Must Reads: Common Core, Credit Card Fraud, and One Incredible Game of Fetch

What were the best, most fascinating, exciting, puzzling, or inspiring things I read or watched this week? Some will be about technology, photography, or education. Some will not. Catch up on things you missed. Maybe I dug up a few obscure gems that are totally new to you. Check out the brief ones now and save the more lengthy ones for later. Share and share alike…here’s the Must Read list:

Text Dependency is Too Low a Standard

by Timothy Shanahan

Excellent, concise argument for why the “text dependent question” requirement of Common Core standards is redundant and too low a standard for rigorous reading and thinking.

Little Dog Playing Fetch With a River

via 22words

A cute video displaying some impressive dog intelligence!

Won’t Get Fooled Again

by Andy Welch

An alarming account (amusingly told) of a credit card hack using a loophole of old landline phone technology.

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Must Reads #media Edition: Generosity, Fake Reality Shows, Silly Dogs, Banana History, and Soldier Photos

What were the best, most fascinating, exciting, puzzling, or inspiring things I read or watched this week? Some will be about technology, photography, or education. Some will not. Catch up on things you missed. Maybe I dug up a few obscure gems that are totally new to you. Check out the brief ones now and save the more lengthy ones for later. Share and share alike…here’s the Must Read list:

 

Pay It (‘it’ being donuts) Forward

This is just a feel-good story of 55 donut customers paying for other people’s food…

Fake Reality Show – Long Island Landscapers

Hilarious trailer for a fake reality show by NY PBS station. There are a whole series of these.

Silly German Shepherd Bouncing Around Trying to Catch Shadow

Very funny and cute – title says it all.

The surprisingly interesting history of edible bananas

Interesting background about the genetics of the bananas we eat.

Here Are Your Odds of Dying from the Most Common Causes of Death

A striking visual showing causes of death. Also a great example of the power of simple infographics.

Satirical Versions of Corporate Logos

Soldier in Afghanistan photographs comrades using Civil-war era technique

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Must Reads #media Edition: Doggie Doors, Confused #Cheerios Kids, and Dragon Skulls

What were the best, most fascinating, exciting, puzzling, or inspiring things I read or watched this week? Some will be about technology, photography, or education. Some will not. Catch up on things you missed. Maybe I dug up a few obscure gems that are totally new to you. Check out the brief ones now and save the more lengthy ones for later. Share and share alike…here’s the Must Read list:

Videos

Perpetual Ocean – Animated Ocean Currents around the Globe (3:03)

I will admit that this one is older and you may have already seen it. I came across it again this week, and was blown away all over again. We live on a truly magnificent planet. Let’s keep it that way.

DIY Automatic Sliding Door (:47)

Awesome, easy, and cheap DIY project for summer. Plus the dogs are so cute! The self-closing screen door was designed for dogs but could be great for humans too.

(H/T 22Words)

Everyone saw the biracial Cheerios commercial, but kids saw it differently (8:59)

If you haven’t seen the controversial cereals commercial, you need to watch it now because it is just a great commercial. Then, hopefully you are as confused as these kids are about why it has sparked so much controversy.

(via The Daily Dot)

Motorcyclist grabs mug off of passing car’s bumper… (1:30)

The motorcycle maneuvers definitely made me nervous, but this was a whole lot of fun to watch!

(via 22Words)

 

Photos

Giant Dragon Skull Found on a Beach in England

…not really. It’s a Game of Thrones promo, but I will pretend it’s not.

(via 22Words)