Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-10-29
- Theme 1: The information environment will not improve. The problem is human nature | Pew Research Center
Theme 1: The information environment will not improve. The problem is human nature
- Why an (interactive) picture is worth a thousand numbers – O’Reilly Media
Miriah Meyer explores how interactive visualizations can help us find meaning in mounds of data.
- MNT Reform: DIY Portable Computer
For a long time, I wanted a portable personal computer which you can…
Repair by yourself with parts from the hardware store or 3D printing
Thoroughly understand on any level
Take apart, modify and upgrade without regret
Adapt to your tastes and use cases, staying with you for many years
In Summer/Autumn 2017 I teamed up with industrial designer Ana Dantas to make this machine happen. Three months later, I can type this article on the first prototype of Reform, our DIY portable computer.
- Fact Checks | Search | Google Developers
If you have a web page that reviews a claim made by others, you can include a ClaimReview structured data element on your web page. This element enables Google Search results to show a summarized version of your fact check when your page appears in search results for that claim.
- The world’s biggest grave robbery: Asia’s disappearing WWII shipwrecks | World news | The Guardian
Experts said grave diggers might be looking for even more precious treasures – steel plating made before the nuclear testing era, which filled the atmosphere with radiation. These submerged ships are one of the last sources of “low background steel”, virtually radiation-free and vital for some scientific and medical equipment.
- Challenge Creator & the Desmos Classroom – dy/dan
Why are students so engaged by their tablets, phones, and laptops outside of class and so bored by them inside of class?
- May | 2013 | The Florida Litigator
Additionally, you may want to consider ignoring such catchphrases as “Please Govern Yourself Accordingly.” What does that mean anyway? Wouldn’t it be better to simply use English and say – – “if you do not respond, you will be sued.” I like that better; it is more direct and there is no doubt as to what the consequences will be if the opposing party fails to respond.
- He Said He Wanted a ‘Lawyer[,] Dog’; The Court Ruled That Was Too Vague – Hit & Run : Reason.com
“If y’all, this is how I feel, if y’all think I did it, I know that I didn’t do it so why don’t you just give me a lawyer dog cause this is not what’s up.”
h/t Tressie Cottom
- LONDON’s PARAKEETS – Jonni Walker | Tableau Public
h/t Jeff Everhart
- The Massively Friendly World of Competitive Giant Pumpkin Growing – Atlas Obscura
“We’re to the point where we pass out seeds, hand out information, invite everybody to come to our meetings and tell them everything we know,” Jutras says. “If people want to do the work, I hope they do and grow a personal best … We have a saying: ‘You don’t grow these from the couch.’”
—–is it when ideas get separated from additional work that people get secretive and weird?
h/t Jon Becker
- Daydream Labs: Accessibility in VR
. So we’ve been exploring how spatial audio cues can be used for navigating and interacting with virtual environments.
- This Light Bulb Confuses Smartphone Cameras To Protect | Co.Design
Researchers have developed a new light that can protect locker rooms and stage performances from omnipresent smartphone surveillance.
— world is going to get stranger and stranger as machines fight and cooperate with one another in ways we can’t see/hear (that whole umwelt thing)
- -andre bergs-
Protanopia is a digital comic for Ipad and Iphone. Created as an experiment into the possibilities of digital comics. Using elements from 3D and 2D animation in a realtime game engine, it creates an unique visual style, whilst still having a familiar feeling.