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Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-12-04

ChronodeVFD: A Cyberpunk Wristwatch | johngineer The ChronodeVFD is a personal project I’ve been working on for a couple of months. It’s a wristwatch built around the IVL2-7/5 VFD display tube. I originally purchased a few of these tubes to build a standard desk clock, but after playing around with them, I realized I could probably build a wristwatch too. The tube has a number of features which make it more suited than most Soviet-surplus VFDs for this purpose. The NSA loved RSS in 2004 the NSA is spreading the gospel of RSS to the NSOC Operations Support Staff.  She or he says:  On the Internet, data sources as varied as Dilbert, ESPN Sports news, bankrate.com mortgage news, and Microsoft security updates are all available via RSS. At last count there were over one million RSS feeds available on the web, with more being added every hour. RSS has the potential to revolutionize the way we view the web, both at home and here at work. It’s easy to forget how exciting everything was in 2004.  ‘Clean your desk’ : My Amazon interview experience My second round interview involved me being on line with a proctor (from ProctorU), whose job was to provide tech support and make sure I don’t cheat. As preamble, the proctor made me download some software, one […]

Work This Week – Week 4

flickr photo shared by Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons with no copyright restriction (Flickr Commons) WP Upgrades & Feed WordPress Error WordPress 4.7 came out. It does some good things and internalizes the JSON API stuff. Upgrades went well on most of our installs. We did have some issues though. Feed WordPress didn’t/doesn’t play nicely with 4.7 and the fix has some repercussions with other things we use. The ALT Lab site also broke for a bit and I had to do a fresh install. Not a big deal but ate up some time. The anth101 site also stalled out for a bit because of a conflict with another plugin. Luckily, the latter two issues were restricted the admin aspects and viewers wouldn’t have been impacted. Empty Widgets? I had one blog on rampages that wouldn’t load the customizer. Everything else about it worked fine. Tim Owens from Reclaim Hosting ended up helping me out as it’s fairly strange issue where the customizer won’t load if there are no widgets in it. It did lead to the following list of error variables that I tend to test against. With a bit of work, it might be a useful list. I’ll have to think through what order makes the most sense in terms of likelihood of solving the issue. […]

Instagram-ish WordPress Filter Shortcode Plugin

That beautiful link-bait title and a picture of a dead leaf! That’s why I’m a social media guru. With that self-promotion out of the way . . . I found this CSS library from Una.1 It lets you apply instagram-like filters to image via CSS. Also got to have a nice interaction with Una via Twitter to clarify the license. @twoodwar :+1: its MIT so go ahead — Una Kravets (@Una) December 6, 2016 It fit a need that a professor was expressing for one of our WordPress installs so I wrapped it in a plugin/shortcode combination. The structure goes like so . . . [ cssgram img=”https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5745/31413304786_48ab865a34_c.jpg” filter=”_1977″ ] Plain Image A Few Filtered Examples _1977 Inkwell Xpro2 1 Check out her site if you’re into developer stuff at all.

API Nirvana – The Content

Long, long ago Kin and I did the API Nirvana presentation at Open Ed 2016. The following images are screenshots of the presentation embedded above. I described the construction in reveal.js here. There’s a good chance the images below link to the right slides in the presentation. I need to think through how this particular workflow might work better as it seems wasteful to take screenshots this way . . . 1 Slide one is a visual mashup of Kin’s logo and Nirvana’s smiley face font/color. I find the API path one of temptation. It leads me to question many things and I struggle with what I should be spending the time to tweak, to massively modify, to try to make perfect for me. It is a battle but a better one than tolerating whatever I’m given with no recourse. API tools allow me entirely new levels of IFTTT types of flow– and a flow where I’m dictating far more of the process without the need for a 3rd party intermediary. There’s lots of power there and lots of potential to eat huge chunks of my time as well. It brings up lots of big picture questions about who owns what. With APIs I can increase the percentage I own and make the services/data interchangeable should I need to move […]

Work This Week – Week 3

FI Bootstrap Collapsibles Divs Our Focused Inquiry people are building an online resource for first-year students. One of the things they wanted to do was to put a bunch of concepts in collapsible divs and be able to use a URL to link to a particular expanded div. The initial plugin they were using for collapsible divs didn’t allow/create IDs but moving to the Bootstraps 3 Shortcodes plugin go the IDs we needed. After that it was just a matter of adding a bit of jQuery to a plugin. I gave myself a head start with this post on Stackoverflow. I hadn’t known about the location.hash option previously. It is worth noting that if you don’t lead with window it will work in Chrome but not in FireFox or Safari. You can get the URL to trigger the div by copying/pasting the URL when you hover over the title on the completed element on the published post/page. https://AURL.COM/ficoursecontent/faq/#custom-collapse-0-1 The first number represents the particular group of collapsible divs and the second number represents the specific div. Both counts start at 0. FI Bootstrap Collapsibles Divs – Second Try There are always little things waiting for you. In this case, having auto generated div IDs results in issues if the order of the elements changes. The stuff still works, it just […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-11-27

Figs | Datalegreya My Lies, Translated – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency “I’M GOOD EITHER WAY.” This is not true. I actually have very deep preferences about the course of action our group chooses to take this evening, but I’m keeping those preferences private because I fear conflict more than I desire happiness. Welcome to Sin News: Journalism for Digital Millennials Who Want the Truth – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency Don’t like it? Then go back to your lame news anchor and desk. We shoot all of our news footage on old iPhones, and we always get the notification that says we’re running out of storage. SEMANTIC VIOLENCE WALL — Design And Violence This installation displays a selection of crowd-sourced words and phrases that conceal violence within euphemistic language, or whose literal violence is overlooked or forgotten in favour of their acquired meanings. Gardner Police Department – Timeline The Gardner Police Department was contacted recently about concern over the possibility of a mountain lion being in the area of Celebration Park. In an effort to determine if there was a possibly dangerous animal in the area we deployed two trail cameras to check for activity in the area. We are glad to report that over the time they were up we did not see a mountain lion. We were however surprised by some […]

API Nirvana – Functional Details

I am way behind on blog posts. I’m also bad about telling the difference between blog posts I’ve written in my head and blog posts I’ve actually written. I am glad that being able to tell the difference between reality and fantasy is not that important. Sparked back to reality by this Tweet involving many of my favorite people on the Internet . . . I figured I’d write at least part one of that imaginary post. If my ability to tell fiction from fact continues, I’ll actually write up the content of the presentation this week. Has anyone played round with Reveal.js for slides? @cogdog perhaps? Thinking on using with @Flickr @creativecommons images Maybe fork it? — Ken Bauer (@ken_bauer) November 27, 2016 I got the opportunity to do a talk with the rather hopeful title of API Nirvana at #opened16 with Kin Lane (the API evangelist). The original proposal had doing something like the description below with a focus on the Buddhist concept of Nirvana. Kin Lane, API Evangelist, has long been a traveler on the API path. Tom Woodward has newly come to it. Kin will explain API Nirvana, that it’s more a journey than a destination (you are already on it), and Tom will explain the path and patterns of his early progress towards that destination. […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2016-11-20

Shift Your Point of View to When America Was “Better” | FlowingData DISOBEDIENT ELECTRONICS: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | WIRED As a context, here is a list of some projects that would fit as “Disobedient Electronics”: – Natalie Jeremijenko – Feral Robotic Dogs – The Bureau of Inverse Technology – Suicide Box – Michelle Teran – Life: A User’s Manual – Benjamin Gaulon – Corrupt.desktop – Critical Art Ensemble, Paul Vanouse, Faith Wilding – Radio Bikes – Institute for Applied Autonomy – Graffiti Writer – Survival Research Laboratories – Demanufacturing Machine – James Pierce – Obscura 1C Camera – Electronic Disturbance Theater – Transborder Immigrant Tool – The Yes Men – The Survivaball Survival Suit Amazon.com: Trump Make America Great Again Red Cap Collectible Ornament: Toys & Games