The metadata of a tweet. There is much more to it than 140 characters. HT OLDaily
Raffi Krikorian, a developer at Twitter, in The Economist
The New Novel by Winslow Homer (1836-1910)
via Art Inconnu
via Brain Pickings
Classroom seating chart of a class of graduate students at MIT.
[Skyrill’s interactive visualization]9http://www.skyrill.com/seatinghabits/)
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Graphic history of the preservation of the Cherokee written language from syllabic system to Twitter.
Special Graphic Feature on the Cherokee Language - Indian Country Today Media Network.com
Americans lost sight of that tightly knit model when we got into cars and began to envision something else: the Garden City. In the early 20th century, modernists decried overcrowded cities that were synonymous with pollution, slums, and poverty. They wanted to do away with unnecessary streets and give each factory worker and company man his own slice of the country. He would drive there, of course, first along a large arterial highway, then down a main thoroughfare, then a collector road, then a local street pulling into his own private driveway at the end of a cul-de-sac.
Debunking the Cul-de-Sac, The Atlantic Cities
What is connectedness? It is a sense of being a part of something larger than oneself. It is a sense of belonging, or a sense of accompaniment. It is that feeling in your bones that you are not alone. It is a sense that, no matter how scary things may become, there is a hand for you in the dark. While ambition drives us to achieve, connectedness is my word for the force that urges us to ally, to affiliate, to enter into mutual relationships, to take strength and to grow through cooperative behavior. —
Edward M. Hallowell, Find the Heart of the Child, 1993
via The Content Economy
Extraordinary portraits by Dutch photographer Mario Gerth, from Namibia, Niger, Kenya, Mali and Ethiopia.
African Digital Art
The structure of School is so deeply rooted that one reacts to deviations from it as one would to a grammatically deviant utterance: Both feel wrong on a level deeper than one’s ability to formulate reasons. This phenomenon is related to “assimilation blindness” insofar as it refers to a mechanism of mental closure to foreign ideas. I would make the relation even closer by noting that when one is not paying careful attention, one often actually hear the deviant utterance as the “nearest” grammatical utterance a transformation that might bring drastic change in meaning. —
Seymour Papert quoted in Journal of the Learning Sciences - Volume 6, Issue 4
Gartner Hype Cycle 2011 via BERG - What’s in the trough, 2011?
It’s what researchers call a “far from equilibrium” process, guided by strange rules and non-linear effects.
The Cutting-Edge Physics of a Crumpled Paper Ball
Extreme rock climber Alex Honnold on commitment:
Climbing is different to other gravity assisted sports like snow boarding or skydiving. With those the impulse to stop is removed by the speed of your descent. With climbing it is a process that requires you to constantly make the move, to travel upwards. Climbing is a deeper commitment.