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Link of the Day Archives

A list of the past entries in our "Link of the Day" feature:

 15-Feb-19 How to Actually, Truly Focus on What You’re DoingCal Newport, author of “Digital Minimalism,” talks about how to do deep work, why it matters and how we can use it in our lives.
 14-Feb-19 Love the news but hate clickbait and fluff? How to be a slower and more thoughtful news consumerBy emphasizing quality over quantity, digital minimalist Cal Newport shows how you can turn off the information firehose and follow current events on your own terms. Are you ready to join the attention resistance?
 13-Feb-19 10 Definitions of LearningWe all know that the human brain is immensely complex and still somewhat of a mystery. It follows then, that learning—a primary function of the brain—is understood in many different ways. Here are ten ways that learning can be described.
 12-Feb-19 Is this Italy’s smallest library?Antonio La Cava, a retired school teacher, transformed his three-wheeler into a tiny mobile library to spread the joy of books to children in the remote communities of Basilicata.
 11-Feb-19 Emerging Trends and LibrariesA series of articles by David Lee King on Emerging Trends and Libraries.
 08-Feb-19 The History of Women in Sci-Fi Isn’t What You ThinkCONVENTIONAL WISDOM HOLDS that science fiction was written almost exclusively by men until the advent of feminism in the 1960s and ’70s. But when Lisa Yaszek, who teaches science fiction studies at Georgia Tech, went digging through old magazines, she discovered a very different story.
 07-Feb-19 Meet the man archiving the internetBack in 1996 when the internet was primitive, a couple of San Francisco-based engineers were looking to solve the problem of saving websites from vanishing after they were altered or shut down. They founded the Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library...
 06-Feb-19 Authors, audiobook narrators share harmonious bondJONATHAN Maberry, a fiercely prolific author of often frightening novels, hears voices rattling in his head. Specifically, one voice, that of actor Ray Porter, who narrates his audiobooks...
 05-Feb-19 Memes, Fair Use, and PrivacyInternet memes proliferate online. They catch on and spread via social media because they’re funny or they hit a nerve. Often, cats are involved. In using images taken from creative works or private life, memes show how copyright law intersects with issues of internet use and privacy.
 04-Feb-19 Flickr’s top photos of 2018 aren’t just about clicks and algorithmsNow under SmugMug’s wing, the new Flickr set out to celebrate the images that represent the service at its best.
 01-Feb-19 How to be "Team Human" in the digital future (TED Talks, 12 min)Humans are no longer valued for our creativity, says media theorist Douglas Rushkoff -- in a world dominated by digital technology, we're now just valued for our data. In a passionate talk, Rushkoff urges us to stop using technology to optimize people for the market and start using it to build a future centered on our pre-digital values of connection, creativity and respect. "Join 'Team Human.' Find the others," he says. "Together let's make the future that we always wanted."
 31-Jan-19 Reading and writing your way to better mental wellbeingWe’ve long known that a love of reading and writing can help children flourish at school and go on to succeed at work. But we now know that reading and writing for enjoyment can also play a vital role in helping children lead happy and healthy lives.
 30-Jan-19 How to Be Creative on DemandCreativity is learnable providence. It feels like an inexplicable miracle when it arrives, and we may never be able to isolate all the variables that generate it. This article outlines how we can reliably create the conditions to invite it.
 29-Jan-19 A coalition of giant brands is about to change how we shop forever, with a new zero-waste platformLoop will send you name-brand products, like Tide detergent, Crest mouthwash, or Häagen Dazs ice cream. When you’re done, you ship the empty container back, where it gets cleaned and reused for the next customer.
 28-Jan-19 Every Single Cognitive Bias in One InfographicHere’s all 188 cognitive biases in existence, grouped by how they impact our thoughts and actions. We also give some specific cognitive bias examples.
 25-Jan-19 Nothing Can Stop Google. DuckDuckGo Is Trying Anyway.DuckDuckGo is perhaps the most prominent in a number of small but rapidly growing firms attempting to make it big — or at least sustainable — by putting their customers’ privacy and security first.
 24-Jan-19 The Updated Canada Food Guide: New Advice, Old Restrictive Copyright RulesThe Canadian government has disappointingly adopted a restrictive copyright approach to the new Canada Food Guide with respect to its reproduction, adaptation or translation.
 23-Jan-19 What happened when I followed Ben Franklin's schedule for a monthBenjamin Franklin was a productivity master. In his autobiography, he shared his daily routine, and its simplicity and rigor are intriguing. (Part of SECRETS OF THE MOST PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE series by Fast Company)
 22-Jan-19 It's Complicated: What Students Say About Research and Writing AssignmentsWhat do students say about working on research assignments? What sources do they use and why? What helps them during the research process? This PIL research video content is drawn from follow-up interviews of surveys, interviews, and focus groups during fall 2008 through fall 2011.
 21-Jan-19 How Long Should Videos Be for E-Learning?Videos are an essential aspect of online education. But how long is too long? And how short is too short?
 18-Jan-19 What we gain from keeping books – and why it doesn’t need to be ‘joy’Tidying guru Marie Kondo advises us to ditch reading we don’t find joyful. But one’s personal library should do much more than anthologise warm feelings.
 17-Jan-19 An introvert’s advice for networkingSelf-described introvert and veteran tech executive Karen Wickre shares her secret to cultivating professional connections with a minimum of anxiety and awkwardness.
 16-Jan-19 Why it pays to declutter your digital lifeIf we feel overwhelmed by ‘stuff’, most of us believe physical clutter is the culprit. But researchers are finding that having too many digital files could be the problem, too.
 15-Jan-19 Bought for a buck, now priceless: Indigenous Alberta media archive being digitizedIn the early 1980s, Crowfoot worked for a group that had for 20 years produced Indigenous programming for a provincial public broadcasting network. The old reel-to-reels, VCR cassettes, 16-mm film and floppy discs went into a warehouse. For 36 years, that’s where they sat. “I always walked by and said, ‘Man, we gotta do something with this stuff,’” Crowfoot said.
 14-Jan-19 GIVE YOURSELF TO THE DARK (MODE) SIDEOft referred to as night mode, high contrast, or inverted colors, the setting has grown popular with those who claim to experience eye fatigue from a deluge of white screens. Dark mode is an eye-friendly alternative to the traditional blindingly bright user interfaces sported by most apps, sites, and platforms.
 11-Jan-19 Don’t have 10,000 hours to learn something new? That’s fine — all you need is 20 hoursWriter Josh Kaufman shares his own tried-and-tested technique to learn a new skill by putting in just 45 minutes a day for a month.
 10-Jan-19 Inside the Raspberry Pi: The story of the $35 computer that changed the worldThe co-creators of the credit-card-sized board reveal the many challenges they overcame to build the breakthrough machine.
 09-Jan-19 Machine learning can offer new tools, fresh insights for the humanitiesFrom the French Revolution to the history of the novel, Big Data makes its mark.
 08-Jan-19 Can't stop the music: VPL expands popular instrument lending programThe Vancouver Public Library has announced it will be adding more than 100 instruments to its musical Instruments lending library.
 07-Jan-19 When technology can read minds, how will we protect our privacy?Tech that can decode your brain activity and reveal what you're thinking and feeling is on the horizon, says legal scholar and ethicist Nita Farahany. What will it mean for our already violated sense of privacy?
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