Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-05-06

J.R.R. Tolkien Expressed a “Heartfelt Loathing” for Walt Disney and Refused to Let Disney Studios Adapt His Work | Open Culture he also called Disney a “poor boob” and lamented “What might not have come of it if this man had been educated—or even brought up in a decent society?” AirSelfie2 Drone | Boing Boing Store The Selfie Gets an Upgrade with This Phone-Controlled, Pocket-Sized Drone


Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-04-29

JOSEPH BEUYS: I LIKE AMERICA AND AMERICA LIKES ME | Kids of Dada In 1974, Beuys spent three days in a room with a wild coyote for his performance, I Like America and America Likes Me. The Ratio Tracker — Data For Progress Twitter occupies a relatively small share of the American public, but counts essentially every public figure among its daily active users. As much of elite communication takes place on this online platform, we at Data for Progress feel that it is important to provide some insight on how political elites use the platform, and how their audiences respond. In this spirit, we will be providing periodic analyses into various aspects of the Twittersphere. You Can’t Opt Out Of Sharing Your Data, Even If You Didn’t Opt In | FiveThirtyEight It’s what happens when one person’s voluntary disclosure of personal information exposes the personal information of others who had no say in the matter. Your choices didn’t cause the breach. Your choices can’t prevent it, either. Welcome to a world where you can’t opt out of sharing, even if you didn’t opt in. ?? Dashan on Twitter: “Seen at a Harbin restaurant: swinging cradle for your phone, I’m told to cheat the “10k steps/day” test & qualify for health insurance discounts, presumably while you relax, eat & drink […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-04-22

Old Man River – Futility Closet Because of its importance to the region’s M?ori people, New Zealand’s Whanganui River is legally a person, with rights, duties, and liabilities, including the right to be represented in court proceedings. Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson said the river will be recognized as a person “in the same way a company is, which will give it rights and interests.” Recapping and Reflecting on OLC Innovate 2018 – Adam Croom While I was flying to Nashville, I had an idea. I grabbed all of the names, emails, and companies that emailed me, and put together a spreadsheet. Aha, if you have a spreadsheet, you have a database. I proceeded to then write a email template inviting them to this session. It’s a drip campaign which means if they don’t respond, I also reminded them. BBC Sound Effects – Research & Education Space These 16,016 BBC Sound Effects are made available by the BBC in WAV format to download for use under the terms of the RemArc Licence. The Sound Effects are BBC copyright, but they may be used for personal, educational or research purposes, as detailed in the license.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-04-15

Citation Hunt Find statements in need of citations on Wikipedia for research assignments Jon Bruner on Twitter: “Here’s a thread: generative artificial intelligence has made breathtaking gains in the last four years. For instance, these are images of imaginary bedrooms and imaginary album covers created by a neural network.… https://t.co/bj Internal Revenue Service Using the latest technologies, the IRS offers multiple avenues for you to get tax information. If you have a smartphone, we have an app! If you like to watch videos from your phone or computer, we have dozens of helpful YouTube videos…and, of course, follow us on Tumblr. James Bridle / Works all kinds of interesting art/tech work Billion-Dollar Blessings — ProPublica At the front lines are the “admissions representatives,” some 300 phone recruiters working two shifts from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., deploying call lists that Liberty gets from websites where people register and search for information about online higher education, like BestCollegesOnline.com. There is such a race to get to customers before University of Phoenix and other rivals that the prospective students sometimes marvel at how little time has elapsed — just a handful of minutes — between their providing their information on a website and the call coming from Liberty. Liberty’s tax filings show that in 2016, the university paid Google $16.8 million for […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-04-08

LOOK: Temple puts Twitter handles of players on football jerseys for spring game – CBSSports.com —I’m still finding it hard to believe this is real Instead of last names on the back of jerseys, the school put the Twitter user names of its players ahead of Saturday’s game. Experience: I was swallowed by a hippo | Life and style | The Guardian time passes very slowly when you’re in a hippo’s mouth. For years, Facebook has been secretly deleting Zuck’s messages from his correspondents’ inboxes / Boing Boing Facebook confirmed that starting in 2014, Facebook began covertly deleting the personal messages Zuckerberg had sent to Facebook users, allegedly in response to the hacking of Sony Pictures. Within hours of Techcrunch’s story, Facebook announced that it would extend this feature to other Facebook users. Even as Facebook was ensuring that its CEO could sanitize his public records, it was deceiving its users by claiming that when they deleted the private videos they’d uploaded, the videos would disappear — instead, Facebook permanently retained these videos. Some datasets for teaching data science · Simply Statistics This dataset includes gun murder data for US states in 2012. I use this dataset to introduce the basics of R program. The Eviction Lab The Eviction Lab at Princeton University has built the first nationwide database of […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-04-01

What scientists found trapped in a diamond: a type of ice not known on Earth Trapped in the rigid structure of diamonds formed deep in the Earth’s crust, scientists have discovered a form of water ice that was not previously known to occur naturally on our planet. The Missing Building Blocks of the Web – Anil Dash – Medium ey’re assembled, by little programs that take the instructions made by a coder, and then translate those instructions into the actual HTML (and CSS, and JavaScript, and images, and everything else) that goes to your browser. If you’re an expert, maybe you can figure out what tools were being used to assemble the page, and go to GitHub and find some version of those tools to try out. But it’s the difference between learning to cook by looking over someone’s shoulder or being told where a restaurant bought its ingredients.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-03-25

404 Error – File Not Found 404 Error – File Not Found Aren’t you glad you didn’t cite to this webpage in the Supreme Court Reporter at Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, 131 S.Ct. 2729, 2749 n.14 (2011). If you had, like Justice Alito did, the original content would long since have disappeared and someone else might have come along and purchased the domain in order to make a comment about the transience of linked information in the internet age. And if you quoted this in the NY Times, will you do a correction for the now changed text? found via https://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/us/politics/in-supreme-court-opinions-clicks-that-lead-nowhere.html which was found via http://www.wired.co.uk/article/tim-berners-lee#annotations:pPdDABK_EeiD6ftBN12jUg Twitter Demetricator | benjamin grosser The Twitter interface is filled with numbers. These numbers, or metrics, measure and present our social value and activity online, enumerating followers, likes, retweets, and more. But what are the effects of these numbers on who we follow, what we post, or how we feel when we use the site? Inviting us to consider these questions through our own experience, Twitter Demetricator is a web browser extension that hides the metrics. Follower, like, and notification counts disappear. “29.2K Tweets” under a trending hashtag becomes, simply, “Tweets”. Through changes like these, Demetricator lets us try out Twitter without the numbers, to see what happens when we can no longer […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-03-18

Gobo Sign up for Gobo, link it to your other social media profiles, and you can take control of your feed. Want to read news you aren’t otherwise seeing? Use our “Echo Chamber” filter to see what we call “wider” news. Want a better balance of men and women in your feed? Use our “gender” filter to rebalance it. Want to take a lunch break and just see popular funny videos you friends are sharing? Use our “virality” filter to pick only the most shared content. With Gogo you’re in charge of the algorithmic filters that control what you see on social media. We’ve built a bunch of filters like these already, are building more, and have made it possible for other developers to add filters too. Sign up, try it out, and see if it changes how you think about how social media should work. Lunar Conversations – C82: Works of Nicholas Rougeux Watch neural networks see only what they’ve been trained to see / Boing Boing confirmation bias meets potentials for art This School Has Been Arming Classrooms With 5-Gallon Buckets Of Rocks In The Event Of A School Shooting David Helsel, superintendent of the Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County, made the announcement at a state House Education Committee hearing on school safety March 15. “If […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-03-11

Candace Jean Andersen on Twitter: “Hey Twitter I’m on a mission: The woman in this photo was an attendee at a 1971 International Conference on Biology of Whales. She is the only woman, & the only one captioned “not identified” in the article I found the p Pretty wild to watch this kind of research play out on Twitter. Temporary Autonomous Zone – Wikipedia It is composed of three sections, “Chaos: The Broadsheets of Ontological Anarchism,” “Communiques of the Association for Ontological Anarchy,” and “The Temporary Autonomous Zone.” –h/t Doug Belshaw MOSQUITO attack allows to exfiltrates data from Air-Gapped computers via leverage connected speakersSecurity Affairs Once again the team demonstrated that separating the computer networks from the Internet is not enough to protect them from attackers. In the past, the same group of researchers demonstrated that it possible to listen to private conversations by reversing headphones connected to a previously infected computer. The MOSQUITO technique establishes a covert ultrasonic transmission between two air-gapped computers using speaker-to-speaker communication. In Britain’s Playgrounds, ‘Bringing in Risk’ to Build Resilience – The New York Times — Ever feel like everything is just a stupid cycle of doom? Educators in Britain, after decades spent in a collective effort to minimize risk, are now, cautiously, getting into the business of providing it. Four years ago, for instance, teachers at […]


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Starbucks mermaid A post shared by @ twwoodward on Mar 8, 2018 at 4:46pm PST #subgenius A post shared by @ twwoodward on Mar 11, 2018 at 12:03pm PDT