The Inimitable Tiff

  1. footnoted* — Irony alert: A One-Time Benefit That’s Actually Three Times
  2. timeshaiku:

A haiku from the article: The Face of Unfortunate Fashion


    A haiku from the article: The Face of Unfortunate Fashion

  3. You realize you have a tendency to overindulge similes.
  4. Even without active use, the presence of mobile technologies has the potential to divert individuals from face-to-face exchanges, thereby undermining the character and depth of these connections. Individuals are more likely to miss subtle cues, facial expressions, and changes in the tone of their conversation partner’s voice, and have less eye contact.
  5. Mail carrier is just one casualty of a tech-based job market that shares a unifying theme: paper. Newspaper reporters face a projected 13% decline in hiring in the coming years. Layoffs and furloughs in the industry are commonplace, the result of advertisers slashing their print budgets by nearly 30% since 2009, per a report. “When I started in the business, I imagined paying my dues for a few years and moving up to better beats or an editor’s role,” says one former newspaper reporter in Southern California. Nate moved to public relations in 2011, the same year 152 newspapers cased operations around the nation. “But after almost 10 years I saw how few jobs there were and no opportunities to move up,” he says. Consumers are not simply eschewing reading the news, but rather are consuming their information online and not in print. Want to catch up on the latest news? Power on your smart phone or tablet and get the latest happenings from around the globe in one place. Want to read a book? Download any one of thousands of titles instantly. The logging industry is feeling the impact of the move from print to digital. Says Eric Johnson, publisher of Northern Logger, dramatically lower demand for paper means much less demand for wood pulp that lumberjacks help provide. The result is a 9% decline in logging industry employment.
  6. What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago : Code Switch : NPR
    We have templates that we superimpose on Chicago and places like it. These templates distort the ways violence comes to bear on individual lives, obscure the patterns that come with that violence, and shape the ways we think about ameliorating it. These are each human-scale tragedies worthy of human-scale consideration. To really understand what happened in Chicago last weekend, we have to be able both to see those shootings as mass shootings, and to see the lives they shatter.

    Great post with a bunch of solid links to more reading.

  7. If you write a big program, you’ll reinvent Lisp. If you write a big program, it will read email. If you are a programmer, you will find yourself drawn to to-do lists. And then you will talk about these things, because they are the touchstones of our shared culture of technology, with attendant rituals.
    Paul Ford, Doomed to Repeat It

    Nothing says “I reject everyone else’s way of seeing the world in favor of my own” more clearly than declaring email bankruptcy; it’s the digital equivalent of baptism into a new faith.

    The resonates particularly strongly. I’m glad I haven’t crossed that line, simply for the time to think more about what it means.

  8. watershedplus:

    'The Bathymetric Atlas of the English Lake District' is a hand-made book measuring 120 x 120 cm, depicting the hidden contours of the principal lakes in the English Lake District at their various altitudes at a scale of 1:41250. Each lake appears and disapears gradually as the pages, matching the altitude, are turned.
    “When you get your ordnance survey map you find contour after contour detailing the forms of the mountains but you find nothing detailling the depth of the lakes”.
    Conceived and devised by Christian Barnes and commissioned by Locus+.
    Watch a film about it here

    (via roomthily)

  9. A Tale of ‘Too Big to Fail’ in Higher Education: City College of San Francisco Survives

    Kevin Carey for The Upshot | NYT:

    The San Francisco crisis has roots that stretch back a half century, to the 1960 creation of the state’s blueprint for public higher education. The California Master Plan established three institutional tiers: The best students would attend elite University of California research universities; the next-best would enroll in the California State University System; and the bottom 60 percent or so would start in two-year community colleges, with the possibility of moving to a four-year college later. It was, in theory, a way to educate a rapidly growing student population inexpensively.

    But when it came to actually running community colleges, the state fell short. Many of the existing two-year schools had begun as locally run junior colleges with no tradition of state control. Instead of being led by a single chancellor, like the universities, each of California’s 112 community colleges is governed by a locally elected board. The state also passed a law requiring the boards to share day-to-day decision-making power formally with faculty unions.

    A result has been chaos and dysfunction in many places. …

    The accreditor, an independent, nonprofit body that determines whether colleges can receive federal financial aid, is the only outside organization with substantial regulatory authority over schools like City College. But like an army with no weapons other than thermonuclear bombs, its power is too potent and blunt to use.

  10. blech:

    From The Shortest Path to Happiness: Recommending Beautiful, Quiet, and Happy Routes in the City by Daniele QuerciaRossano Schifanella, and Luca Maria Aiello, four routes from Euston Square to Tate Modern prioritised by shortness, beauty, quiet, and happiness.

    To meet our research goal, we make three main contributions:

    • We build a graph whose nodes are locations and whose edges connect geographic neighbors (§3.1). With this graph, we rank locations based on whether they are emotionally pleasant. The emotion scores come from a crowd-sourcing platform that shows two street scenes in London (out of hundreds), and a user votes on which one looks more beautiful, quiet, and happy (§3.2).
    • We quantitatively validate the extent to which our pro- posal recommends paths that are not only short but also emotionally-pleasing (§4). We then qualitatively evaluate the recommendations by conducting a user study involving 30 participants in London.
    • We finally test the generalizability of our proposal by: a) presenting a way of predicting the beauty scores from Flickr metadata; and b) testing the beauty-deri- ved paths with our 30 participants in London and with a new group of 54 participants in Boston (§5).

    From the abstract:

    Based on a quantitative validation, we find that, compared to the shortest routes, the recommended ones add just a few extra walking minutes and are indeed perceived to be more beautiful, quiet, and happy.

    via Technology Review, Eric Fischer

    Love this.

    (via roomthily)