What a cool thing to see—I had no idea that Thai fireflies synchronized themselves. The site also holds a neat lesson about the role of the individual in aligning a group… Check it out!
Nice article here explaining how the real story is that MP3’s patent has expired, meaning that it’s now more accessible than ever.
“MP3 is supported by everything, everywhere, and is now patent-free. There has never been another audio format as widely supported as MP3, it’s good enough for almost anything, and now, over twenty years since it took the world by storm, it’s finally free.”
One of my favorite dance acts, Soulwax, has a great mix up on NPR’s “Metropolis”. It’s available for your ear-holes right now! Give it a listen, and enjoy.
Inspiring article from Jeff Atwood about American politics and activism. Great list of actions to take here.
“George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, 1984, has suddenly surged to the very top of the Amazon’s bestseller list.”
Huh. I wonder why… In all seriousness, I’m glad anyone cares!
More Info from Wordfence:
This article is excellent. It summarizes research about anonymity and pseudonymity in communities dealing with harassment and presents some conclusions you might not otherwise uncover.
The idea that anonymity is the real problem with the internet is based in part on misreadings of theories formed more than thirty years ago.
It seems like, between this article and another I recall reading, asking dissenters to explain their viewpoints in as much detail as possible usually leads to more middle ground rather than less. Thoughts?
If corrective facts only make matters worse, what can we do to convince people of the error of their beliefs? From my experience, 1. keep emotions out of the exchange, 2. discuss, don't attack (no ad hominem and no ad Hitlerum), 3. listen carefully and try to articulate the other position accurately, 4. show respect, 5. acknowledge that you understand why someone might hold that opinion, and 6. try to show how changing facts does not necessarily mean changing worldviews. These strategies may not always work
Great article and project here. Quick read with a bit of fun computer history and an inspiring tone.
“These devices have a real opportunity to introduce a great many more young (and not-as-young) minds to our field, but let’s not have their experience be a restricted, blinkered view of technology.”