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Vincent Laforet on photos & news photography in the age of Instagram

Vincent Laforet on photos & news photography in the age of Instagram | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
A conversation with Pulitzer prize winning photographer Vincent Laforet about future of news photography, real time events, the visual web & his Project Air
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So Long And Thanks for All the Apples

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De chacun selon ses facultés, à chacun selon ses besoins [1]. Responding to Alan's post in a comment there and here. [1] “From Each according to His Ability, to Each according to His Need.” Wikiped...
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What is theft and whose definition rules?  The nature of contingency or how to misunderestimate in one easy step.  

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A Visit to Apple’s Secret New Headquarters

A Visit to Apple’s Secret New Headquarters | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
From the dust of the former Hewlett Packard campus in Cupertino, a glass and concrete ring is taking shape. Apple is building a new headquarters, and it's going to be bigger than the Pentagon. KQED got a tour and a look at the campus' green features.
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Classic battle between what Christopher Alexander and Co. call System A and System B.  Were any of the end users involved in the design "on the ground" like they were in Alexander's work with the Eisin School in Japan?  I think we need to come up with a new word here for the 'beyond hubris' this apple architecture represents.

 

Paraphrasing Gregory Bateson: a species that fights with its ecology is eventually 'rewarded' by that ecology.  Naseem Nicholas Taleb in recent years has tried to address this issue by coining the term 'anti-fragile'.  This excerpt from The Guardian puts this unusual term in a context that resonated for me--bindweed.

 

"Bindweed is a thing of evil genius. Try to dig it up and it breaks into pieces, each of which will grow into a new plant. More than just robust or flexible, it actively thrives on disruption. Yet we lack a word for this property – which Nassim Nicholas Taleb describes as the exact opposite of fragility. So he has given it one: antifragility.

 

Taleb argues that antifragility is essential for dealing with the subject of the book that made his name: black swans. These are rare, unpredictable events for which we can never be fully prepared. What we can do, however, is locate the fragility in the system and reduce it. "Not seeing a tsunami or an economic event coming is excusable," he writes; "building something fragile to them is not."

 

For all its vaunted cash reserves and tech prowess, Apple is little more aware than the farm-raised turkey a few days before Thanksgiving.  Fragile. Full of hubris.  Waiting for the next black swan that, while impossible to anticipate is possible to prepare for.   This building is not 'anti-fragile'.

 

As always I try to extend this observation to my own worklife as a university instructor.  Question:  is what I am doing in the classroom helping to create anti-fragile citizens and learners?  Question: is the direction of university governance/leadership trending toward the anti-fragile?  I think that as a 1000-year institution, the university has proven itself reliably anti-fragile, but is what is happening in public and private institutions reinforcing that valuable characteristic or are we making them more fragile?

 

The bindweed has evolved naturally.  Can we help universities evolve similarly?  What makes institutions anti-fragile?  That is a very worthy and essential question.  What do you think?

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Quantifying Mood · tellio · Storify

Here is my gathering of information about how to quantify mood and whether or not that can lead to positive change.
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A truly staggering multi-post series on quantifying mood.  Time to dive in the deep end.

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The Original Greenhouse Hoop Bender

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Hoopbenders is an awesome company and I have bought a few items from them with no regret.  I am going to get a couple of hoopbenders and a kit from them.  Shipping seems a little high but the product is worth it.

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3 Easy Magic Tricks

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One of the things I realize as I review simple magic tricks is how much it depends on simple composition tricks--conflicts, narrative, dialogue, misdirection.  They have a lot in common.Neat.

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Soylent: A Word Processor Made of People - Daily Crowdsource

Soylent: A Word Processor Made of People - Daily Crowdsource | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it

Soylent workers are people. I am astonished and appalled simultaneously.  Not an easy match.  This add-on for Word mashes up with Amazon Turk to get real folk to edit your work.  Any English major want to work for Amazon Turk?

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How to Annotate a Comix Page

I am working with Dr. Steve Berg and his class in sharing Nick Sousanis' book Unflattening.  They have created a tremendous portal for all aspects of the book including reviews, background resource...
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Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse "Gallopin' Gertie" - YouTube

Watch the amazing "Gallopin' Gertie" November 7, 1940 film clip. 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Slender, elegant and graceful, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge stretche...
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IBM reveals its top five innovation predictions for the next five years

IBM reveals its top five innovation predictions for the next five years | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
IBM's predictions all involve big data and using computing to glean intelligence from vast systems. We discuss them with IBM's research boss.
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I especially liked the education and local buying predictions.  How will the web help us?  I like the positive vibe behind this question.  Might be a good research question for next semesters research paper or a long blog post:  how will the web help us help learners?

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OMG SCIENCE!

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Henry Reich of Minute Physics shares his favorite science blogs, video channels, and other resources on the web. (Minute Physics previously)
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Millenoki Launches Mobile Data Compression App Datasquasher To Put The Squeeze On Onavo, Snappli | TechCrunch

Millenoki Launches Mobile Data Compression App Datasquasher To Put The Squeeze On Onavo, Snappli | TechCrunch | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
The irony of the UK rolling out its first "super fast" 4G network last week, courtesy of EE, won't be lost on consumers for too long: we can now burn through our rationed mobile data plans even faster.
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The Teacher’s Quick Guide To Education Technology | Edudemic | iPad Implementation

The Teacher’s Quick Guide To Education Technology | Edudemic | iPad Implementation | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it

The Teacher's Quick Guide to Ed Tech (http://t.co/d0otWlEL...)...


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Noam Chomsky - The Purpose of Education

Noam Chomsky discusses the purpose of education, impact of technology, whether education should be perceived as a cost or an investment and the value of standards...

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