“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.””
A Map Of All The Divorces – On The Media “Is this someone who thinks that marriages are ruined because of environmental factors, and wants to avoid those environments? Or someone who really wants to date a divorcee, and is looking for the greatest concentration of them? Or is it someone who wants to know the best place to launch their divorce-themed business (shared-custody calendars, studio apartment rentals)? Also, even if this person exists, anywhere, this data would be useless to them. Patch’s divorce map shows divorces as a raw number, rather than divorces-per-capita.” tags: data journalism weekly mapping divorce My Heart Feeds a Series of Tubes – an ode to Yahoo Pipes tags: data pipes yahoo weekly tweet Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
In the Library with the Lead Pipe » Randall Munroe’s What If as a Test Case for Open Access in Popular Culture “Munroe’s teasing links to conspiracy sites also hint that he is well aware of the need to evaluate information for accuracy and confident in his ability to do so. He makes an effort to link to high-quality sites, although he has on one occasion (“All The Money”) admitted defeat (when trying to find the angle of repose for coins) and resorted to linking to a message board posting. Still, he carefully considers the information he uses; even when using a fairly standard resource like Google Maps, he looks carefully at the route it recommends. In “Letter to Mom,” he notes with surprise that Google Maps does not take advantage of the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail as a walking route and jokingly suggests it may be haunted. He also acknowledges other kinds of gaps in the information that’s available. His investigation into the amount of data storage available at Google (“Google’s Datacenters on Punch Cards”) works around the fact that Google does not disclose this information by looking into the cost of their data centers and the power that they consume.” tags: xkcd open culture comic science weekly literacy New Chuck E. Cheese Restaurant Forged In Iron And Blood […]
This picture has been default online photograph on a number of services for a while now. Recently a number of people have asked about it. It’s a mugshot from 1920’s Australia. I saw it a good while back. I can’t recall where but there’s something in the futile defiance that has remained interesting to me. There is a pretty decent way to see the reality of the world of online education by searching Twitter. There will be cursing, plenty of cursing. The Internet of things is well on it’s way to reality. Hello NewThermostat. Targeted ads end up doing odd things when you mostly go to Amazon as a result of Boing Boing articles rather than to shop. Someone somewhere was paid to write this ad copy. English teachers everywhere ought to post it on their walls. The VADOE is full of malware. You have been warned.