Purdue Pharma, maker of Oxycontin, was complicit in the Oxy epidemic.
For Purdue Pharma, at least, that blame has been costly. In 2007, the company settled with U.S. federal agencies in a criminal court, paying $634 million and pleading guilty to misleading the public about OxyContin’s potential for addiction.
Source: How Do You Make A Painkiller Addiction-Proof? | Popular Science
Numerous people have tweeted and blogged this 1881 family portrait as “People Ignoring People Before Cell Phones”. It was rather difficult to track down details on it, so we capture them here.
It was painted by Peder Severin Kroyer, a famous Dane known for painting scenes of 19th century Danish life.
It was commissioned by Heinrich Hirschsprung, a tobacco manufacturer and patron of the arts at that time. He became good friends with Kroyer, and Kroger would have known all of these family members he painted quite well. The painting was meant to show a happy engaged family for which he had a deep affection. (wikipedia)
Idea for future page: It strikes me right now that the big sin that people are reacting to with cell phones is not engagement with something else among others, but engaging with distant others, over the people in front of you. This violates the “natural order of things”, in a way that interacting with knitting, newspapers the view do not.
As the creator discusses at the end of the video, he means to show that the Internet has vast expressive capacity, but in a way we don’t do much with it. In his words, the Internet is “like a therapist, it just sort of sits there and nods and doesn’t do anything.”
Can data science be used to encourage better user behavior? A number of experiments with League of Legends show perhaps it can:
But Beck and Merrill decided that simply banning toxic players wasn’t an acceptable solution for their game. Riot Games began experimenting with more constructive modes of player management through a formal player behavior initiative that actually conducts controlled experiments on its player base to see what helps reduce bad behavior. The results of that initiative have been shared at a lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and on panels at the Penny Arcade Expo East and the Game Developers Conference. (post)
The first change they made was to turn off cross-team chat as a default. This dramatically reduced negative chat while keeping use of cross-team chat stable.
The second thing they did was to compile dictionaries of words the negative players would use that were not used by positive players. “It turns out that if you use the dictionaries, you can predict if a player will show bad behavior with up to 80 percent accuracy from just one game’s chat log,” Lin said.
The third thing they did was make the banning process more informational, showing banned members precisely what they were banned for, and what level of agreement was show on the ban.
She founded a meteorological station, produced the first catalogue of meteors observed in Italy, discovered a comet.
When Napoleon conquered Egypt, he visited the Great pyramid and asked to be left alone in the King’s Chamber while his soldiers waited outside. When he emerged from the pyramid, all of the color had drained from his face. He was ashen and looked absolutely shaken. People asked what happened, but he refused to talk about it and ordered that he never be asked again. On his deathbed someone remembered this incident and said to him,
“Do you remember the time you spent in the King’s Chamber and wouldn’t speak of it? What happened?”
Even on his deathbed, Napoleon refused to discuss the matter.
Source: Inside the Great Pyramid
Here we list some books which can be used to identify gaps in Wikipedia coverage.
American Women: Fifteen Hundred Biographies with Over 1,400 Portraits is a work in the public domain which can be used to add articles to Wikipedia. (books)
Alan Kay draws a distinction between “new” and “news”. News feels like new information, but it is set up to require very little new processing. It has to be understandable in a minute or two, because it plugs into our existing categories.
Things which are truly “new” to you don’t work like news.
You can’t teach a person calculus as “news”. It wouldn’t make any sense. You can have that person go away and learn calculus and come back in a year or two, and now you can have a conversation about it. *Then* you can do news.
It doesn’t have to be a two-year project like learning calculus. There are moments where we shift perspective and suddenly truly get something new. I (Mike Caulfield) had read Vannevar Bush’s “As We May Think” half a dozen times, but did not see (and could not see) the core difference from the web we have. I read it as news, without understanding it was new, and so I didn’t see it. And then one day I did.
The tragedy, says Kay, is we consume all this news but we don’t really get anywhere new. As creatures we’re much better at coping than learning, so we constantly choose “coping + pain” over learning something new.