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Apr 24

futuramb:

NYPD Twitter Campaign Catastrophically Backfires Within Minutes
Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, vocativ.com
NYPD Twitter Campaign Catastrophically Backfires Within MinutesThey called for city residents to tweet pictures of themselves posing with police officers using #myNYPD. The result was a huge bust, but not in a good way The New York Police Departme…

What can we learn? If you have a negative reputation, don’t think that a social media campaign can help you… At least not without thinking deep about the rhetoric you use!

futuramb:

NYPD Twitter Campaign Catastrophically Backfires Within Minutes
Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, vocativ.com

NYPD Twitter Campaign Catastrophically Backfires Within MinutesThey called for city residents to tweet pictures of themselves posing with police officers using #myNYPD. The result was a huge bust, but not in a good way The New York Police Departme…

What can we learn? If you have a negative reputation, don’t think that a social media campaign can help you… At least not without thinking deep about the rhetoric you use!

nprbooks:

Libraries in many big cities often serve as de facto homeless shelters — a place for people living on the streets to find quiet and warmth — and it can make others, there to just check out books or videos, uncomfortable. 
KQED’s Scott Shafer reports that’s why the San Francisco Public Library has hired a full-time social worker. She spends her days roaming the library floors, keeping an eye out for regulars who look like they could use her help. And sometimes she hires the formerly homeless patrons she’s helped, like Joe Bank, to do outreach under her supervision.

nprbooks:

Libraries in many big cities often serve as de facto homeless shelters — a place for people living on the streets to find quiet and warmth — and it can make others, there to just check out books or videos, uncomfortable.

KQED’s Scott Shafer reports that’s why the San Francisco Public Library has hired a full-time social worker. She spends her days roaming the library floors, keeping an eye out for regulars who look like they could use her help. And sometimes she hires the formerly homeless patrons she’s helped, like Joe Bank, to do outreach under her supervision.

(via npr)

“The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service. That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.” — F.C.C., in ‘Net Neutrality’ Turnaround, Plans to Allow Fast Lane - NYTimes.com (via infoneer-pulse)

(via infoneer-pulse)

fastcompany:

"Finding Vivian Maier" Reveals The Riveting Images And Strange Life Of A Reclusive Street Photographer
It wasn’t an easy film to make due to the simple fact that Maier was a loner. “The biggest challenge in making the film was finding people who knew her.”
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fastcompany:

"Finding Vivian Maier" Reveals The Riveting Images And Strange Life Of A Reclusive Street Photographer

It wasn’t an easy film to make due to the simple fact that Maier was a loner. “The biggest challenge in making the film was finding people who knew her.”

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Apr 22

nevver:

Design Crush

nevver:

Design Crush

thisistheverge:

You might also like this story about weaponized clickbait
Reading news online over the past year, I came to realize that more or less every story now includes a beautiful woman. Tucked into modules with names like “around the web” or “you might like,” there she is, demonstrating her bosom or backside or pearly-white smile. Often she is a celebrity, talking about weight loss, filing a lawsuit, or collapsing onstage. Other times she is a fitness guru, or a fashion expert, or (in at least one case) a “former pole vaulter” who is “still smoking HOT.” The women of “Around the Web” are ubiquitous, they are alluring, and they only want one thing — your click.

thisistheverge:

You might also like this story about weaponized clickbait
Reading news online over the past year, I came to realize that more or less every story now includes a beautiful woman. Tucked into modules with names like “around the web” or “you might like,” there she is, demonstrating her bosom or backside or pearly-white smile. Often she is a celebrity, talking about weight loss, filing a lawsuit, or collapsing onstage. Other times she is a fitness guru, or a fashion expert, or (in at least one case) a “former pole vaulter” who is “still smoking HOT.” The women of “Around the Web” are ubiquitous, they are alluring, and they only want one thing — your click.

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss  (via psych-facts)

theatlantic:

Meaningful Activities Protect the Brain From Depression

Our entire lives, when you think about it, are built around rewards — the pursuit of money, fun, love, and tacos.
How we seek and respond to those rewards is part of what determines our overall happiness. Aristotle famously said there were two basic types of joy: hedonia, or that keg-standing, Netflix binge-watching, Nutella-from-the-jar selfish kind of pleasure, and eudaimonia, or the pleasure that comes from helping others, doing meaningful work, and otherwise leading a life well-lived.
Recent psychological research has suggested that this second category is more likely to produce a lasting increase in happiness. Hedonic rewards may generate a short-term burst of glee, but it dissipates more quickly than the surge created by the more selfless eudaimonic rewards.
"Happiness without meaning characterizes a relatively shallow, self-absorbed or even selfish life, in which things go well, needs and desire are easily satisfied, and difficult or taxing entanglements are avoided," a study in the Journal of Positive Psychology found last year.
Read more. [Image: Natesh Ramasamy/flickr/Olga Khazan]

theatlantic:

Meaningful Activities Protect the Brain From Depression

Our entire lives, when you think about it, are built around rewards — the pursuit of money, fun, love, and tacos.

How we seek and respond to those rewards is part of what determines our overall happiness. Aristotle famously said there were two basic types of joy: hedonia, or that keg-standing, Netflix binge-watching, Nutella-from-the-jar selfish kind of pleasure, and eudaimonia, or the pleasure that comes from helping others, doing meaningful work, and otherwise leading a life well-lived.

Recent psychological research has suggested that this second category is more likely to produce a lasting increase in happiness. Hedonic rewards may generate a short-term burst of glee, but it dissipates more quickly than the surge created by the more selfless eudaimonic rewards.

"Happiness without meaning characterizes a relatively shallow, self-absorbed or even selfish life, in which things go well, needs and desire are easily satisfied, and difficult or taxing entanglements are avoided," a study in the Journal of Positive Psychology found last year.

Read more. [Image: Natesh Ramasamy/flickr/Olga Khazan]

“Facebook is not targeting or attacking the businesses they spent so many years cultivating—it’s just the natural evolution in marketing.” — Breaking Up With Facebook? You Better Think Twice (via fastcompany)

Paul Krugman: What the 1% Don't Want You to Know -

truth-out.org

A new book that’s the talk of academia and the media, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, a 42-year-old who teaches at the Paris School of Economics, shows that two-thirds of America’s increase in income inequality over t…

(Source: futuramb, via emergentfutures)

Apr 19


Half female, half male. Bilateral gynandromorphism is a rare genetic disorder occurring in insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and birds, where a strange combination of genetic material splits a creature perfectly in half, with one side male and one side female.

Half female, half male. 

Bilateral gynandromorphism is a rare genetic disorder occurring in insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and birds, where a strange combination of genetic material splits a creature perfectly in half, with one side male and one side female.

(Source: asapscience, via approachingsignificance)

emergentfutures:

The Sad, Slow Death of America’s Retail Workforce


Retail sales just notched their best month since 2012 and the industry has added almost one million jobs since 2010. But the rosy headline stats obscure a more complex and potentially troubling story in retail—particularly for its employees.  
The business of selling stuff is becoming much more efficient. Sales-per-employee have gone from $12,000 to $25,000 in the last two decades. That means that even as consumers spend more, we need fewer workers to stock shelves and process orders.


Full Story: theatlanticcities

emergentfutures:

The Sad, Slow Death of America’s Retail Workforce

Retail sales just notched their best month since 2012 and the industry has added almost one million jobs since 2010. But the rosy headline stats obscure a more complex and potentially troubling story in retail—particularly for its employees.  

The business of selling stuff is becoming much more efficient. Sales-per-employee have gone from $12,000 to $25,000 in the last two decades. That means that even as consumers spend more, we need fewer workers to stock shelves and process orders.

Full Story: theatlanticcities

pewresearch:

What will The Next America look like?
Immerse yourself in the data and predictions. 

pewresearch:

What will The Next America look like?

Immerse yourself in the data and predictions. 

Apr 17

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engadget:

Shh, it’s a Secret: The allure of the anonymous internet

engadget:

Shh, it’s a Secret: The allure of the anonymous internet