Dead fern fronds on a stick with leaves.

Photography – #161

A post shared by @twwoodward on Jan 10, 2018 at 3:38am PST Once again, it’s been a good while between photography updates. I’ve fallen in a bit of a slump and that tends to result in low photography production. Here’s to more and better photos in the future.

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-12-31

Is white space always your friend? – Questions in Dataviz “most people would agree that white space is your friend, but empty space is not” I’m Maria Popova, and This Is How I Work Occupation: Curiosity Architect Gallery | Tableau Public Tableau hits What I Use to Visualize Data | FlowingData Always nice to see what other people use to do things. Data looks better naked — Darkhorse Analytics | Edmonton, AB simplify data viz gif Coding the Law: Student Work Challenge: For a given jurisdiction, create a “chatbot” to determine if someone is eligible for appointed counsel, fee waivers, or the like. The bot should provide users with a set of action items to obtain any such aid, including copies of any applicable court forms pre-filled with data obtained from interaction with the bot. Cellograffiti by Ches – Neatorama Pen Plotter Art & Algorithms, Part 1 the physical/digital blend I find interesting

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-12-17

Dynamicland Every scrap of paper has the capabilities of a full computer, while remaining a fully-functional scrap of paper. –this is augmented reality Education Outrage: In 1995 I posted the Student’s Bill of Rights. What has changed? 3. No student should be required to memorize anything that is likely to be will be forgotten in six months. Plain Sailing – Futility Closet By the time they matured, in the 19th century, they were no longer necessary. Historian Fernand Braudel wrote, “Colbert had thought of everything except the steamship.” — wonder how much planning ends up this way Complex Knitting and Critical Instructional Design: A Problem-Solving Mindset – OFFICE OF DIGITAL LEARNING We define critical instructional design as the intentional designing of digital learning spaces that reflect a sense of awareness, hope, and possibility; that encourage learning agency;  that allow students to own the process of their discoveries; and that likewise allow the creators of those spaces to undergo their own learning and discovery processes. As such, critical instructional design work asks for our perseverance as designers and learners, because the answers are often not at the surface but require some digging.

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-12-10

Chuck Grassley blasts Sheldon Whitehouse in Trump-Russia probe tweet – Business Insider I would hope you would tweet a correction so that your followers also know it is false. fogleman/primitive: Reproducing images with geometric primitives. Reproducing images with geometric primitives. Alaska is warming so fast, quality-control algorithms are kicking the data – The Washington Post The temperature in Barrow had been warming so fast this year, the data was automatically flagged as unreal and removed from the climate database. It was done by algorithms that were put in place to ensure that only the best data gets included in NOAA’s reports. They’re handy to keep the data sets clean, but this kind of quality-control algorithm is good only in “average” situations, with no outliers. The situation in Barrow, however, is anything but average. h/t jammurdo in Digital Humanities slack group Trump’s Lies vs. Obama’s – The New York Times We have used the word “lies” again here, as we did in our original piece. If anything, though, the word is unfair to Obama and Bush. When they became aware that they had been saying something untrue, they stopped doing it. Obama didn’t continue to claim that all Americans would be able to keep their existing health insurance under Obamacare, for example, and Bush changed the way he spoke about Iraq’s weapons […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-12-03

Kleptocrat Kleptocrat is a unique game of strategy and tactics, based on real-life patterns of money laundering and offshore structuring that have been used by actual corrupt public officials… that is, until they got caught. This game, created by The Mintz Group, a global investigative firm that specializes in tracing assets, offers you insight into the strategies of the corrupt, as well as those who are trying to bring them to justice. Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance – Bloomberg He started a spreadsheet, Scums.xlsx, to keep track. xkcd: Bad Code “it just looks bad because it’s a spreadsheet formula” Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers | EdSurge News The secret to its swift entry into publishing was OER (open education resources). Rather than hire authors to write textbooks from scratch, the company is now curating open-educational materials already on the internet. Firefighters attempt to contain Bel-Air blaze ahead of the strong winds expected Thursday night – LA Times The Los Angeles Police Department asked drivers to avoid navigation apps, which are steering users onto more open routes — in this case, streets in the neighborhoods that are on fire.  Food taboos: their origins and purposes the Ache people, i.e., hunters and gatherers of the Paraguayan jungle. […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-11-26

This Magical Software Makes Facebook Profile Pictures Come Alive “What Facebook will do with this–I don’t know.” It’s reasonable to imagine that Facebook would like to incorporate such a fun feature into its platform as soon as possible. h/t Matt Syndicating annotations – Jon Udell Although it sprang to life to support ebooks, I think this mechanism will prove more broadly useful. Unlike PDF fingerprints and DOIs, which typically identify whole works, it can be used to name chapters and sections. At a conference last year we spoke with OER (open educational resource) publishers, including Pressbooks, about ways to coalesce annotations across their platforms. I’m not sure this approach is the final solution, but it’s usable now, and I hope pioneers like Steel Wagstaff will try it out and help us think through the implications. For Example How Far Will Sean Hannity Go? – The New York Times Until a few years ago, the staff of “Hannity,” the top nightly cable show in the United States, shared news by text or email, but today, much of the collaborative work is handled via a Twitter account accessible to only the staff. “If I like something, I’ll click Like, and if other producers like something, they’ll click Like,” Berry told me. The result is a “pool of ideas” — “50, 60, 70 […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-11-19

What city is the microbrew capital of the US? Using scrollama (or something close to that. h/t Jeff Megalopyge opercularis – Wikipedia “grid-like hemorrhagic papular eruption with severe radiating pain”. — I played ring-around-the-rosy with a tree that had one (maybe more) of these on it when I was around 5 years old. An Introduction to Scrollama.js Scrollama is a modern and lightweight JavaScript library for scrollytelling using IntersectionObserver in favor of scroll events. Using IntersectionObserver abstracts element-in-view detection and removes the need to monitor scroll events, which contribute towards a sluggish experience. It offers three main features: Defensive Exploitation Shortridge-Zero-Nights Presentation that starts with the idea that you understand tech and uses it to explain how humans will behave in a infosec scenario. Mnuchin: ‘I didn’t realize’ viral dollar bill photo would go public – POLITICO Mnuchin said he changed his signature because it was “very, very messy” and “barely” legible. “It was very effective at signing things, but I felt since it was gonna be on the dollar bill forever, I should have a nice, clean signature,” he said. Strange and Curious Wills of the Georgian Era in the Canterbury Court – Geri Walton WILLIAM SHACKELL, ESQ. – Governor of Plymouth – 12 October 1782 “I desire that my body may be kept as long as it may […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-11-12

Strange and Curious Wills of the Georgian Era in the Canterbury Court – Geri Walton WILLIAM SHACKELL, ESQ. – Governor of Plymouth – 12 October 1782 “I desire that my body may be kept as long as it may not be offensive, and that one of my toes or fingers may be cut off to secure a certainty of my being dead, I also make this further request to my dear wife, that as she has been troubled with one old fool, she will not think of marrying a second.” Interactive marginalia – Liza Daly – Medium marginalia and annotation considerations . . . Character Building – Futility Closet A man gets well pummelled at a public school; is subject to every misery and every indignity which seventeen years of age can inflict upon nine and ten; has his eye nearly knocked out, and his clothes stolen and cut to pieces; and twenty years afterwards, when he is a chrysalis, and has forgotten the miseries of his grub state, is determined to act a manly part in life, and says, ‘I passed through all that myself, and I am determined my son shall pass through it as I have done;’ and away goes his bleating progeny to the tyranny and servitude of the long chamber or the large dormitory. It […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-11-05

Various – Don’t Trust Your Neighbors: Early Albanian Traditional Songs & Improvisations, 1920s-1930s (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs Various ?– Don’t Trust Your Neighbors: Early Albanian Traditional Songs & Improvisations, 1920s-1930s In the Land of Vendettas That Go On Forever | VQR Online Prenga burst into the station with his brother and a cabal of associates, discharging several rounds of gunfire and hollering, “We will eradicate your tribe!” Theme 1: The information environment will not improve. The problem is human nature | Pew Research Center Theme 1: The information environment will not improve. The problem is human nature Why an (interactive) picture is worth a thousand numbers – O’Reilly Media Miriah Meyer explores how interactive visualizations can help us find meaning in mounds of data. MNT Reform: DIY Portable Computer For a long time, I wanted a portable personal computer which you can… Repair by yourself with parts from the hardware store or 3D printing Thoroughly understand on any level Take apart, modify and upgrade without regret Adapt to your tastes and use cases, staying with you for many years In Summer/Autumn 2017 I teamed up with industrial designer Ana Dantas to make this machine happen. Three months later, I can type this article on the first prototype of Reform, our DIY portable computer. Fact Checks  |  Search  |  Google Developers If […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-10-29

Theme 1: The information environment will not improve. The problem is human nature | Pew Research Center Theme 1: The information environment will not improve. The problem is human nature Why an (interactive) picture is worth a thousand numbers – O’Reilly Media Miriah Meyer explores how interactive visualizations can help us find meaning in mounds of data. MNT Reform: DIY Portable Computer For a long time, I wanted a portable personal computer which you can… Repair by yourself with parts from the hardware store or 3D printing Thoroughly understand on any level Take apart, modify and upgrade without regret Adapt to your tastes and use cases, staying with you for many years In Summer/Autumn 2017 I teamed up with industrial designer Ana Dantas to make this machine happen. Three months later, I can type this article on the first prototype of Reform, our DIY portable computer. Fact Checks  |  Search  |  Google Developers If you have a web page that reviews a claim made by others, you can include a ClaimReview structured data element on your web page. This element enables Google Search results to show a summarized version of your fact check when your page appears in search results for that claim. The world’s biggest grave robbery: Asia’s disappearing WWII shipwrecks | World news | The Guardian Experts said […]