How to teach a dog to read using an iPad

March 21, 2014

“When I clock the carefree shiba inu next to us, who has already progressed to creating her own artworks on a specially designed painting app, I begin to question whether my dog is quite as bright as I have always liked to believe.”

Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2013 | Ithaka S+R

March 19, 2014

“In the Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2013 report we examine how the leaders of academic libraries are approaching systemic changes in their environment and the opportunities and constraints they face in leading their organizations. While exploring key topics covered in our 2010 survey of library directors, such as strategic planning, collecting practices, and library services, in 2013 we also introduced a new emphasis on organizational dynamics, leadership issues, and undergraduate services.”

Man Walks Nearly 3000 Miles Through China. His Before & After Photos Will Shock You.

March 13, 2014

Christoph Rehage started walking on November 9, 2007 and stopped in October 2008. He traveled over 4500 kilometers (2796 miles). All of the distance from Beijing to Ürümqi was completely on foot. The times where you can see him in the video riding a boat or sitting on a plane are during breaks Christoph had to take from walking, either to sort out bureaucracy issues or to take care of some personal issues.”

What Real-Time Gambling Data Reveals About Sports: Introducing Gambletron 2000

March 13, 2014

Introducing, a tool that uses live in-game gambling data to quantify excitement in sports, write automated game recaps, finally settle the debate about whether the first half of NBA games is even worth watching—and much, much more. It might even make you rich.

The sociopathic 1 percent: The driving force at the heart of the Tea Party

March 8, 2014

“A wonderful, free, light consciousness” born of the utter absence of any understanding of “the necessity, meaning, or importance of other people.” Obviously, Ayn Rand was most favorably impressed with Mr. Hickman. He was, at least at that stage of Rand’s life, her kind of man.

If You Want To Avoid Being Replaced By A Robot, Here’s What You Need To Know

March 8, 2014

Computers are sociopaths.

“When someone asks you how you’re doing, it’s considered a pleasantry. When a computer does it, it’s considerably less charming. That’s because we know a computer doesn’t really care. Getting to know us does nothing to add to a machine’s existence, but human contact is something we crave and, in fact, need.

Richard Florida points out in an insightful article that, as many jobs are becoming automated, social skills are becoming increasingly important—and marketable. Autor’s labor report also bears this out, showing that personal services has been the fastest growing job category over the last decade.

When I was growing up, yoga instructors, personal trainers and personal shoppers were rare, but now it seems like everyone has them. The development of instructional videos, e-commerce and, more recently, wearable devices can’t replace the human touch.”

NetAppVoice: Today’s Office: Smaller, Open, Flexible — And LOUDER

February 19, 2014

“The cloud has changed the workplace. More people now work outside the office. And there’s greater collaboration within it. A smaller, open-plan office design saves money, but it’s also noisier and less private.

Plan carefully, and if you choose open-plan, be sure to include separate spaces for private calls and small meetings.”

The Construction of a Twitter Aesthetic

February 16, 2014

He had come here from teaching an evening graduate seminar at Penn on modern German drama. Jarosinski said that he enjoys teaching, but that this is his final semester at Penn. Last spring, he took himself out of consideration for tenure, after realizing that he simply hadn’t published enough research. He started calling himself a “#failedintellectual” on Twitter. “There is kind of an identity crisis that takes place when you’ve been part of a system for a very long time and then, all of a sudden, you see yourself without that,” he said.

David Foster Wallace’s Sharp Letter to His Editor: “Don’t F with the Mechanics of My Piece”

February 12, 2014

“the horrific struggle to establish a human self results in a self whose humanity is inseparable from that horrific struggle. That our endless and impossible journey toward home is in fact our home.”

Apple succeeds where Sony couldn’t

February 9, 2014

But there’s another analysis that applies to the future, for Sony and its competitors. As I asserted in November 2012: “The post-PC era already is over”. The post-PC era is a fiction, fostered by companies like Apple, which profit center is hardware like iPhone and iPad. The new computing era is all about context, something I’ve said since 2007 and Robert Scoble and Shel Israel articulate in their 2013 book “Age of Context”.

Good example: The movie you start watching on a tablet flying home from a business trip but finish in the living room on the big-screen TV. Context of consumption changes but content stays the same.

A Legit Sommelier Rates All the Trader Joe’s Two Buck Chucks. Awesome Happens -

February 6, 2014

Whether you were throwing a dinner for people you felt compelled to not impress, or just hate paying $2.01 and up for literally anything, at some point you’ve likely been in a position to load up a shopping cart with a crapload of Two-Buck Chuck, pray nobody from church sees you, and party down.

Here’s the thing, though: some of it’s actually pretty damn good, and could easily be sold as Nine-to-Eleven-Buck Chuck without anyone being the wiser.

So we brought in two devoted tasters to blindly drink eight different types of Charles Shaw Blend, hit us with detailed notes, and determine 1) which bottles are totally palatable and even enjoyable, and 2) which should be avoided as if they were made by Chuck Woolery, who, it turns out, makes terrible wine.

Wellcome Library Releases 100,000 Images From The History Of Medicine

January 21, 2014

Wellcome Images, one of the world-renowned Wellcome Library’s major collections, has released thousands of pictures, paintings, etchings and engravings on a new website, freely available for high resolution download.

The collection includes early photography, advertisements and paintings from names as famous as Vincent Van Gogh and Michaelangelo.

The earliest item is a 3,000-year-old Egyptian prescription on papyrus and more recent items include a newly added series of photos of hysteric and epileptic patients at the famous Salpêtrière Hospital taken in the late 1800s.

Harvard and MIT release working papers on open online learning

January 21, 2014

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) today released a series of working papers based on 17 online courses offered on the edX platform. Run in 2012 and 2013, the courses drew upon diverse topics — from ancient Greek poetry to electromagnetism — and an array of disciplines, including public health, engineering, and law.

The series features detailed reports about individual courses; these reports reveal differences and commonalities among massive open online courses (MOOCs). In the coming weeks, data sets and interactive visualization tools will also be made available.

What Hard Drive Should I Buy?

January 21, 2014

What Drives Is Backblaze Buying Now?

We are focusing on 4TB drives for new pods. For these, our current favorite is the Seagate Desktop HDD.15 (ST4000DM000). We’ll have to keep an eye on them, though. Historically, Seagate drives have performed well at first, and then had higher failure rates later.

Our other favorite is the Western Digital 3TB Red (WD30EFRX).

A year and a half ago, Western Digital acquired the Hitachi disk drive business. Will Hitachi drives continue their excellent performance? Will Western Digital bring some of the Hitachi reliability into their consumer-grade drives?

Citrix ShareFile For Healthcare, Delivering To The Edge Cases

November 12, 2013

ShareFile has a new option for meeting HIPAA requirements besides on-premise:

“Citrix ShareFile for HealthCare option, the company is offering a dedicated virtual private cloud for its product that is HIPAA compliant. Rather than organizations having to maintain their own infrastructure, Citrix creates a separate secure enclave for PHI. According to the company their healthcare business is growing, having increased nearly 150% in the past year.”

The Case for No iPhone Case

November 3, 2013

“Buying an iPhone and putting a case on it is like buying a piece of art, putting it on your wall, and then putting a sheet over it so it doesn’t get dusty.”

David Hockney’s iPad drawings go big, 12 feet big

October 29, 2013

“There are iPad drawings you look at on a screen, and there are iPad drawings printed on sheets of 3×6-foot paper and mounted on a giant wall. One might call the latter a David Hockney-style iPad drawing.

Hang five such works together and you have “Bigger Yosemite,” a series of wonderfully vibrant drawings of Yosemite’s rocks, trees, and waterfalls that each measures 9 feet wide by 12 feet high. The piece now hangs in San Francisco’s De Young Museum as part of “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition,” a comprehensive survey of more than 300 works made since 2002 by the influential British painter, stage designer, and photographer.”

Scott Adams: How to Be Successful –

October 27, 2013

“Throughout my career I’ve had my antennae up, looking for examples of people who use systems as opposed to goals. In most cases, as far as I can tell, the people who use systems do better. The systems-driven people have found a way to look at the familiar in new and more useful ways.

To put it bluntly, goals are for losers. That’s literally true most of the time. For example, if your goal is to lose 10 pounds, you will spend every moment until you reach the goal—if you reach it at all—feeling as if you were short of your goal. In other words, goal-oriented people exist in a state of nearly continuous failure that they hope will be temporary.”

University libraries clear their shelves

October 25, 2013

“In a province where postsecondary schools have endured successive years of 3-per-cent cuts to their government funding, costs are a constant concern. The proposed repository could possibly occupy up to 22,500 square feet in a former government archival building in Halifax’s Woodside Industrial Park, and cost up to $300,000 a year to operate, plus leasing costs. But it would free up 57,000 square feet of combined space across university libraries which would cost $14.1-million to build, according to a feasibility study by consulting firm Deloitte.

While the digital era has profoundly changed libraries, it hasn’t diminished their popularity as a place for serious thinking, learning, concentration – and socializing. On a typical late-October day, more than 17,000 people still pass through the U of Waterloo libraries’ turnstiles, according to a recent report.

Ms. Bourne-Tyson has often heard suggestions that cramped libraries can surely make room by scrapping some of the rows of computers stretching across nearly every learning commons – after all, the average student now brings at least a laptop and smartphone to campus each day. But “the funny thing is, [the computers are] still busy all the time,” she said.

“What students tell us is, they like the library computers because they’re no fun,” she said. “Their own devices are too distracting.”

Apparently This Matters: Billionaire uses flip phone

October 18, 2013

“Remember, his football stadium holds one of the world’s largest, most advanced high-def video boards — it stretches 160 feet wide and 72 feet high. If the stadium roof were open and you were standing on the moon with nothing else to do, you could watch Cowboys games.

I wouldn’t. But you could.

After all of the outrage and amazement about his phone, Jones later went on the radio with 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] and addressed the non-situation situation.

“I don’t know what to say other than I can guarantee AT&T is on the top of that flip phone,” he said. “It works for me. I don’t have any butt-dialing with that thing. I know that.”

He’s got a point.”


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