The Takeaways: Week 7 of 2017

A round-up of some of the intriguing, insightful, and/or thought-provoking things I read over the last week. The Public Domain Review: W. E. B. Du Bois’ Hand-Drawn Infographics of African-American Life (1900) (February 11, 2017) Du Bois —...

The Takeaways: Week 6 of 2017

A round-up of some of the intriguing, insightful, and/or thought-provoking things I read over the last week. Julia Slige, What Programming Languages Are Used Most on Weekends? (February 7, 2017) A good first pass over a new dataset is a...

The Takeaways: Week 5 of 2017

A round-up of some of the intriguing, insightful, and/or thought-provoking things I read over the last week. Sheila Weller. How Author Timothy Tyson Found the Woman at the Center of the Emmett Till Case. On a steamy hot September day in 1955, in...

The Traditional Way

Traditions are often thought of as connective, a way of carrying the past into the present. But their character as rituals makes them very powerful demarcations, too. If they connect you and your ancestors, traditions can also be a reminder that...

Forgetting is Learning's Friend

Were you to ask, I think a lot of learning and education professionals would tell you that they’re at war with entropy. They’d probably call it “forgetting,” or “failed knowledge transfer,” or the like, but the word would indicate the same thing:...

It's [a] Privilege, Sir.

A few weeks ago, Adam Kotsko hypothesized a connection between privilege and austerity that relies on the grounding idea that a privilege is a possession rather than a feature - “something extra” that can be lost or taken away. By that...

Audience is a Way to Think

It's a well-established truth that the easiest way to get attention is to get in the way. Crashing the seamless background against which our lives play out will do it. If you're lucky, you get incorporated into the foreground for a little while....

Interpretation: The Most Transferable Skill

One time I was traveling for business, and I decided to list the separate data streams that the company that I currently work for could use for our operations and strategy. Final count was about fifteen, everything from what the servers show to...