👓 The harm of harmless jokes | lu popolvuh – Medium

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A #MeTooSTEM story about requesting a change in tradition

I’ve followed bits of this story for a while since it touches on an area I follow, but I had no idea the harassment was so terrible. The Romeo and Juliette business is just deplorable.

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👓 Why decentralized social networking never makes it — ever heard of Crossing the Chasm? | Upon 2020

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The problem — and it is the same problem that is never being addressed — is that your decentralized social networking app doesn’t actually solve any of your users problems that haven’t already been solved! And often fails to solve problems that the centralized guys have solved and that their users depend on.

Solving for real problems is important. The tough part is solving for those that don’t necessarily scale to millions or billions…

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👓 Portmanteau | Wikipedia

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portmanteau or portmanteau word is a linguistic blend of words, in which parts of multiple words or their phones (sounds) are combined into a new word, as in smog, coined by blending smoke and fog, or motel, from motor and hotel. In linguistics, a portmanteau is defined as a single morph that represents two or more morphemes.
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👓 Bullshit jobs and the yoke of managerial feudalism | The Economist

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Populism, pointless work and panicked youth: an interview with David Graeber of LSE

An interesting thesis to be sure. I’d bookmarked his book to read a while ago. Certainly looks more intriguing now.

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👓 ‘Hard Day’s Night’: A Mathematical Mystery Tour | NPR

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The jangly opening chord of The Beatles' hit "A Hard Day's Night" is one of the most recognizable in pop music. Maybe it sounds like nothing more than a guitarist telling his bandmates, "Hey, we're doing a song here, so listen up." But for decades, guitarists have puzzled over exactly how that chord was played.
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👓 A Songwriting Mystery Solved: Math Proves John Lennon Wrote ‘In My Life’ | NPR

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Over the years, Lennon and McCartney have revealed who really wrote what, but some songs are still up for debate. The two even debate between themselves — their memories seem to differ when it comes to who wrote the music for 1965's "In My Life."

Mathematics professor Jason Brown spent 10 years working with statistics to solve the magical mystery. Brown's the findings were presented on Aug. 1 at the Joint Statistical Meeting in a presentation called "Assessing Authorship of Beatles Songs from Musical Content: Bayesian Classification Modeling from Bags-Of-Words Representations."

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👓 A Provocation for the Open Pedagogy Community | Hapgood

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Dave Winer has a great post today on the closing of blogs.harvard.edu. These are sites run by Berkman, some dating back to 2003, which are being shut down. My galaxy brain goes towards the idea of …

An interesting take on self-hosting and DoOO ideas with regard to archiving and maintaing web presences. I’ll try to write a bit more on this myself shortly as it’s an important area that needs to be expanded for all on the open web.

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👓 Friday, August 10, 2018 | Scripting News

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I got an email in the middle of the night asking if I had seen an announcement from Berkman Center at Harvard that they will stop hosting blogs.harvard.edu. It's not clear what will happen to the archives. Let's have a discussion about this. That was the first academic blog hosting system anywhere. It was where we planned and reported on our Berkman Thursday meetups, and BloggerCon. It's where the first podcasts were hosted. When we tried to figure out what makes a weblog a weblog, that's where the result was posted. There's a lot of history there. I can understand turning off the creation of new posts, making the old blogs read-only, but as a university it seems to me that Harvard should have a strong interest in maintaining the archive, in case anyone in the future wants to study the role we played in starting up these (as it turns out) important human activities.

This is some earthshaking news. Large research institutions like this should be maintaining archives of these types of things in a defacto manner. Will have to think about some implications for others in the DoOO and IndieWeb spaces.

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👓 Make Your Daughter Practice Math. She’ll Thank You Later. | New York Times

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The way we teach math in America hurts all students, but it may be hurting girls the most.
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👓 First Look at Live Demo of the Gutenberg Content Editor for Drupal 8 | WP Tavern

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Drupal Europe has just announced its program for the upcoming event in Darmstadt, Germany, September 10-14. The conference will host more than 1,600 Drupal professionals and enthusiasts for 162 hou…

This seems only natural. I do wish both sides would take a stronger look at Micropub though as it’s already built to work with any CMS that would like to use it.

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👓 Image of how I feel about this class | Katlyn Foster

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I saw this and instantly connected to it. I think its really comical. The first week or so of this course I have felt old/out of touch and behind trying to navigate all these sites, and meet expectations. Now that I have a better sense of things I just have all ...
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👓 Mod 2 open v. privacy image | Katlyn Foster

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1. Here we have a teacher super excited to find open educational resources.
2. Here we have that same teacher sharing with her friends how she is going to enjoy her snow day on snapchat (thinking it is private).
3. Here we have that teacher making the news.
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👓 Lessons of running a (semi) static, Indieweb-friendly site for 2 years | petermolnar.net

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It’s not possible to run fully static sites with dynamic features, such as webmention handling - you can get close to it, but you do need to embrace external services.
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👓 The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code | Joel Spolsky

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Have you ever heard of SEMA? It’s a fairly esoteric system for measuring how good a software team is. No, wait! Don’t follow that link! It will take you about six years just to understa…

Some good solid advice. It’s difficult to imagine a time when a lot of this wasn’t commonplace. Note the publication date of 08/09/2000! This was almost exactly 18 years to the day from today.

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👓 “The Audrey Test”: Or, What Should Every Techie Know About Education? | Hack Education

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I want us to set the bar really high when it comes to education technology -- both in its development and its implementation. I don't think it's too much to ask. I mean, we're talking about teaching and learning here, and while I believe strongly we should all be lifelong learners, most often when we talk about ed-tech, we're talking about kids. As the Macarthur Foundation's Connie Yowell said at the recent DML conference (and I'm paraphrasing), there's value in risk-taking and failing fast and often, but not in "high stakes environments with other people's children."
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