RT @TheWeek: A giant Lego man washes ashore in Florida. Stop us if you’ve heard this one: http://t.co/zErR7bg0
The math doesn't quite add up, but the logic is... →
Am I going to give up following the NFL? Am I going to give up listening to...– Journalist David Carr talks to NPR’s Fresh Air about how social media has changed his productivity. (via nprfreshair)
If you've ever lost a pet, found a stray, or... →
Why Freakonomics is Wrong About Cantaloupes. →
motherjones: You heard me.
The Stockdale Paradox →
Secret iOS Business →
In the beginning, there was the web and you accessed it though the browser and all was good.
The Five Challenges to Librarians →
"The best use of Siri yet" - Or why we're all...
bitshare: The new voice activated intelligent assistant called Siri on the Apple iPhone 4S has been pretty popular so far and many have been coming up with some funny responses from Siri. But so far, this has been the best utilization I have seen yet. This is really putting Siri to good use! Read More
The Capitalist Network Running the World →
Why computer voices are mostly female →
gjmueller: One answer may lie in biology. Scientific studies have shown that people generally find women’s voices more pleasing than men’s. “It’s much easier to find a female voice that everyone likes than a male voice that everyone likes,” said Stanford University Professor Clifford Nass, author of “The Man Who Lied to His Laptop: What Machines Teach Us About Human Relationships.” “It’s a...
... and tent libraries for all →
To protect clients from bad lawyers, current barriers to entry try to separate...– I’m with Ilya here. For example: in many states there are higher requirements for becoming a beautician than for becoming a state trooper—and police are the only agency of government legally sanctioned to kill US citizens as a regular part of their duties. The licensing standards for many...
The 20 most annoying tech-related words
bitshare: In a new survey in the UK by Yougov for Computeractive 2,054 people were polled and found the most annoying tech-related word to be “sexting” with 24% of the votes. Sexting is sending explicit photos and text messages via mobile phones. Coming in a close second for most annoying was “intexicated” at 13%. Intexicated means to drive and text at the same time. “Defriend”,...
The head of the building’s cleaning crew, Dean told me he’d once been put in a...– In Which Our Own Josh Harkinson Serendipitously Meets This Man After Writing About the Drumming Controversy at OWS.
"The intent [of the $35 tablet] is to start a... →
Generativity and open source →
Home ownership in a nutshell →
Do you really know how Twitter works? →
On grading . . .
politicalprof: For my academic friends out there: is there anything more humbling than grading? You start with the hope that the logical, ordered and integrated ideas you have been presenting (or think you have been presenting) will have filtered through. And then you start grading. It wasn’t terrible. It just wasn’t what I hoped. Oh well. To paraphrase, “tomorrow, is another class.” Hang in...
Mapping the Labyrinth of Literature →
No one is at fault that education is not happening in most school systems....– Management-Speak Disguises a Short-Sighted Vision of School
Maybe we should eat less salt, but that doesn't... →
NSFW: Barbie versus Reality →
By now, we all know real women don’t look like Barbie, but Katie Halchishick (of Healthy Is The New Skinny) and Matthew Rolston have teamed up to show the dotted lines a plastic surgeon would use to cut a woman into Barbie.
A quick look at social media patterns over the... →
Hulu is not for sale (at least not at these... →
Hulu quashed rumors they’d be purchased by Yahoo, Google, Dish, or Amazon
Because That Would Be Monstrous
adamserwer: From Gideon Rose’s How Wars End, on U.S. public opinion toward Japan in 1944: In response to a December 1944 poll asking “what do you think we sould do with Japan as a country after the war?” 13 percent of Americans wanted to “kill all Japanese” and 33 percent wanted to destroy Japan as a political entity. The poll’s comparable question on Germany did not even include the first...
Just in time for Halloween, a creepy infographic... →
RIP dmr →
Experts Want Negative Feedback →
Use Amazon and Google to find user manuals →
Politicalprof: Why Rick Perry's Grades May Matter... →
politicalprof: Education is a “cost” to be limited or eliminated, not a “good” that pays itself back in untold and often immeasurable ways.
"I am on the edge of 40 and such behavior is seen... →
motherjones: Priscilla Grim, one of the two editors of the awesome “We Are the 99 Percent” Tumblr. The first full interview with both of ‘em is here.