Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-10-27

Zeno – Oriental Coins Database – Part of the mirror, unearthed in Kyrgyzstanchallenging text or word focused pattern poetry Vortimo – Beta3Vortimo is software that organizes information on webpages that you’ve visited. It records pages you go to, extracts data from it and enrich the data that was extracted. It augments the pages in your browser by allowing you to tag objects as well as decorating objects it deems important. It then arranges the data in an UI. Vortimo support switching between cases/projects seamlessly. You can also generate PDF reports based on the aggregated information and meta information. Quiet.js by quietThis is a javascript binding for libquiet, a library for sending and receiving data via sound card. It can function either via speaker or cable (e.g., 3.5mm). Quiet comes included with a few transmissions profiles which can be selected for the intended use. For speaker transmission, there is a profile which transmits around the 19kHz range, which is essentially imperceptible to the human ear. –nefarious and amusing possibilities espec. w arg White House cybersecurity adviser Giuliani took his iPhone to the Genius Bar when he forgot his password / Boing Boingindicative of so much 3D Configurators – Sketchfabsee this video too https://twitter.com/Sketchfab/status/1189255798003785728 navio | A d3 visualization widget to help summarizing, exploring and navigating large network visualizations Digital Wellbeing Experiments […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-10-20

??? on Twitter: “at no point in this video did i know what was coming next https://t.co/XXaIlfc4bk” / Twitter Brian Lamb on Twitter: “On behalf of the #StopGlobalWarmingConference Committee, I want to respond to comments about this year’s keynote panel that features oil companies. They are also sponsors of the conference — thanks guys, we wouldn’t be here trying D3 annotationssome nice examples via @cogdog John Lanchester reviews ‘The Great Firewall of China’ by James Griffiths and ‘We Have Been Harmonised’ by Kai Strittmatter · LRB 10 October 2019. Facebook has changed its terms of service over ‘tagging’ people’s photos a couple of times, from opt-out to opt-in, but the gist is that it is too late: Facebook already owns your ‘faceprint’, the algorithmic representation of your face. How much do we think we can trust them with it? Put it like this: Facebook owns a patent on how to recognise patterns of friendship association through identifying the spots of dust on your phone camera – in other words, if two people had their photo taken by the same camera, then those two people probably know each other. r03ert0/microdraw: Collaborative vectorial annotation tool for ultra high resolution data.Collaborative vectorial annotation tool for ultra high resolution data.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-10-13

microsoft/SandDance: Visually explore, understand, and present your data. List of premature professional wrestling deaths – WikipediaDeeply sad. datadesk/census-data-downloader: Download U.S. census data and reformat it for humansDownload U.S. census data and reformat it for humans.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-10-06

War and Peace – Our World in DataIt would be wrong to believe that the past was peaceful. One reason why some people might have this impression is that many of the past conflicts feature less prominently in our memories, they are simply forgotten. An overview of all the conflicts for which we have an estimate of the number of fatalities is shown in the visualization below. palewire/nrol-39-logo: A vector PDF of the official mission logo of NROL-39 Oregon Zoo on Twitter: “Ball python https://t.co/Z4yD4f0avG” / Twitter How can we develop transformative tools for thought?In fact, there are many ways of redesigning the essay medium to do that. Before showing you our prototype, please pause for a moment and consider the following questions: how could you build a medium to better support a person’s memory of what they read? What interactions could easily and enjoyably help people consolidate memories? And, more broadly: is it possible to 2x what people remember? 10x? And would that make any long-term difference to their effectiveness?


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-09-29

Documenting the NowDocumenting the Now responds to the public’s use of social media for chronicling historically significant events as well as demand from scholars, students, and archivists, among others, seeking a user-friendly means of collecting and preserving this type of digital content. Documenting the Now has a strong commitment to prioritizing ethical practices when working with social media content, especially in terms of collection and long-term preservation. Josh Hader’s Fastball Is Baseball’s Most Mysterious Pitch | FiveThirtyEightHader also owns a below-average total spin rate, as calculated by Statcast’s TrackMan Doppler radar component. The average spin rate for a four-seam fastball this year is 2,284 revolutions per minute, while Hader’s is a rate of 2,154 rpms. Moreover, fastballs — even mid-90 mph iterations — are generally pitches that produce some of the lowest swing-and-miss rates in baseball. *****I think about this level of analysis and numbers every time someone says something about AI or big data. A simple game. Intensely scrutinized. Simple rules. Observed from all angles. Recorded. Tons of money. Yet . . . The Day I Thought I Misled the President of the United States: A Visualization Tragicomedy“If anything on this graphic causes confusion, ignore the entire product.” That’s perfect. So perfect, in fact, that one of my followers on Twitter, Chen Mingi, suggested I should use it as […]


Photography #172

Not that I usually have a theme but this is a stranger mix than normal. Helping teach a photography class while my oldest son takes a photography class has led to interesting opportunities.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-09-22

The New Aesthetic — uncommonbish:…Uber uses battery life as part of charge calculation? <> Zdog · Round, flat, designer-friendly pseudo-3D engine for canvas and SVGCould use this for a number of simple 3d interactive creations – cells, atoms, brains maybe etc. Time to check in again on the Atari retro console… dear God, it’s actually got worse • The RegisterAtari responded by… deleting the post. On a Reddit forum that it didn’t run but had been invited to serve as a moderator. That also did not go over well. In fact, it’s safe to say that people went into somewhat of a rage. So Atari responded by… deleting all the subsequent angry comments. At which point its representatives had their moderator rights removed. So Atari responded by… setting up its own subreddit where it has continued to delete posts and comments it doesn’t like. p5-demos Des Moines Register on Twitter: “The Register is aware of reports of inappropriate social media posts by one of our staffers, and an investigation has begun.” / Twitter Anheuser-Busch to have ‘no further association’ with Carson King over social media posts“Eight years ago, when I was a sophomore in high school, I made some social media posts with my friends that quoted and referenced the show ‘Tosh.0,’ King said. “One of those posts was brought […]


Photography #171

This is by far the largest photography post I’ve had in a long time. VCU or maybe the city of Richmond has changed how parking works for quite a ways around where I work. Many of the places I used to park to vary my walking path to work are now 2hr parking or paid parking. I’ve also fallen prey to the belief that I need to hurry into work and get things done. Both those developments have hurt my photography patterns. This post was brought about by doing a few different things. Some of the shots are from walking from our building to the medical campus down Broad Street. That is always full of interesting things and people. A big chunk came from going to Field Day of the Past which is something like a carnival mixed with a historical site crossed with a swap meet. It brings any number of societal issues to the forefront via giant flags. I hate being at carnivals but like taking pictures at them.1 The insect macros are courtesy of some succulent that brings all the bees to the yard.2 There are usually 8 to 10 large bees sleeping on the flowers and you can get very close early in the morning as they are nearly comatose until they warm up from the […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-09-15

Talking Is Throwing Fictional Worlds at One Another – Issue 76: Language – NautilusIt was a British TV company that wanted him to invent a language for monsters with no lips, just big teeth The boring technology behind a one-person Internet company Observations on Technology Use in Hong Kong ProtestsTelegram is the preferred messenger app among protesters. It’s used for one-on-one messaging between people, among small groups of people to coordinate, and among very large groups to amplify and disseminate information. The polls feature in Telegram is also a way of affirming consensus in group decision making. Web Scraping with Google Sheets: The Definitive Guide | thisDaveJ This Company Built a Private Surveillance Network. We Tracked Someone With It – VICEThis tool, called Digital Recognition Network (DRN), is not run by a government, although law enforcement can also access it. Instead, DRN is a private surveillance system crowdsourced by hundreds of repo men who have installed cameras that passively scan, capture, and upload the license plates of every car they drive by to DRN’s database. DRN stretches coast to coast and is available to private individuals and companies focused on tracking and locating people or vehicles. The tool is made by a company that is also called Digital Recognition Network. From drawing room to courtroom: SketchUp in crime scenes | […]