3 weeks left in my engineering degree

whatshouldwecalluoftengineering:

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tastefullyoffensive:

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rookiemag:

Ask a Grown Man: Stephen Malkmus

If you have a crush, the Jicks and Pavement frontman wants you to GO FOR IT.

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ilovecharts:

Astronomy 101
smithsonian:

Women in Science Wednesday!
Organic chemists Fern P. Rathe and her co-scientists, Karl August Folkers (1906-1997) and Edward Anthony Kaczka (b. 1914), were the first to isolate the antibiotic cathomycin in 1955.
Learn more from the Smithsonian Institution Archives

smithsonian:

Women in Science Wednesday!

Organic chemists Fern P. Rathe and her co-scientists, Karl August Folkers (1906-1997) and Edward Anthony Kaczka (b. 1914), were the first to isolate the antibiotic cathomycin in 1955.

Learn more from the Smithsonian Institution Archives

tedx:

Calling all cyclists! Hop off your fixies, your 10-speeds, mountain bikes, and high wheelers and come check out 5 great TEDx Talks about bicycles and bike culture.

Why bicycles don’t fall down: Arend Schwab at TEDxDelft
What keeps small, two-wheeled bicycles from toppling over as we coast…

arewehavingpunyet:

LOAFERS
onemadbro:

twenty-six-million:

nigerianscams:

Loafers.

are f**king kidding me

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arewehavingpunyet:

LOAFERS

onemadbro:

twenty-six-million:

nigerianscams:

Loafers.

are f**king kidding me

omg

prostheticknowledge:

NeuroKnitting

Project uses brainwave activity to create generative knitting patterns - video embedded below:

We have plotted brainwave activity into a knitted pattern. Using a wearable, non-invasive EEG headset, we recorded users’ affective states while listening to Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”, concretely the aria and its first seven variations. The audio was about 10 minutes long and we downsampled each second of the signal coming from the 14 channels of the EEG device. Three main features were measured: relaxation, excitement, and cognitive load.  After recording, those features were converted into a knitting pattern. Hence, every stitch of a pattern corresponds to a unique brain state stimulated by the act of listening. It means the user’s affective response to music is captured every second and memorised in the knitted garment pattern.

More Here

THIS IS SO COOL

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Story of my life. Thanks Younge Street. #toronto #hitchikersguide

Story of my life. Thanks Younge Street. #toronto #hitchikersguide

"As an environmental mantra, ‘leave no trace,’ is a bit pathetic. It assumes that we can extract ourselves from our ecosystem — and that we are only capable of negative impact. Can’t we interact with our environment in a way that has a positive effect?"

Natalie Jeremijenko, quoted at http://www.ediblegeography.com/glass-of-eels/ (via emmamarris)

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futurejournalismproject:

Likes Don’t Save Lives

UNICEF Sweden has a new ad campaign reminding people that while social media Likes are nice, what they really need is money to fund their vaccination campaigns.

As The Verge points out, “Facebook likes aren’t treated as currency in other commercial venues, so they shouldn’t be equated with charitable donations.”

And via The Atlantic:

In the beginning, organizations wanted you to like the heck out of their Facebook pages. Why? You know, community-building, awareness-raising, general “engagement”-upping…

…But one thing clicking “like” doesn’t do is, say, get malaria nets to African villages or boost funding for charity groups. And now that Facebook is nearly 9 years old and Twitter is 7, we’re seeing the inevitable backlash against social-media “slacktivism.”

Back to The Verge:

The campaign, created by ad agency Forsman & Bodenfors, takes a rather bold stance against the awareness campaigns that often spread across Facebook and other social media platforms. UNICEF officials acknowledge that such efforts can help introduce issues to a wider audience, though they fear that for most users, the action stops with the click of a button. To further stress this point, UNICEF Sweden released a bold poster alongside the video clips, saying that every like it receives on Facebook will result in exactly zero vaccinations.

That’s not to say “slacktivists” are a bad thing. Liking, sharing and reblogging do serve their purpose in bringing issues to a wider audience. But then what?

Last year, The Atlantic notes, Zeynep Tufekci, a sociology professor and a fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society, had this to say:

What is called commonly called slacktivism is not at all about “slacking activists;” rather it is about non-activists taking symbolic action—often in spheres traditionally engaged only by activists or professionals (governments, NGOs, international institutions.). Since these so-called “slacktivists” were never activists to begin with, they are not in dereliction of their activist duties. On the contrary, they are acting, symbolically and in a small way, in a sphere that has traditionally been closed off to “the masses” in any meaningful fashion.

The goal then for those working in social media is to simultaneously help the “slacktivist” set help you by building out ambient awareness of an issue through the messaging you create, while also giving activists and more consistently loyal proponents direct calls to action be it donations, volunteerism, network building, etc.

Meantime, if you’re moved to Like a cause, consider volunteering your time and/or other resources to it as well.

The other two commercials in UNICEF’s campaign can be viewed at The Verge. — Michael