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The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version)

The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version)

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25 Beautifully Illustrated Thought-Provoking Questions A question that makes you think is worth asking… At the cusp of a new day, week, month, or year, most of us take a little time to reflect on our lives by looking back over the past and ahead into the future. We ponder the successes, failures and standout events that are slowly scripting our life’s story. Culture and Consumption: New Approaches to the Symbolic Character of ... - Grant David McCracken "This book compiles and integrates highly innovative work aimed at bridging the fields of anthropology and consumer behavior." —Journal of Consumer Affairs "... fascinating... ambitious and interesting... " —Canadian Advertising Foundation Newsletter

Twitterchat Artefact This little clip was the idea of Angela Towndrow, a fellow participant and Twitter chat moderator on this course. She suggested creating something that might reflect the feedback given by participants via an online survey she had created with the help of several other Moocesians. So with a list of the most common words participants said came to mind when they thought of the experience I set to work. The HomeNet Project: Publications and Press Releases Internet Uses and Depressive Affect Different ways of using the Internet seem to have different effects on low-grade depression. Going online to meet new people is associated with increases in depressive affect, and this effect is largest for those with the most off-line social resources.

VicesAreNotCrimes Vices Are Not Crimes A Vindication Of Moral Liberty Vices are those acts by which a man harms himself or his property. Crimes are those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another. Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property. The Geography of Abortion - Politics Few issues divide Americans more severely than abortion. Even accounting for changes in the nation's political climate over time, polling numbers consistently show a close to even split in the percent of the population who identify as pro-life or pro-choice. And given the variation in abortion laws across the 50 states, that divide has a definite geographic dimension as well. With the help of my Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI) colleagues Charlotta Mellander and Zara Matheson, I took a detailed look at abortion rates across the 50 states and the District of Columbia as well as the economic, cultural, and political factors that bear on them. We used two systematic data sets, one from a report released in late 2011 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and another from a 2011 paper from the Guttmacher Institute, the pro-choice women's reproductive health advocacy organization.

WORLDS OF WANDER plus "Secret Spaceship Club" Game! by Tom Hall's Pieces of Fun If you're new, jump down a section and read about Worlds of Wander! Then everyone check out these awesome updates! Commander Keen’s creator, industry veteran Tom Hall, is announcing his return to fun, funny sci-fi platforming, and he wants to bring you ALL with him! Not just to play but to CREATE A GAME EASILY yourself! WORLDS OF WANDER is a PLATFORM GAME CREATION TOOL that lets you build and share levels, worlds, and whole game experiences with other players. Six Stealthy Energy Hogs: Are They Lurking in Your Home? Does your smartphone use more energy than a refrigerator? A recent report by the Digital Power Group claimed that an average iPhone uses more juice for battery charging, data use, and wireless connectivity than a medium-sized, ENERGY STAR refrigerator. But an iPhone's power requirements vary dramatically depending on how it's used for video, gaming, and other apps. And estimates for just how much data the average owner uses a month also vary widely, so the controversial study has drawn critics who claim that the comparison is greatly overstated.

The Enneagram is a model of nine worldviews and motivations Worldview and Motivation - What the Enneagram looks at: The Enneagram brings the way we view the world into sharp, clear focus. Our particular worldview impacts the unique way each of us brings our own thoughts, feelings and motivations to any situation. The Enneagram is like the perceptual glasses that we wear. It is also about our patterns of thinking and the places where we “hang out” more – our patterns of belief and our inner motivations. First World Happiness Report Launched at the United Nations The happiest countries in the world are all in Northern Europe (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Netherlands). Their average life evaluation score is 7.6 on a 0-to-10 scale. The least happy countries are all poor countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (Togo, Benin, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone) with average life evaluation scores of 3.4. But it is not just wealth that makes people happy: Political freedom, strong social networks and an absence of corruption are together more important than income in explaining well-being differences between the top and bottom countries.

The Journey : Education for All ? Today week 2 of EDCMOOC started . Our assignments this week are related to watching and analysing some videos and do some core reading about Metaphors and the Internet by Rebecca Johnston. The first video and the one that called my attention the most was called A Day Made of Glass : 'Waterproof iPhone' ad hoax tricked users into destroying their handsets A hoax advert shared on social networking sites has tricked iPhone users into thinking the latest software upgrade had also made their phones waterproof. The hoax claimed that iOS 7 included a "smart-switch" that automatically protected the iPhone's "delicate circuitry ... it will shut off the phone's power supply and corresponding components to prevent any damage". The misleading rumour was circulated on Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites and reinforced by a convincing spoof advert which mimicked Apple's own marketing material.

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