Brian Eno’s Reading List: 20 Essential Books for Sustaining Civilization by Maria Popova Deconstructing a magnificent mind through his reading diet for intellectual survival. UPDATE: The folks from the Long Now have kindly asked me to contribute to the Manual for Civilization library — here is my own reading list. There is something inescapably alluring about the reading lists of cultural icons, perhaps because in recognizing that creativity is combinatorial and fueled by networked knowledge, we intuitively long to emulate the greatness of an admired mind by replicating the bits and pieces, in this case the ideas found in beloved books, that went into constructing it. After the reading lists of Carl Sagan, Alan Turing, Nick Cave, and David Bowie, now comes one from Brian Eno — pioneering musician, wise diarist, oblique strategist of creativity — compiled for the Long Now Foundation’s Manual for Civilization, a collaboratively curated library for long-term thinking. Join me in supporting the Manual for Civilization, then revisit Eno’s insights on art.
Technology Matters - TechDis Voices What's it all about? Jisc TechDis commissioned CereProc to create two new high-quality, youthful and modern voices (TechDis Jack and TechDis Jess) that can be used with text-to-speech tools. Text-to-speech (TTS) technology allows text in electronic formats to be read out loud by synthetic voices or saved as MP3 files for later listening. The quality of synthetic voices is judged by how easy they are to understand and by how human they sound. Free ebooks #1. 10 Lotto Playing Mistakes You Should Avoid At Any Cost Every day I see lottery players making these obvious mistakes, and wondering why they are not getting more wins. So here’s 10 playing errors you MUST avoid - it will make you a better player: 1. Don’t play just when you feel like it.
We've Open-Sourced Everything - CodeCombat Blog CodeCombat is a programming game for learning to code; a multiplayer coding challenge arena for sharpening your skills; a Y-Combinator-funded startup; and as of this weekend, the largest open source CoffeeScript project and a fantastic way to get into open source and game development. Whether you’re a novice programmer wanting to figure out this GitHub thing or an open source guru looking for something to sink your teeth into, check out our GitHub and join over two hundred CodeCombat Archmages in building the best programming game ever. Yes, we just open-sourced the last year of our lives–all the code, art, and music for CodeCombat–under the MIT and Creative Commons licenses. “Wait.
When MIT Publishes Science Fiction, You Should Pay Attention Every year, the MIT Technology Review publishes Twelve Tomorrows, a special issue of the magazine devoted to science fiction. For those of us who pay attention to such things, Twelve Tomorrows is like the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue: beyond being a treat to look forward to, it seems to justify, in one symbolic swoop, precisely what all the other issues are for. This year’s edition is guest-edited by Bruce Sterling, who prefaces the collection of stories, interviews, and reviews with an admission that while the MIT Technology Review, in its ordinary incarnation, serves up the kind of speculative material that science fiction writers treasure (and occasionally crib from), the fiction issue is there to make sense of the larger context from which these technologies emerge. These aren’t whizz-bang lasers or louche Hollywood androids: these are, as Sterling writes, the genuinely consequential technologies that “can panic the Nasdaq and affect our planet’s balance of power.”
s Internet Safety Resources This free interactive site is an extensive digital literacy curriculum that improves technology proficiency, builds information literacy and digital citizenship skill, and provides 21st century and project-based resources online. The 21 Things are 'big ideas' in technology and learning such as Visual Learning, Collaboration, Cloud Initiation, Digital Footprint, and much more. The student activities use free web resources designed to address the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Students, and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. The non-sequential Things, delivered as project-based Quests, provide links, resources, and activities for students to earn badges and awards. Registration for teachers is required and gives access to teacher resources and a downloadable Moodle version of the site; Moodle is not required to use this site. To access certain external activities and tools, students may need to register with an e-mail.
Alive & Free A page of links to recent works (free) on-line from living authors: Books, Book Excerpts, Long Fiction/Non-Fiction. (* indicates complete book on-line.) Fiction Dead Doll Humility by Kathy Acker Obsession by Kathy Acker Death on the Nile by Karim Alwari 50 Must-Read Social Psychology Books Reading is the supreme “lifehack” — distilled knowledge that often took years to assemble can be consumed in just a few hours. And the more you know about social psychology and human behavior, the better. At Help Scout we have learning stipend (here’s why) for our teammates so you can buy as many books as you need. You’re probably not surprised to hear that I’ve built myself quite the collection of psychology books. Breaking down Amazon’s mega dropdown The hover effects on Amazon’s big ‘ole “Shop by Department” mega dropdown are super fast. Look’it how quick each submenu fills in as your mouse moves down the list: It’s instant. I got nerd sniped by this.
s Study Skills Resources Create an online bulletin board (much like Padlet reviewed here or Lino reviewed here) for brainstorming and VOTING on any topic. The voting is what makes this tool different. Create an account. There is no waiting for email approval. Add a board, title, select how many votes the participants will have (up to 10), and start adding posts with text, images, and video. Add images and video via URL or upload from your computer.
The Meta Library The Meta Library is an attempt to identify sources of information on the internet. Put simply, it is a list of links to sites that are powerhouses of resources of knowledge, data and news. All kinds of sources -- including the kinds that government lawyers may not admire -- are to be listed. It is evident that the internet is the greatest accomplishment of mankind in terms of sharing of resources.