Illustrating Odd Autocompletes
Blatantly copying this post for a #ds106 assignment.
Google Autocomplete is an oracle with strange powers to bring oddities into your life. This assignment asks you to seek out that randomness. Start with a strong phrase (things like “I hate . . .” or “I love . . . ” seem to work well.) and run through the alphabet looking for really odd autocompletes. When you find a good one, screen capture it and create an illustration that represents the search string.
[snap url=”http://bionicteaching.com/trials/markov/” alt=”DS106 Markov Tweet Generator” w=”400″ h=”300″ link=”on”] The following is how I adapted the Markov chain generator from Hay Kranen. Thanks to the commentsComments matter and help stitch together the Internet. I found below Hay’s postwhich is from 2008 I might add- long tail etc. etc. this Markov + Shakespeare version inspired me to figure out the “post-to-Twitter” option.Note to self and other clueless people, urlencode is just a bit easier way to clean up the text than trying to think through a str_replace. That’s a fairly awesome example of the fact that I have no idea what I’m doing. I only happened across that function (?) by chance on some random StackOverflow post and it was as if the world just fell into place. Anyway, the much cleaner version is up and running. It now allows you to push the results to Twitter although I’m still adjusting this a bit. The code for the page I modified is below. It’s still slower than I’d like but it’ll do for now. The fact that I can go from a conversation one day to a fairly finished product the next is the piece that amazes me about computers and the Internet. I cannot stress enough that I don’t know how to write PHP. I feel that’s a statement of […]
¡Rayos! by Brujo+, on Flickr I’ve been brainstorming some broad categories of things that might be worth discussing as part of ds106. This is mainly a re-categorization of stuff I’ve written about before but I wanted to try to think about how some of this might fit together down the road and make sure I had examples in a one spotClearly, things got out of hand. Now that I look at it, I should have put this in a spreadsheet and run it into exhibit. I didn’t think there’d be quite this much for only one category. I’m also seeing how examples will often fit into multiple categories. I should know better than to make lists in blog posts. It never does the data justice. Anyway, here’s draft #1 dealing with examples of restrictors. Restrictors These are stories/projects that become more interesting because of the restrictions involved in creating them. Text 25 word stories 6 word stories 6 word bios 6 word teen memoirs 6 frame comic summary Images/Presentations 4 slide sales pitch Pecha Kucha Restrict your images to any odd category. I used 98% medieval bestiary images once to talk about blogs. I plan to do an upcoming presentation using nothing but tattoo photos. Battledecks Battledecks – alternate rules Genre/Form Restrictions Survival Manual Wolverine Poetry Zombie vocabulary Passive Aggressive […]
The Knight Rider gif has nothing to do with this post but it might make you feel better. If you’re here from #ds106, that image is for you, the post is likely to be depressing although it does at least reference Gardner’s digital facelift talk. What passes for deep thoughts on this blog Here’s my fairly simple idea. School systems are paying corporations/speakers/consultants millions in the hope of finding short term, instantaneous solutions – essentially elements of the digital faceliftAlthough this includes reading programs, magical consultants and all kinds of non-digital “solutions.”. That money should go toward improving teachers, building internal capacity, and creating teacher evangelists for concepts and tools. Instead we keep trying to buy shortcuts. We end up with tools/programs teachers don’t want and which many teachers don’t use. We end up paying companies to develop the expertise of their employees while our own employees lack funding for professional development. What if we stopped paying for cheap, easy fixes? Take Discovery Learning’s 150,000 “learning objects” for instance. Most teachers only use a tiny, tiny fraction of those videos. What if we just paid people to find videos on the web and tag them in a way that makes them accessible? If that fails, what if we paid teachers to make the videos that were needed? I know the […]