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Jul 1

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Jun 7

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Twitter refreshes its iconic bird logo — this time, with overlapping circles

The company has decided to update its bird again. So, what’s so different about the current logo (right)? It’s made of circles and nothing but. “This bird is crafted purely from three sets of overlapping circles — similar to how your networks, interests and ideas connect and intersect with peers and friends,” the company says. A couple of fun facts about the bird: First, the initial logo was an iStockPhoto they likely spent $6 on initially, and second, the bird’s name is Larry. Yes, after that Larry Bird. Anyway, what do you think about the new logo? Necessary?

Jun 5
my life, very soon….

my life, very soon….

(Source: leilockheart)

world-shaker:

Preach.

world-shaker:

Preach.

NUKEMAP by Alex Wellerstein

This site allows you to drop various famous nuclear bombs from history on cities from all over the world and see the effects in Google Maps.  

And now you’re sitting there saying, “Why on EARTH would I want to do that?”  Or you’ve already said, “COOL!” and clicked off to blow up London.  If you’re asking why, I think it has tremendous educational potential of the global ed type.  Push a button, watch your hometown disappear.  It is no longer an abstract concept.  You can have your students drop Little Boy or Fat Man on your town and see how big the damage is.  Does their house survive?  Make history personal and maybe it won’t be repeated….

Apr 4
girlwithalessonplan:

infoneer-pulse:

Restored Scribble May Be Shakespeare’s Signature

Researchers using high-tech photography have reconstructed a signature that may belong to William Shakespeare — or perhaps a clever forger.
It’s not yet known who scrawled “Wm Shakespeare” across the title page of the legal treatise “Archaionomia,” a collection of Saxon laws published during the reign of Elizabeth I of England. It may never be clear, said Gregory Heyworth, a professor of English at the University of Mississippi.
But now, Heyworth and his students have used new technology to reveal the nearly lost scribbles on the old book. The work is part of The Lazarus Project, an effort to revive damaged texts using a technique called multispectral imaging. The researchers take very high-resolution photographs of old text, art or objects using 12 different wavelengths of light, ranging from ultraviolet to infrared, beyond the boundaries of the human eye. Next, they use software to combine these images into the clearest possible picture of the text.

» via Live Science

This post on the Folger blog shows the spectral/infrared images..

girlwithalessonplan:

infoneer-pulse:

Restored Scribble May Be Shakespeare’s Signature

Researchers using high-tech photography have reconstructed a signature that may belong to William Shakespeare — or perhaps a clever forger.

It’s not yet known who scrawled “Wm Shakespeare” across the title page of the legal treatise “Archaionomia,” a collection of Saxon laws published during the reign of Elizabeth I of England. It may never be clear, said Gregory Heyworth, a professor of English at the University of Mississippi.

But now, Heyworth and his students have used new technology to reveal the nearly lost scribbles on the old book. The work is part of The Lazarus Project, an effort to revive damaged texts using a technique called multispectral imaging. The researchers take very high-resolution photographs of old text, art or objects using 12 different wavelengths of light, ranging from ultraviolet to infrared, beyond the boundaries of the human eye. Next, they use software to combine these images into the clearest possible picture of the text.

» via Live Science

This post on the Folger blog shows the spectral/infrared images..

Sticky Hands Toy

world-shaker:

Say goodbye to the next five minutes of your life.

Your Daily "HOLY CRAP THIS IS REALLY WRONG": Super Creepy Stalker App Puts Names and Faces of 'Girls Around Me' on a Map

Lest there be any doubt that females with public Facebook profiles are in constant peril, here is a thorough discussion of Girls Around Me, an iPhone app that allows users to push a button and see the Facebook profiles of every female in walking distance, according to FourSquare and plotted on a Google Map.

Kill it.  Kill it with fire.

wildmerry:

How Times Have Changed

wildmerry:

How Times Have Changed

Mar 1

Use Facebook While Studying, Get Lower Grades

No.  You don’t say.  O_o