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Four short links: 21 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 21, 2014

Dat — an open source project that provides a streaming interface between every file format and data storage backend. See the Wired piece on it. Smithsonian Crowdsourcing Transcription (Smithsonian) — 49 volunteers transcribed 200 pages of correspondence between the Monuments …

Four short links: 21 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 21, 2014

Dat — an open source project that provides a streaming interface between every file format and data storage backend. See the Wired piece on it. Smithsonian Crowdsourcing Transcription (Smithsonian) — 49 volunteers transcribed 200 pages of correspondence between the Monuments …

Four short links: 21 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 21, 2014

Dat — an open source project that provides a streaming interface between every file format and data storage backend. See the Wired piece on it. Smithsonian Crowdsourcing Transcription (Smithsonian) — 49 volunteers transcribed 200 pages of correspondence between the Monuments …

Four short links: 18 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 18, 2013

Science Not as Self-Correcting As It Thinks (Economist) — REALLY good discussion of the shortcomings in statistical practice by scientists, peer-review failures, and the complexities of experimental procedure and fuzziness of what reproducibility might actually mean. Reproducibility Initiative Receives Grant …

So, You Want to Run a Young Coders Class?

By Katie Cunningham
August 16, 2013

Ever since PyCon 2013, the interest in the Young Coders class has been intensifying. Practically every Python conference since then has asked about doing one, and several have run their own. Classes outside of conferences have sprung up, as well, …

Four short links: 28 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 28, 2013

My Little Geek — children’s primer with a geeky bent. A is for Android, B is for Binary, C is for Caffeine …. They have a Kickstarter for two sequels: numbers and shapes. Visible CSS Rules — Enter a url …

Three years of TOC at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair

By Sarah Towle
April 11, 2013

O’Reilly Media took its Tools of Change in Publishing Conference to Italy for the first time in 2011, teaming up with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair organizers to focus on opportunities for children’s content in digital publishing. That year the …

PlayTales one year later

By Kate Shoaf
March 5, 2013

In March 2012, Joe Wikert posted an interview with a new bookstore app startup called PlayTales. Since then the app market has continued to grow, and PlayTales along with it.  My name is Kate Shoaf, PlayTales’ PR and communications manager, and I’d …

Four short links: 18 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 18, 2013

Bruce Sterling Interview — It changed my work profoundly when I realized I could talk to a global audience on the Internet, although I was legally limited from doing that by national publishing systems. The lack of any global book …

Four short links: 3 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 3, 2012

OpenROV Funded in 1 Day (Kickstarter) -- an open source robotic submarine designed to make underwater exploration possible for everyone. (via BoingBoing) McAfee Digital Divide Study (PDF) -- lots of numbers showing parents are unaware of what their kids do. (via Julie Starr) Herdict -- crowdsourced transparency to reveal who is censoring what online. (via Twitter) You Really Really...

Four short links: 24 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 24, 2012

Last Saturday My Son Found His People at the Maker Faire -- aww to the power of INFINITY. Dictionaries Linking Words to Concepts (Google Research) -- Wikipedia entries for concepts, text strings from searches and the oppressed workers down the Text Mines, and a count indicating how often the two were related. Magic Wand (Kickstarter) -- I don't want...

Four short links: 10 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 10, 2011

Steve Case and His Companies (The Atlantic) -- Maybe you see three random ideas. Case and his team saw three bets that paid off thanks to a new Web economy that promotes power in numbers and access over ownership. "Access over ownership" is a phrase that resonated. (via Walt Mossberg) Back to the Future -- teaching kids to program...

Four short links: 10 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 10, 2011

Steve Case and His Companies (The Atlantic) -- Maybe you see three random ideas. Case and his team saw three bets that paid off thanks to a new Web economy that promotes power in numbers and access over ownership. "Access over ownership" is a phrase that resonated. (via Walt Mossberg) Back to the Future -- teaching kids to program...

A Look Back and a Look Ahead, My Work In Review and Independents Too

By William Stanek
November 24, 2010

I write as William Stanek and Robert Stanek. My story may help you understand writers and independents a little better. As a technology journalist, I've written for PC Magazine, Dr. Dobbs, TechNet Magazine and a variety of other leading magazines....

Writing Beyond Tech: Bugville Critters

By William Stanek
March 19, 2010

A fun follow up to my previous post about writing outside of technology. This one focuses on my childrens picture books and a series called Bugville Critters. All 16 of my original Bugville Critters books have been published. The latest...

Four short links: 26 January 2010

By Nat Torkington
January 26, 2010

If Kids Are Awake, They're Probably Online (NYTimes) -- kids aged 8-18 spend, on average, 10 hours/day using smart phone, computer, television, or some other electronic device. (via Hamish MacEwan) Brazil's WIPO Proposal on Patent Limitations and Exceptions -- well-argued proposal for balanced IP law. 16.Our experience also illustrates how difficult it is to effectively make use of compulsory...


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