Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-10-18
- Niche Sports Are No Longer an Ivy League Admissions Plan – The Atlantic
n May, Brown announced the permanent elimination of fencing and squash. In July, the Ivy League conference officially canceled fall sports and warned that the spring season could be next. In a press release, Harvard said its department of athletics, a sprawling fiefdom that includes 42 varsity sports, would temporarily pivot to “wellness programming.” Soon after, Stanford dropped 11 varsity programs, including fencing, squash, and men’s crew, citing factors such as gender equity, potential savings, and fan interest.
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My FreeCell Win Percentage is All I Have – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency The events of 2016 and ensuing chaos that seems to be 2017 have destroyed every illusion of control I thought I had over my life. So no, I do not think I’m placing too much weight on the value of my FreeCell win percentage, thank you very much. This site is “taking the edge off rant mode” by making readers pass a quiz before commenting » Nieman Journalism Lab Digital security is a controversial topic, and the conversation around security issues can become heated. But the conversation in the comments of the article was respectful and productive: Commenters shared links to books and other research, asked clarifying questions, and offered constructive feedback. The team at NRKbeta attributes the civil tenor of its comments to a feature it introduced last month. On some stories, potential commenters are now required to answer three basic multiple-choice questions about the article before they’re allowed to post a comment. (For instance, in the digital surveillance story: “What does DGF stand for?”) Exploring the world of digital detoxing | The Policy and Internet Blog The analogy between sugary, salty, or fatty foods and seductive technologies is drawn a lot — it was even made by danah boyd in 2009. Digital detoxing comes from a […]
An Airbnb guesthouse of horrors – The Boston Globe “Sorry about the confusion. Life’s too short for me to give you an explanation. Have a nice time in LA.” “I just know” replaces systematic reviews at top of evidence pyramid“After much research and deliberation, we feel we cannot ignore what a parent or conspiracy theorist feels “in their gut”. There are just too many anecdotes and too many people buying untested alternative health products to ignore this any longer,” explained SHEA spokesman Dr. Harold Rami. New U.S. Weapons Systems Are a Hackers’ Bonanza, Investigators Find – The New York TimesSometimes the testing teams toyed with their Pentagon targets. One team “reported that they caused a pop-up message to appear on users’ terminals instructing them to insert two quarters to continue operating.” Enigma PublicWe’ve curated the world’s broadest collection of public data into a single searchable, explorable web portal and API. awesomedata/awesome-public-datasets: A topic-centric list of high-quality open datasets in public domains. New PR ???This list of a topic-centric public data sources in high quality. They are collected and tidied from blogs, answers, and user responses. Most of the data sets listed below are free, however, some are not. Other amazingly awesome lists can be found in sindresorhus’s awesome list. A philosopher explains how our addiction to stories keeps us from […]
Online Learning Student Experience is the New Climbing Wall –This work is going to require new levels of collegiality and shared imagination. It will also require enormous attention to detail. When serendipity works in residential education, one reason it does so is because the student is physically surrounded by people who can help. Students are less likely to fall through the cracks when their dorm mate or classmate or advisor or professor or random student on the quad can show them how to leap over a particular crack. Online, the opposite is often true. Randomness is an enemy more often than a friend because the cues for where to go and what to do have to be consciously created, as must be the environment that encourages the formation of social support networks. VidReader – The very first smart reader for videos.We use smart technologies (NLP + AI) to create well-formatted interactive transcripts for your videos. Now you can read, search, share, and locate a sentence within any videos in seconds. Get started with a YouTube link below! The True Colors of America’s Political Spectrum Are Gray and Green – The New York TimesLike some stuff we might do with colorthief.js and screen captures of various websites h/t Jeff Amazon Drivers Are Hanging Smartphones in Trees to Get More Work – […]