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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-01-21

Tobias Schneider on Twitter: “Somebody forgot to turn off their Fitbit. Markers trace known military outposts, supply and patrol routes.… “ Somebody forgot to turn off their Fitbit. Markers trace known military outposts, supply and patrol routes. Donald Rumsfeld’s Snowflake Poetry Is Exactly What America Needs Right Now – POLITICO Magazine CALENDAR, PART 2 I have a feeling that the things I want to do that we have to drop off the calendar don’t get put back on. For example, I still need a dentist appointment. Nov. 28, 2001,1:21 p.m. h/t my lovely wife Walgreens Vampire | Orlando – Yelp He’s normally referred to as the Altamonte Vampire, although I’ve never seen him in any other businesses than Walgreens, as he pretty much lingers there late at night. I’ve also heard to him referred to as Dracula, but I think the Walgreens Vampire is more fitting than anything. Prior Art – Futility Closet Krøyer patented his technique in the United Kingdom and Germany, but (the story is told) the Dutch application was rejected because a Dutch examiner found the 1949 Donald Duck comic The Sunken Yacht, by Carl Barks, in which Donald and his nephews raise a yacht by filling it with ping-pong balls. Senate Quietly Admits It Doesn’t Protect Staffers’ Personal Email Or Devices From Hacking The government agency […]

Portfolio Timeline

One of the things I ended up being dissatisfied with on my own portfolio was the timeline of my work history.1 At the time making an interactive multimedia timeline seemed like a good idea. Just the phrase “interactive multimedia timeline” sounds fancy, right? I made it using the KnightLab Timeline JS tool (which is a great tool) but it just doesn’t do what I want. Define the Purpose I hadn’t really thought deeply enough about my audience. If it’s people trying to hire me, and I can’t imagine anyone else caring, then I have to think what I want them to understand at a glance. Paging through the timeline can tell a decent story (if it happens) but the timeline does not allow the viewer to see the big picture at a glance. I also tried to show that while I’ve had a large number of jobs there’s a pattern of, and consistency between, organizations and between higher ed and k12. I tried to make that connection in the Timeline JS version by using the same logo and color pattern in the segments but it requires people to notice that and hold it in their heads. It’s not doing what a good visualization should do which is to offload that cognitive load to the eyes of the viewer. Hand Sketch […]

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Portfolio // Data Visualization

This is meant to be a general survey of a fairly large swathe of concepts and examples with lots of links for additional specificity. I encourage you to follow links.1 I’ve tried to also mix it with quotes from a variety of designers.2 Those people are also worth exploring and most links will lead you to something that will lead you down an associative trail3 of links/searches.. Portfolio design considerations are grounded in many of the same design decisions that are foundational to good data visualizations. Many portfolios also include, maybe should include, elements that meet the typical definition of data visualizations although usually of small data sets.4 Both portfolios and data visualizations can be thought of as heuristics. You’re helping people think. You’re helping them understand you, a concept, a relationship, etc. Rich content brings meaning to a graphic. Inviting visualization interprets the content and highlights the essence of the information for the reader. Sophisticated execution brings the content and the graphics to life. Dona Wong Have an Audience in Mind5 The audience sets the initial frame for your consideration. Who are you trying to talk to? What are their likely experiences with websites and what do they care about? It’s also worth thinking about what might keep you from being attractive to people that you wouldn’t like. Assuming […]

Three rows of orange-ish colors with the text 'fake hues' over the top of them in white.

Fake Hues

I heard Trump saying ‘fake news’ on the way in this morning and it led me to ‘fake hues.’ It’s been stuck in my head ever since. I thought this would have been done already but a cursory google search didn’t turn it up so . . . I took the image of Trump from this article and used Color Thief1 to pull out the three main skin-ish colors. It took all of five minutes to slap together and write this post so I’ve now got it out of my head and can move on to more productive things. But I’ll probably come back to it this evening to match the font and the box ratios on the upper portion so the white spaces matches the letter cross-strokes like the lower portion. 1 It’s science rather than my biased selection of especially orange colors.

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100 Copies Loop

We’re doing year two of the Social Work Portfolio in Google Docs. I am opting to do the creation/duplication of the main files on the computer end rather than the Google Drive/Scripts side of things because of all the hassle from last year. You can read more about the full failure here. This AppleScript will give me 100 iteratively-named (x_1, x_2, etc.) copies of the source folder and all its sub-directories and their content. It is just adding a variable from the AppleScript to the loop that calls the terminal command ditto. I’m sure a shell script could do this or I could do it fully in Automator. There are many paths but I knew enough about both of these to get what I needed one in ~5 minutes. Next up will be automating the sharing via Google Script. It won’t be much different than last year but I’m going to add a piece that will write that the folder and the contents were successfully shared to the spreadsheet that holds the student emails. That way when/if the script fails it can auto-resume without having to go back and start over.

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-01-14

Comic contracts and other ways to make the law understandable Considering how swamped we all are with agreements and terms, from the workplace to just downloading apps, we need to change the way the information regulating our legal relationships is presented, as well as the level of other detail it contains. Pointlessly complex contracts have to stop. This is why some lawyers are rethinking contract design, using mind maps, illustrations and even contracts in comic strip form, which is the focus of my research. What comic comes up when you load XKCD today? : AskReddit the various permutations of the umwelt comic broken down The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018 I cannot tell what is parody and what is reality anymore. INTE 5340 – Weekly Reflections of an Analog Woman in a Digital World: Case Study #1 – anth101.com – Anthropology for Everyone anth101.com models for me what a living, breathing course can look like. When I look back to when I taught Drugs and Behavior and Intro Psych, I see the classes I taught as boring and lifeless. We as a class didn’t create our own stories together, and we lost the opportunities to make connections. I really like how well-integrated all the various media for each lesson and challenge are on the website. And the more I […]

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Critical Digital Fluency Revisited

I had the chance to talk to the kind folks from Middlebury about digital fluency Friday. I’ll probably do a better job getting into the depth of things with this as I was moving pretty rapidly for the 20 minute presentation. It’s also super-meta in a way that’s hard to articulate verbally so I’m going to try to use digital elements to allow that to surface more obviously. You can view the original presentation in the reveal.js framework here.1 I thought this was funny. I considered translating it to French to further emphasize the “this is not a pipe” thing but after surveying a few people in the office I became less confident anyone would know what I was talking about and I would have to rely on Google Translate for the French which seemed risky given Middelbury’s language focus. Part of what I wonder, now even more than a few years ago, is what people are thinking when they talk about digital fluency. There’s just so much there and it’s so entwined with so many other things. My goal was to have people vote on a 1-5 scale on how complex an example of digital fluency by holding up their fingers. That didn’t work to well because Zoom doesn’t let you do the gallery view of participants when you […]

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RVArts.org Version II

Lots of remakes going on lately. That’s good in that it means people still want to work with me (now our group) after doing it once and secondly they’re seeing things to change and improve which is how things get better. The harder part to figure out is that in you never really finish anything so you have to keep that partial snowball effect in mind as you figure out how much work you can take on. Or I suggest you do. I at least pretend I do but really if it’s cool and interesting enough I just say yes.1 So anyway, the old RVArts site was decent but it was an early work in terms of my capacity as someone who makes websites.2 This remake is a mix of technical and visual changes. Technically . . . This remake is about harvesting the content students create in a Facebook group and then using it with different material students create in WordPress. Right now the data is pulled from the Facebook group events into WordPress through the Event Aggregator which ties into Event Calendar Pro. Later in the game we opted to jump events right back to Facebook so we could have skipped all that and just used the FB API but sometimes you find that stuff out too late. […]

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ANTH101 v 3.ish

“You cannot think your way into a new way of living. You have to live your way into a new way of thinking.” – Mike Wesch You can’t beat that quote as a way to frame a course and it’s nice to consider how digital content supports that kind of perspective on learning/living. It’s also a key consideration in how I think about building courses like this. You have to do it. You shouldn’t expect to be perfect the first time, or the second, or ever really but if you’re doing it right improving it should be worth the investment. You should get some joy out of the process and it should alleviate things that cause you pain. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Mike Wesch and Ryan Klataske at Kansas State over the last few years1 on the ANTH101 site. It’s been an interesting progression over time as the course has continued to evolve. We’ve gone done a variety of paths and dealt with human and technical issues. It has been interesting to participate in the ongoing co-evolution of aesthetics, mechanics, and content. It’s also a scenario where I wish I’d have done a much better job with screenshots so I could more accurately show you how the site has evolved.2 After an initial meeting at Kansas State […]

A screenshot of the worst part of my portfolio. It shows three presentation summaries.

Re-Thinking My Portfolio

Below is the assignment I gave. I’m going to give it a shot starting with my own portfolio and then looking for aspirational goals in a subsequent post. Take a look around at portfolios other people are using. You’ll want to check out people in the field like Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom but you’ll also want to look outside sociology for inspiration. Cast a wide net. Find sites that are doing things you like. Take targeted screenshots and explain what you like. Link back to the sites. Keep thinking about the data being presented, the user interactions that get you to the data, and the visual elements that appeal to you. Spend an hour or so looking around and getting ideas. If a particular search isn’t fruitful, try something else or jump ahead 5 or 10 pages in the search results. Don’t get bogged down. Once you’ve got a good chunk of ideas, use them to create a post outlining what you’d like your portfolio to be. Some people call this wireframing. If you like to sketch, sketch out things on paper or whiteboards and photograph (I do this often) them. You can also use a variety of digital tools to do something similar. Your portfolio is an interactive argument that provides a skeptic audience with a limited attention span […]