My Twitter Goodbye Email — Medium
“Number of times bringing down the site: 2”
The Official Crow Box Kit
On Surveys — Medium
“It is too easy to run a survey. That is why surveys are so dangerous. They are so easy to create and so easy to distribute, and the results are so easy to tally. And our poor human brains are such that information that is easier for us to process and comprehend feels more true. This is our cognitive bias. This ease makes survey results feel true and valid, no matter how false and misleading. And that ease is hard to argue with.
On meta-design and algorithmic design systems
” Design is how it works and sketching in code is the only natural way to prototype a dynamic system. Building even the simplest of data visualizations means hours of work in languages like R, Julia or Python. When your content is data, poking around in Photoshop simply makes no sense. In some way, it’s the direct opposite of design: prettifying without context. One important aspect of modern design products is their increasing demand for temporal logic, where a linear narrative is replaced by a set of complex states.”
The big lie: I can use a computer — Medium
“I have been shocked by the extent this particular LMS forces a design that does not treat students as self directed adults. They know how to use a computer. They have spent their whole academic life being given checklists to follow each day of the week and once completed, they get a score and move on to the next module. The light inside has gone but they are still working in the safe environment that is the LMS.
I have come in and am trying to use the LMS as if it were the open web. It cannot cope, they cannot cope. I am giving them options, asking them to self manage small group learning, engage in dialogue beyond ‘write 100 words on the topic and post it’.
It is challenging and no, they cannot use a computer in this way.
Participant 96645: My Life As a Baltimore Lab Rat | VICE | United States
Reminds me a lot about how educational research often plays out in schools.
” Every morning, I scoured ClinicalTrials.gov and took part in so many initial screenings I quickly learned how easy it was to manipulate the system. For a study on caffeine addiction, I was eliminated due to my ADD diagnosis, a fact I would later omit in future screenings. I always lied about how often I drank and did drugs.”
How the Invention of the Alphabet Usurped Female Power in Society and Sparked the Rise of Patriarchy in Human Culture | Brain Pickings
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