Exploring Explored

As part of the Connected Courses MOOC, we were talking a bit about understanding different networks and how to both navigate them and use their vocabulary/tools. The picture above captures a few interesting elements along those lines. I took the picture walking to work. It was one of those fortuitous moments which happen much more often if you’re out looking for them. After getting the nod from the artist (I now know it was Ross from Sure Hand Signs.), I took a few shots and really felt I’d gotten one or two that captured something interesting. I am experimenting a bit with triggering the Flickr Explore algorithm and developing more of an audience for my photos in a way that doesn’t make me feel dirty or hypocritical. Within Flickr I put it up on Flickr when I got in- something I do only if I’m really excited about a photo which happens less often than I’d like. I usually wait until late at night or the weekend to download/upload images. One of the things I did was title it clearly. I also included a variety of tags and added to one group (Flickr Today). It seems adding the picture to lots of groups would end up being punitive in the land of the Explore algorithm because people try to game […]

Photography – Week 43

This set has a pretty strong Fall theme- lots of leaves. There are still kids in the woods if you’re there to look for them.

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Inequality Mapping

A while ago (maybe a week) I had a conversation with David about inequality and mapping the data to help make it more understandable. He shared the video above with with me on Sept. 29. That got me moving. Initially, I played with the data in Google Earth. It’s pretty easy to generate circles1 with various radii2 I used this website to make the circles in only a few minutes. I played with it in Google Earth but ended up being unsatisfied with the options available in the new Google My Maps online interface. So that led me down the path of messing more directly with the Google Maps API.3 As I wandered around looking for examples I found a javascript library on Github (JQuery Location Picker) that seemed to do most of what I wanted. It let you pick a location and drop a marker with a specific circle size. My next goal was to figure out how to make a drop down list set the variable for the circle radius. Now that’s not difficult for anyone with a clue regarding javascript programming or probably anyone with a general clue about programming. I usually have a pretty good idea how this ought to work conceptually but not much of a clue what to actually write. It took me a […]

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Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Mobile malware infections race through Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution – Boing Boing “The protesters are dependent on mobile apps to coordinate their huge, seemingly unstoppable uprising, and someone — maybe the Politburo, maybe a contractor — has released virulent Ios and Android malware into their cohort, and the pathogens are blazing through their electronic ecosystem. The Android malware spreads via Whatsapp messages; the Ios version — “Xsser Mrat” — is spread through Cydia, an alternative to Apple’s App Store. They masquerade as messenger apps from the activist group Code4HK. The Apple version uses the same command server as the Chinese version of the Xsser cross-site scripting hacking tool.” “The protesters are dependent on mobile apps to coordinate their huge, seemingly unstoppable uprising, and someone — maybe the Politburo, maybe a contractor — has released virulent Ios and Android malware into their cohort, and the pathogens are… tags: IFTTT Delicious Diigo hong kong mobile malware hong kong ios virus android weekly future government Anonymous Gods : Marion Balac ! “Screen shots from Google Street View, where the Google robot automatically blurs every face it recognizes – including statues’ ones.” tags: IFTTT Delicious Diigo statues gods google streetview technology weekly Super Punch “The only countries competing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics are Kazakhstan and China. Ever other country pulled out after […]