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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-08-12

We took a tour of the abandoned college campuses of Second LifeColleges were among those that bought the hype of the Linden Lab-developed virtual world. Many universities set up their own private islands to engage students; some even held classes within Second Life. Most of these virtual universities are gone –– it costs almost $300 per month to host your own island –– but it turns out a handful remain as ghost towns. I decided to travel through several of the campuses, to see what’s happening in Second Life college-world in 2015 First, I didn’t see a a single other user during my tour. They are all truly abandoned.

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-08-05

When You Hear _______, Pay Attention – Hacker Noon… you’re about to fall into a trap and need to pay attention): Might as well do [some extra thing] while we [do the original thing] Fallout 76’s Downright Exciting Plan to Deal With Griefing and Trolls :: Games :: Features :: Fallout 76 :: PasteHoward says they wanted the game to have an element of danger without griefing, which is a tall order in an open world online game. To achieve this, they implemented features that will greatly reduce any incentive to grief other players, and turn those that do into the villains. For example, when you shoot another player, your character only does a small amount of damage, with more damage awarded if you continue and engage and enter into PvP. Players who die may seek revenge for their deaths, gaining double reward of caps and XP. Players that kill those who didn’t want to be engaged are labeled a “wanted murderer” and have a bounty placed on their head. If you are labeled a wanted murderer, you will receive no reward for those kills. Wanted murderers will also appear on your map as a red star denoting the bounty on their head, and the bounty comes out of their personal stash of caps. They also cannot see the other […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-07-29

Fostering focus for small screens – Dropbox Design – MediumA nice before/after redesign post with a focus on mobile and simplicity. Hack The Box :: Penetration Testing Labsinteractive learning media

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-07-22

Logging Activity With The Web Beacon API — Smashing MagazineThe Beacon API is used for sending small amounts of data to a server without waiting for a response. That last part is critical and is the key to why Beacon is so useful — our code never even gets to see a response, even if the server sends one. Beacons are specifically for sending data and then forgetting about it. We don’t expect a response and we don’t get a response. Did you know that style and script tags can be set to display: block? | CSS-TricksThe other night, Amit Patel mentioned that you can set script tags in HTML to display: block with CSS and then edit that code inline with the contentEditable attribute. This means that you can then see it all update live in the browser as you type. Shortly after, Marius Gundersen replied that you can do this with the style tag as well. A pre-history of weeknotes, plus why I write them and perhaps why you should too (Week 16)Writing: I know from experience that naming and recording these wobbly feelings is valuable because, at some point in the not-too-distant, you come back to your own work and say, “holy shit, that’s amazing, how was I capable of that,” and then you read the historic […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-07-15

St. Louis Uber driver has put video of hundreds of passengers online. Most have no idea. | Metro | stltoday.comJason Gargac, of Florissant, livestreams videos of his rides as an Uber and Lyft driver in greater St. Louis without his customers’ knowledge. This screencap from Gargac’s channel on the livestreaming website Twitch shows him transporting passengers on a recent ride. The faces of passengers have been covered with black boxes by the Post-Dispatch. Screen-capture via Twitch. How the Roman Empire Made Pure CSS Connect 4 Possible | CSS-TricksIn this article, I will walk through the key ideas of a Pure CSS Connect 4 game I built. I tried to avoid hardcoding as much as I could in my experiment and worked without preprocessors to focus on keeping the resulting code short. You can see all the code and the game right here: Newcomer Conjugate Method Lessons / Elite FTSDynamic effort days will not be easy. These were harder and heavier than the max effort days. First, I started with nine sets of three, then switched to 12 doubles as Louie suggested, because in a powerlifting competition you just do singles, so you are better off doing a first rep 12 times than only nine times. Dynamic movements should be done fast. We are using 50%, 55%, or 60% bar weight, […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-07-08

Super Punch: “ECOT, Ohio’s largest online charter school, officially closes”lies and theft in online edu . . . similar to lies Temple’s business dean engaged in This sun-chasing robot looks after the plant on its head – The VergeChinese roboticist and entrepreneur Sun Tianqi has made it happen: modding a six-legged toy robot made by his company Vincross to carry a potted plant on its back. The resulting plant-robot hybrid looks like a leafy crab or a robot Bulbasaur. It moves toward the sunshine when needed, and it retreats to shade when it’s had enough. Learning To Code By Writing Code Poems — Smashing Magazine Temple business dean forced out over falsified MBA data used in rankings – Philly “the Fox School … knowingly provided false information to at least one rankings organization about the online M.B.A. In addition to the misreporting of the number of students who took the GMAT from 2015 to 2018, the average undergraduate GPA was overstated, and there were inaccuracies in the number of offers of admission as well as in the degree of student indebtedness.” H-Diplo Commentary 1 on Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress | H-Diplo | H-NetOr maybe you have just closed Steven Pinker’s latest book, which would not have been out of place as propaganda material in […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-07-01

The U.S. Air Force learned to code—and saved the Pentagon millions“We don’t want to be anybody’s outsource app development organization forever,” says Keith Salisbury, the vice president responsible for Pivotal’s work with the federal government. “We want our clients to understand what we do and how we do it, and most importantly, why we do it. We don’t want to teach them to fish. We want to teach them to be fishing guides.” About—-like what we tried a few months back Itty bitty sites are contained entirely within their own link. (Including this one!) This means they’re… ?Portable – you don’t need a server to host them ?Private – nothing is sent to–or stored on–this server ?Easy to share as a link or QR code When Jean-Paul Sartre Had a Bad Mescaline Trip and Then Hallucinated, for Years, That He Was Being Followed by Crabs | Open Culture The crabs followed him “all the time,” he said, “I mean they followed me in the streets, into class.”

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-05-13

educate your child interactive data viz on choosing a school and the impact that has in Chicago Meet Calumma uetzi, a rainbow-colored chameleon from Madagascar that was just named after a VCU professor “It’s one thing to have a species named after you,” he said, “but it’s another thing to have a really nice and pretty species named after you.” erinspace/sonify: Use data to create and play MIDI files! Take a CSV of data, output sound! Using Python! Small b blogging What’s going on here? I call it small b blogging. It’s a virtuous cycle of making interesting connections while also being a way to clarify and strengthen my own ideas. I’m not reaching a big audience by any measure but the direct impact and benefit is material. –what’s this look like for departments/education?