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Mad Genius Creates Ello, the Elegant Anti-Facebook

Mad Genius Creates Ello, the Elegant Anti-Facebook

Richard Hudak:

This is something to watch.

Originally posted on Betabeat:

Paul Budnitz — exhibiting photographer and filmmaker, artist, designer toy maker, bicycle enthusiast. Add: social media magnate?

Paul Budnitz — exhibiting photographer and filmmaker, artist, designer toy maker, bicycle enthusiast. Add: social media magnate? (photo via Paul Budnitz)

Update: Be sure to check out our latest reporting of Ello’s sudden explosion in popularity here.

For tech entrepreneurs and investors, a social network is the great…

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This addresses the free speech issue that came up in this week’s discussion of hip hop culture and the n-word.

Ads sponsored by a far-right group feature anti-Islam messages, will run on 100 New York buses

September 22, 2014 4:33PM ET
by Marisa Taylor @marisahtaylor

Muslim groups are denouncing the anti-Islamic advertisements slated to run on New York City buses next week, calling them hateful and vitriolic. A set of six advertisements with anti-Muslim messaging will begin appearing on Sept. 29, plastered on 100 New York City buses and in two subway entrances. The ads will run for a total of four weeks, according to the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The ads, which reportedly cost $100,000, are sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. Led by blogger Pamela Geller, the far-right group supports what it calls “counter jihad measures.” The group publicized the coming ads on their website, describing the campaign as telling “truths about Islam and jihad that the government and media ignore.” The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States, characterizes the AFDI as an “active anti-Muslim group.” (via Muslim groups denounce anti-Islam ads on NYC buses | Al Jazeera America)

This addresses the free speech issue that came up in this week’s discussion of hip hop culture and the n-word.

Ads sponsored by a far-right group feature anti-Islam messages, will run on 100 New York buses September 22, 2014 4:33PM ET by Marisa Taylor @marisahtaylor Muslim groups are denouncing the anti-Islamic advertisements slated to run on New York City buses next week, calling them hateful and vitriolic. A set of six advertisements with anti-Muslim messaging will begin appearing on Sept. 29, plastered on 100 New York City buses and in two subway entrances. The ads will run for a total of four weeks, according to the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The ads, which reportedly cost $100,000, are sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. Led by blogger Pamela Geller, the far-right group supports what it calls “counter jihad measures.” The group publicized the coming ads on their website, describing the campaign as telling “truths about Islam and jihad that the government and media ignore.” The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States, characterizes the AFDI as an “active anti-Muslim group.” (via Muslim groups denounce anti-Islam ads on NYC buses | Al Jazeera America)
When you hear the phrase Hush Puppies, think of basset hounds, and see these shoes, do you think “rugged, masculine, virile”? Because that’s what the copy says. In fact, this ad argues that wearing these shoes might make a women’s rights advocate call you a male chauvinist pig because they’re that masculine. (via The Manliest Shoes You’ve Ever Seen (1971) » Sociological Images)

When you hear the phrase Hush Puppies, think of basset hounds, and see these shoes, do you think “rugged, masculine, virile”? Because that’s what the copy says. In fact, this ad argues that wearing these shoes might make a women’s rights advocate call you a male chauvinist pig because they’re that masculine. (via The Manliest Shoes You’ve Ever Seen (1971) » Sociological Images)

Reflecting on Ferguson » There's Research on That

In the wake of protests responding to the killing of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, sociologists began building a large body of resources to explain how these events fit into a broader pattern of racial bias in the United States’ criminal justice system. Sociologists for Justice has both a public statement on the matter and a syllabus on source material related to racialized policing. Sociology Toolbox has recent data on racial disparities and militarized police departments in Ferguson and nationwide. In addition to the conversation about racial injustice, Ferguson also calls into question our assumptions about how to maintain public safety.

College textbooks are prohibitively expensive sometimes, but according to Consumer Reports, if you want the cheapest prices, Amazon tends to be the best reality for the job. Consumer Reports looked at five different vendors, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookbyte, Chegg, and Textbook Rush, as well as the price of buying the book directly from the publisher. Their results aren’t particularly surprising for used books (via Amazon’s Used Textbooks Are Consistently Cheaper Than Other Retailers)

College textbooks are prohibitively expensive sometimes, but according to Consumer Reports, if you want the cheapest prices, Amazon tends to be the best reality for the job. Consumer Reports looked at five different vendors, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookbyte, Chegg, and Textbook Rush, as well as the price of buying the book directly from the publisher. Their results aren’t particularly surprising for used books (via Amazon’s Used Textbooks Are Consistently Cheaper Than Other Retailers)

Augmented Education

I know that I am supposed to like this product because of its advertising—the simulacra of spontaneous discovery and multicultural caste—but I do anyway.

Here is a wonderful example of subordinating the machine to the use of actual “manipulatives” in a potentially one–to–many relationship with children. Here the machine facilitates action and interaction IRL, “in real life.” I love the simplicity…

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Another artful example of augmented reality

Another artful example of augmented reality

On Facebook I discovered another beautiful example of augmented reality as art. Enjoy!

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May 2

Happy Birthday, BASIC

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Fifty years ago this month, in 1964, a computer programming language winked to life that changed the course of a generation. While many would point to the rise of Unix and other ubiquitous programming languages in the intervening years as formative points in the history of computing, on May 1, 1964, a computer at Darmouth College ran the first BASIC program,…

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The WordPress.com Transparency Report

The WordPress.com Transparency Report

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Richard Hudak:

As I publish several blogs on WordPress, I am happy to see this transparency report from them.

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Automattic’s mission is to democratize publishing, and a fully informed citizenry is the foundation of any functioning democracy. Keeping our users and the public fully informed about our policies on responding to government requests has always been…

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A former leader of the Ku Klux Klan who founded his own militant racist group was arrested for shooting and killing three people at two Kansas City-area Jewish community centers on April 13. When he founded the White Patriot Party in 1980, Frazier Glenn Miller said its goal was “the creation of an all-white nation within the 1 million square miles of mother Dixie” (“White Patriot Party,” Terrorism Knowledge Base).
In 1986, Miller declared “total war” on Jews, blacks and the federal government (Intelligence Report, Winter/04). He served three years in prison on weapons charges and for running a paramilitary organization in violation of a court order (Hatewatch, 4/13/14) . He shouted “Heil Hitler” after being taken into custody after the Kansas City attacks (New York Times, 4/14/14).

 (via Can White People Be Terrorists? — FAIR)

A former leader of the Ku Klux Klan who founded his own militant racist group was arrested for shooting and killing three people at two Kansas City-area Jewish community centers on April 13. When he founded the White Patriot Party in 1980, Frazier Glenn Miller said its goal was “the creation of an all-white nation within the 1 million square miles of mother Dixie” (“White Patriot Party,” Terrorism Knowledge Base).
In 1986, Miller declared “total war” on Jews, blacks and the federal government (Intelligence Report, Winter/04). He served three years in prison on weapons charges and for running a paramilitary organization in violation of a court order (Hatewatch, 4/13/14) . He shouted “Heil Hitler” after being taken into custody after the Kansas City attacks (New York Times, 4/14/14).

(via Can White People Be Terrorists? — FAIR)