Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-03-29
- What Everyone’s Getting Wrong About the Toilet Paper Shortage
Georgia-Pacific, a leading toilet paper manufacturer based in Atlanta, estimates that the average household will use 40% more toilet paper than usual if all of its members are staying home around the clock. That’s a huge leap in demand for a product whose supply chain is predicated on the assumption that demand is essentially constant. It’s one that won’t fully subside even when people stop hoarding or panic-buying.
- SOUR ‘????? (Hibi no neiro)’ – YouTube
I always end up looking for this video and it takes me a while to find it. Now you’ve seen it to.
That Isn’t a Mistake – dy/danBut the vast majority of the work we label “mistakes” is students doing exactly what they meant to do. We just don’t understand what they meant to do. Teaching effectively means I need to know what a student knows and what to ask or say to help her develop that knowledge. Calling her ideas a mistake transforms them from a window into her knowledge into a mirror of my own, and I am instantly less effective. Influencers Are Faking Brand Deals – The AtlanticThe owner of one sunglasses brand, who asked to remain anonymous so as not to alienate anyone in the influencer community, said the practice has put him in a tough position as a stream of mid-level influencers post mediocre-quality sponsored content seemingly on his behalf, without his approval or control. Byrne’s EuclidA reproduction of Oliver Byrne’s celebrated work from 1847 plus interactive diagrams, cross references, and posters designed by Nicholas Rougeux Federal court says NY ban on nunchucks unconstitutionalThe ruling went over the history of the ban, and said it “arose out of a concern that, as a result of the rising popularity ‘of ‘Kung Fu’ movies and shows,? ‘various circles of the state’s youth’ — including ‘muggers and street gangs’ — were ‘widely’ using nunchaku to cause ‘many serious injuries.’” ??? […]
What’s Next for Hack EducationI am hoping that the shift away from compiling all the goings-on for that weekly news round-up will give me more time to think deeply and critically about education and technology, instead of perpetually being enraged by how many terrible and silly things are marketed as “solutions” by folks who just want to sell a product or service – some aware, some unaware that their very well-funded load of futurist bullshit is pretty damn dystopian. —best wishes to Audrey as I couldn’t do more than skim those weekly round-ups because I found them so deeply depressing The Chaos – Gerard Nolst Trenité classic English poem containing about 800 of the worst irregularities in English spelling and pronunciation. Why Data Is Never Raw – The New Atlantis “Raw data is both an oxymoron and a bad idea; to the contrary, data should be cooked with care.” “Raw” carries a sense of natural or untouched, while “cooked” suggests the result of cognitive processes. But data is always the product of cognitive, cultural, and institutional processes that determine what to collect and how to collect it. In this sense, “raw data” is indeed a contradiction in terms. In the ordinary use of the term “raw data,” “raw” signifies that no processing was performed following data collection, but the term […]
Please Consider My Application to Give You Labor So I Can Stay Alive – McSweeney’s Internet TendencyIf you look at my résumé, I think you’ll find that I have extensive relevant experience that I could bring to the table after onboarding. In the formative years of my life, I attended primary school in exchange for not being detained per truancy laws in my home state; I then matriculated to college, where I cut my teeth going to classes in exchange for a framed sheet of cardstock that was a prerequisite for submitting this application. The Pizza Effect – Futility ClosetThe pizza example continues to “echo” between the Italian and American cultures: American tourists sought out “authentic” (non-American) pizza in Italy, and the Italians met the demand by creating brick-oven pizzerias. The Americans then carried these back to their own country. Stephen Jenkins of Humboldt State University writes, “Hence, Americans met their own reflection in the other and were delighted.” xkcd: SpreadsheetsPretty much my life . . . I thought I was being ‘blacklisted’ by university colleagues, so I demanded to see their emails | The Independent Firstly, my eminent and influential PhD supervisor had let it be widely known that they thought I was an unpleasant person, impossible to work with, fundamentally stupid, and that I definitely shouldn’t be doing […]