Making Sense of the NSA Files: Jillian York in Conversation with Ethan Zuckerman


Making Sense of the NSA Files: Jillian York in Conversation with Ethan Zuckerman

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Beauty of Mathematics, Video Beautifully Visualizes Math in Everyday Things

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"creative geniuses, from artists like Mozart to scientists like Darwin, are quite prolific when it comes to failure—they just don’t let that stop them. His research has found that creative people simply do more experiments. Their ultimate “strokes of genius” don’t come about because they succeed more often than other people—they just do more, period. They take more shots at the goal. That is the surprising, compelling mathematics of innovation: if you want more success, you have to be prepared to shrug off more failure."

- Designers Must Learn to Embrace Failure | (via ninakix)

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"The next generation of developers are cutting their teeth on these front-end JavaScript and CSS frameworks and they are using Backend Services to flesh out their ideas. They don’t care about LAMP, Ruby on Rails, or ExpressJS. These choices simply don’t matter like they used to. The focus now is almost entirely the client."

- Introducing Harp - the static web server with built-in preprocessing (via ninakix)

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5 months ago


my friend jeremy geidt just died.

about two hours ago i was headed over to his house in Cambridge to say hello (he’s old, and he’s been sick lately) but wound up saying goodbye - he’d passed away about an hour before I got there. there was his body and his nurse and a policeman and the funeral home came to take him away.

i stayed for a while and held his cold hand and thought my thoughts and cried and called neil and all that.

then i didn’t know what to do - I’d been planning on answering email all day … so I decided to come to the porter square bookstore to get a tea and fresh roll and write in my journal. as soon as I sat down a girl came up to me and said

"are you amanda ?

and I said


and she said

"can I play you a song?"

and I said

"right here in the bookstore? probably we should go outside instead."

so we did, and she played me a cover of “blister in the sun”. she’s only been playing the ukulele for 5 days. and I sang with her and then I asked her if she wanted me to play for her. and she requested “in my mind”, and her three friends came over.

I told them it was really nice timing because my friend just died and also I’d just seen and touched my first real dead body and was feeling all sad and strange inside. and they all hugged me and I played them the song and one of them filmed it and we dedicated it to Jeremy and had a little wake. they said they’d upload the video later today. I wanted neil to see it. it is, I supposed, my weird way of being together with him when I’m not. I said to denette, the girl, “this video might make him cry”.

and she said,

"that’s fine. he’s made me cry."

and then I took a picture of her and her suitcase and her ukulele strapped to her back, because she’s on her way to maine.

can you understand what I am feeling right now?

because I can’t.

but it’s something big and huge and never ends, really….

it’s just a circle.

angels are everywhere.

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Colorful Abstract City Maps

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xkcd: Dwarf Fortress

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"But as we have embraced computational tools as our primary media of expression, and have made not just mathematics but all information digital, we are subjecting human discourse and knowledge to these procedural logics that undergird all computation. And there are specific implications when we use algorithms to select what is most relevant from a corpus of data composed of traces of our activities, preferences, and expressions.
These algorithms, which I’ll call public relevance algorithms, are — by the very same mathematical procedures — producing and certifying knowledge. The algorithmic assessment of information, then, represents a particular knowledge logic, one built on specific presumptions about what knowledge is and how one should identify its most relevant components. That we are now turning to algorithms to identify what we need to know is as momentous as having relied on credentialed experts, the scientific method, common sense, or the word of God."

- Tarleton Gillespie - The Relevance of Algorithms (via algopop)

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1 year ago 28 notes

Sleeping in my arm

1 year ago

Autumn walk

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Winter: bring it on! We’re ready for you.

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