Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-05-08

  • Encouraging the Impulse to Annotate – Todd’s Brain
    Glossing with social media involves the creation of conversational “layers” which adhere to the original text and produce a richer cultural artifact so that the original text is not obscured, but enhanced. Gloss suggests the multiple veneers that adolescents create to make texts their own. Glossing also denotes the slipperiness of the online world—the Internet being a frictionless distribution system.

  • A Video Game That Tailors Its Terrors to Your Anxiety
    “Affectiva’s emotion-sensing software watches the player’s facial expressions for signs of emotional distress. The heart rate sensors, on the other hand, pick up indications of physiological distress.” So, in a way, it’s a different experience, and you could combine both for an even more responsive game.

  • In Oracle v. Google, a Nerd Subculture Is on Trial | Motherboard
    “The G part stands for GNU?” Alsup asked in disbelief.

    “Yes,” said Schwartz on the stand.

    “That doesn’t make any sense,” said the 71-year-old Clinton appointee.

  • Introduction :: Eloquent JavaScript
    There will be times when reading this book feels terribly frustrating. If you are new to programming, there will be a lot of new material to digest. Much of this material will then be combined in ways that require you to make additional connections.

    It is up to you to make the necessary effort. When you are struggling to follow the book, do not jump to any conclusions about your own capabilities. You are fine—you just need to keep at it. Take a break, reread some material, and always make sure you read and understand the example programs and exercises. Learning is hard work, but everything you learn is yours and will make subsequent learning easier.

    The computer programmer is a creator of universes for which he [sic] alone is responsible. Universes of virtually unlimited complexity can be created in the form of computer programs.

    Joseph Weizenbaum, Computer Power and Human Reason

  • Edge.org
    In short, what today’s flexible software is threatening is to “free” us from the drudgery of all repetitive tasks rather than those of lowest value, pushing us away from expertise (A) which we know how to impart, toward ingenious Rube Goldberg like opportunities (B) unsupported by any proven educational model. This shift in emphasis from jobs to opportunities is great news for a tiny number of creatives of today, but deeply troubling for a majority who depend on stable and cyclical work to feed families. The opportunities of the future should be many and lavishly rewarded, but it is unlikely that they will ever return in the form of stable jobs.

  • 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.

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