Help:: Getting Started / Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

Digital posters [...]

Digital posters is a term for large images that include words, numbers and simple graphics. They are often seen as the poor relations of infographics. > So what are digital posters good for, as design artifacts? Even Citraro finds it difficult to avoid damning with faint praise. "If neither your message nor your audience is complex, digital posters can be an excell...

 

Choral Explanations [...]

Choral Explanations is a wiki-like approach to information sharing. It is pluralistic in that multiple answers are desired, and they can (or even *should*) take different approaches and assume different levels of existing knowledge. They are less like the answers that appear on like older, transactional sites like Yahoo Answers but more like Stack Exchange or Quora. &...

 

US ebook revenue peaked in 2013 [...]

> After peaking in 2013 at $3.24 billion, eBook revenue declined to $3.20 billion in 2014 and again in 2015 by 11.3% to $2.84 billion. Unit sales also declined by 9.7%, with eBooks now making up 17.3% of the trade book market. The growth of ebooks as a percentage of US publisher sales stalled after 2012: [[Print made moderate gains in 2015]]...

 

ADEPT Method [...]

> Make explanations ADEPT: Use an Analogy, Diagram, Example, Plain-English description, and then a Technical description. > > ADEPT method of learning...

 

The Problem with Asynchronish Environments [...]

Samuel Hulick identifies Slack as a platform that is neither asynchronous or synchronous. It's asynchron_ish_. He argues the results of this : > At first I thought this sounded delightful — it would be the best of both worlds! I was always free to drop someone a line, and if they were feeling chatty, a full-fledged conversation could simply spring up, with ...

 

Twitter Is a Community with No Community Tools [...]

A thought to get down here: Twitter is in many ways a community, the way a BBS is a community. But the loosely coupled nature of the community means that Twitter has no way to protect itself from the effects of scale. If there is a summary for the Tragedy of Twitter, this is it. Facebook is different than Twitter, both because it is less of a community in itself: it...

 

The Three Strikes Memo [...]

The [[Federal Three Strikes]] law was underused by federal prosecutors in the first years after its enactment. This led to the 1995 Three Strikes Memo, encouraging prosecutors to make better use of the law in their existing cases. > This provision should play a key role in every district's anti-violent crime strategy. To help us make the most effective use possibl...

 

How Virtual Reality Limits Imagination [...]

Immersive virtual experiences are immersive precisely because they do not display "overt assemblage". The design is covert, hidden. While this creates engagement and fluidity, it also puts the structure of the information (and its attendant conclusions) beyond the reach of the player. From a description of the early 2000 edutainment piece _The Lost Museum_: > That ...

 

Suicide Rates Fall in Russia [...]

> New figures show that the number of suicides in Russia has dropped to its lowest level in 50 years. Such low levels were last seen at the end of Nikita Khrushchev's rule and in Leonid Brezhnev's first years in power...

 

Policy Through Bridge Height [...]

Robert Caro discusses his shock at understanding how seemingly neutral infrastructure decisions were being used to enforce segregation. Here he discusses Robert Moses, a mayor who built racism into the city's architecture. The example: he built 180 or so bridges too low for buses to pass under, effectively keeping black users of public transport out of broad swaths of...

 

There Is No Dark Side of the Moon, Really [...]

The Moon has a far side (a side that is always facing away from earth) but has no dark side. As the moon passes between us and the sun the far side is bright side. As the Moon goes around the other side, the near side is the bright side (and we see it in the sky). As the far side has generally been more exposed to objects from deep space it is also the more rugged o...

 

Cordless Phones Kill Privacy [...]

From Popular Communications, June 1991: > On April 20th, The Press Democrat, of Santa Rosa, Calif., reported that a scanner owner had contacted the police in the community of Rohnert Park to say that he was overhearing cordless phone conversations concerning sales of illegal drugs. The monitor, code named Zorro by the police, turned over thirteen tapes of such con...

 

Conversational Gapping [...]

The typical gap between speech turns in conversation is just 200ms. The small gap is possible because we construct our response while the other person is speaking. > When we talk we take turns, where the “right” to speak flips back and forth between partners. This conversational pitter-patter is so familiar and seemingly unremarkable that we rarely remark on i...

 

Overconfidence by Gender and Major [...]

Some people are overconfident about the the truth of what they think, some are underconfident. Unsurprisingly, this varies by gender and major, with women being (on the whole) less confident than men and people in the humanities being less sure than those in areas like political science, law, and economics. {{Tags: Sexism, Confidence, Gender Bias}}...

 

A Curriculum of Comma Splices [...]

David Wiley believes if you run the logic of the microcredential to ground you get to a place where higher ordered qualities are valued. Gardner Campbell replies that in composition, CBE has been a failure, because you end up with a curriculum about comma splices. Measure precisely and you will begin to value the things that can be precisely measured....

 

Internet of Broken Things [...]

Phrase coined by Ward Cunningham in 2014 denoting the coming disaster of Internet of Things incompatibility, bugginess, and security issues. The problem? We don't own the pieces we think we do. The smart device is built on a substrate of constantly shifting licenses, end-user agreements, APIs, and marketing agreements. > This is how the internet of things will work...

 

Lewy Body Dementia [...]

Lewy body dementia, the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's disease, causes a progressive decline in mental abilities. (html) [caption id="attachment_460" align="alignright" width="300"] (source)[/caption] People with Lewy body disease have Lewy bodies in the mid-brain region (like those with Parkinson's disease) and in the cortex of the ...

 

Clara Peeters [...]

Clara Peeters was the earliest significant woman painter of the Dutch Golden Age. From Wikipedia: >Clara Peeters (probably Antwerp 1594 – possibly after 1657) was a still-life painter who came from Antwerp and trained in the tradition of Flemish Baroque painting, but probably made her career mostly in the new Dutch Republic, as part of Dutch Golden Age painting. ...

 

Equality of Inputs vs. Corruption [...]

One way to attack campaign finance is to argue it results in corruption. This is an argument about outputs, and it ends up being a complex and slippery argument to prove or measure. An alternate way is to take an "equality of inputs" approach: > Equality of inputs is a measurable standard, particularly if we measure it in terms of money contributed. By contrast, c...

 

Matrix Torrent Survives 12 Years [...]

> A fan-created ASCII version of the 1999 sci-fi classic The Matrix is the oldest known torrent that's still active. Created more than 12 years ago, the file has outlived many blockbuster movies and is still downloaded a few times a week, even though the site from where it originated has disappeared....

 

The Laptop Is Over, 1985 Edition [...]

From the New York Times, December 1985, a screed against portable technology: > WHATEVER happened to the laptop computer? Two years ago, on my flight to Las Vegas for Comdex, the annual microcomputer trade show, every second or third passenger pulled out a portable, ostensibly to work, but more likely to demonstrate an ability to keep up with the latest fad. Last y...

 

Lust for Life Rhythm [...]

The rhythm of the Iggy Pop song "Lust for Life" came from a beep pattern from Armed Forces Radio. The *New York Times* explains: >Mr. Pop and Mr. Bowie, seated on the floor — they had decided chairs were not natural — were waiting for the Armed Forces Network telecast of “Starsky & Hutch.” The network started shows with a call signal that, Mr. Pop said...

 

Help:: What Do I Write About? (#1) [...]

There are many ways to use Wikity, but this is the most common: * Research something you don't know about. * Learn things * Write a short article on the subject, capturing what you learned. Did you ever wonder where people got the idea to steam milk in coffee and call it a cappuccino? Research it. Summarize it in an article called Birth of Cappuccino. Did someone ment...

 

Chopra’s Wikipedia Article [...]

Deepak Chopra's Wikipedia article calls into question the credentials of a figure believed by many to be a new age charlatan. It is a good example of why articles on persons are necessarily contentious there are important issues at stake here, and it is not for the person in question to resolve them.  (post)  ...

 

ECO, the Game [...]

ECO is a game where you build a world and observe ecosystem effects. (website)...

 

Wikipedia Is Way Too Small [...]

Just covering astronomy, for example, would require 25 million articles, according to the estimates, and this is growing all the time. Source: Wikipedia's 5 million articles still cover less than 5 per cent of all human knowledge - Telegraph...

 

Free To All [...]

Welcome to Wikity! Wikity is a bit different than other wikis and blogs in a number of ways, but the most important thing for you to understand about Wikity is it is a social sharing site, where the materials members upload are free for others to copy, rewrite, remix, and retain in their own spaces. To accomplish this we license all material posted on Wikity under a C...

 

Canadian Literature (University of Vermont, 2010) [...]

Student reflection blog from UVM. From the syllabus: > A: To earn an A on the blog component of the course all assignments must have been completed and comments posted by the assigned deadline (in this case, within one week of the date of the blog posting). Comments are thoughtful, fully answer the question asked, and, if specified, take into account the comments...