the more popular apps for 2023 for Apple AR glasses will be an app called “Smile”. It will restructure the world where everyone that sees you smiles. It will have an interesting impact on society in ways not unde Wind Telephone – Otsuchi, Japan – Atlas Obscura ??? on Twitter: “pretty wild stories in the App Store reviews for Replika, which calls itself “THE chatbot for anyone who wants a friend with no judgment, drama, or social anxiety involved” https://t.co/a5Z0JxjN55” / Twitter Seed Ticks Are a Thing You Probably Didn’t Know You Need to Avoid | SELFHe’s actually had seed ticks on him in the past and says they can look like a brown patch moving up your leg because there are so many of them. It’s not uncommon to find a lot of them at once, […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-07-12

Librarians turned Google Forms into the unlikely platform for virtual escape rooms – The VergeOne of the early examples when google forms allowed conditional logic was a choose your own adventure form. I need to build out that wordpress plugin to let construction of these be more pleasant and allow more choices. B. Bolander on Twitter: “i hope bill watterson is doing okay and is proud of all the children he radicalized with this stuff https://t.co/l31P58xU0l” / Twitter The true story of the prince of Qatar and his time at USC – Los Angeles TimesThe adjunct researched selling the watch to benefit USC, but found that it was already registered in his name with Rolex. Instead, he wrote a check to the university for its estimated value, $12,500. USC confirmed his account. –what kind of adjunct has that kind of money for a watch they don’t sell and never wear? Coronavirus Conversations With One of America’s Richest Men – BloombergI wondered if the bubbling frustration might be fueled instead by the different ways billionaires loom over our lives, and not only because we can’t check email, stream movies, or post photos without their products. Earlier in April, Bill Gates had suggested his foundation would spend billions of dollars to fund a coronavirus vaccine, reminding everyone that it was the rich, […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-07-05

Japanese Amusement Park Asks Roller Coaster Riders Not To Scream : Coronavirus Live Updates : NPR“Please scream inside your heart,” and not out loud, the park is asking. diy making large pot out of aluminum cans AI Weirdness • When data is messyWhy was it looking for human fingers when it was supposed to be looking for a fish? It turns out that most of the tench pictures the neural net had seen were of people holding the fish as a trophy. It doesn’t have any context for what a tench actually is, so it assumes the fingers are part of the fish. LOOPY: a tool for thinking in systems Hype House and the Los Angeles TikTok Mansion Gold Rush – The New York TimesBut unfortunately many Airbnbs in Los Angeles have a no-filming rule. (Homeowners worry about, among other things, tripods scratching the floors and the potential property damage that comes with YouTube stunts.)


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-06-21

Explore ‘The Last Supper’ — Google Arts & Culture Open Ocean Exploration on Twitter: “The first account of a scientist getting slapped by a jellyfish-wielding octopus occurred in the prestigious journal Science in 1963 when a young blanket octopus used a man-o-war to sting the author, resulting in the pa Seamus Hughes on Twitter: “They…they tagged him on twitter. That’s some next level move.” / Twitter


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-06-14

Dr. Moudhy Al-Rashid on Twitter: ““Why do you not write on your clay tablet? Why do you not rehearse your exercise tablet?” Sherua-etirat, a Neo-Assyrian princess, writes to her sister-in-law to scold her for not doing her homework in the 7th century Behind the Byline With Ed Yong – The Atlanticscience is “less the parade of decisive blockbuster discoveries that the press often portrays, and more a slow, erratic stumble toward ever less uncertainty.” Scientists disagree. They have it out, and they oscillate toward a shared understanding. We in the press make those oscillations look bigger than they actually are by covering every incremental development as it happens—and I’m not sure that, during this crisis, that’s the best route toward greater public understanding. Introducing: QuotebacksA nice pattern. I keep almost building a personal version of pinboard so that I can do more with images/videos/etc. This might be enough to get me to do it. Visually Workshopping the AWS CloudRather than treating our illustrations as a shiny add-on made by one person, I wanted to directly involve our course instructors and figure out how to directly pair their expertise with my visual thinking skills.