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  1. Apr 2016
    1. "Books are a cultural network. Thus, as a cultured person, it’s arguably much more important to know that The Shallows is a representative of books about the intellectual perils of the internet than to know exactly what’s in that one book in particular."

    2. Carr contrasts deep reading with shallow skimming and summary. But Bayard calls into question whether deep reading ever existed to begin with.

      Argues that every reader is in fact skimming in one way or another.

    1. Google's hiring formula. Stripped down by looking at the numbers. Some key points -- it doesn't favor GPA or schools one graduated from. It does favor problem-solving ability, but not in the old Fermi problem way. Questions are now real questions related to the roles that they will fill. Why? Because Fermi Problems can be coached.

    1. The differences in their outcomes, though, is astounding.

      The one thing I'd note is the personality confound -- the people who get inspired by profs, seek out extra work, involve in extra-curriculars, etc. may just be people who approach life with a better attitude period, or may be from a social class that allowed them to do these things.

    2. a professor who made them excited about learning professors who cared about them as a person a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams worked on a long-term project had a job or internship where they applied what they were learning were extremely involved in extra-curricular activities

      The BIG SIX.

      (bug/feature note -- does not carry over basic formatting)

    3. See how “Big Six” experiences are linked to key college, work and life outcomes

      Wow. Dose response relationship of sorts.

    1. But people need more than a team to join. They need a story to tell themselves, a way of fitting climate change into their world. Knocking down bad stories will be ineffective unless there are more, better stories available. So let’s be better storytellers.

      This applies to privilege too.

  2. May 2015
    1. Fenster, J. M., The Woman Who Invented the Dishwasher. Invention & Technology, Fall 1999, pp. 54-61

      needs to be in wikipedia

  3. Apr 2015
    1. If outrage is a currency—and it is—then the online market is drowning in counterfeits.

      Parts of this article are meh, but this core point is solid.

    1. But as this escalated, local governments and police lost sight of their original purpose and focused more and more on punching up the number of arrests and punishments — rather than helping impoverished communities rise up.

      True in education as well.

    1. Authors who have been caught copying from other writers have been accused outright of plagiarism. Earlier this year Kaavya Viswanathan, a Harvard sophomore who had written a first novel, “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life,” was attacked when readers discovered that many passages in the book nearly exactly replicated portions of “Sloppy Firsts” and “Second Helpings,” novels by Megan McCafferty. Ms. Viswanathan’s publisher, Little, Brown, pulled the book from shelves, and the author was disgraced in the press.

      A gender difference from Bob? Not neccessarily, though the thought is disturbing.

    1. “You could give the collected works of Henry Timrod to a bunch of people, but none of them are going to come up with Bob Dylan songs,” he said.

      Thinking through Dylan and plagairism.

    1. The non-sequential nature of the file medium and the use of dynamic manipulation allows a story to have many accessible points of view; Durrell’s Alexa ndria Quar t et, f or instance, could be one book in which the reader may pursue many paths through the narrative

      The most shocking thing about this 1977 article is we used to have tech people who knew who Durrell was.

    1. The researchers found that people who saved the first file remembered more of the list in the second file, according to their paper published in February in Psychological Science. This effect was not seen if the saving process was demonstrably unreliable or if the first file consisted of only two words and so was not substantial enough to interfere with memory for the second file.
    1. Like other Americans, the poor eat foods that are convenient, tasty and familiar. Sometimes they may even make comparatively expensive purchases on, say, ground beef, frozen pizzas or (if they are immigrants) imported sauces from their home countries. Working parents have to prepare a satisfying meal for their families, even if they don't have much time. Dry beans and potatoes might be just as filling, but they take hours of work in the kitchen to prepare. If the parents don't have the time to cook, they'll eat out, just like everyone else in this country.

      The issue of healthy food can be time and risk as much as money. You have limited time to make a meal the kids will eat, and if they don't eat it, it's money down the drain.

      On the other hand, frozen pizza always gets eaten.

      One thing this suggests to me is we need to improve the quality of pre-prepared food if we want a healthier population.

    1. The admissions mark a watershed in one of the country’s largest forensic scandals, highlighting the failure of the nation’s courts for decades to keep bogus scientific information from juries, legal analysts said. The question now, they said, is how state authorities and the courts will respond to findings that confirm long-suspected problems with subjective, pattern-based forensic techniques — like hair and bite-mark comparisons — that have contributed to wrongful convictions in more than one-quarter of 329 DNA-exoneration cases since 1989.

      This article is a good example of how people launder subjective techniques in the veneer of science. There's nothing with saying "these bite marks seem to match". But "these bitemarks would match by chance only 1 out of 20,000 times" etc. is a different story.

    1. But this is no campaign ad. It is an Internet infomercial for a dubious diabetes treatment, in which Mr. Huckabee, who is contemplating a run for the Republican nomination in 2016, tells viewers to ignore “Big Pharma” and instead points them to a “weird spice, kitchen-cabinet cure,” consisting of dietary supplements. “Let me tell you, diabetes can be reversed,” Mr. Huckabee says. “I should know because I did it. Today you can, too.”

      There is this pattern with some politicians -- Robertson, Huckabee, Ron Paul -- doing this. Are there others?

    1. Rand Paul, a libertarian senator who makes much of his religion,


    1. The first female commanding officer of a helicopter squadron at RAF Shawbury, Becky Frater, started work. The squadron is 705 Naval Air Squadron (NAS), one of the two basic helicopter training squadrons at the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) at RAF Shawbury.[159]

      Becky Frater needs her own page.

    1. Sylvia Charp -- 70,000 out of 200,000 students in the Philadelphia schools in CAI in 1981. 1981!

    1. Sixty percent of those surveyed said too little emphasis is placed on collaborations with other learners outside the classroom, while 46 and 40 percent, respectively, said there should be more emphasis on group achievement and working in teams. The two soft skills respondents said were important most often were problem solving, at 96 percent, and the ability to collaborate, at 95 percent.
    1. If there's a simple lesson in all of this, it's that hoaxes tend to thrive in communities which exhibit high levels of trust. But on the Internet, where identities are malleable and uncertain, we all might be well advised to err on the side of skepticism.

      This is not actually the lesson. Hoaxes don't "thrive" on Wikipedia -- when they become the subject of attention they die quick deaths (just as fast as on Reddit).

      People constantly get this wrong. Hoaxes don't spread on Wikipedia. How could they? Hoaxes spread on personal and conversational media. And part of what makes them successful or unsuccessful is whether those communities understand how wiki works.

      The true lesson is that net literacy matters. Facebook users have low net literacy. Reddit users pride themselves on net literacy. Even a moderate amount of net literacy in a community can help innoculate it against hoaxing.

      The whole hoax fell apart because people understood wiki affordances. Imagine if everyone did.

    2. Critics decried the creation of a fake Wikipedia page as digital vandalism. "Things like that really, really, really annoy me," fumed founder Jimmy Wales, comparing it to dumping trash in the streets to test the willingness of a community to keep it clean.

      Wales on why wiki vandalism is neither clever nor helpful.

    1. At this point, I think the most responsible thing would be to have a joint study by both teams, where they all agree on a fair protocol beforehand and see what happens. Outside of parapsychology I’ve never heard of people taking such a drastic step – who would get to be first author?! – but at this point it’s hard to deny that it’s necessary.

      Joint study idea from Slate Star Codex.

    1. Following [1] and [28], we used persistence as a proxy for quality. Intuitively, it is reasonable to assume that the more of an editor’s content lasts, and the longer it lasts, the higher its quality. To formalize this, we calculated the average number of revisions that the words added by all the editors in our sample lasted.

      Obvious problem here: writers with more power and time on site can make their edits persist. Also minor edits persist longer than major or controversial edits.

      In federated wiki this problem is mitigated, because:

      • Time on site does not matter
      • Minor edits are less likely to be forked back than substantial revisions.

      This is actually one of the big problems at the heart of wiki, even outside of the analytics problem.

    1. There is no wikipedia page on Liza Loop, and this should be rectified.

    1. Liza Loop convinces Atari the education market is open.

    2. Atari in designer colors. Ray. Carol Shaw threatens quitting. pg. 383-84.

    3. Christine Maddox in Business is Fun book, perception of women at Atari.

    1. Contains warning up top of "libelous" material.

    2. Kim Swift (born 1983) is an American video game designer best known for her work at Valve with games such as Portal and Left 4 Dead.
    1. “It’s for the same reason,” he says, “that if you had a screen that displayed paintings in your living room, very few serious art enthusiasts would care for such a screen despite the fact that it might show you very high-resolution images of artworks. They want to own a piece of art that is a direct connection to the person who made it. Having an HD screen in your house that would display artwork might have a market, but it’s not the same market as people who are interested in owning art.” In other words, the difference between people who are willing to buy music and those who want music at the push of a button is being vastly underestimated.

      Albini on the problem of the "high-quality MP3" market (ala Tidal, Pono, etc).

    1. Dorothy Vaneman, early sci-fi female hero? Research this.

    1. Jean Lave’s theory of situated cogni-tion focuses on learning as enculturation into a practice, often through the process of “legitimate peripheral participation” in a laboratory, studio, or workplace set-ting. Although this term is often thought of as equivalent to apprenticeship learn-ing, it is a more general concept. In an apprenticeship, the student is there to learn a practice under a master who, if he or she is good, has carefully meted out a set of increasingly challenging activities for the student to perform. In peripheral participation the student is engaged in real work, fully participating in the tech-nical and social interchanges. He or she is able not only to learn to do the job, but also to pick up, as though through osmo-sis, the sensibilities, beliefs, and idiosyn-crasies of the particular community of practice. Learning happens seamlessly as part of an enculturation process as the learner moves from the periphery to a more central position in the community.
    1. In private journals, students take personal risks by writing about their own experiences. For example, Mr. Foster said, in a discussion of whether the American dream still exists, a student writing in a private journal might reflect on her family’s socioeconomic class or financial struggles. But she might hesitate to share something so personal in a public setting. On public blogs, where their classmates will see and perhaps even comment on a post, students engage in more intellectual risks, crafting complex arguments on what are often — especially in sociology courses — controversial issues, Mr. Foster said.

      Blog differences

    1. Clark: In order to understand the conversation, you have to have what one researcher, [James C.] Scott, has called "a hidden transcript." You have to have the cultural background to understand the conversation as it's playing out. There's use of metaphor, there's use of culturally resonant language. I told someone last night, "We don't believe you, you need more people." And it's directly from the Jay Z song, but if you don't know Jay Z and if you don't know that that's a rap lyric, you're going to miss it. And the person I was talking to did. He didn't get it at all.

      Hidden transcript.

    1. So this is a test on of whether we can annotate federated wiki pages. There are some URL issues, but it's a workable solution. Comments would be attached to a specific version, but that makes sense.

    1. 90 second clip of David Gilmour and Richard Wright talking about how the intro of Pink Floyd's Echoes came about. Among other things, they had to engineer Wright's keyboard so it could play through a Leslie speaker.

      It's nice to see the chemistry of easy friends that Gilmour and Wright had. Gilmour elsewhere says that they were like an old married couple in how they had telepathy with one another. You certainly hear that on the albums, and in the conversation.

    1. George RR Martin has waded into the “nasty, nasty fight” surrounding this year’s Hugo awards, laying out why he believes that a group of rightwing science fiction writers have “broken” the prestigious prize beyond repair.

    1. Simon Sedivak

      I cannot find a reference to this author. Most disturbingly the author does not exit on Czech Wikipedia either. [translate]

    2. I took my name from this.

    1. Noted as one of the best Eastern Bloc sci-fi films of the era. Influence (perhaps) on Kubrick's 2001.