thinkmexican: 150 Years of Mexican, Mexican American History…


150 Years of Mexican, Mexican American History Now Online

The UA Libraries has just made 150 years of regionally published newspapers documenting the voice of Mexican and Mexican American communities digitally available for the first time.

A new digital collection at the University of Arizona Libraries makes accessible more than 150 years of news coverage documenting the voice of the Mexican and Mexican American community.

Curated, researched and digitized by librarians and archivists, in consultation with UA professors, the collection features 20 significant Mexican and Mexican American publications, many in Spanish.

The newspapers and magazines were published in Tucson, El Paso, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sonora, Mexico from the mid-1800s to the 1970s.

Read more at UANews.

Visit: The Historic Mexican & Mexican American Press Collection.

thedarkchocolatedandy: fatoutloud: middle-women: A Bunch Of…




When Anita Sarkeesian announced plans to do a video series exploring the portrayal of women in video games, she became the victim of a massive online attack choreographed by members of the gaming community who cast her as the “villain” in their online “game” to ruin her life. It did not go well for them. But for Anita, things ended up going very well indeed. 

You definitely want to watch the whole thing, but here are some highlights: at 1:00 she talks about why she loves video games, at 2:02 just try to imagine yourself in her shoes, at 3:45 she sticks the people attacking her under a microscope, and at 8:15 she doesn’t just win the game, she absolutely destroys it.

I really want to meet her! She’s made me think about video games in ways I’ve never thought about!

kingjaffejoffer: thisistheverge: Fall asleep to the sound of…



Fall asleep to the sound of Wikipedia

When one thinks of edits to Wikipedia, back and forth bickering and arguments over minutia generally come to mind. A project called Listen to Wikipedia offers a very different vibe, however, as it translates Wikipedia edits into soothing sounds and pleasant animations. Using the data provided by Wikipedia’s recent changes feed, bells are used to convey additions, while string noises represent subtractions from articles. Higher pitched noises are for smaller edits, while larger edits are translated into lower pitched tones. Deep swells of sound accompany new users joining the service. All of the various noises work together in surprising harmony, creating a zen-like mood to go along with the furious edits being made to Wikipedia’s database.

this is also a good way to discover random ass wikipedia pages that you want to read and learn useless information. 

The Coding Project — Program #3: Programming on Airplanes


Finally, it’s here!  Program #3.  I say finally only because it has been an incredibly arduous and hectic week for me and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get this done…but I did!  Sigh of relief.

This week’s program is based on another Coding Dojo Kata.  I decided to do the Bowling problem, as I found that one to be intriguing and a particularly interesting algorithmic challenge.

With this solution, I immediately saw 2 possible ways to approach it: 1) more of a brute force way that would involve loops and many conditionals; or 2) solving it recursively.  The first way, though easier conceptually, did not appeal to me as I found the second way to potentially be a much more elegant (and shorter) solution.  I knew the second option would be a significantly more difficult challenge for me, as I haven’t had to write a recursive algorithm in awhile but knowing that made me even more excited to try.  I hand-wrote the algorithm while on a plane from Kentucky to New York City and then typed it up once I had a chance to pull out my laptop.  Crossing my fingers, I compiled it (it compiled!) and ran it….and it worked! Well, kind of.  It is able to correctly calculate the score for a score sheet with all normal rolls but gets buggy when it comes to handling spares and strikes.  I’ll have to think through how to fix that (maybe I’ll save that for another Coding Project post) but in the meantime, I’ll present the solution in its current form to you here, flaws and all.

Program #3 — Bowling Kata Recursive Solution

Happy Saturday and happy coding!

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Hand-Tech, Concept for a new kind of device

A technological device wearable like a glove, that uses gestures as interface.
The fabric is woven with special sensors and mini projectors that read the hand’s movements and translate them into practical functions.
Using a sequence of gestures it is possible to take pictures, make videos and display information.
The glove can also translate the sign language used by deaf people (manual communication) into sound pattern (spoken language).
Hand-tech expands the communicative power of the sign language converting an iconic gesture into a concrete action.

Francesca Barchiesi

Yooooo…. Are we at this part of the future already??

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Now Your Emails Will Never Be Safe from the Government

This week, two encrypted email providers shut down their services, and that’s very bad news if you’d rather the government didn’t read your private communications.

The first company, Lavabit, closed after founder Ladar Levison announced that after a decade of running his secure email service (which is supposedly the one Edward Snowden used to deliver his NSA leaks to the Guardian), he was being forced to shut it down or “become complicit in crimes against the American people.”

Ladar’s official statement is vague, but you can hear him clench his teeth as he writes, “I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot.” It certainly sounds like he was asked to hand over data or open his servers in a secret court; since he refused he had to walk away from his business. Chillingly, Ladar finished his statement with a stern warning about American-based communications services: “I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.” So basically, he’s saying you’re fucked if you store confidential information on Facebook, Gmail, Skype, Twitter, or any cloud service owned by Microsoft or Apple.




anamasnoname: Bicycle Phone Changer In Tanzania, the majority…


Bicycle Phone Changer

In Tanzania, the majority of people live without electricity, yet a third of the country uses mobile phones. Bernard Kiwia, a trained electrician and vocational-school instructor, collaborated with the for-profit social enterprise Global Cycle Solutions (GCS) to design a phone charger from scrap bike and radio parts. Made from spokes, brake tubes, clamps, motors, and capacitors, the device generates power when its roller comes in contact with the bike’s spinning wheel as one rides it