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[ISL] “Google Doodle celebrates Lucy Maud Montgomery”

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This charming image, Google’s celebration of the 141st anniversary of the birth of Lucy Maud Montgomery, was reported by the CBC.

Google is marking what would have been the 141st birthday of Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery today with a Google Doodle.

Montgomery, the P.E.I. author of the famous series of books featuring the charming orphan Anne Shirley, was born Nov. 30, 1874.

The doodle features three videos, one of which will load randomly in place of the Google logo.

* Anne and kindred spirit Diana Barry with books in the grass.
* A series of scenes in front of Green Gables house.
* Anne makes a cake with liniment instead of vanilla.

The others are cute, too. Good job!

Written by Randy McDonald

November 30, 2015 at 11:56 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • blogTO notes that the Union-Pearson Express is offering big discounts to attract riders, and observes that free WiFi in the TTC has been extended to Sherbourne and Castle Frank stations.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting hot Jupiters can form in situ.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes Japan wants Australia to buy its naval vessels.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks back at eight years of output, and suggests it shows the broad scope of sociology.
  • Far Outliers notes the rate of mental illness among Soviet Afghanistan veterans.
  • Geocurrents looks at the very late settlement of Kiribati’s Line Islands.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Cyprus has approved civil unions.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money shares on the shallow roots of the Non-Aligned Movement in the Third World.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that highly-educated people keep dropping out of the army.
  • Steve Munro notes the relationship between development charges and transit planning in Toronto.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer suggests unlikely ways for a Republican to take Democratic-leaning Michigan.
  • Savage Minds shares an ethnographic perspective on the history of Pilgrims in New England.
  • Transit Toronto notes that CP will be sending in trains filled with food to promote food banks.
  • Window on Eurasia warns about the vulnerability of Belarus to integration with Russia.

[WRITING] “The entire board of the Organization for Transformative Works has resigned”

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This is noteworthy. From the Daily Dot‘s Cynthia McKelvey:

Following a controversy around its most recent board election, the non-profit group that runs the fanfiction hub Archive Of Our Own (AO3) announced on Sunday its entire board had resigned.

Now the leadership of the Organization for Transformative Works is up in the air.

Andrea Horbinski, a current member of the seven-member board, was up for re-election to two open board seats, but she came in last in the members election. The membership, made up of roughly 8,000 fans who paid a $10 membership fee, voted for Matty Bowers, Atiya Hakeem, Alex Tischer, Katarina Harju, Aline Carrão, and Horbinski in that order.

During a public board meeting on Sunday, the OTW board appointed Horbinski back onto the board to fill an unfinished term on a third open seat not included in the election. Horbinski voted in favor of the motion to re-appoint herself to the open seat, rather than abstaining from the vote. The board meeting came to an abrupt halt after several OTW members voiced their opposition to the decision, pointing out that other candidates got more votes than Horbinski in the election.

OTW board members work on a volunteer-basis only. In addition to running AO3, OTW also runs a legal committee, a fandom wiki site, the fansite preservation project Open Doors, and an academic journal.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 25, 2015 at 8:45 am

[FORUM] What do you think of the practice of online curation?

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Do you agree with the article in The New Republic I linked to earlier, suggesting online curation (of photos, links, and so on) is a response to an external lack of control? Do you disagree? Why?


Written by Randy McDonald

November 8, 2015 at 1:58 am

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO notes the opening of a new Taiwanese fried chicken restaurant location in Toronto.
  • Centauri Dreams notes an odd crater on Charon.
  • D-Brief reports on a study suggesting that geography–specifically, topography–can influence the number of consonants in a language.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the craziness of the KOI-89 planetary system and suggests Kepler-91b might have a Trojan companion.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on American fears of a shortage of aircraft carriers.
  • The New APPS Blog considers if neurons have preferences.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw talks of the British Museum.
  • The Planetary Society Blog reports on new rover science on Mars.
  • Peter Rukavina celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Prince Edward Island government website, among other things.
  • Savage Minds notes that these days, we don’t have much time for slowness.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests student surveys in Moscow and St. Petersburg indicate high levels of ethnic and religious tension.

[LINK] “The West Coast of Europe Wants to Be the New West Coast”

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Bloomberg’s Caroline Hyde reports on the start of an initiative to make the Portuguese capital of Lisbon a high-tech startup centre, a European version of San Francisco. Certainly that would hit the city’s relatively cost of living, but it might also save the Portuguese economy. If this works, mind.

Picture a city with an iconic golden bridge, trams, bronzed surfers and a vibrant technology industry. San Francisco? Definitely. But what about Lisbon?

The Portuguese capital already has the bridge, trams and surfers. Now it’s starting to show off its tech strength too, with a raft of startups in Lisbon catching the attention of international investors.

Uniplaces was founded three years ago and finds accommodation for students across 38 countries. It has won backing from renowned angels such as Alex Chesterman, founder of Zoopla, and European venture capital firms including Octopus Investments.

Andre Albuquerque, head of growth at Uniplaces, thinks the Lisbon-San Francisco comparison is a valid one. “It’s a booming environment and I see a lot of similarities from the energy of the people who are in both cities.”

Written by Randy McDonald

November 4, 2015 at 5:47 pm

[LINK] “ESPN Just Shuttered Grantland, and People Are Not Happy”

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Wired‘s Julia Greenberg writes about the strongly negative reaction to the news that ESPN is going to shut down its well-regarded pop culture site, Grantland. I would venture that concern about the future of online journalism is also a factor in reactions.

“After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact across our enterprise,” the company said in a statement posted on its site.

Grantland was launched by veteran sports writer Bill Simmons in 2011. It gained a loyal readership with a number of high profile journalists like Wesley Morris, Zach Lowe, Katie Baker, Andy Greenwald, and Alex Pappademas joining its ranks to become well-known for their distinctive points of view on sports and culture and the consistently high quality of their work.

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“Grantland distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun,” the company said in its statement. “Thanks to all the other writers, editors and staff who worked very hard to create content with an identifiable sensibility and consistent intelligence and quality.”

The shuttering of Grantland will affect around 40 employees. ESPN will honor existing contracts, and it will have conversations with individual writers to see where they might fit in with other parts of ESPN.com. Some may choose to leave ESPN, following other writers and editors who have left since Simmons was pushed out in May. Departures in recent weeks may have contributed to the decision to shutter the site now. Grantland staffers who don’t have contracts but were full time employees will likely be laid off.

In addition to concerns over staff departures, ESPN appears to have wanted Grantland to move away from pop culture. Once that decision was made, it became less apparent why Grantland sports content should be separate from the rest of ESPN.com. ESPN offers longform sports journalism in its magazine as well as on ESPN.com. Grantland on its own was apparently never profitable.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 2, 2015 at 8:19 pm


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