links for 2007-10-19
A long march to the end of the world – Boing Boing “In 2011, a man calling himself Kurt Mac began walking his Minecraft avatar to the end of the world — the place where the game’s ability to create new land ahead of you starts to break down. It’s called The Far Lands and it’s a long journey to get there. So long, in fact, that Mac is still walking, and isn’t likely to reach The Far Lands for another 22 years. In the meantime, though, he has managed to build a large enough YouTube following that he was able to quit his job and now just walks to The Far Lands for a living. “ tags: weekly minecraft culture internet The Paper Town Academy: John Green at TEDxIndianapolis Imagining learning as cartography. tags: paper town reality mapping youtube dataviz meta weekly n+1: The Stupidity of Computers I’m not sure this writer has ever given instruction to people but it’s not that different. tags: computers bots language thinking weekly It all bends “Several years later, they discovered Agloe on a Rand McNally map and confronted their competitor. But Rand was innocent: It had got the name from the county government, which had taken it from the Agloe General Store, which now occupied the intersection. The store had taken the […]
FREE BEER Free as in speech . . . tags: free beer weekly creativecommons Amanda Palmer on Creativity as Connecting Dots and the Terrifying Joy of Sharing Your Art Online | Brain Pickings tags: creativity amanda palmer weekly “the impulse to connect the dots and share what you’ve connected” is not only what makes a great artist or writer but also, unequivocally, what makes a great scientist. In order for it to work, the door must remain unlocked. People might enter without knocking, they might crash your party and drink your wine. Let them in, and let them drink — because you might meet somebody interesting. “Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter | Brain Pickings “He cites Socrates’s parable of the Egyptian god Theuth and how he invented writing, offering it as a gift to the king of Egypt, Thamus, who met the present with defiant indignation: This discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. The specific which you have discovered is an aid not to memory, but to reminiscence, and you give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth; they will be hearers of many things and […]
Falcons imprison live birds to keep them fresh for a later meal | New Scientist tags: falcons birds meal biology weekly Your Speech Is Packed With Misunderstood, Unconscious Messages – Facts So Romantic – Nautilus “designers of synthesized voice systems have begun experimenting with the insertion of naturalistic disfluencies into artificial speech.” tags: future human weekly How to Design A Modern Office Space for Optimism “When you look around an office, nine times out of 10 you can tell if it was designed for fear. How does fear manifest in space? High walls. No windows. Closed spaces. By extracting management from the doers and makers of the company, there’s plausible deniability. When conversation is inhibited by high-walled cubicles, information is controlled. And to effectively instill fear in office culture, you have to control information. You have to make sure teams are segmented into departments, information is transmitted linearly and power is centralized.” tags: spaces learning office design weekly Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.