Above find an interview with the author Rebecca MacKinnon on her new book about information/data privacy online and the complexities of this new issue. I for one, can't wait to read this book.
Here's a Tumblr focused on library data which I thought some of you might find interesting.
A side product of my current work on the Vialogues data mining research is the statistical summary of Vialogue discussions. I'm sharing the stats here as many of you may find it interesting.
There are totally 1,457 Vialogues with 16,821 comments in total by 3:38 PM, January 19, 2012. Averagely each Vialogue has 11.54 comments. The highest total of comments in a single Vialogue is 214.
Man, people just won't stop doing things for this Gossip Column . . . I'm telling you.
According to the Chronicle, a researcher falsified and fabricated data 145 times. WORSE STILL, this guy is a researcher at the Cardiovascular Research Center AND his "adjustments" included taking images to photoshop to reflect his changes.
If you're interested, here's a summary of the investigations findings. One of the...
Well guys, apparently I'm not the only one with a nerdy gossip column. Straight from the scientist, here is a list of the juciest science scandals of 2011.
The highlights include:
Scientist gets up to 100 articles retracted!
Arsenic Based life!
A Climate Change Skeptic Plagiarizes Wikipedia!/
Happy Holidays everyone!
My former employers, the NYC Fire Museum, do an Annual Santa Rescue every year followed by a meet and greet with Santa inside the museum. It is totally free to watch the rescue from the street. (Secret: the Santa is a retired fireman, so he's trained and ready for that lift out, no one gets hurt!)
Anyway, I thought some of you with kids (or some of you who like me, are kids at heart) might enjoy the event! Details below.
This Sunday 12/11
There's way more info here
I forgot to turn off my alarm last night, but luckily enough, when my alarm went off, the program on the radio was quite interesting. Follow this link to listen to a debate on the number of students who go to college (most of the them think too many, for too long). The debaters are Peter Thiel, Charles Murray, Vivek Wadhwa, and Henrey Bienen.
Earlier this year, I took a course in PHP/MySQL offered by a fellow Pratt Alum. Not only was the class interesting, but I learned about this program, Girl Develop It. It's not restricted to women, however its mission is to encourage more women to learn programming languages and participate in the development field. As with many science and technical fields, women are thin on the ground and they are trying to make an accessible friendly environment for people to learn coding.
As someone who took a class there, I was impressed by how affordable it was...
I don't even know how to write about this without bias, so I'm just going to lay it out there and provide some links. Michigan has passed some anti-bullying legislation, however they've also included an exception if the bullying is based on a strongly held religious or moral belief.