Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

What You Need to Know About Yik Yak, an App Causing Trouble on Campuses – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education “They envisioned it, they said, as a tool for observational campus comedy. Mr. Buffington argues that making all comments anonymous is critical to maintaining users’ privacy, encourages less-inhibited commentary, and allows the best posts to rise to the top. “It allows you to talk about certain topics you can’t talk about on Facebook,” Mr. Buffington said. “Your mom or teacher is on Twitter or Facebook. This is a more open discussion.”” tags: weekly socialmedia privacy anonymous symptom I’m the Yemeni kid from the article about the NSA in HCS. It’s basically my fault they became hawks in monitoring internet use in the student body. AMA. : HuntsvilleAlabama “It didn’t occur over Facebook, in a group, it occurred on Twitter. The “group” he’d always refer to were my Twitter followers. He really didn’t get it. I was not an A student. I was an A/B student with the occasional C. The emails with the pictures of my tweets sent to the school, the ones they used to show me, were from a specific organization that I was told was an NSA affiliate later on, but I can’t recall the name. The knife was a broken renaissance fair dagger. The […]

Photography – Week 40 & 41

This one briefly, very briefly, made it to Flickr’s explore. This is the tree we were playing tag in . . . until fall number two. It was fun if ill advised. Ran into Pres. Rao on the way out to the photo safari, so I had to take a picture. I feel like someone asked them to admit something they were ashamed of.


Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

I’m leaving Mojang | notch.net “I don’t see myself as a real game developer. I make games because it’s fun, and because I love games and I love to program, but I don’t make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits, and I don’t try to change the world. Minecraft certainly became a huge hit, and people are telling me it’s changed games. I never meant for it to do either. It’s certainly flattering, and to gradually get thrust into some kind of public spotlight is interesting. “ tags: weekly minecraft game leaving New Statesman | Why the cult of hard work is counter-productive “As Samuel Johnson once wrote: “Some are always in a state of preparation, occupied in previous measures, forming plans, accumulating materials and providing for the main affair. These are certainly under the secret power of idleness. Nothing is to be expected from the workman whose tools are for ever to be sought.”” tags: productivity weekly work do make How Community Feedback Shapes User Behavior Should probably give us pause about a number of things. tags: stanford research community reinforcement socialmedia grading weekly Not only do authors of negatively-evaluated con-tent contribute more, but also their future posts are oflower quality, and are perceived by the community assuch. Moreover, these authors are more likely to sub-sequently evaluate their […]

Power to the People

This makes a better story if you know a few things about me. I hate to be late. I am extremely uncomfortable with strangers and I know very little about cars. I despise feeling helpless. The Start1 Scene: Flowery Branch GA– a town that feels recently birthed from farmland an hour or so outside the sprawling mass that is Atlanta I need to be at the school roughly three miles away by 8:30AM. I am at a hotel. It’s is 7:30AM. I figure I might as well leave early. I turn the key in my car. Nothing. Not a click. Not a twitch. I open the hood and see the scene below. Blue powdery stuff2 and the metal thing that attaches the wires to the batteryx3 had been completely eaten in half. I tried a few things. I tried to wedge the terminal against the battery post with a box . I tried using the jumper cables like a giant clothes pin to hold the terminal in place.4 Time was passing and I was displeased. Very displeased. Hitchhiking I opted to return to the hotel and see about getting a cab. The response was not comforting. Something was said about another county and a wait of an hour or so. I canceled the cab call. The helpful lady at the […]

VCU Photo Safari

10:00 -10:50 am | Tom Woodward will be your guide on this photo safari as we look at the world through different lenses. This shift in both perspective and attention has the potential to change how you think about many things. After a brief exploration of a few different types of photography, we’ll take our new considerations into the world we walk through every day. On our return we’ll share what we’ve captured and look at opportunities to extend these conversations beyond today’s excursion. I’ve been wanting to take a group of faculty out to take pictures since hearing about Abilene Christian doing it. Seems like it’s a good idea in a few ways. We look at our regular location in a new way. People get a chance to see how many interesting possibilities are right in front of us every day. In general the process opens up the chance to talk about lots of things that apply outside of photography – like the ability to tighten up action/feedback loops to make progress, framing things conceptually and then doing, trying to imitate styles, etc. etc. I made a quick website that morning to hold photos we took so we could have discussions around the photos after the fact. Participants could submit via the Jetpack post by email option or through […]

Connected Courses – Hopes/Dreams

Connected courses asks . . . So what is the real “why” of your course? Why should students take it? How will they be changed by it? What is your discipline’s real “why”? Why does it matter that students take __________ courses or become _________ists? How can digital and networked technologies effectively support the real why of your course? I struggle with the ideas of courses and school in general but here is what I hope for my children and the people I interact with at any time. I hope to both arm people against misfortune/abuse/boredom and provision them for additional opportunities amazement, wonder, and happiness (and the ability to inspire those feelings in others). I don’t know what -ist these people might be. The -ist doesn’t fit for me. Maybe passionate intellectual omnivores? Reflective Renaissance figures? Happy ambidextrous wanderers? Magical weavers of detritus and wonder? I hope to get people to realize their own power and capabilities, to pursue their own interests and connections. I hope to point out options that enable you not to simply take what’s given but to build what you want. That applies to what you might make, how you might make it, and the community within which you might make it. That fits pretty well in the digital spaaaaaace. It’s big. It’s open. It’s […]

Private Comments via XMLIMPORT

Making shareable (Sharing with a single person or specific group but not with the world.) comments on public writing is a fairly awkward spaaaaaace right now. There are things like AnnotateIt and Awesome Screenshot and the annotations in Diigo. So I’m looking around for other free options and brain storming odd ideas and not find a whole lot and I came up with the following . . . Note: I’m not saying this is a good idea, it may even be a bad idea but it might inspire someone to do something more interesting down the line.1 I at least found it mildly amusing. Here’s how you might pull an author feed from WordPress into Google Spreadsheets with separate cells each paragraph (for paragraph level commenting). The idea being that you can share the Google document with just that student and do the commenting via the GSS commenting feature. Google spreadsheets will import lots of things (xml, atom, rss). WordPress provides lots of specific feeds (author, tag, categories, combinations thereof). So step one is to get the author feed – for example http://rampages.us/fren330/author/sheehantm/feed/. You can then use the IMPORTXML formula in GSS to import that XML and do some XPATH parsing of the pieces. In this case I used =IMPORTXML(“http://rampages.us/fren330/author/sheehantm/”,”//p”) to pull out the paragraphs. I can then share the […]


Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

List of common misconceptions – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “There was no widespread outbreak of panic across the United States in response to Orson Welles’ 1938 radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Only a very small share of the radio audience was even listening to it, and isolated reports of scattered incidents and increased call volume to emergency services were played up the next day by newspapers, eager to discredit radio as a competitor for advertising. Both Welles and CBS, which had initially reacted apologetically, later came to realize that the myth benefited them and actively embraced it in their later years.[49][50] “ tags: misconceptions wikipedia trivia history list weekly TidBITS: FunBITS: Bears in Boats Fighting Crime “Ah, the non-serious come out to play. Naturally you would be the uneducated – unfamiliar with critical review. Yet, amazingly, you seek out opportunities to ‘contribute’ – what? Nothing of any value or substance. My god, your triviality…do either of you contribute anything to the world of Ideas or Art? And just how would you respond if you had created something of value that someone thoughtlessly tore down?” The author responding to a book review . . . for his book . . . with teddy bears as characters. tags: socialmedia commenting author publishing online weekly Posted from Diigo. […]