Links for February 27, 2013

Links for February 26, 2013

  • Save Mount Sutro Forest | Saving the Mt Sutro Open Space Reserve
    ‘How much “thinning”? Well, the plans they have outlined will involve felling over 30,000 trees. That doesn’t count trees that will be damaged and killed when they’re exposed to wind after being protected by other trees for over a century; or damage to the trees from the heavy equipment that will be brought into the forest.’

Links for February 25, 2013

  • Walkonomics – How walkable is your street? – Home
    ‘Walkonomics aims to rate the pedestrian-friendliness of every street in the world. By enabling ordinary people and local communities to add a rating of any street, it is hoped that a realistic walkability score will be created for each street. Where available, public datasets are also used to add ratings and provide more quantitative reviews.’

Links for February 21, 2013

  • color.hailpixel.com · Swatch you doing?
  • Duration Timeline
    Duration is a timeline for creative coding. Create live performances, interactive installations, and music visualizations by synchronously composing servos, lighting, and projection.
  • Hexels | Hex-Ray Studios
    ‘Hexels is a new kind of art tool that lets you paint with shapes…. Hexels, Trixels, Cubes, Starburst, Bevel, Plus, and Custom Shape creation’

Links for February 16, 2013

  • Introducing Versu | Emily Short's Interactive Storytelling
    ‘Versu focuses on character interaction as its primary form of play…. it’s primarily designed for interactive stories about people: how they act, how they react to you, how they talk to you and talk about you, the relationships you form with them. The social landscape in which you act is constantly changing.’
  • Tardigrade Facts
    ‘One way in which tardigrades have adapted to various types of environments, has been to reversibly suspend their metabolism. This state is known as cryptobiosis and is a truly deathlike state.’

Links for February 9, 2013

  • How Etsy Grew their Number of Female Engineers by Almost 500% in One Year
    Mark Hedlund, Etsy’s VP of Engineering, launched "Etsy Hacker Grants" to provide needs-based scholarships to talented women engineers enrolling in Hacker School (a three-month hands-on course designed to teach people how to become better engineers)….Etsy ran this program in the Summer and Fall of 2012 and watched the number of applications skyrocket each time.

Links for February 8, 2013

  • How to Save College | The Awl
    This vitiation of the diploma is Goodhart’s Law in action, where a socially useful metric becomes increasingly worthless, because the incentives pushing towards adulteration are larger than those pushing towards purity. This is not some bad thing that was done to us in the academy. We did this to ourselves, under the rubric of ordinary accreditation, at nonprofits and state schools.
  • Venture Capital's Massive, Terrible Idea For The Future Of College | The Awl
    MOOCs are an essentially authoritarian structure; a one-way process in which the student is a passive recipient required to do nothing except "learn." What he "learns" is only useful if it results in direct, measurable economic production. (Hence, for example, a degree in literature has an economic value of zero.) As a convenient by-product, the purveyors of this "education" can be "incentivized" by the profit motive. The invisible hand at work once again.

Links for February 7, 2013

  • Op-ed: Coming Out Will Be Rough on Gay Athletes | Advocate.com
    ‘So whether we’re ready or almost ready or a lifetime from being ready is irrelevant, because the world is never entirely prepared for social change. When our gay player comes out, there will be no parades, no plenary embrace, no pregame honors and no immediate gratification. Breaking down barriers is a painstaking, ugly slog that requires uncommon strength and faith that our best instincts will prevail. That’s why we call such an endeavor courageous. If coming out as a gay athlete during one’s playing career were easy, we’d call it something else.’
  • Antony "Ratt" Crowther | Dossier | The Gameological Society
    ‘One of the early legends of this bygone era was Antony “Ratt” Crowther, a wunderkind British programmer/artist/composer who became well-known for putting out quality games in a remarkably short amount of time…. Crowther began making games at the age of 16 and developed something of a cult following, leaving his mark in the annals of early video games.’