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5 days ago
This Github repository is an adorable example that a tech nerd can be an artist - not in terms of the product s/he creates through coding, but in terms of the codes per se being arts.So what is it? It is some really difficult code that turns Ruby code into Scala code, then to Scheme code, then to Perl code, then to Lua code, and so on so forth (100 languages ...
6 days ago
Following-up the article by Zhou, video title plays an important role when people are searching. So making Vialogues more searchable is one of our goals this version. Besides our new on-site search (If you haven't tried, please do) mechanism, we made some efforts for robots to crawl Vialogues better.
8 days ago
According to this article by Think with Google, YouTube users use search to find videos when they have specific things to find. They use the Related feature to explore videos under a general topic. And Alvaro told me the other day that when people use search, some of them know what they are exactly looking for whereas others don't. This results in different search phrase and behaviors of accessing the search results. I am interested in understanding:
12 days ago
Or, as I call it, V-Day. It's been so long since I made one of these posts!It's been months since we first rolled up our sleeves, took out the power washer, and prepared for a super deep clean of our marquee video learning environment. ...
17 days ago
The EdLab Seminar on Wednesday, August 9th will be held in the Learning Theater as we continue to test new ways to improve the seminar experience.  We will also be continuing to test the event ticket application so please be sure to register for this event and get your ticket at https://lt.tc.columbia.edu by Monday, Aug...
17 days ago
Our day of reckoning has arrived. As many of you know, we have been plotting away on some big (and small) improvements to your friendly neighborhood video discussion platform. I am happy to announce that we now have a solid launch date!Get ready to mark your calendars for this Thursday, August 10. The site will be down from 9am-1pm as we push all of our changes to the site. That means if you need to access Vialogues, you better get your fix before then or be ready to wait! Thanks for your patience as we p...
Check out this piece on designing laceless sneakers. The designers seem to have focused on the performance of these sneaks when used by runners.  However, I wonder if the appearance will keep them from being adopted. Would you wear these?Beyond this particular design, I think designing a laceless sneaker is a gr...
As we prepare to re-think space booking across the library, check out this detailed discussion of the design process for a theater event booking app. What do you think of this design process? What about the decisions made along the way? What are some implications for our ...
21 days ago
Certain things have become essential in order for us to function or keep evolving as a human race. One of these essential items is high-speed Internet. It has dramatically changed every facet of our lives from work education, communication, and defense systems, among countless others. Unfortunately, many rural areas across the country still lack access to high-speed internet. It is estimated that over 
According to this piece in Mashable, Google is preparing to introduce a personalized newsfeed and ultimately for the end of search as we know it.  Apparently, the thought is that search will become less relevant as artificial intelligence becomes better at predicting what we would like to know at any given time and place.  So, what do yo...