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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-01-22

Joaquin Baldwin on Twitter: “I lined up the Getty Images source file to the White House print. It’s a warp deformer, look at the helicopter behind it. https://t.co/kJB2T8U5yh” What a world. What a world. Why I’m Leaving New York to Live in a Large Pile of Garbage That’s On Fire – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency We have a saying down at the garbage fire, “AAAAAAHHHH! NO!! It burns!!!!” Watchdog: Attkisson wasn’t hacked, had ‘delete’ key stuck | TheHill An inspector general report concluded that Sharyl Attkisson’s merely had her “delete” key stuck when text disappeared from her computer, and said there’s no evidence that government officials erased stories. 2017 week 3 in review – D’Arcy Norman dot net I was surprised, again, that none of the students had edited a web page outside of Facebook. A handful had heard of wordpress, but nobody had every used it. So many things I have taken for granted, absorbed by the modern social web. This is going to take a long time to repair. We’ve lost a lot as a society when our brightest minds have no personal knowledge of publishing and sharing knowledge beyond Facebook posts.

Photography – Week 150-ish

I’ve missed a few weeks. No guilt. I am playing around with more phone photography. I doing some stuff on Instagram but have mixed feelings there. Lots of ‘likes’ and what not but I’m not sure what else. Given a chunk of the missed time was over break you’ll see a lot more nature shots in here. I’m also drawing more with the kids. Using only the finest Bic pens . . .

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-01-15

Rogue Scientists Race to Save Climate Data from Trump | WIRED At Penn, a group of coders that called themselves “baggers” set upon these tougher sets immediately, writing scripts to scrape the data and collect them in data bundles to be uploaded to DataRefuge.org, an Amazon Web Services-hosted site which will serve as an alternate repository for government climate and environmental research during the Trump administration. (A digital “bag” is like a safe, which would alert the user if anything within it is changed.) It’s more than just the words Personal sites, our blogs, these were once our playgrounds. My own site was the first place I added rollover images, CSS for fonts, tried out a “table free” design. I wrote about the web, surrounded by my own experiments with the web. We all did, and it was only in reading those words from 1999 that I realised there was more to owning your own content than simply not publishing your words elsewhere.

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-01-08

Peace sign selfies could let hackers copy your fingerprints Posing for a picture while holding your hands up in a peace sign could pose a security threat, with hackers able to recreate prints that are the key to phones, computers and tablets.  Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) have found that fingerprints can be easily recreated from photos taken up to three metres away without the need for advanced technology. So long as the picture is clear and well-lit, prints can be mimicked.  Richard Prince Disowns His Ivanka Trump Portrait, Possibly Increasing Its Value However, given the many layers of irony, filtering, and conceptual framing that characterize Prince’s oeuvre, it’s unclear whether his public disowning of the work will negatively affect its worth and status as an authentic Richard Prince, or, on the contrary, it will add to its resale value. Ram Pages Reflective Analysis | qwertyuiop While I have made efforts to improve my understanding of other ideas and beliefs, I don’t necessarily accept them as fact, but a possibility that should be considered.  RamPages has made me aware of the way I articulate my ideas and encouraged me to be careful when discussing controversial or sensitive topics.  It has also made me elaborate as to be sure my point came across the way it was intended.

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-01-01

I Can’t Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems | The Huffington Post How many stanzas are in this poem? Where are they located? I would appreciate your help. Thank you so much!” Oh, goody. I’m a benchmark. Only guess what? The test prep materials neglected to insert the stanza break. I texted him an image of how the poem appeared in the original publication. Problem one solved. But guess what else? I just put that stanza break in there because when I read it aloud (I’m a performance poet), I pause there. Note: that is not an option among the answers because no one ever asked me why I did it. h/t or blame for this extra does of sad goes to Enoch Hale Netflix/sketchy: A task based API for taking screenshots and scraping text from websites. A task based API for taking screenshots and scraping text from websites. h/t Kin Lane’s GitHub stars . . . Emmet — the essential toolkit for web-developers Taking the plunge with Emmet . . . we’ll see how it goes. Cosmic JS | Cloud-Hosted Content Management Platform, API-First CMS Cosmic JS offers an intuitive API that can deliver content to any website or application. This gives you the freedom to build your application using any programming language and allows […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-12-25

Cosmic JS | Cloud-Hosted Content Management Platform, API-First CMS Cosmic JS offers an intuitive API that can deliver content to any website or application. This gives you the freedom to build your application using any programming language and allows for easier scaling within your development team. twosigma/beaker-notebook: Web-based, polyglot research platform. Beaker is a code notebook that allows you to analyze, visualize, and document data using multiple programming languages. Beaker’s plugin-based polyglot architecture enables you to seamlessly switch between languages in your documents and add support for your favorite languages that we’ve missed. Add Service Worker for WordPress | justmarkup The Simpsons s26e01 Episode Script | SS I have memories. (high-pitched tone) I have. memor memor (grinding, beeping) (gentle piano playing) (high-pitched): Still love you, Homar. (high-pitched, distorted): We are happy family. All animals can scream. (low growling) Make purchase of the merchandise.

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-12-18

An Open Letter to the ISTE Interim CEO and Board — re: Seymour Papert – Medium I am grateful to David for bringing attention to ISTE’s non-existent response to the life and death of Seymour Papert. It is worth noting that the father of our field, Dr. Papert, was never invited to keynote ISTE or NECC; not after the publication of his three seminal books, not after the invention of robotics construction kits for children, not after 1:1 computing was borne in his image in Australia, not after Maine provided laptops statewide, not when One Laptop Per Child changed the world. This lack of grace implies a rejection of the ideas Papert advocated and the educators who had to fight even harder to bring them to life against the tacit hostility of our premiere membership organization. Polar Bears’ Path to Decline Runs Through Alaskan Village – The New York Times “When you’re using it as a marketing tool and to bring in donations, there can be a tendency to lose the nuance in the message,” said Todd Atwood, a research wildlife biologist at the United States Geological Survey’s Alaska Science Center. “And with polar bears in particular, I think the nuances are important.”

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-12-11

New MLB rookie hazing rules ban dressing as women, offensive costumes MLB vice president Paul Mifsud said Monday that the new rules resulted partly “in light of social media, which in our view sort of unfortunately publicized a lot of the dressing up of the players … those kind of things which in our view were insensitive and potentially offensive to a number of groups.” –social media is always letting people see stuff h/t Dan How to Read Sea and Spar Between Sea and Spar Between is a poetry generator which defines a space of language populated by a number of stanzas comparable to the number of fish in the sea, around 225 trillion. Each stanza is indicated by two coordinates, as with latitude and longitude. They range from 0 : 0 to 14992383 : 14992383. To operate the system, you may ChronodeVFD: A Cyberpunk Wristwatch | johngineer The ChronodeVFD is a personal project I’ve been working on for a couple of months. It’s a wristwatch built around the IVL2-7/5 VFD display tube. I originally purchased a few of these tubes to build a standard desk clock, but after playing around with them, I realized I could probably build a wristwatch too. The tube has a number of features which make it more suited than most Soviet-surplus VFDs for this […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-12-04

ChronodeVFD: A Cyberpunk Wristwatch | johngineer The ChronodeVFD is a personal project I’ve been working on for a couple of months. It’s a wristwatch built around the IVL2-7/5 VFD display tube. I originally purchased a few of these tubes to build a standard desk clock, but after playing around with them, I realized I could probably build a wristwatch too. The tube has a number of features which make it more suited than most Soviet-surplus VFDs for this purpose. The NSA loved RSS in 2004 the NSA is spreading the gospel of RSS to the NSOC Operations Support Staff.  She or he says:  On the Internet, data sources as varied as Dilbert, ESPN Sports news, bankrate.com mortgage news, and Microsoft security updates are all available via RSS. At last count there were over one million RSS feeds available on the web, with more being added every hour. RSS has the potential to revolutionize the way we view the web, both at home and here at work. It’s easy to forget how exciting everything was in 2004.  ‘Clean your desk’ : My Amazon interview experience My second round interview involved me being on line with a proctor (from ProctorU), whose job was to provide tech support and make sure I don’t cheat. As preamble, the proctor made me download some software, one […]

Work This Week – Week 4

flickr photo shared by Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons with no copyright restriction (Flickr Commons) WP Upgrades & Feed WordPress Error WordPress 4.7 came out. It does some good things and internalizes the JSON API stuff. Upgrades went well on most of our installs. We did have some issues though. Feed WordPress didn’t/doesn’t play nicely with 4.7 and the fix has some repercussions with other things we use. The ALT Lab site also broke for a bit and I had to do a fresh install. Not a big deal but ate up some time. The anth101 site also stalled out for a bit because of a conflict with another plugin. Luckily, the latter two issues were restricted the admin aspects and viewers wouldn’t have been impacted. Empty Widgets? I had one blog on rampages that wouldn’t load the customizer. Everything else about it worked fine. Tim Owens from Reclaim Hosting ended up helping me out as it’s fairly strange issue where the customizer won’t load if there are no widgets in it. It did lead to the following list of error variables that I tend to test against. With a bit of work, it might be a useful list. I’ll have to think through what order makes the most sense in terms of likelihood of solving the issue. […]