“Thumb Drive” Drive
As I consider upgrading my thumb drive from 128Mb to (dare I say) a gig or more, I thought this was a worthy cause for my old drive. The Non-Profit Inveneo is collecting thumb drives to distribute through their work in Africa. If you have a drive that has been buried in your desk organizer because your work has outgrown its capacity, consider sending it along.
I Think You’ll Find It’s a Bit More Complicated Than That: Amazon.co.uk: Ben Goldacre: 9780007462483: Books tags: toread science journalism complexity truth lies weekly 15 Unusual College Mottos | Mental Floss ” FACIO LIBEROS EX LIBERIS LIBRIS LIBRAQUE” I make free adults out of children by means of books and a balance. tags: weekly latin saying words language Medium is not a publishing tool — The Story — Medium Worth thinking about lots of this in terms of how we’re building the VCU tools/network. “A common phenomenon at the time was that people would start blogging on Blogger?—?because it was free, popular, and easy to set up?—?and then “graduate” to more powerful tools. Movable Type, Greymatter, and, later, WordPress, had a much higher barrier to entry (before WP had turnkey hosting). But once someone had discovered the joys of sharing thoughts on the Internet, they were willing to invest the effort in order to get the added features and flexibility that the install-on-your-server software afforded.” tags: weekly tools simple complex blogging It’s Okay To Be Smart • This week, The New York Times posted an awesome… “Creatures from mice to monkeys have been known to scurry in response to a song, often adding alarm calls of their own. These alarm calls could be a form of proto-language, capable of cross-species […]
Fan Is A Tool-Using Animal—dConstruct Conference Talk “But the fanfic people were doing something very different. They had converged on a set of elaborate tagging conventions that allowed them to turn Delicious into a custom search engine for fanfic.” “In my foolishness I asked, “Could you make me a list of those features? I’ll take a look, maybe some of it is easy to implement.” Oh yes, they could make make a list. I had summoned a very friendly Balrog.” “Here I’ve shown a paragraph where someone asks me if I can build a user search feature, and I reply at length about why that’s not trivial. At that point someone decides that it’s easier for them to just go build the feature on the spot. They set up a little app in Heroku that mapped Pinboard usernames to Delicious usernames. In the time it took me to explain why I couldn’t build the feature, someone did it for me and stuck a hyperlink into this document that is spiraling out of control.” @ddmeyer The other interesting analogy to the MTBoS I like is pinboard/fanfic: https://t.co/q9XVxshFUs tags: #fav folksonomy tagging fan construction weekly tag knowledge structure bookmarks thoughtvectors fanfic The Echo Chamber “how do folks continue to ignore facts? How have people’s viewpoints become so insular and isolated that any […]
Orthoprint, or How I Open-Sourced My Face | Amos Dudley tags: 3d printing teeth dentistry weekly Joe Freedman’s Amazing Cycloid Drawing Machine – YouTube tags: art engineering math make maker weekly An Infantryman Learns To Code — Inside DigitalOcean — Medium I wonder how often this opportunity is there but the person isn’t . . . seems like the very definition of computational thinking. “In the end, the tool was very crude but accomplished something very useful: It had a flow that ensured all the reports required by people on the ground, and above, were sent in a timely and orderly manner. Each step of that flow was almost entirely automated. Each button filled a template and put the text in the clipboard for copy-pasting in the chat. Events were timed automatically. Distances and time of travel were computed automatically. A dropdown menu facilitated entering common values. Big warning signs were visible when a time critical step was ongoing, or some important data was missing.” tags: programming computationalthinking compthink weekly thoughtvectors Everything Is Crumbling ~ Stephen Downes “We see an awful lot in our field about what “the research tells us”, typically stated in such a way as to suggest we are charlatans if we don’t go along with it. I see this a lot, on a daily basis. “The […]