Rethinking Our Project Page (and other stuff)

Image from page 211 of “Bulletin” (1961-1962) flickr photo by Internet Archive Book Images shared with no copyright restriction (Flickr Commons) I’ve been lucky enough to hire two awesome people who have started over the last month or so.1 We’re also going to get a new supervisor on July 3rd. That’s led me to have a bit of breathing room and a reason to start re-thinking some things. One of those things is how we combine documenting our work. Can we document what we do in a way that will create more people interested in doing these things? Can we do a much better job bringing active faculty to the forefront? Can we serve the end of the year report needs regarding various data elements? Can we gather data we might reflect on regarding our own processes? How do we knit all this stuff together from various services without a lot of extra work? The Old I’ve done this more than a few times. The latest incarnation at VCU was the examples page (pictured above). It is semi-decent but was done in haste. It tries to affiliate tools and instructional concepts with examples. Conceptually, it’s pretty close to TPACK in that way. It has done a marginal job thus far. It houses examples and people can browse them. It doesn’t […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-06-25

The Government Says It Wasted Millions of Dollars Dressing the Afghan Army in Proprietary Camouflage There, they came across HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp., a company whose name seems to have tumbled out of a comic book (and which has, in fact, made uniforms for a Marvel movie, the bad Iron Man one). Founded in 1999, the Canadian company started out around a plan to make “hyperbaric chambers and passive negative-ion generators for professional hockey players,” according to the Atlantic, but later pivoted to making copyrighted camouflage patterns, and maybe one day an invisibility cloak. 6 Resources that Designed Me as a Web Developer – Hacker Noon Usually we choose which resources to review according to our skills set and our fields of interest. There are some resources that make us feel different after viewing/reading them. This feeling is hard to explain. It can be the understanding of issue we are trying to solve or something that wire up our points of knowledge. Marriott Unveils Master Class: Intimate Learning Experiences With Professionals — Is that what a class is like? Should it be? There has been an influx of research that proves that experiences bring more happiness than material goods. Millennials especially place a lot of value on experiences and this is evident in their spending—people are willing to pay to experience […]

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Photography #156

Found a snapping turtle when wandering up a creek this weekend. You can watch it really try to repeatedly bite me in the video at the bottom of this page. 85mm isn’t the best birding lens but really cool to see owls out in the neighborhood. A kinder, gentler baby turtle.

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-06-18

Why EdTech Sucks – Learning {Re}imagined – Medium old media vampires looking to drink young blood, a university department propped up by Pearson, and a zombie report generating agency that could be replaced by an AI CS4G Network Simulator Simulator game to teach the basics of network functions and security Datamoshing HOW TO DATAMOSH VIDEOS WITH DATA CORRUPTION Welcome to Our Design Studio, Where You’ll Never See the Light of Day But You Can Bring Your Dog – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency .” My motto is “On Instagram they can’t hear you scream.” Unless you post videos. Don’t ever post videos. Auraglyph | Spencer Salazar Auraglyph is an audio software programming, composition, and design system for iPad in which processing structures are created with stylus and multitouch input. Via stylus input, users draw a variety of audio and control nodes and the interconnections between them. Game Cities With a PhD in urban planning and geography, a MSc in city and regional planning, a 5-year engineering diploma, and years of experience in the gaming industry, I would love to help shape the urban environments of your game.   My job is to consult on matters of imaginary urbanism, fix your city’s problems, help with your world-building, create your maps, design living, breathing fantasy or sci-fi urban environments, help you abstract existing places to fit […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-06-04

Breathless – Futility Closet I wonder if this was the equivalent of IM speak translators for parents. —— Drawing it across the lips: Desiring an acquaintance Drawing it across the cheek: I love you Drawing it across the forehead: Look, we are watched Trump’s blocking of Twitter users violates U.S. Constitution: rights institute | Reuters A free-speech institute on Tuesday sent a letter to President Donald Trump demanding the prolific tweeter unblock certain Twitter (TWTR.N) users on grounds the practice violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Major league litter — Can a strategic bat toss turn trash into treasure? Anytime the batter makes contact with the ball, he drops his bat, and for as long as that ball is in play the bat stays there, literal deadwood, a three-pound piece of trash cluttering up the area around the plate. Like most litter, the bat is usually passive pollution. It gets flung off into the periphery by the batter, and it sits there until a bat boy comes to sweep it up. Sometimes it’s left to be a nuisance, knocking around the catcher’s feet until he or the umpire kicks it out of the road. Very occasionally it gets turned into art, as in the case of a beautiful bat flip. Safe Visual Data Exploration Exploring data via visualization […]

Non-Standard Shapes- Another Odd WP JSON Display

It’s better to see this in the full page view but it grabs a WP JSON feed and makes up non-standard polygon shapes based on the posts using the featured image as the background. Try reloading the page and the shapes will change. If you hover over them they’ll behave in very odd ways as well. That’s all easier to see on the full page view. It’s a strange proof of concept but one I’ll be putting to work for an odd art site in the future. I’ll tame it a bit as I’ve made a number of completely odd decisions just to see what would happen. It could be I’ll end up using data from the posts to influence the shapes more intentionally. That opens up a whole world of strange dataviz possibilities. That is one of the things I love about doing this kind of WordPress interaction. It’s light enough that I’ll run down a path like this and just try it out. I probably wouldn’t have bothered if it required a full child-theme or page template. It’s a low threshold with a high ceiling and now I have another example of something people don’t think WordPress could do for my NMC presentation next week. See the Pen socially engaged artists – jquery by Tom (@twwoodward) on CodePen.

Running Multisite Like a Boss

This is the presentation I ended up doing at #domains17. I did slide-ish things over here but they probably didn’t include all the asides. We’ll see how well I do at including them in this post. I went down the Church of the Sub-Genius route sometime the night before. It remains to be seen whether this was a good choice or not. I thought it was funny but many of my jokes are for a niche audience of one. Although Grant Potter and Brian Lamb seemed to be down with Bob. The goal of this slide was to portray me as a human. I have a number of other interests. I do not live in a dank cave with eyes eternally glazed from staring into the ether. I have a family. I sleep a reasonable amount. I enjoy the light of the day star. etc. etc. Once again, I’m trying really hard to convince people that I am not special and they can do this. I’m not a programmer. I didn’t study computer science. This is sometimes misinterpreted at times to mean you should do this or we’ve had the same opportunities to do this. I’m not saying any of that. I’m trying to say I’m no better than you and that with time you too can be a half-competent […]

iPad Robot Redemption

I freely admit to having mocked iPad robots on more than one occasion. My experience with them has largely been awkward encounters at conferences where they felt more like curiosities1 than anything with real purpose or impact.2 But . . . we recently ended up in a scenario where a student in Molly’s Artfulness class was going to be unable to attend class for a lengthy period of time. She was considering dropping the class. The next class was a dance-focused class run by Jill Ware where movement and being in the space was particularly important. All this came out in an informal conversation with Molly. As a semi-joke, I said now was the time to use the iPad robot . . . and not only did we do it but it ended up working really well. You can see some of the interactions playing out below. I think it was a fundamentally different experience than merely watching. In this particular scenario I think that the iPad robot really made a remarkable difference in terms of interaction on the part of the student driving and the students interacting with the robot/student.3 It also looks like a fundamentally different experience for both the driver of the iPad robot and the students in the class. It’d be a fun thing on which […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-05-28

anime.js – a Collection by Julian Garnier on CodePen A 1.4-Billion-Pixel Map of the Gulf of Mexico Seafloor – Eos The geology of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) is dynamic, driven not by plate tectonics but by the movement of subsurface bodies of salt. Floating labels are problematic – Simple = Human – Medium Forms are not a source of entertainment. The floating label won’t make users enjoy using forms. Users don’t care. They just want the outcome. stutrek/scrollMonitor: A simple and fast API to monitor elements as you scroll The Office for Creative Research Good morning, We are a hybrid research group, working at the intersection of technology, culture and education. We build user-focused tools, public space interventions and forward-looking prototypes in the service of understanding and humanizing complex data systems. Summer 2017 Schedule – ANTH 101 “This class was inspiring on many levels when I took it in Fall 2016. I look forward to seeing the challenges progress on here, as well as possibly doing some of them again, on my own.” Donald Trump has a very strange theory about exercise – CNNPolitics.com Trump believed the human body was like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted. So he didn’t work out. When he learned that John O’Donnell, one of his top casino […]

Ricoh Theta to YouTube 360 on a Mac

The easiest path for me to get Theta video on YouTube using a Mac ended up being . . . Change file from m4v to mov – just rename the file and confirm. Open the renamed video file with the Spatial Media Metadata Injector program Save it Upload to YouTube and wait a bit as it’ll take a while after upload for it to become 360 interactive but it does get there.