Signs of the 2Pac-alypse
These are real song lyrics. And I always thought “Feelin On Your Booty” was as low as lyrics could go.
If 2Pac were dead, and not hiding out on an island in the Caribbean, he’d be rolling in his grave.
Shorty just text me, say she wanna sex me
LOL smiley face, LOL smiley face
Shorty sent a twit pic saying come and get this,
LOL smiley face, LOL smiley face
From LOL Smiley Face (more lyrical genius here)
Yeah load it on my macbook air
Its a new form of macking don’t be old fashioned update your passion
See I cant wait till I get a little taste of you
And I just upgraded to 10-80-i hi def just for you
From Digital Girl, the newest travesty.
I’m not a fan of the presentation style but what Phil Zimbardo is saying is interesting and relevant to what we do in teaching and education. I’d start about the 1:40 mark- so that’s only 5 minutes of invested time if you watch it. —-My summary—- People end up biased in their perceptions and break down into the following categories with two main options in each category. Past Oriented (positive/negative) – looking backwards and basing decisions off that Present Oriented (hedonistic/fatalist) – focus on the now Future Oriented (goals/transcendentallife begins after death)- cost benefit analysis, anticipated consequences So the goal is to be able to shift perspective depending on the situation. Optimum profile is high on past positive, moderately high on future, moderate on present hedonism and always low on pass negative and present fatalism. Past positive – gives you roots, identity Future – wings to new destinations and challenges Present hedonistic – energy for exploration Any time perspective in excess ends up being bad news. If this interests you at all there’s a much longer and more detailed PDF available on Zimbardo’s horrific flash site. It’s under Publications>Downloads (which I’d link to directly if the page wasn’t in flash). —-Application—- So there’s the obvious application to students and teaching them to use different time perspectives. I’d also like to […]
This makes a better story if you know a few things about me. I hate to be late. I am extremely uncomfortable with strangers and I know very little about cars. I despise feeling helpless. The StartOr non-start I guess. Scene: Flowery Branch GA– a town that feels recently birthed from farmland an hour or so outside the sprawling mass that is Atlanta I need to be at the school roughly three miles away by 8:30AM. I am at a hotel. It’s is 7:30AM. I figure I might as well leave early. I turn the key in my car. Nothing. Not a click. Not a twitch. I open the hood and see the scene below. Blue powdery stuffApparently corroded lead and fairly common. and the metal thing that attaches the wires to the batteryx I later learned it was called a battery terminal. +1Vocabulary addition had been completely eaten in half. I tried a few things. I tried to wedge the terminal against the battery post with a box . I tried using the jumper cables like a giant clothes pin to hold the terminal in place.That almost worked. Time was passing and I was displeased. Very displeased. Hitchhiking I opted to return to the hotel and see about getting a cab. The response was not comforting. Something was said […]
It has been interesting to see the excitement surrounding WolframAlpha . The new “Computational Knowledge Engine” called Wolfram|Alpha has gone through a full media cycle before it has even been unleashed on the world. It has been hyped as a “Google Killer” and denounced as snake oil, and we’re still at least a few days from release. The simple goal behind the engine is to connect searchers with precise information. Wolfram|Alpha’s search magic comes through a combination of natural language processing and a giant pool of curated data. That quote is from Radio Berkman (which is a very interesting podcast out of Harvard Law) and they’ve got an interview with the creator as well. Watch the abbreviated 10 minute version below. I’m not sure how well the idea of a curated semantic web will work (although I can understand that urge). This does really show a different way to think about searching for information. It really takes it beyond search, making it closer to exploration maybe. It’s similar in some ways to one of David Huynh’s Parallax project (of Simile Exhibit fame) which has been out for quite a while now. Video of that is below. Freebase Parallax: A new way to browse and explore data from David Huynh on Vimeo. While the media may be portraying Google as being […]