- Neighbourhoods: Community engagement ‘may be delusory’
Is perfromance management antithetical to community engagement? “A practitioner …said he understood community engagement when he realised he didn’t need to feel he’d failed because a box wasn’t ticked”
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- two kinds of training (3 July, 2008, Interconnected)
The most powerful form is variable-interval reinforcement. The reward doesn’t happen every time, and you end up working harder to get it .. as if you’re trying to figure out the pattern to get the reward to come more often. It’s why email is addictive.
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- chewing pixels Â» My Virtual Sins: A Gamerâ€™s Confession
Bless me Father, for I have sinned … my trail of dead is one frag short of endless …my Xbox achievement points are less a measure of accomplishment than a public litany of wrongdoing.
- Mars Phoenix Tweets: “We Have ICE!”
“Are you ready to celebrate? Well, get ready: We have ICE!!!!! Yes, ICE, *WATER ICE* on Mars! w00t!!! Best day ever!!” the Mars Phoenix Lander tweeted at about 5:15 pm.
Tags: mars science twitter space nasa ice water
- Serious games taxonomy 2008.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Jane McGonigal studying how virtual worlds and gaming can be used for serious play to solve, perhaps, a few real world problems
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- Boris Johnson to revive Londonâ€™s lost rivers – Times Online
“One design firm has even proposed that Fleet Street, which crosses the route of the old River Fleet, might turn into a Venetian-style waterway.” As opposed to the sewage strewn trickle of filth and dead bodies it used to be. Hurrah!
Tags: architecture cities design london water landscape
- MyCBBC social networking site for children breaks 100,000 user mark | Media | guardian.co.uk
The BBC has said its social networking site for young children, MyCBBC, has reached 100,000 registered users in four months, as the corporation addresses demand for safe social media tools for younger children
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- Viacom lawsuit: Google told to hand over all YouTube user details
A judge in New York has ordered that Google, which owns YouTube, must pass on the details of more than 100 million people – many of them in the UK – to Viacom
Tags: google youtube privacy viacom law
- Communities Dominate Brands: De-schooling Society
Neither new attitudes of teachers toward their pupils nor the proliferation of educational hardware or software …, nor finally the attempt to expand the pedagogue’s responsibility until it engulfs his pupils’ lifetimes will deliver universal education.
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- Deschooling Society – Part 2 (Ivan Illich).mp3 (audio/mpeg Object)
- Deschooling Society – Part 1 (Ivan Illich).mp3 (audio/mpeg Object)
- Polite, Pertinent, and… Pretty: Designing for the New-wave of Personal Informatics
slides from what looks like a fascinating talk
Tags: design information visualization personal
- Even Poor Kids Are Social Network Savvy: Scientific American Podcast
a study says even the least privileged kids have profiles on MySpace and Facebook. And theyâ€™re on the internet all the time. That finding goes against past studies that have found a digital divide between rich and poor kids.
Tags: children digital_divide social_computing research
- The Tunguska Mystery–100 Years Later: Scientific American
Finding a piece of the elusive cosmic body that devastated a Siberian forest a century ago could help save Earth in the centuries to come
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- Mind Hacks: Culture shock
Both the experience and expression of trauma are heavily culturally influenced … what counts as traumatic differs between individuals since not all dangerous situations are perceived as traumatic whereas some have a deeply personal and disturbing effect
Tags: neuroscience culture science war trauma tragedy
- Psychology | The crowd within | Economist.com
Ask two people to answer a question like â€œhow many windows are there on a London double-decker busâ€ and average their answers. Their combined guesses will usually be more accurate than if just one person had been asked.
Tags: article behaviour decisions brains guessing accuracy
“World Wind allows any user to zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth, leveraging high resolution LandSat imagery and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) elevation data to experience Earth terrain (or any planet with the data) in visually rich 3D, just as if they were really there. Virtually visit anyplace in the world. Look across the Andes, into the Grand Canyon, over the Alps or along the African Sahara.”
Makes you feel slightly like an MI6 agent, zooming in on the suspect. Sort of. Just a little bit.