Some stuff I'm reading this week...

Firefox to surpass IE? Yes, but only among the geeks | The Open Road - The Business and Politics of Open Source by Matt Asay - CNET News

Firefox to surpass IE? Yes, but only among the geeks | The Open Road - The Business and Politics of Open Source by Matt Asay - CNET News

In sum, if the web designers stick with IE because they have to, why are so many dumping their duty and using Firefox instead? I use Firefox because it's better. Is "better" swaying web designers and developers away from IE, where 73 percent of the market still resides, according to Hitslink?

After speed boost, Firefox a developer default? | The Open Road - The Business and Politics of Open Source by Matt Asay - CNET News

After speed boost, Firefox a developer default? | The Open Road - The Business and Politics of Open Source by Matt Asay - CNET News

Always pushing the envelope, Mozilla demonstrates that it knows how to create an incredible browser and that it won't get lazy when it wins the browser wars. Read this blog post by Matt Asay on The Open Road.

FRONTLINE: growing up online: introduction | PBS

FRONTLINE: growing up online: introduction | PBS

In Growing Up Online, FRONTLINE takes viewers inside the very public private worlds that kids are creating online, raising important questions about how the Internet is transforming childhood. "The Internet and the digital world was something that belonged to adults, and now it's something that really is the province of teenagers, " says C.J. Pascoe, a postdoctoral scholar with the University of California, Berkeley's Digital Youth Research project.

Microsoft breaks IE8 interoperability promise | The Register

Microsoft breaks IE8 interoperability promise | The Register

Note the last word: default. Microsoft argued that, in light of their newly published interoperability principles, it was the right thing to do. This declaration heralded an about-face and was widely praised by the web standards community; people were stunned and delighted by Microsoft's promise.This week, the promise was broken. It lasted less than six months. Now that Internet Explorer IE8 beta 2 is released, we know that many, if not most, pages viewed in IE8 will not be shown in standards mode by default. The dirty secret is buried deep down in the «Compatibility view» configuration panel, where the «Display intranet sites in Compatibility View» box is checked by default. Thus, by default, intranet pages are not viewed in standards mode.

MINIUSA.COM / Play / go_a_motoring / motoringhearts-m

MINIUSA.COM / Play / go_a_motoring / motoringhearts-m

That's why we teamed up with Volunteer Match and create Motoring Hearts. It's a program that makes it easier than ever for you to find a specific volunteer opportunity that matches up perfectly with your unique interests. So whether its playing with stray dogs at the local animal shelter or teaching a young motorer the subtle art of driving stick, you'll find literally thousands of ways to help make a difference.

GOOD Magazine | Goodmagazine - School Wars

GOOD Magazine | Goodmagazine - School Wars

The tragedy of No Child Left Behind, and the private and public efforts to undo its damage, is that not every child is given the chance to achieve her full potential in a caring, creative, dynamic, and intellectually rich environment. And in the absence of ongoing classroom innovation and grassroots advocacy, NCLB has taken over.

Whuffie Club

Whuffie Club

Rosie Sherry and a group in England started the Whuffie Club! I love the idea...must do the same here. :)

Sarah Palin Gender Card | The Daily Show | Comedy Central

Sarah Palin Gender Card | The Daily Show | Comedy Central

We should not even be talking about Sarah Palin because it's sexist.

Educational TV | Salon Life

Educational TV | Salon Life

The institutional obstacle is the No Child Left Behind policy. With the approach of the annual, NCLB-mandated Maryland State Assessment test, Pryzbylewski's hard-won progress stalls as he's forced not only to teach to the test -- basically giving the kids the answers in advance -- but even to turn his math class into an English class for a time, to improve the school's low language arts scores. In the meantime Colvin's kids, who are only just learning to say "please" and "thank you" and not to call each other "bitch" and "motherfucker," are forced to take the same test, for which they are not, and cannot realistically be, prepared. It becomes clear that the school has more to gain by simply "disappearing" these hopeless students (aided by a creative truant policy that only requires offenders to show up one day a month) than by trying to teach them anything.

Urban Mapping: Mapping Data to Enhance Local Content

Urban Mapping: Mapping Data to Enhance Local Content

Urban Mapping produces neighborhood data, mass transit data and geographic keyword research tools.

Long Beach Post Sports | LBPOSTSports.com | News, Scores and Features

Long Beach Post Sports | LBPOSTSports.com | News, Scores and Features

Social capital is being defined as ¡°the stock of active connections among people: the trust, mutual understanding and shared values and behaviors that bind the members of human networks and communities and makes cooperative action possible.   Huh?  Sounds like something that would be written on the wall at a retreat for bureaucrats. I like my definition better.  Social capital is the ability of business to allow everyone in their company to be empowered and innovative¡ and¡ to be recognized and compensated for it.

Bacon Shirts - bacon themed shirts, aprons and underpants for men, women and kids

Bacon Shirts - bacon themed shirts, aprons and underpants for men, women and kids

Home | bacon themed shirts, aprons and underpants for men, women and children | 100% Bacon Love / 0% actual bacon

Rick or Treat? Rick Astley talks about Rick Rolls

Rick or Treat? Rick Astley talks about Rick Rolls

We asked him to talk us through all the Rick rolling that's been a-going on..

Forecasting the Future May Be a Matter of Fun and Games | Computers | DISCOVER Magazine

Forecasting the Future May Be a Matter of Fun and Games          | Computers         | DISCOVER Magazine

But this isn't just a chance for gamers to flirt with the dark edge of disaster; they'll also be participating in a cutting-edge experiment that tries to harness the wisdom of crowds for a higher purpose. Superstruct is what the institute calls the world's first "massively multiplayer forecasting game." The Institute for the Future doesn't like to put it this way, but it's essentially trying to use crowdsourcing to predict the future.

Talking Points Memo | Joe

Talking Points Memo | Joe

Joe Biden responds to the RNC speeches. He is good at pointing out the lack of substance to the colorful language...but I still don't know if I could honestly believe that elections are won on rationality.

sergiosantos.info / Rethinking education (education, video)

sergiosantos.info / Rethinking education   (education, video)

I do believe everyone’s got a special talent. Telling them that the only measure of academic success is to go to University and take a degree is something I find very common and, at the same time, sad. It really narrows down their opportunities not only for academic success, but also to financial wealth and personal fulfilment. We need to open students’ minds and not narrow them down to a all-or-none test, while instilling them with an extraordinary fear of failing.

Reinventing Invention: Online Only Video: The New Yorker

Reinventing Invention: Online Only Video: The New Yorker

Malcolm Gladwell on the challenge of hiring in the modern world. From “Stories from the Near Future,” the 2008 New Yorker Conference.

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