- z2011-07-22- Highrise Splashpage Abtest
Thirty7 Signals made some big changes to their Splash Page which significantly increased their conversions (ABTest). The long form page had a 37.5% increase in net signups compared to the original. Oddly, by the time they posted this info, they had undone the biggest change (running everything together into a single "Long Sales Letter")! I Commented.
Aug02: I wanted to share some of how we approach and implement A/B tests like this.
Aug23: The Person Page was far shorter. There was less information about Highrise. However it had a 47% percent increase in paid signups than the Long Form design. Why exactly was the Person Page working? What might happen if we added more information to the bottom?... Please note: What works for us may not work for you. Please do your own testing. Your conversion rates may suffer if you copy us.
Sept20: on picking a sample size, etc.
- z2014-06-24- Wolfram Programming Cloud
The Wolfram Programming Cloud is based on the Wolfram Language technology stack and features complex interactions in the cloud between the Wolfram Language kernel, the Wolfram Knowledgebase, the Wolfram Natural Language Understanding System, the Wolfram Cloud and various subsystems... With the Wolfram Programming Cloud, you can use Wolfram’s language to do computations, create interactive graphics, fill out forms, and other functions. Via its universal deployment system, anything you create can be quickly deployed through API, Web, mobile, embedded code and more. cf Stephen Wolfram
- z2014-03-25- Wolfram Sxsw Computation Everywhere
Stephen Wolfram gave a SXSW talk on putting Computation Everywhere. But here’s the funny thing: once everything is made of computers, even though it’ll be really cool to find the fundamental theory of physics—and I still want to do it—it’s not going to matter so much. Because in effect that actually physics is just the machine code for the universe. But everything we deal with is on top of a layer that we can program however we want Well, OK, what does that mean for us humans? No doubt we’ll get to deploy in that sort of much-more-than-biology-programmable world. Where in effect you can just build any universe for yourself. I sort of imagine this moment where there’s a box of a trillion souls. Running in whatever pieces of the computational universe they want... Humans define the goals, then technology automatically tries to achieve them. And the more we can inject computation into everything, the more this becomes possible. And, you know, I happen to think that the injection of computation into everything will be a defining feature—perhaps the defining feature—of this time in history.
fresh swarm of interest in mid-length simple-blogging
maintaining your CastIron skillet
AlbertWenger recommends improvements
#01 DariusKazemi: TwitterBot etiquette
#02 A protest bot is a bot so specific you can’t mistake it for BullShit
SideChain, EtherEum, ZeroCash
- z2014-11-13- Watters Convivial Edutech
Transcript of Audrey Watters talk on "Convivial Tools in an Age of Surveillance" (EduTech).
The Personal Computer isn’t “personal” because it’s small and portable and sits on your desk at home (not just at work or at school). It’s “personal” because you pour yourself into it — your thoughts, your programming. And as a Construction Ist framework would tell us, a device like the DynaBook wouldn’t be so much about transmitting knowledge to a child but rather it would be about that child building and constructing her own knowledge on her own machine.
But as Seymour Papert wrote in his 1980 book Mind Storms, "In most contemporary educational situations where children come into contact with computers the computer is used to put children through their paces, to provide exercises of an appropriate level of difficulty, to provide feedback, and to dispense information. The computer programming the child.”
I’ve heard it suggested often that the World Wide Web is an example of what Ivan Illich called “convivial tools” — although his book predates the Web by 15+ years, Illich speaks of “learning webs” in Deschooling Society. I grow less and less certain that the Web is quite “it." But of this, I am: Education technology is not convivial.
- z2013-07-31- Filtering Abuse On Twitter And Others
Some WomEn, such as Caroline Criado Perez, who do anything visible, become targets of Verbal Abuse online from some men, esp via TwittEr (because of the combination of Asymmetric Follow with high public visibility).
In many cases this abuse goes as far as Threats Of Violence, including Rape.
There is often some DoxIng involved as well, which makes the threats more... threatening.
Many have called for a RedFlag process on TwittEr that would result in offenders having their accounts frozen.
I'm rather uncomfortable with that. While TwittEr is a private organization, the Oligop Oly of the Social Networking Eco System makes such blocking a DeFacto Censor Ship issue.
Alternatives? (these can be used in combination)
contacting the Police Department once true Fear is involved
reverse-DoxIng - identifying the culprit, letting his wife/mother know what he has said. (I'm not crazy about going to his Employer, as that seems to cross a different line.) (On the other-other-hand, posting about him in public, which might result in his Employer finding the info, is fine.)
some Reputation Management code to make such noise less visible, esp to the target
Yellow Flag messages from new accounts (or those with few followers), with some keyword filtering, and
- don't email the target ("bob just mentioned you") or show it under "interactions"
- don't have those tweets show up in searches of the target's handle (by the target, or by anyone?)
some sort of shareable-Black List (Web Of Trust) model which doesn't create a global Black List, but just a Black List used by the people who choose to use it. Not unlike apps that let you BoyCott certain businesses (in your purchasing or investing) that get flagged by some set of filters you pick from.
of course, this raises the Govern Ance question of who decides who's on a given Black List, and is there an appeals process, etc.
maybe each user creates her own Black List, and "subscribes" to any number of other people's Black List-s, and only ignores tweets from handles appearing on some number of those Black List-s...
Nov'2014: Most Social Media companies prefer not to talk about their content-moderation systems, but last week Twitter divulged a few details... It’s easy to scoff at Sullivan’s fears about the coming reign of “leftist feminists,” but he’s right to suggest that Twitter’s new harassment protocol won’t be ideologically neutral. Censorship—even the kind of small-“c” censorship, without which no magazine or social-media platform or comedy club can endure—never is.
MarionBrady on the craziness of still separating schooling into Subjects
"The Best Places to Learn About Equity Crowdfunding"
- z2014-11-20- Webb Running For President
JimWebb says he's running for Us President. He sought to carve out a niche for himself by working for criminal justice reform, but left office before any political momentum developed on the issue. And then he left, after one term, leaving Democrats to defend a purple seat against Allen.
- z2012-02-01- Oni Becoming A Hacker
Zainab Oni (High School student) learned about becoming a Reality Hacker from MozIlla's programs. We learned that hacking doesn't only happen with computers. You can hack clothes, games, decorations, styles, etc. We also learned that hacking isn't always illegal and you can hack for good sometimes. After learning more about hacking, our hacking definitions changed. We also hacked Monopoly and Tic Tac Toe by creating our own set of rules for the games and inventing new ways to play them. (Digital Literacy)
- z2003-01-27- Bill Gates World Health
The Gates Foundation is giving a $200 million grant to establish an initiative called "The Grand Challenge-s in Global Health." The objectives are to identify (Public Health) research areas with the greatest promise for saving and improving lives in the developing world (Third World); to fund novel, interdisciplinary approaches among researchers seeking solutions; and to get the rich-world scientific community to apply its experience to pivotal health questions of the developing world... It's tragic how little is spent on MalarIa and TB (tuberculosis), but it's not surprising: 99% of sufferers live in developing countries.
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