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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-06-04

Breathless – Futility Closet I wonder if this was the equivalent of IM speak translators for parents. —— Drawing it across the lips: Desiring an acquaintance Drawing it across the cheek: I love you Drawing it across the forehead: Look, we are watched Trump’s blocking of Twitter users violates U.S. Constitution: rights institute | Reuters A free-speech institute on Tuesday sent a letter to President Donald Trump demanding the prolific tweeter unblock certain Twitter (TWTR.N) users on grounds the practice violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Major league litter — Can a strategic bat toss turn trash into treasure? Anytime the batter makes contact with the ball, he drops his bat, and for as long as that ball is in play the bat stays there, literal deadwood, a three-pound piece of trash cluttering up the area around the plate. Like most litter, the bat is usually passive pollution. It gets flung off into the periphery by the batter, and it sits there until a bat boy comes to sweep it up. Sometimes it’s left to be a nuisance, knocking around the catcher’s feet until he or the umpire kicks it out of the road. Very occasionally it gets turned into art, as in the case of a beautiful bat flip. Safe Visual Data Exploration Exploring data via visualization […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-05-28

anime.js – a Collection by Julian Garnier on CodePen A 1.4-Billion-Pixel Map of the Gulf of Mexico Seafloor – Eos The geology of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) is dynamic, driven not by plate tectonics but by the movement of subsurface bodies of salt. Floating labels are problematic – Simple = Human – Medium Forms are not a source of entertainment. The floating label won’t make users enjoy using forms. Users don’t care. They just want the outcome. stutrek/scrollMonitor: A simple and fast API to monitor elements as you scroll The Office for Creative Research Good morning, We are a hybrid research group, working at the intersection of technology, culture and education. We build user-focused tools, public space interventions and forward-looking prototypes in the service of understanding and humanizing complex data systems. Summer 2017 Schedule – ANTH 101 “This class was inspiring on many levels when I took it in Fall 2016. I look forward to seeing the challenges progress on here, as well as possibly doing some of them again, on my own.” Donald Trump has a very strange theory about exercise – CNNPolitics.com Trump believed the human body was like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted. So he didn’t work out. When he learned that John O’Donnell, one of his top casino […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-05-14

Judge rules emoji are proof of intent One piece of evidence used against the defendants was an emoji-filled text message they sent to Dahan, which mentioned the house and included the emoji chain “?.” Animating the Virtual DOM by sdrasner some really slick stuff in this Many pet rabbits will die in Second Life on Saturday | Rock, Paper, Shotgun Virtual rabbits across Second Life [official site] will fall asleep on Saturday then never wake up, now that the their digital food supply has been shut down by a legal battle. The player-made and player-sold Ozimals brand of digirabbits are virtual pets that players breed and care for in the sandbox MMO, and even need to feed by buying DRM-protected virtual food. But they rely on servers. Waypoint reported earlier today that the seller of Ozimals and the Pufflings virtuabirds has received a legal threat he says he cannot afford to fight, so they’ve shut down. By Saturday, rabbits will run out of food and enter hibernation. Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts | Environment | The Guardian It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-05-07

TaffyDB – The JavaScript Database Dave Brat’s Horrible, Terrible, No Good Problem with the First Amendment When a questioner said that health care is a human right, Brat countered the question with, “.”I don’t think y’all want the separation of church and state (…) In the west rights come from God”. In a press interview immediately following the event, Brat was asked how excited he was about the bill, he replied, “I’m a Calvinist,” he said. “I’m the frozen chosen. I’m an economist. So, it’s like—excitement? Whatever.” He also added, “I don’t think people get that excited on policy in general,” Chase added that it is the responsibility of the church, not the government to protect the poor, needy and vulnerable. “If a person needs help they should join a church.” Home | Better Better is a privacy tool for Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It protects you from behavioural ads and companies that track you on the web by enforcing the principles of Ethical Design. You can download the Better apps from the App Store and Mac App Store. A New Model | Mastery Transcript No Standardization of Content The performance areas, credit standards (rubrics, etc.) and credits are specific only to the individual crediting school, and will never be standardized across schools. No Grades Letter grading (or numerical […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-04-30

itsnotmythrowaway1 comments on Senior Arizona Lawmaker: Teachers Should Expect To Work Second Jobs And Have Lower Salary Expectations Worse yet, many of those charters are deliberately manipulating the enrollment process to ensure they do not have to educate poor and underprivileged students. How does a “public” school do this? Let me give you an example. Many charter schools do not offer bus service. This means parents are required to drive their children to school in order to go to these charter schools. I sat in a meeting at one of these charter schools where the powers-that-be within the school were concerned that “bad” students and english language learning students (read: hispanic students) might still come to the school because they could bicycle or walk to school. The solution? The school set up a policy where students cannot walk or cycle to school, and they removed all bicycle parking. They did it under the claim that they were interested in student safety, and that riding or walking to school was un-safe. If you can’t drive your child to the school (because you’re working or otherwise occupied), your child can’t go to that school. In the Dark – Futility Closet “This paper was undertaken in an attempt to shed light on some very mysterious problems. I fear I have done little more […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-04-16

Meet FlexiSpy, The Company Getting Rich Selling ‘Stalkerware’ to Jealous Lovers – Motherboard Internal company data, stolen by a hacker and provided to Motherboard, provides new insight into FlexiSpy, its founder, and the sprawling, predatory consumer spyware market at large. The company grew from its customer base of vindictive spouses, and ended up connecting with firms which sold malware to some of the world’s most oppressive regimes. Build a Better Monster: Morality, Machine Learning, and Mass Surveillance The correct way to play Pac Man, of course, is to consume as much as possible while running from the ghosts that relentlessly pursue you. This was a valuable early lesson in what it means to be an American. It also taught me that technology and ethics aren’t so easy to separate, and that if you want to know how a system works, it helps to follow the money. Juicero CEO Begs You: Do NOT Squeeze Our Juice Bags [Updated] This week saw the latest chapter in the utterly wonderful saga of Juicero, the $400 juice machine maker that attracted $120 million in venture capital funding. On Wednesday, a bombshell Bloomberg report exposed the secret that threatened to ruin the company: You can get almost exactly the same juice without the company’s expensive press by squeezing their damn bags yourself with the hands […]