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Thesis Statements? Makes for an interesting project for any kind of book and maybe an introduction to the concept of a theme/thesis statement. via It’s Okay to be Smart Staying Pure via Boing Boing I’ve posted on the Google Translation idea before but this video adds a decent introductory element (although I’m not sure kids today are familiar with the Fresh Prince). Can you create a sentence that isn’t corrupted by the Google Translation torture test? Who can create the longest sentence that remains pure? The most complex? When do things break down? Why? It might be fun to take the quotes of different authors and see what stays true and what ends up muddled. Then you breakdown why. Endless fun. Added to the Podcasts New to me, via Boing Boing Subscribe here (iTunes link). Words we ought to have in English 8. Tartle (Scots)The nearly onomatopoeic word for that panicky hesitation just before you have to introduce someone whose name you can’t quite remember. via The Week and a number of other people. I’d like to see what words kids would come up with that we need. It’d be a fun way to discuss when we need one word vs many. I’m also betting they’d come up with needed words that already exist in English. Plant Cell Compare to […]
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 […]
@twoodwar is this the T Woodward I I knew in Cola, SC?!?! I'm still recovering from those suicide kicks! #greengate pic.twitter.com/4HTaNHEi2N — auz1111 (@auz1111) April 7, 2017 That is me- back row, partially obscured (and not just by the camo). Pretty wild that John found me somehow and that we’re both involved in WordPress and web design stuff. It led me to look up another guy from that photo and a few seconds later . . . presto. He was even using that same picture as his avatar (because, as it turns out, they had a bet on who could find me on the Internets). Not world shaking but a fun connection to the past (30-ish years ago!) and one that inspired a bit of digital wandering. I’m relatively sure this is my house back in 5th/6th grade but I’m not entirely sure. I mainly identified it by the creek visible in the map view. I probably spent more time there than in the house. That’d definitely the pond where I used to fish and catch baby turtles (something of a family tradition now). I went to E.L. Wright M.S. before we moved to the hell that was 7th grade in Huntsville, Alabama’s creatively-named Huntsville Middle School.