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There are thirty-seven people in adactio’s collective.

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  1. 254 - The Hobos of Iceland

    Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds examine the hobos of Iceland while in a hotel room on Iceland.

    EPISODE SOURCE: The Little Book of The Icelanders in The Old Days by Alda Sigmundsdóttir

    —Huffduffed by briansuda

  2. 252 - Icelandic History - Live from Reykjavik

    Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds are joined by Icelandic comedian Hugeikur Dagsson -

    —Huffduffed by briansuda

  3. Jennifer Pahlka, Founder of Code for America | Cool Tools

    Our guest this week is Jennifer Pahlka. Jennifer is the Founder of Code for America, a nonprofit dedicated to proving that government can work for all people in the digital age. She served as the U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer under President Obama, and founded the United States Digital Service dedicated to the same idea.

    Show notes:

    Phaxio, a modern fax platform

    “I will have to admit upfront, I’m not actually a coder, but I do work with our coding teams here at Code for America, and what I like about Phaxio is that it’s sort of a hack, not just on sort of services, but on government. What we do here is we try to make services that work much better than the government services as it’s offered. For instance, if you want to apply for food stamps in California and you want to do it online, you’ll go through an application form that’s over 50 screens long. … One of the things we started doing was just making a better online form and then having that form create a fax and then faxing it into the office. It turns out the place where faxes are still really, really useful is in government services, in government offices. I never would’ve said, 10 years ago, that fax was key, but it really is for the work that we do and it really helps us hack bureaucracies.”

    Selenium WebDriver

    “I’d say [this is] like the next steps in making services that can sit on top of government services a lot easier to use. … Now, instead of creating a fax that goes to the office, we just drive that data using Selenium right into the system of record. … It doesn’t entirely close the loop because at the end of the day, what you want to do is actually redo those systems of record to be much simpler and have clearer, easier front ends and ask fewer questions and have fewer data problems. For now, that is a very effective way that you can hack online applications to government services and really anybody can do this. … The way I describe it to folks who aren’t developers and I know you’re both more technical than I am but it’s like you take little robots take the data that we collected from the people and then put them in the online form that actually exists.”

    Lyft hack

    “I’m a big fan of Lyft and one day I realized that when my daughter was calling from her school … it was raining and she wanted me to come get her and I said, “Well, I’m not going to come get you, but I’m going to send you a Lyft.” I just used my finger to move the map to where her school was, dropped the pin there and called the car. Then I could just … for a minute I thought, “Oh my gosh, is this dangerous?” But I realized I could actually watch the car arrive and pick her up, watch the driver drive her here and knew exactly when she would arrive. … The great thing is I can also do that when I’m in New York and my kid is stranded and needs to go home and when I’m in another country, I can get her a car whenever she needs one.”

    Japanese Copper Tamagoyaki Pan ($30)

    “This is just my favorite thing in my kitchen just because it’s kind of unique. Tamago is what you get at a sushi restaurant that’s basically egg. It comes sort of nigiri style, there’s like a little slice of scrambled egg, essentially, but it’s done in a very Japanese way. To make Tamago, you have to have a small rectangular pan. This one happens to be copper. It just looks beautiful, it has a wooden handle and then this beautiful copper body. Basically what you do is you make this mixture of egg and dashi and a little salt and a little sugar, and then you have to sort of pour it in bit by bit and then roll it up, sort of sticking it at the end. What it makes is this very rectangular piece of egg that you can then slice and it looks very pretty when you lay it on the rice.”

    —Huffduffed by jgarber

  4. Jamaica wants in on the booming marijuana market. But will farmers be able to cash in? | Public Radio International

    Jamaica legalized medical marijuana and created a new licensing system to allow farmers to legally grow cannabis for medical, scientific or therapeutic purposes. But the fees are expensive and small farmers say they’re being left by the wayside.

    —Huffduffed by stan

  5. Mistakes Were Made

    It’s the late 1960s, and in the new technology of cryonics, a California TV repairman named Bob sees an opportunity to help people cheat death. But freezing dead people so scientists can reanimate them in the future is a lot harder than it sounds. Harder still was admitting to the family members of people Bob had frozen that he’d screwed up. Badly.

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    —Huffduffed by iamdanw

  6. What Really Happened At The School Where ‘Every Senior Got Into College’ : NPR Ed : NPR

    Last year, every graduating senior at Ballou High School got into college. A WAMU and NPR investigation shows that many of those students missed more than a month of school and struggled academically.

    —Huffduffed by stan

  7. #25 A Jon Hamm Sandwich - 2 Dope Queens - WNYC

    2 Dope Queens is back for season 3! Phoebe and Jessica are kicking it off with a pants-dropping interview with …

    —Huffduffed by mathowie


    The United States Army and the Mississippi River Commission explain the importance of the Mississippi River as a major trade waterway in “Valley of the Giant,” a black-and-white from the 1940s. A map (mark 00:55) shows the Mississippi River and its many outlets as the narrator explains its importance and its reach of over 1 million square miles, draining water from more than 30 states and two Canadian provinces. We listen to the slap of paddle wheels on the river (mark 03:17) and see large freighters and ocean vessels make their way through the water as the narrator continues to explain its importance to shipping, linking the Great Lakes to the Seven Seas. The film shows how the river can overflow its banks during a storm (mark 06:06) damaging the surrounding land and endangering life as we see the massive destruction of the delta that resulted from the 1927 flood (mark 07:37).

    Starting at mark 08:40, the film explores the Army Corps of Engineers’ methods of maintaining it as a safe navigational channel and also details how the Corps has built countless levees, dams, floodways and other protective barriers in order to prevent a reoccurrence of the flood. We learn how engineers in the 1930s straightened portions of the river (mark 14:46) between Memphis and Baton Rouge to allow a straighter flow…

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    Downloaded by on Mon, 27 Nov 2017 00:52:47 GMT Available for 30 days after download


    Tagged with education

    —Huffduffed by stan

  9. The end of Temporary Protected Status has big consequences for Bay Area immigrants | KALW

    More than 55,000 immigrants are living in California with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) — a form of humanitarian relief for those whose home countries

    —Huffduffed by stan

  10. Song Exploder | Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Lin-Manuel Miranda breaks down "Almost Like Praying," a song he created to raise funds for Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

    —Huffduffed by mathowie

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