Unconditional love means unconditional likes. At least, that’s how it works with Chris Aldrich’s mom, who “auto-likes” everything he posts to Facebook. Family pictures? Like! A blog post titled “A New Low in Quantum Mechanics?” Like!
The Next Web has a piece on my Facebook Mom Algorithm Problem article from a few weeks back.
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Let’s get this out of the way right at the start: Mastodon is not a Twitter killer. It’s more like Twitter crossed with Reddit, plus it’s open source. But while Mastodon is not going to take over the world, it does have promise as a community platform. Here’s why…
An interesting take on Mastodon a month or so after its rise in popularity.
Continue reading “👓 The hunt for Twitter alternatives: Mastodon | AltPlatform”
The ideas of being independent and signed are inherently contradictory, and this contradiction is what makes indie hard to define. Its ephemerality gives it both a mystique and a resistance to criticism ― after all, you can’t critique what you can’t define. And thus, using the term indie is often a great marketing move. But it’s a problematic critical move.
Continue reading “👓 Indie, Open, Free: The Fraught Ideologies of Ed-Tech – Hybrid Pedagogy | Digital Pedagogy Lab”
Six civilians were killed and 48 were hospitalized in attacks near London Bridge in what both Prime Minister Theresa May and the police called an act of terror.
Continue reading “👓 Terrorist Attacks in the Heart of London Hit a Nation Still Reeling | The New York Times”
Pinker talking about his then new book, The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature, and doing what he does best: combining psychology and neuroscience with linguistics. The result is as entertaining as it is insightful.
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A couple of weeks ago, Manton Reece and Brent Simmons announced JSON Feed, and I was immediately intrigued. Like a lot of software, much of Cast’s internal data is stored in JSON, and publishing JSON data directly would be pretty straightforward as a result.
Continue reading “👓 Cast Update: Experimental JSON Feed Support | Cast App”
The White House Wednesday night released 14 ethics waivers — documents that exempt some top presidential aides from important ethics rules.
The disclosures came after a quiet but tough battle between Trump administration officials and the Office of Government Ethics.
The waivers are considered public documents but for weeks after President Trump took office, they weren't made public.
Whatever happened to “Drain the swamp!”? Not only has it apparently disappeared, but now we’re going against basic ethics rules to boot?!
“So sad. Incompetent.”
Continue reading “👓 White House Discloses Ethics Waivers For Presidential Aides | NPR”
There’s just no limit to the wonderfully weird pieces of cuisine that Japan comes up with. They’ve made cream puff desserts into drinks, put Kit Kats on sushi, turned meat into cakes, and even made it possible to bathe in maple syrup! And their latest foray in overtaking internet searches and Twitter trends might be their cutest yet. Yes, we’re talking about cat bread.
Just what the world needs!
Continue reading “👓 The Future is Meow! A Bakery in Japan Makes Cat-Shaped Bread | Nerdist”