Hypothes.is - Taking peer review to the Internet. by Dan Whaley 11/13/2011 - THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED US HIT 100k AS OF 2am PT THIS MORNING! A FEW HOURS LEFT TO GO. SUNIL WILL STILL MATCH ALL GIFTS THROUGH THIS EVENING! 11/9/2011 - Big News: SUNIL PAUL HAS GENEROUSLY OFFERED TO MATCH ALL DONATIONS MADE VIA KICKSTARTER - THIS MATCH DOUBLES THE IMPACT OF ALL GIFTS MADE SO FAR AND ALL GIFTS MADE THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING 11/13! Why are people helping us get started? Our website has more details: Solving the World’s Biggest Challenge. Frustrated by the media? Imagine: If as we encountered new information, in text or video, we could easily know the best analysis and insight on it—sentence by sentence, passage by passage. What if we had confidence that this analysis truly represented the combined wisdom of the most informed individuals in those domains—not as dictated by a top-down hierarchy, but as measured objectively, statistically and transparently over time. These goals are achievable with today’s technologies. Exactly what is it? 1.
The Filter Bubble: How the Web Gives Us What We Want, and That's Not a Good Thing by Maria Popova How the web gives us what we want to see, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. Most of us are aware that our web experience is somewhat customized by our browsing history, social graph and other factors. But this sort of information-tailoring takes place on a much more sophisticated, deeper and far-reaching level than we dare suspect. I met Eli in March at TED, where he introduced the concepts from the book in one of this year’s best TED talks. The primary purpose of an editor [is] to extend the horizon of what people are interested in and what people know. What, exactly, is “the filter bubble”? EP: Your filter bubble is the personal universe of information that you live in online — unique and constructed just for you by the array of personalized filters that now power the web. How did you first get the idea of investigating this? EP: I came across a Google blog post declaring that search was personalized for everyone, and it blew my mind. Donating = Loving
100 Websites You Should Know and Use Entertainment Meet David Peterson, who developed Dothraki for Game of Thrones There are seven different words in Dothraki for striking another person with a sword. Among them: “hliziﬁkh,” a wild but powerful strike; “hrakkarikh,”a quick and accurate strike; and “gezrikh,” a fake-out or decoy strike. Culture My Year of TED: How 54 talks changed a life By Kylie Dunn What do you get when you cross a 39-year-old perfectionist with 54 TED Talks and far more honesty than any person probably needs to experience?
Amazon is doing its real job: Squeezing retail chains One of the dramas in tech right now is the story around Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet and its potential to mess up Apple’s iPad business. I don’t think the Kindle Fire (an okay-but-not-great media tablet) is a real, long-term threat to the iPad (the personal computer of the future, and potentially many more things). But that will take a while to sort out. The real story right now is that Amazon — both through its Kindle business and its broader e-commerce business — is driving retail chains crazy. This is by design, of course: Recall that e-commerce is still less than 5% of U.S. retail sales. So driving brick-and-mortar competitors into the ground and directing more spending toward Amazon is absolutely what Amazon should be putting most of its effort into. A brief rundown of recent cries for help from the retail chain world: Meanwhile, Wall Street expects Amazon to report 40% year-over-year sales growth for last quarter, and a profit.
Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters B-Squares: Modular Solar Powered Electrics. by Jordan McRae Hello Kickstarter! Thanks for visiting our project page and helping take B-Squares from prototype to product. This project started on January 26, 2011 with a quick sketch while both myself and Shawn were trying to prototype another solar product. We were getting frustrated that it was so difficult to integrate solar energy into our professional and for-fun ‘electric graffiti’ projects. So, after three months of intense development, with B-Squares we now think we have a technology that can bring solar, energy storage, and interactivity into a range of projects, instantly. And we need your help to complete the journey. B-Squares is a 3D modular electronics system with an emphasis on (but not limited to) solar power and expandable energy storage. What is “3D” about B-Squares? From the moment we developed the first crude foam prototypes of B-Squares, we were surprised to discover new applications and combinations of Squares each day. “I just made a solar-powered iPod Square!” 1. 2. 3. 4. 6.
Brain Pickings Privnote - Send notes that will self-destruct after being read Peacetime CEO/Wartime CEO You’re lucky that I ain't the presidentCause I'll push the f*#king button and get it over withF&$k all that waiting and procrastinatingAnd all that goddamn negotiating—Bushwick Bill, Fuck a War TOM HAGEN Mike, why am I out?MICHAEL CORLEONE You're not a wartime consigliere. Things may get tough with the move we're trying. Recently, Eric Schmidt stepped down as CEO of Google and founder Larry Page took over. Definitions and Examples Peacetime in business means those times when a company has a large advantage vs. the competition in its core market, and its market is growing. In wartime, a company is fending off an imminent existential threat. A classic peacetime mission is Google’s effort to make the Internet faster. In my personal experience, I was a peacetime CEO for about 9 months, then a wartime CEO for the next 7 years. In peacetime, leaders must maximize and broaden the current opportunity. Peacetime CEO/Wartime CEO Peacetime CEO knows that proper protocol leads to winning.
publishing - A major journal in my field is published by Elsevier. How can we move the field to a less objectionable, more open publisher? - Academia - Stack Exchange First one must assess whether researchers in the area agree that the community should leave Elsevier. If there isn't strong support for leaving Elsevier, then any move is likely to fail, as it will probably involve a new venture (such as a new journal) requiring the support of many, many researchers in the area, perhaps as authors, editors, or readers pressuring their university to subscribe to the new journal. If the research community is not supportive, this may because they have very good reasons or it may be out of ignorance / lack of imagination of the alternatives. Discussion of the possibilities in your researcher community serves to explore the options, educate, and potentially build support. You may be able to start a discussion of the issues on mailing lists, social media, or run a conference symposium/satellite related to this topic. If there is community support, there are a few possibilities for actually making the move.
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