Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

  • Open Source Dropbox replacement . . .

    tags: dooo bittorrent sync dropbox weekly opensource

  • Blending the digital and the real in interesting ways.

    tags: mechanized mixed airplanes planes billboards weekly

  • “Can common items sold in airports after the security screening be used to build lethal weapons?
    As it turns out, even a marginally “MacGyver-esque” attacker can breeze through terminal gift shops, restaurants, magazine stands and duty-free shops to find everything needed to wage war on an airplane. Just how easy is it to build these weapons? The bulk of Evan’s research, Terminal Cornucopia, has been released publicly for you to see for yourself. This work is ongoing, so be sure to check back for future updates.”

    tags: terminal cornucopia airport reality weekly terrorism

  • “However it arose, it seems to be spreading. Language loves economy, and the sheer efficiency of this use of because is likely boosting its popularity. Similar constructions are occurring with but, also, so, thus and similar words – see the frame from xkcd, above. And in the Language Log thread (which is worth reading in full), Rod Johnson says a friend “ended a litany of miscellaneous complaints with ‘In conclusion, STUFF.’” All these syntactic compressions may be reinforcing each other.

    tags: language english structure change technology influence weekly

  • I wonder what this would look like as an integrated curricular/thematic element at VCU?

    I’m not a fan of the video style but certain elements about the whole site are worth noting/exploring.

    tags: science philosophy culture knowledge edge weekly

  • “In sum, precocious readers appear to be children who grow up in a literate home and, for some unknown reason (unlike even their siblings in the same home), develop an intense early interest in reading.  Interest, not unusual brain development, is what distinguishes them from others.  Because they are interested and strongly motivated, they use whatever cues are available to figure out the meanings of printed words and sentences, and, along the way, with or without help, consciously or unconsciously, they eventually infer the underlying phonetic code and use it to read new words.  For them, reading for meaning comes first, before phonics.  In the words of one set of researchers, “[The precocious readers] were not taught the prerequisite skills of reading such as phoneme-grapheme correspondence or letter-naming skills but, instead, learned to read familiar, meaningful sight vocabulary; the rules of reading were not explicitly taught but apparently inferred over time.”[1]
    The fact that precocious readers learn to read relatively quickly, before they are four years old, with no evidence of stress and much evidence of pleasure, suggests that learning to read in this way is not very difficult when a person really wants to do it.  Learning to read, for them, quite literally, is child’s play.”

    tags: weekly reading learning

    • The mistake of the progressive educators, I think, has been to assume that the classroom is or can be a natural learning environment.  It isn’t, and (except in unusual circumstances) it can’t be.  The classroom is a setting where you have a rather large group of children, all about the same age, and a teacher whose primary tasks are to keep order and impart a curriculum—the same curriculum for everyone.  In that setting, the teacher decides what to do, not the students.  If students decided, they would all decide on different things and there would be chaos.
      • quite an assumption . . . 
  • ““There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”

    tags: weekly quote darwin

  • “Although social media are a conversational, discursive form (the clue’s in the name) they are, of course, often used as a place for announcements, very much a top-down, one-to-many form of address. Even if a Twitter account replies to individuals, as a follower of it you’ll generally only see the messages going out to everyone. And so these official Twitter accounts, announcing the Prime Minister launching robust schemes, or the military showing off new hardware, seem oddly relentless. A constant stream of digestible views from those in power to those they rule.

    tags: weekly communication socialmedia power

  • Really slik js graphing/chart library.

    tags: js javascript library charts visualization jquery webdesign slick weekly

  • ““Not just 10 percent of a stock or 20 percent of a stock, but almost 100 percent of the value—within a second,” he said. “Even though they’re in it for themselves, [the robots] form into groups. You get this kind of mob behavior, where a whole bunch of them have exactly the same opinion at exactly the same moment. That’s why they kick in these huge spikes and crashes that you don’t see in the human world.””

    tags: mechanics algorithm stocks newaesthetic weekly

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