Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-12-22

Tesseract.js | Pure Javascript OCR for 100 Languages!Tesseract.js is a pure Javascript port of the popular Tesseract OCR engine. This library supports more than 100 languages, automatic text orientation and script detection, a simple interface for reading paragraph, word, and character bounding boxes. Tesseract.js can run either in a browser and on a server with NodeJS. These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books – Atlas Obscura This Is How To Change Someone’s Mind: 6 Secrets From Research – Barking Up The Wrong Tree


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-12-08

“Link In Bio” is a slow knifeFor a closed system, those kinds of open connections are deeply dangerous. If anyone on Instagram can just link to any old store on the web, how can Instagram — meaning Facebook, Instagram’s increasingly-overbearing owner — tightly control commerce on its platform? If Instagram users could post links willy-nilly, they might even be able to connect directly to their users, getting their email addresses or finding other ways to communicate with them. Links represent a threat to closed systems. –just like RSS headlessCMS | Top Content Management Systems for JAMstack sites Small Technology Foundation – About Ethical EdTech Harvesting the Blood of America’s Poor: The Latest Stage of CapitalismThe number of collection centers in the United States has more than doubled since 2005 and blood now makes up well over 2 percent of total U.S. exports by value. To put that in perspective, Americans’ blood is now worth more than all exported corn or soy products that cover vast areas of the country’s heartland. The U.S. supplies fully 70 percent of the world’s plasma, mainly because most other countries have banned the practice on ethical and medical grounds. Exports increased by over 13 percent, to $28.6 billion, between 2016 and 2017, and the plasma market is projected to “grow radiantly,” according to one industry […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-11-24

Why you might be counting in the wrong language – BBC FutureFor example, in French, 92 is quatre-vingt douze or “four twenties and twelve”. And in Danish, the word for 92 is tooghalvfems, where halvfems, meaning 90,is an abbreviation of the Old Norse word halvfemsindstyve, or “four and a half times twenty”. — thinking the USA isn’t likely to change based on the whole decimal system thing . . .


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-11-17

FraidycatFraidycat is a browser extension for Firefox or Chrome. (Just those right now – it’s brand-new, quite experimental.) I use it to follow people (hundreds) on whatever platform they choose – Twitter, a blog, YouTube, even on a public TiddlyWiki. cowlicks/privacypossum: Privacy Possum makes tracking you less profitablePrivacy Possum makes tracking you less profitable. Companies gobble up data about you to create an asymmetry of information that they leverage for profit in ever expanding ways. Their profit comes from your informational disadvantage. Privacy Possum monkey wrenches common commercial tracking methods by reducing and falsifying the data gathered by tracking companies. liyasthomas/postwoman: ? API request builder – A free, fast, and beautiful alternative to Postman https://postwoman.io ?API request builder – A free, fast, and beautiful alternative to Postman Statements: Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President: Indiana University BloomingtonHis latest posts slurring women were picked up by a person with a heavily followed Twitter account, and various officials at Indiana University have been inundated in the last few days with demands that he be fired. We cannot, nor would we, fire Professor Rasmusen for his posts as a private citizen, as vile and stupid as they are, because the First Amendment of the United States Constitution forbids us to do so. That is not a close call. Lynn Fisher – lynnandtonic.comThis is […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-11-10

Nike released a shoe for ‘everyday heroes’ like doctors, nurses and home health aides – CNNI’d want a design challenge like this but with concerns about sterilization and more significant medical concerns considered. We have the potential need for similar things around iPad cases used in labs where blood and other fluids are present. Make stuff that’s easier to clean. The 2019 Web AlmanacThe Web Almanac is a comprehensive report on the state of the web, backed by real data and trusted web experts. It is comprised of 20 chapters spanning aspects of page content, user experience, publishing, and distribution. Alf.ioAlf.io is a free and open source event attendance management system, developed for event organizers who care about privacy, security and fair pricing policy for their customers. It features an ecosystem of tools to cover the lifecycle of an event from ticket distribution, to event management, to reporting. Papercraft artist who turns food packaging into art to have solo exhibition – Japan TodayI want to do this.


Taming a River Theme

Origin Story Matt worked long hours making an incredible theme for Footprints on the James course.1 It’s in WordPress but a large portion of the site ended up being built by hand as complexity increased and time dwindled.2 That means it’s hard-coded HTML/PHP. Now because the site was so great, we ended up having a conversation with the faculty involved a few months after the site was finished. They want to run the course on other rivers and want similar sites for those rivers. That means we need to turn this site into something that is more like a traditional WordPress theme. I’m taking the first stab at that and felt it’d be an interesting thing to write about a bit. Analysis My first move was to tackle the front page as it has the most complexity. I drew this on a whiteboard but I included a fancy image below because I wanted to make it nice for you. Now we can see two columns for content on this page type. In the ‘sidebar’ column we see quotes and HTML elements, maybe some more. In the ‘main’ column, we see HTML elements and elements that span the sidebar and main column. The goal is to figure out how to chop this stuff up so that people can write it using […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-11-03

snarfed/granary: ? The social web translator.The social web translator. Fetches and converts data between social networks, HTML and JSON with microformats2, ActivityStreams, Atom, JSON Feed, and more. Paul Ford on Twitter: “Oh my god enough about generations it’s just astrology for opinion columnists.” / Twitter How to Build a Low-tech Website? | LOW?TECH MAGAZINEPage size has decreased more than sixfold, number of requests has decreased fivefold, and download speed has increased tenfold. Note that we did not design the website for speed, but for low energy use. ….. In contrast, this website runs on an off-the-grid solar power system with its own energy storage, and will go off-line during longer periods of cloudy weather. Less than 100% reliability is essential for the sustainability of an off-the-grid solar system, because above a certain threshold the fossil fuel energy used for producing and replacing the batteries is higher than the fossil fuel energy saved by the solar panels. ….. When is the best time to visit? The accessibility of this website depends on the weather in Barcelona, Spain, where the solar-powered web server is located. To help visitors “plan” their visits to Low-tech Magazine, we provide them with several clues. Low-tech Lab List: My Maximalist Lifehacks – McSweeney’s Internet TendencyI always say “yes” — even when no one is asking a question, or speaking, […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-10-27

Zeno – Oriental Coins Database – Part of the mirror, unearthed in Kyrgyzstanchallenging text or word focused pattern poetry Vortimo – Beta3Vortimo is software that organizes information on webpages that you’ve visited. It records pages you go to, extracts data from it and enrich the data that was extracted. It augments the pages in your browser by allowing you to tag objects as well as decorating objects it deems important. It then arranges the data in an UI. Vortimo support switching between cases/projects seamlessly. You can also generate PDF reports based on the aggregated information and meta information. Quiet.js by quietThis is a javascript binding for libquiet, a library for sending and receiving data via sound card. It can function either via speaker or cable (e.g., 3.5mm). Quiet comes included with a few transmissions profiles which can be selected for the intended use. For speaker transmission, there is a profile which transmits around the 19kHz range, which is essentially imperceptible to the human ear. –nefarious and amusing possibilities espec. w arg White House cybersecurity adviser Giuliani took his iPhone to the Genius Bar when he forgot his password / Boing Boingindicative of so much 3D Configurators – Sketchfabsee this video too https://twitter.com/Sketchfab/status/1189255798003785728 navio | A d3 visualization widget to help summarizing, exploring and navigating large network visualizations Digital Wellbeing Experiments […]