“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 saw a post on BoingBoing about the Open Cola project. To me it looks like the perfect combination of a science project and a way to delve into some health topics related to soft drinks. It’s probably a high school level project as some of the ingredients can burn skin (which is kind of odd). You end up with a real world product that kids would be excited to make the option to experiment with different concentrations of flavor a way to start talking about how much sugar is in the cokes they’re drinking you could also do some taste testing based on the experiments in different concentrations and then you’ve got some statistics to go over
Terasem, Transhumanism and the Singularity: Technology and Religion – TIME “These are satellite dishes, but they aren’t for TV. They’re meant for dispatching “mindfiles,” the memories, thoughts and feelings of people who wish to create digital copies of themselves and fling them into space with the belief that they’ll eventually reach some benevolent alien species.” Flinging mindfiles in to space in pursuit of immortality http://t.co/PHkFcvCzzj h/t @DavidRCroteau #english #philosophy #writingprompt — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) April 18, 2014 tags: IFTTT Twitter weekly technology self immortality Planning to Share versus Just Sharing (FROM 2008) “(This is a long post, born out of years of frustration with ineffective institutional collaborations. If you only want the highlights, here they are: grow your network by sharing, not planning to share or deciding who to share with; the tech doesn’t determine the sharing – if you want to share, you will; weave your network by sharing what you can, and they will share what they can – people won’t share [without a lot of added incentives] stuff that’s not easy or compelling for them to share. Create virtuous cycles that amplify network effects. Given the right ‘set,’ simple tech is all they need to get started.)” tags: weekly sharing Our Cubicles, Ourselves: How the Modern Office Shapes American Life – Rebecca J. Rosen – The Atlantic […]
New perspectives – what’s wrong with TED talks? Benjamin Bratton at TEDxSanDiego 2013 – Re:Think – YouTube tags: ted talks complexity weekly We Didn’t Eat the Marshmallow. The Marshmallow Ate Us. – NYTimes.com “The marshmallow study captured the public imagination because it is a funny story, easily told, that appears to reduce the complex social and psychological question of why some people succeed in life to a simple, if ancient, formulation: Character is destiny. Except that in this case, the formulation isn’t coming from the Greek philosopher Heraclitus or from a minister preaching that “patience is a virtue” but from science, that most modern of popular religions.” tags: black white true false weekly marshmallow simple complex veltman/principles “Cool URLs don’t change.” “Assume that people won’t read the instructions.” tags: webdesign principals web design weekly How Did Toast Become the Latest Artisanal Food Craze? – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society tags: toast food artisanal weekly “Language is fossil poetry” – Ralph Waldo Emerson h/t @gardnercampbell “The etymologist finds the deadest word to have been once a brilliant picture. Language is fossil poetry. As the limestone of the continent consists of infinite masses of the shells of animalcules, so language is made up of images or tropes, which now, in their secondary use, have long ceased to remind us of their […]