“Those looking for a challenge might try their hand at transcribing the English-Alabama and Alabama-English dictionary. Compiled from 1906 to 1913, the massive work includes thousands of vocabulary terms. Volumes three and four still need some work.
“Michael Daniel thinks “being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction”; Ed Felten counters, “Imagine reaction if White House economic advisor bragged about lack of economics knowledge, or Attorney General bragged about lack of legal expertise.””
I’ve continued to mess around repairing some of the photos from the Costica Ascinte Flickr account. I got the following email from one of the Costica Ascinte account members. Hi Tom Following your example, I’ve tried to repair one of Acsinte’s pic too: this one and the original: Take care, Cezar Popescu It’d be easy to write this off as just the way the Internet works but it is still strange that my random actions have any impact on anyone let alone someone in Bucharest. I’m also improving slowly at repair work in Photoshop. I had no idea what the patch tool did before this. It’s fairly handy. I also finally figured out that I can flip an individual selected item by selecting transform (command T) and then right click (ctrl click) and flip horizontal. None of it’s rocket science by any means but it all aggregates.
A Fun-Stopia for Today’s Busy Citizen — The Message — Medium “Most people I ask seem to be OK with the idea of a little slavery in exchange for happiness-on-demand.” tags: weekly circle vcu technology dystopia lego Science Studio “Finding the best multimedia about science on the internet, so you don’t have to.” –not that I’m adverse to looking but this is an interesting collection tags: science media weekly tweet Letters and Photos – WINDOWS FROM PRISON GMU “If you could have window in your cell, what place from your past would it look out to?” This question is asked to individuals who are from Washington, DC but sent to prisons across the country. The corresponding photo requests were then fulfilled by students at George Mason University and Duke Ellington High School and mailed back to the incarcerated participants. tags: photography prison windows weekly tweet A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace “Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather. “ tags: cyberspace declaration barlow eff freedom weekly Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
New perspectives – what’s wrong with TED talks? Benjamin Bratton at TEDxSanDiego 2013 – Re:Think – YouTube tags: ted talks complexity weekly We Didn’t Eat the Marshmallow. The Marshmallow Ate Us. – NYTimes.com “The marshmallow study captured the public imagination because it is a funny story, easily told, that appears to reduce the complex social and psychological question of why some people succeed in life to a simple, if ancient, formulation: Character is destiny. Except that in this case, the formulation isn’t coming from the Greek philosopher Heraclitus or from a minister preaching that “patience is a virtue” but from science, that most modern of popular religions.” tags: black white true false weekly marshmallow simple complex veltman/principles “Cool URLs don’t change.” “Assume that people won’t read the instructions.” tags: webdesign principals web design weekly How Did Toast Become the Latest Artisanal Food Craze? – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society tags: toast food artisanal weekly “Language is fossil poetry” – Ralph Waldo Emerson h/t @gardnercampbell “The etymologist finds the deadest word to have been once a brilliant picture. Language is fossil poetry. As the limestone of the continent consists of infinite masses of the shells of animalcules, so language is made up of images or tropes, which now, in their secondary use, have long ceased to remind us of their […]