It’s the little things . . . like hanging indents

Towards the end of the day I was asked for an easy way for students and others to do “properly-formatted (hanging indent) citations.” As I use URLs for citation I had never thought of this. A little googling and it seems to be a common issue for people and I eventually hit this old vintage1 video from Clint Lalonde (who I recognized immediately from his Twitter avatar). After seeing one jerk’s comment I felt a great need to make something even sort-of-good come from Clint’s effort to share something good with the world. Behold. The simplest possible WordPress shortcode plugin (SPWPSP – if you’re playing at home). And while it’s no SPLOT, it is very, very simple and it gives you the magical hanging indent. Just write [hangit]”None to Claim Their Bones: Relics of an Old Brooklyn Graveyard.” New York Times 8 Apr. 1888: 3-4. ProQuest Newspapers. Web. 10 June 2006.[/hangit] and you’ll get a nice hanging indent. I did have to change the shortcode to an enclosing shortcode (one that opens and close- like an HTML tag) to deal with quotes and apostrophes that are likely to show up in the citations. This is all it takes. Get it on Github here. 1 YouTube defines vintage as anything over a year old.

Catfish Literacy?

To play off a bit of David’s post on social justice MOOCs, there seems to be a base need for tools for helping identify evil people on the web. That’s not in a dox type of way but more like a way to guide people in determining if accounts have ill intentions.1 That’s probably a messy description but it was brought about by a post I saw on Facebook last night. Essentially,2 it was a conversation between two people I know- one black male (in Richmond) and one white male (in Baltimore). It was a passionate conversation. The white guy added a screenshot from a Twitter account (included below) into the mix that seemed to confirm all his greatest fears about what was happening in Baltimore.3 It’s a high emotion situation in lots of ways which never helps people critically evaluate items that confirm their fears but I felt like this account had to be fake. Then I wondered if I could prove that? I did a couple of things4 when I looked at this account which are second nature to me now but which could be built into a tool or made into some sort of guide. Step one– I looked to see when the account was created. This account, @brothertooturnt, was started on 3/27/15. Recent creation and total […]

Photography – Week 71

I liked the colors backed by the shadows. I’m shooting with the 70-200 zoom lens right now so I thought it’d be fun to do a VCU urban wildlife series. So far I have this rabbit and a series of birds (grackle, starling, mocking bird, robin). The dress rehearsal for the school play. Opening day for baseball/softball. The soccer coach looks on.1 Spring is in full swing. Backstage. Serious business. Strange fruit. 1 Can you tell how I’ve been spending my time?


Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Hong Kong anti-litter campaign swipes DNA from trash, uses it to create mugshots of suspected litterers – Boing Boing “The agency tapped Parabon NanoLabs to do DNA testing on bits of trash found on the street, such as coffee cups and cigarette butts. The company then used Snapshot DNA phenotyping to produce a sketch of each litterer’s face based on the DNA sample found on the trash.” tags: weekly dna litter ad science Student Course Evaluations Get An ‘F’ : NPR Ed : NPR Not in agreement with the ‘taskmaster’ element but I have similar concerns about teaching evaluations. “Michele Pellizzari, an economics professor at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, has a more serious claim: that course evaluations may in fact measure, and thus motivate, the opposite of good teaching.” “Show me your stuff,” Stark says. “Syllabi, handouts, exams, video recordings of class, samples of students’ work. Let me know how your students do when they graduate. That seems like a much more holistic appraisal than simply asking students what they think.” tags: student evaluations teaching weekly How to pronounce hexadecimal | Bzarg The beautiful madness that is the Internet. h/t Christopher If you know me at all, you will know that I love this very much. http://t.co/wiUax42UPF tags: #fav weekly internet culture hexadecimal language The Las Vegas Strip […]

Photography – Week 70

It’s always interesting how different these stranger portraits can be. In this shot “H.D.” got up close to show me her eyes. I like how old this shot felt.

Bike Race Fortunes Randomizer

Richmond is going to host this bike international bike race in a few months. The more interesting part, for me anyway, is going to be 25 one credit courses each using the energy and activity of the bike race to power a particular disciplinary/interdisciplinary exploration. In the meantime, we wanted to make a coming soon page and I thought it might be amusing to randomly generate some cycling-related fortunes that could be sent out via Twitter if the person was sufficiently amused. That’s not a difficult task but it might help someone to see it laid out. The twttr.widgets.load(); was something it took me a bit to realize. You can see it in the script without it the Twitter button didn’t look right. The javascript . . . Sources for various elements Emma made the background image for the page and the wheel. Dan and Enoch submitted fortunes. Twitter button fix


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The Unbearable Horror of Corporate Instagram Hashtags — Matter — Medium tags: hashtag socialmedia media ads marketing weekly instagram Alcor: FAQ – Basic “Q: If cryonics works for me, won’t all my friends and relatives be dead? A: This depends on many factors, including when you are cryopreserved, how long you spend in cryopreservation, how long it takes to develop life-extending technologies, and whether your friends or family are themselves interested in being cryopreserved. It cannot be reliably predicted how many decades (or generations) it might take to develop the technologies needed to substantially lengthen lifespans or to revive patients from cryopreservation. You can increase your chances of seeing your current friends and family in the future by interesting them in cryonics or by making friends within the cryonics community. At any rate, if cryonics works it will give you the greatest opportunity of all — the ability to make new friends (including, perhaps, with your own descendants). ” h/t McSweeny’s tags: weekly faq death cryogenics tweet Stories for machines, data for humans “Big data is made up of many small acts of living. So today I want to talk about small-scale, free-range, artisnal data. I want to talk about data, alongside storytelling, as the product of creativity, imagination, frustration and fury.” h/t Alan Levine tags: data stories weekly A […]


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In the Library with the Lead Pipe » Randall Munroe’s What If as a Test Case for Open Access in Popular Culture “Munroe’s teasing links to conspiracy sites also hint that he is well aware of the need to evaluate information for accuracy and confident in his ability to do so. He makes an effort to link to high-quality sites, although he has on one occasion (“All The Money”) admitted defeat (when trying to find the angle of repose for coins) and resorted to linking to a message board posting. Still, he carefully considers the information he uses; even when using a fairly standard resource like Google Maps, he looks carefully at the route it recommends. In “Letter to Mom,” he notes with surprise that Google Maps does not take advantage of the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail as a walking route and jokingly suggests it may be haunted. He also acknowledges other kinds of gaps in the information that’s available. His investigation into the amount of data storage available at Google (“Google’s Datacenters on Punch Cards”) works around the fact that Google does not disclose this information by looking into the cost of their data centers and the power that they consume.” tags: xkcd open culture comic science weekly literacy New Chuck E. Cheese Restaurant Forged In Iron And Blood […]

From “On the Internet” towards “Of the Internet”

creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Sean MacEntee We’ve talking a lot in our group about how people move towards more complex uses of the Internet. We started with a discussion around Internet1 search skills and dispositions. It’s simple stuff2 in a lot of ways but putting it in writing might help someone else and it tends to help me get it straight in my head. It’s not sexy but I think there’s value in thinking it through. Reactive/Algorithmic > Proactive/Human > Participatory/Reciprocal The initial orientation for search tends to be reactive. You have a need for something. You go look for it. It’s a one time act. The finding of the item often has no real longterm benefit. Google3 is your sole opaque lens on the web. The search is driven entirely by your interaction with algorithms. Limited curation/bookmarking occurs in browser providing no benefit beyond the individual. I want to call this inefficient but that’s not quite the right word. Maybe it’s an Internet mind monoculture. I think that getting people from this point to something else starts with getting better at searching. If you help people improve their search strategies they can find better things faster. The Internet becomes more interesting. That’s an initial pragmatic step that helps people justify spending further time/energy […]