Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)
The Rise of Twitter Bots : The New Yorker “What drives affection for Tofu is less narcissism than reliable ersatz companionship in Twitter’s crowded, cliquey lunchroom; Tofu Product is everyone’s imaginary friend.” “One of my first bots was Exosaurs, which combined Wikipedia’s list of dinosaur species and the Kepler telescope’s list of confirmed exoplanets—both freely available datasets—into an hourly feed of extrasolar mega-reptiles. The bot also credits each Exosaur “discovery” to one of its followers—“ryanpeeler, Gyposaurus of HD 290327 b”—creating a low-grade sweepstakes of speculative biology. When Exosaurs failed to recognize the programmer Ramsey Nasser after a few days, he created the bot “Fuck Exosaurs” to spew profanities at Exosaurs until it awarded him Santanaraptor of PSR B1257+12 c. Soon afterward, the novelist and coder Robin Sloan created Exoriders, which assigns each new Exosaur an intrepid galactic travel-mate, deepening the lore of an accidental universe. Exosaurs now has a community site, a leaderboard, and Exoslash—a bot I made to respond to Robin’s bot with auto-generated Exorider erotica. Richard Dunlop-Waters later made Law & Order: EXO to demonstrate that this kind of one-upmanship can only lead to brutal space murder.” h/t Jon Becker tags: twitterbot weekly mechanized Twitter Fan Wiki / Bots Old but interesting examples of types and examples of Twitterbots. Considering building a response bot. tags: twitterbot list weekly […]
ActiveLit “Set up your own private area for creating and playing interactive stories and text-based games. Find out more” tags: english tool cyoa chooseyourownadventure writing games creativity itrt weekly McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Why a Gorilla Nanny is the Right Choice for Our Family. Makes for an interesting way to research and write about any animal . . . tags: gorilla nanny McSweeney’s animal creative writing writingprompt english weekly The problem with education? Children aren’t feral enough | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian My children are feral but I’m working on taking them to the next level. I do wonder if it’s less about wilderness per se and more about real experiences. You could probably do many things in the city/suburbs that would engage kids in a similar way. tags: education children feral outdoors freerange itrt weekly The Cursing Stone – Futility Closet This is a serious curse. tags: curse weekly from the top of their head to the soles of their feet, before and behind, within and without. I take from them, and cast down all the good deeds that ever they did, or shall do The Pain and the Glory: Running Iowa’ BIG Competency Based School | ThinkThankThunk tags: thinkthankthunk competency project itrt weekly It’s not about pigeon-holing the project, it’s about being open to […]
Education Outrage: In education, the goal should not be test scores but happiness “Teaching history in school usually spreads propaganda, typically about how great one’s country is.” tags: weekly history quote schrank Millennium Camera Documents Next 1,000 Years Of Change “The camera, which is a relatively simple construct similar to a pinhole camera, is designed to take one long exposure of the Tempe skyline until 3015, when the resulting photograph will go on display at the Arizona State University Art Museum in a month-long exhibition. “ tags: photography technology weekly camera time change tweet BBC News – DR Congo seeks Virunga park boundary change “You, Europeans, you have eaten all your animals,” Joseph Pili Pili, a senior official from the Congolese Ministry of Hydrocarbons, told the BBC, “and now you ask us to turn our backs on money the country desperately needs, the people desperately need, to protect animals?” h/t Harper’s Weekly tags: weekly quote Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.