“Those looking for a challenge might try their hand at transcribing the English-Alabama and Alabama-English dictionary. Compiled from 1906 to 1913, the massive work includes thousands of vocabulary terms. Volumes three and four still need some work.
“Michael Daniel thinks “being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction”; Ed Felten counters, “Imagine reaction if White House economic advisor bragged about lack of economics knowledge, or Attorney General bragged about lack of legal expertise.””
Congressman Mark Takano grades politician tags: congress english annotate politics persuasion weekly Superheroes: Why does Superman wear red underwear over his costume? – Quora “Keeping your colors simple was the best way to do this but it restricted character design and forced them to create an inventive way to make the character stand out. Esthetics and the superhero persona. Working within the limitations I described above, comic book artists took great strides to make powerful and lasting impressions. Right or wrong and consciously or not, this led to emphasizing hyper masculine or hyper feminine character traits to make the characters seem larger than life on such a simple format. We often see color changes or divisions at the waist, groin, feet, hands and chest. This allows the characters to have certain “attributes” stand out.” tags: superheroes superman underwear quora weekly Thomson Reuters Halts Early Peeks – WSJ.com Information = Money = Information = Power = Money “In the case of the University of Michigan’s consumer-confidence survey, Thomson Reuters was scheduled in 2013 to pay $1.1 million to be the exclusive distributor of the closely watched report. According to the contract obtained by the Journal, Thomson Reuters is allowed to release the survey results to certain high-paying subscribers two seconds before it is made public. Marketing materials produced by Thomson Reuters […]
A long march to the end of the world – Boing Boing “In 2011, a man calling himself Kurt Mac began walking his Minecraft avatar to the end of the world — the place where the game’s ability to create new land ahead of you starts to break down. It’s called The Far Lands and it’s a long journey to get there. So long, in fact, that Mac is still walking, and isn’t likely to reach The Far Lands for another 22 years. In the meantime, though, he has managed to build a large enough YouTube following that he was able to quit his job and now just walks to The Far Lands for a living. “ tags: weekly minecraft culture internet The Paper Town Academy: John Green at TEDxIndianapolis Imagining learning as cartography. tags: paper town reality mapping youtube dataviz meta weekly n+1: The Stupidity of Computers I’m not sure this writer has ever given instruction to people but it’s not that different. tags: computers bots language thinking weekly It all bends “Several years later, they discovered Agloe on a Rand McNally map and confronted their competitor. But Rand was innocent: It had got the name from the county government, which had taken it from the Agloe General Store, which now occupied the intersection. The store had taken the […]
How Einstein Thought: Fostering Combinatorial Creativity and Unconscious Connections | Brain Pickings “Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought.” tags: einstein thought creativity connections weekly School for poetic computation “school for poetic computation is an artist run school launching this fall in New York. A small group of students and faculty will work closely to explore the intersections of code, design, hardware and theory — focusing especially on artistic intervention. It’s a 10 week program, a hybrid of residency and research group, that will happen multiple times per year to be a powerboost for creativity. Our motto is: more poems less demos.” h/t Gardner Campbell tags: code poetry language beauty programming computer english weekly 10 Rules of Internet – Anil Dash “Most websites treat “I like it” and “This is good” as the same thing, leading to most people on the Internet refusing to distinguish between “I don’t like it” and “It’s not good”. When a company or industry is facing changes to its business due to technology, it will argue against the need for change based on the moral importance of its work, rather than trying to understand the social underpinnings. “ tags: rules internet society weekly Why Life in America Can Literally Drive You Insane | Alternet ” Many of us, sadly, are ashamed […]