Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-04-03

  • 9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us — Modern Learning — Medium

    We know that most of our students will forget most of the content that they “learn” in school. As Matthew Lieberman from UCLA notes, “For more than 75 years, studies have consistently found that only a small fraction of what is learned in the classroom is retained even a year after learning.”

  • Jacob Torrey – LANGSEC: Taming the Weird Machines

    The complexity of our computing systems (both software and hardware) have reached such a degree that data must treated as formally as code.

  • The Superbowl of Protest will be in Cleveland this Year – Global Guerrillas

    The Federal government gave Cleveland a $50 m security grant to prepare for the convention.  With this money, the city plans to field 4-5,000 officers drawn from around the state.  Here’s what it they plan to equip them with:

  • Commons:Picture of the Year/2015/R1/Gallery – Wikimedia Commons

    Wikipedia’s photos of the year contest – some really amazing work and CC licensed.

  • The next hot job in Silicon Valley is for poets – The Washington Post

    Even mundane tasks demand creative effort, as writers try to build personality quirks into the most rote activities. At the start-up x.ai, a Harvard theater graduate is tasked with deciding whether its scheduling bots, Amy and Andrew, should use emojis or address people by first names. “We don’t want people saying, ‘Your assistant is too casual — or too much,’?” said Anna Kelsey, whose title is AI interaction designer. “We don’t want her to be one of those crazy people who uses 15 million exclamation points.”

  • The Online Photographer: Mastery Is Useful

    Convenience is good, of course. But of course, as with everything, you lose a little, too. Everyone is familiar with Ansel Adams’s prognostications in the early ’80s about “electronic photography” being the coming thing. They’re not so familiar with his lamentations about photography getting too easy, and wishing it would somehow get harder to do. I don’t think he’d be happy with that aspect of “imaging” today. Convenience sure is convenient, but mastery is also useful; learning something in depth pays off in ways that superficial facility (I mean “facile-ness”) can’t touch.

  • processing/p5.js-sound: p5.sound brings the Processing approach to Web Audio and p5.js. Demos:
  • Not his finest hour: The dark side of Winston Churchill | UK Politics | News | The Independent

    But when they defied this script, Churchill demanded they be crushed with extreme force. As Colonial Secretary in the 1920s, he unleashed the notorious Black and Tan thugs on Ireland’s Catholic civilians, and when the Kurds rebelled against British rule, he said: “I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes…[It] would spread a lively terror.”

  • About — Slapdash Meditations

    Then we have my sketches gallery. Over recent years I’ve been getting into using elements of coding and computer language syntax towards creating generative art. This is primarily done using Processing, which is based on Java language and created for the intent of art and design applications. It’s pretty neat some of the things you can make and I’ve decided to chuck up some sketches I’ve made up here. These include both static images, as well as animations. I’ll be rotating these sketches onto the homepage every now and then