Link Friday

I love a good link dump. Seriously. I really enjoy following the random internet trails that pop into my feed reader on Fridays. So here’s your link dump for the weekend:

  • If Information Equals Power – Google released a map of North Korea this week, opening all kinds of dialog in the implications of information.
  • Have an “I Voted Sticker?” Then You Got a Badge –  I attended a webinar hosted by Kristin and the Michigan Makers last week. It was great and really helped to spur my thinking about how higher education might participate in and innovate badging.
  • When Not to Google: Searches You’re Better Off Making Elsewhere – I don’t know about you, but I try to teach students about lots of different search strategies and starting points. Google is one tool in the box, and a powerful one at that, but it’s not always the best or most appropriate search engine.
  • Media Diet: What I Read – An interesting series of interviews from writers, politicians, etc. Ostensibly about what they read, it’s more about the media they consume on a daily basis. I might do one of these on my own habits in the future.
  • The Hymn of the Acxiom by Vienna Teng – A piece of modern-day sacred music written about big data.
  • Should I Work for Free? – Though directed towards the freelancing internet-y type person, this flowchart could very easily apply to artists and musicians. Someday I might jump on my soapbox about the nature of art, it value to society, and the way that the general public both highly values and devalues the work of artists. Today is not that day. I did, however, get inspired to use this flowchart as a jumping off point for our class on evaluating websites.
  • 12 Letters that Didn’t Make the Alphabet – I am a secret linguistics nerd. I found out about the thorn last year and I was SO EXCITED! The world makes more sense now!
  • DSO Staff Librarians’ Work Notable – What an awful title, but, hey! I used to work there!

From the Department of Random:

  • Andrews Sisters Had Their First Big Hit with a Yiddish Song – I play and sing in a local band that does music of this era (20s and 30s swing jazz), and we do this song, “Bei Mir Bist du Schon.” This very short piece is interesting from a musicology perspective as well as illuminating an ongoing debate about how exactly to pronounce that final word. We’ve recently switched from a very German “schoen” to “shane” and this article seems to support our decision.
  • Funny Talking Animals – From the BBC. I find this hilarious. You are free to find it only amusing.
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