Knowledge Handler

Information Sources & Information Sifting Techniques

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Librarian at Indiana Wesleyan University's Cleveland Education Center.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Don't Text While Driving

The American Automobile Association asking drivers to pledge to avoid texting while driving . This is the first time I have heard the term "Intexticated."

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Home Office Lifestyle

Matt Alderton suggests how a person can avoid distractions while working from home.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Racially Conscience Recruiting

Nell Gluckman reports on Harvard's "racially conscience" admissions policy . The university is having to defend itself in court, as a result of at least one Asian-Americans feeling discriminated against as a result of Harvard's attempt to maintain diversity.

-DD

Monday, October 15, 2018

Fake News Database From Politico

Cristiano Lima and Andrew Britz report on a "fake news" database created by Politico. The database can be searched here: https://www.politico.com/interactives/2018/is-this-true.

Note that Politico is critical of the current administration, and, like Wikipedia, nominations of "fake news" websites are submitted by the public (probably mainly Politico readers). So the database may express a bias against conservative viewpoints.

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Sunday, October 07, 2018

Blaming the Obese

Michael Hobbes muses on the lack of charity toward the obese and the pain verbal abuse and discrimination causes.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

iPhone Security

Michael Grothaus says that Apple products are inherently more secure than the competitor's offerings.

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Monday, October 01, 2018

Your Best Performance

Mark Wilson notes that adults can "hit their prime at any time.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Drawing as a Way of Thought

Anne Quito suggests that drawing is an alternative way of both expressing oneself and of thinking . According to Quito, Drawing "fosters close observation, analytical thinking, patience, even humility."

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Benevolent Sexism

Pelin Gül And Tom R. Kupfer write about research into "benevolent sexism ," a behavior that many feminists say minimizes a woman's self-efficacy. The behavior also signals to women that a man is caring and supportive, so most women do not complain about it.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Citizen Based Taxation

Laura Snyder writes about the impact of citizen based taxation on U.S. citizens living abroad.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Facebook and Usage Trends

Andrew Perrin reports that Americans are becoming more critical of Facebook . A quarter of surveyed adults report that they have deleted the Facebook app from their phone.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Graduate Advising

Leonard Cassuto discusses graduate academic advising in the U.S.

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Making an Institution Integral to the Community

Betha Gutsche discusses the importance of giving a public library clientele a sense of community . Gutsche summarizes her article with this statement: "it’s all about listening to the community—including them in planning, building, and program delivery...."

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Pendulum Clocks and Gravity

Ethan Siegel tells why the first pendulum clock transported to America did not keep accurate time. Earth's gravitational constant is an average which actually changes slightly with latitude!

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Are Social Bonds Fracturing?

Eric Klinenberg extols the virtue of libraries for maintaining buildings wherein community dialog is welcome.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Chinese Students Return Home to Low Paying Jobs

Mandy Zuo reports on the struggles of Chinese students who return to the land of their birth after a U.S. university education .

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Connecting With Others

Emily Badger and Quoctrung Bui report on research into the social connectedness of regions of the United States. The data was provided by Facebook. Areas with far-flung networks are more prosperous than those areas where contacts are generally limited to neighbors.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Grammar and John Dryden

Geoffrey Pullum is critical of the rules for correct grammar developed by John Dryden. Pullum then criticizes the New York Times for not catching that usage in works such as the King James Bible contain passages which flout some of Dryden's rules, saying "In matters of language, fact-checking is not done" (para. 9).

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Lifelong Learners

Michael Simmons recommends all knowledge workers attain Warren Buffet's habit of focused learning five hours each week .

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

First Impressions

Rachel Premack provides lore about first impressions .

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Make Spending Hard

Joe Pinksker notes how "ease of spending" causes consumers to spend more .

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Learning Decreases the Impact of Stress

Zhang, Myers, and Mayer report that learning inceases our ability to cope with stress.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Traveling With a Smartphone

Shivani Vora offers tips on traveling with a smartphone .

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Roots of Intelligence

Kaili Rimfeld et al. (2018) argue that a person's stable academic performance over their lifespan demonstrates the genetic basis of intelligence.

I believe it does show the genetic nature of personhood.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Daytime Sleepiness and Alzheimer's

Spira et al. (2018) report that daytime sleepiness may indicate incipient Alzheimer's disease.

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Sunday, September 09, 2018

Good Habits

Darius Foroux suggests habits that can have a huge return in your quality of life.

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Saturday, September 08, 2018

Google's Project Fi

Jeff Kagan discusses potential competitors to Google's Project Fi .

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Friday, September 07, 2018

Academic Databases

Wikipedia has an article listing scholarly databases , and quite a number are open source.

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Thursday, September 06, 2018

Computer Firewalls

Roger Grimes explains why old firewall technology provides inadequate security for an enterprise, and then provides a plea for "smart firewalls" which offer a checklist of features.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Open Source Scholarly Journals

Holly Else reports on a government initiative sweeping Europe, which will require that the results of government funded research should be released as open source .

According to Else:

The 11 agencies, who together spend €7.6 billion (US$8.8 billion) in research grants annually, say they will mandate that, from 2020, the scientists they fund must make resulting papers free to read immediately on publication (see ‘Plan S players’). The papers would have a liberal publishing licence that would allow anyone else to download, translate or otherwise reuse the work.

Else shared a graphic depicting the rising percentage of research articles which become freely available to the public ("open source"). Approximately three-quarters of scholarly science is still locked behind paywalls, requiring association with a university or corporation library for access.

In the United States, certain Federal research and Gates Foundation research is required to be released as open source, but most academics strive to publish their research in prestigious (and expensive) peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Classroom Screen

Lisa Neilsen introduces Classroom Screen , a nifty set of web tools for a classroom teaching station. According to creater Laurens Koppers, "Just visit classroomscreen.com and you have access to a timer, random number generator, work symbols (i.e. silence, work together, ask a neighbor), QR code, class sound level, and more."

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Monday, September 03, 2018

Windows and iCloud

Johnny Evans tells how those people with an Apple ID (users of a registered Apple device) can use iCloud resources when using a Windows computer.

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Sunday, September 02, 2018

Curious Employees

Francesca Gino reports that employers says they encourage curiousity , but most do not encourage employee questions.

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Saturday, September 01, 2018

Sleep Deprivation

Kevin Loria writes about the impact of sleep deprivation .

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Peaks of Drug Abuse

Katherine Foley shares data from an investigation of recreational drug residue in public sewer systems in two Kentucky towns. The results show that methamphetamine residue more than doubles during holidays, and that residue from cocaine and opioids also surges in holiday periods.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Artifical Intelligence and Governance in China

Christina Larson documents China's use of artifical intelligence to direct the actions of Chinese citizens .

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

iCloud and SMS

Johnny Evans notes that Apple Messages (SMS, etc.) can be stored to the user's iCloud is a great benefit for individual users. However, the additional cloud storage location could result in security problems for corporations. It appears that messages can be erased from the phone and afterward recovered from the cloud - a security problem in a "bring your own device" work environment.

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Animal Intelligence

Paul Bisceglio suggests that urban animals are smarter than their country cousins, as they must develop new skills to cope with life in the city.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Teacher Training

Beth McCumurtrie provides tips for teacher training .

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Classroom Activities

Carl Hooker suggests classroom activities educators can try in 2018.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Brain Plasticity

Angela Chen interviewed Caroline Williams, a science writer and author of My Plastic Brain. The interview explores the reality and hype surrounding brain training and brain plasticity.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Parallels Software for Apple MacIntosh

Johnny Evans reports on ways to run Windows on a MacIntosh using Parallels.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Capitalism Without Capital

Bill Gates has focused attention on Haskel and Weslake's 2017 book, Capitalism Without Capital , which notes the difference between traditional capital-intensive industries such as metallurgy and heavy manufacturing, and software and art creation, which can be undertaken with less capital.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Internal Search Result Pages

Michael Heijmans suggests that webmasters should block a site's internal search result page from being indexed by Google, as this page does not provide new information.

-DD

Aerosols Around the Earth

NASA displays daily photos generated by its research. The August 23rd image shows aerosol distribution around the earth.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Police Will Search Your Smartphone If They Wish

Mike Elgan notes that police officers increasingly have the authority and ability to search your smartphone .

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

English as a Second Language (ESL) Tools From Google

Eric Curts shares Google Docs tools for those with English as a second language .

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

An Abundance of Quality Papers Causes a Publishing Backlog

Alexander Kafka reports on the abundance of quality papers awaiting publication.

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News Literacy

Teghan Simonton discusses new literacy in an age of diverse understandings.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Oral History Ethics

Beth McMurtrie has written about the ethical and legal issues that can arise should a scholar recording oral history make a promise of confidentiality that they cannot maintain.

In a followed-up video, experts suggest steps for ensuring that participants are aware of the risks of making a recording and then give informed consent to the release of their recorded interview.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Computer Gaming and Bible Memorization

Emma Pettit reports on the University of Akron closing 80 academic programs and investing in "the largest amount of dedicated esports space of any university in the world to date."

I have not considered all of the merits of universities investing in computer gaming as a sporting event. However, I do think that Christian universities considering investing in esports should pause, and consider first establishing leagues and teams for competing in Bible memorization. Equipping students in applying Scripture is key to the mission of most Christian universities, and alumni dollars and other gifts may be available for efforts at spurring memorization.

-DD

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Freedom of Expression

Michael Vasquez interviewed Sarah Ruger of the Charles Koch Foundation, who says that the foundation views "higher education as such a key and critical institution for any free and flourishing society ." The Foundation is in the news for promoting higher education.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Apple Eases Transition to Macintosh

Johnny Evans reports that Apple has released software to ease the transition of PC users to a Macintosh computer.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Distance Education

Goldie Blumenstyk commends online education for reaching unserved distant students .

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Android Releases

J.R. Raphael provides a history of Android releases .

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Advance for FireFox

Gregg Keizer discusses Mozilla's new Advance FireFox browser add-on which recommends new sites based on current browsing activity.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Web Browser Market Share

Gregg Keizer reports that the combined market share of the usage of IE and Edge is falling to 15% , even though the majority of users have a Windows PC or laptop. Users are installing and using Google Chrome, which is therefore winning market shares.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Brain Training

Pauline Anderson cites research indicating brain training has mainly a practice effect on mental ability. There is no indication it improves the brain's global ability to think.

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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Voice Recognition in Business

Mike Elgan predicts that within three years voice recognition technology will begin reshaping the way we do business.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Microsoft Restrains Deception

Preston Gralla honors Microsoft for limiting international deception.

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