Weekly Web Harvest for 2022-04-17

  • Atomic Agents
    Spatial Agent-based Modeling in JavaScript

  • Matplotlib — Visualization with Python
    Matplotlib is a comprehensive library for creating static, animated, and interactive visualizations in Python. Matplotlib makes easy things easy and hard things possible.

  • Inside the pandemic’s PPE supply chain nightmare
    On a whim, he went to Brazil and started importing illegal CBD for kids with epilepsy and other conditions. Now he was doing more than just making money. “It was the first time in my life where I had someone thank me for doing something — genuinely, honestly thank me for improving their lives,” he recalled. It felt good. And it paid well. A few years later, he came back to the states and started training dogs.
  • Lexical
  • Web scraping is legal, US appeals court reaffirms | TechCrunch
    In its second ruling on Monday, the Ninth Circuit reaffirmed its original decision and found that scraping data that is publicly accessible on the internet is not a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or CFAA, which governs what constitutes computer hacking under U.S. law.

  • Chipotle Metaverse Visit Was Confusing and Unsatisfying
    Someone please make the Venn diagram comparing this to Second Life’s stupid mistakes.
  • The Expanding Job – by Anne Helen Petersen – Culture Study
    “Employees struggle to adequately perform work that, if someone were to look closely and objectively, are so obviously the work of more than one person. But because these are salaried jobs, generally but not always without union protections, that level of work — within the organization, but also within an industry — is just….the way things are. Workers have no choice but to hunker down and do it, because if you don’t, you’re “not a good culture fit.”


    “Instead, each organization has to ask itself: what is the work we want, and need, to do? And if you are utterly unwilling to hire more people to do the amount of work we do, and utterly unwilling to decrease the amount of work you do, then you should be honest with ourselves:”

  • Vocational Awe and Librarianship: The Lies We Tell Ourselves – In the Library with the Lead Pipe
    “Vocational awe describes the set of ideas, values, and assumptions librarians have about themselves and the profession that result in notions that libraries as institutions are inherently good, sacred notions, and therefore beyond critique. I argue that the concept of vocational awe directly correlates to problems within librarianship like burnout and low salary. This article aims to describe the phenomenon and its effects on library philosophies and practices so that they may be recognized and deconstructed.”

    — so many jobs end up in this box
    — look for lack of $ and lots of support hashtags

  • The Franciscan monk helping the Vatican take on — and tame — AI | Financial Times
    “At its core, he says, algor-ethics would require all autonomous systems to doubt themselves, to experience ethical uncertainty. “Every time the machine does not know whether it is safely protecting human values, then it should require man to step in,” he says.”

    And who will watch the watchers? Not sure the Catholic church is in the right position to be leading the charge here.

  • ‘Jack Dorsey’s First Tweet’ NFT Went on Sale for $48M. It Ended With a Top Bid of Just $280
    $280 . . .