joshsternberg:

apsies:

Feb. 6, 2010
“Another snowstorm blanketed Washington for the second  time in a few days. Because it was a Saturday, I hung around the White  House thinking that the President might venture out in the snow with his  daughters. Here they are playing in the Rose Garden in the midst of the  storm.” (by The White House)
I missed this one this year. How adorable!

Technology is amazing. We often forget that up until relatively recently - say, the past 150 years or so - recorded history relied on descriptive language, the ability to narrate an event, put to paper (sometimes in a drawing, but still subjective). Now, we have still and moving images to tell the story. Imagine if there were a White House photographer in 1789 - we have one today and it’s nothing short of amazing. 

Yes. Technology is amazing. As I type I’m listening to an Icelandic radio station streaming a Jonsi concert from two nights ago. 

joshsternberg:

apsies:

Feb. 6, 2010

“Another snowstorm blanketed Washington for the second time in a few days. Because it was a Saturday, I hung around the White House thinking that the President might venture out in the snow with his daughters. Here they are playing in the Rose Garden in the midst of the storm.” (by The White House)

I missed this one this year. How adorable!

Technology is amazing. We often forget that up until relatively recently - say, the past 150 years or so - recorded history relied on descriptive language, the ability to narrate an event, put to paper (sometimes in a drawing, but still subjective). Now, we have still and moving images to tell the story. Imagine if there were a White House photographer in 1789 - we have one today and it’s nothing short of amazing. 

Yes. Technology is amazing. As I type I’m listening to an Icelandic radio station streaming a Jonsi concert from two nights ago. 

(via joshsternberg)

31.12.10

There is a fear by many, Mr. Keller included, that these devices will wipe out our ability to remember and force us to become dependent on the virtual world. Luckily for us humans, our brains do not work this way. Research shows that the human brain is capable of adapting to new technologies in less than a week, irrelevant of age or intellect.

As I’ve written in the past, Maryanne Wolf, the director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts, points out that our brains were never even designed to read. This “technology” is something that we have to train our brains to do.

In the same way that we hack our brains to read, we are not going to flush away our powers of memory by adopting tomorrow’s technologies.

Nick Bilton (via soupsoup)

Once again, the old, reactionary guard completely misses the boat. 

18.05.11
This will make da Mrs.’ head explode…
via smarterplanet:

Using Twitter Improves Students’ Grades, And Other Surprising Tech Usage Facts
OnlineEducation.net made an infographic based on results from a student/technology study.
Full Story: Business Insider
via emergentfutures:

This will make da Mrs.’ head explode…

via smarterplanet:

Using Twitter Improves Students’ Grades, And Other Surprising Tech Usage Facts

OnlineEducation.net made an infographic based on results from a student/technology study.

Full Story: Business Insider

via emergentfutures:

16.08.11

It’s Not Gender Warfare…It’s Math.

via annaholmes:

(A shorter version of this piece appears in today’s Washington Post. Photo of Google executive and engineer Marisa Mayer via. Headline via.)

Let’s say I was designing a new piece of software to make my life as a writer a little easier. First, I’d program it count how many characters I’d typed out and in what amount of time, in order to document my productivity on any given day. Then I’d ask it to compare words, phrases, sentences and entire paragraphs from one draft to the next, in order to calculate how much of what I’d written had changed…or stayed the same.

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23.09.11

Technology is insanely wonderful.

How crazy cool is it that I’ve been able to text with my baby sister all through the labor for her first child? From the moment she texted me that she was being induced - while I was 1500 miles away on a bike ride this afternoon - to my kids sending her good luck kisses via SMS - to me checking in with her a few minutes ago at 1:45am CT - she’s 5 cm & LUVs my epi reco - I’ve had unprecedented but not overbearing access to my lil’ sis’s labor. How #dope is that? Oh and technology played MAJOR roles in the healthy births of both of my bebes & the newest member of our familia - who should be here when I wake up for breakfast. Technology is insanely wonderful.

10.12.11
via zeb:

Think Quarterly by Google’s latest: The Speed Issue

via zeb:

Think Quarterly by Google’s latest: The Speed Issue

10.01.12
ShortFormBlog: Crazy but true: Google wants to be your cable TV provider in Kansas City
22.02.12
It was only later that I realized the value of being bored was actually pretty high. Being bored is a kind of diagnostic for the gap between what you might be interested in and your current environment. But now it is an act of significant discipline to say, “I’m going to stare out the window. I’m going to schedule some time to stare out the window.” The endless gratification offered up by our devices means that the experience of reading in particular now becomes something we have to choose to do.
Clay Shirky - How Will We Read (via bijan)
05.04.12

shortformblog:

Coachella finale: Tupac comes back from the dead

Looks like Nate Dogg’s hologram was only a teaser. Last night, Tupac himself showed up in hologram form during a Coachella performance that featured Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa. Note that Tupac has been dead for over 15 years. Anyway, when we die, we hope someone cares enough about us to bring us back in hologram form for a musical performance. Who knows? It might be fun.

16.04.12
Kickin’ it ol’ Skool using recycled dead tree products & a writing utensil to work on some #EvilMarketingPlans ~ #PalateCleansing #MakesMeThinkDifferent #technology  (Taken with instagram)

Kickin’ it ol’ Skool using recycled dead tree products & a writing utensil to work on some #EvilMarketingPlans ~ #PalateCleansing #MakesMeThinkDifferent #technology (Taken with instagram)

03.05.12

Technology is beautiful. #life

via tanya77:

3D Printer Creates “Magic Arms” For a Two Year-Old Girl

(Via Mashable)

Yeah, 3-D printers!

03.08.12

Robot planes #FTW

via poptech:

Autonomous robotic plane flies indoors at MIT

For decades, academic and industry researchers have been working on control algorithms for autonomous helicopters — robotic helicopters that pilot themselves, rather than requiring remote human guidance. Dozens of research teams have competed in a series of autonomous-helicopter challenges posed by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI); progress has been so rapid that the last two challenges have involved indoor navigation without the use of GPS.

But MIT’s Robust Robotics Group — which fielded the team that won the last AUVSI contest — has set itself an even tougher challenge: developing autonomous-control algorithms for the indoor flight of GPS-denied airplanes. At the 2011 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), a team of researchers from the group described an algorithm for calculating a plane’s trajectory; in 2012, at the same conference, they presented an algorithm for determining its “state” — its location, physical orientation, velocity and acceleration. Now, the MIT researchers have completed a series of flight tests in which an autonomous robotic plane running their state-estimation algorithm successfully threaded its way among pillars in the parking garage under MIT’s Stata Center.

(Source: youtube.com)

13.08.12