Google Sends Reporter a GIF Instead of a ‘No Comment’ | WIRED
“This adorable animated GIF is apparently the official answer Google sent to a Daily Dot reporter in response to his seeming scoop on a new YouTube livestreaming plan. “
The Architecture of a Data Visualization — Accurat studio — Medium
“he clarity does not need to come all at once, however;
we also like the idea of providing several and consequent layers of exploration on the multiple dataset we analyze. We call it a “non-linear storytelling” where people can get lost in singular elements, minor tales, and last-mile textual elements within the greater visualization.”
xkcd continues to be amazing
How Companies and Services Like Facebook Are Shaped by the Programming Languages They Use | MIT Technology Review
“Programming languages shape the way their users think—which helps explain how tech startups work and why they are able to reinvent themselves.
Great advice from Marshall McLuhan: “Read only the right-hand page of serious books” – Boing Boing
““If it’s a frivolous, relaxing book, I read every word. But serious books I read on the right-hand side only because I’ve discovered enormous redundancy in any well-written book, and I find that by reading only the right-hand page this keeps me very wide awake, filling in the other page out of my own noodle.” [via]
Optimizing Smartbeds for Sleep…and Other Bedroom Activities – PSFK
Data privacy and invisible technology . . . for your bed.
“Our favorite part about Luna? Unlike other smartsleep products, Luna guarantees that what happens in the bedroom stays in the bedroom. It is one of the first IoT products to be completely cloud independent, meaning that data is aggregated only on the device, where companies can’t collect it. Luna’s focus on privacy is a welcome change from other data trackers such as RestOn, whose nightly aggregation of 8+ hours of data is enough to make us sleep with one eye open.
The Worst Internet Things bracket – SBNation.com
“(6) GOOGLE KILLING GOOGLE READER. Google Reader was my favorite social media network of all time. It was essentially the best possible version of what Facebook could have been. Then Google trash-canned it in an apparent effort to herd us all to Google+. And look, you’re reading this on Google+ right now! You’re even wearing a Google+ T-shirt, and you flew a Google+ to work this morning!
(4). ANYONE WHO CHARGES MONEY FOR A “HOW TO BLOG” CLASS. Welcome to Jon’s Blogging School!
1. Work very, very hard and be prepared to not make money for a while
2. Look for stuff nobody is doing, and do that; don’t be afraid to aim high and fall short
3. Learn how to Photoshop and make video and do other stuff like that, there’s lots of stuff for that on YouTube
4. Promote your stuff like you’re proud of it, and if you’re not proud of it, don’t get too down about it, because failure is okay and probably necessary
5. Be nice
Github for Writers – Made By Loren
“A group of almost 40 mathematicians wrote a 600 page textbook on Homotopy Type Theory in less than six months. They taught themselves git, and they used GitHub for hosting, pull requests, and discussions. The book simply wouldn’t exist without GitHub.
That. Is. Amazing.
I subscribed to the project on GitHub and I receive email updates every single day. The book has been released, but they’re still iterating constantly. I can’t even begin to comprehend the complex mathematics racing through my inbox, but the fact that these brilliant mathematicians are collaborating like this, creating something that has never existed before, out in the open, and I have a front row seat… it just blows my mind.”
#SciArt – Twitter Search
Some really interesting stuff going on in the science/art sphere. Really seems like VCU ought to be able to do some amazing things here especially with student clubs like the scientific illustrators society.
If You Own a Pitchfork, You Will Grab It When You See This Chart | Mother Jones
This is one of the most depressing charts you will see in the foreseeable future http://t.co/BlHNmufut0 http://t.co/utvG1squcQ
Education Outrage: Zakaria and Ivy Graduates Keep Defending the Liberal Arts, but clearly the liberal arts didn’t teach them to think
“The issue is neither liberal arts nor algebra nor the idea of training everyone to become a programmer. I think people should learn what they want to learn. What a radical idea! Teachers should be guides and mentors, not fountains of knowledge. Learning should be fun. We should not “teach evolution” nor should we not teach evolution. We should not teach Dante or Cervantes (which any Italian or Spaniard will tell you we must each). We should let kids follow their own interests. What are their interests by the way?”
“We learn to think by thinking. We think even as small children, amazingly, without the help of algebra or art history. What happens is that people stop kids from thinking by telling them the truth and failing to have conversations with them that might challenge their beliefs or force them to defend their ideas. We learn to think through intellectual engagement and intellectual combat, not through indoctrination.”