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 […]
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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 […]
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