Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-11-17
Fraidycat is a browser extension for Firefox or Chrome. (Just those right now – it’s brand-new, quite experimental.) I use it to follow people (hundreds) on whatever platform they choose – Twitter, a blog, YouTube, even on a public TiddlyWiki.
- cowlicks/privacypossum: Privacy Possum makes tracking you less profitable
Privacy Possum makes tracking you less profitable. Companies gobble up data about you to create an asymmetry of information that they leverage for profit in ever expanding ways. Their profit comes from your informational disadvantage. Privacy Possum monkey wrenches common commercial tracking methods by reducing and falsifying the data gathered by tracking companies.
- liyasthomas/postwoman: ? API request builder – A free, fast, and beautiful alternative to Postman https://postwoman.io ?
API request builder – A free, fast, and beautiful alternative to Postman
- Statements: Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President: Indiana University Bloomington
His latest posts slurring women were picked up by a person with a heavily followed Twitter account, and various officials at Indiana University have been inundated in the last few days with demands that he be fired. We cannot, nor would we, fire Professor Rasmusen for his posts as a private citizen, as vile and stupid as they are, because the First Amendment of the United States Constitution forbids us to do so. That is not a close call.
- Lynn Fisher – lynnandtonic.com
This is pretty awesome.
- 149 | xkcd or the art of data storytelling with web cartoons – Data Stories
Well worth listening to. I should write a post about it but if I don’t, I at least tried to get you to hear this.
- Constructivist Foundations
covered in the journal include the theory of autopoietic systems, enactivism, radical constructivism, second-order cybernetics, neurophenomenology, constructionism, and non-dualizing philosophy.
- The Efficiency-Destroying Magic of Tidying Up – Florent Crivello
But as we start using algorithms to design things, we get results that look a lot more chaotic than that, confirming that our intuitive preference for “straight line” designs has nothing to do with performance — it just comes from our limited ability to reason about more complex solutions. Ironically, it’s us humans who think like robots.
- Tinyland, a very, very small Dynamicland | Emma Smith
- Phineas Fisher Offers $100,000 Bounty to Hack Banks and Oil Companies – VICE
“I robbed a bank and gave the money away,” Phineas Fisher wrote in the manifesto. “Computer hacking is a powerful tool to fight economic inequality.”
- e-Hallpass is one of many apps tracking students’ personal data like trips to the bathroom – The Washington Post
“As a parent, why am I having to go through this? Why is the principal of our school on a first-name basis with the CEO of a company who is collecting data about our kids?” said Phatak.
- A Student’s Guide to Tropical Marine Biology – Simple Book Publishing
Student created pressbook from Keene State students