It’s a standardized room.
"Like Diet Coke or iPhones, American rooms are a kind of product, built as quickly and cheaply as possible to a standardized specification. " Article describing the standard American room as viewed through youtube videos.
posted by amitai
on Jul 30, 2014 -
Who or what broke my kids?
"The basic premise of the activity is that students must sort cards including probability statements, terms such as unlikely and probable, pictorial representations, and fraction, decimal, and percent probabilities and place them on a number line based on their theoretical probability. I thought it would be an interactive way to gauge student understanding. Instead it turned into a ten minute nightmare where I was asked no less than 52 times if their answers were “right”. I took it well until I was asked for the 53rd time and then I lost it. We stopped class right there and proceeded to have a ten minute discussion on who broke them."
posted by escabeche
on Jun 1, 2014 -
"Angel Eyes" is a 1946 popular song composed by Matt Dennis, with lyrics by Earl Brent. It was introduced in the 1953 film, Jennifer. Because of its colourful harmonic changes "Angel Eyes" has become a popular jazz standard. When Sinatra held what he intended to be his farewell concert in 1971, he closed with "Angel Eyes". Some notable recordings include: Frank Sinatra 1958 (interpreted as a heartbroken drunk)
, Bob Thompson & His Orchestra 1958
, Anita O´Day 1960
, Ella Fitzgerald 1960
, Chet Baker 1975
, Roberta Flack 1993
, Sting 1995
, Bruce Springsteen 1995
(at Sinatra's 80th birthday tribute), Aleka Kanellidou 2000
, Fiona Apple 2007 [more inside]
posted by Lanark
on Feb 16, 2014 -
"Love for Sale" is a song by Cole Porter, from the musical The New Yorkers
which opened on Broadway on December 8, 1930 and closed in May 1931. The song is written from the viewpoint of a prostitute advertising various kinds of "love for sale": "Old love, new love, every love but true love
Originally considered in bad taste, even scandalous. In the initial Broadway production, it was performed by Kathryn Crawford, portraying a streetwalker. As a response to the criticism, the song was transferred
from the white Crawford to the African American singer Elisabeth Welch. Despite the fact the song was banned from radio airplay, or perhaps because of it, it became a hit, with Libby Holman's
version going to #5 and "Fred Waring's version
(NSFW) going to #14, both in 1931.
Other notable recordings since include:
Frances Faye 1955
, Billie Holiday 1956
, Ella Fitzgerald 1956
, Miles Davis 1959
, Cannonball Adderley 1959
, Eartha kitt 1965
, Boney M. 1977
, Elvis Costello 1981
, Maude Maggart 2003
, Jamie Cullum 2013 [more inside]
posted by Lanark
on Feb 6, 2014 -
is a blog that investigates products on Kickstarter and Indiegogo that look scientifically implausible, outright impossible, or completely scammy
posted by The Whelk
on Dec 6, 2013 -
We expect even more rapid innovation in the web media platform in the coming year and are focusing our investments in those technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles. To that end, we are changing Chrome’s HTML5 <video> support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.
- Google's Chrome is will be joining Firefox in no longer licensing the MPEG-LA H.264 video codec
favoured by Apple and Microsoft for use in the HTML5 <video> tag (previously
). Not everyone is seeing this as a good thing
posted by Artw
on Jan 13, 2011 -
'Much of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong.'
Dr. John P. A. Ioannidis, adjunct professor at Tufts University
School of Medicine is a meta-researcher. 'He and his team have shown, again and again, and in many different ways, that much of what biomedical researchers conclude in published studies—conclusions that doctors keep in mind when they prescribe antibiotics or blood-pressure medication, or when they advise us to consume more fiber or less meat, or when they recommend surgery for heart disease or back pain—is misleading, exaggerated, and often flat-out wrong. He charges that as much as 90 percent of the published medical information that doctors rely on is flawed. His work has been widely accepted by the medical community; it has been published in the field’s top journals, where it is heavily cited; and he is a big draw at conferences.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword
on Oct 18, 2010 -
— Fond memories of the 5K Awards resurface with this modern spin on the idea. It’s time to get back to basics — back to optimizing every little byte like your life depends on it. Your challenge? Build a web app in less than 10 kilobytes.
posted by netbros
on Aug 2, 2010 -
Car companies were facing a variety of efficiency and emission standards throughout the United States, from the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, On May 19th, and then an even stricter emission standard from California and 13 other states (plus DC). On May 19th, President Obama announced nation-wide new vehicle fuel efficiency standards
for new cars and trucks through 2016. The goal is to rapidly increase fuel efficiency,without compromising safety, by an average of 5, culminating in 39 MPG for cars and 30 MPG for light trucks. Currently, no auto makers are meet the final standards
, though some are closer than others. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on May 28, 2009 -
The State of the Web 2008
is a report from Web Directions
that includes details and analysis of all the responses to over 50 questions covering technologies, techniques, philosophies and practices that today’s web professionals employ. The survey was open for just under 3 weeks, from December 1st to 20th 2008. In total, over 1200 designers and developers from around the world responded to the survey. Respondents were likely to be self-educating, “early adopters” who keep abreast of developments in their field. Here are the tabular results
. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Jan 12, 2009 -
It slipped through the cracks on my radar, but apparently the IE8 team
has met with some web standards gurus
and decided that in order to move forward with full standards compliance (and support the known quirks of IE6/7 for corporate intranets), a new "version targeting" system should be put in place. Other browser vendors
are not amused. Should IE just give up? [more inside]
posted by revmitcz
on Feb 1, 2008 -
, media doesn't print names/photos of people only accused, but not yet convicted, but not always. Lots of towns have a police blotter section where arrests are listed.
Here in Seattle, the FBI recently asked
the public for help in identifying two men seen acting suspicious on the ferry system. The Seattle PI
has decided not to publish the photos. Other local
media have. The commentary
on if the PI made the right choice follows predictable paths...
posted by nomisxid
on Aug 21, 2007 -
24 Ways - 2006 Edition
This year's possibly useful 24 articles containing 24 tips and tutorials for those of us who love CSS and other related web development techniques. Last year's links are included too.
posted by juiceCake
on Dec 30, 2006 -
-- a testing service determining site accessibility for disabled users. They're only in the UK now, but it seems like a great idea. Organisations set up their tests online and submit them directly to disabled testers in our database. Testers are then free to complete these tests in their own time, earning money for each test they complete. As tests are completed by users, organisations can view test results, web page logs and other information in real time. More here at BBC, including some concerns.
posted by amberglow
on Mar 17, 2006 -
Defining Deviancy Down
In 1993, one of our greatest statesmen, Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan
(D- N.Y.) published one of the most important pieces of social theory entitled "Defining Deviancy Down
." Moynihan started from Emile Durkheim
's proposition that there is a limit to the amount of deviant behavior any community can "afford to recognize" (called the "Durkheim Constant"). As the amount of deviancy increases, the community has to adjust its standards so that conduct once thought deviant is no longer deemed so. Consequently, if we are not vigilant about enforcing them, our standards would be constantly devolving in order to normalize rampant deviancy. Shortly after Moynihan's article, Charles Krauthammer
offered his now-famous response
to Moynihan's article in which he argued that the corollary is that society can also "define deviancy up."
Moynihan's theory has been applied to movies
, dress codes
, sexual indiscretions
, corporate behavior
, and possibly even to webpages
. One might feel compelled to ask, "Do standards even mean anything
?" Today, the debate still rages about where we ought to be defeatist
about the devolution of standards, or whether we can right the boat
by establishing base principles and fight
to raise standards up.
posted by Seth
on Jun 16, 2004 -
Be happy MeFi has better standards than this.
No, I have no interest in submitting works to these folks, and if I had, I wouldn't bother. And not in fear of rejection, but in embarrassment of simply reading their submission guidlines that only the Soup Nazi could appreciate. Have any MeFites ever come across guidelines such as this?
posted by bluedaniel
on Apr 3, 2003 -
99.9% of Websites Are Obsolete
An excerpt from an upcoming book by Mr. Zeldman in which he continues to argue the practice of standards compliance - "Held up as a Holy Grail of professional development practice, backward compatibility sounds good in theory. But the cost is too high and the practice has always been based on a lie." I enjoy his writing but he seems to be repeating himself as usual. Still, it is a good argument: where do we focus our priorities for future development - pure standards compliant CSS models, backwards compatibility, or somewhere in between? I know this has been discussed before
but thought it postworthy due to the new book and all.
posted by poopy
on Sep 6, 2002 -