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Getting Started: Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

Settings:: Footer [...]

Original content licensed CC-BY-SA. Articles may contain material under different licenses, check the links, history, and other attribution. Site proudly powered by WordPress....

 

Settings:: Publishing [...]

These settings are used by Wikity to determine privacy and publishing schedule. Please note that putting "Open" to "No" is an experimental feature, providing "good enough" privacy but not great privacy. OPEN: Yes RSS DELAY: 5 days...

 

Overconfidence by Gender and Major [...]

Some people are overconfident about the the truth of what they think, some are underconfident. Unsurprisingly, this varies by gender and major, with women being (on the whole) less confident than men and people in the humanities being less sure than those in areas like political science, law, and economics. {{Tags: Sexism, Confidence, Gender Bias}}...

 

Lewy Body Dementia [...]

Lewy body dementia, the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's disease, causes a progressive decline in mental abilities. (html) [caption id="attachment_460" align="alignright" width="300"] (source)[/caption] People with Lewy body disease have Lewy bodies in the mid-brain region (like those with Parkinson's disease) and in the cortex of the ...

 

Lust for Life Rhythm [...]

The rhythm of the Iggy Pop song "Lust for Life" came from a beep pattern from Armed Forces Radio. The *New York Times* explains: >Mr. Pop and Mr. Bowie, seated on the floor — they had decided chairs were not natural — were waiting for the Armed Forces Network telecast of “Starsky & Hutch.” The network started shows with a call signal that, Mr. Pop said...

 

The Laptop Is Over, 1985 Edition [...]

From the New York Times, December 1985, a screed against portable technology: > WHATEVER happened to the laptop computer? Two years ago, on my flight to Las Vegas for Comdex, the annual microcomputer trade show, every second or third passenger pulled out a portable, ostensibly to work, but more likely to demonstrate an ability to keep up with the latest fad. Last y...

 

Matrix Torrent Survives 12 Years [...]

> A fan-created ASCII version of the 1999 sci-fi classic The Matrix is the oldest known torrent that's still active. Created more than 12 years ago, the file has outlived many blockbuster movies and is still downloaded a few times a week, even though the site from where it originated has disappeared....

 

Conversational Gapping [...]

The typical gap between speech turns in conversation is just 200ms. The small gap is possible because we construct our response while the other person is speaking. > When we talk we take turns, where the “right” to speak flips back and forth between partners. This conversational pitter-patter is so familiar and seemingly unremarkable that we rarely remark on i...

 

Clara Peeters [...]

Clara Peeters was the earliest significant woman painter of the Dutch Golden Age. From Wikipedia: >Clara Peeters (probably Antwerp 1594 – possibly after 1657) was a still-life painter who came from Antwerp and trained in the tradition of Flemish Baroque painting, but probably made her career mostly in the new Dutch Republic, as part of Dutch Golden Age painting. ...

 

Internet of Broken Things [...]

Phrase coined by Ward Cunningham in 2014 denoting the coming disaster of Internet of Things incompatibility, bugginess, and security issues. The problem? We don't own the pieces we think we do. The smart device is built on a substrate of constantly shifting licenses, end-user agreements, APIs, and marketing agreements. > This is how the internet of things will work...

 

A Curriculum of Comma Splices [...]

David Wiley believes if you run the logic of the microcredential to ground you get to a place where higher ordered qualities are valued. Gardner Campbell replies that in composition, CBE has been a failure, because you end up with a curriculum about comma splices. Measure precisely and you will begin to value the things that can be precisely measured....

 

Cordless Phones Kill Privacy [...]

From Popular Communications, June 1991: > On April 20th, The Press Democrat, of Santa Rosa, Calif., reported that a scanner owner had contacted the police in the community of Rohnert Park to say that he was overhearing cordless phone conversations concerning sales of illegal drugs. The monitor, code named Zorro by the police, turned over thirteen tapes of such con...

 

There Is No Dark Side of the Moon, Really [...]

The Moon has a far side (a side that is always facing away from earth) but has no dark side. As the moon passes between us and the sun the far side is bright side. As the Moon goes around the other side, the near side is the bright side (and we see it in the sky). As the far side has generally been more exposed to objects from deep space it is also the more rugged o...

 

Policy Through Bridge Height [...]

Robert Caro discusses his shock at understanding how seemingly neutral infrastructure decisions were being used to enforce segregation. Here he discusses Robert Moses, a mayor who built racism into the city's architecture. The example: he built 180 or so bridges too low for buses to pass under, effectively keeping black users of public transport out of broad swaths of...

 

How Virtual Reality Limits Imagination [...]

Immersive virtual experiences are immersive precisely because they do not display "overt assemblage". The design is covert, hidden. While this creates engagement and fluidity, it also puts the structure of the information (and its attendant conclusions) beyond the reach of the player. From a description of the early 2000 edutainment piece _The Lost Museum_: > That ...

 

Suicide Rates Fall in Russia [...]

> New figures show that the number of suicides in Russia has dropped to its lowest level in 50 years. Such low levels were last seen at the end of Nikita Khrushchev's rule and in Leonid Brezhnev's first years in power...

 

The Three Strikes Memo [...]

The [[Federal Three Strikes]] law was underused by federal prosecutors in the first years after its enactment. This led to the 1995 Three Strikes Memo, encouraging prosecutors to make better use of the law in their existing cases. > This provision should play a key role in every district's anti-violent crime strategy. To help us make the most effective use possibl...

 

The Problem with Asynchronish Environments [...]

Samuel Hulick identifies Slack as a platform that is neither asynchronous or synchronous. It's asynchron_ish_. He argues the results of this : > At first I thought this sounded delightful — it would be the best of both worlds! I was always free to drop someone a line, and if they were feeling chatty, a full-fledged conversation could simply spring up, with ...

 

Equality of Inputs vs. Corruption [...]

One way to attack campaign finance is to argue it results in corruption. This is an argument about outputs, and it ends up being a complex and slippery argument to prove or measure. An alternate way is to take an "equality of inputs" approach: > Equality of inputs is a measurable standard, particularly if we measure it in terms of money contributed. By contrast, c...

 

Twitter Is a Community with No Community Tools [...]

A thought to get down here: Twitter is in many ways a community, the way a BBS is a community. But the loosely coupled nature of the community means that Twitter has no way to protect itself from the effects of scale. If there is a summary for the Tragedy of Twitter, this is it. Facebook is different than Twitter, both because it is less of a community in itself: it...

 

Help:: Creating Blockquotes [...]

``` To blockquote text, start on a new line and put an angle bracket ('>') in front of your paragraph, like this: > This is my blockquote ```...

 

Help:: Making Wiki Links [...]

``` Link to another page in your wiki (or someone else's Wikity wiki) by using double bracket syntax, like [[this]]. Because you are linking to a page name, it often makes sense to link to the capitalized page name like this: [[The Empty Boat]]. Page names and links are the same in wiki, so choose names wisely. ```...

 

Help:: Making Text Italic [...]

``` You can italicize text by putting an underline on each side, like _this_. It _works with phrases_ too. ```...

 

Help:: Making Text Bold [...]

``` You can bold text by putting two asterisks around the text, like **this**. It **works with phrases** too. ```...

 

Footnotes in Wikity [...]

Wikity is designed for education, and we often need footnotes in educational settings. We've come up with a simple syntax that should support a number of footnote styles. To footnote something, first make a Notes or Works Cited section: ```` 1. [ #exampletarget] This is a footnote. ```` Note that the target looks like a link without a URL. There should be no space be...

 

Markdown Syntax [...]

Wikity allows people to use standard WYSIWYG editing, but encourages frequent users to take a few minute to learn Markdown syntax, and use Markdown where possible. Using Markdown will: * Dramatically improve your writing speed * Keep you focused on the content instead of the layout * Ensure your work is portable across many platforms * Avoid classic HTML gotchas Markd...

 

Help:: Making External Links [...]

To link to an external site, place your link word in brackets, followed by the link in parentheses like this: ``` Go to this . ``` **Important**: Do not put a space in between the bracket and parentheses. To create a hover text item, follow the link with the text in quotes, e.g. ``````...

 

Help:: Creating Footnotes [...]

``` To create a footnote write the footnote at the bottom of the page, and add a "link target" with a unique name preceded by a hash ('#') and enclosed in square brackets, like this: 1. [#millerp2] See also Miller, Jane. *Thoughts on Leaving*, p. 23 Then link in text like this: Miller also noted the discrepancy. ```...

 

Wikipedia Is Way Too Small [...]

Just covering astronomy, for example, would require 25 million articles, according to the estimates, and this is growing all the time. Source: Wikipedia's 5 million articles still cover less than 5 per cent of all human knowledge - Telegraph...

 

ECO, the Game [...]

ECO is a game where you build a world and observe ecosystem effects. (website)...

 

Chopra’s Wikipedia Article [...]

Deepak Chopra's Wikipedia article calls into question the credentials of a figure believed by many to be a new age charlatan. It is a good example of why articles on persons are necessarily contentious there are important issues at stake here, and it is not for the person in question to resolve them.  (post)  ...

 

Help:: What Do I Write About? (#1) [...]

There are many ways to use Wikity, but this is the most common: * Research something you don't know about. * Learn things * Write a short article on the subject, capturing what you learned. Did you ever wonder where people got the idea to steam milk in coffee and call it a cappuccino? Research it. Summarize it in an article called Birth of Cappuccino. Did someone ment...

 

Help:: Adding Images [...]

``` Wikity pulls images from online locations and makes a copy of the image for you. To pull an image into your site, just use the Markdown syntax for images: If you leave the quotes empty, like this, Wikity will automatically create an image credit as the hover text. Note that image syntax is identical to link syntax, but has an exclamation point in front of it. ```...

 

Help:: Making Bullet Points [...]

To make bullet points, start each bulleted item with an asterisk and a space, like this: ``` * This is the first item * This is the second item ```...

 

Canadian Literature (University of Vermont, 2010) [...]

Student reflection blog from UVM. From the syllabus: > A: To earn an A on the blog component of the course all assignments must have been completed and comments posted by the assigned deadline (in this case, within one week of the date of the blog posting). Comments are thoughtful, fully answer the question asked, and, if specified, take into account the comments...

 

HY4223: Chinese Overseas (National University of Singapore, 2011) [...]

Examples of student blogging from a Southeast Asian Studies class. Based in edublogs. {{Tags: Student blogging, class blogs, hub and spoke, goodex}}...

 

Categories are Projects [...]

Like all WordPress based sites, Wikity has both "categories" and "tags". On Wikity we use tags to make things findable and categories to collect resources associated with a particular project. What's a project? It's any sustained investigation for which you plan to create a significant body of linked work. Mostly, it's things you work on with other people, where you'v...