Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-11-24
- Why you might be counting in the wrong language – BBC Future
For example, in French, 92 is quatre-vingt douze or “four twenties and twelve”. And in Danish, the word for 92 is tooghalvfems, where halvfems, meaning 90,is an abbreviation of the Old Norse word halvfemsindstyve, or “four and a half times twenty”.
— thinking the USA isn’t likely to change based on the whole decimal system thing . . .
How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist — Medium This is far more than “technology” . . . The “most empowering” menu is different than the menu that has the most choices. But when we blindly surrender to the menus we’re given, it’s easy to lose track of the difference: growth & development – gangster disciples 12. HOW MANY STEPS TO GANGSTA CITY? 63 13. HOW MANY BACK? 36 WHY? YOU ARE LOOKING IN A MIRROR. 14. WHAT’S UNDER THE DRAGON’S RIGHT FOOT? A 6-POINT STAR 15. HOW DO YOU KILL THE DRAGON? WITH A BLUE SWORD 16. WHERE IS GANGSTA CITY LOCATED? IN THE SKY BEYOND THE NORTH STAR 17. WHATCHA CLAIMING? 63 IGD OR 63 BGD Programming Doesn’t Require Talent or Even Passion — Medium * I actually hate programming, but I love solving problems. * There are people who actually like programming. I don’t understand why they like programming. * I’m not a real programmer. I throw together things until it works then I move on. The real programmers will say “Yeah it works but you’re leaking memory everywhere. Perhaps we should fix that.” I’ll just restart Apache every 10 requests. To train future ed-tech leaders, higher ed needs new discipline, some say “The report also called for colleges to train […]
SVG ANIMATIONS Mapping coronavirus, responsiblyThe map is using totals (absolute values) as its raw data. There are very very few golden rules in cartography but this is one of them: you cannot map totals using a choropleth thematic mapping technique. Oregon Engineer Makes History With New Traffic Light Timing Formula – Institute for JusticeMats’s work was generally met with interest, but when he e-mailed the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying, things took an abrupt illegal U-turn. The Board told Mats it had no interest in hearing about his ideas. Fair enough. But the Board didn’t stop there. After a two-year investigation, it fined him $500 for publicly criticizing the timing of traffic lights without having a Professional Engineer license. The Board also forbid him from continuing to discuss his research. 1. – Castaways – Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand‘The curse of the widow and fatherless light upon the man that breaks open this box, whilst he has a ship at his back.’
Scammed at 40,000 Feet: Opaque Market Costs the Jet-Setting Rich – Bloomberg ” . . . according to My Sky, a company whose software helps scrutinize and manage private-jet costs” mattomildenberger on Twitter: “Something I’ve been meaning to say about The Tragedy of the Commons. Bear with me for a small thread on why our embrace of Hardin is a stain on environmentalism. tldr: we’ve let a flawed metaphor by a racist ecologist defiSomething I’ve been meaning to say about The Tragedy of the Commons. Bear with me for a small thread on why our embrace of Hardin is a stain on environmentalism. tldr: we’ve let a flawed metaphor by a racist ecologist define environmental thinking for a half century. How many high school stars make it in the NBA?Remember NBA great Donnell Harvey? Neither do we. Despite being the #1 high school recruit in 2000—something that you think would indicate future NBA stardom—he put together a meager career in the league, averaging around 5 points per game over 5 years. On the flip side is LeBron James—the #1 high school recruit just a few years later—and we all know what he’s been up to. This disparity got us thinking, are these top 100 recruit lists any indication of making it to the NBA, let alone becoming a star? Porfirypretty […]