The Tyranny of Stuctureless
“but too great a diversity among members of a task-oriented group means only that they continually misunderstand each other. Such diverse people interpret words and actions differently. They have different expectations about each other’s behavior and judge the results according to different criteria. If everyone knows everyone else well enough to understand the nuances, these can be accommodated. Usually, they only lead to confusion and endless hours spent straightening out conflicts no one ever thought would arise.”
h/t David C.
Clint Lalonde on Twitter: “Video I made 6 years ago to show a WordPress thing to classmate was pumped up by some @twoodwar shortcode http://t.co/X7Fgeuf2HD”
Internet karma sometimes takes a while to gestate.
Sun Devils | Confessions of a Community College Dean | InsideHigherEd
“But then, McMillan Cottom noted the following, from page 28 of the agreement:
d. Non-InstitutionX MOOCs: Institution will evaluate other MOOCs offered on the edX site and, subject to appropriate review and approval, consider offering Institution credit for a fee to edX learners who earn, or have earned, verified certificates of achievement for such non-InstitutionX MOOCs.
And I thought, wow. That’s either terribly written boilerplate or evil genius.”
Twitter has a huge problem — and it’s all in your head
These people don’t use/think about Twitter the way I use/think about Twitter.
Ariel Waldman » Adults Are The Future
“In 1998, a National Science Foundation report made a remark that begins to hit the mark a little closer:
“It is important to understand how individuals assess their own knowledge of these subjects. For many purposes … it is the individual’s self-assessment of his or her knowledge that will either encourage or discourage a given behavior.”
This starts to tear down the wall of judging people based on how “well-informed” or “attentive” they are (terms that permeate these statistics reports) to science, and instead places more significance on an individual’s assessment of themselves. To go further, I’d argue that “knowledge” isn’t as telltale of a measurement as “experience”.”
Brave Mountain Lion Fends Off Group Of Hikers | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source
“Outnumbered four to one, the cougar, fearing for its life, somehow managed to stay calm. It remained perfectly still in a crouched position and stared directly at the hikers, in the hopes that they would simply pass by. The hikers, however, were undeterred. They began shrieking loudly, clapping their hands, and throwing sticks and rocks at the animal in an apparent attempt to injure it.
“Nothing can prepare a mountain lion for an encounter with four hikers,” said park ranger Kenneth Meiggs, noting that it is unusual to find hikers in that particular area of the woods. “In order to defend itself, the cougar had to rely on pure instinct alone.””