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tara river canyon montenegro - Bing images, Sat 7/27/2019
Đurđevića Tara Bridge in northern Montenegro
Reaching nearly 2,000 feet across the Tara River Canyon, the Đurđevića Tara Bridge spans both geography and history. Popular now with tourists, photographers, and (gulp!) bungee jumpers, when this five-arch span was built in 1940 it was Europe's largest vehicular concrete bridge. The first version didn't last long: In 1942, with World War II raging, local partisans blew it up, hoping to stall the advance of Italian and German forces. Chief among those destroying the bridge was Lazar Jauković, one of the engineers who helped create it. He would later be executed by the occupying Italians, and when the bridge was rebuilt after the war, a plaque was added hailing his heroism.
Bing  travel  Montenegro  stories  WWII 
7 weeks ago by pierredv
How to save politically ‘mixed marriages’ in Trump era - The Christian Science Monitor Daily for July 8, 2019
"There was one person I interviewed who really embodied this, a young woman, and her father was a dear friend of mine. He died a very terrible death. He had five brothers and sisters, all of whom were progressives and she totally identified with these people. He had one brother who had moved to the South, converted to evangelical Christianity, and was in the military. Guess who was the only person who showed up to help her? And he left his wife and his five children far away and came. Not one of the progressives – she knew them well – lifted a finger. And this was not lost on her. "
CSMonitor  politics  love  stories  people  relationships 
8 weeks ago by pierredv
Boltzmann's Grave
"Physicist’s epitaph provides final confirmation to a career of turmoil."
Vienna  physics  history  travel  Austria  people  stories 
9 weeks ago by pierredv
The HP Garage
"In 1938 David and Lucile Packard got married and rented the first floor of the house at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto. The simple one car garage became the HP workshop and the little shack out back became Bill Hewlett's home. In 1989 California named the garage "the birthplace of Silicon Valley" and made it a California Historical Landmark."
technology  mythology  stories  history 
10 weeks ago by pierredv
Everything you need to master Instagram Stories
"Instagram's Snapchat-like feature lets you create sequences of photos and videos that expire after a day. Now with type mode in Stories!"
CNET  Instagram  howto  stories 
12 weeks ago by pierredv
Contemporary folklore in the digital age - Emma Louise Backes, Oct 2014
"Contemporary folklore can be found within geek enclaves and hubs, such as video games and Internet urban legends. By drawing on folkloric traditions from around the world, and crafting their own universe-specific lore, video game writers and developers are building new interactive spaces for folklore and reifying the significance of folklore within our cultural imagination. Internet related and generated urban legends such as Slender Man also demonstrate the importance of cyberlore and the transformation of folklore in the digital age."

"One of the most interesting elements of digital folklore is the creation of Internet urban legends"

Quoting Dundes: "My point is that there is folklore of and about the computer" (1980:16-17).
TheGeekAnthropologist  folklore  stories  anthropology 
june 2019 by pierredv
Definition and Examples of Narratives in Writing - ThoughtCo
The definition of narrative<> is a piece of writing that tells a story, and it is one of four classical rhetorical modes or ways that writers use to present information. The others include an exposition, which explains and analyzes an idea or set of ideas; an argument, which attempts to persuade the reader to a particular point of view; and a description, a written form of a visual experience.
ThoughtCo  narrative  writing  rhetoric  stories  * 
june 2019 by pierredv
Computer Weekly - CW@50: The story of the internet, and how it changed the world
Computer Weekly’s journey through 50 years of innovation in technology continues with a look back at the history of the internet and the huge changes it has brought to society
history_  computing_  stories 
june 2019 by pierredv
AI narratives: portrayals and perceptions of artificial intelligence and why they matter | Royal Society
In a series of four workshops (PDF), the Royal Society and Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence explored:

which narratives around intelligent machines are most prevalent, and their historical roots;
what can be learned from how the narrative around other complex, new technologies developed, and the impact of these;
how narratives are shaping the development of AI, and the role of arts and media in this process; and
the implications of current AI narratives for researchers and communicators.
AI  narratives  stories  RoyalSociety 
may 2019 by pierredv
Public Communication of Climate Change Science: Engaging Citizens Through Apocalyptic Narrative Explanation: Technical Communication Quarterly: Vol 18, No 1
Philippa Spoel, David Goforth, Hoi Cheu & David Pearson
Pages 49-81 | Published online: 23 Dec 2008
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Working from the premise that public input is essential to science policy deliberations, we analyze how two recent works of public communication about climate change (An Inconvenient Truth and Climate Change Show) draw on the rhetorical resource of apocalyptic narrative explanation to promote scientific fluency and inspire citizen engagement in the issues. By weaving together the proofs of ethos, logos, and pathos within a framework of cultural rationality, these narratives illustrate available means of persuasion for stimulating the public's informed participation in science policy discussions.
stories  narrative  climate-change  communication  science 
may 2019 by pierredv
Fiction as Orienteering – Jessica Foley, May 2019
"On the 3rd May 2019, I hosted a panel on ‘Fiction as Orienteering’ as part of the 5th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference at Trinity College Dublin. The theme of the conference was on “exploring creativity in narrative inquiry“. I took the conference as an opportunity to outline a pattern that’s been developing in my research around fiction in relation to ‘smart’ technologies, specifically the idea that fiction can work as a mode of orientation. "

"a process of research-creation through conversation"

"I’m looking for a metaphor, a model, that I can work with as a context, a thing to put things in, that will help to generate insights on the technologies and technological thinking surrounding, motivating and informing the development of smart cities and communications networks. "

"... open up a conversation on forms of narrative inquiry and creativity that are in some way inflected by fiction, technology and/or a critical sense of orienteering or orientation. "

"Narratives, stories, objects and maps of various kinds can function as a ‘handrail’ that offers orientation, like a thread through a maze. "
stories  storytelling  fiction  metaphor 
may 2019 by pierredv
CNS - Center for Narrative in Science
The CNS is a research and service center for all matters relating to the study of narrative in science (natural, human, and social)
science  narrative  stories 
may 2019 by pierredv
From Stories to Scientific Models and Back: Narrative framing in modern macroscopic physics: International Journal of Science Education: Vol 37, No 5-6

Narrative in science learning has become an important field of inquiry. Most applications of narrative are extrinsic to science—such as when they are used for creating affect and context. Where they are intrinsic, they are often limited to special cases and uses. To extend the reach of narrative in science, a hypothesis of narrative framing of natural and technical scenes is formulated. The term narrative framing is used in a double sense, to represent (1) the enlisting of narrative intelligence in the perception of phenomena and (2) the telling of stories that contain conceptual elements used in the creation of scientific models of these phenomena. The concrete case for narrative framing is made by conceptual analyses of simple stories of natural phenomena and of products related to modern continuum thermodynamics that reveal particular figurative structures. Importantly, there is evidence for a medium-scale perceptual gestalt called force of nature that is structured metaphorically and narratively. The resulting figurative conceptual structure gives rise to the notion of natural agents acting and suffering in storyworlds. In order to show that formal scientific models are deeply related to these storyworlds, a link between using (i.e. simulating) models and storytelling is employed. This link has recently been postulated in studies of narrative in computational science and economics.
science  physics  narrative  stories  education 
may 2019 by pierredv
A theoretical framework for narrative explanation in science - Norris - 2005 - Science Education - Wiley Online Library

This paper deals with a number of conceptual and theoretical issues that underlie the proposal to employ narrative explanations in science education: What is narrative? What is explanation? and What is narrative explanation? In answering these questions, we develop a framework of narrative elements and characteristics of narrative explanations. Two possible examples of narrative explanation are presented and examined in light of the framework. This examination brings to light various conceptual and empirical questions related to the examples and to the larger issue of the use of examples like them in science instruction. The value of the framework lies partly in its power to point to such questions. The questions can guide a program of theoretical and empirical research into the psychological reality of the narrative form of explanation, the existence of narrative explanations in science, the use of narrative explanations in science teaching, and the nature and extent of the narrative effect upon which proposals for the use of narrative often are justified.
science  education  narrative  stories 
may 2019 by pierredv
The Role of Narrative in Communicating Science: International Journal of Science Education: Vol 31, No 12

The present theoretical paper presents a case for the use of narrative (i.e., fictional written text) in science education as a way of making science meaningful, relevant, and accessible to the public. Grounded in literature pointing to the value of narrative in supporting learning and the need to explore new modes of communicating science, this paper explores the potential of narrative in science education. More specifically, in this paper we explore the question: What is narrative and why might it be of value to science education? In answering this question we propose a view of narrative and its necessary components, which permits narrative a role in science education, and is, in fact, the main contribution of this paper. Also, a range of examples of narrative text are offered in the paper to make the case for a representation of fictional narrative in science. In order to address questions connected with the use of narrative in science education, a research agenda based on perspectives of narrative implications for learning is framed.
narrative  science  education  stories 
may 2019 by pierredv
Review: Catherine Kohler Riessman (2008). Narrative Methods for the Human Sciences | Duque | Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research

R. Lyle Duque

Catherine Kohler Riessman (2008). Narrative Methods for the Human Sciences. CA, USA: SAGE Publications, 244 pages, ISBN: 978-0-7619-2998-7, US$ 37.95

Abstract: Narrative inquiry is increasingly being used across disciplines in the human sciences to investigate a multitude of questions. In this review, RIESSMAN's book on narrative methods is discussed. The review focuses on how she situates narrative tradition within the broader landscape of qualitative research and her presentation of a typology of analytic methods in narrative inquiry. It will discuss her perspectives on data construction and the issue of validity in narrative research.
narrative  stories 
may 2019 by pierredv
Disability, inclusive adventurous training and adapted sport: Two soldiers' stories of involvement - ScienceDirect
Creative nonfiction offers an alternative approach to qualitative data analysis.
It offers new insights into disabled soldiers' experience of sport and AT.
Personal stories reveal subjectivities, meaning, and biographical connections.
Stories can preserve complexity to support plural understandings of individuals.
Collaborative storytelling sharing constitutes an ethical act of witnessing.
stories  military  soldiers  warfare  narrative  storytelling 
may 2019 by pierredv
At the Membranes of Care: Stories in Narrative Medicine, Rita Charon, 2012
At the Membranes of Care: Stories in Narrative Medicine
Rita Charon, Acad Med. 2012 Mar; 87(3): 342–347.
doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3182446fbb


Recognizing clinical medicine as a narrative undertaking fortified by learnable skills in understanding stories has helped doctors and teachers to face otherwise vexing problems in medical practice and education in the areas of professionalism, medical interviewing, reflective practice, patient-centered care, and self-awareness. The emerging practices of narrative medicine give clinicians fresh methods with which to make contact with patients and to come to understand their points of view. This essay provides a brief review of narrative theory regarding the structure of stories, suggesting that clinical texts contain and can reveal information in excess of their plots. Through close reading of the form and content of two clinical texts—an excerpt from a medical chart and a portion of an audio-taped interview with a medical student—and a reflection on a short section of a modernist novel, the author suggests ways to expand conventional medical routines of recognizing the meanings of patients' situations. The contributions of close reading and reflective writing to clinical practice may occur by increasing the capacities to perceive and then to represent the perceived, thereby making available to a writer that which otherwise might remain out of awareness. A clinical case is given to exemplify the consequences in practices of adopting the methods of narrative medicine. A metaphor of the activated cellular membrane is proposed as a figure for the effective clinician/patient contact.
medicine  healthcare  stories  narrative 
may 2019 by pierredv
5th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference Tickets, Thu 2 May 2019 at 17:30 | Eventbrite
"The 5th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference entitled Exploring Creativity in Narrative Inquiry will be hosted by the School of Social Work & Social Policy in Trinity College Dublin this year on May 2nd & 3rd . The overall theme of the conference this year is “EXPLORING CREATIVITY IN NARRATIVE INQUIRY” recognising how the centring of story means that creativity is inherent in the narrative method. But are we always making those connections in our narrative practices?"

Jess Foley did panels on "Fiction as Orienteering"
stories  TrinityCollegeDublin 
may 2019 by pierredv
History, Differential Equations, and the Problem of Narration on JSTOR, Donald N. McCloskey, 1991
Donald N. McCloskey
History and Theory, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Feb., 1991), pp. 21-36
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… engineers specialize in metaphors and historians in stories. In the abstract it is a matter of definitions. Take the essence of the metaphor to be comparison and the essence of the story to be time.

The engineer and historian do not deal in mere comparison or mere time, no more than poets or novelists do. Aimless comparison is bad poetry and bad engineering; one damned thing after another is bad fiction and bad history.

Like the terms of most human histories, most solutions of differential equations in this explicit form (called "analytic solutions") cannot be achieved mechanically. They have to be guessed at, then confirmed by showing they correspond with the original equations, which is to say with the partially thematized chronologies that we call history. Even the ones that do not have analytic solutions often have approximate solutions in terms of what are called, alarmingly, "infinite series." The successive terms of such series are approximate themes. For instance, the large first term in an infinite series of themes for World War I might be "God favors the bigger battalions," to which might be added the somewhat less important second term (" . . . and the better generals"), to which might be added the third (" . . . and the British Empire"), and so on, out to the limit of the historian's or the engineer's need for thematization. (The engineer uses the thematization to characterize and predict, the historian to characterize and explain, but otherwise they are doing much the same job: one is predicting, the other postdicting.)

The analytic solutions correspond to simply predictable histories, that is, histories that can be reexpressed as equations. The differential equations embody what we think we know about societies as theory, such as a Marxist theory. The solution then characterizes a particular historical path. . . . Such talk undermines the claim that natural science and historical science have two separate modes of apprehension. The separation seems less consequential if it is viewed merely as the metaphor as against the story, and if in good metaphors and good stories the two are linked by a differential equation. The old question - Clio, Science or Muse? - loses its gripping interest if sciences use stories and art uses number.

The commonest theme of battle history, the horseshoe nail, is a case of a non- linear differential equation: . . . Battle history is not held in high regard by historians precisely because it so obviously depends on tiny chances of this sort. . . . But the disdain for assigning large events small causes is not rational in a world partly nonlinear.

But the attraction of the chaotic is also the attraction of magic. The accident has the power of magic, a childish omnipotence of thought in which I can change the world with a word. . . . Tiny errors in a magical ceremony can make it go wrong. "If the Hindu magicians are to be believed, some of their rites could be practiced successfully only once every forty-five years." Naturally: if magic could be done on any day, in any place, it would not have the scarcity that protects its claim of efficacy. It would merely be engineering.

Chaos pleases us, then, by reintroducing a sense of magic, a sense of many possibilities.

. . . The Dogma of Large-Large. Large results, it says, must have large causes.

The butterfly can take flight either in the parameters (that is, in the confidence about the model imposed) or in the initial conditions (that is, in the confidence about the observations of the world's condition). Both yield large differences out of small differences. Only unreasonable dogmatism about the model or un- reasonable dogmatism about acuity can restore one's confidence in the Dogma of Large-Large.

What we can do is look for times that seem chaotic and be forewarned. That is what engineers do.

One does not avoid nonlinearities by not knowing what they are called. When success breeds success, when variables feed back into themselves, we have an exciting story to tell, but unless we know its metaphors already we have no way to tell it.
history  narration  stories  engineering  maths 
may 2019 by pierredv
Exposing Hidden Relations: Storytelling, Pedagogy, and the Study of Policy - Kristen Moore, 2013

Within a Technical Communication classroom, policywork has been used to teach students the vital discursive and conceptual skills valued by technical fields. However, given the move of technical communicators into the public sphere, these skills can and should be expanded to include diverse practices and modes of thought. As such, this article suggests that storytelling can be used as a pedagogical tool to help students think more critically about the (sometimes hidden) relationships that policywork inheres. This article articulates relational work as a target skills set for students and suggests specific activities and handouts for developing these skills
stories  Policy  pedagogy 
may 2019 by pierredv
20 Must-Read Dystopian Novels That Are Set In A Futuristic World
Books on predicting the end of world and the raise of a calamitous society are gaining more prominence of late. If you are a Sci-Fi fanatic who derives great pleasure in reading plots set in a futuristic world then this collection of 20 great dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction books is for you.
Sci-Fi  BestOf  reviews  books  stories  fiction  novels 
may 2019 by pierredv
Stories about economics and technology: The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought: Vol 17, No 5
Robert Solow


This essay offers an unsystematic sketch of seval ways in which economists have approached the need to represent and model changes in technology. It begins with the failures of Ricardo and Mill to respond adequately to the continueing increase of productivity after the Industrial Revolution, and ascribes it to the lack of appropriate analytical technique. It goes on to the question of classification of inventions posed by Hicks, with responses from other authors. It concludes with comments on the current intereste in endogenizing technical profress as a routine profit-seeking activity, with the thought that an uneasy compormise between exogeneous and endogeneous may be the best that can be done.
history  economics  technology  stories 
may 2019 by pierredv
Technology's Stories - SHOT
Formed in 1958, The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) encourages the historical study of technology in society and culture.
technology  stories  history 
may 2019 by pierredv
Captain Midnight broadcast signal intrusion - Wikipedia
"On April 27, 1986, American electrical engineer and business owner John R. MacDougall, using the pseudonym Captain Midnight, jammed the Home Box Office (HBO) satellite signal on Galaxy 1 "

FCC penalities were nugatory then, too: under a plea bargain, John MacDougal "received a $5,000 fine, one year unsupervised probation, and his amateur radio license was suspended for a year." It’s amazing he was even found; "a tourist overheard him discussing the incident on a pay phone off Interstate 75"

"Satellite hijacking only became a felony only after this event."
jamming  spectrum-vulnerability  hacking  FCC  Wikipedia  stories  people 
april 2019 by pierredv
157 | The Copernican Principle — Talking Politics
"David gives the third in his series of talks about the future of democracy. This one uses an idea from cosmology to work out where we might be in the story of democracy: are we at the beginning, in the middle or near the end? It all depends when and where we think the story starts. From Stonehenge to Les Miserables, from ancient Athens to Facebook, a simple idea turns out to have some surprising applications, and some important lessons for contemporary politics. "

For show notes, see
TalkingPolitics  podcasts  politics  stories  David-Runciman 
april 2019 by pierredv
A 2-year-old couldn't walk on his own. So a high school robotics team built him a custom car - CNN
Via CSMonitor Daily, April 2, 2019

"Due to a genetic condition, Cillian Jackson, 2, can't walk. But the Minnesota boy now motors around in style, thanks to some enterprising students at his local high school."
CNN  CSMonitor  robotics  disability  stories 
april 2019 by pierredv
George H.W. Bush’s humor: He loved jokes and making people laugh - The Washington Post
“What other commander in chief wore a bunny tie on Easter and a pumpkin tie on Halloween?” New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote this week, remembering her time covering him as a White House beat reporter. “Who else would go to the magic shop near the White House and fill his office with items like a red rope that turned white, a calculator that squirted water and cash on a string so you could yank it back when someone tried to pick it up?”
people  stories  biography  humor 
december 2018 by pierredv
One reporter's fascination with Siberia leaves readers asking for more -
Interview with Fred Weir

Q. What were the biggest surprises you discovered about this region when you started your reporting?
A. I keep being surprised. I suppose it is the vast, almost endless expanse of Siberia that always amazes me most. I took the trans-Siberian train, twice, when I was younger. That trip is eight days from Moscow to Vladivostok; it’s like crossing an ocean, and everything you see out of the window is Russia.
CSMonitor  stories  journalism  Russia  interviews 
november 2018 by pierredv
(29) Piano-playing busker brings his audience to tears - YouTube
"Meet the Piano Man of Washington Square Park. Four times a week, Colin Huggins, 40, pushes an 800-pound piano down the street to the iconic Greenwich Village gathering spot. His life goal is to bring music — and a few tears — to the masses."
piano  music  stories  people  NYPost 
october 2018 by pierredv
Online Extra: How the Smuckers Stick Together - Bloomberg
"Q: So, whatever the particular denomination, there's a real feeling that religion is an important binding force?

"Exactly. It wasn't the same one though each generation. Each generation changed, but it was still the values that religion provides."

"our strategy is to own icon brands in North America, and there are some really neat brands that we currently own. Look at that cadre of brands -- Smucker's, Jif, Crisco, Hungry Jack, Pillsbury, Martha White -- I mean these are all great, well-known family brands. So we want to be known as a company that manages brands well."

"Richard: Some people believe that the constituent that they need to serve is the shareholder. And we believe that we actually have basically six constituents, five of which we serve very well, [and that will] take care of the shareholder. The first constituent is the consumer. We have to know what the consumer wants and take care of that need. We have to take care of our customers -- the retailers. The third constituent is our employees. The fourth constituent we believe is our suppliers: We have to have good, healthy suppliers. And the fifth constituent would be communities, where we have plants. Basically, if we take care of those five constituents, the sixth constituent, which is the shareholder, will automatically be taken care of.

Q: It's the backwards point of view from that of Wall Street."
Bloomberg  stories  profile  business  religion  strategy  interviews 
february 2018 by pierredv
To Love Abundantly: Sharon Salzberg's Journey – Lion's Roar
"In loving-kindness practice, a practitioner begins with him or herself, wishing four things: may I be free from danger, may I be happy, may I be healthy, may I live with ease."

"Salzberg did loving-kindness practice for four years with U Pandita, and then he wanted her to stop. Metta is not the main practice, he said, mindfulness is: metta will do many things, but it won’t necessarily enhance your understanding of emptiness."
lovingkindness  self-compassion  Buddhism  meditation  profile  stories  people  Sharon-Salzberg 
january 2018 by pierredv
Editor’s Journal | Issues in Science and Technology, Dec 2017
"But if stories are especially good at making sense of the ambiguities and contradictions of the human condition, where and what are the stories that can communicate a more complex and even fruitful relationship between science and religion?
Several of them are in this edition of Issues."
Issues-in-Science-and-Technology  science  religion  stories 
december 2017 by pierredv
The Rise Of Two Brothers: The Slatterys’ Careers In Aerospace | Commercial Aviation content from Aviation Week
Few people ever make it to the top of large corporations; it is even less common to see two brothers rise to the top in the same industry. The Slattery brothers did: John is now president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aircraft—the first non-Brazilian to run the company’s commercial aircraft business—and many predict he will one day also be the first non-Brazilian to run Embraer as a whole. Domhnal is the CEO of Avolon, which is well on its way to becoming the world’s largest aircraft lessor just seven years after he founded the company. Both are still relatively young CEOs: Domhnal turned 50 recently, and John is 48. They will have many more years in the industry, if they wish.
AviationWeek  stories  biography  people  aviation 
october 2017 by pierredv
Orbital ATK Sale To Northrop Marks Turning Point | Aviation Week, Sep 2017
"Orbital ATK is known for being ahead of its time, but for once it might be right on the money. Iconoclastic, visionary, sober, failed, successful—these and many other adjectives have aptly described the Dulles, Virginia-based aerospace and defense company founded 35 years ago. And for its stakeholders, including cofounder and CEO David Thompson, another will be added to the list: valuable. On Sept. 18, Northrop Grumman and Orbital announced that the former will buy the latter in a $9.2 billion deal. "

"Thompson and two Harvard Business School classmates founded Orbital Sciences Corp. on April 2, 1982, with the goal of making space technology more affordable and accessible. ... But during the late-1990s, big bets made on space-based imagery and data communications proved disastrous. Orbital-backed Orbimage and Orbcomm ventures were forced to seek bankruptcy protection ..."
AviationWeek  space  launch  people  stories  history 
october 2017 by pierredv
4 Step Guide to Letting Go of the Past : zen habits, Mar 2017
Step 1: See the Story That’s Hurting You
Step 2: Stay with the Physical Feeling
Step 3: Breathe Out, Letting Go
Step 4: Turn with Gratitude Toward the Present
zenhabits  stories 
april 2017 by pierredv
Origin of Wireless Security: the Marconi Radio Hack of 1903 | Hackaday
"Towards the end of Professor Flemings lecture, the receiver sparks into life, and the morse code printer started printing out one word repeatedly: “Rats”. It then spelled out an insulting limerick: “There was a young man from Italy, who diddled the public quite prettily”. Marconi’s supposedly secure system had been hacked.

Nevil Maskelyne, circa 1903. Wikipedia.
Nevil Maskelyne, circa 1903. From the Royal Institution.
The person behind this hack was Nevil Maskelyne, an inventor, magician, and general troublemaker who was a long-time rival of Marconi."
hacking  radio  stories 
march 2017 by pierredv
Fingers of Steel on Vimeo
Chris Heck fought his way up over the most dangerous, lifethreatening tricks, with numerous sore finger injuryies, and nerval breakdowns to where he is today.
Since winning the German championship in 2003, he worked everyday on his inventive tricks while phoning with his wife wife Anna, on his wooden kitchen table.
Through this hard training his fingers became harder than any industry steal you can buy.
His Pro Model, with a a red Skwirral, (which is his favorite animal, right after turtles and foxes) crowns his legendary 21 years of Finger Skateboarding.
Ladies and gentlemen.
Fingers of Steel
A film by Sebastian Linda
skateboarding  humor  Vimeo  video  sport  people  stories 
february 2017 by pierredv
From Analog to Digital — Twenty Thousand Hertz
Did we lose anything when we transitioned from analog to digital? Learn about the Jedi skills old radio DJs had to have to spin vinyl on the radio, and meet a man who’s found himself trapped in a digital world and learn what he does to escape. Featuring Rick Adams and Craig Crane.
podcasts  audio  analog  stories  20kHertz 
february 2017 by pierredv
Journalism under Attack | Issues in Science and Technology
The strength of false narratives

But as Politico’s Susan Glasser recently noted in an essay for the Brookings Institution: “Even fact-checking perhaps the most untruthful candidate of our lifetime didn’t work; the more news outlets did it, the less facts resonated.”

To my perplexed colleagues in the political journalism community: Welcome to the world of science journalism, where with respect to some topics, the more you report facts, the less they seem to matter.
Issues  journalism  science  narrative  stories 
january 2017 by pierredv
In the Heart of Trump Country - The New Yorker - Oct 2016
"Another important factor is immigration, but not for economic reasons. In West Virginia, there are practically no immigrants. But Trump has promoted the idea that someone who cares about the fate of people new to the country must care less about those who have been here longer—and this idea resonates among people who believe that the rest of the country doesn’t care about them at all, and doesn’t see them as kin. "

"Many people talk about a connection to the ground itself. West Virginia doesn’t look quite like any other place—hardly any flat land, because the densely wooded hills are crushed so close together there’s barely room for a road between them—and its confining closeness forms a kind of physical bond between people who find it familiar. "

"When Clinton talks about her family and her childhood, she describes a sense of deep rootedness in mainstream America. Obama, with his complicated background, doesn’t take roots for granted. ... Perhaps this is why Obama makes a point of saying that he understands that the desire for borders is not always, or only, racism but also a desire to belong to a group of people that is smaller and less cosmic than all mankind: in other words, to have a home. "

"After the old people died, he visited their graves, and he also visited the graves of the grandparents and the great-grandparents they had described to him. Some of these older graves were in small family cemeteries that were brambly and overgrown, because the people there had died so long ago that nobody remembered them, or if anyone did they were too old to climb up the mountain anymore. Many of those buried didn’t have proper headstones, only rocks with initials carved in them. He felt that the least he could do for the people whose stories meant so much to him was to care for their graves, so some days he would take tools and hike up to one of the half-hidden cemeteries and cut back the grass and the weeds, and straighten a headstone if there was one and it had fallen over, and leave flowers on the mounds. He liked doing it. It was peaceful there. "
NewYorker  geography  US  stories  people  politics 
october 2016 by pierredv
Removing Ourselves From the Center of Everything : zen habits
"see if we can remove ourselves from the center of the story"
zenhabits  stories 
august 2016 by pierredv
Mental Badassery: Becoming Aware of the Stories We Tell Ourselves : zen habits
"My challenge to you is to start to notice what you’re telling yourself about everything."
What We Can Do:
"The first thing you can do is regard it as a dream."
"The next thing you can do is not act on the story. ... Just sit with the story, notice how it’s making you feel, notice the physical sensations in your body."
zenhabits  stories  feelings  sensations 
august 2016 by pierredv
A Mindful Shift of Focus : zen habits
"Pay attention to your breathing, to tightness in your chest or shoulders, to how it feels in your body. Stay with the feeling for just a couple moments, ... Now notice what it is in this moment that you wish were different. What is missing from this moment that is frustrating you? Frustration stems from what you don’t have."
"It’s easy to get caught up. It’s not so easy to notice that we’re caught up, when it happens. But if you can notice it, just notice that you’re telling yourself a story about this situation. It’s a story about how you wish things were different, how things aren’t how you want them to be.Sit and watch yourself get caught up in this story. Sit and stay with the feelings it produces."
"The antidote to frustration is appreciating what’s already here, in this moment."
zenhabits  habits  frustration  mindfulness  *  stories 
august 2016 by pierredv
To Create a Habit, Tell a Good Story : zen habits
Try to think about some of the following thoughts when you’re working on your habit:

This makes me feel strong/healthy/empowered (or some other positive trait).
I am proud of doing this habit.
I have had some great successes with this.
I’m learning a lot with this habit.
I’ve had good experiences with this habit.
There are some exciting things about this that I’d like to share with people.
I can appreciate the little things about this habit.
There are things I genuinely love about this habit.
This can sometimes be a struggle but it’s definitely worth it.
This habit is improving my life an multiple ways.
I’m lucky to be able to do this habit.
There are things about this habit that I look forward to.
I’ve missed doing this habit sometimes, but over the long run it doesn’t matter.
Doing this habit makes me more resilient.
When I’ve done this habit, I feel accomplished and satisfied.
I feel like a better person when I do this habit.
Just think about one of these each time you do the habit, or just after. And then try another one on the next time you do the habit.
zenhabits  habits  stories  self-compassion 
july 2016 by pierredv
Back to the thesis: Francis Collins - YouTube
2:25: "I wanted to contribute. I wanted to have some insight, to feel like, that my involvement in science had meant something."
people  stories  scientific-method  education  YouTube  video  quotations  NatureJournal 
july 2016 by pierredv
With restored US-Cuba ties, a long trip home for Miami Cubans -
The challenge for younger generations is to move the community past long-held grudges without seeming to dismiss early exiles’ pain over losing so abruptly the life they loved. They’ve long covered it up with anger, [says Richard Blanco, a writer and poet born to Cuban exiles.] “It’s easier to be angry. It’s easier to hold on to anger and to hold on to really negative emotions than to face loss and pain. It’s easier to scream than it is to cry.” ... “There’s pain in my grandparents’ generation for what was lost, beyond the material. What was lost was a sense of identity, a sense of dignity, a sense of belonging,” says [Raul] Moas, whose organization also helps organize trips to Cuba. “Talking about traveling to Cuba for some families would almost be like surrendering.”
CSMonitor  Cuba  stories 
october 2015 by pierredv
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