I never thought of Twitter’s randomness as an asset, but in this writer’s response I can see a valuable antidote to Facebook’s inbred circles. Following strangers becomes a form of human channel surfing.

http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/index/~3/1SbUhWYbwC4/ via Byline Over at Gizmodo, Joel Johnson makes a convincing argument for adding random strangers to your twitter feed.

Read on to see how Johnson correlates hearing a diversity of viewpoints with creativity.

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I never thought of Twitter’s randomness as an asset, but in this writer’s response I can see a valuable antidote to Facebook’s inbred circles. Following strangers becomes a form of human channel surfing.

http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/index/~3/1SbUhWYbwC4/ via Byline Over at Gizmodo, Joel Johnson makes a convincing argument for adding random strangers to your twitter feed.

Read on to see how Johnson correlates hearing a diversity of viewpoints with creativity.

18 Cigarreteconcept 6 smaDiscouraging smoking by creating an irritating package is a great idea, but the problem is that good designers just can’t bring themselves to make something look uncool.

Now, if you only had a Microsoft design team take over…

Several NMD courses at U-Me this fall will be using iPads–though I don’t believe it’s so much to read textbooks as reinvent them.

http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/index/~3/DSyc9zuJNsw/

The iPad is about to have its academic chops put to the test this fall in a number of programs around the country. Colleges and universities are looking to adopt the iPad as a collaborative tool, a standardized mobile device to integrate into curriculums, and, in some cases, even a cost-saving device.

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Several NMD courses at U-Me this fall will be using iPads–though I don’t believe it’s so much to read textbooks as reinvent them.

http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/index/~3/DSyc9zuJNsw/

The iPad is about to have its academic chops put to the test this fall in a number of programs around the country. Colleges and universities are looking to adopt the iPad as a collaborative tool, a standardized mobile device to integrate into curriculums, and, in some cases, even a cost-saving device.

Might be helpful advice for anyone looking to beef up a resume or portfolio.

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/g18mBf6K2Pk/Finding-Open-Source-Projects-Looking-For-Help via Byline

aus writes “I’ve been doing web development for about 10 years now. It’s been very good to me, but I want to do more than write HTML, PHP, JavaScript and CSS. Since the job market isn’t all that great right now in the US, it would seem that volunteering some time on an open source project would give me the satisfaction I’m looking for. The problem is finding a project that wants/needs help that I would also be interested in. I’ve tried browsing around on Sourceforge and Freshmeat … is there a site somewhere that I’m not aware of that has classifieds where open source project maintainers post ‘job’ listings?”

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Might be helpful advice for anyone looking to beef up a resume or portfolio.

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/g18mBf6K2Pk/Finding-Open-Source-Projects-Looking-For-Help via Byline

aus writes “I’ve been doing web development for about 10 years now. It’s been very good to me, but I want to do more than write HTML, PHP, JavaScript and CSS. Since the job market isn’t all that great right now in the US, it would seem that volunteering some time on an open source project would give me the satisfaction I’m looking for. The problem is finding a project that wants/needs help that I would also be interested in. I’ve tried browsing around on Sourceforge and Freshmeat … is there a site somewhere that I’m not aware of that has classifieds where open source project maintainers post ‘job’ listings?”

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Why you still should master Photoshop even if you’re planning a life of crime.

http://idle.slashdot.org/story/10/07/20/1532237/Criminal-Photoshops-Himself-Into-Charity-Photos-In-Bid-For-Leniency?from=rss via Byline

38-year-old Daryl Simon decided it would be a good idea to submit fake pictures of himself at charity events, and forged letters of support from various charitable organizations to the court before he was sentenced for credit card fraud. Unfortunately for Daryl, he is as good at Photoshop as he is at credit card scams, and Judge Stephen Robinson was not amused. Simon was sentenced to 285-months in prison — 50 months more than the maximum under sentencing guidelines. From the article: “Daryl Simon’s bald-faced move included sticking a picture of himself into a shot with a physical-therapy patient, then flipping the image and placing it next to a teen student. ‘Evidence that his image was inserted and flipped can be seen by examining the single detail on his shirt above his fingers — that detail appears on the left side of the shirt in the top photograph, and on the right side of the shirt in the bottom photograph,’ prosecutors wrote.”

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Why you still should master Photoshop even if you’re planning a life of crime.

http://idle.slashdot.org/story/10/07/20/1532237/Criminal-Photoshops-Himself-Into-Charity-Photos-In-Bid-For-Leniency?from=rss via Byline

38-year-old Daryl Simon decided it would be a good idea to submit fake pictures of himself at charity events, and forged letters of support from various charitable organizations to the court before he was sentenced for credit card fraud. Unfortunately for Daryl, he is as good at Photoshop as he is at credit card scams, and Judge Stephen Robinson was not amused. Simon was sentenced to 285-months in prison — 50 months more than the maximum under sentencing guidelines. From the article: “Daryl Simon’s bald-faced move included sticking a picture of himself into a shot with a physical-therapy patient, then flipping the image and placing it next to a teen student. ‘Evidence that his image was inserted and flipped can be seen by examining the single detail on his shirt above his fingers — that detail appears on the left side of the shirt in the top photograph, and on the right side of the shirt in the bottom photograph,’ prosecutors wrote.”

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Another DIY AR toolkit. I wonder if it comes with that sophisticated European accent built-in–it does vaguely sound computer-generated.

http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2010/07/augmented-reality-hoppala/ via Byline

*I do hope! they! get rid of! that exclamation point! soon.

“HOPPALA! Augmentation provides an easy way for non-technical creatives to start experimenting with augmented reality and Layar. Create your own augmented reality experiences with just some mouse clicks and publish your work at Layar, the world‘s largest augmented reality platform.

“HOPPALA! Augmentation comes with a full screen map interface to place and edit augments all around the world. Upload your images and icons, audio, video and 3D multimedia content with just some mouse clicks and add it to your personalized inventory in the cloud. HOPPALA! Augmentation even does the hosting for you. It simply runs in your browser, there’s no software installation required and no coding needed at all.

“HOPPALA! Augmentation is your perfect Layar companion. It offers a fullservice solution for producing augmented reality experiences and easily integrates with the Layar open platform. Create and maintain your content at HOPPALA! Augmentation and publish cross-platform at Layar. Layar is available for iPhone and Android smartphones with more than 2 mio. installations worldwide and preinstallations on 1 in 3 AR capable smartphones sold worldwide this year.

“Try HOPPALA! Augmentation for free and learn more about HOPPALA! Augmentation in our video tutorial.”

(((At least they didn’t name the enterprise “H0pp0la.” The thing I like best about Hoppola! (besides the fact that it makes AR accessible to bone-lazy dilettantes), is that it resembles an augmented reality system for building augmented realities. With “no software installation required and with no coding needed at all,” it may be a mere matter of time before we can augment reality by snapping our fingers at it.)))

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Another DIY AR toolkit. I wonder if it comes with that sophisticated European accent built-in–it does vaguely sound computer-generated.

http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2010/07/augmented-reality-hoppala/ via Byline

*I do hope! they! get rid of! that exclamation point! soon.

“HOPPALA! Augmentation provides an easy way for non-technical creatives to start experimenting with augmented reality and Layar. Create your own augmented reality experiences with just some mouse clicks and publish your work at Layar, the world‘s largest augmented reality platform.

“HOPPALA! Augmentation comes with a full screen map interface to place and edit augments all around the world. Upload your images and icons, audio, video and 3D multimedia content with just some mouse clicks and add it to your personalized inventory in the cloud. HOPPALA! Augmentation even does the hosting for you. It simply runs in your browser, there’s no software installation required and no coding needed at all.

“HOPPALA! Augmentation is your perfect Layar companion. It offers a fullservice solution for producing augmented reality experiences and easily integrates with the Layar open platform. Create and maintain your content at HOPPALA! Augmentation and publish cross-platform at Layar. Layar is available for iPhone and Android smartphones with more than 2 mio. installations worldwide and preinstallations on 1 in 3 AR capable smartphones sold worldwide this year.

“Try HOPPALA! Augmentation for free and learn more about HOPPALA! Augmentation in our video tutorial.”

(((At least they didn’t name the enterprise “H0pp0la.” The thing I like best about Hoppola! (besides the fact that it makes AR accessible to bone-lazy dilettantes), is that it resembles an augmented reality system for building augmented realities. With “no software installation required and with no coding needed at all,” it may be a mere matter of time before we can augment reality by snapping our fingers at it.)))

As if Mainers needed another reason to spend time outdoors in July.

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/XoxV0sZZO-I/Forest-Bathing-Considered-Healthful via Byline

Hugh Pickens writes “The NY Times reports that although allergies and the promise of air-conditioning tend to drive people indoors at this time of year, when people spend time in more natural surroundings — forests, parks, and other places with plenty of trees — they experience increased immune function. A study of 280 healthy people in Japan, where visiting nature parks for therapeutic effect has become a popular practice called ‘Shinrin-yoku,’ or ‘forest bathing,’ found that being among plants produced ‘lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, and lower blood pressure,’ among other things. Another study in 2007 showed that men who took two-hour walks in a forest over two days had a 50-percent spike in levels of natural killer cells, and a third study found an increase in white blood cells that lasted for a week in women exposed to phytoncides in forest air.”

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As if Mainers needed another reason to spend time outdoors in July.

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/XoxV0sZZO-I/Forest-Bathing-Considered-Healthful via Byline

Hugh Pickens writes “The NY Times reports that although allergies and the promise of air-conditioning tend to drive people indoors at this time of year, when people spend time in more natural surroundings — forests, parks, and other places with plenty of trees — they experience increased immune function. A study of 280 healthy people in Japan, where visiting nature parks for therapeutic effect has become a popular practice called ‘Shinrin-yoku,’ or ‘forest bathing,’ found that being among plants produced ‘lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, and lower blood pressure,’ among other things. Another study in 2007 showed that men who took two-hour walks in a forest over two days had a 50-percent spike in levels of natural killer cells, and a third study found an increase in white blood cells that lasted for a week in women exposed to phytoncides in forest air.”

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Is there anyone besides Rupert surprised by these results?

David Gerard writes “As part of his war against free, Rupert Murdoch put the Times and Sunday Times of London behind a paywall. Michael Wolff of Newser asks how that’s working out for him. You can guess: miserable failure: ‘Not only is nobody subscribing to the website, but subscribers to the paper itself — who have free access to the site — are not going beyond the registration page. It’s an empty world.’ Not that this wasn’t entirely predictable.”

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

http://news.slashdot.org/story/10/07/16/027236/Murdochs-UK-Paywall-a-Miserable-Failure?from=rss via Byline

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Is there anyone besides Rupert surprised by these results?

David Gerard writes “As part of his war against free, Rupert Murdoch put the Times and Sunday Times of London behind a paywall. Michael Wolff of Newser asks how that’s working out for him. You can guess: miserable failure: ‘Not only is nobody subscribing to the website, but subscribers to the paper itself — who have free access to the site — are not going beyond the registration page. It’s an empty world.’ Not that this wasn’t entirely predictable.”

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

http://news.slashdot.org/story/10/07/16/027236/Murdochs-UK-Paywall-a-Miserable-Failure?from=rss via Byline

This would have been a great eco-tech capstone.

thefickler writes “The Pacific Ocean trash dump is twice the size of Texas, or the size of Spain combined with France. The Pacific Vortex as it is sometimes called, is made up of four million tons of Plastic. Now there’s a proposal to turn this dump into ‘Recycled Island’. The Netherlands Architecture Fund has provided the grant money for the project, and the WHIM architecture firm is conducting the research and design of Recycled Island. One of the three major aims of the project is to clean up the floating trash by recycling it on site. Two, the project would create new land for sustainable habitation complete with its own food sources and energy sources. Lastly, Recycled Island is to be a sea worthy island. While at the moment the project is still more or less a pipe dream, it’s great that someone is trying to work out what to do with one of humanity’s most bizarre environmental slip ups.”

http://news.slashdot.org/story/10/07/15/0033244/Pacific-Trash-Vortex-To-Become-Habitable-Island?from=rss via Byline

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This would have been a great eco-tech capstone.

thefickler writes “The Pacific Ocean trash dump is twice the size of Texas, or the size of Spain combined with France. The Pacific Vortex as it is sometimes called, is made up of four million tons of Plastic. Now there’s a proposal to turn this dump into ‘Recycled Island’. The Netherlands Architecture Fund has provided the grant money for the project, and the WHIM architecture firm is conducting the research and design of Recycled Island. One of the three major aims of the project is to clean up the floating trash by recycling it on site. Two, the project would create new land for sustainable habitation complete with its own food sources and energy sources. Lastly, Recycled Island is to be a sea worthy island. While at the moment the project is still more or less a pipe dream, it’s great that someone is trying to work out what to do with one of humanity’s most bizarre environmental slip ups.”

http://news.slashdot.org/story/10/07/15/0033244/Pacific-Trash-Vortex-To-Become-Habitable-Island?from=rss via Byline

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

This interesting and worrisome study suggests creativity is declining among younger generations. I’m with the Slashdot commenters who blame standardized tests, tinker-proof technologies, and not enough time outside.

An anonymous reader writes with this quote from an article at Newsweek: “For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. … Like intelligence tests, Torrance’s test — a 90-minute series of discrete tasks, administered by a psychologist — has been taken by millions worldwide in 50 languages. Yet there is one crucial difference between IQ and CQ scores. With intelligence, there is a phenomenon called the Flynn effect — each generation, scores go up about 10 points. Enriched environments are making kids smarter. With creativity, a reverse trend has just been identified and is being reported for the first time here: American creativity scores are falling. Kyung Hee Kim at the College of William & Mary discovered this in May, after analyzing almost 300,000 Torrance scores of children and adults. Kim found creativity scores had been steadily rising, just like IQ scores, until 1990. Since then, creativity scores have consistently inched downward. ‘It’s very clear, and the decrease is very significant,’ Kim says. It is the scores of younger children in America — from kindergarten through sixth grade — for whom the decline is ‘most serious.’”

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/NXTy2rYSvUQ/The-Creativity-Crisis via Byline

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This interesting and worrisome study suggests creativity is declining among younger generations. I’m with the Slashdot commenters who blame standardized tests, tinker-proof technologies, and not enough time outside.

An anonymous reader writes with this quote from an article at Newsweek: “For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. … Like intelligence tests, Torrance’s test — a 90-minute series of discrete tasks, administered by a psychologist — has been taken by millions worldwide in 50 languages. Yet there is one crucial difference between IQ and CQ scores. With intelligence, there is a phenomenon called the Flynn effect — each generation, scores go up about 10 points. Enriched environments are making kids smarter. With creativity, a reverse trend has just been identified and is being reported for the first time here: American creativity scores are falling. Kyung Hee Kim at the College of William & Mary discovered this in May, after analyzing almost 300,000 Torrance scores of children and adults. Kim found creativity scores had been steadily rising, just like IQ scores, until 1990. Since then, creativity scores have consistently inched downward. ‘It’s very clear, and the decrease is very significant,’ Kim says. It is the scores of younger children in America — from kindergarten through sixth grade — for whom the decline is ‘most serious.’”

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/NXTy2rYSvUQ/The-Creativity-Crisis via Byline

Admittedly, it’s the “Steven King” in this story that caught my eye, this being a UMaine blog and all.  But beyond the fake name that isn’t the same spelling as Maine’s prolific author, this is a good resource for those interested in Internet non-security,

On the off chance someone might defeat that first bastion of security, Cavion® employs another fool-proof barrier: JavaScript.

Full text at http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/Classic-WTF-Banking-So-Advanced.aspx.

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