Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-01-05

daviddao/awful-ai: ?Awful AI is a curated list to track current scary usages of AI – hoping to raise awarenessAwful AI is a curated list to track current scary usages of AI – hoping to raise awareness to its misuses in society Wireheading: when machine learning systems jolt their reward centers by cheating / Boing Boing these systems (AI) achieve their notional goals while subverting their own purpose, with names like “model stealing, rewarding hacking and poisoning attacks.” — so just like what happens with people and data . . . 10 Reasons Why You Should NOT Get your MLS (Master of Lighthouse Science) – McSweeney’s Internet TendencyToo many waves? Want to tone down that Nor’easter? Ghost pirates stepped out of the fog again and created hazardous working conditions? Hah. Good luck getting the ocean to respond to that email. –and the last one re online edu . . . Can I realistically avoid services that are part of my education? : privacyh/t Doug Levin on Twitter The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the DecadeSteve Jobs wouldn’t let his kids have iPads. Bill Gates wouldn’t let his kids have cellphones. Again and again, the media told stories — wildly popular stories, apparently — about how technology industry executives refuse to allow their own children to use the very products they were […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-12-29

How one astronomer hears the UniverseI presented users with simulated data of astronomical spectra and asked them to look for a characteristic double peak that indicates a black hole. We had people try to identify signals that were masked by noise by using vision only, by combining visual interaction and sound, and by using audio only. We found that when you combine audio with visual interaction, your sensitivity to the signal improves. That tells us we need to focus on a transition to studying how these methods can benefit everyone, not only visually impaired people. Thank You For Joining Our Gym and Thereby Helping Us Avoid a Devastating Legal Battle With The Producers of the Hit History Channel Show, Vikings – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency“Maybe I don’t want to transform my body,” you might say. “Maybe my body is fine just as it is!” Let’s be clear: Your body is not fine as it is. Your body is weak, fleshy, and wholly unable to plunder a Scandinavian village with brutal efficiency.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-12-22

Tesseract.js | Pure Javascript OCR for 100 Languages!Tesseract.js is a pure Javascript port of the popular Tesseract OCR engine. This library supports more than 100 languages, automatic text orientation and script detection, a simple interface for reading paragraph, word, and character bounding boxes. Tesseract.js can run either in a browser and on a server with NodeJS. These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books – Atlas Obscura This Is How To Change Someone’s Mind: 6 Secrets From Research – Barking Up The Wrong Tree


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-12-08

“Link In Bio” is a slow knifeFor a closed system, those kinds of open connections are deeply dangerous. If anyone on Instagram can just link to any old store on the web, how can Instagram — meaning Facebook, Instagram’s increasingly-overbearing owner — tightly control commerce on its platform? If Instagram users could post links willy-nilly, they might even be able to connect directly to their users, getting their email addresses or finding other ways to communicate with them. Links represent a threat to closed systems. –just like RSS headlessCMS | Top Content Management Systems for JAMstack sites Small Technology Foundation – About Ethical EdTech Harvesting the Blood of America’s Poor: The Latest Stage of CapitalismThe number of collection centers in the United States has more than doubled since 2005 and blood now makes up well over 2 percent of total U.S. exports by value. To put that in perspective, Americans’ blood is now worth more than all exported corn or soy products that cover vast areas of the country’s heartland. The U.S. supplies fully 70 percent of the world’s plasma, mainly because most other countries have banned the practice on ethical and medical grounds. Exports increased by over 13 percent, to $28.6 billion, between 2016 and 2017, and the plasma market is projected to “grow radiantly,” according to one industry […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-11-24

Why you might be counting in the wrong language – BBC FutureFor example, in French, 92 is quatre-vingt douze or “four twenties and twelve”. And in Danish, the word for 92 is tooghalvfems, where halvfems, meaning 90,is an abbreviation of the Old Norse word halvfemsindstyve, or “four and a half times twenty”. — thinking the USA isn’t likely to change based on the whole decimal system thing . . .


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-11-17

FraidycatFraidycat is a browser extension for Firefox or Chrome. (Just those right now – it’s brand-new, quite experimental.) I use it to follow people (hundreds) on whatever platform they choose – Twitter, a blog, YouTube, even on a public TiddlyWiki. cowlicks/privacypossum: Privacy Possum makes tracking you less profitablePrivacy Possum makes tracking you less profitable. Companies gobble up data about you to create an asymmetry of information that they leverage for profit in ever expanding ways. Their profit comes from your informational disadvantage. Privacy Possum monkey wrenches common commercial tracking methods by reducing and falsifying the data gathered by tracking companies. liyasthomas/postwoman: ? API request builder – A free, fast, and beautiful alternative to Postman https://postwoman.io ?API request builder – A free, fast, and beautiful alternative to Postman Statements: Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President: Indiana University BloomingtonHis latest posts slurring women were picked up by a person with a heavily followed Twitter account, and various officials at Indiana University have been inundated in the last few days with demands that he be fired. We cannot, nor would we, fire Professor Rasmusen for his posts as a private citizen, as vile and stupid as they are, because the First Amendment of the United States Constitution forbids us to do so. That is not a close call. Lynn Fisher – lynnandtonic.comThis is […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-11-10

Nike released a shoe for ‘everyday heroes’ like doctors, nurses and home health aides – CNNI’d want a design challenge like this but with concerns about sterilization and more significant medical concerns considered. We have the potential need for similar things around iPad cases used in labs where blood and other fluids are present. Make stuff that’s easier to clean. The 2019 Web AlmanacThe Web Almanac is a comprehensive report on the state of the web, backed by real data and trusted web experts. It is comprised of 20 chapters spanning aspects of page content, user experience, publishing, and distribution. Alf.ioAlf.io is a free and open source event attendance management system, developed for event organizers who care about privacy, security and fair pricing policy for their customers. It features an ecosystem of tools to cover the lifecycle of an event from ticket distribution, to event management, to reporting. Papercraft artist who turns food packaging into art to have solo exhibition – Japan TodayI want to do this.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-11-03

snarfed/granary: ? The social web translator.The social web translator. Fetches and converts data between social networks, HTML and JSON with microformats2, ActivityStreams, Atom, JSON Feed, and more. Paul Ford on Twitter: “Oh my god enough about generations it’s just astrology for opinion columnists.” / Twitter How to Build a Low-tech Website? | LOW?TECH MAGAZINEPage size has decreased more than sixfold, number of requests has decreased fivefold, and download speed has increased tenfold. Note that we did not design the website for speed, but for low energy use. ….. In contrast, this website runs on an off-the-grid solar power system with its own energy storage, and will go off-line during longer periods of cloudy weather. Less than 100% reliability is essential for the sustainability of an off-the-grid solar system, because above a certain threshold the fossil fuel energy used for producing and replacing the batteries is higher than the fossil fuel energy saved by the solar panels. ….. When is the best time to visit? The accessibility of this website depends on the weather in Barcelona, Spain, where the solar-powered web server is located. To help visitors “plan” their visits to Low-tech Magazine, we provide them with several clues. Low-tech Lab List: My Maximalist Lifehacks – McSweeney’s Internet TendencyI always say “yes” — even when no one is asking a question, or speaking, […]