I definitely just ordered Writing on the Wall as it combines two of my favorite things… the social internet and anthropological archaeology…
Papyrus rolls and Twitter have much in common: They were their generation’s signature means of “instant” communication. Indeed, as Tom Standage reveals in his scintillating new book, social media is anything but a new phenomenon. Cicero’s web is just one of many historical antecedents of today’s social media. Other prominent examples include the circulation of letters and other documents in the early Christian church; the torrent of printed tracts which circulated in 16th-century Germany, triggering the Reformation; the passing from hand to hand of gossip-laden poetry in the Tudor and Stuart courts; the duelling political pamphlets with which Royalists and Parliamentarians courted public opinion during the English Civil War; the first scientific journals and correspondence societies, which enabled far-flung scientists to discuss and build upon each other’s work; the handwritten poems and newsletters of pre-Revolutionary France, which spread gossip from Paris throughout the country; and the revolutionary pamphlets and local papers that rallied support for American independence. Such social-media systems arose frequently because, for most of human history, social networks were the dominant means by which information spread, in either spoken or written form.
via Writing on the Wall | tomstandage.com.
Yes, it’s all come to this… python scripts (or you can follow @n5stock on Twitter but that’s too easy).
We’re a desperate lot.
Nevertheless, this is pretty awesome if you as excited about the hopefully imminent Nexus 5 launch as I am (my beloved Nexus 4 is long in the tooth and pretty smashed up).
Howto: Setup Nexus 5 Stock Notifications
via Howto: Setup Nexus 5 Stock Notifications : Android.
Got to love the Chrome Remote Desktop app that Google has for any Chrome user. I’m at home but easily running Photoshop on my little Chromebook (very fast and non-laggy) while my work PC is downtown.
Chromebook is not just a browser.
“Oh, it’s such a perfect day
I’m glad I spend it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on”
Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today. The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May.
via Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Leader and Rock Pioneer, Dead at 71 | Rolling Stone.
I’ve got to be the only husband in America who woke up to that text this morning, right?
I never get tired of reading articles pondering whether our universe is a computer simulation / hologram.
Now we just need the Ancient Aliens guy to explain how trans-dimensional mice created the original computer to figure out the question with the answer of 42…
As cosmic particles fly through the universe, they lose energy and change direction and spread out across a spectrum of energy values. There’s a known limit to how much energy those particles have, though, and Beane and his colleagues have calculated that this seemingly arbitrary cliff in the spectrum is consistent with the kind of boundary that you’d find if there was an underlying lattice governing the limits of a simulator. It should also, if present, scatter the particles in a certain way as they come up against it, and we should be able to investigate whether that’s the case.
via Cosmic rays offer clue our universe could be a computer simulation Wired UK.
As a Christian (not to mention a human), I think it’s our duty to give to others without stipulations and without strings when we can.
I appreciate the sentiment from people who like to make “care packages” for the homeless or poor, but there’s a balance between dignity and help that has to be walked. Cash does the best job of transcending that line. I also appreciate the effort of wealthy people to give in other philanthropic ways, although those aren’t always what they are cracked up to be and can be more self-serving than not.
I give cash. I’m a sucker. But I’m called to be foolish.
Read the first comment on the article if you have time…
“We don’t see people spending money on alcohol and tobacco,” he says. “Instead we see them investing in their kids’ education, we see them investing in health care. They buy more and better food.”
via What Happens When You Just Give Money To Poor People? : Planet Money : NPR.
I don’t say it often, but George W Bush was on the money here.
I just re-checked the Apple site because I’m utterly confused as to why the L.A. school district would be buying $770 iPads when the $499 models are perfectly fine for school use (helped with a few deployments myself over the past few years).
I’m guessing they went with the 64 GB wifi models ($699 retail) for some reason (oh but students will need lots of space because more is better and the cloud is insecure!) instead of the perfectly reasonable and much cheaper 16 GB $499 models?
According to the L.A. Times, a new school district budget shows that iPads will cost $770 each. Apple’s discount on the tablets doesn’t kick in until the District buys at least 520,000 of them. That will cost approximately $400 million. In a statement to the Times, officials said that earlier cost estimates, “preceded the actual procurement process.” The District went on to say, “The negotiated discount [i.e. $678] does not go into effect until the district has reached the $400-million spending threshold.”
via L.A. Unified’s iPad Rollout is Way Over Budget | PadGadget.
And who goes ahead with an order this large (and with this much national scrutiny) when you don’t have the final price from Apple nailed down??
New math indeed.
I don’t understand bureaucracies (and evidently they don’t understand technology or bulk purchasing or business economics).
“No sports event will ever get 37 million viewers again… except the Super Bowl.”
It’s not just baseball, btw. My beloved NASCAR is similarly hurting for somewhat similar reasons with a push towards equalized competitors in regions of the country that don’t appeal to the base of the sport.
After studying attic and koine Greek for years in college and graduate school, I always wondered what their sing-song language would have actually spoken if I could have “Bill and Ted’ed” it back into ancient Greece.
This is pretty amazing…
One of D’Agour’s colleagues, David Creese, from the University of Newcastle, managed to play a song inscribed on a more than 2,000-year-old marble column. The tune is credited to Seikilos, and Creese played it on a zither-like instrument he constructed.
via Classicists Reconstruct the Sound of Greek Music – Archaeology Magazine.