67 People Fainted On Chuck Palahniuk's 'Guts'

Submitted by Panisuan Chasinga on Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:47am.
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For those who are both fans of dark novels and films like Fight Club, you probably know Chuck Palahniuk. His new horror short story Guts sent a total of 67 people to the floor unconscious while he was reading the story to them. Crowded bookstore without enough breathing room? Probably.

You can read the odd story from Palahniuk himself.

The story is a part of the book Haunted. The cover should tell you something. I've read Fight Club. Now I'm tempted to start this one.


The Fascinating Case of the Warburg Library

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 03/11/2015 - 5:19pm.
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Dubbed one of the "weirdest" libraries (perfect for #WeirdWednesdays) in the world and one with the most "serendipitous" (thematic cataloguing system), the Warburg Institute's Library in London is an amazing combination of both the origins of modern art history and the concept of the "icon." Here is more on the library from this New Yorker article:

It is a library like no other in Europe—in its cross-disciplinary reference, its peculiarities, its originality, its strange depths and unexpected shallows. Magic and science, evil eyes and saints’ lives: these things repose side by side in a labyrinth of imagery and icons and memory. Dan Brown’s hero Robert Langdon supposedly teaches “symbology” at Harvard. There is no such field, but if there were, and if Professor Langdon wanted to study it before making love to mysterious Frenchwomen and nimbly avoiding Opus Dei hit men, this is where he would come to study.


Weird Wednesdays

Submitted by Dana Haugh on Wed, 03/11/2015 - 3:58pm.
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From the Historical Photographs of Teachers College pocket on PocketKnowledge, I give you "Children in Gym." The photo dates back to somewhere in the first 50 years of the 20th century and showcases students "exercising" in what used to be the Teachers College gymnasium. Pantaloons and dresses mandatory.

View a larger version here!


Intagram's Users On-boarding Slides

Submitted by Panisuan Chasinga on Wed, 03/11/2015 - 1:15pm.
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Very nice step-by-step slideshow explaining Instagram's mobile app on-boarding process design. You'll see how even Instagram made confusing UI design decisions and too obvious, repetitive hard-sellings as well as gorgeous ones.

The slides are very friendly, all you have to do is click next. Take a few minutes to view it here.


#TinyBookTuesday The Masquerade

Submitted by Alexandra Lederman on Tue, 03/10/2015 - 5:35pm.
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Happy #TinyBookTuesday! Today we have The Masquerade; Containing a Variety of Merry Characters of All Sorts, Properly Dressed for the Occasion, Calculated t Amuse and Instruct all the Good Boys and Girls in the Kingdom from 1780! This little book was "printed and fold at No.17, Queen-Street, Cheapside; and No. 4, Aldermary Church Yard, in Bow Lane."


The Most I've Ever Enjoyed Watching Grass Grow

Submitted by Brian Sweeting on Tue, 03/10/2015 - 3:23pm.
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This is what a wheatgrass plant looks like as it's growing up. Thanks Diana for capturing this photo synthesis on the GoPro!


Watching the Apple Watch (Learning Theater Connection!)

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 2:55pm.
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Today Apple unveiled final details re: the Apple Watch (thanks for the live blog heads-up, Brian!). What struck me is 1) it looks a bit like a Dick Tracey communicator 2) the solid gold "edition" model could cost as much as $10,000(?!!) 3) the Apple Watch could be a useful tool for tracking biostats in the 4th floor learning theater. How might we do this? Well, again, thanks to Brian's aforementioned post, we could develop our own app using Apple's new ResearchKit that would allow researchers to use the watch to record heart rate and movement during learning tasks. What are other ways we could use the Apple Watch or similar wearables in the fourth floor space? What would be some of the limitations? I would imagine that the possibilities and permutations are endless! I wonder if Apple would offer discounts to educational institutions who want to purchase the watch for research?


The Perfectly Designed Tool for a Design Museum

Submitted by Brian Sweeting on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 1:48pm.
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This animated video does a great job of illustrating how cool the Smithsonian Design Museum's Pen is.

I imagine this could improve most field trips and would be a fun alternative to tedious work booklets and half-hearted "what did you learn?" conversations afterward.

After experimenting with Pencil and now seeing Pen, I appreciate the creative ways that writing utensils are being reimagined [but not renamed].


Apple's ResearchKit will be Open Source

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 1:30pm.
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So, what shall we do with it?

Link to Apple Live notes

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