Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-05-14

Judge rules emoji are proof of intent One piece of evidence used against the defendants was an emoji-filled text message they sent to Dahan, which mentioned the house and included the emoji chain “?.” Animating the Virtual DOM by sdrasner some really slick stuff in this Many pet rabbits will die in Second Life on Saturday | Rock, Paper, Shotgun Virtual rabbits across Second Life [official site] will fall asleep on Saturday then never wake up, now that the their digital food supply has been shut down by a legal battle. The player-made and player-sold Ozimals brand of digirabbits are virtual pets that players breed and care for in the sandbox MMO, and even need to feed by buying DRM-protected virtual food. But they rely on servers. Waypoint reported earlier today that the seller of Ozimals and the Pufflings virtuabirds has received a legal threat he says he cannot afford to fight, so they’ve shut down. By Saturday, rabbits will run out of food and enter hibernation. Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts | Environment | The Guardian It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-05-07

TaffyDB – The JavaScript Database Dave Brat’s Horrible, Terrible, No Good Problem with the First Amendment When a questioner said that health care is a human right, Brat countered the question with, “.”I don’t think y’all want the separation of church and state (…) In the west rights come from God”. In a press interview immediately following the event, Brat was asked how excited he was about the bill, he replied, “I’m a Calvinist,” he said. “I’m the frozen chosen. I’m an economist. So, it’s like—excitement? Whatever.” He also added, “I don’t think people get that excited on policy in general,” Chase added that it is the responsibility of the church, not the government to protect the poor, needy and vulnerable. “If a person needs help they should join a church.” Home | Better Better is a privacy tool for Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It protects you from behavioural ads and companies that track you on the web by enforcing the principles of Ethical Design. You can download the Better apps from the App Store and Mac App Store. A New Model | Mastery Transcript No Standardization of Content The performance areas, credit standards (rubrics, etc.) and credits are specific only to the individual crediting school, and will never be standardized across schools. No Grades Letter grading (or numerical […]

Managing Rico Theta Videos on a Mac

The theta software sucks but the camera is decent #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA At one point you could mount a Ricoh Theta camera on a Mac like so . . . Mass Storage: Press Wireless and Shutter. While continuing to hold these buttons, plug THETA into computer with USB cable. Camera will be powered off. via this It appears this no longer works on Macs running an updated OS. I never found one that worked . . . but supposedly it does on older version. I tried a number of things on various machines here but even diskutil list in terminal wasn’t seeing the Ricoh. Molly even went to great lengths to call and talk to a person on a phone but he was less than no help. There seems to be a pretty basic assumption that you only want to take video in the camera and upload it via their app. Much like the GoPro, it’s hard to tell what’s going on in the Ricoh via the device itself. It tells you it’s on, wi-fi is up etc. but storage remaining and a few other things that might matter are not apparent. Get Your Video & Cleanse the Camera To get the content to your phone and remove it from the camera, you’ll need to go […]

Fix Adobe’s Annoying Photoshop PNG Transparency Clipping

Photoshop decided it was smarter than me and would override my decisions about exporting a PNG layer with transparencies. It’d clip it and mess up my careful alignment. You can see someone else suffering from this on the Adobe forums. This could not stand. If you don’t want to see the setup for the issue and just want the answer . . . take the paint brush set the opacity to 0 and make a slash across the top prior to export.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-04-30

itsnotmythrowaway1 comments on Senior Arizona Lawmaker: Teachers Should Expect To Work Second Jobs And Have Lower Salary Expectations Worse yet, many of those charters are deliberately manipulating the enrollment process to ensure they do not have to educate poor and underprivileged students. How does a “public” school do this? Let me give you an example. Many charter schools do not offer bus service. This means parents are required to drive their children to school in order to go to these charter schools. I sat in a meeting at one of these charter schools where the powers-that-be within the school were concerned that “bad” students and english language learning students (read: hispanic students) might still come to the school because they could bicycle or walk to school. The solution? The school set up a policy where students cannot walk or cycle to school, and they removed all bicycle parking. They did it under the claim that they were interested in student safety, and that riding or walking to school was un-safe. If you can’t drive your child to the school (because you’re working or otherwise occupied), your child can’t go to that school. In the Dark – Futility Closet “This paper was undertaken in an attempt to shed light on some very mysterious problems. I fear I have done little more […]

Historical Will Annotation Continued: A WP API Experiment

The Judah Will Project (now with new URL!) has continued to grow as Ryan has been putting in serious work on the research and writing side of things. I have no choice but to step up my game and it’s been an interesting learning experience as it’s the first time I’ve tried anything sophisticated with WP providing the writing/data side of things while presenting that information somewhere else entirely. Headless? So here’s a recap of changes since the last update. More Obvious I talked to Jim about the project a few days ago. It became clear to me that it wasn’t obvious that the names in the will transcription were clickable prior to actually clicking on one. I fixed that with a simple dashed underline. This was one of those times where I was trying to keep the visual elements minimal but ended up going too far. I also threw in a modal popup for initial directions to make things more obvious. I just used this simple modal jquery plugin. It immediately drove me crazy by popping up all the time. So I looked around and found a solution to set cookies which I’d never done before. I also used a modal for the ever-growing family tree. When you have 12 kids in a generation, things get pretty wide. Permanent […]

Simple Interview Formatting Using Pseudo Elements

I had a quick question today about formatting an interview. That led to some quick experimentation in Code Pen and some simple uses of pseudo class selectors.1 When I first looked at the transcript I started to assign a class to each paragraph. That would work but was tedious. Given we were switching speakers at every paragraph I could be clever/lazy. nth-of-type will let me select odd and even elements. You can also be far fancier (every 5th etc.) but even/odd was all I needed. Given how pleasant that was, I figured I’d try a few more. This CSS lets me grab the first letter (and the colon) of the paragraphs and make them a bit like a drop cap.2 I wondered if I could use the selectors in combination to alternately style the first letters drop caps. Turns out you can. Anyway a fun 10 minutes or so that might be of interest to other wanderers out there. See the Pen demo for clare – fancy version by Tom (@twwoodward) on CodePen. 1 Disregard my neapolitan-ice-cream-inspired color scheme. 2 I had to look up the word for ‘big letters in medieval manuscripts’ and didn’t actually read/follow the tips for drop caps at the URL linked here . . .

Audio Annotation POC Using WaveSurfer.JS

See the Pen wave surfer – waveform by Tom (@twwoodward) on CodePen. I needed to make a quick proof of concept for the annotation of audio on the web. In this case, it’s meant to provide a visual and auditory way to play through interview segments that represent different categories of responses. I found WaveSurfer.js this morning and just a bit later I had a functional example. I find the ability to highlight track elements visually and access specific segments to be a pretty powerful combination. If we stacked several tracks vertically the visuals would quickly point out content variation in terms of timing and total composition. You could get more and more complex from there. Playing with it gave me all sorts of ideas (including possibly using it as part of of the upcoming Reclaim Your Dance Party // API + Audio = (beats, visuals, internet, participate) session at Domains 17 with Grant and Brian). It’s also looking like I’ll be able to work more with our music department to think through online course on music so possibilities like this will be very useful. This kind of thing would be pretty easy to turn into a plugin . . .

Simple Text Analysis POC

See the Pen text analysis color viz – step 1 by Tom (@twwoodward) on CodePen. Assuming you have sentences, phrases, or words you’d like to categorize . . . you could do something like this to create a visualization. This one is using CSS but it could be done in any basic word processing software. Setting levels of opacity would allow for multiple-overlapping categorizations. See the Pen text analysis color viz – step 2 by Tom (@twwoodward) on CodePen. Playing with font size and the rotation of the paragraph also opens up some doors . . . as does doing different rotations at the sentence level depending on the categorization of the sentence. You could get even more granular with stuff like that using data attributes and CSS. See the Pen text analysis color viz – step 4 by Tom (@twwoodward) on CodePen. A Bit Odder See the Pen text analysis color viz – step 5 by Tom (@twwoodward) on CodePen.