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The Paradox of Book Reading and Why Culture Is a Matter of Orientation

The Paradox of Book Reading and Why Culture Is a Matter of Orientation | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

 

Robin Good: The excellent and insightful Maria Popova has really got me fascinated with this piece she wrote back in June of this year. Entitled "How To Talk About Books You Haven’t Read", this writing, inspired by a book by the same name, is good food for thought as it stretches ordinary assumptions about what culture and book readings is in the end all about.

 

As curation is an effort in meaning creation and discovery, exploring different ways to look at how we build our picture of reality and what role books play into this process is, from my personal viewpoint, a very valuable effort.

 

In the end, you may likely disagree with the overall logic but personally, I have found this mental stretching exercise quite valuable and I am thankful to both Maria and the author for making it possible for me to poke with it: "The paradox of reading is that the path toward ourselves passes through books, but that this must remain a passage..."

 

The challenging questions being posed is: "Must we read those from cover to cover in order to be complete, cultured individuals?" and some interesting answers come from the book author himself,  University of Paris literature professor Pierre Bayard, who offers "a compelling meditation on this taboo subject that makes a case for reading not as a categorical dichotomy but as a spectrum of engaging with literature in various ways, along different dimensions".

 

Prof Bayard writes: "As cultivated people know (and, to their misfortune, uncultivated people do not), culture is above all a matter of orientation. Being cultivated is a matter not of having read any book in particular, but of being able to find your bearings within books as a system, which requires you to know that they form a system and to be able to locate each element in relation to the others."

 

Maria Popova further synthesizes his thought by writing: "Literature becomes not a container of absolute knowledge but a compass for orienteering ourselves to and in the world and its different contexts, books become not isolated objects but a system of relational understanding...".

 

Insightful. Thoughful. 8/10

 

Full article: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/06/15/how-to-talk-about-books-you-havent-read/

 

 


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Why Instagram will be the next big social media platform

Why Instagram will be the next big social media platform | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
New research indicates that Instagram is poised for a big take-off. Will it be the next big thing?

 

A few weeks ago I professed my love for Instagram and predicted that this easy photo-sharing app would soar. Now, new data from The Social Habit seems to confirm that Instagram is poised for a breakout.

Of the Americans surveyed who currently use a social media platform, only 18 percent currently have a profile on Instagram. That’s paltry compared to Facebook (94%) or Twitter (47%). But here are four reasons why Instagram could explode in 2013.


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100 Incredibly Useful Links for Teaching and Studying Shakespeare

100 Incredibly Useful Links for Teaching and Studying Shakespeare | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

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Stella Renee's curator insight, April 30, 2013 12:21 AM

Has a great list of links for teaching Shakespeare and appealing to modern readers. A valuable resource for my English Classroom.

Meryl Jaffe, PhD's curator insight, August 27, 2013 12:36 PM

Awesome resource!

Sumayya Qudrat's curator insight, April 9, 2015 12:02 AM

Teaching shakespeare!!!

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A diamond bigger than Earth?

A diamond bigger than Earth? | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
Orbiting a star that is visible to the naked eye, astronomers have discovered a planet twice the size of our own made largely out of diamond.

The rocky planet, called '55 Cancri e', orbits a sun-like star in the constellation of Cancer and is moving so fast that a year there lasts a mere 18 hours.

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[VIDEO] The Science of Lucid Dreaming

Have you ever wanted to take control of your dreams? Now you can, with the science of how to lucid dream! With these simple steps, and a little practice, you'll soon experience sleep like never before.


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The Future of Libraries in a Digital Culture

The Future of Libraries in a Digital Culture | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
During my morning run, I cut through the public library's parking lot. My books are overdue, I remind myself. Like many Americans in the downturn, I've increased my use of the local public library. In 2011, OCLC -- a library consortium -- reported that library usage increased for 36 million Americans. All told, 69 percent of Americans currently use public libraries. My library is a remarkable value -- a banquet of books and periodicals, earnest service, and free WiFi. Lately, libraries are playing an unheralded role in the economic recovery by helping people find work and build businesses.

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Google Apps for ePortfolios

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Cartoon Maker Zone ::: Cambridge English Online

Cartoon Maker Zone ::: Cambridge English Online | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

Make strip cartoons in seconds.


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Low-Latency, Speedy, No-Frill Access To YouTube Video Clips with YouTube Feather

Low-Latency, Speedy, No-Frill Access To YouTube Video Clips with YouTube Feather | ciberpocket | Scoop.it


Robin Good: If you are frequently unable to see YouTube videos stream smoothly to your screen, either because your computer is starting to show its age or because your Internet connection is not that fast, this experimental opt-in feature from your YouTube may solve your problem.

 

Called YouTube Feather, this new feature allows you to access msny YouTube-hosted videos by severely limiting the features available on the page and optimizing the delivery of the video by drastically reducing the amount of data transferred.

 

"YouTube Feather removes the information panel, share button, most of the related videos, video responses, vote counts on each comment, the medium-size player option, like and dislike counts for the video, and the capability to add the video to a list."

 

Source: http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57475427-285/use-youtube-feather-beta-for-low-bandwidth-connections/

 

 

You can try it out now by going to http://www.youtube.com/feather_beta and clicking on "Join the Feather Beta" blue text.

 

You can also turn off the feature at any time by going back to the above URL and clicking on "Leave the Feather Beta".

 

 

You can provide feedback to YouTube about this experimental feature here: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/youtube/label?lid=31a878cd44b81c60&hl=en

 

N.B.: The Feather feature may not work on all videos.

 

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PD: In order to become better educators, we need to become better learners

PD: In order to become better educators, we need to become better learners | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
When it comes to education reform, there are in general two major camps, but there are also several variations of each. The first camp would like to blow up the system and start all over. The other...

 

 

 

 

Read more, a MUST:

http://tomwhitby.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/pd-how-do-educators-get-to-know-what-they-dont-know/

 


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Confusing Words

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Confusing Words is a collection of 3210 words that are troublesome to readers and writers. Words are grouped according to the way they are most often confused or misused.

 

Some of these words are homonyms (words that sound alike but are spelled differently) and some are just commonly confused.

 

What are Confusing Words?


affect and effect
there, their, and they're
capital and capitol
affluent and effluent
atheist and agnostic
...and over 3000 more.


Most Popular Confusing Words
lay (17044)
lay (17035)
affect (15807)
less (11455)
less (11452)
less (11450)


The last confusing word viewed was: excerpt, which is confused with abstract, and extract.
Click the Confusing Words logo to return to this page. Click About Confusing Words below for help finding the words you're looking for, contact information, and for a history of this project.


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Digits Hand Tracker: Freehand 3D Computer Interaction Without Gloves

Digits, a wrist-worn gloveless sensor developed by Microsoft Research in Cambridge, U.K., enables 3-D computer interaction in any environment and is practical beyond computer gaming. Please find the video with more technical details here: http://research.microsoft.com/apps/video/default.aspx?id=173838
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Is Public WiFi Safe? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Is Public WiFi Safe? [INFOGRAPHIC] | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
In the past year public Wi-Fi usage has gone up 240%, but the questions we should be asking: do we need to protect ourselves when we use it and how can be keep ourselves secure?

 

Gust MEES

 

Read also my FREE course where YOU will find advice about it and also a FREE program who allows YOU to surf secure here:

 

http://gustmeesen.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/beginners-it-security-guide/

 


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Open Data Licensing Animation - OERIPR Support

An animation providing information about Open Data Licensing.
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Zoomit - Screen Zoom Tool for Presentations

Zoomit - Screen Zoom Tool for Presentations | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

Power Point Presentations are  key factors to demonstrate any application in details.

Learn how to How to zoom-in into your presentation or App demo.


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Steampunk Series: Machinery Vector Pack | GoMediaZine

Steampunk Series: Machinery Vector Pack | GoMediaZine | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
New Arsenal Product
We have a brand new vector pack on the Go Media Arsenal called Machinery. It contains 19 high-quality vector illustrations.
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The New SimCity Will Turn You Into An Urban Planning Nut | CoExcist, Fast Company

The New SimCity Will Turn You Into An Urban Planning Nut | CoExcist, Fast Company | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

By Ariel Schwartz

 

"SimCity, a city-building simulation series that was first released in 1989, has always been a virtual sandbox for aspiring urban planners, with a seemingly endless array of options--you could lay down roads; zone houses, industrial complexes, and commercial real estate; put up nuclear power plants; adjust taxation; and more. In the end, you could destroy your whole empire with a UFO or a well-placed asteroid strike. The newest version of SimCity, set to be released in February 2013, retains most of the game’s previous elements (including its addictive quality) while bringing a whole new level of complexity to the tilt-shift inspired world. You might not even notice how Maxis is subtly teaching you about the pros and cons of renewable energy, preserving natural resources, and cooperating with neighboring cities."

 

Two versions will be available, one for $60 and one for $80. -JL


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Assessing the Value of Online Interactions

Assessing the Value of Online Interactions | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

I mostly follow learning, training, and eLearning people, but I also like some fiction authors and a few experts in other fields. Those people who only talk about what their cats had for breakfast? I don’t follow them. But it’s important to note: I am very active on Twitter. I engage, and talk, and interact with people. I drop in on several live Twitter chats a month. I try to contribute as much as I take. I like to think I help. So in looking at Wenger et al’s first column: I feel I get immediate value from the quality of interaction and reciprocity, I am given food for thought that I do reflect on, and I make it no secret that I am having fun.


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How does math guide our ships at sea? - George Christoph

Without math, would our seafaring ancestors ever have seen the world? Great mathematical thinkers and their revolutionary discoveries have an incredible story. Explore the beginnings of logarithms through the history of navigation, adventure and new worlds.


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01net : Cerveau de Google, la révolution de la recherche est en route

01net : Cerveau de Google, la révolution de la recherche est en route | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

Pierre Fontaine : "Google Now ou Field Trip sont les premiers pas -plus ou moins maladroits- de Google dans le monde de la connexion permanente, une connexion où l’information n’est plus recherchée mais fournie avant même qu’elle soit demandée par l’utilisateur. Ainsi Field Trip, quand il se sera enrichi, proposera avec précision les informations sur tout votre environnement en fonction de votre géolocalisation et de l’heure.

Juin 2012 Google annonceavoir créé son premier cerveau. En fait, un logiciel d’auto apprentissage, bénéficiant de la puissance d’un ensemble de 16 000 processeurs, ce que Google appelle une structure d’apprentissage à grande échelle sans supervision…

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> Google/Field Trip : http://www.01net.com/editorial/574055/avec-fieldtrip-google-dessine-les-contours-dun-monde-hyperconnecte
> Google/Cerveau informatique : http://www.01net.com/editorial/569065/google-cree-un-cerveau-informatique-capable-de-reconnaitre-un-chat

 


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[VIDEO] 2012 Nobel Prize: How Do We See Light?

What was the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics given for? Capturing a single photon of light! Congrats to Serge Haroche and David Wineland http://translate.minutep...

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Fiction Night: Utopia-Dystopia with Atwood & Other - FORA.tv

At The New Yorker Festival 2012 Fiction Night, Margaret Atwood, Jennifer Egan, and George Saunders discuss the challenges and joys of writing about utopia and d.

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Can Lawyers Love Their Jobs? | Jennifer Paul Consulting

Can Lawyers Love Their Jobs? | Jennifer Paul Consulting | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

“The law is reason, free from passion”. Wise words from Aristotle. Perhaps he’s right when it comes to applying the law, but is he right when it comes to choosing which area of the law to practice in? Is it possible for lawyers to be passionate about their work? Can lawyers inject personality and interests into their work to make a meaningful contribution and find personal fulfillment? Absolutely. Here are two lawyers doing just that.


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20 Augmented Reality Experiments in Education

20 Augmented Reality Experiments in Education | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
Social learning is a subset of augmented reality - technology intersecting with traditional learning management to help users gather, interact, and learn.

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