Month: October 2013

Writing on the Wall

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 …

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How To Setup Nexus 5 Stock Notifications

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.

Using Photoshop on my Chromebook

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.

R.I.P. Lou Reed

“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 …

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Is Our Universe a Computer Simulation?

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 …

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What Happens When You Just Give Money To Poor People?

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 …

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L.A.’s iPad Conundrum

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!) …

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Why Aren’t We Watching the World Series?

“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.

Reconstructing Ancient Greek Music

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 …

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Instagram Gives a Preview of Its Sponsored Ads

Instagram is rolling out a preview of its coming ads with an example from Levi… Now, Instagram, in a blog post today, revealed what ads will look like on the platform. It turns out, they look like any other Instagram photo with a “sponsored” tag and the ability to like and comment. via Facebook’s Instagram Reveals What Sponsored Ads Will Look Like | Adweek. With Instagram’s popularity still rising, it will be interesting to see …

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Hurry, Google #nexus5

I can’t take it any longer Google! #nexus5 pic.twitter.com/mAgABWgnlG — Danny Lynch (@2point0Danny) October 22, 2013 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Cheater?

Seems like a mighty gutsy thing to do (if true) during a game scrutinized by millions… It does appear that Lester goes out of his way to touch that spot in his glove with just his first finger… via People Are Freaking Out About The Green Stuff In Jon Lester’s Glove During Game 1 Of The World Series – Business Insider.

Differences in Private and Public School Teacher Pay

As a fan of economic theory (by no means an expert), I’ve always tried to rationalize the chasm that exists between private school and public school teacher pay. Having been both a private school and public school teacher, I’ve had to rationalize this on a whole different level. Though there are lots of generalities in this article, I do agree with the concluding paragraph here: The biggest lesson public education can draw from the salary …

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Advertise to Website Visitors via Facebook

Facebook is rolling out an interesting new way to advertise to its members who have visited your website… Today we’re announcing new custom audience features that can help marketers reach people who have visited them on desktop or mobile. Website and mobile app custom audiences will soon be available to a limited number of test partners and will roll out globally in the coming months. via Coming Soon: New Ways to Reach People Who've Visited …

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The Four Quarters of My Week

I was talking about calendars and work weeks with a friend earlier and I tried to explain how my convoluted brain processes the week. I don’t like to think of time in terms of hours or days. Rather, I’m much more productive (and happy) when I can segment things into their proper places in the flow of my life. For me, that means having “4 Quarters” to what others would call a week. This cycle …

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