Personal computers have evolved in an office environment in which you sit on your butt, moving only your fingers, entering and receiving information censored by your conscious mind. That is not your whole life, and probably not even the best part. We need to think about computers that sense more of your body, serve you in more places, and convey the physical expression in addition to information.
Dan O’Sullivan and Tom Igoe, Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers
via Jon Froehlich at DSST 2013 in his talk about the UMd HCIL hackerspace.
Slides for Jon’s talk, “If You Build It, They Will Come: Reflecting on the Successes (and Failures) of Building a Collaborative Workspace to Support Creativity, Experimentation, and Making”, are available via his talks page, as a huge PPTX here). Highly recommended if you’re interested in makerspaces/hackerspaces in academic institutions.
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Long discussions cause challenges for Wikipedians. That’s great motivation from some of my work.
Such discussions can often present a challenge to the editor who steps up to close them; “no consensus” is a common outcome for convoluted debates, a lack of resolution that opens the possibility of discussion starting all over again as the same issues continue to arise.
– Wikipedia Signpost, 2012-03-19
The report also links to Wikipedia’s essay on Too long; didn’t read; image from KnowYourMeme’s coverage of tl;dr.
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If you were building a user interface for the Web of data, for books, it just might look like Small Demons.
Unfortunately you can’t see much without logging in, so go get yourself a beta account. (I’ve already complained about asking for a birthday. My new one is 29 Feb 1904, you can help me celebrate in 2012!)
Their data on Ireland is pretty sketchy so far. They do offer to help you buy Guiness on Amazon though. :)
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Moderator Ed Hovy picked out 6 quotes to summarize Beyond the PDF’s sessions on Annotation.
Papers are stories that persuade with data.
But as authors we are lazy and undisciplined.
Communicating between humans and humans and humans and machines.
I should be interested in ontologies, but I just can’t work up the enthusiasm.
Christmas tree of hyperlinks.
You will get sued.
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