This week, “Let’s Learn Náhuatl” (Ma tiwelikan nawatl), was officially released, an app created to teach and preserve the indigenous Mexican Nahuatl language.
“In a sub-conscious way, you’ll know some Náhuatl , you’ll have heard the greetings, numbers, some verbs, maybe the animals, body parts, types of maize or scared places that govern the Nahuatl world.”
The project is the result of a collaboration between Manuvo, the National Institute of Indigenous Languages, and the Laboratory of Digital Citizenship, and offers a playful experience for those interested in learning Náhuatl words and expressions (which originated in Acatlán, Guerrero).
The graphics were designed by the design collective Metzican who created all the visuals that accompany the application. They highlight the nuances between the various Mexican communities whilst carefully avoiding clichés.
Presently in Mexico there are around 1,586,884 speakers of náhuatl or mexikatl (‘mexicano’) living across the country. The aim of this initiative is to utilise technology as a mechanism to “disseminate and generate interest in the indigenous languages, the community’s way of living and the cosmology of the indigenous villages in Mexico”.
Also in development is an app to learn purépecha, (the language spoken mainly in the northwestern region of Michoacan) which will similarly represent the identity of the village.
The app “Let’s Learn Náhuatl” is available to download for free on IOS and Android. For more info, check out Manuvo.
Bishop Curry V may be young (10 years old, to be precise), but the little kid from Texas has some big ideas. He’s currently working on a device that could help prevent children from dying in hot cars.
The number of children who died in hot cars increased across the country last year, and Texas had the highest number of cases. Sadly for Bishop, the issue also hits close to home because a baby died in a minivan last summer outside a home near his own family’s home in McKinney.
Bishop was inspired to create a device he calls “Oasis,” which would attach to a car seat and detect if a child is left inside the vehicle, prompting it to blow cool air until parents or the police are notified.
“It would be a dream to have lots of inventions that would save many lives,” the precocious 10-year-old told the news station.
A lot of people don’t realize how easy it is to leave something in a hot car. It’s easy to forget something when it’s not in your daily routine, especially if it’s asleep or under a blanket or something. This is a nightmare. I don’t have kids myself, but I can absolutely understand how this could happen- everyone’s sick so you’re probably kind of out of it, you run in thinking you’re just going to be a minute, get distracted with the task at hand… and then your child dies in a horrific way because of it…
I’m all for any methods or technologies that can help prevent it from turning tragic.
THIS IS LITERALLY THE BEST WAY TO WAKE UP holy shit I am so proud of this child I wanna give them a huge hug
He only has raised $2,950 as of 2/2/17
Let’s boost the hell out of this
I found this resource that helps facilitate more active resistance in the form calling your local government officials and representatives.
As you can see in the screenshots, once you pick you issue and choose your area, you are directed to your local representative and even given a script (that you should feel free to add to or edit as you see fit)
The link and a blurb is below
provides phone numbers and scripts so calling is quick and easy
uses your location to find your local representatives so your calls have more impact
The random people in the notes of this post confirm: This works and is super easy to use!
I’ll probably reblog every so often just because, we really need to dig into our representatives on a DAILY BASIS based on the current climate.
Over 180,000 manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, and other images were released online Wednesday in incredibly high resolution, and are available to download using the library’s user-friendly visualization tool. It’s a nostalgist’s dream come true.
Actually, This is how the webcam was invented.
At Cambridge University, they were sick of checking the coffee pot level, so Quentin Stafford-Frasier wrote client software for a greyscale 128x128 camera hooked up to an acorn archemedes computer. Paul Jardetzky wrote the server program.
Technology always comes full circle.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
How One Woman’s Tweet Helped Pay Student Lunch Debts Across the U.S.
New York City writer Ashley C. Ford hated knowing that thousands of school children—saddled with unpaid lunch accounts—were being offered embarrassing substitute meals in their school cafeterias. Wanting to make a difference, Ford took to Twitter, imploring her 66,000 followers to take action.
According to the Associated Press, Ford’s tweet had a major impact: She inspired hundreds of people to raise thousands of dollars. In fact, an online campaign raised nearly $100,000 for lunch debt in Minneapolis and $28,000 in St. Paul’s schools, the AP reports, while efforts in Topeka, Kansas, paid off $6,000 in debt and a movement in Bellevue, Washington, erased $2,000 in unpaid lunch dues.
As the AP noted, children from low-income families can qualify for free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunch. Some of these families, however, still struggle to pay the cost of reduced-price school meals, which can lead to their children’s lunch accounts being overdrawn (other instances of lunch debt can come from families who may not realize they qualify for discounted meals and fail to fill out necessary paperwork, or from parents who can afford to pay for meals but forget to put money in their children’s prepaid accounts).
Though most schools allow students to “run a tab” for a fixed number of meals, others will offer students an alternative lunch option, which can consist of just a cold cheese sandwich and a carton of milk.
One woman, Jill Draper, who worked to collect money for schools in Kingston, New York, told the AP she was moved to take action because Ford’s tweet made it seem easy.
“It seemed like a really easy way to make a positive difference locally,” Draper said. “It’s amazing how one tweet became this crazy movement.” And that’s exactly what Ford wanted.
“I sincerely just wanted to think of something really easy that people could do to make a difference locally,” Ford told the AP. “It was just one idea; another school might need help with uniforms or tutoring. The point was to do something that helps people in your community.”
Brilliant!! Why haven’t I ever thought of this?? Def doing it and the other suggestions that’s bolded!
“This Black-Owned Ride Sharing App Is About To Give Uber And Lyft Some Serious Competition”
Self-taught tech guru Godwin Gabriel introduces his new app “Moovn.”
A young African-American entrepreneur is gearing up to be the newest face in the increasingly competitive world of ride-sharing technology.
Founded by self-taught tech guru Godwin Gabriel and currently operating in seven U.S. cities including New York, Washington, D.C. and Chicago, the Moovn app is the next biggest thing set to give Uber and Lyft a little friendly competition.
“The market, for the most part, is currently being dominated by Uber and Lyft with these companies enjoying the benefits of having first mover advantage with the transportation technology space,” Gabriel said in a recent interview with UrbanGeekz. “However, we’re confident that the global market remains sizable enough for all of us to fit in and play.”
Gotta look into this
trump and the GOP want to take the Internet from poor people.
(This has been in my queue for a week or two but in light of the Critical Thinking ask I figured it was timely to post.)
I’m going to write a super lengthy post about this someday, involving What It’s Like To Have A Lot Of Readers, but until I can manage that, I wanted to share a quick acronym about fact-checking.
Remember, when you see a news story on Tumblr, especially one about an individual, to look LONG. Do at least two of the following:
Link – check for a link to a site outside of Tumblr, and read it if there is one.
Origin – check the original poster, and see how they relate to the story.
Notes – Do a quick check of the notes by clicking the note count on your dash.
Google – Confirm the story by googling key terms and seeing what comes up.
Make sure you’re reblogging solid information and that you understand the story before you share it!
This has been your brief and hopefully inoffensive PSA of the day. :)
This is something I should do, but haven’t been. I’ve honestly been too overwhelmed a lot of the time.
Information overload is a problem I’ve dealt with a lot (hence my link between this and Having A Lot Of Readers) and it’s easy to get overwhelmed; this also happens to me in my workplace, where the basic task of almost everything we do is “synthesize data into manageable chunks”. When I have say, ten financial analysis documents to do, I flip the fuck out – but then I open my “analysis” word document, which is step one, and from there I’m okay, I have a process in place.
That’s why I wanted to break this down into a finite set of very specific choices. If I have a place to start that’s clear and unambiguous I am a million percent more likely to actually do the thing that needs doing, and I assume most other people will feel the same.
I’m hoping a limited group of four very specific options (ala HALT) will help people stop and do a quick spot check and immediately put an end to the overwhelmed feeling. Checking the notes and following a link, for example, are relatively easy to do even on mobile, and it means you know exactly what to do when you’re freaking out about a news story and don’t know how to confirm it.