Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-08-11

What The Hell Was Megadeth, Arizona? – Robin Sloan Bechtel – MediumA DIGITAL POSTCARD—This was one of the first applications where one could send a graphic via email, which programmers told us was technically impossible. Stop Using Zip Codes for Geospatial Analysis — CARTO BlogAfter creating this as a new table we can see that the majority of the most unequal zip codes tend to be in cities or larger metro areas and more equal zip codes tend to be in rural areas around the country. Meta-analysis of faculty’s teaching effectiveness: Student evaluation of teaching ratings and student learning are not related – ScienceDirectOur up-to-date meta-analysis of all multisection studies revealed no significant correlations between the SET ratings and learning. These findings suggest that institutions focused on student learning and career success may want to abandon SET ratings as a measure of faculty’s teaching effectiveness. am I the asshole? behavior rulesBe interesting to see how these would play in other commenting/social networking scenarios. Cicada 3301 – WikipediaMany have speculated that the puzzles are a recruitment tool for the NSA, CIA, MI6, a “Masonic conspiracy”[13] or a cyber mercenary group.[1][8] Others have claimed Cicada 3301 is an alternate reality game. No company or individual has taken credit for it or attempted to monetize it, however.[11] Agrippa (A Book of the Dead) […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-08-04

Ethan Mollick on Twitter: “Interesting paper on unexpected discrimination in online ads: women see less ads for STEM job openings because they click them (and other ads) more. That makes ads for women more expensive, so a gender-neutral ad bidding system NUKnightLab/sql-mysteries: Inspired by @veltman’s command-line mystery, use SQL to research clues and find out whodunit!There’s been a Murder in SQL City! The SQL Murder Mystery is designed to be both a self-directed lesson to learn SQL concepts and commands and a fun game for experienced SQL users to solve an intriguing crime. Hospital checklists are meant to save lives — so why do they often fail? : Nature News & CommentThis article hits on so many things that cause failures in so many initiatives. “They were 95% the same, but that 5% made it work for them,” he says. “Every one of these hospitals thought that theirs was the best.” Museum 2.0: Rowboats and Magic Feathers: Reflections on 13 Years of Museum 2.0 Animal Extinction: Caring for the Last of a Species – The AtlanticWhen animals die out, the last survivor is called an endling.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-07-28

The Flawed Reasoning Behind the Replication Crisis – Issue 74: Networks – NautilusThe problem, though, is the dominant mode of statistical analysis these days isn’t Bayesian. Since the 1920s, the standard approach to judging scientific theories has been significance testing, made popular by the statistician Ronald Fisher. Fisher’s methods and their latter-day spinoffs are now the lingua franca of scientific data analysis. In particular, Google Scholar currently returns 2.85 million citations including the phrase “statistically significant.” Fisher claimed signficance testing was a universal tool for scientific inference, “common to all experimentation,” a claim that seems borne out by its widespread use across all disciplines. The Real Reason Why Instagram Is Hiding “Like” Counts – The RealistsTypically when opening up a news or photo feed, one’s eyes tend to be drawn to numbers first. If a post has many likes, we tend to give more importance to it, to think of it as more worthy of our attention. If that number is hidden, we are more inclined to read a full post or study a photo more carefully. And I think that this ultimately drives users to spend more time on these platforms. Even two extra seconds spent examining a photo or a post can have a powerful cumulative effect, especially when it comes to investor reports (“users’ average time spent […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-07-21

Please Consider My Application to Give You Labor So I Can Stay Alive – McSweeney’s Internet TendencyIf you look at my résumé, I think you’ll find that I have extensive relevant experience that I could bring to the table after onboarding. In the formative years of my life, I attended primary school in exchange for not being detained per truancy laws in my home state; I then matriculated to college, where I cut my teeth going to classes in exchange for a framed sheet of cardstock that was a prerequisite for submitting this application. The Pizza Effect – Futility ClosetThe pizza example continues to “echo” between the Italian and American cultures: American tourists sought out “authentic” (non-American) pizza in Italy, and the Italians met the demand by creating brick-oven pizzerias. The Americans then carried these back to their own country. Stephen Jenkins of Humboldt State University writes, “Hence, Americans met their own reflection in the other and were delighted.” xkcd: SpreadsheetsPretty much my life . . . I thought I was being ‘blacklisted’ by university colleagues, so I demanded to see their emails | The Independent Firstly, my eminent and influential PhD supervisor had let it be widely known that they thought I was an unpleasant person, impossible to work with, fundamentally stupid, and that I definitely shouldn’t be doing […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-07-14

teenage engineering – PO-32 tonicnever before has a drum machine that sounds this good with literally endless sound capabilities been set at a price this low. meet PO-32 tonic, the new gold standard drum machine. and yes, it comes in a gold plated cardboard box. Haruspex – WikipediaIn the religion of Ancient Rome, a haruspex (plural haruspices; also called aruspex) was a person trained to practice a form of divination called haruspicy (haruspicina), the inspection of the entrails (exta—hence also extispicy (extispicium)) of sacrificed animals, especially the livers of sacrificed sheep and poultry. The reading of omens specifically from the liver is also known by the Greek term hepatoscopy (also hepatomancy). “Effectiveness of Animation in Trend Visualization,” ten years laterOur results found that animation is a paradox. It certainly wasn’t very effective for solving our tasks. Whether they had interactivity or not, users in the animation condition were less accurate than small multiples. Users took a very long time to answer questions when given an interactive animation, scrolling back and forth. When we took that control away, they’d quickly make their best guess. Despite that, interactive animation wasn’t much more accurate then non-interactive! But we also found that users really liked the animation view: Study participants described it as “fun”, “exciting”, and even “emotionally touching.” At the same time, though, […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-07-07

At VidCon, Influencers, Fans, And Brands Seemed Ready To Leave YouTube BehindAt one point, the party converged around an Instagram-famous Pomeranian wearing a leather jacket and sunglasses. The dog’s owner was trying to yell out the dog’s Instagram handle over the sound of guests singing Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” on a karaoke machine on the other side of the room. TheyDrawIt!: An Authoring Tool for Belief-Driven VisualizationThis is really solid. Need to look at the privacy stuff but an awesome thing to exist. EarthRoamer – The Global Leader in Luxury Expedition VehiclesSince 1998, EarthRoamer has been redefining luxury camping and overland travel with our solar/diesel hybrid, four-wheel drive Xpedition Vehicles (XVs). Old WeatherHelp scientists transcribe Arctic and worldwide weather observations recorded in ship’s logs since the mid-19th century. You Can Apply to Hunt Pythons With Shotguns in FloridaThere are currently 40 paid snake hunters who hunt pythons in the Everglades. Remarkably, they earn anywhere from $8.25-$15 an hour, plus an additional $50 for each python. They also get $25 for every foot of length beyond four feet, as well as a $200 bonus for each nest. This new shotgun initiative will bump the number of hunters to 120. The Navy’s USS Gabrielle Giffords and the Future of Work – The Atlantic Unbeknownst to the participants, the scoring rules changed partway […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-06-30

Kafka’s Joke Book – McSweeney’s Internet TendencyWhy is a raven like a writing desk?” “I don’t know,” Gregor told the faceless interrogator for the fiftieth time. “We can’t help you if you won’t work with us. Perhaps another day in the machine will convince you to cooperate.” Create Written Notes From YouTube Videos Instantly With this Chrome ExtensionUnlike a transcription app that would just transcribe the whole thing for you, Gnotes has you identify what parts of the video are important to you and then it creates notes specifically for that portion. For instance, maybe you watch a 15-minute video on how to do something, but you really just need information from the last few minutes written down. –starts to get at the idea of new patterns that take into account (and advantage of) how digital tools interact Add Query String Parameters to YouTube oEmbeds in WP – Brett HoffmanNice thing and nice pattern to think about.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-06-23

The Grey Lady Learns Pivot Tables: NY Times J-Course Data, Part 1 | spreadsheetjournalismThis just in: The newspaper of record is rebranding itself into the newspaper of records. The Times – the one from New York, that is – has moved to evangelize the data-journalistic thing among its staff, and towards that admirable end has crafted an extended in-house workshop, syllabus and practice files/exercises made available to all the rest of us in Google Sheets here and here, respectively (ok, ok, call me the Luddite; I’m downloading the files into Excel). AltSchool’s out: Zuckerberg-backed startup that tried to rethink education calls it quits – SFChronicle.comNow, the 21st century schoolhouse, created by a former Google executive and backed by titans of tech like Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel, is essentially shutting down. AltSchool is being retooled as Altitude Learning, a startup that will sell software and professional development services nationwide. Track This | A new kind of IncognitoLet us open 100 tabs of pure madness to fool trackers into thinking you’re someone else. bellingcat – Lord Of The Flies: An Open-Source Investigation Into Saud Al-Qahtani – bellingcatThe individual identifying themselves as al-Qahtani in emails to Hacking Team in 2012 and 2015 used two email addresses (saudq1978@gmail.com and saud@saudq.com) and a phone number (+966 55 548 9750) that can be definitively linked […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-06-16

xkcd: StackModer tech stack You Are Now Browsing In Incognito Mode – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency Who Gets to Own the West? – The New York Timesf America. In the last decade, private land in the United States has become increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few. Today, just 100 families own about 42 million acres across the country, a 65,000-square-mile expanse, according to the Land Report, a magazine that tracks large purchases. Researchers at the magazine have found that the amount of land owned by those 100 families has jumped 50 percent since 2007. Norwegian island wants to become the world’s first time-free zone – Story | KTVU“When you live in Northern Norway, it doesn’t make sense to talk about daylight saving time, bedtime, dinner time, or any other time,” says Kjell Ove Hveding, one of the key islanders behind the initiative. “The midnight sun makes clocks an unnecessary nuisance, and we wish to be a time-free zone.” –just talking about removing the concept of time from my life earlier today The javascript spreadsheetjExcel is a lightweight vanilla javascript plugin to create amazing web-based interactive tables and spreadsheets compatible with Excel or any other spreadsheet software. You can create an online spreadsheet table from a JS array, JSON, CSV or XSLX files. You can copy from excel and paste […]