Saturday, August 30, 2014


User-Generated Content Portal Wikia Raises Another $15M To Crack Into Asia @jimmy_wales

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MT @simonsinek: Fight against something and we focus on the thing we hate. Fight (strive!) for something and we focus on the thing we love.

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Chilling effect: @ALSassociation files trademark for #IceBucketChallenge, though it didn't create the viral campaign

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New docs show @GovChristie cut $1B from schools & spent $1B on fees to Wall St firms - many which are GOP donors

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Dr. Khan, of Sierra Leone, was invited to spend the summer at Harvard, but he stayed to fight Ebola. He died at 39.

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Here are my SOLUTIONS to POLICE VIOLENCE #Ferguson #CureViolence

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I am not sure that all the war reporting has added anything to what Euripides had to say, & Hepburn gave voice.

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marion chapsal (@MarionChapsal)
8/29/14 1:55 AM
I like that : “The day before something is a breakthrough, it’s a crazy idea”. Peter
too much focus on future of.... business.....?

Chris Rauschnot (@24k)
8/29/14 3:33 AM
'Unborn' baby turtles talk to each other before hatching… via@CBCTechSci #nature

Tobias Marchant (@uandptobias)
8/29/14 3:32 AM
Plans for a new garden city

Harvard University (@Harvard)
8/29/14 6:54 AM
Harvard researchers may have found new treatment for PTSD and other memory-related

Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep)
8/29/14 6:54 AM
And world. RT @RobertMackey ICYMI Ahmed Seif al-Islam Hamad, Pioneering Rights Lawyer, Mourned by Egyptian Activists

Joseph Willits (@josephwillits)
8/29/14 5:04 AM
We were shocked at 1,000 #Syria refugees. Then 10, 100, 500, 1 million, 2m, now 3 million. Still 'just shocked'?

my way around degrees and requirements; certificates offered by UTexas, designed by my team

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I choose awe over bureaucracy. This week's column for @Beingtweets: #health

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i don't ever want her to think that i hate half of her

"Gaming’s most pervasive issue isn’t corruption, but the people who’ve taken ownership of something that isn’t solely theirs to begin with."

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I'm biased in all this as I quit my job because I decided more control over my time was more important than more money.

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Syrian refugee influx into Lebanon: "the equivalent of having the entire population of Mexico entering the US"

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Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar)
8/26/14 6:38 PM
“secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some it's a Broadway spotlight; for others a lamp-lit desk." #leadfromwithin

J.D. Stein (@jdstein)
8/30/14 6:48 AM
iTunes New & Noteworthy and What's Hot algorithm appears to have gone retro. Featuring mostly defunct podcasts.

TimesHigherEducation (@timeshighered)
8/30/14 6:50 AM
QAA to investigate University of Bedfordshire Saudi students’ exam

Maria Popova (@brainpicker)
8/29/14 9:28 PM
The psychology of
Ever since psychology godfather William James first expounded the crucial role of habitin how we live and who we become, modern psychology has sought to figure out how we can rewire our bad habitsmaximize our willpower, and use habits to optimize our productivity. And yet, if the market for self-help books and to-do apps and productivity tools is any indication, a great many of us still struggle with either understanding the psychology of habit and willpower or applying it to what really matters

..a great many of us still struggle with either understanding the psychology of habit and willpower or applying it to what really matters. 

 In one study of self-control, participants first had to resist the temptation to eat chocolate (they had a radish instead); then they were given a frustrating task to do. The test was to see how long they would persist. Radish-eaters only persisted on the task for about 8 minutes, while those who had gorged on chocolate kept going for 19 minutes. The mere act of exerting willpower saps the strength for future attempts.

The mere act of exerting willpower saps the strength for future attempts. These sorts of findings have been repeated again and again using different circumstances.

and/or takes you away on the edge ness. ie:follow the radish zapping energy.. making me less alive
2energy types... 1 for supposed tos.  1 fir can't nots

"@GSWSyndicate: We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom. Leo Tolstoy"

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"We are passing to our kids a system that does not work." Please take 2:46 to watch and support. #mayday

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A piece in @TheEconomist about the future of #STEM with me and @anya1anya: @cetesse @osmanrashid

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That’s why we have to test the tests—to see what the outcomes of our measurements are in the real world. And if those outcomes don’t match what our tests tell us, then you need to change the instrument. If we designed a different kind of assessment to get at what Rita and I both see as a very fluid and collaborative process of sense-making and understanding, we’d have a very different world. 

like lessig - fixing the system - rather than scraping it.. or at least a much deeper prune - refocus

For example, it’s a known fact that most pre-med students fail their biostatistics class. 

working toward biostatistics class...?

But, given the fact that corporations writ large don’t really have an impetus to educate people around the kind of skills that Anya and I have been talking about, I would ask: “Where are the critical life skills going to come from? Who’s going to actually educate these people?” 

oh my.

The laudable side is where they want to provide context and focus on outcomes, where they’re fostering skills they’re want and need to see in the workforce. 

workforce..? as a focus.. ?

There’s a reason education is a public good, because things that are publicly funded are things the market does not provide, and I think it’s very important to maintain that distinction—as it has been historically, so should it be in the future.

i think/hope this what i meant by above. public isn't centered on workforce ness - it's centered on - what it means to be human and alive.

An interview with @BKpub authors Margaret Wheatley and @dfrieze on the relationship between community and eduction.

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Delighted to have been on @pritheworld discussing twitter, diplomacy & leadership in the digital age:

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"I think we’ve seen a real change over the past decade in the way our traditional institutions — the institutions of diplomacy and institutions like NATO — communicate and engage," says Nicco Mele, a professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and the author of “The End of Big: How The Internet Makes David The New Goliath.”
But while the methods of communication have changed dramatically, Mele warns that regulations and norms have not kept up. "It's easy to think that Twitter is not a formal space for communication, but it can have unintended consequences," he says. "These words carry weight."

The Democratic Surround: An Interview with Fred Turner @fturner (Part Three) via @henryjenkins

Jeff Roberts@jeffjohnroberts

Law geeks: here's the deep-dive into why PACER is so screwed up…