Wikipedia's always been a reliable source for lists of mashup artist Girl Talk's samples. These tracklists, however, were recently understood to violate a Wikipedia policy on original research, and as such were deleted. There's a robust discussion happening about whether the tracklists can stay; in the meantime the information is buried and difficult to find.Lots of people worked hard to figure out the tracklists; rather than let this information die, I figured I'd mirror it here.
February 2011 Archives
Although The Huffington Post does not pay those who volunteer to write blogs for it, this content represents only a small share of its traffic. And, to put it bluntly, many of those blog posts aren’t worth very much.
The Huffington Post receives huge amounts of traffic: about 15.6 million page views per weekday, according to Quantcast. But it also has a huge amount of content accounting for those page views. It publishes roughly 100 original pieces per day — paid and unpaid — in its politics section alone. And politics coverage, according to Arianna Huffington, reflects only about 15 percent of the site’s traffic.
How many page views, then, does an individual blog post receive? And roughly what is it worth to The Huffington Post?
Google has been facing swelling criticism from tech types over the quality of its search results because they often include links to sites like eHow, which critics disparagingly refer to as content farms.
Now Google is giving its users a chance to block those sites from search results — and to help it figure out which sites are least useful to them. With that information it can tweak its algorithm so the sites rank lower in search results.
Users of Google’s Chrome browser can install an extension that lets them choose to block certain sites. Google will study which sites people block to figure out which ones bother users, Matt Cutts, head of Google’s spam-fighting team, wrote in a company blog post.
The saga of a Colorado Springs teenager struggling with a rare neurological condition best controlled with medical marijuana lozenges became a little more surreal when Harrison School District 2 informed the student’s father that the child cannot return to school on any day that he consumes medical marijuana. “They say if he takes his medicine he cannot come back to school,” the teenager’s father told The Colorado Independent.
MARIJUANA should be legalized, regulated and taxed. The push to repeal federal prohibition should come from the states, and it should begin with the state of Washington.
The assessment movement, which began as a way for institutions to forestall government interference and to demonstrate their quality, recently gained steam on my campus. A review by our accreditor required us to more deliberately assess student learning. The faculty and administrative response was, initially, quite positive. Yet in the midst of reflecting on what our students should do and know, we found ourselves acting out a scene from George Orwell's 1984. Adopting the correct "assessment" language seemed to take priority, and we circulated lists of approved and forbidden action verbs...On the forbidden list, under the heading "terms to avoid when writing instructional goals and objectives," were the words "know," "understand," "comprehend," and "appreciate." Those things, according to the experts, could not be directly observed and measured... On the list of approved verbs: "alphabetize," "cut," "kick," "paint," "swing," and "ski."
How does the "story" about Brett Favre being "rumored" to be on the new season of "Dancing With the Stars" go mainstream? Let's dig in, working backwards: *I first saw reference to it on ProFootballTalk this morning: "Rumors fly of Brett Favre landing on 'Dancing With the Stars," saying Favre is "rumored to be a candidate...." PFT is reputable, and they cite USA Today -- also reputable...
The overhaul, months in the making, was described by Gawker Media founder Nick Denton as an opportunity to transition from standard blog layout to a format that looks and feels more programmed. Whereas the old Gawker layout displayed a long column of posts in reverse-chronological order, the new design centers on a main feature with a sidebar of secondary stories. It's a bold new model for Gawker Media's blogging empire, and it will surely suit Denton's goals of promoting visually driven content. But many media observers and Gawker readers are less enthused about the new layout, which also caused some site slowness today as bugs were eliminated.
Everyone seems to pay HTML5 plenty of lip-service. But look at their actions. Apple, Google, Facebook, and developers are all focusing on native apps, not HTML5 apps. And look at the platform pipelines. Android is (finally) about to get in-app purchasing. iOS is likely to (finally) get a revamped Push Notification system with the next iteration of iOS. Android Honeycomb will offer developers a whole new set of tools and APIs. Both platforms are likely to expand quickly into NFC and everything that can offer. All of that will be native app only. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. ... If HTML5 is an oncoming train, native app development is an oncoming rocket ship. And everyone seems to know that’s not going to change anytime soon. Even if they don’t want to admit it, their native apps speak for them.
My presentation from this week's Future of the Book symposium at Georgia College.
Is Book A Verb? by Joe WIndish is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
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