A lovely book “by Massachusetts based artist and teacher Frederik Whitney (1858-1949) on the lost art of blackboard drawing”. “Ability to draw easily and well on the blackboard is a power which every teacher of children covets. Such drawing is a language which never fails to hold attention and awaken delighted interest”. Via Public Domain Review . […]
One in four US adult internet users has uploaded a video online, according to the Online Video 2013 report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. One in five has posted a video that they created themselves. The top-watched categories are Comedy, Educational and How-to videos, followed by Music. Forty one per cent of […]
I hadn’t seen this before. A 2011 Oxford Internet Institute map showing the world’s newspapers according to number of papers per population and highest circulations. The Oxford Internet Institute publishes the map under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
I suck at local elections. They creep up on me. One minute I’m ‘so going to do some research on candidates and be an informed voter this year’ and the next there are thickets of hoardings around town, an unopened orange envelope on my kitchen counter, and only a few days left to vote. Which […]
Love this animated video of the progress bar from Vincent Broquaire. Via Boing Boing.
Scott Adams, creator of the wonderful Dilbert cartoons, talks to the Wall Street Journal about his new book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life. He says forget about passion (you’ll be plenty passionate once your business is working well) and don’t worry about goals […]
Nice. New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) turned up in a Google Doodle on her 128th birthday. Katherine Mansfield and the Parliamentary Library The Parliamentary Library became a welcome retreat from what she regarded as the crass colonial life of Wellington. She was able to gain access to the library because of the political connections […]
If you’re looking for an explanation of how Bitcoin works, this video might help. It filled in a few gaps for me. Video runtime is 22:28. H/T Fred Wilson. See also: How Bitcoin Works Under The Hood Bitcoin: what you need to know | Guardian Bitcoin | Wikipedia Mt Gox | Bitcoin Exchange Bitcoin Charts
“Scientists at Harvard, Pittsburgh and Illinois are developing materials that will “exhibit behavior that changes over time,” writes Quartz. At the most basic level, the objects simply change shape over time, as outlined by MIT’s Skylar Tibbits. Along with Stratasys, a leading maker of 3D printers, he is experimenting with materials that can assemble themselves once they’re printed […]
New Zealand has 78 local authorities, with around 1600 elected members: mayors, regional council chairs, councillors, local board members and community board members. 11 regional councils 61 territorial authorities – 11 are city councils and 50 are district councils Six unitary councils – which are territorial authorities with regional council responsibilities The Local Government New Zealand website has […]