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The Construction of a Twitter Aesthetic : The New Yorker ““You can build paragraphs with the sentences I’ve learned to write.” Having deconstructed his passions down to the size of a tweet, Jarosinski is building them back up again.” tags: twitter language writing weekly The New RoboCop Is What RoboCop Meant to Kill “But the curse and the genius of the great Idiotopian stories is that their warnings come true. Max Headroom—introductory chyron: “20 Minutes Into the Future”—described a world where televisions couldn’t be turned off and where journalists were driven by real-time ratings, forced to change programming on the fly to chase traffic. Right now, you probably have an always-on media-delivery device in your pocket, and if enough of you are reading this story, the count will appear on a big screen inside the doorway of Gawker Media. “ tags: weekly dystopia journalism future culture robocop The New Aesthetic — Infovore » InfinifriendsThe machines does a few… Infinifriends – Bot created Friends Episodes FOREVER http://t.co/b7K5wN52SE — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) February 14, 2014 tags: IFTTT Twitter bots friends weekly infinity tweet culture machine The Weight of Rain tags: data rain weight dataviz weekly water science math Forget Augmented Reality. What About Diminished Reality? “Given this creeping designation of digital artifacts of the real world as protected, only viewable to those of […]

WaW – Week 12 – Valentines, Ice, and Shadows

In what has become a tradition for the family, I work with each of the kids (3yo is not in the mix yet) to make their own Valentine’s Day cards for their class. It’s amusing and we end up with some interesting cards that represent their own unique ideas. It has been interesting to watch how their concepts and participation have evolved and my oldest (10) is now taking his own pictures and doing some Photoshop work on his own. We order the photos from Snapfish- giving us a class worth for about $3.00. Like making animated gifs, it seems to help turn on a lens of analysis long term and they think like this throughout the year. It’s not 3D printing, but the cycle from imagining something, creating it digitally, and then ending up with a physical product is there. cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr […]

Chimeratic Composition

Another quick #ds106 assignment (tags – VisualAssignments, VisualAssignments1257) Take at least three pictures (your own or someone else’s) mash them together into something that makes them more than the sum of their parts, something that would have been impossible in real life. Include the original images so we can see how they build on one another to make your final composition. This was somewhat inspired by the Russian photographer1 images that were floating about (may or may not be amalgams) and a bit like this Modern Met post.2 Here’s my attempt. Sources below- all shots I took at random times without any real purpose. cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward 1 Some sites called her a “Russian mother” which is kind of like calling Einstein a “former patent clerk” – they’re both true statements yet neglect most of the truth. 2 There’s room for an additional assignment or bonus points for adding elements from classical paintings.

Apophenia

Inspired by (or copying depending on your perspective) this Modern Met post. Apophenia Find something in your house. Take a picture. Let your imagination churn. Make as many different augmented versions as you can think of. Help others see what’s in your head. Submit it on DS106 using the tags VisualAssignments and VisualAssignments1255. cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward

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A long march to the end of the world – Boing Boing “In 2011, a man calling himself Kurt Mac began walking his Minecraft avatar to the end of the world — the place where the game’s ability to create new land ahead of you starts to break down. It’s called The Far Lands and it’s a long journey to get there. So long, in fact, that Mac is still walking, and isn’t likely to reach The Far Lands for another 22 years. In the meantime, though, he has managed to build a large enough YouTube following that he was able to quit his job and now just walks to The Far Lands for a living. “ tags: weekly minecraft culture internet The Paper Town Academy: John Green at TEDxIndianapolis Imagining learning as cartography. tags: paper town reality mapping youtube dataviz meta weekly n+1: The Stupidity of Computers I’m not sure this writer has ever given instruction to people but it’s not that different. tags: computers bots language thinking weekly It all bends “Several years later, they discovered Agloe on a Rand McNally map and confronted their competitor. But Rand was innocent: It had got the name from the county government, which had taken it from the Agloe General Store, which now occupied the intersection. The store had taken the […]

cMOOC vs xMOOC

I don't know the terms cMOOC and xMOOC. Can you send info? @mark_mcguire @jadedid @vahidm — Cathy Davidson (@CathyNDavidson) February 7, 2014 The language around MOOCs is confusing, even for the people involved.1 For the record, the whole conversation is here and Cathy later indicates she knows the difference.2 Anyway, I did see it as a positive sign that Cathy Davidson was willing to engage in that kind of open conversation and she gets bonus points in my book for commenting on Alan’s blog a while back.3 I attempted to draw out some of the conceptual differences I saw between traditional courses (xMOOC) and courses which use the community in ways that matter (c-ish4 MOOC). cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward 1 h/t to Jon Becker for passing the tweet on to me. 2 Although I’d disagree with commercial vs connectivist delineation. It seems to assume that profit, rather than instructional design, is the delineator. 3 It was good that no one LMGTFY’ed her. Who says the Internet is rude? 4 I think a full on cMOOC would be closer to Dave Cormier’s Rhizomatic course but I think many people want the expert playing a more dominate role in the process. I […]

Walking at Work – Week 11

A chunk of these are from New Orleans but it was for a conference so I feel like it counts. cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward One of those times I’d have been very happy to have the real camera instead of the phone but still happy to have captured this scene. cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward It was a sign, literally. cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward If this hadn’t gone out of style, I’d post this image on everything. cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward There’s a photography book in sewer/water lids. cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA […]

Suffering Massive MOOC Creep

Image by David Kernohan animation by Michael Branson Smith. I’m attending ELI 2014. MOOC seems to be synonymous with any online or blended “educational” offering regardless of size or openness. That’s a pretty open definition. Massive Massive (or massively) is a strange word to ignore. It is the first letter after all. It seems important to differentiate between online courses which have lots of participants and courses which use massive participation to change course possibilities. If a student can’t tell1 if they’re the only student in the course or if there are 5,0002 other students, you just have an online course. Please retract your media statements before the old school online learning people burn you in effigy. If you take your 5,000 students and break them down so they are in “normal” sized cohorts that proceed independently, congratulations you have several online courses. Please call your mom and tell her you might have overstated your MOOC street cred. If having 5,000 students actually hurts your students, you have an online mess. Punish yourself by reading YouTube comments until you lose hope in humanity. Massiveness should matter, otherwise what’s the point? It needs to be a design consideration in the course and leveraged in a way that opens possibilities, rather than an obstacle to be eliminated. You aren’t trying to duplicate […]

CSV to MYSQL to JS Filtered Table Tutorial

I’m not a programmer. If you’re a programmer, you don’t need me. This tutorial is written for people who are equally clueless. Notice, I am clueless. This is cobbled together from a series of different tutorials, libraries etc. I may very well have done some stuff wrong but it works. So with that warning out of the way, why might you want to do this? Speed with large(r) amounts of data. I needed a page that loaded a fairly large amount of information (~1700 rows) and then let people sort through the data quickly. It is a lot like what you can do with Exhibit but I built one version with a Google Spreadsheet backend but it was too slow. I tried pulling all that data into straight JSON and it did make it faster . . . but still too slow. So there went my tried and true methods. I considered pulling the data into WordPress which is the other way I normally cheat my way out of programming1 but given the information was going to change, it was likely to be more of a pain than it was worth. For the record, there are CSV to post plugins for WP that work decently. CSV to MySQL To start I had a CSV file of courses, step one was […]

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The botmaker who sees through the Internet – Ideas – The Boston Globe “Kazemi is part of a small but vibrant group of programmers who, in addition to making clever Web toys, have dedicated themselves to shining a spotlight on the algorithms and data streams that are nowadays humming all around us, and using them to mount a sharp social critique of how people use the Internet—and how the Internet uses them back. By imitating humans in ways both poignant and disorienting, Kazemi’s bots focus our attention on the power and the limits of automated technology, as well as reminding us of our own tendency to speak and act in ways that are essentially robotic. While they’re more conceptual art than activism, the bots Kazemi is creating are acts of provocation—ones that ask whether, as computers get better at thinking like us and shaping our behavior, they can also be rewired to spring us free. “ tags: weekly tweet bot twitter algorithms univ200 culture data Zimmer on writing: “Don’t make a ship in a bottle” “To write about anything well, you have to do a lot of research. Even just trying to work out the chronology of a few years of one person’s life can take hours of interviews. If you’re writing about a scientific debate, you may have to […]