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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. […]

Work This Week – Week 3

FI Bootstrap Collapsibles Divs Our Focused Inquiry people are building an online resource for first-year students. One of the things they wanted to do was to put a bunch of concepts in collapsible divs and be able to use a URL to link to a particular expanded div. The initial plugin they were using for collapsible divs didn’t allow/create IDs but moving to the Bootstraps 3 Shortcodes plugin go the IDs we needed. After that it was just a matter of adding a bit of jQuery to a plugin. I gave myself a head start with this post on Stackoverflow. I hadn’t known about the location.hash option previously. It is worth noting that if you don’t lead with window it will work in Chrome but not in FireFox or Safari. You can get the URL to trigger the div by copying/pasting the URL when you hover over the title on the completed element on the published post/page. https://AURL.COM/ficoursecontent/faq/#custom-collapse-0-1 The first number represents the particular group of collapsible divs and the second number represents the specific div. Both counts start at 0. FI Bootstrap Collapsibles Divs – Second Try There are always little things waiting for you. In this case, having auto generated div IDs results in issues if the order of the elements changes. The stuff still works, it just […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-11-27

Figs | Datalegreya My Lies, Translated – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency “I’M GOOD EITHER WAY.” This is not true. I actually have very deep preferences about the course of action our group chooses to take this evening, but I’m keeping those preferences private because I fear conflict more than I desire happiness. Welcome to Sin News: Journalism for Digital Millennials Who Want the Truth – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency Don’t like it? Then go back to your lame news anchor and desk. We shoot all of our news footage on old iPhones, and we always get the notification that says we’re running out of storage. SEMANTIC VIOLENCE WALL — Design And Violence This installation displays a selection of crowd-sourced words and phrases that conceal violence within euphemistic language, or whose literal violence is overlooked or forgotten in favour of their acquired meanings. Gardner Police Department – Timeline The Gardner Police Department was contacted recently about concern over the possibility of a mountain lion being in the area of Celebration Park. In an effort to determine if there was a possibly dangerous animal in the area we deployed two trail cameras to check for activity in the area. We are glad to report that over the time they were up we did not see a mountain lion. We were however surprised by some […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-11-20

Shift Your Point of View to When America Was “Better” | FlowingData DISOBEDIENT ELECTRONICS: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | WIRED As a context, here is a list of some projects that would fit as “Disobedient Electronics”: – Natalie Jeremijenko – Feral Robotic Dogs – The Bureau of Inverse Technology – Suicide Box – Michelle Teran – Life: A User’s Manual – Benjamin Gaulon – Corrupt.desktop – Critical Art Ensemble, Paul Vanouse, Faith Wilding – Radio Bikes – Institute for Applied Autonomy – Graffiti Writer – Survival Research Laboratories – Demanufacturing Machine – James Pierce – Obscura 1C Camera – Electronic Disturbance Theater – Transborder Immigrant Tool – The Yes Men – The Survivaball Survival Suit Amazon.com: Trump Make America Great Again Red Cap Collectible Ornament: Toys & Games

Work This Week – Week 2

Flux Tower Data I’ve got some flux tower data. The chart above may mean something. I have no idea. I let Google make it. The stuff I want to do is a bit more complex. You can see elements of the interaction here and here. I’m also considering how much data I might be dealing with so I’ve got my eye on options that let you zoom and pan on large data sets. These javascript based interactive charts are a place I’ve wandered before because of my interest in explorable explanations. Text SetS I’m not thrilled with the look but I moved the theme to Understrap (another Bootstrap-based WordPress theme). I made a child theme and am using Gulp and SCSS for the first time. Not a huge stride but I haven’t taken the time to figure out the details behind making this work previously. It’s not hard but it was unfamiliar enough to be a speedbump I couldn’t afford in previous projects . . . just a bit too much additional load. While I don’t have anyone I’m working with, I am trying out various workflows to figure out if I can do some of this stuff faster/better. In some ways working alone makes that easier. I only have to agree with myself but I also don’t know if […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-11-13

You have a goal. Todoist has a plan. How strong is a chimpanzee, really? Repeated tests in the 1960s confirmed this basic picture. A chimpanzee had, pound for pound, as much as twice the strength of a human when it came to pulling weights. The apes beat us in leg strength, too, despite our reliance on our legs for locomotion. A 2006 study found that bonobos can jump one-third higher than top-level human athletes, and bonobo legs generate as much force as humans nearly two times heavier. Post-Election College Paper Grading Rubric – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency Dear Students, Because I can no longer claim with any credibility that reading, writing, and critical thinking are essential skills for 21st-century success, I have revised the grading rubric for your papers accordingly. Effective January 20, 2017. Anish Kapoor, Fine Art Supervillain – Scientific American Blog Network Other fine artists, including evopunk painter Flying Trilobite, have vowed to create their own illicit Vantablack production lab, restoring the power of this art material to fine artists, and the world.

Work This Week – Week 1

Since I’ve been falling off on my weekly photo posts, I figure I’ll start a weekly work series. While that doesn’t seem to make sense . . . it does. I am really bad about keeping track of the good things, the progress, the little bits that add up. I am very good at looking at large, looming disasters. I’m hoping that documenting progress will help convince me that I am making progress, that I am doing small things to help people do a bit more. VCU Qatar – Online Art History/Museology Courses This is part of three online courses being created to help teach art history and two other arts/museology related courses for VCU Qatar. My role in this is more of a consultant (web design is being done externally by CHIPS NYC1) but I’ve built a few things to help get us past (or into) some sticking points. I used one of the HTML5up templates to make this super quick example. I’m not thrilled to have a white guy doing the video but it was the highest production value I found after a quick search (that might be shaped by having to use English). The text is from one of the professors although I chopped it up a bit. There’s the ugly start to a Timeline JS project […]