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Gravity Forms Rich Text Editor Grayed Out Fix

This isn’t clean and I have no idea why this is behaving this way but . . . this is a way around it. Sometimes Gravity Forms won’t let me choose the “Use the Rich Text Editor” option but I really, really want to choose that option. It’s grayed out as you can see below. In Chrome, I click “inspect element” on the grayed out checkbox and I can then see in the HTML that the word “disabled” is just sitting right there taunting me. What’s nice is I have the power to destroy that word. If I click on it and erase it things become good again and the checkbox is now available. And victory! I haven’t seen any ill effects for doing this and I’m not sure why it’s happening but this a way around it.

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-05-13

educate your child interactive data viz on choosing a school and the impact that has in Chicago Meet Calumma uetzi, a rainbow-colored chameleon from Madagascar that was just named after a VCU professor “It’s one thing to have a species named after you,” he said, “but it’s another thing to have a really nice and pretty species named after you.” erinspace/sonify: Use data to create and play MIDI files! Take a CSV of data, output sound! Using Python! Small b blogging What’s going on here? I call it small b blogging. It’s a virtuous cycle of making interesting connections while also being a way to clarify and strengthen my own ideas. I’m not reaching a big audience by any measure but the direct impact and benefit is material. –what’s this look like for departments/education?

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Javascript Highlighter to Form (or whatever)

John Stewart asked if I had any easy ways to allow users to highlight some text and push that highlighted text to a form. I didn’t but that sounded like something useful in a variety of scenarios so I sketched out a working demo in Codepen which you can see below. It can push the content directly to a form field on the page but I also built a link that would populate to include the highlighted text as a URL parameter and grab the page URL as well. Like most things I make, it’s the result of some Stack Overflow responses being hit several times with a hammer. It’s decently commented up but is not the most optimized of code. This type of construction usually results in new ideas being incorporated on the fly and that makes for ugly code. I am ok with that as this prototype took about 15 minutes to create. We can polish things up if/when we have a more direct audience/intent. Until then, it’s a functional prototype which can be used to get faculty seeing possibilities. See the Pen highlight to field by Tom (@twwoodward) on CodePen.

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A Clearer Google Docs Revision History View

It’s a bit awkward to see who did what in a Google Doc via the version history. That’s something faculty often want to do. The easiest path I found was to name the oldest and newest versions. Then click to show only named versions. That does it pretty well. The video above shows it with more detail.

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-05-06

J.R.R. Tolkien Expressed a “Heartfelt Loathing” for Walt Disney and Refused to Let Disney Studios Adapt His Work | Open Culture he also called Disney a “poor boob” and lamented “What might not have come of it if this man had been educated—or even brought up in a decent society?” AirSelfie2 Drone | Boing Boing Store The Selfie Gets an Upgrade with This Phone-Controlled, Pocket-Sized Drone

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-04-29

JOSEPH BEUYS: I LIKE AMERICA AND AMERICA LIKES ME | Kids of Dada In 1974, Beuys spent three days in a room with a wild coyote for his performance, I Like America and America Likes Me. The Ratio Tracker — Data For Progress Twitter occupies a relatively small share of the American public, but counts essentially every public figure among its daily active users. As much of elite communication takes place on this online platform, we at Data for Progress feel that it is important to provide some insight on how political elites use the platform, and how their audiences respond. In this spirit, we will be providing periodic analyses into various aspects of the Twittersphere. You Can’t Opt Out Of Sharing Your Data, Even If You Didn’t Opt In | FiveThirtyEight It’s what happens when one person’s voluntary disclosure of personal information exposes the personal information of others who had no say in the matter. Your choices didn’t cause the breach. Your choices can’t prevent it, either. Welcome to a world where you can’t opt out of sharing, even if you didn’t opt in. ?? Dashan on Twitter: “Seen at a Harbin restaurant: swinging cradle for your phone, I’m told to cheat the “10k steps/day” test & qualify for health insurance discounts, presumably while you relax, eat & drink […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-04-22

Old Man River – Futility Closet Because of its importance to the region’s M?ori people, New Zealand’s Whanganui River is legally a person, with rights, duties, and liabilities, including the right to be represented in court proceedings. Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson said the river will be recognized as a person “in the same way a company is, which will give it rights and interests.” Recapping and Reflecting on OLC Innovate 2018 – Adam Croom While I was flying to Nashville, I had an idea. I grabbed all of the names, emails, and companies that emailed me, and put together a spreadsheet. Aha, if you have a spreadsheet, you have a database. I proceeded to then write a email template inviting them to this session. It’s a drip campaign which means if they don’t respond, I also reminded them. BBC Sound Effects – Research & Education Space These 16,016 BBC Sound Effects are made available by the BBC in WAV format to download for use under the terms of the RemArc Licence. The Sound Effects are BBC copyright, but they may be used for personal, educational or research purposes, as detailed in the license.

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-04-15

Citation Hunt Find statements in need of citations on Wikipedia for research assignments Jon Bruner on Twitter: “Here’s a thread: generative artificial intelligence has made breathtaking gains in the last four years. For instance, these are images of imaginary bedrooms and imaginary album covers created by a neural network.… https://t.co/bj Internal Revenue Service Using the latest technologies, the IRS offers multiple avenues for you to get tax information. If you have a smartphone, we have an app! If you like to watch videos from your phone or computer, we have dozens of helpful YouTube videos…and, of course, follow us on Tumblr. James Bridle / Works all kinds of interesting art/tech work Billion-Dollar Blessings — ProPublica At the front lines are the “admissions representatives,” some 300 phone recruiters working two shifts from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., deploying call lists that Liberty gets from websites where people register and search for information about online higher education, like BestCollegesOnline.com. There is such a race to get to customers before University of Phoenix and other rivals that the prospective students sometimes marvel at how little time has elapsed — just a handful of minutes — between their providing their information on a website and the call coming from Liberty. Liberty’s tax filings show that in 2016, the university paid Google $16.8 million for […]

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WordPress Dev Environment URL Helper

Tim moves our rampages database to our dev server roughly every month. Our database is big and awkward and uses Multi DB to deal with the scale. Because of the multiple databases some of the typical migration patterns to get the URLs right don’t work. We were suffering through that for a while but I’d find myself ported from the dev environment to the live site at times without realizing that’s what happened. That is not a fun way to live. Because Jeff was working on a really smart way to do this in the database I realized I didn’t know more than I thought I didn’t know. As a result I stumbled upon the ability to filter the site url and home options. That means we can make a tiny little network activated plugin that leaves our database alone and just filters things on the fly with a dab of regex.

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Social Media Jujutsu

Jujutsu1 is a martial art focused on using your opponent’s momentum against them– clever redirection of force rather than trying to meet it directly. This seems like it might be an option for some of today’s social media woes where people are trying to continue to take advantage of the good aspects of these tools/communities while opposing some of their attempts at manipulation. There are major alternatives like Brontosaurus Mastodon but many people aren’t going to make that jump.2 So consider this post more of a way you might mitigate harm while continuing using tools meant to bend your mind and warp your perceptions. Twitter Numbers One way these interfaces play games with your mind is by showing all kinds of numbers. You’ve got a score card for likes, retweets, followers etc. It becomes a shortcut. Is this tweet funny? 453 people fav’d it. Should I fav it too or is this just a bandwagon thing now? How good was my tweet? Did enough people retweet it? That extends even to following people. How many followers do they have? Are they worth following? It can make you skip really looking at the content. One path out of Twitter’s attempt to manipulate you via numbers is Benjamin Grosser’s Twitter Demetricator. It’s a browser plugin3 that removes all those numbers replacing them […]