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NASA - Top Five 'Earth as Art' Winners
We asked the public to vote on their favorite images from the more than 120 images in the online "Earth as Art" collection. We received over 14,000 votes and are happy to announce the top five winners:
satellite  images  earth  art 
july 2012
Crowd-funding science? « through the looking glass
"For me the biggest question is whether you can really raise the sorts of funding 21st century science needs in this way? I wonder if there is a profound disconnect between the thinner ends of the long tail and the simple bigness of a lot of contemporary science." Annotated link
science  crowdsourcing  funding  research  citizen-science  participation  public 
july 2012
The Line Between A and B
"A’s were reserved for new music broad enough in its appeal to cross boundaries. I was occasionally called on the carpet, gently, for grade inflation, for being too liberal with my A’s, because I couldn’t stomach giving a superb recording of a Cage chance piece, or a wonderful Niblock drone piece, a B just because its potential audience seemed limited. I fudged." Annotated link
art  music  evaluation  grading  reviews  modern-art  difficulty  aesthetics  sharing 
july 2012
Welcome to CLIR — Council on Library and Information Resources
CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning.
libraries  information  information-science  associations  research  resource  library  education 
july 2012
Delivering Data in Science - Chemistry International -- Newsmagazine for IUPAC
"On 5 March 2012 ICSTI, the International Council for Scientific and Technical information, convened a one-day workshop, held at ICSU headquarters in Paris, on "Delivering Data in Science" to survey some of the most pressing issues."
data-curation  international  workshop  review  science  big-data 
july 2012
Listen Up You Primitive Screwheads | Easily Distracted
I hereby volunteer: the next pundit who talks about how MOOCs are going to save higher education some big bucks needs to meet me for drinks at the establishment of his or her choosing, I’ll foot the bill, and in return I just ask for the chance to politely and rationally CHEW THEIR FUCKING EARS OFF. Annotated link
mooc  education  digital  future  reform  money  cost  infrastructure 
july 2012
Lifecourse Associates: Home
"A publishing, speaking, and consulting company built on the generational discoveries of founding partners Neil Howe and William Strauss."
consulting  business  generational-analysis 
july 2012
The Abundance Builders | World Future Society
A techno-optimist portrait of the future that still thinks the internet of things, personal fabrication, medicine-on-a-chip, and nanotechnology will 'build abundance for all.'
future  futurism  optimism  nanotechnology  medicine  fabrication  networks  abundance 
july 2012
Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works
In a rapidly changing technological environment, the difficult task of ensuring long-term access to digital information is increasingly important. The Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works presents over 650 English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding digital curation and preservation.
book  publisher  digital  data-curation  curation  reference  bibliography  open-access 
july 2012
The Secret Life of Data in the Year 2020 | World Future Society
Using these science-fiction visions, we can begin to develop a way to conceptualize the data. From the view of this narrative, our data—the data we created—becomes a kind of simulacrum of ourselves. Like Philip K. Dick’s androids and William Gibson’s cyborgs, data becomes a way to embody who we are, but at the same time it remains external. It allows us to examine who we are and also what we want to do with these systems. As we begin to architect these systems, often the reality is too hard to handle: It’s too complex for us to make any meaningful design decisions. We need these representations, these androids, to be our proxies.
data  sf  human  information-science  connection  understanding  philosophy  future  relationship 
july 2012
AMA Addresses Light Pollution - News Blog -
"the American Medical Association recently released a report entitled “Light Pollution: Adverse Health Effects of Nighttime Lighting.” It’s a review of some of the available research literature on nighttime lighting’s effect on people
astronomy  medicine  health  light-pollution  biology 
july 2012
PyBossa is a free, open-source, platform for creating and running crowd-sourcing applications that utilise online assistance in performing tasks that require human cognition, knowledge or intelligence such as image classification, transcription, geocoding and more!
crowdsourcing  python  open-source  platform  programming  library 
july 2012
The Aurora Movie Theatre Shooting and American Gun Culture : The New Yorker
Only in America. Every country has, along with its core civilities and traditions, some kind of inner madness, a belief so irrational that even death and destruction cannot alter it. In Europe not long ago it was the belief that “honor” of the nation was so important that any insult to it had to be avenged by millions of lives. In America, it has been, for so long now, the belief that guns designed to kill people indifferently and in great numbers can be widely available and not have it end with people being killed, indifferently and in great numbers. The argument has gotten dully repetitive: How does one argue with someone convinced that the routine massacre of our children is the price we must pay for our freedom to have guns, or rather to have guns that make us feel free? You can only shake your head and maybe cry a little. “Gun Crazy” is the title of one the best films about the American romance with violence. And gun-crazy we remain.
violence  news  tragedy  mass-shooting  psychology  american  culture  guns  gun-control  politics  murder  law 
july 2012
No more generating knowledge for its own sake, research creativity is the new frontier | LSE Review of Books
Globalization and Technocapitalism: The Political Economy of Corporate Power and Technological Domination. Luis Suarez-Villa. Ashgate. 2012.
book  review  globalization  technology  capitalism  corporatism  critical-theory  research 
july 2012
How Thoughts Become a Psychiatric Diagnosis - Lloyd Sederer
Diagnosing disorders of the mind is a difficult business. As a medical specialty, psychiatry currently lacks blood, imaging and genetic tests that can validly establish a diagnosis for its vast predominance of major illnesses. While there are spectacular advances in functional brain imaging, genomic analysis, and cognitive neuroscience, these research findings have not yet meaningfully added to our understanding of how the brain's malfunctions produce its myriad of mental pathologies.
psychology  psychiatry  medicine  technology  diagnosis  mental-illness 
july 2012
When a lack of anger reveals a lack of love
But most anger is not caused by or directed at “an opinion contrary to your own.” Most anger is a response to and a response against something less abstract and more tangible, actual and factual: Injustice, oppression, harm, cruelty, pain, deprivation, suffering, want, intimidation, bullying, tyranny, evil.
In response to and response against such harms, anger is not irrational, it is obligatory. It is precisely “what the evidence warrants.” Annotated link
emotion  anger  injustice  oppression  psychology  opposition 
july 2012
Simon Johnson: The Federal Reserve and the Libor Scandal -
Let’s hope he is starting to see issues in the financial sector more clearly: Too big to fail is too big to exist – or to behave in accordance with the law. This is a problem of vast, nontransparent and dangerous government subsidies
economics  banking  finance  crisis  law  deception  corruption 
july 2012
U.S. Intellectual History: Against Irony
Epistemological wariness of “totalizing” forms of thought is one of the calling cards of  the ironic detachment so central to postmodernism. Of course, ironic detachment was also one of the signal sensibilities of Cold War liberalism, a liberal variant obsessed with consensus, pluralism, technical expertise, detachment, and irony, a zeitgeist that found its apotheosis in Daniel Bell’s 1960 book, The End of Ideology: On the Exhaustion of Political Ideas in the Fifties.
history  historiography  irony  epistemology  postmodernism  politics  intellectual 
july 2012
Tales of the Burning World | Easily Distracted
What I think is sometimes misunderstood is that the technical and organizational problem of digital preservation isn’t an automatic result of a vast “information explosion”, it’s a result of the hubristic drive to collect everything, to totalize the archive, the collection, to preemptively and continuously ossify the present for the sake of some future’s ability to know history.
history  preservation  archives  identity  memory  construction  ephemera 
july 2012
Joe Paterno's legacy at Penn State in the aftermath of the Freeh Report - Grantland
This was my fundamental mistake. This was our mistake, as a community. The Grand Experiment began as a sales pitch, as a way for Paterno to elevate the standards of the university he loved by using football as the lure. And then at some point, the lure outweighed the catch, and the sales pitch drove motivations, and we were too myopic to see it. At some point, the little white lies that Paterno hid behind — that he would retire after five more years, that Bowling Green was, in fact, a formidable opponent, that the culture of football was in no way segregated from the culture of the university at large — ballooned into this, into a lie so unthinkable that it takes your breath away.
academia  sports  scandal  football  university 
july 2012
[1207.3997] Beyond crystals: the dialectic of materials and information
We argue for a convergence of crystallography, materials science and biology, that will come about through asking materials questions about biology and biological questions about materials, illuminated by considerations of information.
science  material  physics  structure  information  unification 
july 2012
Ben Bernanke House Testimony - The Casino's Rigged. Don't Forget Because They Say It Ain't. - Esquire
People may have very little confidence in the government's competence, but they have absolutely none in the financial system's honesty. People may have very little hope that government can fix things to even out the losses, now that all the serious people agree that the national economy should be run as though at were one of Sheldon Adelson's casinos in Macao, but they have no hope at all that the financial system even has any intention at all of reforming itself. Even though it's been ignored by most of the U.S. mainstream press, LIBOR is a significant tell. The people who rigged it, and the people who profited from the big fix, did so while the entire world financial system was tottering on the verge of utter ruin. These crooks knew exactly what the other crooks had done, and they were very aware of the consequences of what they were doing, and they organized their criminal profiteering anyway. This is a level of amorality that is almost staggering. But, once you accept that corruption is the system, there is a kind of mad logic to it. After all, does Adelson care about the poor schmucks gambling themselves into a hole at the blackjack tables? Caveat emptor, bitches.
politics  corruption  wall-street  finance  banking 
july 2012
Conservative Southern Values Revived: How a Brutal Strain of American Aristocrats Have Come to Rule America | Visions | AlterNet
The rich are different now because the elites who spent four centuries sucking the South dry and turning it into an economic and political backwater have now vanquished the more forward-thinking, democratic Northern elites. Their attitudes towards freedom, authority, community, government, and the social contract aren't just confined to the country clubs of the Gulf Coast
the-south  politics  history  america  partisanship  slave  morality  conservative  values  american 
july 2012
‘Suburban’ is not the same as ‘theologically conservative’
The suburbanization of American Christianity has had a huge impact on institutional and denominational structures. Automobile-shaped development has produced an automobile-shaped ecclesiology. The car has abolished the possibility of the parish. And that, in turn, has helped to redefine “neighbor” as a matter of preference more than of proximity — as optional rather than obligatory. That redefinition is rather significant, since “Who is my neighbor?” is kind of an important question for Christians. Annotated link
religion  geography  suburbia  automobile  transportation  design  architecture  belief  evangelical  conservative 
july 2012
The Individual in a Networked World: Two Scenarios | World Future Society
"Although present technologies are still far from realizing either scenario in its entirety, each represents a potential evolution from current trajectories. The first scenario assumes a move toward more networked individualism based on continued technological progress and trust in computer and human networks—including the withering of boundaries.

The second scenario assumes more boundaries, more costs, more corporate concentration, and more surveillance. At present, the Western world is trending in the direction of the first scenario, but we would be naïve to think that the second scenario could not happen." Annotated link
future  scenario  online  computers  technology  media  internet  freedom  privacy  corporatism 
july 2012
Ian Bogost - MOOCs are Marketing
This is the biggest and most insidious misconception, the one that pervades every conversation about online education. The fundamental problem isn't one of cost containment, it's one of funding—of understanding why the cost containment solution appeared in the first place. We collectively "decided" not to fund education in America. Now we're living with the consequences.
mooc  education  online  teaching  learning  e-learning 
july 2012
Electric Forecast Calls for Increasing Blackouts -
Two scary things stand out about America’s failure to shore up its grid over the last 15 years. The first is that the grid’s frailties are getting worse as our weather is getting weirder. The second is that the U.S.’s inability to sort out the right mix of public and private investment and get on with the process of building the grid we need reflects that we no longer quite believe in the common good. It’s not just a power failure, it’s also an optimism failure.
electric-grid  electricity  energy  infrastructure  america  decline  declension-narrative  environment  climate-change  global-warming 
july 2012
The Social Cocktail, Part 1: Mixology
The fundamental question it answers is: Why analyze social data from more than one publisher?

Each social media publisher brings distinct capabilities and audiences, and encourages unique ways for users to interact and express themselves. The overlap in audience between some publishers is low, so adding publishers helps broaden topic coverage and audience perspective. Microblogs (e.g. Twitter) are fast and concise, making it easier to tease out breaking stories and emerging conversations. Blog comments indicate engagement and controversy, and therefore point back to interesting blog posts, where the in-depth analysis is found. Votes and likes provide additional signals of reader engagement–indications of the quality and the pitch of conversation.
social-media  analysis  data  online  behavior  information-science 
july 2012
The left’s gone left but the right’s gone nuts: Asymmetrical polarization in action | Grist
My theory is that centrism is a powerful psychological and social temptation, even in the absence of d-bag pundits pushing No Labels. Like I’ve often said, I think of centrism not so much as an ideology — how could it be ideology when it’s defined in relation to two moving targets? — as a temperament, a cultural identity.
politics  partisanship  polarization  bipartisanship  centrism  ideology  republicans  democrats  division  conflict 
july 2012
Post Growth Institute | The End of Bigger. The Start Of Better
Post Growth is a catalyst for identifying, inspiring and implementing new approaches to global well-being.

We are an international network of people committed to tackling the cause, rather than the symptoms, of a myriad of social and environmental problems to create a positive world future that does not depend on economic growth.
economics  heterodoxy  post-growth  growth  activism 
july 2012
Ed/ITLib Digital Library → An Investigation on Individual Students’ Perceptions of Interest Utilizing a Blended Learning Approach
Research has established that individual student interest has a positive effect on learning and academic achievement. However, little is known about the impact of a blended learning ap-proach on individual student interest and whether combinations of online and face-to-face learning activities significantly enhance student interest. This paper assesses the effect of blended learning on perceived individual student interest, utilizing a blend of online and face-to-face discussions. The study employed a quasi-experimental design consisting of two differ-ent treatment groups, online discussions versus face-to-face discussions. Data were analyzed using the t-test technique. Results from the study suggest that there was no statistical differ-ence in subjects’ perception of interest in both the online and face-to-face discussions. How-ever, from observation, subjects in the online discussions were eager to engage in textual dia-logue and therefore, participated more in the discussions compared to the face-to-face discussions.
education  online  teaching  learning  interest  student  blended  distance-education 
july 2012
Privacy in the developing world: a global research agenda | Privacy International
Privacy is internationally recognized as a fundamental right. Yet the confines of the right to privacy are subject to never-ending games of tug-of-war between individuals, governments and corporations. These games are rarely fair – individuals are often under-informed and lack the capacity to assert and protect their privacy, while those who seek to erode it are increasingly overbearing and secretive. This is particularly the case in developing countries, where the absence of adequate legal and institutional frameworks and safeguards facilitates unhindered corporate intrusion into privacy.
privacy  world  international  law  legal  developing 
july 2012
The data reveal that a complex, symbiotic relationship has developed between citizens and news organizations on YouTube, a relationship that comes close to the continuous journalistic "dialogue" many observers predicted would become the new journalism online. Citizens are creating their own videos about news and posting them. They are also actively sharing news videos produced by journalism professionals. And news organizations are taking advantage of citizen content and incorporating it into their journalism. Consumers, in turn, seem to be embracing the interplay in what they watch and share, creating a new kind of television news.
pew-research  media  journalism  youtube  online  video  sharing  social-media  news  news-sources 
july 2012
question of the day: How do we tame the excesses of fanboy culture? | MaryAnn Johanson's
Because, seriously, the fan-damentalism of some of these people is in serious need of major reform. I just don’t know how we go about making it happen. Do you?

How do we tame the excesses of fanboy culture?

These people appear to have no shame, so I doubt we can shame them into behaving better. So what do we do?
fandom  online  culture  bullying  trolling  behavior  psychology  empathy 
july 2012
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