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Daily Archives: August 16, 2021

How to Use Your Browser’s ‘Reader Mode’ to Actually Read What You Click

Lifehacker: “Most of the time, you’re probably skimming the web instead of actually reading it. And that’s okay for quick news updates and browsing social media. But when you’ve opened up a long article that you actually want to read, things start to get difficult. You find your mind wandering, and paying attention to the same page gets harder and harder. Yes, you can save the article to read later in Pocket, but we all know that’s where your reading list goes to die. The endless stimulation of the internet has killed your ability to focus—so what to do? Don’t worry, the “reader” mode in your browsers will give you a fighting chance. These special modes are designed to make the web easier to read. They remove a given website’s formatting, empty space, ads, and all other extra elements to help you concentrate on the text, and some images. Even better, you can customize the text to make your experience as welcoming as possible, so you are that much less likely to click away. Here’s how to use the reader mode in your favorite browser (except for Chrome—but we’ll get to that)….”


“Review-it provides anonymous resource reviews (electronic, print, software, other) to the law library committee. This is a crowd sourced review tool that shares feedback on legal resource tools to the community at large as a benefit in saving time and individual analysis. Have a tool you would like to review? Or are you seeking feedback… Continue Reading

3 video tools to help remote workers feel connected to the hybrid office

Fast Company – “Remote work has oodles of benefits for employers and employees alike: a larger talent pool, less overhead, flexible scheduling, and more. There are some drawbacks, though, especially for hybrid companies with a mix of remote and in-office workers: potential communication issues, isolation for remote people on in-person teams, and culture challenges. To… Continue Reading

The Birds on My Balcony Have Taught Me a Lot About the Pandemic

The New York Times: “…Nature has been an escape for many of us during the Covid-19 pandemic. The freedom of wild animals has seemed especially wonderful when our own movements and associations have been clipped. If you watch wildlife closely, however, you will eventually witness the uncontrolled spread of illness — the worst-case scenario we… Continue Reading

The Afghanistan Papers A secret history of the war

“A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals [Dec. 9, 2019] that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable. The documents were generated by… Continue Reading

Social media really is making us more morally outraged

Popular Science: “To no one’s surprise, scientists from Yale University found that social media platforms like Twitter amplify our collective moral outrage. Additionally, they found that it was mostly politically moderate users who learned to be more outraged over time. Their findings are detailed in a new study in Science Advances.  “We were interested in… Continue Reading

OpenAI can translate English into code with its new machine learning software Codex

The Verge: “AI research company OpenAI is releasing a new machine learning tool that translates the English language into code. The software is called Codex and is designed to speed up the work of professional programmers, as well as help amateurs get started coding. In demos of Codex, OpenAI shows how the software can be… Continue Reading

Where extreme weather is getting even worse, in one map

Vox: “Humans have warmed the planet by an average of 1.2 degrees Celsius since industrialization began in the 19th century. This small-sounding change has helped fuel severe wildfires, record-breaking heatwaves, floods, and an ever-growing list of other disasters. What’s worrying is that Earth will continue to heat up — likely past 1.5 degrees — even… Continue Reading