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March 06 2012

Four short links: 6 March 2012

  1. SoupHub -- NZ project putting a computer with Internet access (and instruction and help) into a soup kitchen. I can't take any credit for it, but I'm delighted beyond measure that the idea for this was hatched at Kiwi Foo Camp. I love that my peeps are doing stuff that matters. (See also the newspaper writeup)
  2. Bandwidth of Pages -- view a 140 character tweet on the web and you're load 2MB of, well, let's call it crap.
  3. On The Reductionism of Analytics in Education (Anne Zelenka) -- Learning analytics, as practiced today, is reductionist to an extreme. We are reducing too many dimensions into too few. More than that, we are describing and analyzing only those things that we can describe and analyze, when what matters exists at a totally different level and complexity. We are missing emergent properties of educational and learning processes by focusing on the few things we can measure and by trying to automate what decisions and actions might be automated. A fantastic post, which coins the phrase "the math is not the territory".
  4. Quotes Worth Spreading (Karl Fisch) -- collection of thought-provoking quotes from recent TED talks. Be generous by graciously accepting compliments. It's a gift you give the complimenter (John Bates) is something I'm particularly working on.

August 25 2011

Four short links: 25 August 2011

  1. Steve Jobs's Best Quotes (WSJ Blogs) -- Playboy: We were warned about you: Before this Interview began, someone said we were "about to be snowed by the best."; [Smiling] "We're just enthusiastic about what we do." (via Kevin Rose)
  2. The Tao of Programming -- The Tao gave birth to machine language. Machine language gave birth to the assembler. The assembler gave birth to the compiler. Now there are ten thousand languages. Each language has its purpose, however humble. Each language expresses the Yin and Yang of software. Each language has its place within the Tao. But do not program in COBOL if you can avoid it. (via Chip Salzenberg)
  3. In Defense of Distraction (NY Magazine) -- long thoughtful piece about attention. the polymath economist Herbert A. Simon wrote maybe the most concise possible description of our modern struggle: "What information consumes is rather obvious: It consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it." (via BoingBoing)
  4. 31 Days of Canvas Tutorials -- a pointer to 31 tutorials on the HTML5 Canvas.

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