Photography – Week 60

This is just frost on my windshield in the early morning. I really like the surreal mix of sunrise bokeh and crisp ice patterns. I need to do a photo book of lonely pets.


Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

And So We Meet, Again: Why The Workday Is So Filled With Meetings : NPR “Experts say poorly run meetings grind away at employee engagement and make companies less reactive by bogging decisions down in human red tape. Some companies, including Mattel, try to create limits around the size, duration or frequency of meetings. But meetings often last longer than they need to, Rogelberg says, because managers don’t understand Parkinson’s Law. This is the idea, backed up by research, that tasks take as long as the time allotted. If you budget two hours, it takes two hours.” h/t D’Arcy Norman tags: meetings time weekly Off the 3-D Printer, Practice Parts for the Surgeon – “Before he operated on Violet, Dr. Meara wanted a more precise understanding of her bone structure than he could get from an image on a screen. So he asked his colleague Dr. Peter Weinstock to print him a three-dimensional model of Violet’s skull, based on magnetic resonance imaging pictures.” tags: medical weekly 3d printing A cleric in the world’s most populous Muslim nation has declared selfies a sin – Quartz More fodder for the selfie class I will never teach. tags: selfie religion muslim sin weekly Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Rookie Javascript Mistakes

I frequently can accomplish things by cobbling together code I find on Stack Overflow and various tutorials/examples found elsewhere. Sometimes I have a decent idea what’s going. Other times . . . my lack of real understanding slows me down much more than I’d like. The following bits of increased knowledge come from playing around with three javascript plugins for jquery. You can see all of them in action at the site1 above. Chart.js – simple HTML 5 carts that are animated on construction countUp.js – does those rolling numbers ToolTipsy – slick customized tooltips “By seeking and blundering we learn.” – quite possibly Goethe2 Here are two easy things I did wrong when playing with way too many javascript libraries on the ECAR demo site. Lesson one – If a library is a jquery plugin then the script you write (initiator?) AND the plugin reference3 have to load after jquery. That order is just a little bit important. I had previously thought far less about the plugin source URL and probably accidentally put it in the right order. In my head it wasn’t a script.4 I thought about more like a reference put into action later and so I never really thought about the order. This is basic competency stuff but I did it wrong and spent a while […]


Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Let’s Ditch the Singularity and Focus on Multiplicity — Davos 2015: The New Global Context — Medium “Tasks that are hard for humans, like precision spot welding, are easy for robots, while tasks that are easy for humans, like clearing the dinner table, are very hard for robots.” I think the same could be said for programs/computers with the obvious parallels for teaching/learning stuff. tags: singularity computer human weekly How PAPER Magazine’s web engineers scaled Kim Kardashian’s back-end (SFW) — The Message — Medium ““This sort of cold thrill goes down my spine,” Knauss said, “and the only thought that makes it out of my brain is, ‘Eep.’” He continued: “I reflexively begin designing the architecture in my head. It’s a nerd impulse. Dogs chase after thrown balls, system administrators design to arbitrary traffic.” h/t Jon Becker tags: challenge weekly GWEI – Google Will Eat Itself “We generate money by serving Google text advertisments on a network of hidden Websites. With this money we automatically buy Google shares. We buy Google via their own advertisment! Google eats itself – but in the end “we” own it!” tags: google ads art stock weekly Sad YouTube A different kind of YouTube comment . . . tags: sad youtube comments internet culture weekly memory community Art Forms in Nature: The Prints of Ernst […]

It Could Be Beautiful: Aspirational vs Operational EdTech

creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by ellyjonez1 This is a bit of brainstorming for a presentation I’m doing in a few months. It’s a bit of a remix of some stuff I’ve highlighted before but there are a few new examples in the mix (bolded below). I think they’re well worth looking at more deeply- especially Math Box and Keshif. I like Math Box because it tightens up the equation/interactive visualization connection in math. It’s one of the reasons I love Fluid Math. Math Box is not for the faint of heart (javascript library) but it starts to lead towards different expectations around how we might see and interact with math concepts. Keshif incorporates many of the elements that have had me chasing Simile Exhibit and FacetWP. It does it in a really slick visual package that enables some really interesting options. I really believe there’s depth to the different kind of understandings we can come to when data can be quickly sifted and sorted. It is interactive data visualization that can change the kinds of questions we ask. Have better examples? Am I getting too flaky? Throw some feedback my way in the comments or write in the document.2 A great deal of energy and attention has been focused on using technology to automatically grade […]

WordPress Multisite- Quick Delete to Reuse Email

Image thanks to Armando. In WordPress Multisite, a user can sign up under an email address. They then decide to delete their account for some odd reason. If they try to sign up again under that same email, it’ll say the email address is being used and will become available in a few days. In a situation like ours (all accounts are restricted to VCU email addresses) that’s a problem. You can jump right into phpMyAdmin and delete the row that contains this information in the wp_signups table. That’s no big deal unless you have a giant database and then using phpMyAdmin1 is a very special kind of slow motion misery. The following two piece solution allows me to just go to a website, enter the email address I wish to expunge and presto change-o the email is available to be used again. This isn’t rocket science (but it may be helpful) and there may be alternate paths. Those who know better, feel free to warn and/or educate me. Piece 1 A little tiny HTML form. Piece 2 1 It’s likely someone with more skills would just use the command line to knock all this out but I’m not there yet. I’m working on it.

Photography – Year in Review

It is still January right? Instead of looking through all my images or even culling the weekly summaries I opted to see which ones had lingered in my head. These are the ones I remembered. Some of them were pretty popular on the Internets but others received little attention. This is an unposed image of my grandfather’s girlfriend at his funeral. One of the pictures I missed that lingered. I can’t find or erased another of a woman holding her hand up to the glass of a window at night. I must do a better job with metadata.


Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Norse – IPViking Live Watch all sorts of IP attacks live- pretty inspiring dataviz creation. tags: dataviz data information ip attack weekly tweet That Study Never Happened | ThinkThankThunk “If we’ve let the fickleness of history and public policy describe the bizarre set of standards (looking at you, Math) and therefore the metrics that we’ll measure all students against, you’ll end up with a system designed for those metrics. Instead, if you define your own measures, and actually study longitudinally their validity, we’ll end up in a place where perhaps we’ll value the emotional-intelligence development of a teenager above their ability to comply with outdated curricula. Maybe we’ll come to value the nuance of entrepreneurial thought opposed to attempting to cram a line of reasoning they stole wholesale from Reddit into five paragraphs 20 minutes before the paper is due. “ tags: learning metrics weekly What If the Data Visualization Is Actually People? – Learning – Source: An OpenNews project “Losing the graphics made sense to all of us on the project. What worked best for the story won out, as it should. We didn’t need graphics for the sake of graphics, especially graphics that weren’t working in service of the piece. And photos, while not numbers, are also data in their own right. My own internal calculus, data = charts, was based […]