Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-07-14

  • teenage engineering – PO-32 tonic
    never before has a drum machine that sounds this good
    with literally endless sound capabilities been set at a price this low.
    meet PO-32 tonic, the new gold standard drum machine.
    and yes, it comes in a gold plated cardboard box.

  • Haruspex – Wikipedia
    In the religion of Ancient Rome, a haruspex (plural haruspices; also called aruspex) was a person trained to practice a form of divination called haruspicy (haruspicina), the inspection of the entrails (exta—hence also extispicy (extispicium)) of sacrificed animals, especially the livers of sacrificed sheep and poultry. The reading of omens specifically from the liver is also known by the Greek term hepatoscopy (also hepatomancy).
  • “Effectiveness of Animation in Trend Visualization,” ten years later
    Our results found that animation is a paradox.
    It certainly wasn’t very effective for solving our tasks. Whether they had interactivity or not, users in the animation condition were less accurate than small multiples. Users took a very long time to answer questions when given an interactive animation, scrolling back and forth. When we took that control away, they’d quickly make their best guess. Despite that, interactive animation wasn’t much more accurate then non-interactive!
    But we also found that users really liked the animation view: Study participants described it as “fun”, “exciting”, and even “emotionally touching.” At the same time, though, some participants found it confusing: “the dots flew everywhere.”

  • An (anti) audioblogging manifesto
    Consider also this – the average person speaks at one hundred, perhaps
    one hundred fifty words per minute. Meanwhile, an accomplished reader
    can read ten times faster – up to a thousand words a minute, and that’s
    straight-up reading, not even skimming. You’re forcing people to listen
    to you at a speed that’s barely faster than the speed at which they can
    type. Why are you wasting their time? Is your voice really that
    beautiful?

  • FaceApp: Is The Russian Face-Aging App A Danger To Your Privacy?
    Feels like the intro paragraph is too pat but the full article shows the complexity of all this stuff and if facial recognition gets you into devices then thinking more about where your face is online will likely matter more and more.

    The weird decision in the article to focus on where a server is physically also makes no sense to me.

    What a mess.

  • [Folio] The Last Frontier, by Ted Conover | Harper’s Magazine
    In good weather, the large area between the mountain ranges has many appeals: incredible views, eagles and other wildlife, and land you can buy for a song. Five-acre lots on the prairie are typically priced at $3,000 to $5,000. (Land costs a lot more around the mountainous edges or in towns, where more people live.) But only the hardy can make it here year-round. The cheap land is almost all treeless and miles from anywhere, and the valley is famously windy.

    The McDonalds, the father still in jail awaiting trial for child abuse, were thinking hard about leaving the area before school started in the fall—possibly for Alabama, where they had come from years before. Another neighbor told me her cousin was visiting to withdraw from her addictions to meth and heroin. Paul was planting a garden and thinking of getting his last teeth pulled. Rick, also in the area, had sent out a group message on Facebook warning of the mountain lion he had seen on his property. Rhonda and Ke’Attrice, before long, would report that Rhonda’s house had been robbed while she was away; disillusioned, they said they might put it up for sale and move to Alaska.

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