Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-06-07

Bankrupt Hertz Wants In on Robinhood’s Investors – BloombergThis theory is that the stock market is a fun casino, and you should buy stocks because they will go up and down in exciting fashion and might make you rich quick. This is a very old theory, and I suspect that for much of the history of financial markets it was considerably more popular and better supported than the discounted-present-value-of-cash-flows thing.  Will they suspend me? – PostsOfficial FB account of the @suspendthepres twitter experiment. A lot of people requested I ask the same question here and run the experiment on Facebook. Let’s see what happens. This account will post verbatim what the President tweets. Retweets will not be posted unless the President adds his own comment to them. You will see these as the Presidents comment followed by a link to the tweet in question. Let’s see if it gets suspended for violating Facebook’s TOS. Follow along with this social experiment and please share. Report any posts you think violate the rules. Facebook’s algorithm significantly differs from Twitter. On FB you need to interact with this pages posts in some fashion in order to continue to see updates. Otherwise, turning on notifications is an easy way to go as well. abcjsabc javascript notation into playing music and notation What Is Elite TikTok? – The […]

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Random Work- End of May Edtion

So lots of random work going on. We’re trying to knock out a variety of projects prior to some work on flexible course design with a bunch of people. I spent a lot of time in meetings. I spent a lot of time building content, some grant writing stuff, and rearranging various websites. Thee following things are a bit more interesting than that stuff. Qooler Qooler is a custom theme for a design competition for VCU Arts Qatar. Matt did the design work on this one and I’ve been building it out. It’s fun as we got to revisit the arrows that move with the cursor we messed around with a long time ago and it has lots of nice design references like the triangle’s association with the flag of Qatar, the sunglasses made of triangles mirroring the “deal with it sunglasses“, live weather data from Qatar etc. etc. Lots of details. This is a round one version and we’re waiting to hear back. Canvas LMS Banner Generator Initially we were asked to make some images with text to use in courses. I thought it’d be pretty easy to create an HTML builder that would be more flexible and accessible. I planned to be clever and do some stuff with radial backgrounds but Canvas did not like that as inline […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-05-24

Canon U.S.A., Inc. | EOS Webcam UtilityWon’t work with Zoom but tempting . . . Chapter 1 | Chatting with Glue Sa11y – accessibility quality assurance assistant – Ryerson University Queer Paranormal ????? on Twitter: “Listen, I just need y’all to read this https://t.co/lrM1jGGTIC” / Twitter Automated – IBM Accessibility Teaching Online by Going Offline: The Adventure Lecture – YouTube Amos Posner on Twitter: “My late grandmother was the youngest of nine children. We recently had a call with that side of the family, involving at least 60 people. One of my elderly relatives couldn’t hear it, but sent word she was “enjoying the intera COVID Will Shape the Class of 2020 for Their Entire Lives | TimeHannah Beier, a photography major in the Drexel University Class of 2020, has been virtually photographing her classmates in quarantine. She directed this series of portraits over FaceTime.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-05-17

elizabeth ballou on Twitter: “NYU made a bizarre attempt at an MMO called “Grad Alley” that recreates parts of campus for graduating students. I cannot describe how bad it is. a random assemblage of textures. auto-generated usernames. nonsensical tools. e How we organized one of the largest virtual U.S. journalism events to dateOne approach to organizing an online coference. Datayo — Open Data. Open ConversationsDatayo is an open source platform to identify, track, understand and address emerging threats to humanity.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-05-10

This X Does Not ExistUsing generative adversarial networks (GAN), we can learn how to create realistic-looking fake versions of almost anything, as shown by this collection of sites that have sprung up in the past month. Gut Check Rule of Fives / Elite FTSBe prudent, and AVOID VOMITING. That is no marker of intensity; it is only a marker of being unable to dispose of blood lactate in the liver at a fast-enough rate. Spare yourself the trauma, and take extra time between sets or reps until the liver enzymes accommodate. Subreddit for the Vocal Synthesis YouTube ChannelBrought to you by the Notorious BIG https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=17&v=9LNkko6JZZ8&feature=emb_title aftertheflood/sparks: A typeface for creating sparklines in text without code.A typeface for creating sparklines in text without code. HTML DOM – Common tasks of managing HTML DOM with vanilla JavaScript CSS Layout 1loc | Favorite JavaScript single line of code Firestorm Books & Coffee on Instagram: “Well, someone did a crime. ? This morning our co-operative was robbed. Someone smashed in the front door, emptied the register, and left…”Also, no, we didn’t call the police. There really isn’t anything that law enforcement could do for us that we can’t do for ourselves and if someone is desperate enough to risk their freedom for $150, maybe we’ve all failed them. It’s tough feeling vulnerable, and seeing […]


Recent Work from the Week of May 11

More random work. Much of this week was Protein Viewer for WordPress It has been interesting to look back over how this has evolved and the span of technologies involved. I’m still looking at the sheer number of options for molecule viewing. The plugin is on github but is still a first-draft. It does use the free version of ACF and it is included in the plugin automatically. And then I expanded to take URLs in addition to file uploads. There’s some weird stuff with mime types going on that I don’t quite understand. I can download a PDB file from the Protein Data Bank site but can’t upload it to WordPress. If I open the PDB file in Blender and export it as a PDB file it works fine. Checking on the mime type via terminal (file –mime-type -b yourFileName) seems to indicate they’re both the same. There are some slight differences in the text file itself but I don’t know what the problem is. In any case, the URL option gets around that problem and save storage space. I revisit Tweets and keep adding over time. This is not sensible behavior. So many options for viewing molecules of which I was totally unaware. https://t.co/GL0bkKcuJf — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) May 12, 2020 Extensions I added the Zoom for GSuite […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-05-03

Hero Shrews’ Extreme, Superstrong Backbones Are the Stuff of Legends | Smart News | Smithsonian MagazineEach of their vertebrae are dense and heavily reinforced—features that make the spine sturdier—and fringed with fingerlike projections that interlock the bones together when the shrews contract their muscles. 3Dmol.js – A modern, object-oriented JavaScript library for visualizing molecular dataA modern, object-oriented JavaScript library for visualizing molecular data screencasting technical guide | Learn how to egghead like a pro.Guide for code-based screencasts. Tools | Explorable ExplanationsI don’t know how long this has existed but I like the tool set. They Draw It!I can never find this so I’m re-bookmarking it. It lets you make the prediction graphs similar to what you see in the NYT with the Obama article. The American Time Use Survey Is “Poetry, in Data.” – dy/danContexts are never “real” or “unreal.” They don’t exist in a vacuum. Contexts become real when teachers invite their students to interact with them in concrete and personal ways.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-04-26

A state-of-the-art open source chatbot Though it’s rare, our best models still make mistakes, like contradiction or repetition, and can “hallucinate” knowledge, as is seen in other generative systems. h/t Stephen Downes Doomer Macron on Twitter: “Effort thread on the Japanese Communist Party ?????, the largest non-governing Communist party in the world, still have their own News Media institution (Shimbun Akahata ?????? 10th most read paper) & s ‘It’s bullshit’: Inside the weird, get-rich-quick world of dropshipping | WIRED UK“I had this target that I wanted to make $1 million in profit in a year,” he says over smoothies and matcha cookies. “I didn’t do it. I beat myself down really well, I had to book into a ten-day meditation retreat.” This year, his Shopify records show he’ll clear about $90,000 (£69,000) in personal profit. Super Simple Videos: 5 Tips & 5 Reasons to Get On Camera – YouTubeMike Wesch showing people how it’s done.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-04-19

CastleDB – The structured static databaseCastleDB allows efficient collaboration on data editing. It uses the JSON format with newlines to store its data, which in turn allows RCS such as GIT or SVN to diff/merge the data files. Unlike online spreadsheet editors, changes are made locally. This allows local experiments before either commiting or reverting. IanHubert – YouTubeWorth watching even if you don’t want to learn Blender. h/t John