Bookmarks for July 6th from 12:08 to 15:00

by danhon

This is an auto-posted collection of my public links posted to Pinboard.in for July 6th from 12:08 to 15:00:

  • summit | Origin and meaning of summit by Online Etymology Dictionary – “The meaning "meeting of heads of state" (1950) is from Winston Churchill's metaphor of "a parley at the summit."”
  • Ethical Decisions for Designers and Product Teams Tickets, Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite – "Like every other human being on the planet we share, designers are part of the social contract. By choosing to be a designer you are choosing to affect the people who come in contact with your work. Learn how to tell if your work will hurt or help those people and how to measure social impact alongside shareholder value. If you’re wondering whether this workshop is for you—it is."
  • Design Ethics :: Mule – "You’re responsible for what you put into the world. Every choice you make, whether working for yourself or working for someone else, needs to take that into consideration. This workshop will teach you the basic principles of working ethically. We’ll go over how to measure social impact as a key metric, how to tell if you’re designing something dangerous, and how to tell the people who hired you they’re designing something dangerous. The effect of what you put into the world needs to be a consideration in your work."
  • The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard | Memory Beta, non-canon Star Trek Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia – I accidentally read this the other night – accidentally, in the sense of starting something at past my bedtime and then keeping going until I'd finished it, instead of going to sleep – and let's just say that there's a lot in here about father-son relationships that I highlighted and that Star Trek just Keeps On Giving.
  • Disease as Political Metaphor – Susan Sontag [pdf] – "Punitive notions of disease have a long history, and such notions are particularly active with cancer. There is the “fight” or “crusade” against cancer; cancer is the “killer” disease; people who have cancer are “cancer victims.” Ostensibly, the illness is the culprit. But it is also the cancer patient who is made culpable. Widely believed psychological theories of disease assign to the ill the ultimate responsibility both for falling ill and for getting well." – via Duane King.
  • Circle of Influence and Circle of Concern @ David Rynick – “Covey’s simple assertion is that whichever part of the circle we spend time in will grow. If we spend most of our time worrying about things we cannot control, the white grows larger and the yolk smaller. When we spend time focusing on the things that we can actually do something about, the yolk, the area over which we have influence, becomes larger.” – although I think there's nuance here. The circle of control in the diagram includes "your attitude and enthusiasm" which, well, I think are *somewhat* in your control, but you have to learn how you control them.
  • Anti-Flow – Rands in Repose – Sometimes you have to not think about something to let yourself think about something.
  • Ron Johnson was right about JCPenney | Ken Segall – "As Johnson himself admits, he simply went too fast. He cut the coupons and sales before the stores could be physically transformed. In doing so, he alienated the old shoppers before he could attract the new ones."
  • Does Hierarchical Predictive Coding Explain Perception? – NYU Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness – "Predictive models of perception propose that perception works by making predictions about sensory inputs and minimizing prediction error. Hierarchical predictive coding models say that at each layer in the visual hierarchy, predictions are made about the layer below. Any differences between predicted input and actual input are propagated up the visual hierarchy by the mechanism of predictive coding, altering the system to reduce prediction errors in the future. According to some theorists, this approach portrays perception as “controlled hallucination”. This event will bring two neuroscientists and two philosophers together to debate how well this approach can explain perception."
  • Predictive brains and embodied, enactive cognition: an introduction to the special issue | SpringerLink – "All the papers in this special issue sit at the intersection between work on predictive processing models in the neurosciences and embodied, enactive perspectives on mind. It is arguably one of the most cutting-edge and fast-moving intersections of research in the contemporary sciences of mind and brain. All contributions deal with questions of whether and how key assumptions of the predictive brain hypothesis can be reconciled with approaches to cognition that take embodiment and enaction as playing a central and constitutive role in our cognitive lives."
  • The Space Nation of Asgardia Inaugurated Its First Leader in an Incredible Ceremony – Motherboard – "[Asgardia] held an incredible ceremony on Monday inaugurating its self-declared leader Igor Ashurbeyli as its head of state. Ashurbeyli is a Russian billionaire whose money comes from weapons systems. His backing has allowed Asgardia to thrive and he wants the country to join the UN, but to do so it must have a functioning government. It elected a parliament in April (a motley collection of international characters between the ages of 40 and 80, as specified by the Asgardian constitution) followed by Ashurbeyli declaring himself head of state." – some sort of joke about a Marvel cinematic universe ARG.
  • We Talked to a Scientist Who Makes Those Incredibly Satisfying Computer Animations – Motherboard – For other people, SIGGRAPH technical papers preview season is also "weirdly satisfying computer animation" season.
  • Japan Tests Silicon for Exascale Computing in 2021 – IEEE Spectrum – "[To reach exascale territory, Fujitsu and RIKEN] have replaced the SPARC64 VIIIfx CPU powering the K computer with the Arm8A-SVE (Scalable Vector Extension) 512-bit architecture that’s been enhanced for supercomputer use, and which both Fujitsu and RIKEN had a hand in developing."
  • Digital delivery of government services – Report – Parliament of Australia – An inquiry into the digital delivery of government service, with particular reference to: whether planned and existing programs are able to digitally deliver services; strategies for whole of government digital transformation; and digital project delivery. 
  • Australia’s Digital Transformation Stumbles Badly – IEEE Spectrum – "Australian citizens’ satisfaction in the government’s digital services has dropped precipitously since 2011, and these and other services failures on the horizon will do nothing to increase it. A nation looking to implement digital transformation might wish to study the Senate committee report for lessons on what not to do, especially paying attention to former Digital Transformation Agency director Paul Shelter’s comments on the importance of successful ICT system delivery. It may then have a better chance of moving toward what Estonia has accomplished."
  • Don’t @ me if you didn’t play Okami on Twitter: “Realistic graphics are not impressive anymore and artstyle/direction is more valuable to a game’s visuals… “ – Pay attention – this is another sign that Games Are Growing Up As A Cultural And Creative Medium.
  • Brand New: New Logo and Identity for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 2018 Campaign by Tandem – "I would cautiously deem Ocasio-Cortez’s posters as this generation’s We Can Do It poster, in terms of a single visual powerfully driven by a woman’s portrait. But we will let history decide that, not a dude that blogs about logos." – more commentary on Tandem's frankly stunning identity and poster work for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's campaign.
  • A History of Production Company Logo Animations – I remember being unreasonably excited when the Universal Pictures studio logo was replaced with CGI.
  • Brand New: Incredible Disney Logo – Apparently there was a custom Disney logo for Incredibles 2 (of course there was). Still need to see that.
  • Brand New: New Logo and Identity for LNER by Brand Cooke – "The new logo scrapes away all Virgin-ness except for the red color to maintain some continuity. It is rendered in a geometric sans (looks like it’s possibly based on Gotham) with exaggerated spikes in the “N”s."