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 | […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-09-08

dekuNukem/daytripper: A Multifunctional Laser TripwireDaytripper is a laser tripwire that can, upon triggering: Hide all your windows Lock your computer Execute a custom script to do whatever you want! Thoughts at Mid-Career Part 5: Where to From Here? | Information Wants To Be FreePart of a nice series . . . nuno-faria/tiler: ? Build images with imagesthis will be used eventually Notes from the Classroom: Three Data Visualization Experts – The Lovely FernsNice summary post with interesting advice


Photography #170

Here’s a weird mix of doing some football photography for my oldest child’s team and taking part in some odd photography assignments that are part of the course I’m co-teaching at VCU. There was enough random photos going on that I started a separate instagram account for it. I also managed to get blocked by instagram for using hashtags in a way that seemed robotic. That was eventually overturned but did remind me how much I dislike the service. View this post on Instagram A post shared by @twwoodward on Sep 3, 2019 at 3:23am PDT View this post on Instagram #phomag_hunt #groups A post shared by @ twwoodward on Aug 29, 2019 at 3:47pm PDT View this post on Instagram Jalapeño A post shared by @ twwoodward on Sep 7, 2019 at 6:02am PDT


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-09-01

The True Size Of … Jeremy Renner shuts down his bizarre app claiming trolls took it over by impersonating him | Fox NewsIn addition, the app implemented a system of “stars” that cost its users money to gain attention. Rather than “liking” a post, as one does on Instagram or Facebook, fans could post an unlimited number of “stars” on Renner’s content. If someone became a top star giver, it was likely, but not certain, they would get a response from Renner himself. However, users had to pay money to replenish their supply of stars. Can you design a website on a (very) limited energy budget? An interview with Gauthier Roussilhe – We Make Money Not ArtFinally, i found his approach to digital technology worth sharing. He released an eye-opening digital guide to low tech, he leads workshops with UX designers, asking them to design a website with an limited energy budget rather than a monetary budget and together with French think-tank The Shift Project, he recently worked on a report that details and visualises the unsustainable use of online video services.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-08-25

Christian VizlSome really impressive black and white nature photography What’s the Hardest Part of Practicing Emergency Medicine?The hardest part of my job is the guilt that I never, ever, do everything I should. Never well enough, never fast enough, and never perfect.  xkcd: Nice To E-Meet YouEvery time I write an email to someone I don’t know. The Scientific Debate Over Teens, Screens And Mental Health | MindShift | KQED News“A teenagers’ technology use can only explain less than 1% of variation in well-being,” Orben says. “It’s so small that it’s surpassed by whether a teenager wears glasses to school,” or rides a bicycle, or eats potatoes — all comparisons made by Orben and her Oxford co-author Andrew K. Przybylski. Luxury doomsday bunkers: How the mega-rich are preparing for the apocalyse – CNN StyleGary Lynch, general manager of Texas-based Rising S Company, says 2016 sales for their custom high-end underground bunkers grew 700% compared to 2015, while overall sales have grown 300% since the November US presidential election alone. What Andrew Luck MeansThe comments are more sensible than normal.