Brain jokes


And now for something a little bit different…

When you land and look around, it might look a little old school like web pages that we wrote when we first started creating web pages!

Let’s face it. We all need and use a little joke/smile/groan every now and again.

Here’s a big collection of material. They go well with family, students, presentations, etc.

https://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/jokes.html

Of course, everyone knows the answer to this one.

What programming language do snakes use for their neuroscientific experiments?

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OTR Links 11/30/2022


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Blue check marks


My first read this morning came from CTV News and was about the ongoing Twitter soap opera.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/business/layoffs-ultimatums-and-an-ongoing-saga-over-blue-check-marks-elon-musk-s-first-month-at-twitter-1.6170664

I can’t believe that the “blue checkmark” is such an issue.

First of all, it’s not a blue check mark. It’s actually a white checkmark on a blue badge or a black checkmark on a white badge if you use dark or dim display mode like I do.

I can remember when it came out and I was somewhat impressed with the purpose.

I figured that it was something that Twitter was doing on its end to promote certain types of accounts. For me, I guess I was kind of interested in authentic news organizations. I’m OK with CTV, CBC, GlobalTV, etc. But there are lots of others so I could see the purpose.

Then, it started to change. There were some people who felt they fell into this category and applied for the checkmark as a way to promote themselves. I have a few people on my timeline with the checkmark and it’s just a stream of self-promotion things. My first thought was to unfollow but I just mute these accounts and periodically go over and see if there is anything new. For some of them, it’s just more attention-grabbing content.

I like to think that I’m smart enough to know whether a message coming from an account is legitimate or whether it’s a spoofed account. A quick look at the profile or the history of messages is all that it takes. I’ve always figured that you should be who you are and it does come through in Social Media.

One of the things that I always enjoyed about Twitter was that it seemed to be a level playing field with each of us contributing what we felt we could. Not so – that silly little checkmark seems to have created a two-tiered playing field in some people’s eyes. Quite frankly, if you have to use Social Media to blow your own horn instead of trying to make things better, I have no time for you.

My recommendation to those/him that would aspire to make Twitter a better place is to go ahead and charge a substantial user fee for that checkmark. If a user is a legitimate news or political organization, they have ways to write it off as an expense. If it’s just a climber that wants to spam us and use it as a mark of credibility in their eyes, then they need to pay for that privilege.

Find your niche and work to make Twitter a better learning space instead.

OTR Links 11/29/2022


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The future is here


and it’s growing by at least five applications a day.

There was a time when things were created/modified/shared/ improved manually.

One of my favourite workshops of all time was taking attendees through the process of converting black and white pictures into colour. The whole concept of colourization was big as big-time media restored old movies and pictures so why not us?

The workshop would start with this picture of my grandmother and grandfather. You can tell by the frame that this has been around for a while. We were actually even afraid to take it out, lest we damage it.

For workshop purposes, the flatbed scanner worked nicely.

As with all my after-school workshops, the process took about two hours.

We’d all line up to scan our images and save them to a networked space. People would go back to their workstations, load the image into Ministry of Education-licensed Photoshop Elements and off we went.

The result …

After a fun two hours of cropping, trying this and that, and getting neighbours opinions of what colours or shades look best, we’d all leave with a masterpiece and a great deal of nostalgia.

I’ll admit that the learning process for me was considerable when I thought that this might be of interest with teachers (and apparently it was) as I spent all kinds of time working with the various tools and experimenting.

We all know now that all that effort is now available in an application.

Every now and again once will pop up in my reading and I’ll check it out.

I feel like I hit the goldmine with this one website though. It’s called “Futurepedia“.

It’s my personal rabbit hole for a Sunday morning as I write this.

There are so many solutions here for things to do that I didn’t know needed to be done. For me, it’s definitely one to bookmark so that I don’t lose it. I just made need an AI app for a specific purpose some day.