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Connection Diagrams. This Cat May Have Just Saved Canada. You Won't Believe How. Last Friday, Guelph resident Andrew McPherson’s cat, Tutu, appears to have achieved the impossible.

This Cat May Have Just Saved Canada. You Won't Believe How.

Local residents claim their small town will never be the same again, and the future of Canada now seems certain. 11 Mindblowing Facts That Will Completely Change Your Perspective On The World. Life will never be the same. 1.

11 Mindblowing Facts That Will Completely Change Your Perspective On The World

The continents look entirely different than you think they do. The map you're used to is more Western-focused and stretches out the size of continents near the poles. Africa and South America are actually way bigger. 50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World. Life hacks are little ways to make our lives easier.

50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World

These low-budget tips and trick can help you organize and de-clutter space; prolong and preserve your products; or teach you something (e.g., tie a full Windsor) that you simply did not know before. Most of these came from a great post on tumblr. There is also a great subreddit ‘r/lifehacks‘ with some fantastic tips as well. 20. Separate egg yolks like a boss 40. Sources. 5 Lessons In UI Design, From A Breakthrough Museum. Museums today compete for attention in a wildly difficult environment: If you’re a youngster, why stare at a Greek urn when you could blow one up in a video game?

5 Lessons In UI Design, From A Breakthrough Museum

One institution thinking deeply about the challenge is the Cleveland Museum of Art, which this month unveiled a series of revamped galleries, designed by Local Projects, which feature cutting-edge interactivity. TrendsWatch. Wantful, Gift-Giving Start-Up, Announces Funding. Photos via Wantful When it comes to sending people birthday and Christmas gifts, I would likely win the award for: “Worst.

Wantful, Gift-Giving Start-Up, Announces Funding

Gift-giver. Ever.” Not only do I pick terrible presents for people, but worse, I have half-written birthday cards stuffed around my house that never actually made it to the post office. Wantful, a start-up that hopes to reinvent gift-giving, seems like it could offer the perfect solution. It’s the perfect solution for everyone involved: the person sending the gift doesn’t have to go to the store and post office, and the person receiving the gift gets something they might actually want.

‘Klout for Pinterest’ Scores Your Influence and Popularity. Web app Pinpuff measures your influence on Pinterest and gives you a score out of 100 based on your followers, who you’re following, yours boards, pins, likes and comments.

‘Klout for Pinterest’ Scores Your Influence and Popularity

It was made in India by 20-year-old computer science undergrad Ammrita Sharma, who is a self-declared Pinterest addict. Once you’ve entered your Pinterest username, Pinpuff measures your popularity, influence, reach, and also decides the monetary value of your pins and the traffic your pins generate. Sharma explained to Penn Olson: Depending upon the quality of sharing and followers, the monetary value of each pin is calculated.

Those Fabulous Confabs. Why “Infographic Thinking” Is The Future, Not A Fad. We get a lot of infographic pitches.

Why “Infographic Thinking” Is The Future, Not A Fad

Almost all of them suck. Why? Because while they may well be "information plus graphics," they often lack what designer Francesco Franchi calls "infographic thinking. " This isn’t just "how to make some numbers and vector graphics look clever together. " It’s a narrative language--it’s "representation plus interpretation to develop an idea," to quote Franchi. 40 Social Media Curation Sites and Tools « Social Media Pearls. Students Becoming Curators of Information?  Images like the following ones, visualize for me the urgency for all of us to become information literate to wade through the incredible, ever increasing, amount of information being created and shared with the world. licesed under CC by will-lion Lincensed under CC by verbeeldingskr8 We are with no doubt in the age of information overload and IN DIRE NEED of knowing how to filter in order to get to the information we need.

Students Becoming Curators of Information? 

Think about Clay Shirky’s quote below. Clay Shirky Information Overload In comes the idea of becoming a Curator of Information. “Curating” is defined in the Merriam Webster Dictionary as: Select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition). Digital Curation, Curated Learning & Collective Curation? I have started hearing and reading about the terms “Digital Curation”, “Curated Learning” and “Collective Curation” as well. Digital Curation is defined in Wikipedia as: the selection, preservation, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets. 15. About. Hey there.


My name is Maria Popova and I’m a reader, writer, interestingness hunter-gatherer, and curious mind at large. I’ve previously written for Wired UK, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, among others, and am an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. Maria Popova. Photograph by Elizabeth Lippman for The New York Times Brain Pickings is my one-woman labor of love — a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why.

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