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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-12-03

Kleptocrat Kleptocrat is a unique game of strategy and tactics, based on real-life patterns of money laundering and offshore structuring that have been used by actual corrupt public officials… that is, until they got caught. This game, created by The Mintz Group, a global investigative firm that specializes in tracing assets, offers you insight into the strategies of the corrupt, as well as those who are trying to bring them to justice. Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance – Bloomberg He started a spreadsheet, Scums.xlsx, to keep track. xkcd: Bad Code “it just looks bad because it’s a spreadsheet formula” Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers | EdSurge News The secret to its swift entry into publishing was OER (open education resources). Rather than hire authors to write textbooks from scratch, the company is now curating open-educational materials already on the internet. Firefighters attempt to contain Bel-Air blaze ahead of the strong winds expected Thursday night – LA Times The Los Angeles Police Department asked drivers to avoid navigation apps, which are steering users onto more open routes — in this case, streets in the neighborhoods that are on fire.  Food taboos: their origins and purposes the Ache people, i.e., hunters and gatherers of the Paraguayan jungle. […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-11-26

This Magical Software Makes Facebook Profile Pictures Come Alive “What Facebook will do with this–I don’t know.” It’s reasonable to imagine that Facebook would like to incorporate such a fun feature into its platform as soon as possible. h/t Matt Syndicating annotations – Jon Udell Although it sprang to life to support ebooks, I think this mechanism will prove more broadly useful. Unlike PDF fingerprints and DOIs, which typically identify whole works, it can be used to name chapters and sections. At a conference last year we spoke with OER (open educational resource) publishers, including Pressbooks, about ways to coalesce annotations across their platforms. I’m not sure this approach is the final solution, but it’s usable now, and I hope pioneers like Steel Wagstaff will try it out and help us think through the implications. For Example How Far Will Sean Hannity Go? – The New York Times Until a few years ago, the staff of “Hannity,” the top nightly cable show in the United States, shared news by text or email, but today, much of the collaborative work is handled via a Twitter account accessible to only the staff. “If I like something, I’ll click Like, and if other producers like something, they’ll click Like,” Berry told me. The result is a “pool of ideas” — “50, 60, 70 […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-11-19

What city is the microbrew capital of the US? Using scrollama (or something close to that. h/t Jeff Megalopyge opercularis – Wikipedia “grid-like hemorrhagic papular eruption with severe radiating pain”. — I played ring-around-the-rosy with a tree that had one (maybe more) of these on it when I was around 5 years old. An Introduction to Scrollama.js Scrollama is a modern and lightweight JavaScript library for scrollytelling using IntersectionObserver in favor of scroll events. Using IntersectionObserver abstracts element-in-view detection and removes the need to monitor scroll events, which contribute towards a sluggish experience. It offers three main features: Defensive Exploitation Shortridge-Zero-Nights Presentation that starts with the idea that you understand tech and uses it to explain how humans will behave in a infosec scenario. Mnuchin: ‘I didn’t realize’ viral dollar bill photo would go public – POLITICO Mnuchin said he changed his signature because it was “very, very messy” and “barely” legible. “It was very effective at signing things, but I felt since it was gonna be on the dollar bill forever, I should have a nice, clean signature,” he said. Strange and Curious Wills of the Georgian Era in the Canterbury Court – Geri Walton WILLIAM SHACKELL, ESQ. – Governor of Plymouth – 12 October 1782 “I desire that my body may be kept as long as it may […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-11-12

Strange and Curious Wills of the Georgian Era in the Canterbury Court – Geri Walton WILLIAM SHACKELL, ESQ. – Governor of Plymouth – 12 October 1782 “I desire that my body may be kept as long as it may not be offensive, and that one of my toes or fingers may be cut off to secure a certainty of my being dead, I also make this further request to my dear wife, that as she has been troubled with one old fool, she will not think of marrying a second.” Interactive marginalia – Liza Daly – Medium marginalia and annotation considerations . . . Character Building – Futility Closet A man gets well pummelled at a public school; is subject to every misery and every indignity which seventeen years of age can inflict upon nine and ten; has his eye nearly knocked out, and his clothes stolen and cut to pieces; and twenty years afterwards, when he is a chrysalis, and has forgotten the miseries of his grub state, is determined to act a manly part in life, and says, ‘I passed through all that myself, and I am determined my son shall pass through it as I have done;’ and away goes his bleating progeny to the tyranny and servitude of the long chamber or the large dormitory. It […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-11-05

Various – Don’t Trust Your Neighbors: Early Albanian Traditional Songs & Improvisations, 1920s-1930s (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs Various ?– Don’t Trust Your Neighbors: Early Albanian Traditional Songs & Improvisations, 1920s-1930s In the Land of Vendettas That Go On Forever | VQR Online Prenga burst into the station with his brother and a cabal of associates, discharging several rounds of gunfire and hollering, “We will eradicate your tribe!” Theme 1: The information environment will not improve. The problem is human nature | Pew Research Center Theme 1: The information environment will not improve. The problem is human nature Why an (interactive) picture is worth a thousand numbers – O’Reilly Media Miriah Meyer explores how interactive visualizations can help us find meaning in mounds of data. MNT Reform: DIY Portable Computer For a long time, I wanted a portable personal computer which you can… Repair by yourself with parts from the hardware store or 3D printing Thoroughly understand on any level Take apart, modify and upgrade without regret Adapt to your tastes and use cases, staying with you for many years In Summer/Autumn 2017 I teamed up with industrial designer Ana Dantas to make this machine happen. Three months later, I can type this article on the first prototype of Reform, our DIY portable computer. Fact Checks  |  Search  |  Google Developers If […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-10-29

Theme 1: The information environment will not improve. The problem is human nature | Pew Research Center Theme 1: The information environment will not improve. The problem is human nature Why an (interactive) picture is worth a thousand numbers – O’Reilly Media Miriah Meyer explores how interactive visualizations can help us find meaning in mounds of data. MNT Reform: DIY Portable Computer For a long time, I wanted a portable personal computer which you can… Repair by yourself with parts from the hardware store or 3D printing Thoroughly understand on any level Take apart, modify and upgrade without regret Adapt to your tastes and use cases, staying with you for many years In Summer/Autumn 2017 I teamed up with industrial designer Ana Dantas to make this machine happen. Three months later, I can type this article on the first prototype of Reform, our DIY portable computer. Fact Checks  |  Search  |  Google Developers If you have a web page that reviews a claim made by others, you can include a ClaimReview structured data element on your web page. This element enables Google Search results to show a summarized version of your fact check when your page appears in search results for that claim. The world’s biggest grave robbery: Asia’s disappearing WWII shipwrecks | World news | The Guardian Experts said […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-10-22

The Massively Friendly World of Competitive Giant Pumpkin Growing – Atlas Obscura “We’re to the point where we pass out seeds, hand out information, invite everybody to come to our meetings and tell them everything we know,” Jutras says. “If people want to do the work, I hope they do and grow a personal best … We have a saying: ‘You don’t grow these from the couch.’” —–is it when ideas get separated from additional work that people get secretive and weird? h/t Jon Becker Daydream Labs: Accessibility in VR . So we’ve been exploring how spatial audio cues can be used for navigating and interacting with virtual environments. This Light Bulb Confuses Smartphone Cameras To Protect | Co.Design Researchers have developed a new light that can protect locker rooms and stage performances from omnipresent smartphone surveillance. — world is going to get stranger and stranger as machines fight and cooperate with one another in ways we can’t see/hear (that whole umwelt thing) -andre bergs- Protanopia is a digital comic for Ipad and Iphone. Created as an experiment into the possibilities of digital comics. Using elements from 3D and 2D animation in a realtime game engine, it creates an unique visual style, whilst still having a familiar feeling. Amazon to end virtual textbook contract with UMass The university received its […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-10-15

Suspect In Would-Be Airport Bombing Nabbed With Help From REI : The Two-Way : NPR There was no video footage this time. And again, the man paid cash. But, Anderson writes, “the individual … used an REI membership number when paying.” An REI membership entitles a customer to 10 percent back on purchases every year. In this case, it also gave the FBI a name — Michael Estes. After releasing a still photo from the surveillance footage, authorities found Estes in downtown Asheville. He was arrested on Oct. 7. Worldly Wise – Futility Closet If work were good for you, the rich would leave none for the poor.

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-10-08

youtube-dl/README.md at master · rg3/youtube-dl download youtube videos with many options from terminal h/t Wes Bos Typography in ten minutes | Butterick’s Practical Typography : if you learn and fol­low these five ty­pog­ra­phy rules, you will be a bet­ter ty­pog­ra­pher than 95% of pro­fes­sional writ­ers and 70% of pro­fes­sional de­sign­ers. (The rest of this book will raise you to the 99th per­centile in both categories.) Pollen: the book is a program Pollen is a publishing system that helps authors make functional and beautiful digital books. The Bet I Made with Teachers All Around the United States Last Year – dy/dan My point in all of this is that math teachers have names for their numbers, much in the same way that ornithologists have names for their birds. And much in the same way that ornithologists haven’t given me a reason to care about the difference between a Woodlark and a Skylark, math teachers often fail to motivate the difference between rational numbers and integers and whole numbers and imaginary numbers and supernatural numbers. The difference is that ornithology isn’t a course that’s required for high school graduation and university enrollment and labor market participation. Kids aren’t forced to study ornithology for twelve years of their childhood. So I’m inviting us to ask ourselves: “Why did we invent these categories of […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-10-01

This band used Facebook Live’s lag to loop their song / Boing Boing We rearranged each instrument on “Bear Claws” to fit Facebook Live’s delay, with each loop getting more complex, adding instruments, rhythms, and melodies. Additionally, by projecting the video live from a soundstage we created an infinite tunnel consisting of all the previously recorded loops. Is the Wolf a Real American Hero? – The New York Times This story — that wolves fixed a broken Yellowstone by killing and frightening elk — is one of ecology’s most famous. It’s the classic example of what’s called a “trophic cascade,” and has appeared in textbooks, on National Geographic centerfolds and in this newspaper. Americans may know this story better than any other from ecology, and its grip on our imagination is one of the field’s proudest contributions to wildlife conservation. But there is a problem with the story: It’s not true. Hundreds of White House emails sent to third Kushner family account – POLITICO some security measures were taken when it was installed BBC – Future – The deadly germ warfare island abandoned by the Soviets A year later, the corpses of two missing fishermen were found nearby, drifting in their boat. It’s thought that they had caught the plague. Not long afterwards, locals started landing whole nets of dead […]