Wednesday, October 30, 2013

objects & simple sketches

Can Stress Actually Kill You?

re imagining panhandling


TED Talks and the 'War on Consciousness' - #catalyst

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nancyflanagan (@nancyflanagan)
10/29/13 7:05 AM
Great definition of "the news:"…

Hugh MacLeod (@gapingvoid)
10/29/13 9:50 AM
@gpetriglieri Do you know Youngme Moon from HBS? Just finished her book.

I'd love you to read this article about how business has things to learn from philosophy:

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Deeply inspiring. Chile's student protest leaders hope to dismantle the system from the inside

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Jennifer Sertl (@JenniferSertl)
10/29/13 9:59 AM
5) #learning: My interview with Thomas Friedman Interview ~CQ + EQ > IQ (curiosity + passion > intelligence)…

DML Research Hub (@dmlresearchhub)
10/29/13 10:00 AM
High school teacher @DonWettrick on the cruciality of freedom & autonomy in his #edchat

In a networked world, the teacher is more important than ever – as a guide, facilitator and coach who provides frameworks, methods, and inspiration. 

or is that describing more.. the one to seven daily group..

we all need people modeling curiosity... whimsy...

1. known by someone.. 30min. a day
2. talk to self.. listen to gut

detox - knowing what to do when you don't know what to do

usefully pre occupied 
ie: you being you

Teachers do need to help young people learn how to self-regulate their attention and exercise judgement about who and what they pay attention to.

only as in detox...
beyond that .. and you run out of your 24/7.. but mores.. you lose curiosities...

is self-directed learning for everyone?..  like asking if everyone should have a brain.
just because we're not used to it.. and many of us need detox.. doesn't mean it's not for everyone.. no?

Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten)
10/30/13 7:44 AM
Students in Chicago and Philly are rising up in anger over closings and corporate

Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald)
10/30/13 5:36 AM
WashPost's @ErikWemple insightfully notes a major difference with the first members to join our new venture…

Wrote Greenwald, in part: “I see the value of journalism as resting in a twofold mission: informing the public of accurate and vital information, and its unique ability to provide a truly adversarial check on those in power. Any unwritten rules that interfere with either of those two prongs are ones I see as antithetical to real journalism and ought to be disregarded.”


A New Perspective For Moms from Elevation Church on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 27, 2013


Greg Satell (@Digitaltonto)
10/27/13 7:21 AM
Why Big Data
  For most of the 20th century, business leaders relied on “scientific” studies and “statistical significance” to determine what information they could trust.  Now, technology is making those assumptions obsolete and the practice of management will never be the same.

In business, we often run into very similar problems.  We need to make decisions based on incomplete information in a rapidly changing context.  So not surprisingly, Gauss’s work has formed the basis of many of the statistical techniques that modern day management employs, such as regression analysis, to make sense of a messy world.

yes., but what if life doesn't fit a linear regression...
unless of course.. we make it fit
there begins our dance with stress.. no?

Before long Fisher’s methods were adopted by business, culminating in the Six Sigma movement that purported to achieve stable and predictable results.  Much like Fisher’s earlier efforts, it was thought that by controlling every aspect of the process, uncertainty could be tamed and management could be transformed from an art into a science

Rules For Control


Underlying his methods was an emphasis on controls.  Put good data in and you would get good answers out.

ha. bravo.. grazie Greg

Yet all was not well.  Many, Nassim Taleb in particular, argued that control was a dangerous illusion.  Anything that met a basic standard of statistical significance (usually 95% confidence) was treated as fact.  False certainty led managers to discard inconvenient information as “outliers,” often with disastrous results.

Hovering in the background all this time was an alternative approach called Bayesian inference, which allowed you to simply make a guess and then revise your judgement as new information came in.  It was, in many ways, the polar opposite of Fisher’s approach. No specific controls, no rules about significance, just an updating of probabilities.
Although Bayesian methods were successful in some important cases where controlled studies weren’t an option, such as hunting German subs during World War II, they weren’t widely deployed.  Part of the reason was that Fisher and his followers fought hard against them, but mostly it was because they were impractical.  It was hard to gather enough data to make them work.
That’s what big data is starting to change.  The combination of accelerating returns in storage and processing power, along with a sea of data from the Web of Things and increasingly efficient algorithms, are making Bayesian methods not only practical, but faster, cheaper and more accurate than the traditional approach.

guess and try and listen

Like any new technology, there is a lot of confusion surrounding big data.  There are endless debates about what is and isn’t big data, armies of consultants who are eager to muddy the waters in return for a hefty retainer fee and the usual amount of hype and alphabet soup of acronyms and buzzwords.
But what you really need to know about big data is this:  It represents a fundamental shift in how we do things.  In effect, big data opens the door to a Bayesian approach to strategy where we no longer try to be “right” based on controlled research and small samples, but rather become less wrong over time as real world information floods in.
In effect, big data opens the door to a Bayesian approach to strategy where we no longer try to be “right” based on controlled research and small samples, but rather become less wrong over time as real world information floods in.

Greg Satell (@Digitaltonto)
10/27/13 7:21 AM
RT @FastCompany: Visualizing Bitcoin's Amazingly Fast Spread Around The World

Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep)
10/27/13 7:21 AM
BDP—legal Kurdish party in Turkey—can have DC event w/ US reps & ambassadors. Yet, Facebook keeps shutting them down.…

Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep)
10/27/13 7:25 AM
The party in question can have DC events with high-level US reps and is legal in Turkey. Only illegal on Facebook.…

Kevin Prentiss (@kprentiss)
10/27/13 7:25 AM
where russell brand makes his case beautifully:…

pluralistic ignorance awakes..
now so many realize..
hey.. I was thinking the same thing...

Political activism is as strong as ever, but now it's digital – and passionate: by @EthanZ

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. @willrich45 @SilberbergMark @cpaterso "knowledge is a consequence of experience." (Piaget) Learning is experience.

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Teny Oded Gross (@tenygross)
10/27/13 7:28 AM
Sunday Dialogue: The Rise of Incivility, via

Hostile messaging, abrupt e-mails, and caustic online posts and reviews have normalized an uglier and less empathic side of human behavior — and colored our politics and entertainment as well

YouTube comments.. we thought were good for nothing.
perhaps #1 in gs's 3

it' s not that human nature has changed; we have simply become more transparen

gs - easier to find #1

We are not built to like everyone, but we are built to behave civilly. We need to reinforce this message in schools, homes and sports programs, and within the worlds of digital culture and commerce.

indeed.. the years of stomach churn at baseball and then softball and then soccer events

Tenys quote... violence is man made. we can prevent it.
Teenagers — and adults — must be called out on excessive sarcasm, bilious remarks, soft bullying and anything that denigrates another individual.
2 prominent bad turned good memories

Dirty Wars (@DirtyWars)
10/27/13 7:49 AM
Dirty wars not just #drones, also night raids, renditions, cluster bombing, cruise missiles, surveillance, proxy armies, torture.

Christopher Mims (@mims)
10/27/13 7:38 AM
Bicycles are outselling cars in Europe and that might not be just a…

"they are applying evidence-based a phenomenon that is political, emotional and largely irrational"

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Daniel Gilbert@DanTGilbert
@Rasmus_Faber @DrGBuckingham econs suggest suicide rates are higher in happy countries b/c small # of unhappy ppl feel worse by comparison.

bicycles outsell cars

Seth's Blog: Entrepreneurship = impact

Seth's Blog: Entrepreneurship = impact

Saturday, October 26, 2013

ethan zuckerman - activism

This isn't civics in crisis – it's civics in flux.


Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep)
10/25/13 7:24 AM
In NYT, @harper and @cjoh explain how to fix government IT.… Btw, many large corporate software projects also fail.

example,, a system for government contractors developed by I.B.M. that started in 2012, has cost taxpayers $181 million and is just now beginning to work as expected. Before that, a new version of landed with a thud, after years during which millions were 

why is it that the technology available to Mr. Obama as president doesn’t compare to the technology he used to win an election?

Much of the problem has to do with the way the government buys things. The government has to follow a code called the Federal Acquisition Regulation, which is more than 1,800 pages of legalese that all but ensure that the companies that win government contracts, like the ones put out to build, are those that can navigate the regulations best, but not necessarily do the best job

red tape ness

we hire.. not for best at what we need.. but for best policy dancers...

This latest failure is frustrating for us to watch. Our careers have largely been about developing technology that allows more people to participate in the way we finance, support and elect candidates for public office. Together, we’ve done things that transformed elections, but we now need that work to carry into transforming government.

We must find a fix to the federal procurement process that spares the government’s technology projects from the self-inflicted wounds of signing big contracts whose terms repeatedly and spectacularly go unmet.

It’s a team of internal technologists whose job it is to either build the right technology, or find the right vendors for every need across the governmen

what if more than that.. we need bold thinkers... to question the need we're assuming is a need...
save even more money.. but more than tat... save more people.. no?

It’s a team of internal technologists whose job it is to either build the right technology, or find the right vendors for every need across the government. It gives the government a technical brain. It has saved the country millions, and improved the way the government delivers services online.

yeah that.
we don't need to borrow someone else's technical brain to solve a problem we assume we have..

president should use the power of the White House to end all large information technology purchases, and instead give his administration’s accomplished technologists the ability to work with agencies to make the right decisions, increase adoption of modern, incremental software development practices, like a popular one called Agile, already used in the private sector, and work with the Small Business Administration and the General Services Administration to make it easy for small businesses to contract with the government

oh my.
we so have the tech to listen better.. to notice more.. 
let's do that. truly.
not just flap such words/purchases.. to look good. to make people feel good.. or at least pacified that you are at least doing something...
because most of us are too asleep.. too tired.. too afraid/oppressed.. to look for and/or  request more than pacification...

Federico Viticci (@viticci)
10/25/13 7:24 AM
Buy a virtual cup of cocoa and raise money for cancer research. Let’s help @lexfri alright?…

lovely... but im guessing much of that gets misdirected.. not by good people raising funds.. one hot cocoa at a time.. but those that then try to take authentic (jack and Meredith et al) research and supposedly legalize/policize/immunize it...

Lex Friedman (@lexfri)
10/25/13 7:20 AM
100 percent of the funds will go to Stand Up To Cancer, which in turn gives 100 percent of donations from individuals to research.

yeah.. so who's research..?

and how much of that then goes to fighting flapping and/or policy battles...?

ask jack... no?

Toby Downton (@tobydownton)
10/25/13 7:24 AM
No longer able to view images in google that are under copyright, or even copy the URLs...

Jeff Utecht (@jutecht)
10/25/13 7:24 AM
Just Blogged: 40,000 Mile…

arning2 conference to Africa. I’m exciting to announce that Learning2 Africa will be held September 18-20 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the campus of the International Community School. You’ll be hearing more about this for sure here on the blog. We believe this is the first ever educational technology focused conference on the continent and definitely the first geared towards international schools


Another amazing Learning2 conference this year in Singapore. This conference continues to change and evolve and re-event what a conference experience should be. I find it so interesting that this conference and it’s different formats have been HUGELY successful over the last 7 years yet no conference has tried to replicate it. I have been to a lot of conferences but none that push the boundaries of participants expectations, learning, and community building like this one.

I had the great pleasure of keynoting the Iowa Technology Educators Conference in Des Moines. As the second day keynote I saw it as my job to motivate and spark passion in the conference goers to make this conference matter to them and their schools when they went back to the classroom. We’ll have to wait for the survey results to see if I hit my mark.

this is what many feel their job is daily in schools. I did for 20 yrs.
what if that's wrong.
what if it's more about setting people free.
we motivate..get people fired up and then they go back to closed doors.. or not enough people wanting/ready to play
cool if we could also give them a ticket of freedom as they go back.. a free pass beyond policy/ et al.. no?

Friday, October 25, 2013


posted on fb by jennifer sertl with this;
It's official.

The tipping point has arrived. The Future Shall Be . . . OPEN!

Nice work LivingBridges, All!

KevinHodgson (@dogtrax)
10/25/13 6:35 AM
Mason broke his hand, thought: I won't be able to write. Then, he switched hands and all new stories unfolded like a blessing.#25wordstory

Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep)
10/25/13 6:35 AM
Afwul. "Unicef estimates 500,000 children have not been immunised." RT @pdanahar #Syria polio outbreak 'spreads'

read mengs pst on meditation healing leg
better ways to immuize?
proximity and trust as immunization

Distance Education (@onlinecourse)
10/25/13 6:36 AM
Getting Your Teaching Certification Online

Teaching certification is separate from both a online bachelor’s degree and a online master’s degree. It provides training in child psychology and education strategies for the grade level or levels you plan to teach in.

psychology based on sample groups that have grown up in a compulsory Ed system..
so what does it man exactly...?
that teach certificate

oh.. so many

Be sure to find out if the length of time it will take to earn a certain school’s certification is satisfactory to your state

length of whatever matters.
seat time..

Earning your certification isn’t easy—and the qualifications for teaching in public schools have grown more difficult since No Child Left Behind. Online programs can make earning your certification easier, but not all programs are accepted by all states—and most require a certain amount of supervised classroom time. Ask the right questions, and you should be able to find a certification program that’s right for you.

much like all of Ed... no?
right for you? or right for the current unchallenged certification process... certification notion even.. no?

HuffPostEducation (@HuffPostEdu)
10/25/13 7:01 AM
Georgetown students have a new way to get

"H*yas for Choice is not an organization with access to university benefits and does not use university resources," said Rachel Pugh, director of media relations at Georgetown. "We respect the rights of our students to join outside groups as individuals and believe this activity falls within that context."

interesting.. ways around..

Jennifer Chan (Jenn) (@jennzia)
10/25/13 7:02 AM
Kids today are just like us. Just substitute the thing we used to be obsessed with, the new toys we wanted to bring to school & got denied.

hmmm I don't think so... unless she is in her 20s

umair haque (@umairh)
10/25/13 7:03 AM
So, now. “@alaindebotton: The status quo will finally be assured when no one any longer has the patience to read a book through.”
 but what if that is the status quo..

Deb Mills-Scofield (@dscofield)
10/25/13 7:05 AM
I know I am when I'm lazy! "Why We're More Creative When We’re Tired"

10/25/13 7:05 AM
Creativity, not Scantrons: Inspiring parents at NYC school cancel standardized test. Thx for sharing @n8paper!

Dougald Hine (@dougald)
10/25/13 7:25 AM
Bid for a signed copy of my new book on eBay & help fund the emergency rebuild of the @darkmtn website!…

Thursday, October 24, 2013

jeff speck - the walkable city

Suicide Rate Climbs by 30 Percent in Kansas as Government Slashes Mental Health Budgets | The Nation

Suicide Rate Climbs by 30 Percent in Kansas as Government Slashes Mental Health Budgets | The Nation

NEWSNIGHT - Paxman vs Brand. Full Interview.

Take to the streets, together, with the understanding that the feeling that you aren’t being heard or seen or represented isn’t psychosis; it’s government policy.


New Post: We've Got It Backwards

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In the wake of mass student protests, embattled King College Prep Principal Resigns via @DNAinfoCHI

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See this yet @jonbecker @edjurist? High School Football Player Kicked off Team, Suspended Over Poem

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Drone Victims Recount Horror of Follow-Up Strikes Launched Against People Rescuing Wounded #DoubleTap #UniteBlue

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Wow! Must read Harvard student: Don't @teachforamerica it's working to destroy public education system

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AmnestyInternational (@amnesty)
10/24/13 7:12 AM
Is your country attending #CHOGM2013 in Sri Lanka? Watch this video to see the whitewash in store:

Anya Kamenetz (@anya1anya)
10/24/13 7:12 AM
3 stories of student success with ipads:…

Dan Schawbel (@DanSchawbel)
10/24/13 7:12 AM
The Top 10 Workplace Trends For
6. Employers create new ways of filtering candidates
Every year it becomes more competitive to apply for jobs because there are more applicants for fewer positions. In the past, I’ve called this the black hole of resumes and the Wall Street Journal calls it “resume oblivion“. Companies, especially larger ones, are finding new ways to filter candidates. One of them is to have HR programs that filter out those who didn’t graduate from college. The second way is to use social networks to screen candidates. reports that 94% of employers are using social networks for recruiting and that number will be about 100% next year I predict. More smaller companies and even midsize companies are looking at your online footprint first before giving you an interview to see if you would fit into the corporate culture and if there’s anything negative that comes up for your name. More companies will be using tests next year to try and close the skills gap. One test is called the “Collegiate Learning Assessment“, which provides an objective, benchmarked report card for critical thinking skills.
Collegiate Learning Assessment - post college sat - hardly. we know better.
interesting how we've gotten so good at lying about and/or faking formal documentation (d pope 95% et al) and yet we seek more..
imagine a non-linear portfolio over the last umpteen years.. accessible from whatever angle.. insight within 2 min. more humane to create/read.

George Siemens (@gsiemens)
10/24/13 7:13 AM
"65 faculty, student, teacher and union associations have formed a coalition against [moocs]"…
seems we spend our days deciding/arguing/justifying/credentialing how to spend our days.. and then we run out of time/energy/money.. to live our days.  no?

Bruce Nussbaum (@brucenussbaum)
10/24/13 7:14 AM
Regulator acts to make crowdfunding more accessible - via @FT

johnmaeda (@johnmaeda)
10/24/13 7:14 AM
"Hope is belief in the plausibility of the possible, as opposed to the necessity of the probable." —

core of a story is a plot, a moment of choice in which a protagonist is confronted by a challenge for which he or she is not prepared, but which he or she must nevertheless face, the outcome of which we take away as the “mora
Augustine observed, it is one thing to “know” the good, but another to “love” it – and loving it calls forth action
 I say values, not interests, because while self-interest is sufficient to sustain the status quo, our values are sources of the courage to take the risks, make the commitments, and reach out to others that challenging the status quo requires

i don't know. that quote...?

of the probable...?

Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson)
10/24/13 6:59 AM
I suspect it would have been easier to build for a single-payer system.

Inside Higher Ed (@insidehighered)
10/24/13 7:15 AM
Increasingly sophisticated tools allow universities to target very specific types of prospective… …


Bill Gates (@BillGates)
10/23/13 11:33 AM
Three charts from @bbchealth that tell one of the great success stories in global health:

imagine if we started vaccinating each other.. by proximity..

ᴬᴿᴼᴺ (@aronsolomon)
10/24/13 7:38 AM
If Tebow isn't a better option for the Rams than Favre, Tim needs to get a one-way ticket to Montreal or begin his run for the (@Salon)
10/24/13 7:38 AM
Hillary Clinton brushes off deranged "Benghazi" heckler in true Hillary

Andy Carvin (@acarvin)
10/24/13 7:38 AM
Filkens: There's a knife fight going on inside the Iranian government right now [between Suleimani and the moderates]. #FDDiran

Andy Carvin (@acarvin)
10/24/13 7:38 AM
Filkens: Whether or not the US gets a deal w/ Iran will probably depend on who wins the moderates. vs. Suleimani knife-fight. #FDDiran

Global Voices (@globalvoices)
10/24/13 7:38 AM
#Tajikistan official caught plagiarizing in praise of President during election
This is a good lesson for Khamidov. If you have nothing to say, do not speak about issues that you have nothing to say about. In general, however, this is a very instructive case. It shows that in the age of the Internet and Google, it is difficult for the authorities to [fool] ordinary people. It is so because these people have access to sources of information that the authorities cannot control.
Emily Badger (@emilymbadger)
10/24/13 7:39 AM
How crummy, run-down #housing harms the children who live in

GlobalHigherEd (@GlobalHigherEd)
10/24/13 7:46 AM
Measuring America’s Decline, in Three Charts:… via @NewYorker #oecd#oecdskills
George Siemens (@gsiemens)
10/24/13 7:47 AM
@GlobalHigherEd @NewYorker woah. those are some bad numbers.

Andy Carvin (@acarvin)
10/24/13 7:47 AM
Gerecht: I'm extremely skeptical that the ppl around Rouhani are prepared to give away anything they've worked so hard to make. #FDDiran

likewise ish..
so many hours into Ed 

Patients are 30-50% more likely to use mobile health apps when their doctor uses a mobile device in the exam room.

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