Why you should never ever eat a garden slug | TreeHugger According to news reports, 19-year-old Sam Ballard caved into a dare to swallow a slug. Tragically for Ballard, the slug came with the roundworm parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis, AKA the punk-rock-sounding rat lungworm. While when mature these parasites take residence in rats, in their youth they sometimes call slugs and snails home, creating a potential menace for anyone consuming raw or undercooked creatures harboring the parasite.
As Mindy Weisberger writes for LiveSceince , “In Ballard’s case, the parasite caused a serious brain infection. He fell into a coma for 420 days and was paralyzed from the neck down when he was released from the hospital three years later….” Ballard remains paralyzed and requires full-time care
Kleptocrat Kleptocrat is a unique game of strategy and tactics, based on real-life patterns of money laundering and offshore structuring that have been used by actual corrupt public officials… that is, until they got caught. This game, created by The Mintz Group, a global investigative firm that specializes in tracing assets, offers you insight into the strategies of the corrupt, as well as those who are trying to bring them to justice. Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance – Bloomberg He started a spreadsheet, Scums.xlsx, to keep track. xkcd: Bad Code “it just looks bad because it’s a spreadsheet formula” Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers | EdSurge News The secret to its swift entry into publishing was OER (open education resources). Rather than hire authors to write textbooks from scratch, the company is now curating open-educational materials already on the internet. Firefighters attempt to contain Bel-Air blaze ahead of the strong winds expected Thursday night – LA Times The Los Angeles Police Department asked drivers to avoid navigation apps, which are steering users onto more open routes — in this case, streets in the neighborhoods that are on fire. Food taboos: their origins and purposes the Ache people, i.e., hunters and gatherers of the Paraguayan jungle. […]
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Is white space always your friend? – Questions in Dataviz “most people would agree that white space is your friend, but empty space is not” I’m Maria Popova, and This Is How I Work Occupation: Curiosity Architect Gallery | Tableau Public Tableau hits What I Use to Visualize Data | FlowingData Always nice to see what other people use to do things. Data looks better naked — Darkhorse Analytics | Edmonton, AB simplify data viz gif Coding the Law: Student Work Challenge: For a given jurisdiction, create a “chatbot” to determine if someone is eligible for appointed counsel, fee waivers, or the like. The bot should provide users with a set of action items to obtain any such aid, including copies of any applicable court forms pre-filled with data obtained from interaction with the bot. Cellograffiti by Ches – Neatorama Pen Plotter Art & Algorithms, Part 1 the physical/digital blend I find interesting