API Nirvana – Functional Details

I am way behind on blog posts. I’m also bad about telling the difference between blog posts I’ve written in my head and blog posts I’ve actually written. I am glad that being able to tell the difference between reality and fantasy is not that important. Sparked back to reality by this Tweet involving many of my favorite people on the Internet . . . I figured I’d write at least part one of that imaginary post. If my ability to tell fiction from fact continues, I’ll actually write up the content of the presentation this week. Has anyone played round with Reveal.js for slides? @cogdog perhaps? Thinking on using with @Flickr @creativecommons images Maybe fork it? — Ken Bauer (@ken_bauer) November 27, 2016 I got the opportunity to do a talk with the rather hopeful title of API Nirvana at #opened16 with Kin Lane (the API evangelist). The original proposal had doing something like the description below with a focus on the Buddhist concept of Nirvana. Kin Lane, API Evangelist, has long been a traveler on the API path. Tom Woodward has newly come to it. Kin will explain API Nirvana, that it’s more a journey than a destination (you are already on it), and Tom will explain the path and patterns of his early progress towards that destination. […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-11-20

Shift Your Point of View to When America Was “Better” | FlowingData DISOBEDIENT ELECTRONICS: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | WIRED As a context, here is a list of some projects that would fit as “Disobedient Electronics”: – Natalie Jeremijenko – Feral Robotic Dogs – The Bureau of Inverse Technology – Suicide Box – Michelle Teran – Life: A User’s Manual – Benjamin Gaulon – Corrupt.desktop – Critical Art Ensemble, Paul Vanouse, Faith Wilding – Radio Bikes – Institute for Applied Autonomy – Graffiti Writer – Survival Research Laboratories – Demanufacturing Machine – James Pierce – Obscura 1C Camera – Electronic Disturbance Theater – Transborder Immigrant Tool – The Yes Men – The Survivaball Survival Suit Amazon.com: Trump Make America Great Again Red Cap Collectible Ornament: Toys & Games

Work This Week – Week 2

Flux Tower Data I’ve got some flux tower data. The chart above may mean something. I have no idea. I let Google make it. The stuff I want to do is a bit more complex. You can see elements of the interaction here and here. I’m also considering how much data I might be dealing with so I’ve got my eye on options that let you zoom and pan on large data sets. These javascript based interactive charts are a place I’ve wandered before because of my interest in explorable explanations. Text SetS I’m not thrilled with the look but I moved the theme to Understrap (another Bootstrap-based WordPress theme). I made a child theme and am using Gulp and SCSS for the first time. Not a huge stride but I haven’t taken the time to figure out the details behind making this work previously. It’s not hard but it was unfamiliar enough to be a speedbump I couldn’t afford in previous projects . . . just a bit too much additional load. While I don’t have anyone I’m working with, I am trying out various workflows to figure out if I can do some of this stuff faster/better. In some ways working alone makes that easier. I only have to agree with myself but I also don’t know if […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-11-13

You have a goal. Todoist has a plan. How strong is a chimpanzee, really? Repeated tests in the 1960s confirmed this basic picture. A chimpanzee had, pound for pound, as much as twice the strength of a human when it came to pulling weights. The apes beat us in leg strength, too, despite our reliance on our legs for locomotion. A 2006 study found that bonobos can jump one-third higher than top-level human athletes, and bonobo legs generate as much force as humans nearly two times heavier. Post-Election College Paper Grading Rubric – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency Dear Students, Because I can no longer claim with any credibility that reading, writing, and critical thinking are essential skills for 21st-century success, I have revised the grading rubric for your papers accordingly. Effective January 20, 2017. Anish Kapoor, Fine Art Supervillain – Scientific American Blog Network Other fine artists, including evopunk painter Flying Trilobite, have vowed to create their own illicit Vantablack production lab, restoring the power of this art material to fine artists, and the world.

Work This Week – Week 1

Since I’ve been falling off on my weekly photo posts, I figure I’ll start a weekly work series. While that doesn’t seem to make sense . . . it does. I am really bad about keeping track of the good things, the progress, the little bits that add up. I am very good at looking at large, looming disasters. I’m hoping that documenting progress will help convince me that I am making progress, that I am doing small things to help people do a bit more. VCU Qatar – Online Art History/Museology Courses This is part of three online courses being created to help teach art history and two other arts/museology related courses for VCU Qatar. My role in this is more of a consultant (web design is being done externally by CHIPS NYC1) but I’ve built a few things to help get us past (or into) some sticking points. I used one of the HTML5up templates to make this super quick example. I’m not thrilled to have a white guy doing the video but it was the highest production value I found after a quick search (that might be shaped by having to use English). The text is from one of the professors although I chopped it up a bit. There’s the ugly start to a Timeline JS project […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-11-06

Episodes – Do Not Track Young Adolescents as Likely to Die From Suicide as From Traffic Accidents – The New York Times It is now just as likely for middle school students to die from suicide as from traffic accidents. That grim fact was published on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They found that in 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, the suicide rate for children ages 10 to 14 had caught up to their death rate for traffic accidents. ————— The immediate lunge into blaming social media seems like it needs more factual/research support. Spanish parents urged to put children on weekend homework strike | World news | The Guardian Parents in Spain are being urged to go on a weekend homework strike this month in protest against the “unacceptable” amount of after-school tasks their children are given. The homework load of Spanish children has long been a sore point with some parents, who argue that the burden is too great, places too much pressure on pupils and eats into family time. According to a 2012 study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Spanish 15-year-olds have 6.5 hours of homework a week compared with an average of 4.9 across the 38 OECD countries. Nothing To Do With Arbroath: Mystery […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-10-30

Wiki Education Foundation – Wiki Education Foundation » BC Open Educational Technology Collaborative Of Course Westworld’s Costumes Are 3D-Printed, Too – Racked With the exception of some places in Italy or maybe England, you honestly can’t find beautiful, intricate fabrics anymore. It’s really sad! So we had to hire 3D printers in Los Angeles to reprint all our vintage fabrics so we could have more — and then beg them to work around our crazy TV schedules.

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-10-23

Of Course Westworld’s Costumes Are 3D-Printed, Too – Racked With the exception of some places in Italy or maybe England, you honestly can’t find beautiful, intricate fabrics anymore. It’s really sad! So we had to hire 3D printers in Los Angeles to reprint all our vintage fabrics so we could have more — and then beg them to work around our crazy TV schedules. Vine star Logan Paul profile – Business Insider A source close to the stars went so far as to say it’s a combination of living on Vine Street and the re-Vine tool — not necessarily talent — that keeps these stars on top. “You literally have the top 30 Viners creating what is nearly all of the content that is being viewed on Vine,” he said. “And all they do is just help each other get bigger and bigger. It’s not a democracy,” he adds. “Probably for a lot of people who want to do cool things on Vine, it’s discouraging.” Found Objects & Focus on the Details: A Look at Sculpture Artist Nemo Gould’s Upcoming Solo Show | SF Station – San Francisco’s City Guide Each piece is a feat of engineering with many moving parts, lights and little secret components—rewarding tidbits for observant viewers who are also willing to take their time and go in for a careful look. […]