Weekly Web Harvest for 2021-05-30
- Robin Wigglesworth on Twitter: “IF:(elasticwaistsales>zippersales) THEN:[buygrowthstocks] IF:(zippersales>elasticwaistsales) THEN:[buyvaluestocks]” / Twitter
- LSU on Twitter: “@lizzie_theriott We are so sorry about the error at graduation. We had issues with the closed captioning software. We have taken down the live stream links and are correcting the names now. We will post the corrected videos ASAP to https:
Going the AI route on captioning . . .
- 10 Guidelines for DataViz Accessibility – Highcharts
- Bitcoin-Mining Power Plant Stirs Up Controversy | Tom’s Hardware
The conflict revolves around a power plant on New York’s Seneca Lake called Greenidge. The company’s website says the plant was opened in 1937, shuttered in 2009, and purchased by new owners in 2014. Those owners started mining Bitcoin in the facility in 2019.
New York Focus reported that Greenidge plans “to quadruple the power used to process Bitcoin transactions by late next year” as the cryptocurrency’s value soars. Environmentalists fear those plans would lead to dangerously high CO2 emissions.
- Artist Sells Invisible Sculpture for $18,000 – Neatorama
And now for the NFT . . .
- Sascha (???) Pallenberg on Twitter: “And this is why you don’t do public beta tests! Tesla Model 3 display – showing constant traffic lights whilst going 130km/h on the highway! via https://t.co/MXhddRfjgM https://t.co/rAAYPuY9TP” / Twitter
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- Nathan Lawrence ? on Twitter: “I may never fully get over the “volume knob” on Ford electric car entertainment systems, which is just a fake “finger” running on a set of bearings they epoxy directly onto the big display. https://t.co/oCgtj3NPA8
Worth looking at the image.
- The Great Wings Rush
–Prediction: virtual brands will be the next hot thing in education
(In retrospect, even Chuck E. Cheese’s Pasqually’s feels like a transitional stage on the way to a fully optimized future, one that hasn’t lost its vestigial human name. Insisting it never meant to deceive, the company has pointed out that Pasqually is actually the name of the chef who took in Chuck — or rather, Charles Entertainment Cheese — the orphaned mouse who, according to the character’s surprisingly developed and unexpectedly tragic backstory, throws birthday parties for children to make up for those he never had. “If you’re a brand fan of Chuck E. Cheese, you know who Pasqually is,” an executive assured the trade publication QSR. “They’re curious to know what Pasqually’s might taste like.”)
- Pinboard on Twitter: “Cryptocurrency solves no problems that it didn’t first create, and most of those it doesn’t solve. Smart contracts are neither of those things—at worst they’re an API for fraud, or as @qrs put it, self-funding bug bounties at best
- Phil Gates on Twitter: “Thread 1/6. The origin of this image of marram grass taken in 1984: when I joined Durham (UK) university they had a Leitz fluorescence microscope, with every accessory, including a Leica 3 camera. It must have cost a fortune but no
- To be more tech-savvy, borrow these strategies from the Amish | Psyche Ideas
Nonetheless, in their small, tight-knit communities, neighbours and church leaders will take note. Many Amish communities shunned car ownership after watching car-owning families drive away for the weekend and play a reduced role in small-town life. Many banned phones in the house once their threat to the cherished tradition of neighbourly visits became clear.
–wonder what this would look like at the Univ/College level? What kind of structure would support that? Does it work without all the additional elements of Amish life?