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, […]


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 […]