Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-08-23

Nadine Batchelor-Hunt | ???? ?????? on Twitter: “I just found out that “abracadabra” comes from Aramaic meaning ‘I create like the word’ (‘???? ?????’), and from the Hebrew for “I create as I speak” – and this is definit Customers aren’t satisfied with virtual college — Joanne JacobsIn addition, regulations keep lower-cost alternatives out of the market. To gain eligibility for federal financial aid, innovative programs must be accredited, writes Akers. They are “judged based on how they educate students (e.g., curriculum, faculty, manner of instruction) rather than on the outcomes they produce.” She proposes creating a pay-for-performance system that looks at outputs, such as first-year earnings and student loan repayment rates. — it’s almost like we can’t understand how this would also create really terrible results in the long run. xkcd: Synonym DateThe perfect English challenge. Stephanie McCarter on Twitter: “The masks I’m making for my Vergil students. https://t.co/xLEmeQGo6B” / Twitter Two.js: ExamplesTwo.js is a two-dimensional drawing api geared towards modern web browsers. It is renderer agnostic enabling the same api to draw in multiple contexts: svg, canvas, and webgl. Survivalism – WikipediaGet your terms right for the coming SHTF. 30 Completely Unrelated Movies Described In One Sentence That Perfectly Fits Them Both | Bored PandaFeels like a useful prompt. Scientific Illustration | Julia Moore Illustration | United StatesA […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-08-16

How Two British Orthodontists Became Celebrities to Incels – The New York TimesMike especially appreciated the words of Marcus Follin, a Swedish bodybuilder and ethnonationalist vlogger who calls himself the Golden One. In a popular video, the Golden One explained to his 100,000 subscribers how “mewing” could help return vigor and good looks to modern men. After the British Orthodontic Society expelled Mike, the Golden One rallied his followers to spread mewing videos in order to combat Mike’s orthodontic “adversaries,” who he said had a “vested interest” in silencing the Mews. We’d Love to Join Your Learning Pod – McSweeney’s Internet TendencyWe’ve been asked to join other multimodal sensory learning Hamptons pods, but your pod sounds AMAZING — so Laura Ingalls Wilder one-room schoolhouse meets Hunger Games, but in the best way. In this time when kids aren’t getting enough hugs, your pod seems full of hygge. I love that the students will learn to finger knit the words GOOD TROUBLE, and I agree that archery really should be considered the sport of this pandemic. And you’re certainly never too young to grow your own ingredients to make vegetarian haggis. InfoWars Reporter Hailed As a Deep State Victim. The Cops Say She Just Robbed Her Mom.The trio’s alleged attempts to lie to officers were so obvious to authorities that they […]


Recent Work – July-ish Edition

Life is like a box of chaos and Forrest Gump was/is a descendent of Nathan Bedford Forrest and I’ve never read the Forrest Gump book. It’s always been difficult for me to keep track of what I did. I’m good about managing what’s in progress but once it’s done it fades from memory fairly quickly. It’s been worse lately as there’s just a lot going on. That is the purpose of writing these posts and really the main purpose of this blog over the years. I tend to look back at a few places to jog my memory when I write these- my calendar, github commits, codepen, and the YouTube videos I’ve made. Not perfect but it gets me started. It’s always amazing how much I forget until prompted. If anyone has better paths, I’d be interested in hearing about them. WordPress-y Things Lots going on with WordPress. I think I’m making some marked improvement on my overall design skills lately. I’ll credit Matt Roberts for inspiring me to up my game on that end. I’ve always cared what things look like but I think I’m better able to pull the whole thing together in a way that feels more unified now. Motivation in Context This is a lab site that has some custom post types and a nice relationship […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-08-09

Basant ???? on Twitter: “The bridge was built to last. Then the river changed course. https://t.co/zYSVEpBWzQ” / TwitterThere’s a message in here somewhere. China’s Artificial Intelligence Surveillance State Goes Global – The AtlanticThe nanny apps work in tandem with the police, who spot-check phones at checkpoints, scrolling through recent calls and texts. Even an innocent digital association—being in a group text with a recent mosque attendee, for instance—could result in detention. Staying off social media altogether is no solution, because digital inactivity itself can raise suspicions. The police are required to note when Uighurs deviate from any of their normal behavior patterns. Their database wants to know if Uighurs start leaving their home through the back door instead of the front. It wants to know if they spend less time talking to neighbors than they used to. Electricity use is monitored by an algorithm for unusual use, which could indicate an unregistered resident. What the SAT’s Adversity Score Means for Its Racist Past – The Atlantic The original Scholastic Aptitude Test was invented in 1926 by Carl Brigham, a Princeton alumnus and avowed eugenicist who created the test to uphold a racial caste system. He advanced this theory of standardized testing as a means of upholding racial purity in his book A Study of American Intelligence. Conversation Piece – Futility […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-08-02

Sean M Elliott on Twitter: “@2tonbug @willsybee Gary Larson has a *lot* to say about this. https://t.co/s6m8628iXw” / TwitterThe last paragraph on the left is worth reading. Especially in the days of audience research etc. Software that monitors students during tests perpetuates inequality and violates their privacy | MIT Technology ReviewSoftware that monitors students during tests perpetuates inequality and violates their privacy — might as well say it twice Dunderville SwiftOnSecurity on Twitter: “Someone broke into my garage and stole my car and I didn’t know since I haven’t been driving.” / TwitterA strange story and the Tile aspect is interesting. Abraham Lincoln’s Annual Message to Congress — Concluding RemarksWe can succeed only by concert. It is not “can any of us imagine better?” but, “can we all do better?” The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-07-26

Zoom doesn’t need to be awful: Lessons from video chat historyMore importantly, this is a moment when we desperately need online environments that encourage dialogue between people from different backgrounds and perspectives—that are inclusive of more diverse forms of participation than “Hollywood Squares” allows. The current Zoom environment only sets us back from this goal by reinforcing an interaction model that has been rightly criticized for reflecting and perpetuating the worst instincts of professional meeting culture, such as power-hoarding and individualism. The H5P PB Kitchen – Cooking with H5P & Pressbooksh/t @cogdog Snake Handling | The First Amendment EncyclopediaState courts have consistently upheld the state laws as reasonable health and safety regulations, such as the Court of Appeals of Kentucky in Lawson v. Commonwealth (1942) and the Alabama Court of Appeals in Hill v. State (1956). The adventure app Randonautica has led users to dead bodies, haunted houses, and other bizarre destinations / Boing Boing Fatum Project theory. “All things in the world are causally connected and everything that happens, including our thoughts, is usually determined by the sum of all environmental factors.” Randonautica is an app that borrows from the Fatum Project’s research to break away from the probability-tunnels our everyday choices create. Using a quantum number generator to send users to a set of mysterious coordinates, Randonautica has […]