Teller Reveals His Secrets | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine

Teller Reveals His Secrets | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine:

Magic is an art, as capable of beauty as music, painting or poetry. But the core of every trick is a cold, cognitive experiment in perception: Does the trick fool the audience? A magician’s data sample spans centuries, and his experiments have been replicated often enough to constitute near-certainty. Neuroscientists—well intentioned as they are—are gathering soil samples from the foot of a mountain that magicians have mapped and mined for centuries.

[Awesome.]

Giles Bowkett: Rails Went Off The Rails: Why I’m Rebuilding Archaeopteryx In CoffeeScript

Giles Bowkett: Rails Went Off The Rails: Why I’m Rebuilding Archaeopteryx In CoffeeScript:

Going back to the larger issue, Rails definitely went off the rails. Cleaner, more modular APIs are an important goal, but they’re way less important than speedy development, a modern feature set — why is Rails not staying up to date with HTML5 the way it did with Ajax? — and, above all else, programmer happiness. The Merb integration rewrite was a giant, time-wasting threadjack with only a few small payoffs, and DHH, who wrote two whole books about why you should turn down feature requests, should have nixed the whole thing. I’m still going to keep using Rails, because it’s still a terrific framework, and I still enjoy it a great deal, but I think it’s absolutely fair to say that Rails 3 is a step backwards from Rails 2, and that Bundler, although very useful, is clearly not even close to finished. They say they’re at version 1.0, but I don’t think they’re fooling anybody.

[Lots of food for thought… in the end though the ten year old in me really enjoyed this. Good one Yehuda! (And everyone, try and remember that this is a rant… it gonna be extremely one sided. I’m not endorsing anything here. Just listening to what people are saying.]

Embrocation Cycling Journal: Annoying Developments

Embrocation Cycling Journal: Annoying Developments:

I have another idea: How about getting a license and actually racing? Or joining a club/team and going on group rides with thick-legged dudes? Because after those “segments”, the riders are so spent that the next few kilometers are at recovery speed. Thanks a lot, Strava segment.

But it’s ok. We welcome the developments, as annoying as they are. Little secret: I’m learning all the segments in the area. So next time I’m out on a group ride, I’ll attack before those stretches and fumble the process.

Strava segment, be warned: you have made a powerful nemesis.

[For each action there is an equal and opposite reaction…]

Your Next Desktop Could be a Phone

Your Next Desktop Could be a Phone:

Henri Sivonen: This getting interesting: Using an Android phone as an Ubuntu desktop when docked

Definitely Want.

Especially love the idea of sending and receiving texts from my desktop.  Would prefer a dock the size of a mac mini with a hard drive, USB and ethernet ports.

[I understand. This is appealing. But in an old school kinda way. (Taking with you vs. it being accessible anywhere)]

iPad improves Kindergartners literacy scores

iPad improves Kindergartners literacy scores:

“Too many innovative programs don’t prioritize their own research, and even if they collect observations and stories later, they don’t make the effort to do a randomized control trial, like we did,” said Muir. “We wanted to make sure we could objectively examine the contribution of the iPads.”

According to the literacy test results classes using the iPads outperformed the non-iPad students in every literacy measure they were test on.

It’s not just about the test scores, but about the way the kids interact with the iPad and apps that make this program unique.

“We are seeing high levels of student motivation, engagement and learning in the iPad classrooms,” said Sue Dorris, principal at East Auburn Community School. “The apps, which teach and reinforce fundamental literacy concepts and skills, are engaging, interactive and provide children with immediate feedback. What’s more, teachers can customize apps to match the instructional needs of each child, so students are able to learn successfully at their own level and pace.”

[I will keep banging this drum.]

Not Just Safari

Not Just Safari:

Dean Hachamovitch, vice president of Internet Explorer:

When the IE team heard that Google had bypassed user privacy settings on Safari, we asked ourselves a simple question: is Google circumventing the privacy preferences of Internet Explorer users too? We’ve discovered the answer is yes: Google is employing similar methods to get around the default privacy protections in IE and track IE users with cookies. Below we spell out in more detail what we’ve discovered, as well as recommendations to IE users on how to protect their privacy from Google with the use of IE9’s Tracking Protection feature. We’ve also contacted Google and asked them to commit to honoring P3P privacy settings for users of all browsers.

We’ve found that Google bypasses the P3P Privacy Protection feature in IE. The result is similar to the recent reports of Google’s circumvention of privacy protections in Apple’s Safari Web browser, even though the actual bypass mechanism Google uses is different.

Guess what the answer is. Just guess.

[Google continues to redefine “evil”. They’ve completely lost their way.]

Source: Daring Fireball

Samsung is wrong about TV

Samsung is wrong about TV:

And that basically is the business Appe is in, taking advantage of people who employ obsolete ways of thinking. TVs are not ultimately about picture quality. In fact picture quality isn’t even number one. Integration, connections — that’s the first thing. If I can get great picture quality, and you can be sure Apple will give it to us (probably made by Samsung) that’s fine. But first I want to use the tool the way I want to use it.

Source: Scripting News