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Become a vigilante superhero in this interactive tale about wealth inequality / Offworld “. In Cape, an interactive fiction story created by Bruno Dias for the ongoing Interactive Fiction Competition, you become one of those shadowy figures trying right wrongs in a crime-ridden city. But since wealth inequality lies at the heart of all the problems you encounter, well… let’s just say that it’s an uphill battle. “ tags: weekly videogame if interactivefiction fiction game UCalgary ePortfolio platform | D’Arcy Norman dot net D’Arcy on WP portfolio conversations tags: eportfolio portfolio weekly Thomas Sankara – Wikiquote “I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory[….] You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. […] We must dare to invent the future.” tags: quote madness future caution weekly Amazon Offers Up Research Money for ‘Crazy’ Ideas That Just Might Work – The Chronicle of Higher Education “A new grant program, announced on Thursday, takes aim […]


Red Dot It on Twitter

Given the level of despair and rage resulting from Twitter’s move to the like/heart option, I have decided to save the world. It seemed a worthwhile way to spend two minutes. This codepen was handy in figuring out how to make the arrow part of the tooltip the right color. The following chunk of CSS thrown into a plugin like Stylebot will now enable you to simply red1 dot something. It is simply a circle which could mean anything. Instead of the tooltip displaying the word “Like” you now have a blank canvas upon which you can think any word you want.2 [EDIT] Another option that’s probably simpler and more fun, although unlike Gizmodo, I didn’t copy him. Install Stylish for your browser, add this rule, and use any emoji you want. pic.twitter.com/vDAC039CeZ — Robert McNees (@mcnees) November 3, 2015 1 Change the color if red is offensive. 2 In reality replacing the text via javascript seemed a bit too much effort for this sort of nonsense. I can justify two minutes but not ten.


Google Calendar Events via Google Form

This script allows you to setup a Google Form that adds events to a calendar. It’s useful. You’d make your form first and calendar. Then you’d adjust it to reflect your particular column order and calendar ID. Finally, you’d add the script to your Google sheet (where the form submissions end up). That’s about it.


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Man Stuck In Tree After Car Floods Gives Best Weather TV Interview Of All Time ““So I’m up about 20 feet in a tree right now,” he adds. “What?!” comes the response, which is weirdly enough what we’re all thinking. “What are you, what, uh, are you okay? How’s your energy, you’ve been there quite some time?” “Oh no, I’m fine,” Packer assures us. “Thankfully this is the nicest tree here. It’s a little cold, but I did Boy Scouts for 20 years, so I know how to keep my energy up and keep warm, so I’m doing fine.” “ tags: weekly weather interview exercism.io “Think deeply about how code can be improved. One particularly well-kept secret is that looking at someone’s code with an eye towards finding ways of improving it can teach you more about writing readable code than receiving feedback on your own code. Doing this forces you to think about why you make the trade-offs that you do, what in the code you are reacting to, why you are reacting to it, and how you might improve it. There is rarely only one good solution to a problem. Asking questions and articulating your thoughts about these small problems can change your thinking about the issues you face in the code bases you work in on a […]


Map a Folder Full of Images to Google Spreadsheet

Imagine you have a large folder of images in Google Drive. I don’t have to imagine this as I do thanks to an IFTTT recipe.1 Google tends to be kind of stingy with the kinds of filtering/interactions you can have with files in their folders and we know that if you get stuff in Google Sheets then a world of other possibilities opens up. I’ve been thinking about what options there are with Google file storage because VCU is a GAFE school and we have unlimited Drive storage. That might open some media storage options with heavy load projects like our Field Botany site or our more recent work with the East End Cemetery. So . . . I wrote a quick script to take a large G Drive folder full of images and write the content to a spreadsheet while embedding an image preview. The script is below. I ended up revamping both enough that I felt it was worth reposting. For the record, the script ran through about 4,500 images but it may have timed out so keep that in mind if you’re dealing with lots of images. 1 I figure if I have enough backups to my online backups then I can pretend I’m safe.

My Chunk of the VCU ALT Lab Educause Presentation

I got a chance to present at Educause with Gardner, Jon, and Molly. The session was about 45 minutes so we each had about 7 minutes. The session description is below. I figured I’d throw my slides/comments up here- mainly because I will forget everything if I don’t write it down. In the past, centers supporting excellence in teaching and learning tended to follow models of faculty development focusing on incremental change in widely accepted practices. VCU’s Academic Learning Transformation Laboratory seeks to change that paradigm. This session will begin with our story thus far. Come help us write our next chapters! from the program This is a list of my greatest fears (although I left out hypocrisy which I find myself repeating almost as much as workflow). It’s easy to scare people out of doing things. It’s easy to end up aiming for mediocrity. That feels like a high bar at times. Don’t call warming up dog food a victory. It’s really almost worse than leaving it cold. At least cold dog food isn’t pretending. I’ve had to do it at times but don’t let it ever become a goal. Excuses are easy. Figuring out real limits on capacity and aspiration is hard and a constantly moving target. It’s a tightrope to walk but walk it. Many places support […]

Photography – Week 97

I’ve shot the Richmond Zombie Walk for the last few years and have used a few different lenses. This year I opted for the 85mm and went super shallow at 1.2. That made for some really interesting shots but also resulted in a large number of missed shots. The 85 is slow to focus and it needs a couple of feet to focus. The zombies had the tendency to lunge in too close and/or at the last minute. Even with those misses, I like how many of the shots turned out and I remain amazed by how much work and skill goes into many of the costumes. He was filming his son with a camera on a selfie-stick. He was so happy. The Straw Man who was part of the Wizard of Oz group which was an entirely impressive group. Seeing zombie parents with their children was odd. I think this guy was driving the car that was responsible for the traffic jam I was in. He looked lost amongst the police and wreckage. Traffic started moving before I could try another shot.


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Learning to Code is Non-Linear – Buffer Posts – Medium Certainly true for me in a variety of areas of learning . . . “Programming was taught to me in a similar way?-?and for students to attain true understanding, this doesn’t feel like it’s the best way to learn. There is a literal learning curve to programming, and once you hit the inflection point of that curve you become somewhat self reliant. You know what to ask Google, you know the process of debugging, and you start to realize you’re capable of accomplishing anything by yourself. But if you haven’t hit that point yet, it can feel like you may never hit that point. Traditional methods of testing and gauging progress among students who are at different points in their capacity to learn programming don’t feel quite fair, and I believe this discourages many (particularly underrepresented minorities) from continuing to learn how to code.” tags: weekly coding nonlinear learning Human Interference Task Force – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “The goal of this “Human Interference Task Force” was to find a way to reduce the likelihood of future humans unintentionally intruding on radioactive waste isolation systems. Specifically, the task force was to research ways to prevent future access to the deep geological nuclear repository of Yucca Mountain.” tags: weekly odd future […]