Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-04-19
- CastleDB – The structured static database
CastleDB allows efficient collaboration on data editing.
It uses the JSON format with newlines to store its data, which in turn allows RCS such as GIT or SVN to diff/merge the data files.
Unlike online spreadsheet editors, changes are made locally. This allows local experiments before either commiting or reverting.
- IanHubert – YouTube
Worth watching even if you don’t want to learn Blender.
The “Jennifer Aniston neuron” is the foundation of compelling new memory research — Quartz “We have a relatively limited memory capacity and that much of our perception of our memory is in fact an illusion.” ” Looking for the areas of the brain that cause epileptic seizures, Quiroga discovered that one subject had a neuron that steadily fired whenever she was shown a photo of Jennifer Aniston. It didn’t fire for other celebrities, but seemed linked to the concept of Jennifer Aniston. Another subject had a Halle Berry neuron, and another had one that fired in response to Bill Clinton.” The Suit That Couldn’t Be Copied – The New Yorker Among the interesting things about Savile Row is that the people who work there have complete confidence that what they do is genuinely different and better than what other people can do. They appear to invite scrutiny, arguing that when their work is examined, it will be found admirable. Not only did Taub say yes; he also offered to give me a garment, so that it could be taken apart and so that the tailor who was trying to reproduce it would have the best possible information. His reasoning was that something made by Gieves & Hawkes could be taken apart but not put back together again in as lovely […]
Bildung – Wikipedia The term Bildung also corresponds to the Humboldtian model of higher education from the work of Prussian philosopher and educational administrator Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835). Thus, in this context, the concept of education becomes a lifelong process of human development, rather than mere training in gaining certain external knowledge or skills. Such training in skills is known by the German words Erziehung, and Ausbildung. Bildung in contrast is seen as a process wherein an individual’s spiritual and cultural sensibilities as well as life, personal and social skills are in process of continual expansion and growth. Apple HomePod review: locked in – The Verge When you set down a HomePod and play music, it goes through a number of steps to tune itself. First, it tries to create a model of the room it’s in by detecting the sounds reflecting off walls. It does this in two passes: the first pass builds a model to a high degree of initial confidence, and the second pass refines the model. This happens faster if you’re playing music with a lot of bass. Episode No. 113: What’s Going On in This Graph? – Policy Viz Michael Gonchar and Sharon Hessney lead a new project at the New York Times called “What’s Going On in This Graph?” (WGOITG). Every second Tuesday of […]
As I’ve done in the past, I’m going to try to document what went down this week. Unlike the past, I’m actually doing this for an internal purpose so I think we’ll keep after it better. The challenge will be walking the line between giving enough context to make it useful to the 4 people who might be interested and making it too much of a hassle for me for 4 people. We’ll see how that plays out but history doesn’t look good. This Week Workshops The HTML workshop occurred on 10/17 and was focused on IEDT members prior to offering it to a broader audience. We had 5 in-person attendees and 2 virtual attendees. ALT Lab site Faculty comment submissions are rolling in – we currently have 14 which you can see here. We’ll be exposing those quotes on the front page once we chop them up and remove some of the specificity of names. Workshops The catalog of workshops has expanded by a couple of offerings Introduction to HTML and CSS Building Automated Workflows with Google Apps Script Some visual improvements have been made to the front page Footprints on the James Site We met with [VCU FACULTY NAME] and are about 60% done with this site. There is some solid options to expand it as OER […]