links for 2007-10-19
A Surfeit of Salamanders: An Imagined Picture Book – Inkfish “If ever there was a scientific study that deserved to be a children’s picture book, this was it. Scientists belly-crawled through the forests of the Ozarks, flipping stones and looking for slimy things that wriggled away from them. They learned that the forest is secretly packed with salamanders in unfathomable numbers, as many as 10 times what earlier researchers had thought. The amphibians emerged as the hidden heroes of the woodland ecosystem.” tags: science research children book weekly A Strange New Gene Pool of Animals Is Brewing in the Arctic – Issue 101: In Our Nature – Nautilus “While it’s tempting to imagine a strange new Arctic teeming with “grolar bears” and “narlugas,”” tags: animals arctic weekly WikiGalaxy: A Visualization of Wikipedia Rabbit Holes – The Atlantic “I didn’t mean to find this out. And I really didn’t want to know that Air Buddy had to have his right hind leg amputated the same year he became a star. But I found out anyway, because I had wandered into a Wikipedia Rabbit Hole. “ tags: wikipedia rabbit holes associative trails thoughtvectors weekly Tuesdays with Moron: Chatological Humor Update – The Washington Post ” To read it is to bathe in filth.” tags: washington post weekly language quote In the ocean, […]
The botmaker who sees through the Internet – Ideas – The Boston Globe “Kazemi is part of a small but vibrant group of programmers who, in addition to making clever Web toys, have dedicated themselves to shining a spotlight on the algorithms and data streams that are nowadays humming all around us, and using them to mount a sharp social critique of how people use the Internet—and how the Internet uses them back. By imitating humans in ways both poignant and disorienting, Kazemi’s bots focus our attention on the power and the limits of automated technology, as well as reminding us of our own tendency to speak and act in ways that are essentially robotic. While they’re more conceptual art than activism, the bots Kazemi is creating are acts of provocation—ones that ask whether, as computers get better at thinking like us and shaping our behavior, they can also be rewired to spring us free. “ tags: weekly tweet bot twitter algorithms univ200 culture data Zimmer on writing: “Don’t make a ship in a bottle” “To write about anything well, you have to do a lot of research. Even just trying to work out the chronology of a few years of one person’s life can take hours of interviews. If you’re writing about a scientific debate, you may have to […]
So, it’s been a while since I felt like I just flat out sucked at a lesson. There’s a number of reasons for that. The main one is I don’t teach every day (or it’d happen a lot more often). Secondly, I’ve probably been doing too much in my comfort zone- a bad sign. And last of all, with this new position I’m doing lots of things but much of it within relative isolation or with people who are of like minds. Cue opportunity for the exact opposite of that. Circumstances Second day of two days of staffdev Day of week: Friday Time: 1:00 to 3:30 Topic: 21st Century Skills – Information Fluency and Research Teachers: 29 HS Math mixed with Career and Technical Ed. Setting: Crowded, warm and large lab tables Website: http://henricostaffdev.org/infofluency The math teachers had been rough before with the introductory 21st skill module. So I really wanted a shot at the math teachers. We’d been working frantically on creating all this content for about ten days. I’d felt pretty good about our take and how solid it was for most of the subjects but really didn’t like it for math. The basic idea was information fluency consisted of a cycle of five things.