Weekly Web Harvest for 2021-06-06

The Tyranny Of Time – NOEMAAround the world, people were angry about time. Classical Studies Memes for Hellenistic Teens on Twitter: “https://t.co/tYGr9IyjkS” / TwitterSo very nice. Surveillance city: NYPD can use more than 15,000 cameras to track people using facial recognition in Manhattan, Bronx and Brooklyn | Amnesty International The Scrappy-Doo Wikipedia mysteryThe Wikipedia entry for fictional Great Dane puppy Scrappy-Doo is 25,623 words long. With six sections, 15 subsections, and 19 sub-subsections, the page has a greater wordcount than Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, is double the length of the average undergrad dissertation, and is nearly 2,000 words longer than the Wikipedia entry for the entire history of Poland. I first discovered this at Halloween. The Online Photographer: The Future of Information in Two ImagesBut, until then, we will be in a new sort of digital Dark Age in which shared information tends to be at risk rather than tending to be stable and persistent. Adventures in Contacting the Russian FSB – Krebs on Security“Think well before contacting the FSB for any questions or dealing with them, and if you nevertheless decide to do this, it is better to use a virtual machine,” Horohorin wrote. “And a spacesuit. And, preferably, while in another country.”


Weekly Web Harvest for 2021-05-30

Robin Wigglesworth on Twitter: “IF:(elasticwaistsales>zippersales) THEN:[buygrowthstocks] IF:(zippersales>elasticwaistsales) THEN:[buyvaluestocks]” / Twitter LSU on Twitter: “@lizzie_theriott We are so sorry about the error at graduation. We had issues with the closed captioning software. We have taken down the live stream links and are correcting the names now. We will post the corrected videos ASAP to https:Going the AI route on captioning . . . 10 Guidelines for DataViz Accessibility – Highcharts Bitcoin-Mining Power Plant Stirs Up Controversy | Tom’s HardwareThe conflict revolves around a power plant on New York’s Seneca Lake called Greenidge. The company’s website says the plant was opened in 1937, shuttered in 2009, and purchased by new owners in 2014. Those owners started mining Bitcoin in  the facility in 2019. New York Focus reported that Greenidge plans “to quadruple the power used to process Bitcoin transactions by late next year” as the cryptocurrency’s value soars. Environmentalists fear those plans would lead to dangerously high CO2 emissions. Artist Sells Invisible Sculpture for $18,000 – NeatoramaAnd now for the NFT . . . Sascha (???) Pallenberg on Twitter: “And this is why you don’t do public beta tests! Tesla Model 3 display – showing constant traffic lights whilst going 130km/h on the highway! via https://t.co/MXhddRfjgM https://t.co/rAAYPuY9TP” / Twitter MegaBlock | Nuke tweets in one clickDon’t like a bad tweet? Block the […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2021-05-23

Taiwan’s ‘Butcher Princess’ Is Fed Up With All the Sexism and StalkersThe heightened visibility also comes with real-life risk. A couple years ago, Zhang tried live-streaming at her stand to help increase sales. The pork industry rallied behind her, she quickly became one of the most popular Taiwanese livestreamers, and sales skyrocketed. But she was forced to stop when stalkers would show up at the market and try to follow her home. “For other live streamers who stream at home, people can’t find them. But I’m easy to find. Just Google me and you’ll see where I am,” she said. “So said I forget it, even if there is more money, this sense of fear is too great.”  –There’s so much in this one article. Building Cloudflare TV from scratchfrom Jim Groom US Soldiers Expose Nuclear Weapons Secrets Via Flashcard Apps – bellingcatFor US soldiers tasked with the custody of nuclear weapons in Europe, the stakes are high. Security protocols are lengthy, detailed and need to be known by heart. To simplify this process, some service members have been using publicly visible flashcard learning apps — inadvertently revealing a multitude of sensitive security protocols about US nuclear weapons and the bases at which they are stored. Techranger Handbook – Techrangers HandbookWelcome to the Techrangers team, the software and course development […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2021-05-16

Data & Society — The Constant BossIn The Constant Boss, author Aiha Nguyen—Data & Society’s Labor Futures Program Director—chronicles the crucial yet underrepresented perspectives of workers in the debate about workplace surveillance and data privacy, especially (primarily) low-wage and hourly workers who are subject to workplace surveillance and algorithmic management. Dan Harmon Making First Blockchain Animated Series as Fox Embraces Crypto – The Hollywood ReporterI do not think that title means what you think it means. Fox is launching an NFT company to help “art meet technology” as the ‘Rick and Morty’ creator readies ‘Krapopolis,’ an animated comedy set in mythic Ancient Greece that will break new technological ground. Doc Searls Weblog · How the cookie poisoned the WebToday our poisoned minds can hardly imagine having native capacities of our own that can operate at scale across all the world’s websites and services. To have that ability would also be at odds with the methods and imperatives of personally targeted advertising, which requires cookies and other tracking methods. One of those imperatives is making money: $Trillions of it. The business itself (aka adtech) is extremely complex and deeply corrupt: filled with fraud, botnets and malware. Most of the money spent on adtech also goes to intermediaries and not to the media you (as they like to say) consume. It’s a freaking fecosystem, and every […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2021-05-09

Kim Weeden on Twitter: “I’m a bit surprised by how many students don’t know that Canvas records their site use, page views, and when and for how long they had Zoom lectures open. I’d think students of this generation would just assume every app, especiallWhat and how should we tell students about the data being logged by various systems? Do You Have to Pay Full Tuition for Remote College? Judges Say ‘Yes’ – BloombergIn another recent case, one of the plaintiffs tried to get around this difficulty by pointing out that she had enrolled in one course described as involving “fieldwork,” another that promised “clinical hours,” and a third that included “role-play.” The court shrugged. Such language did not amount to a promise of classroom teaching because “experiential learning is not synonymous with in-person learning.” The twisted psychology of browser tabs—and why we can’t get rid of the“Some of them almost liked when [their computers crashed] because they could claim tab bankruptcy,” says Aniket Kittur, a professor at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon. “[It offered] a plausible deniability to their future self for this happening!” Email bankruptcy, tab bankruptcy . . . rationalizations of the strangest things. DarkSide Ransomware Gang Quits After Servers, Bitcoin Stash Seized – Krebs on SecurityThe REvil representative said its program was introducing new […]


Slack Bot! SLACK BOT!!

via GIPHY I don’t know why these two things are connected in my head but they are. So this is another one of those odd workflow posts. Here’s the scenario. I built a Slack App in their Bolt javascript SDK. That app has a command /courseupdate that triggers a modal with a selection and three text entry fields. Submission of that modal form creates a custom post type on a WordPress site. That custom post type is created with three ACF fields updated and a tag added so the update can be associated with a particular project. You can see it in action in the video below. There’s also a custom WordPress theme involved but it doesn’t really matter for this conversation. Various Resources The app runs on Heroku because that seemed the easiest route at the time to host the app. The Bolt framework to build the Slack portion runs in Node. The WP-API to connect the Slack actions to the WordPress site via the WordPress JSON API (also runs in Node). JSON formatter so I could more easily see what was going on with some of the JSON. There are a variety of tutorials that I used but none of them quite worked for me by themselves. Slack Bolt App in Glitch Deploying your slackbot to Heroku Another […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2021-05-02

OERxDomains21 Guideconference guide – A thing worth checking out for many reasons. Hat’s of to Michael Branson Smith for the js work. What is journalism? Chapter Five: Why Bother?Interesting topic and display. The Isolator: A 1925 Helmet Designed to Eliminate Distractions & Increase Productivity (Created by SciFi Pioneer Hugo Gernsback) | Open CultureSomething to use in the next productivity conversation.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2021-04-18

Tom Liam Lynch, Ed.D. on Twitter: “For #WorldBookDay & #ShakespearesBirthday, let’s have some computational fun! ?? Here’s a chart showing word frequencies of TIME, FEAR, NIGHT, & SPEAK in 1 of Shakespeare’s plays. Tell me via comments whiNice little example using dataviz in English in a creative way. Sun Sonification in Spooky Sounds from Across the Solar System docsifydocsify generates your documentation website on the fly. Unlike GitBook, it does not generate static html files. Instead, it smartly loads and parses your Markdown files and displays them as a website. To start using it, all you need to do is create an index.html and deploy it on GitHub Pages. The Age Four Transition to Responsible Childhood | Psychology Today Children today, sadly, exist in a world in which adults have become convinced that children are not competent at age 4, and many believe that they are not competent even at age 8 or 12. Many 12-year-olds today are not permitted the independence that 4-year-olds were permitted until just a few decades ago.  


Data Games with Google Sheets

This is for a workshop with students on Saturday. It’s a revision of a thing Jeff and I did a way back in 2018. I think I’ve come up with some improved examples and I’ve revised a few things. The goal is to let any skill level start to see how spreadsheets can be useful to them. The videos are rough walkthroughs of what’s written here. The sheets have links to the various function help pages so I’m not going to duplicate that here. Get your own copy of the importing sheet. Get your own copy of the manipulating data sheet. Get your own copy of the getting data out of sheet. Get Data In The new example sheet for getting data into sheets is here. It has an example of the main ways I can think of to get data into Google sheets that exists elsewhere. importHTML This goes to the URL indicated and imports the second table. Most of the time you’d just cut/paste from the table but there are scenarios (like a Wikipedia page) where the content continues to grow where you might prefer this route. It’s also a bit harder to use these days as some sites load this content via javascript and it ends up being inaccessible to this particular function. importData Another option that […]