Ephemera – Toucan Needs A Home
The Beauty of Craig’s List
The “pedagogical agent” camped out in the uncanny valley, built a home, and had generations of creepy kids.
Fan Is A Tool-Using Animal—dConstruct Conference Talk “But the fanfic people were doing something very different. They had converged on a set of elaborate tagging conventions that allowed them to turn Delicious into a custom search engine for fanfic.” “In my foolishness I asked, “Could you make me a list of those features? I’ll take a look, maybe some of it is easy to implement.” Oh yes, they could make make a list. I had summoned a very friendly Balrog.” “Here I’ve shown a paragraph where someone asks me if I can build a user search feature, and I reply at length about why that’s not trivial. At that point someone decides that it’s easier for them to just go build the feature on the spot. They set up a little app in Heroku that mapped Pinboard usernames to Delicious usernames. In the time it took me to explain why I couldn’t build the feature, someone did it for me and stuck a hyperlink into this document that is spiraling out of control.” @ddmeyer The other interesting analogy to the MTBoS I like is pinboard/fanfic: https://t.co/q9XVxshFUs tags: #fav folksonomy tagging fan construction weekly tag knowledge structure bookmarks thoughtvectors fanfic The Echo Chamber “how do folks continue to ignore facts? How have people’s viewpoints become so insular and isolated that any […]
The New Aesthetic — A new question for the jury: Did my brain implant… “So. You have a condition for which everyday treatment is ineffective or causes side-effects worse than the condition itself. Your doctor suggests a brain implant to offer deep brain stimulation (DBS). You are unfortunately, one of those for whom DBS creates behavioral reactions and you do something illegal. Are you responsible? Or is it your brain implant? […]” tags: weekly brain technology The Food Lab: The Science of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies | Serious Eats: Sweets “For the past few months, I’ve had chocolate chip cookies on the brain. I wake up in the middle of the night with a fresh idea, a new test to run, only to discover that my 10 pound flour bin has been emptied for the third time. Did I really use it all up that fast? I’d put on my coat and walk out in the cold New York winter night, my sandals leaving tracks in the snow as I wander the neighborhood, an addict searching for a convenience store that will sell me flour at 3 in the morning. “ tags: process obsession weekly trial error How Language Seems To Shape One’s View Of The World : Shots – Health News : NPR I had a Spanish teacher […]
In the first message, I have my ten year old son asking if I’ve created his WordPress blog yet. For the record, I did and told him in person- although the reminder was needed. The second message is an image from Alan’s Flickr stream who he has met and now follows on Flickr. He “favd” the image. The third message is a link to the image below. We’d had a brief discussion the other day because my eight year old was really unhappy that he has learned about metamorphosis multiple times in school. I asked if he knew that caterpillars essentially turned to soup in the chrysalis. He did not but was pleased to learn that little fact. I got the chrysalis image a day or two later and was able to respond with a link to an article on the whole caterpillar soup thing. This is just one of those little things that interweaves and extends our normal lives in ways I find interesting and meaningful. It’s an interweaving and extension of our conversations. It’s easy to overlook how interesting this is.