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ClubOrlov: America—The Grim Truth [A bit over the top, but there are some major truths in here, especially about the worry that results from the financial precariousness we feel as part of our system, lack of social safety net]
"Americans, I have some bad news for you:

You have the worst quality of life in the developed world—by a wide margin.

If you had any idea of how people really lived in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many parts of Asia, you’d be rioting in the streets calling for a better life. In fact, the average Australian or Singaporean taxi driver has a much better standard of living than the typical American white-collar worker.

I know this because I am an American, and I escaped from the prison you call home.

I have lived all around the world, in wealthy countries and poor ones, and there is only one country I would never consider living in again: The United States of America. The mere thought of it fills me with dread.

Consider this…"
politics  collapse  us  economics  health  healthcare  expats  2010  via:mathowie  finance  well-being  qualityoflife  food  pharmaceuticals  work  balance  australia  fragmentation  teaparty  immigration  emmigration  canada  newzealand  japan  europe  comparison  middleeast  guns  safety  society  fear  dystopia  unemployment  decline  oil  peakoil  grimfutures  change  policy  freedom  germany  finland  italy  france  scandinavia  singlepayerhealthsystem  government  socialsafetynet  bankruptcy 
december 2010
Next American City » Buzz » Richard Florida’s Monorail
"MacGillis quotes Florida: “We can confer subsidies on places to improve their infrastructure, universities, and core institutions, or quality of life, [but] at the end of the day, people—not industries or even places—should be our biggest concern. We can best help those who are hardest-hit by the crisis, by providing a generous social safety [net], investing in their skills, and when necessary helping them become more mobile and move to where the opportunities are.”

"What it reminded me of most, sadly, was the episode of The Simpsons, in which Springfield gets a monorail." [Explained.]

"Though he spends the rest of the book waxing philosophical on motorcycle repair, Crawford does touch on economics from time to time, and he raises some damning points. In essence, he points out that in the race to make our workforce more and more skilled in the “knowledge economy” we have forgotten entirely about the value, both economic and cognitive, of the skilled trades."

[via: http://twitter.com/agpublic/status/19607992852815872 ; see also: http://twitter.com/agpublic/status/19616177701523457 ]
adamgreenfield  richardflorida  urban  urbanism  creativeclass  socialsafetynet  mobility  education  reeducation  mindchanges  shopclassassoulcraft  crisis  recession  urbandecay  urbanplanning  socialprograms  policy  monorails  snakeoilsalesmen  alanbinder  matthewcrawford  thesimpsons  mindchanging 
december 2010
Lessig: It's Time to Demolish the FCC - Newsweek
"The solution here is not tinkering. You can't fix DNA. You have to bury it. President Obama should get Congress to shut down FCC & similar vestigial regulators, which put stability & special interests above public good. In their place, Congress should create something we could call Innovation Environment Protection Agency (iEPA), charged with simple founding mission: "minimal intervention to maximize innovation." iEPA's core purpose would be to protect innovation from its 2 historical enemies—excessive government favors, & excessive private monopoly power…

America's economic future depends upon restarting an engine of innovation & technological growth. A first step is to remove government from mix as much as possible…corporate America has come to believe that investments in influencing Washington pay more than investments in building a better mousetrap…We need to kill a philosophy of regulation born w/ 20th century, if we're to make possible a world of innovation in 21st."
innovation  copyright  internet  government  2008  larrylessig  monopolies  restart  influence  corruption  power  patents  communication  stasis  gamechanging 
december 2010
Researching a Research Paper Quickly and Effectively
Overview:

1. Prepare:  Initial idea for research, creating initial questions to answer in the paper, and starting a research journal
2. Determine Keywords:  Using broad searches and generalized information to develop search keywords
3. Find the Granddaddy of the Field:  Finding the base to build the research upon
4. Find and Understand Your Research Base
5. Find Researchers Who've Cited the Granddaddy Authors
6. Reevaluate Your Questions and Start Writing
7. The Process Is NOT Linear"
classideas  instructables  research  writing  howto  tutorials  researching  researchpapers  tcsnmy  via:thelibrarianedge 
december 2010
American English Dialects
As Michal Migurski puts it: "Completely ludicrous dialect superpage:"<br />
"This is just a little hobby of mine, that I thought might be interesting to a lot of people. Some people collect stamps. Others collect coins. I collect dialects. Please let me know what you think of this page. - Rick Aschmann (Last updated: December 27, 2010.)"
language  linguistics  metafilter  dialect  maps  mapping  english  northamerica  us  canada  hobbies  hardcorehobbyists  location  regional 
december 2010
Urbanscale | Design for networked cities and citizens
"This is the challenge we've taken up. Urbanscale is a practice committed to applying the toolkit and mindset of interaction design to the specific problems of cities. Through the design of products, services, interfaces and spatial interventions, our work aims to make cities easier to understand, more pleasant to use and more responsive to the desires of their inhabitants and other users. We hope you join us in the coming weeks and years, as we explore the abundant possibilities presented by a world of networked cities and citizens."
design  urban  socialsoftware  opencities  startup  adamgreenfield  urbancomputing  urbanism  networkedurbanism  ubicomp  networkedcities  cities 
december 2010
A Whole Lotta Nothing: Quick thoughts on Pinboard
Comparing my own Delicious feed to my own Pinboard feed I see this theme repeated: my Pinboard feed is personally useful, but socially uninteresting.

& therein lies the rub: Pinboard extends the functionality of Delicious to any links you drop in Twitter, sites you choose at Instapaper, & interesting things at Google Reader, but like Instapaper, that works best as a personal archiving appliance that you use personally to dig up a story about raising kids you read 6 months ago at NYTimes. But when you combine extensive personal archiving w/ a public view mixed into a network of shared links from dozens of friends, you get a mish-mash of bookmarks, jokes from twitter, & wacky sites someone liked in Google Reader. As a personal archive tool, it's pretty impressive, as a shared space to find interesting bookmarks, it's problematic.

In the end, I'll likely continue using Delicious to track bookmarks w/ Pinboard as a backup/archive…[and] continue to hit my Delicious network page…"
bookmarking  social  pinboard  twitter  2010  matthaughey  del.icio.us  socialbookmarking  cv  socialboomarks  reading  discovery 
december 2010
Trickle | A Twitter display for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
"Trickle is a Twitter display for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Simply launch Trickle and let it do its thing. Hands-free Twitter Display, Multiple Accounts, Cheap as Chips, Helvetica, Available on the iPhone
iphone  twitter  ipad  software  ios  applications  display 
december 2010
Why the other lines always seem to move faster than yours
"Erlang found out how many telephone lines the company needed, given the average number of calls per hour. Similarly, you can figure out how many checkout lines you need, given the average number of customers. It turns out the best arrangement is to have a single line, and the next customer goes to the next available register. There's less chance of blockage from a single delay.<br />
But people don't like doing that apparently, and so assuming random selection, ending up in the slow line comes down to simple probability.<br />
<br />
Another way to think about this problem is in terms of time. You wait when you're in a slow line. You move when you're in a fast line. So the longer amounts of time spent waiting feel more significant (even though it might be a single pick) than when you made the fast picks."
psychology  shopping  theory  mathematics  queues  queingtheory  perception  math 
december 2010
The Dark Side of Young Adult Fiction - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com
"If you were in the market this season for a book that would appeal to a teenager, you probably noticed that the young adult sections in bookstores and on bestsellers lists were filled with titles bearing dark and scary themes.<br />
Whether it's Suzanne Collins's "The Hunger Games" trilogy or James Paterson's "Maximum Ride" series, the popularity of post-apocalyptic fiction doesn't seem to be abating.<br />
Why do bestselling young adult novels seem darker in theme now than in past years? What's behind this dystopian trend, and why is there so much demand for it?"
teaching  books  fiction  nytimes  dystopia  pessimism  scottwesterfeld  paolobacigalupi  jayparini  andrewclements  lisarowefraustino  michelleannabate  yaliterature  trends  post-apocalyptic 
december 2010
Myths Related to Learning in Schools
"This chapter focuses on the intellectual stultification of learners, the first of three fundamental problems that limit the quality of thinking and efficacy of the educational experience. Students in increasingly lower grades and educators at increasingly earlier points in their careers lose their joy for their work. They become jaded by the limitations on their imaginations, frustrated by the questions they are not allowed to pursue, and depressed by the more experienced peers around them who seem uninterested in their ideas. Somewhere along the way, we—educators, parents, and students alike—decided that schooling was supposed to feel this way, that the drudgery of school was necessary in order for learning to happen. We are all culpable for perpetuating this reality."
unschooling  deschooling  schooliness  learning  schools  education  via:hrheingold  drudgery  pedagogy  teaching  lcproject  tcsnmy  criticalthinking  curiosity  engagement  boredom  coping  wastedtime  attention  homework  superficiality  myths  grades  grading  motivation  speed  slowlearning  slowness  slowpedagogy  slow  intelligence  pace  risk  riskaversion  treadmill  treadmilleducation  racetonowhere  sageonthestage  hierarchy  freedom  autonomy  burnout  creativity  curriculum 
december 2010
Rapportive
"Rapportive shows you everything about your contacts right inside your inbox."
gmail  social  plugin  firefox  chrome  safari  email 
december 2010
The man who wore my password - Neven Mrgan's tumbl
"So that really long, really tricky password shouldn’t be on a sweaty dude’s shirt in a pizza shop, it really shouldn’t. Yet there it was. For a few seconds I entertained the idea that I had entered a Matrix/Inception world where people and signs were basically UI elements. I pondered tapping my password, and felt a little disappointed in The Architect for showing it in plain text, no bullet-point obfuscation or anything.

Then rationality kicked in and I figured I’d work my way backwards: how had I picked my non-word, non-pet password in the first place? My three passwords are sounds that for one reason or another get lodged in my brain; this makes them impossible to forget, though not so easy to figure out independently."
nevenmrgan  passwords  memory  humor  rationality  security  subconscious 
december 2010
Coleccionistas de sonidos · ELPAÍS.com
"Los especialistas de grabaciones de campo catalogan los sones en peligro de extinción y los cuelgan en la Red"
maps  mapping  archives  archival  archiving  nature  web  music  community  environment  via:regine  fieldrecording  online 
december 2010
The Best Writing Apps for iOS
"Although writing in iOS might seem troublesome, with faster fingers or a Bluetooth keyboard you can actually get a lot done. Whether it's just a note, your next novel, or new screenplay, here are the apps you'll need."
writing  apps  iphone  ipad  ios  classideas  ipodtouch  applications 
december 2010
Orion Magazine - nature / culture / place
"Once upon a time, Orion published a regular department called The Place Where You Live. Though the department was discontinued in 2003, we’ve been asked about its fate ever since—and reminded by readers of how important it was to them.

So we’re bringing it back. This is a space for you to exercise your sixth sense and tell us about your place. What connects you to it? What history does it hold for you? What are your hopes and fears for it? What do you do to protect it, or prepare it for the future, or make it better?

A few of the contributions we receive will appear in the print edition of Orion. The Place Where You Live will be published in every issue of Orion (as well as online), so submissions will be considered for the print magazine on a rolling basis…

Your contribution can take the form of a short essay or story of no more than 350 words, up to six photographs, a painting, drawing, or handmade map."
place  landscope  onion  nature  orionmagazine  classideas  local  hyperlocal  life  theplacewhereyoulive  writing  newmedia  drawing  maps  mapping  essays  stories  photography  culture 
december 2010
The Baan Dek Montessori - Welcome to Montessori in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
"The Baan Dek Montessori was established by Bobby and June George and is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The school aims to offer an authentic Montessori education based on the principles of Maria Montessori. The Baan Dek Montessori is a fully recognized Associated Montessori International school in the State of South Dakota. We are also accredited by the state of South Dakota to teach Kindergarten.The Baan Dek History.

The original Casa dei Bambini, or Children's House, opened January 6, 1907. In keeping to tradition, The Baan Dek Montessori is named after this school. 'Baan Dek' is Thai for 'Children's House'. The Baan Dek Montessori opened September 5, 2007, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and soon there after become the first accredited Association Montessori International in the history of the state."
southdakota  siouxfalls  montessori  startups  schools  education  learning  tcsnmy  lcproject 
december 2010
flump - onairbustour - Simple Flickr image downloader - Project Hosting on Google Code
"flump is a simple application that allows your to download all of the public photos for a specific Flickr account."
flickr  tools  software  download  photos  backup  utilities 
december 2010
Flavorwire » Dinner Party Menus Based on Literary Tastes
"Any meal is immediately improved by a stylistic theme — and, no, we don’t just mean of the murder mystery variety. After hearing about Vinegar Hill House’s American Psycho inspired New Year Eve’s menu, we got to thinking about other books that would make for great dinner party premises. You can choose from the following fantasy menus based on literary taste, and remember to have guests complete the bookish tone by appropriately dressing up as their favorite character."
literature  classideas  food  menus  humor  fun  writing 
december 2010
Learning from Finland - The Boston Globe
"As recently as 25 years ago, Finnish students were below the international average in mathematics and science. There also were large learning differences between schools, with urban or affluent students typically outperforming their rural or low-income peers. Today, as the most recent PISA study proves, Finland is one of the few nations that have accomplished both a high quality of learning and equity in learning at the same time. The best school systems are the most equitable — students do well regardless of their socio-economic background. Finally, Finland should interest US educators because Finns have employed very distinct ideas and policies in reforming education, many the exact opposite of what’s being tried in the United States.

Finland has a different approach to student testing and how test data can or should not be used. Finnish children never take a standardized test. Nor are there standardized tests used to compare teachers or schools to each other…"
finland  us  education  policy  teaching  schools  equity  equality  pisa  systemsthinking  cooperation  government  sweden  germany  choice  competition  leadership  standardizedtesting  pedagogy  reform  2010 
december 2010
iPad Guide: 25+ Essential Resources for Your Apple Tablet
"After its late April debut on shop shelves, the iPad has had a great year. It proved popular as a digital publishing platform, enjoyed sales in the millions and has hosted a ton of top, device-specific apps.

If you grabbed an iPad earlier this year, or if you got one over the holidays, then we’ve got a treat for you with a roundup of more than 25 iPad-related resources.

From ace accessories to amazing apps, see below for a ginormous list of all the iPad posts we’ve published on Mashable during 2010."
ipad  ios  applications  accessories  mashable  games  tips  howto  tutorials 
december 2010
Why is Kim Kardashian Famous? » Sociological Images
"A patriarchal bargain is a decision to accept gender rules that disadvantage women in exchange for whatever power one can wrest from the system. It is an individual strategy designed to manipulate the system to one’s best advantage, but one that leaves the system itself intact."

[via: http://plsj.tumblr.com/post/2486779012/a-patriarchal-bargain-is-a-decision-to-accept ]
kimkardashian  patriarchy  gender  women  discrimination  celebrity 
december 2010
Montessori Activities for iPad and iPhone - Montessorium
"With Montessorium, the tested philosophy of Montessori meets the challenges of the contemporary world in developmentally appropriate learning activities and timeless interactions, which reinforce the very ways in which we learn.

A new type of classroom, a continuum of proven and tested Montessori principles and materials, in the hands of children. Whose hands do you want your future in?

Tap into Montessorium."
ipad  education  applications  ios  iphone  children  montessori  learning  teaching  edtech 
december 2010
The 7 Fascinating Education Ideas of the Year - voiceofsandiego.org: Schooled: The Education Blog
"Solving Einstein's Algebra Problem [Einstein Academy], Letting the Kids Make the Rules [Innovations Academy], English Learners Who Seem to Know English [Pacific Beach Middle School], Small (Change) Is Beautiful [Euclid Elementary], The Data War [SDUSD in opposition to RttT], Wording Up Without the Dictionary [Grant Barrett, SDUSD], One Class Fits All [Correia Middle School in Point Loma drops tracking]"
sandiego  2010  emilyalpert  einsteinacademy  innovationsacademy  algebra  math  teaching  learning  sdusd  language  languageacquisition  change  euclidelementary  data  rttt  vocabulary  tracking  democracy  democratic  schools  biliteracy  assessment  collaboration  teacherretention 
december 2010
Taking the A-Train: Change Observer: Design Observer
"A college student teaches journalism to high school students in Brooklyn, using civic engagement to achieve education goals."
teaching  cityasclassroom  education  journalism  highschool  learning  subways  nyc  interviews  classideas  conversation  citizenship  civics  civicengagement  engagement  urban  urbanism  us  publictransit  community  transportation 
december 2010
Cabros de los 80
"El sitio de los que pasaron su niñez y adolescencia en el Chile de los ochenta."
nostalgia  chile  1980s  history  memory  children  childhood 
december 2010
Film History 101 (via Netflix Watch Instantly) « Snarkmarket
"Robin is absolutely right: I like lists, I remember everything I’ve ever seen or read, and I’ve been making course syllabi for over a decade, so I’m often finding myself saying “If you really want to understand [topic], these are the [number of objects] you need to check out.” Half the fun is the constraint of it, especially since we all now know (or should know) that constraints = creativity."

[See also Matt Penniman's "Sci-fi Film History 101" list: http://snarkmarket.com/2010/6492 ]
film  netflix  history  cinema  movies  timcarmody  snarkmarket  teaching  curation  curating  constraints  lists  creativity  forbeginners  thecanon  pairing  sharing  expertise  experience  education  learning  online  2010  frankchimero  surveycourses  surveys  web  internet  perspective  organization  succinct  focus  design  the101  robinsloan  classes  classideas  format  delivery  guidance  beginner  reference  pacing  goldcoins  surveycasts 
december 2010
The 101 « Snarkmarket
"Some of the teachers I remember most from college are the ones who would say something like: “Listen. There are only two movies you need to understand to understand [whole giant big cinematic movement X]. Those two movies are [A] and [B]. And we’re gonna watch ‘em.” (I feel like this is something Tim is extremely good at, actually.) It’s a step above curation, right? Context matters here; so does sequence. So we’re talking about some sort of super-sharp, web-powered, media-rich syllabus. I always liked syllabi, actually. They seem to make such an alluring promise, you know? Something like:

Go through this with me, and you will be a novice no more."
curation  curating  robinsloan  frankchimero  lists  organization  experience  expertise  teaching  learning  online  web  classes  classideas  format  delivery  guidance  beginner  forbeginners  reference  2010  pacing  goldcoins  surveys  surveycourses  the101  education  internet  perspective  succinct  focus  design  history  constraints  creativity  thecanon  pairing  sharing  surveycasts 
december 2010
Frank Chimero - The Two Best Things on the Web 2010
"My top two choices, however, stood tall as perhaps the best stock I’ve had the pleasure of reading on the web, both in terms of their scope, but more interestingly about how they treated their content and audience. There’s a pattern here that I enjoy. I’d like to introduce you to them, and hopefully in the process make a bit of a point about the direction I want the web to take in the next year."

"I suppose I’m hungry for curated educational materials online. These are more than lists of books to read: they’re organized, edited, and have a clear point of view about the content they are presenting, and subvert the typical scatter-shot approach of half the web (like Wikipedia), or the hyper-linear, storyless other half that obsesses over lists. And that’s the frustrating thing about trying to teach yourself things online: you’re new, so you don’t know what’s important, but everything is spread so thin and all over the place, so it’s difficult to make meaningful connections."
education  learning  online  lists  2010  frankchimero  surveycourses  surveys  teaching  forbeginners  web  internet  curating  curation  perspective  organization  succinct  focus  design  history  constraints  creativity  thecanon  pairing  sharing  expertise  experience  the101  robinsloan  classes  classideas  format  delivery  guidance  beginner  reference  pacing  goldcoins  surveycasts 
december 2010
Playbuttton convierte a las chapitas en reproductores de MP3 - FayerWayer
"Playbutton es un reproductor de MP3 distinto. Mientras la mayoría de los reproductores te prometen millones de canciones en un pequeño dispositivo con horas y horas de batería, Playbutton es mucho más simple: un disco, en una sola chapita."
mp3  music  gadgets  buttons  edg  srg  glvo  wearable  mp3players  wearables 
december 2010
University Diaries » From UD’s Christmas Reading [Tony Judt, from The Memory Chalet]
[via: http://ayjay.tumblr.com/post/2477115696/the-best-thing-about-america-is-its-universities]

“best thing about America is its universities. Not Harvard, Yale, e tutti quanti: though marvelous…not distinctively American–roots reach across ocean to Oxford, Heidelberg, …Nowhere else in world…can boast such public unis. You drive for miles across a godforsaken midwestern scrubscape, pockmarked by billboards, Motel 6s & military parade of food chains, when—like some pedagogical mirage dreamed up by 19th century English gentleman—there appears…a library! & not just any library: Bloomington boasts 7.8-million-volume collection in 900+ languages, housed in magnificent double-towered mausoleum…

100+ miles northwest across another empty cornscape there hoves into view the oasis of Champaign-Urbana: an unprepossessing college town housing a library of over 10 million volumes. Even the smallest of these land grant universities—UVt or Wyoming’s isolated Laramie—can boast collections, resources, facilities, & ambitions that most ancient European establishments can only envy.”
colleges  universities  education  learning  us  libraries  europe  comparison  highereducation  highered  nationaltreasures  books  collections 
december 2010
RoachBall :: 0009.org
"a sporty mashup between cricket, dodgeball, soccer and kickball played in a bocci ball court"
dodgeball  cricket  soccer  bocceball  sports  play  games  fun  outdoors  tcsnmy  classideas  projectideas  kickball  bocce  roachball  futbol  football 
december 2010
Industrial Liquidators :home
"Industrial Liquidators is a surplus retail and wholesale outlet. We also buy closeouts. We have retail stores for our  products as well as a warehouse opento the public to buy shelving, work benches and our larger equipment! We buy and sell items such as: Shelving, Industrial Surplus, electronics, test equipment,laboratory equipment, office equipment, machinery, components, government surplus, excess inventory...etc."
electronics  sandiego  shopping  glvo  projects  make  making  surplus  laboratories  tools  technology  tcsnmy  supplies  furniture  components  machinery 
december 2010
Clube da Esquina - Wikipedia
"In 1963 Milton Nascimento moved from Três Pontas, in the midlands of the state of Minas Gerais, to the capital Belo Horizonte, looking for work. He settled at the Levy building, where the Borges Family, including Márcio Borges, already lived. One day, after watching François Truffaut's movie Jules et Jim three times in a row, Milton and Márcio started composing (Milton already played in some bars of Belo Horizonte): Márcio wrote the lyrics, and Milton wrote the music. Since then, Márcio always played a great role in the history of Clube de Esquina as lyricist, mainly together with, at a later stage, Fernando Brant. The first album (Clube da Esquina), from 1972, was followed by another one in 1978 (Clube da Esquina 2), that contains tracks written by authors that were not part of the group (e.g., Chico Buarque)."

[See also: http://worldsofwanwood.blogspot.com/2010/11/milton-nascimento-clube-da-esquina-1972.html AND http://www.amazon.com/Clube-Esquina-Milton-Nascimento/dp/B000005GYI ]
clubedaesquina  brasil  music  miltonnascimento  minasgerais  belohorizonte  julesetjim  françoistruffaut  chicobuarque  márcioporges  tropicália  1972  brazil 
december 2010
Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices :: Map your voice - about
"We need your voice. By adding your voice you can help with research into how language works. We hold recordings that capture the sounds of spoken English all over the world.

We are asking people all over the world to read a children's story: Mr. Tickle by Roger Hargreaves. It's been chosen for the range of English sounds it contains when read out loud. Read more about why we chose it.

Alternatively, you can just read out a list of six words. If you are keen, you may read both."
language  english  accents  mapping  maps  reading  classideas  regional  via:thelibrarianedge 
december 2010
Unlink Your Feeds - There’s a better way.
"I have a vision of a new social networking paradigm. Handcrafted social networks.

I imagine a world where people take each network for what it is and participate (or not) on those terms. Instead of a firehose slurry of everything buckets, I imagine separate streams of purified whatever-it-is-each-service-does. I envision users that post when they’re inspired & don’t mind skipping a few days if nothing particularly interesting comes up…

I imagine people taking the extra 10 seconds to reformat a post for each service if the message is so relevant and important that it needs to show up more than once. I imagine being able to choose who I follow and what subset of their postings I get with a high degree of granularity.

There may come a day when this vision gets implemented on the server side. When all the social networks give me fine grain control for hiding subsets of the updates sent out by my contacts. But until that day comes, it’s gotta be solved on the client side."
lifestream  cv  distributed  socialnetworking  socialmedia  socialnetworks  socialsoftware  timmaly  formatting  context  del.icio.us  twitter  tumblr  vimeo  flickr  etiquette  howto  internet  web  online  tutorials  utopia 
december 2010
Unlink Your Feeds - A Manifesto.
"You need to unlink your feeds.

I understand why you did it. I’ve made the same mistake myself. But it’s hurting your friends, you, & the Internet. You need to stop.

You need to stop automatically dumping your feeds from one account into another.

I know it’s tempting. New service, not sure how you’ll keep up w/ ever demanding maw & there’s the “import your content” button, right there in sign-up process. A quick trip through a login screen or an OAuth link & there you are: All your stuff automatically aggregated…

No muss, no fuss, right?

This is an illusory solution. It’s a false idol. It’s contributing to noise pollution…It’s diminishing the quality of your output and of others’ experiences.

You need to unlink your feeds and put a tiny bit more effort into using each service for what it is.

More [links to each of these topics]:It’s hurting your friends.It’s hurting you.It’s hurting the Internet.There’s a better way."
twitter  manifesto  socialmedia  facebook  feeds  rss  del.icio.us  tumblr  timmaly  social  socialnetworking  linkpollution  automation  manifestos 
december 2010
notes.husk.org. Sticking With Delicious.
"I still find its pared-down interface slightly too minimal, & the ability to pull in feeds from Twitter and Instapaper has led to some people falling foul of link pollution. [Huge point.]

Frankly, despite the burst of migrations, my delicious network is still more full of good links, although it’s been starved of some of the most interesting posters…

(As a side note, I think this also proves beyond all doubt how important the social aspect of any service is. For all that individuals can download their links, the value I get out of the site is not my 3,500 bookmarks, but the 345,681 in my network. The continued utility of that is what’s most at risk.)

Anyway, since Pinboard can mirror from Delicious but not vice versa, I’m going to keep using the latter as my primary service. Pinboard can carry on being what it’s been for the last eighteen months: a hot spare, but not the service I really want to be using."
del.icio.us  pinboard  paulmison  discovery  socialbookmarking  bookmarks  bookmarking  aggregation  twitter  linkpollution  social  networks  internet  2010  research  socialnetworking 
december 2010
notes.husk.org. The Post-Delicious World.
""what does the delicious network do that I can’t also do with an RSS reader and independent linklogs?"

… main issues are UI &, more seriously, discoverability.

The Delicious network page is built for links. It shows notes nicely, & also displays tags & who posted something in a compact fashion. (Pinboard network page does same, to be fair.) By contrast, generic RSS readers are, well, generic. In dealing w/ everything from links to photos to long form text to podcasts, they have to make compromises, but for browsing links, it makes them a poor interface.<br />
<br />
The more pressing problem…is discovery…1stly, below every link, both Pinboard & Delicious allow you to see who else bookmarked it, which can be useful for finding people with a similar set of interests. 2ndly, both provide a central place where you can enter someone’s nick & see if they exist. 3rdly, Delicious allows you to browse the network of another user, which is another route to finding people you may want to follow."
del.icio.us  pinboard  social  discovery  research  paulmison  2010  networks  socialnetworking  socialbookmarking  socialboomarks 
december 2010
Tag (game) - Wikipedia
Arrived at this article searching for 'kill the carry'. Now I'm ashamed that I only knew it by the homophobic term. The good news: Isn't Wikipedia awesome? What an entry with tens of variations (many multicultural) of tag to try!
wikipedia  games  play  tag 
december 2010
The Big (Military) Taboo - NYTimes.com
"Eisenhower gave strongest warning: “Every gun made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, …theft from those who hunger, those who are not clothed.” …Robert Gates has argued military spending…should expect closer, harsher scrutiny…& for more investment in diplomacy & development aid.<br />
…troops in Afghanistan are strongest advocates of investing more in schools…see firsthand that education fights extremism far more effectively than bombs.…cost of 1 US soldier in Afghanistan for 1 year = ~20 schools.<br />
… a few signs of hope…Simpson-Bowles deficit commission proposes cutting money for armaments, along w/ other spending…Hillary Clinton unveiled signature project…calls for more emphasis on aid & diplomacy…<br />
[Republicans] should remind themselves that in 21st century, our government can protect its citizens in many ways: financing research against disease, early childhood programs that reduce crime later, support for community colleges, diplomacy that prevents costly wars."
2010  spending  nicholaskristof  us  policy  foreignpolicy  education  diplomacy  militaryindustrialcomplex  war  politics  growth  military  afghanistan  security  simpson-bowles  deficit  hillaryclinton 
december 2010
Income Inequality and the 'Superstar Effect' - NYTimes.com
"CAPITALISM relies on inequality…pay disparities steer resources [people] to where they would be most productively employed.

In poor economies, fast economic growth increases inequality…Inequality spurs economic growth by providing incentives …pulls best & brightest into most lucrative lines of work, where most profitable companies hire…

Yet increasingly outsize rewards accruing to nation’s elite…threaten to gum up incentive mechanism. If only a very lucky few can aspire to a big reward, most workers are likely to conclude it's not worth effort to try…odds aren’t on their side.

Inequality has been found to turn people off…measurably less satisfied w/ jobs…more likely to look for another…winner-take-all games tend to elicit much less player effort & more cheating…

…How much inequality is necessary?…economy grew even faster 1951-80, when inequality declined…

US is rich country w/ most skewed income distribution…Americans are less economically mobile…"
economics  disparity  wages  labor  growth  us  capitalism  incentives  motivation  wealth  elite  elitism  winnertakeall  work  inequality  mobility  finance  sports  wealthdistribution 
december 2010
Attention, and Other 21st-Century Social Media Literacies (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE
"Just as print technologies & literacies shaped Enlightenment, the social media technologies & literacies will shape the cognitive, social, & cultural environments of 21st century. As Jenkins & colleagues have emphasized, education that acknowledges the full impact of networked publics & digital media must recognize a whole new way of looking at learning & teaching. This is not just another set of skills to be added to curriculum. Assuming a world in which welfare of young people & economic health of society & political health of democracy are the true goals of education, I believe modern societies need to assess & evaluate what works & doesn't in terms of engaging students in learning.

If we want to do this, if we want to discover how we can engage students as well as ourselves in 21st century, we must move beyond skills & technologies. We must explore also interconnected social media literacies of attention, participation, cooperation, network awareness, & critical consumption."
howardrheingold  education  learning  socialmedia  literacy  collaboration  21stcenturyskills  communication  participatory  participation  participatoryculture  henryjenkins  networkawareness  awareness  criticalthinking  criticalconsumption  technology  medialiteracy  interconnectivity  engagement  teaching  society  etiquette  democracy  tcsnmy  lcproject  future  interconnected 
december 2010
You’ve Got to Have (150) Friends - NYTimes.com
"Until relatively recently, almost everyone on earth lived in small, rural, densely interconnected communities, where our 150 friends all knew one another…

But social & economic mobility of past century has worn away at that interconnectedness. As we move aroundcountry across continents, we collect disparate pockets of friends, so that our list of 150 consists of a half-dozen subsets of people who barely know of one another’s existence, let alone interact.

…Emotional closeness declines by around 15% a year in the absence of face-to-face contact, so in 5 years someone can go from being an intimate acquaintance to the most distant outer layer of your 150 friends.

Facebook & other social networking sites allow us to keep up w/ friendships that would otherwise rapidly wither away. &…to reintegrate our networks so that, rather than having several disconnected subsets…we can rebuild, albeit virtually, the kind of old rural communities where everyone knew everyone else."
robindunbar  dunbar  dunbarnumber  friendship  relationships  facebook  economics  social  media  socialnetworking  socialnetworks  history  humans 
december 2010
On Education § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM
"The global skill gap arises because neither the high-level specialist within a discipline nor the policy-school graduate is likely to be equipped with the skills needed to solve global problems of a cross-disciplinary nature. The experts provide crucial insights, but their skills are typically focused on generating research, debating ideas, and addressing narrow issues rather than large-scale professional problem solving and management. Meanwhile, the policy graduate typically lacks the grounding in core scientific principles across the appropriate range of topics. The solution lies in training sophisticated science-educated generalists who can coordinate insights across disciplines while managing complex agendas for results."
education  global  interdisciplinary  highered  crossdisciplinary  crosspollination  multidisciplinary  learning  problemsolving  criticalthinking  collaboration  generalists  specialization  specialists  policy  management  complexity  science  academia 
december 2010
Chapel Hill Campus Takes On Grade Inflation - NYTimes.com
"“It’s complicated, it’s controversial, and it runs into campus political opposition from all sorts of directions you might not anticipate,” Mr. Nassirian said, adding that transcripts with too much extra information can become unwieldy.

Studies of grade inflation have found that private universities generally give higher grades than public ones, and that humanities courses award higher grades than science and math classes.

Mr. Perrin’s concern with grading standards began 15 years ago, when he was a teaching assistant at the University of California, Berkeley.

“I would grade papers, run the grades by the professor and then give them out, and long lines of students would appear outside my office to say I graded too hard,” Mr. Perrin said. Now, at North Carolina, Mr. Perrin is convinced that grading problems are pervasive."
grades  grading  gradeinflation  highereducation  highered  teaching  economics  assessment  transcipts  gpa  2010  unc  education  learning  evaluation 
december 2010
A Mobile Sensor for Air Pollution | Design for Good | Big Think
"There is increasing concern about pollution levels in the world's most ubiquitous and essential substance – air – and a new pilot project from Intel is aiming to address it via the developed world's second most ubiquitous thing: The mobile device. The Common Sense Project has developed a prototype for a new handheld mobile device equipped with an air quality sensor that helps communities record and analyze environmental data in order to become more engaged in civic matters of environmental policy and regulation."
commonsenseproject  sensors  mobile  phones  data  datacollection  environment  sustainability  airquality 
december 2010
Common Sense — Mobile sensing for community action
"We are developing mobile sensing technologies that help communities gather and analyze environmental data. We hope that this hardware and software will empower everyday citizens to learn more about their environment and influence environmental regulations and policy.

We have developed various research prototypes, which are being used in studies such as a deployment on street sweepers in San Francisco and a deployment of a handheld device in West Oakland. Right now we are focusing our efforts on air quality sensing. Our hope is that our research prototypes will demonstrate the utility of embedding environmental sensors in commercial commodity devices such as mobile phones."
mobile  sensing  community  technology  sensors  environment  crowdsourcing  sustainability  policy  data  datacollection  sanfrancisco  oakland  bayarea  phones 
december 2010
City As School - Wikipedia
"City-As-School is a alternative NYC public high school built on the idea that all children learn differently, some learn by seeing, some by hearing, others by doing. The school's stated objective is to help strengthen, motivate & guide students through their high school experience.

While students have many opportunities for in-house classes, experiential learning is the foundation of CAS. Students are required to register for an internship each cycle; a cycle is half the time of a regular semester. Currently, CAS has over 500 open internship relationships.

Graduation from CAS is through a portfolio presentation before a panel of adult and peers.

Some of CAS students are eligible to take classes at local colleges tuition free."
education  schools  nyc  alternative  alternativeeducation  lcproject  internships  jean-michelbasquiat  basquiat  mosdef  adamhorovitz  learning  city-as-school  brooklyn  manhattan  ricksafran  fredkoury  publicschools  experiential 
december 2010
Here's Why the Banksy Movie Is a Banksy Prank | Fast Company
"As a straight documentary, this film is a snoozefest, an artist's love note to himself written in spray paint on a public wall. But Banksy isn't quite a straight-ahead kind of artist. He's a character based on surprise and coyness, someone whose work catches us where we least expect it, hours after he's fled the scene. And as another of his ruses, Exit Through the Gift Shop is as fun and well-conceived as the Banksy persona itself."
banksy  film  art  graffiti  documentary  prankumentary  shepardfairey  streetart  exitthroughthegiftshop 
december 2010
drawRobot 1.0 | "steve" on Vimeo
"steve stretches his legs (nxt servos) for the first time. controlled manually via the keyboard drawing a figure eight."
drawbots  robots  tomake  edg  projects  drawing  lego  legomindstorms 
december 2010
YouTube - drawing robot
"the robot has two eyes which can only read black or white, if both eyes see black it'll go straight, if only one eye sees black it'll spin till the other eye sees black too."
drawbots  robots  edg  projects  tomake 
december 2010
YouTube - Lego NXT signature bot
"Using the record/play block this bot can mimic your signature. This one writes something like pep~"
lego  legomindstorms  drawing  drawbots  robots  edg 
december 2010
YouTube - Mindstorms NXT Drawing Robot
"Lego Mindstorms NXT drawing robot by Edmund Landro."
lego  legomindstorms  drawbots  drawing  robots  edg  projects  tomake 
december 2010
YouTube - MøBot: DeLeon II [drawbot]
"Newest evolution in the DrawBot series. This video demonstrates the new stylus arm design as well as sets DeLeon on task to begin drawing. I'm inclined to return to the wheel-based system for mobility as it is much more accurate. I really like the the relationship to crop-circles. I think this is starting to go somewhere."

[See also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR8rZnNgNdc ]
lego  legomindstorms  drawbots  robots  drawing  projects  edg  tomake 
december 2010
makezine.com: Helium Balloon Imaging "Satellite"
"Snap aerial photos from 300' up by suspending a hacked drugstore camera from 3 tethered helium balloons."
balloons  edg  sdspacesociety  projects  make  space  aerialphotography  photography  makemagazine 
december 2010
makezine.com: Making Your Own Satellites
"Build and launch your own sat for as little as $8,000."
edg  projects  space  satellites  sdspacesociety  make  makemagazine 
december 2010
Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story | Video on TED.com
"Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding."
storytelling  culture  africa  culturalbias  bias  media  generalizations  writing  literature  ted  chimamandaadichie  truth  complexity  voice  experience  classideas  stereotypes  partialview  perception  nigeria  dignity  preconception  misunderstanding  chinuaachebe  books  chimamandangoziadichie 
december 2010
Los 80
"Los 80 es una serie de televisión chilena, producida por Canal 13 con motivo del proyecto para la celebración del Bicentenario del país.

La serie, protagonizada por Daniel Muñoz y Tamara Acosta, narra la historia de la familia Herrera, una familia de clase media que vive en Santiago de Chile. La trama se sitúa entre los años 1982 y 1984, en pleno régimen militar, y gira en torno a los diversos eventos históricos de los años 80, principalmente la gran crisis económica de ese año.

Dentro de sus principales méritos está la representación de la época, apelando a la nostalgia de los televidentes. La participación de la selección chilena en la copa mundial de fútbol de 1982 es recordada, al igual que las grandes inundaciones que provocaron el desborde del río Mapocho. Lugares, objetos, alimentos, vestimentas, diálogos y hasta automóviles han sido recreados para ambientar la historia, mezclada con videos históricos…"

[Linkrot, so:
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_80_(serie_de_televisi%C3%B3n_de_Chile)
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anexo:Episodios_de_Los_80 ]

[Playlists:

Temporada 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JK0BoQnSuI&list=PLjtEkYRNN2okgmdLBLFvd8gwaAxRXOkOI

Temporada 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DP2-5d9_Ro&list=PLjtEkYRNN2one9jXl4QhPV-PjcjbSkad5

Temporada 3 (episode 7 doesn't work in US, direct link after playlist link):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1TAdDHcOZU&list=PLjtEkYRNN2okH-wgcSnopnyKHw-Z_8lmL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ldpqUCllZc

Temporada 4 (poor videos):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJjbAkj5KTs&list=PLjtEkYRNN2on3qM8t9JY5rjls0Y2o7fyE

Temporada 5 (all direct from canal13):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1i-K3LjoQs&list=PLjtEkYRNN2ok9D6pCKbuwCU8SggaXrA9r

Temporada 6 (all direct from canal13):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYB7oCdzJXE&list=PLjtEkYRNN2ok1ZBIweh_7psw8R9udHYLt ]
chile  tv  television  2010  2009  2008  2011  losochenta  2013  2012  los80 
december 2010
Chile: pagar por trabajar | AméricaEconomía - El sitio de los negocios globales de América Latina
"Vengo del supermercado LIDER (retailer chileno) y los universitarios que empaquetan las mercancías me dicen que deben pagar por ese trabajo. Así es. Ni más ni menos. Son CH$500 (casi un dólar) por cada turno de tres horas, una camisa por CH$5.000 (cerca de US$10) y el polerón de invierno que vale CH$10.000 (cerca de US$20).

El pago lo recibe Universitarios Everest, empresa externa subcontratada por los ejecutivos del supermercado LIDER, que se lava las manos frente a esta obscenidad. A cambio de esos pagos, los jóvenes empacadores reciben la caridad de los clientes, vale decir la propina voluntaria.

No conozco en el mundo otro país en que se pague por trabajar. Este es el extremo de la denominada flexibilidad laboral. Como no se ha podido eliminar el salario mínimo, ideal del neoliberalismo, el sistema ha encontrado subterfugios; en este caso, se aprovecha de la necesidad y fragilidad de los jóvenes pobres para minimizar el costo del trabajo."
economics  work  labor  chile  absurdity  "universitarios"  lider  supermarkets  gratuities  tipping  paytowork  alwaysfoundthistobestrange  2010 
december 2010
CIPER Chile » Blog Archive » Economista experto en salud: “Si Chile aspira a ser desarrollado tendrá que discutir de desigualdad”
"Se están discutiendo cambios profundos al sistema de salud: la existencia de un plan único, el fin de las isapres, el destino de las cotizaciones, la entrada del sector privado en la gestión de hospitales públicos. El experto en economía de la salud Guillermo Paraje aconseja introducir solidaridad al sistema, pues sólo de esta manera Chile podrá dejar atrás el subdesarrollo. Sobre la irrupción de los privados en la salud pública, alerta frente a los riesgos de mezclar lucro con necesidades epidemiológicas y sociales."
chile  health  policy  isapre  economics  disparity  development  2010 
december 2010
CIPER Chile » Reconocer el camino correcto en educación
"En los últimos cinco años se han multiplicado los estudios sobre la formación docente: todos ellos han revelado grandes problemas en esa área. Sin embargo, recientemente también hemos conocido estudios que dan cuenta de mejoras en la calidad de la educación. A juicio del experto Patricio Felmer, es necesario continuar ese camino y no arriesgar nuevos errores tratando de empezar todo desde cero. Y eso implica, entre otras cosas, retomar los estándares para la formación de profesores que se elaboraron durante el gobierno anterior."
chile  education  policy  reform  standards  2010 
december 2010
CIPER Chile » Las deficiencias de las actuales políticas educativas que muestra la prueba Pisa
"La prueba PISA, medición de la calidad de la educación que realiza el llamado “club de los países desarrollados” reunido en la OECD, trajo buenas noticias: el nivel de lectura de los niños chilenos ha mejorado progresivamente. Sin embargo, también nos dio lecciones. Las evidencias muestran que el éxito escolar está determinado por el nivel socioeconómico de los alumnos. Además, el estudio asegura que la competencia entre los colegios –base del sistema chileno– no producen sistemáticamente mejores resultados."
chile  education  policy  disparity  achievementgap  inequality  economics  poverty  pisa  2010  schools  competition 
december 2010
CIPER Chile » Reforma a la Educación: Las dudas que rondan a los nuevos planes de estudio anunciados por el gobierno
"De manera sorpresiva, anticipándose incluso al acto con que el gobierno dio a conocer los alcances de lo que ha llamado la Gran Reforma a la Educación, hace dos semanas el ministro Joaquín Lavín comunicó que el ciclo escolar sumaría 800 horas de matemáticas y lenguaje en desmedro de las ciencias sociales y la educación tecnológica. Una medida resistida y polémica, no sólo por las consecuencias de restar horas a materias relacionadas con la memoria histórica y la capacidad crítica de los alumnos: considerando la competencia de la media de los profesores de educación básica, algunos expertos consideran que sumar horas de clases no garantiza ningún éxito. Los cambios al plan presentan un desafío adicional: encontrar la suficiente cantidad de profesores de matemáticas. La respuesta oficial del ministerio es que pueden recurrir a otros profesionales con licenciatura para suplir el déficit en esta área, aunque en la cartera también aseguran que habría disponibilidad de docentes."
chile  education  policy  2010  reform 
december 2010
Mule Design Studio’s Blog: Giving Better Design Feedback
"In previous posts we’ve gone over how to buy design and how to sell design. Let’s take a look at how to give good feedback.

For our purposes, it’s worth noting the difference between a critique (which happens between peers or from more senior professionals, such as art directors), and feedback (which comes from clients). In other words, feedback comes from people paying a designer to solve business problems—people who may not be suitably impressed that you implemented a 16 column grid across a golden mean. (I’ll be impressed FOR them.)"
design  feedback  business  process  webdesign  mikemonteiro  howto  webdev 
december 2010
My Country, My Train, My K-Hole by Hugh Ryan - The Morning News
"There are plenty of good reasons to ride a train cross-country, but for HUGH RYAN and his attention index, hitting the rails has one purpose: to escape the merciless internet."
internet  travel  attention  escape  culture  add  adhd  hughryan  trains  amtrak  slow  connectivity 
december 2010
Eight Successful People Doing Exactly What They Want - Business - GOOD
"“Someone once accused us of doing nothing but following our whims to their every logical & illogical conclusion,” Jim Coudal says. That is, more or less, exactly right…

Coudal makes physical products, internet tools, & other oddities, any number of which will suck up an entire afternoon if you stumble upon coudal.com. That is perhaps the best way to describe the 50-year-old: He’s a master of the type of ephemera you would probably be playing with if you didn’t have to do your own job…When Coudal Partners started to execute its own ideas, the firm became its own favorite client. “The way we describe what we are now is we are a creative-design and advertising firm with no clients.

“We’re of the school that if you have an idea that you think might work, the answer is not to talk about it for four weeks. The answer is to try it & see what happens,” he says. “If it goes down in flames, that’s fun too.” "

[Also profiles of Alexis Madrigal, Emily Pilloton, Geoff Manaugh, among others.]
jimcoudal  alexismadrigal  emilypilloton  geoffmanaugh  bldgblog  projecth  projecthdesign 
december 2010
2009/10/03 - The Minister's Tree House - a set on Flickr
"I had about half a day to adventure. Alexis and I drove out Calfkiller highway to check potential places for a cleanup. The road was narrow, winding and without a shoulder. It was also relatively clean. Probably not the best place to adopt.

From there we headed east to Cumberland County and found our way to the tree house. And since we were right there we went to Stonehaus and enjoyed a free wine tasting. It was a nice morning. :-)"
tennessee  treehouses  homes  buildings  wood  assemblage  glvo 
december 2010
The truth about failure in US schools | Paul Thomas | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
"Progress is impossible as long as debate about educational underachievement glosses over basic social facts like poverty"

"Throughout the world, the full picture of any nation's schools reflects the social realities of that country; when schools appear to be failures, the facts show that social failures (the conditions of children's lives outside of school) are driving the educational data. And we will certainly never address these social failures – and the truth about our schools – if political leaders and media voices refuse even to say the word 'poverty', while promoting simplistic manipulation of data."
assessment  failure  education  sociology  nclb  rttt  policy  us  poverty  society  schools  publicschools 
december 2010
'Biutiful': Tragedy And Addiction In Barcelona : NPR
"tragedy…a genre that has been forgotten in entertainment business…valuable way to express stories of human beings…

…people doesn't know about existence of this film because obviously the industry is just about selling entertained destruction. You know what I mean, like, predesigned corporate products to take money from the pockets of 10 to 15-year-old kids…

…audiences…have a lot of stiffness in their emotional muscles…even intellectual ones…they just want to sit…and are used to  being entertained…

…much more darkness & bleakness in 30 minute TV newscast…films that people are killed & you don't feel nothing…

…guy is dying, but you care for it. And the way I have seen people really relate to this character & are affected by the film all around the world I have been travelling, you cannot get better than that because the people really shake in a good way and they are not indifferent. And that's what art and that's what art should do, which is provoke, create catharsis."
alejandrogonzáleziñárritu  film  tragedies  biutiful  barcelona  immigration  migration  art  news  hollywood  entertainment  media  2010  darkness  bleakness  death  dying  catharsis  empathy  emotions 
december 2010
Dotspotting
"There's currently a whole chain of elements involved in building digital civic infrastructure for the public, & these are represented by various Stamen projects & others. At the moment, the current hodgepodge of bits—including APIs & official sources, scraped websites, sometimes-reusable data formats & datasets, visualizations, embeddable widgets etc—is fractured, overly technical & obscure, held in knowledge base of a relatively small number of people, & requires considerable expertise to harness. That is, unless you're willing to use generic tools like Google Maps, & agree to terms of service which allow them to share your content w/ other people. We want to change this. Visualizing city data shouldn't be this hard, proprietary, or generic.

So the first part of this project is to start from scratch, in a 'clean room' environment. We've started from a baseline that's really straightforward, tackling the simplest part: getting dots on maps, without legacy code or any baggage."

[Quote from: http://content.stamen.com/working_on_the_knight_moves AND http://content.stamen.com/knight_news_challenge_update ]
stamendesign  maps  mapping  stamen  mashup  dotspotting  aaronstraupcope 
december 2010
GOOD Design Daily: Architecture For the Public Good - Design - GOOD
"In 2005, Public Architecture launched The 1%, asking architects to give at least one percent of their time to pro bono projects. Since then, a growing number of designers have dedicated this small but significant amount to helping nonprofits, organizations and schools: Public Architecture estimates that the firms enlisted under "The 1%" donate approximately $25 million in services each year. Their new book The Power of Pro Bono features 40 projects which showcase the rage of designers doing good."
humanitariandesign  publicarchitecture  architecture  design  nonprofit  books  nonprofits 
december 2010
The 1% pro bono design program of Public Architecture - Home
"The 1% program of Public Architecture connects nonprofit organizations in need of design assistance with architecture and design firms willing to donate their time on a pro bono basis. The program is inspired by groups such as the Taproot Foundation, a leader in pro bono service by business professionals. The 1% program is made possible thanks to crucial financial support from the corporate and private foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Herman Miller, Humanscale, Shaw Contract Group, Teknion, as well as leading firms such as HOK, HKS, McCall Design Group, and Perkins+Will."
architecture  design  activism  nonprofit  community  lcproject  humanitariandesign  nonprofits 
december 2010
Sushi Performance & Visual Art
"Sushi Performance and Visual Art, founded in 1980, is a San Diego-based nonprofit multi-disciplinary presenting organization, which cultivates alternative voices in the contemporary arts. Sushi is committed to providing its artists and audiences with a laboratory where creative exploration, community engagement, and new ideas flourish."
sandiego  art  music  performance  galleries  community  residencies  glvo 
december 2010
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