Early in my career I didn’t set out to be a manager. Like most people, I considered moving into a supervisory or managerial position the natural next step in being able to earn more money, ga...
Via Anne Egros
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In recent years, marketers and company owners could approach SEO and its value to Google and other search engines by producing quality, relevant content that would interest their audience. Unfortunately, with the rise of dishonest PageRank practices, it seems that producing that same quality, relevant content is no longer the most effective way to rank in the search engine arena.
Via Antonino Militello
"Novelist Kurt Vonnegut’s rejected master’s thesis described the shapes of stories. Here, graphic designer Maya Eilan makes a clever infographic out of Vonnegut’s thesis. Or if you prefer, here’s a 5-minute video of Vonnegut himself giving a talk, in his signature funny style, about the idea."
This infographic demonstrates Vonnegut's belief that a story's main character has ups and downs that can be graphed to reveal the story's shape:man in holeboy meets girlfrom bad to worsewhich way is up?creation storyold testamentnew testamentCinderella
Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
What web design trends do you think we'll see in 2014? I'm betting on more simplicity, more cleanliness, and more focus on smaller screen sizes, among other things.
1. Flat UI - AGREE and general agreement.2. 'Mobile first' - AGREE! & trying to wrestle that pig to ground now with CrowdFunde.3. Yet more scrolling - Agree and coming from mobile too.
.8. Minimalist navigation - Agree and this is coming from MOBILE (working CrowdFunde's "mobile first" design right now and navigation is expensive in mobile.
9. CSS replaces images - Agree CSS Canvas is going to make many images needless weight on the page.
10. Video / moving backgrounds - AGREE!
11. Richer content experiences - Agree especially video.
12. Making the most of one page - Agree, but don't agree with single page sites (we aren't there yet).
13. Varied typography - Agree there is a lot happening on the server side with type.
14. Monochromatic design - New to me, but more likely than
15. Hypercolour - Not Sure color is easy to do BAD online and more color can make a mess.
16. Cards / tiles - Fascinating and new to me, read why cards are future of the web
17. Bigger, better imagery (Agree, cloud caching and CDNs making this possible).
18. Fixed position content / navigation - Agree as social widgets already doing this
Via Martin (Marty) Smith
Becoming a parent is not just rewarding, it’s also scary. You want to protect your baby from the world, no matter what the cost. It’s difficult being a parent and keeping your child out of harm’s way, but you do the best you can. You need all the help you can get, which is not always easy to come... http://tajul.com/2014/02/4-ios-apps-need-safeguard-baby/
Via Tajul Islam
Just recently, Scoop.it announced that Scoop.it curators will be able to connect their personal profiles for the purpose of Google Authorship, and at the same time, can now connect a Google+ Business Page for sharing curated content. This is really exciting news, as busy business owners and social media managers can now use Scoop.it to curate and share great content to all of their branded social media profiles - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and now Google+.
Via Ally Greer
Students and educators have a wealth of learning and productivity tools available to them online. Google offers some of the highest-quality resources on the web to meet all your study and teaching needs, and all you need to access them is an internet connection.
Via Ilkka Olander, John Purificati, GSeremetakis
Qualcomm’s technologies are designed from the ground-up with speed and power efficiency in mind. This way, devices that use our products can run smoothly and maximize battery life driven experiences. As mobile computing becomes increasingly pervasive, so do our expectations of the devices we use and interact with in our everyday lives. We want these devices to be smarter, anticipate our needs, and share our perception of the world so we can interact with them more naturally. The computational complexity of achieving these goals using traditional computing architectures is quite challenging, particularly in a power- and size-constrained environment vs. in the cloud and using supercomputers.
For the past few years our Research and Development teams have been working on a new computer architecture that breaks the traditional mold. We wanted to create a new computer processor that mimics the human brain and nervous system so devices can have embedded cognition driven by brain inspired computing—this is Qualcomm Zeroth processing.
Biologically Inspired Learning
We want Qualcomm Zeroth products to not only mimic human-like perception but also have the ability to learn how biological brains do. Instead of preprogramming behaviors and outcomes with a lot of code, we’ve developed a suite of software tools that enable devices to learn as they go and get feedback from their environment.
In the video below, we outfitted a robot with a Qualcomm Zeroth processor and placed it in an environment with colored boxes. We were then able to teach it to visit white boxes only. We did this through dopaminergic-based learning, a.k.a. positive reinforcement—not by programming lines of code.
Another major pillar of Zeroth processor function is striving to replicate the efficiency with which our senses and our brain communicate information. Neuroscientists have created mathematical models that accurately characterize biological neuron behavior when they are sending, receiving or processing information. Neurons send precisely timed electrical pulses referred to as “spikes” only when a certain voltage threshold in a biological cell’s membrane is reached. These spiking neural networks (SNN) encode and transmit data very efficiently in both how our senses gather information from the environment and then how our brain processes and fuses all of it together.
Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
Slidedocs help you spread your smart thinking by combining visual communications with short chunks of written copy. Their scannable nature makes them great pre-read, reference, and leave-behind materials. Their modularity makes it easy for people to incorporate your ideas into their own communications. And these features together make slidedocs the perfect companion to both written documents and presentations.
Via Baiba Svenca
The process of disavowing links through Google is a mystery to many, and several misconceptions have surrounded the tool's use since it launched. Here are seven facts you need to know to get the most benefit out of the Google Disavow Links Tool.
Via Bonnie Burns
I didn't even hear the story when it aired.
I always listen to National Public Radio in the morning but, for some reason, I had the radio off on my 15-mile commute from home to my little library in Myrtle, Missouri.
When I opened the door, the phone was ringing, and it continued to ring for the next two months. It still rings every once in a while.
The calls were the result of a story by Jennifer Davidson, a regional reporter for the NPR station out of West Plains, Missouri. She produced a piece on my library for the national series on Libraries in the 21st Century.
Jennifer found me two weeks after I started working for Myrtle Library. She saw a post I made on Facebook saying we needed a variety of materials. Her initial story aired in several towns and cities in Missouri. Shortly after, books started rolling in – hundreds of books and lots of letters and phone calls, and that was just from the regionally distributed story.
When I took position of librarian, I realized we needed a broader collection. About one third of our holdings were Harlequin paperback romance serials. We had 15 years’ worth. I now refer to this period of culling and processing as “training for the marathon.” I would not have had the wherewithal to handle what would come after the national story aired had it not been for this first regional run. In the last eight months, I've processed nearly 4,000 new library holdings. The overwhelming majority of those came from donations from locals, urbanites and other libraries.
Along the way, there have been many interesting conversations with folks from around the world, not only about our little library in a sleepy town of 100 or so, but about the larger issue of the importance of rural libraries in our cultural landscape.
We've had people so moved by the stories that aired that they drove across the country in their RV to visit and bring us books or checks. I found myself setting up lodging and meal arrangements for those who wanted to visit.
The first story had highlighted the fact that I was really bothered that our library, in fact none of the libraries in our county system, had a copy of Homer's The Odyssey. I can't tell you how many copies of The Odyssey and The Iliad I received, along with boxes of books in Greek and Latin. Unfortunately, we didn't have room for all the Greek and Latin books, because our library is only 632 square feet.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc