Draw Me: A History of MOOCs. “The parallels between the correspondence courses of the early twentieth century and the MOOCs (their venture-funded variety, I should be clear) are quite indicative of how we have long viewed educational ‘content delivery,’ particularly when developed and delivered by a for-profit enterprise.”
Working at Netflix. “When I joined Netflix, I expected many aspects to be excellent: the technical challenges, my colleagues, the compensation, the mission, and the ambition of the company—and they are. What surprised me most by its excellence was the culture. It’s made me think differently about our industry: Netflix is proving that company culture doesn’t just have to be accepted: it can be engineered to be positive.” Don’t miss the slide deck about Netflix culture if you’ve not seen it.
It’s not you, it’s us: apartment hunting in Brooklyn. This is really great: “The next afternoon my Nike Fuelband said that I had already walked 15 miles. I ruptured something along the top of my foot because of the 10-year-old Pumas Mom told me not to wear, and then I drank 2 liters of coconut water in order to rehydrate, only to find out afterwards that coconut water can be a really powerful laxative for some people — but I’m getting ahead of myself […] It was 2:30 when I limped into the real estate agency that had a dusty neon sign out front that was only partially lit. Inside it smelled like burnt coffee, but coffee that had pockets of morning breath in it that I kept accidentally walking into and then, like a tired boxer, weaving away from long after I’d already been hit.”
DO IT NOW. “ArnoldC, a language devised by Finnish computer programmer Lauri Hartikka, assigns programming functions to catch phrases from Arnold Schwarzenegger movies.”
New amazing metal is so hydrophobic it makes water bounce like magic. “Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a metal that is so extremely hydrophobic that the water bounces on it as if it were repelled by a magic force field. Instead of using chemical coatings they used lasers to etch a nanostructure on the metal itself. It will not wear off, like current less effective methods.”