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JPG with a ZIP
Dаvіd Вucһаnаn, Twitter, 2018/10/31


This was the teaser: " Assuming this all works out, the image in this tweet is also a valid ZIP archive, containing a multipart RAR archive, containing the complete works of Shakespeare." It did work out, as the comments to this Twitter thread make clear. And this raises the interesting question of what else might be hiding in images across the web. And it suggests a new version of the old saying: "A picture is worth a thousand scenes." You have to use 7zip; regular Windows zip won't work. But it does work; I tested it. Use the image here. Via O'Reilly.

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'Video games made me a better surgeon'
BBC News, 2018/10/31


The original title (preserved for posterity in my RSS reader) was "Does screen time really affect medical students' surgery skills?" I guess the answer was "yes". Trainee surgeon Saied Froghi "is one of a number of doctors and health professionals who disagree with a professor of surgery who claims medical students are losing manual dexterity because they are spending too much time 'swiping'. In fact, video games can improve your manual dexterity, sharpen your reaction time, and train you to focus on specific tasks, they say." It would be nice to have evidence one way or another.

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Agile training at Jurys Inn– used AI to produce in minutes not months
Donald Clark, Donald Clark Plan B, 2018/10/31


Some of the things described as AI in this post might be AI, but some of them aren't, and the conflation isn't really helpful. What is? Maybe this: " AI is now being used to create content and add curated resourced at the click of a button. WildFire will take any document, PowerPoint or video and turn it into high retention online learning, in minutes not months." What isn't? Probably this: "It takes seconds using AI to do text to speech." But the core takeaway is sound: AI is replacing rapid e-learning designers.

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The Rebus Guide to Publishing Open Textbooks (So Far)
Apurva Ashok, Zoe Wake Hyde, Rebus, 2018/10/31


David Szanto writes of this book launched on Monday, " After two years of collaboration, thirty projects undertaken, and a dozen open textbooks released, we are thrilled to announce the publication of The Rebus Guide to Publishing Open Textbooks (So Far). The book-in-progress is the result of innumerable conversations and exchanges within the Rebus Community, and represents a wide range of collective knowledge and experience."

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Happy Halloween
Laura Michaels, schoolforge-discuss, 2018/10/31

I thought I'd pass along this email to the schoolforge-discuss mailing list (which has sadly been quiet of late) in its entirety. Enjoy:

Thought it would be fun to share some Open Source resources for
creating interactive fiction for educational purposes.  Create your
own stories for Halloween or any time.


Some of these tools let you create web pages without needing to be a
web designer and will also work with some mobile devices:

Wanted to wish everyone a Happy Halloween.  You can also check out my
annual interactive Halloween web pages this month at


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