Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-03-15

The Story Behind Alexis Pereira’s Viral Essay Twitter JokeAfter he and several other big accounts realize it’s a spoof, a new debate emerges about whether or not jokes about professors are okay. A college professor who thought it was funny debates a Marxist-Leninist writer in my replies about whether satire is permissible. ink – inkle’s narrative scripting languageIf you’re new to ink, why not download Inky, our ink editor that allows you to play and test your stories. Eliot Higgins on Twitter: “Because I’m a massive verification nerd who hates fun, here’s a little thread on geolocating these photos that people are claiming aren’t from Venice. https://t.co/qBreekKI7c” / Twitter ACLU Apps to Record Police Conduct | American Civil Liberties UnionMobile Justice Virginia is a smartphone app that will empower Virginians to record police and hold them accountable for their actions. Record, report, witness, and Know Your Rights – all on your phone! Shortcuts can now activate video recording on your iPhone during a traffic stopPetersen’s command “Hey Siri, I’m getting pulled over” will pause music if it’s playing, turn down the brightness, turn on “Do Not Disturb” and sends a message to a chosen contact. It then activates the video recording on the front camera. CORontine Corps – A Dance Community Project Coronavirus awareness icons


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-03-08

Tone.jsTone.js is a framework for creating interactive music in the browser. It provides advanced scheduling capabilities, synths and effects, and intuitive musical abstractions built on top of the Web Audio API. How to Create an Online Classroom | Stanford Online High SchoolStanford Online High School has been successfully educating students online through an innovative virtual classroom model since 2006. For schools exploring online learning in case of temporary closures, this webpage provides free resources and considerations for effective remote teaching and learning.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-03-01

SVG ANIMATIONS Mapping coronavirus, responsiblyThe map is using totals (absolute values) as its raw data. There are very very few golden rules in cartography but this is one of them: you cannot map totals using a choropleth thematic mapping technique. Oregon Engineer Makes History With New Traffic Light Timing Formula – Institute for JusticeMats’s work was generally met with interest, but when he e-mailed the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying, things took an abrupt illegal U-turn. The Board told Mats it had no interest in hearing about his ideas. Fair enough. But the Board didn’t stop there. After a two-year investigation, it fined him $500 for publicly criticizing the timing of traffic lights without having a Professional Engineer license. The Board also forbid him from continuing to discuss his research. 1. – Castaways – Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand‘The curse of the widow and fatherless light upon the man that breaks open this box, whilst he has a ship at his back.’


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-02-23

Wildcard: Spreadsheet-Driven Customization of Web ApplicationsIn this paper, we present spreadsheet-driven customization, a technique that enables end users to customize software without doing any traditional programming. The idea is to augment an application’s UI with a spreadsheet that is synchronized with the application’s data. When the user manipulates the spreadsheet, the underlying data is modified and the changes are propagated to the UI, and vice versa. Concordia University’s online vision hid grim reality – oregonlive.comIn a draft version of Ries’ speech to trustees, he spelled out the “pronounced challenges” of Concordia’s 20-year deal with HotChalk, a California firm the school had paid hundreds of millions of dollars to jumpstart its online programs. The financial success of the deal depended on “overly aggressive enrollment targets,” Ries planned to say. Declining enrollment devastated the university’s finances. Home of “Louie” & “Gyp” (LOC) | Bain News Service,, publishe… | Flickrthanks to @cogdog I got another beautiful flickr comments example How a Web Design Company Crowdfunded Millions and Completely Disappeared – VICE“The problem space we tackled, we had the kind of hopeful naivety that would actually give us the balls to do it, but it’s much more difficult than any of us realized,” Toucchi told Motherboard. “I can imagine there’s a few people who are pissed off.” Toucchi went on to portray those his […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-02-02

Teens have figured out how to mess with Instagram’s tracking algorithm – CNETEach time she refreshed the Explore tab, it was a completely different topic, none of which she was interested in. That’s because Mosley wasn’t the only person using this account — it belonged to a group of her friends, at least five of whom could be on at any given time. Maybe they couldn’t hide their data footprints, but they could at least leave hundreds behind to confuse trackers. These teenagers are relying on a sophisticated network of trusted Instagram users to post content from multiple different devices, from multiple different locations.  Assembler — a Jigsaw experimentAssembler analyzes images using detectors — technology trained to identify specific types of manipulation — and evaluates if and where images may have been altered. –this seems to be a pattern that won’t go well Steven Donovan on Instagram: “There were a lot of stairs to the bottom so @adrenaline.addiction took the quick way down as soon as we showed up. Most of the cenotes…”Seeing the second video gives a bit of insight into how strange the video work has gotten. That selfie stick . . . Wesley Aptekar-Cassels | Things I Believe About Software EngineeringBeing aligned with teammates on what you’re building is more important than building the right thing. Peak […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-01-26

Teenage sleep and technology engagement across the week [PeerJ]Results derived from the use of transparent Specification Curve Analysis methods show that the negative associations in evidence are mainly driven by retrospective technology use measures and measures of total time spent on digital devices during the day. The effects are overall very small: for example, an additional hour of digital screen time per day was only related to a 9 min decrease in total time spent sleeping on weekdays and a 3 min decrease on weekends. Using digital screens 30 min before bed led to a 1 min decrease in total time spent sleeping on weekdays and weekends. The study shows that more work should be done examining how to measure digital screen time before interventions are designed. My journey into the Tech Deck underground | The Outline Within months of Tech Decks landing on store shelves, the popular skate video series 411 Video Magazine put together Fingers of Fury!, a 15-minute video highlighting a group of finger-skaters from Canada and France, who somehow managed to master a number of insanely complex fingerboard tricks using their own collections of ledges, rails, and duct-taped quarter pipes. Virginia governor looks to curb state aid for online courses“Despite receiving the most TAG money of all private institutions in Virginia, Liberty University spends the least […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-01-19

Activist Graduate School – Online University for Protesters, Movement Creators & Changemakersfound via this thread https://twitter.com/Birdyword/status/1219519602079617029/photo/1 Grimes Debuts WarNymph Social Media Accounts for Her Unborn Baby | Consequence of SoundIn one, the 3D baby speaks directly into the camera about, you guessed it, the impending apocalypse! “This is the end of the world. The world stands on a ledge. Death and the end is nigh,” it says in a whispery, quiet voice. “The next planet in the solar system… it’s called death. The sun explodes and we all die. The earth is going deafeningly quiet.” Akon is building a Senegal city powered by his cryptocurrency, Akoin – Business InsiderOn Monday, the singer tweeted that he had finalized an agreement to build a 2,000-acre “Akon City” in the West African country, which he has said will be like a “real life Wakanda,” a reference to the futuristic African country in the 2018 film, “Black Panther.” The city will run entirely on Akoin. Make a streets map of anywhere in the world | FlowingDatato be used in the future for a website background


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-01-12

Michael Pederson on Instagram: “Empty space #streetart #miguelmarquezoutside”Worth clicking through to see. Harry Harris: Mustache of US ambassador sparks uproar – CNN“I didn’t grow a mustache because of my Japanese heritage, because of the independence movement of Korea or even because of my dad. I grew it because I could and I thought I would and I did,” he said. Gateway to Astronaut Photography of EarthFun images with a variety of uses. Schools Are Surveilling Students; Here’s How One Might Hack ThemHere, you might also learn enough to write your own app that can log in just like the real one and emit your own “I am here” signal. Maybe as a first step, you voluntarily collect the credentials of lots of other students for your custom app which can log in as all of them at once… then just hide this phone somewhere near the classroom to register all the time as all of those students at once. Science Slider All – Tiny Helpers Let’s talk about your resume | Hugo Giraudel, web developer in BerlinA decent reflective piece with some stuff that’s applicable more broadly.