Bookmarks for May 23, 2015

Some of the more interesting things I’ve read – or bookmarked to read – over the past few days.

An Extraordinary Glimpse into the First 21 Days of a Bee’s Life in 60 Seconds | Colossal
In an attempt to better understand exactly what happens as a bee grows from an egg into an adult insect, photographer Anand Varma teamed up with the bee lab at UC Davis to film the first three weeks of a bee’s life in unprecedented detail, all condensed into a 60-second clip. The video here d

donottrack – a personalisesd interactive web series about privacy
Do Not Track, a personalized web series about privacy and the web economy. Directed by Brett Gaylor, coproduced by Upian, Arte, ONF & BR.

UN Committee questions Maori imprisonment rate
The Government has been slated by the United Nations for the high proportion of Maori in the criminal justice systems.

Refuse to Create a UX Portfolio — Medium
Refuse to Create a UX Portfolio — Medium

Life as a Professional Mermaid
Half-fish, half-businesswoman, Mermaid Melissa has crafted a thriving company around her alter-ego.

Meet the people out to stop humanity from destroying itself – Quartz
This is super interesting: Meet the people out to stop humanity from destroying itself >> Quartz >>

76 politicians, 178 celebrities and 7 sports stars: the scale of VIP child sex abuse inquiry – Telegraph
Police reveal complaints against 135 figures from the world of TV, film or radio, 76 politicians, 43 from the music industry and seven from sport

The media’s reaction to Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden scoop has been disgraceful – Columbia Journalism Review
The media’s reaction to Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden scoop has been disgraceful >> Columbia Journalism Review >>

APN News & Media to launch metered model

APN News & Media to launch metered model at regional papers in Australia >> The Australian >>

Stuff launches Open Newsroom Network |
Stuff launches Open Newsroom Network for readers to join as potential experts, interviewees. >> stuff >>

Eight-year-old’s signs popular feature in community | Te Waha Nui
Adorable 8-year-old paints signs on his fence to support his favourite sports teams – and his mum.

Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961 by Ralph Crane – ArtStack – art online
See art Julie likes on ArtStack, the easy way to discover art

National Geographic loves weed so much, they’re devoting an entire print issue to it – Boing Boing
The editors of National Geographic chose cannabis as the theme of their next print issue.

NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) | Facebook
Borders don’t stop dirty air. This NASA video shows how air pollution from Asia changes weather and climate around the world.

Anthony Horowitz talks Alex Rider, Power of Five and a forgotten promise | Te Waha Nui
Anthony Horowitz says he intends to revisit Alex Rider in the future

Southern Cross is by far the most popular symbol in flag designs | Te Waha Nui
A week after submissions opened for designs of a new New Zealand flag, it’s clear some elements are significantly more popular than others.

Bookmarks for May 22, 2015

Some of the more interesting things I’ve read – or bookmarked to read – over the last little while.

Haka video of 3-year-old Levi goes viral | Māori Television
Levi Tairi, a 3-year-old boy of Māori and Samoan descent, is set for stardom after a video of him performing the haka for his great grandmothers 81st…

Twitter loses quarter of market value after poor results ‘leaked’ – Telegraph
Twitter loses quarter of market value after poor results ‘leaked’ – Telegraph

Google aims to transform European newsrooms – PC World New Zealand
Google will give €150 million (US$163 million) to European publishers and digital journalism startups in the next three years as part of a wider package that aims to support the news sector.

Fairfax Media NZ appoints Jeremy Rees | Scoop News
Jeremy Rees has been appointed to the newly-established National Community Titles editor role at Fairfax Media New Zealand.

Rural residents: council wants to hear how bad your broadband is | Te Waha Nui
Auckland Council wants to hear from rural residents about “what’s really happening” with their broadband connections.

Woollen pants from World War II bring warmth to Christchurch homeless 50 years later | Te Waha Nui
The Red Cross sent the warm trousers to a WWII prisoner of war in 1945 but they only got as far as Geneva

Leaving the New York Times — Medium
I’m not a fan of burying the lede, so let me just get straight to the point. I am leaving the New York Times to go work …

Finnish military fires depth charges at suspected submarine| Reuters
Finnish military fires depth charges at suspected submarine | Reuters @juhasaarinen

The People Who Risk Jail to Maintain the Tor Network | Motherboard
Some of the volunteers who keep the Tor network running are raided for their services. “Richard” was one of them.

Newsonomics: The Wall Street Journal is playing a game of digital catchup » Nieman Journalism Lab
Its newly launched redesign isn’t just about aesthetics — it’s a chance to look inside the business and strategic thinking at America’s business daily.

Inverse topography—conduits, energy and stasis « fog on water
Stream order diagrams are simultaneously beautiful and illuminating. Subtle line width variations form aesthetically pleasing dendritic patterns that suggest how water moves across a diverse landsc…

Hacker Implants NFC Chip In His Hand To Bypass Security Scans And Exploit Android Phones
Hackers who want real stealth might want to hack their own body first. An ex-military security specialist tells FORBES an NFC chip in his hand would be a useful tool in any digital criminal’s arsenal,…

Child malaria vaccine: Final trials bring hope – BBC News
Final clinical trials of a malaria vaccine – the first to reach this stage – suggest it could protect one third of children against malaria, according to data published in The Lancet.

We are not edging up to a mass extinction – Stewart Brand – Aeon
The idea that we are edging up to a mass extinction is not just wrong – it’s a recipe for panic and paralysis.

Bookmarks for May 15, 2015

Panoramic Coffee Cup Sketches by Adrian Hogan | Colossal
Tokyo-based illustrator Adrian Hogan created a fun series of sketches last April where he drew panoramic views of streets and sidewalks around the outside of his coffee cups. In these brief videos he then slowly reveals each drawing against the back…

The Nomadic Libraries Bringing Books to the Four Corners of the Globe
Arriving by camel in remote areas of Mongolia or on boat along the coast of Norway, contemporary libraries are often mobile, creative, and community-driven, and are adapting rather than fading with…

YOURS TV creates opportunities for future stars | Te Waha Nui
A new opportunity for future television stars, budding crew members and junior reporters is set to launch on Thursday with the premiere of a new show on TVNZ OnDemand.

Washington Post: Top Stories on Flipboard
“Washington Post: Top Stories on Flipboard” is available with thousands of other magazines and all the news you care about. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Washington Post: Top Stories…

Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook are all at war over the future of news | Business Insider
Engagement, eyeballs, and dollars.

The Upshot uses geolocation to push readers deeper into data » Nieman Journalism Lab
The New York Times story changes its text depending on where you’re reading it: “It’s a fine line between a smarter default and being creepy.”

Deciphering what the next generation of public radio listeners wants through NPR One » Nieman Journalism Lab
The app is letting NPR capture better data than ever on how people listen to audio: “What I want to give people is not just the thing they will tolerate enough that they won’t skip it — but the thing…

Microsoft Invests in Subsea Cables to Connect Datacenters Globally | Microsoft Azure Blog
Microsoft Invests in Subsea Cables to Connect Datacenters Globally >> Microsoft Azure Blog

Watches banned from exam room – Technology – NZ Herald News
Massey University has banned all watches from the exam room after the release of the new smart watch. – New Zealand Herald

Empathy Cards by Emily McDowell are greeting cards designed for cancer patients by a cancer survivor.
Los Angeles–based designer Emily McDowell was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 24, enduring nine months of chemo and radiation before going into remission. “The most difficult…

Police urge community to work against car thieves | Te Waha Nui
Car thefts rose 10 per cent in 2014 and police are asking the public to be more vigilant

NZ environmental report aims to ‘enable mature debate’ | Te Waha Nui
A report on the five key domains of New Zealand’s environment will provide “robust and independent” information for the public and scientists.

Pakistan court jails 10 for Malala Yousafzai attack – BBC News
A court in Pakistan has jailed 10 men for life for involvement in the 2012 gun attack on education activist Malala Yousafzai.

Sunset — Secret Den — Medium
After a lot of thought and consultation with our board, I’ve decided to shut down Secret.

Pacific Media Centre | events: 2015-03-23 – Amira Hass: Dilemmas as a ‘non-objective’ journalist
PMCS MEDIA FREEDOM DAY EVENT – AMIRA HASS: REPORTING FROM THE PALESTINIAN PERSPECTIVE Amira Hass is an award-winning Israeli journalist and author, mostly known for her columns in the daily newspaper…

Maersk Tigris: Crew of ship seized by Iran ‘safe’ – BBC News
The crew of a container ship seized by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday are safe and “in good spirits”, Danish shipping company Maersk says.

Bookmarks for April 19, 2015

Some of the more interesting things I’ve read – or bookmarked to read – over the past few days. gets a makeover 

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Students recreate Gallipoli in Minecraft for Anzac Day | Te Waha Nui

Auckland students are bridging the generation gap for this year’s Anzac Centenary by recreating Gallipoli in popular video game Minecraft.

Shifting surveys: OMG’s Scott Keddie on what the new radio survey might look like :: StopPress

Shifting surveys: OMG’s Scott Keddie on what New Zealand’s new radio survey might look like | StopPress

Police in Iceland are having Way more Fun than You on Instagram | Messy Nessy Chic

I didn’t even know police forces having instagram accounts was a thing, but apparently it is. The NYPD even has time for one. But no one gets it quite lik

The Winnipeg Free Press is launching a paywall that lets readers pay by the article » Nieman Journalism Lab

The Winnipeg Free Press is launching a paywall that lets readers pay by the article | Nieman Lab #AUTjournos

Reclaiming our harbour: The People v The Port – Business – NZ Herald News

A useful backgrounder for anyone follow the Auckland port extensions | NZ Herald #AUTJournos

[toread] Rebranding the Business of Farming — re:form — Medium

by A common narrative about smallholder farmers in the developing world is that they’re desperately poor, have limited access to quality seeds and…

Video: John Oliver meets Edward Snowden and isn’t afraid to ask the tough questions – Quartz

“Well, the good news is there’s no program named ‘the dick pic program.’ The bad news is they are still collecting everybody’s information, including your dick pics.”

Can’t Kick a Bad Habit? You’re Probably Doing It Wrong — Psychology of Stuff — Medium

When “I don’t” is more powerful than “I can’t” in incrementally breaking bad habits: Can’t Kick a Bad Habit? | Medium

A few days left to apply for NZ Open Government advisory role

If you care about open government, work at a fairly high level and are tapped into a strong New Zealand community, you might want to put your hand up for a new advisory role over at the State Services Commission (SSC).

The new stakeholder advisory group will oversee New Zealand’s commitments as a member of the Open Government Partnership – 65 member countries “committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens”.

New Zealand joined the partnership in 2014 and has submitted an Action Plan for 2014-16. The advisory group will  monitor the progress of that Action Plan, among other things.

The SSC is looking for six people “with a mix of backgrounds and skills, so that the group has representation from a range of sectors of society” including:

  • Māori/Iwi
  • Business
  • Civil society / community and voluntary sector
  • Academia

Selection criteria

The following criteria will be used to consider candidates for the Stakeholder Advisory Group:

  • Their capability of representing a sector and understanding how this fits into the Group’s partnership role with the Government.
  • Diversity, and insight into how open government affects participation and public services from a broad range of backgrounds.
  • An understanding of the Open Government Partnership and what New Zealand’s membership entails.
  • An understanding of programme design, delivery and evaluation.
  • An understanding of public engagement and how it can be used effectively to develop and improve policy design, delivery and evaluation.
  • The ability to provide objective advice beyond their own involvement, experience or representation.
  • The capacity to identify, develop and bring the skills the Group needs to meet the Government’s objectives.
  • Availability and ability to commit to the work of the Group.

Expressions of interest should be received by the end of 22 April 2015.