Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-05-01

  • BBC – Future – Facebook is a growing and unstoppable digital graveyard
    The numbers of the dead on Facebook are growing fast. By 2012, just eight years after the platform was launched, 30 million users with Facebook accounts had died. That number has only gone up since. Some estimates claim more than 8,000 users die each day.
    At some point in time, there will be more dead Facebook users than living ones. Facebook is a growing and unstoppable digital graveyard.

  • RetroFab: A Design Tool for Retrofitting Physical Interfaces using Actuators, Sensors and 3D Printing | Autodesk Research
    RetroFab, an end-to-end design and fabrication environment that allows non-experts to retrofit physical interfaces.

  • SVG beyond mere shapes – OpenVis talk
    really nice work and in reveal js and on github

  • Ocean Fleets Ltd. 1974/75 – Context is Half the Work
    The conflict adversely affected Levantis’ relationship with the rest of the crew. Reflecting on the whole experience, a representative of Ocean Fleets said that the presence of an artist was indeed well received, but had no lasting effect on the company, noting: “If we had wanted some kind of sociologist aboard, I’d have hired a sociologist.”

  • Making work into an artform | Little AtomsArtist Placemennt Group
    In 1966, whilst working as a part-time lecturer at Central Saint Martins School of Art, he and his then student Barry Flanagan borrowed a copy of Clement Greenberg’s seminal text Art and Culture from the university library. Later, during a house party, Latham and Flanagan gave each guest a page torn from the book and asked them to chew it. The chewed paper was then collected, fermented, distilled into alcohol and placed in a vial. Latham returned the vial to the library when the overdue book was finally requested and subsequently lost his job.

  • The history of ‘this website is well-crafted’ hints | Holovaty.com
    Around 2015, browser vendors began implementing a feature called service workers. Among other things, this lets your site work offline, thanks to a special cache and the ability to intercept web requests via JavaScript.

    It’s clear to me, studying the history, that service workers are the next big “well-crafted” hint. The signs and similarities are all there. Today, they’re used mostly by fringe sites, in an experimental fashion. It’s inevitable that in a short generation they’ll become common and expected. Progressive Web Apps are clearly the future. The tools will catch up, developers will educate themselves and browser support will increase.

  • We all thought this dangerous trend affecting our kids had stopped, but it didn’t – The Washington Post
    “The data they cited is perfectly accurate, but when you look at trends it matters where you start,” said Asheley Skinner, who is a scientist at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, a research arm of the Duke University School of Medicine. “This is a case where you can tell two pretty different stories, but only one of them is right.”

    Skinner is the lead author of a new study published this month in the journal Obesity. The study used data from the same annual survey, but reached a different conclusion. Despite a widespread belief, tied at least in part to the 2014 CDC report, that childhood obesity is trending downward, it argues that the opposite is true: childhood obesity might not be growing quite as fast as it used to, but it’s still growing. The progress among 2 to 5 year olds, the study argues, is overstated.

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