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Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-09-06

Sasha Perigo on Twitter: “Today in our apocalyptic hell world: my roommate’s employer mailed her a solar panel and a personal generator to make sure she could keep working if she experiences one of the rolling blackouts.” / Twitter Corals | 3D Digitization In the future, everyone is going to be a software engineer, but only a few will learn how to code. — QuartzA new industry is emerging (pdf) to serve the Morts of the world by designing and selling what are called no-code or low-code platforms. Companies like Caspio, QuickBase, Appian, and Mendix are creating visual interfaces that enable people to essentially snap together blocks of software, and bypass the actual lines of code underlying those blocks (skilled developers can also dive into the code). With basic training, a non-technical employee can rapidly assemble software tools that solve business problems ranging from simple database queries to applications lashing together multiple legacy enterprise applications. — Yahoo pipes was so ahead of its time.

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-08-30

Online Learning Student Experience is the New Climbing Wall –This work is going to require new levels of collegiality and shared imagination. It will also require enormous attention to detail. When serendipity works in residential education, one reason it does so is because the student is physically surrounded by people who can help. Students are less likely to fall through the cracks when their dorm mate or classmate or advisor or professor or random student on the quad can show them how to leap over a particular crack. Online, the opposite is often true. Randomness is an enemy more often than a friend because the cues for where to go and what to do have to be consciously created, as must be the environment that encourages the formation of social support networks. VidReader – The very first smart reader for videos.We use smart technologies (NLP + AI) to create well-formatted interactive transcripts for your videos. Now you can read, search, share, and locate a sentence within any videos in seconds. Get started with a YouTube link below! The True Colors of America’s Political Spectrum Are Gray and Green – The New York TimesLike some stuff we might do with colorthief.js and screen captures of various websites h/t Jeff Amazon Drivers Are Hanging Smartphones in Trees to Get More Work – […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-08-23

Nadine Batchelor-Hunt | ???? ?????? on Twitter: “I just found out that “abracadabra” comes from Aramaic meaning ‘I create like the word’ (‘???? ?????’), and from the Hebrew for “I create as I speak” – and this is definit Customers aren’t satisfied with virtual college — Joanne JacobsIn addition, regulations keep lower-cost alternatives out of the market. To gain eligibility for federal financial aid, innovative programs must be accredited, writes Akers. They are “judged based on how they educate students (e.g., curriculum, faculty, manner of instruction) rather than on the outcomes they produce.” She proposes creating a pay-for-performance system that looks at outputs, such as first-year earnings and student loan repayment rates. — it’s almost like we can’t understand how this would also create really terrible results in the long run. xkcd: Synonym DateThe perfect English challenge. Stephanie McCarter on Twitter: “The masks I’m making for my Vergil students. https://t.co/xLEmeQGo6B” / Twitter Two.js: ExamplesTwo.js is a two-dimensional drawing api geared towards modern web browsers. It is renderer agnostic enabling the same api to draw in multiple contexts: svg, canvas, and webgl. Survivalism – WikipediaGet your terms right for the coming SHTF. 30 Completely Unrelated Movies Described In One Sentence That Perfectly Fits Them Both | Bored PandaFeels like a useful prompt. Scientific Illustration | Julia Moore Illustration | United StatesA […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-08-16

How Two British Orthodontists Became Celebrities to Incels – The New York TimesMike especially appreciated the words of Marcus Follin, a Swedish bodybuilder and ethnonationalist vlogger who calls himself the Golden One. In a popular video, the Golden One explained to his 100,000 subscribers how “mewing” could help return vigor and good looks to modern men. After the British Orthodontic Society expelled Mike, the Golden One rallied his followers to spread mewing videos in order to combat Mike’s orthodontic “adversaries,” who he said had a “vested interest” in silencing the Mews. We’d Love to Join Your Learning Pod – McSweeney’s Internet TendencyWe’ve been asked to join other multimodal sensory learning Hamptons pods, but your pod sounds AMAZING — so Laura Ingalls Wilder one-room schoolhouse meets Hunger Games, but in the best way. In this time when kids aren’t getting enough hugs, your pod seems full of hygge. I love that the students will learn to finger knit the words GOOD TROUBLE, and I agree that archery really should be considered the sport of this pandemic. And you’re certainly never too young to grow your own ingredients to make vegetarian haggis. InfoWars Reporter Hailed As a Deep State Victim. The Cops Say She Just Robbed Her Mom.The trio’s alleged attempts to lie to officers were so obvious to authorities that they […]

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Recent Work – July-ish Edition

Life is like a box of chaos and Forrest Gump was/is a descendent of Nathan Bedford Forrest and I’ve never read the Forrest Gump book. It’s always been difficult for me to keep track of what I did. I’m good about managing what’s in progress but once it’s done it fades from memory fairly quickly. It’s been worse lately as there’s just a lot going on. That is the purpose of writing these posts and really the main purpose of this blog over the years. I tend to look back at a few places to jog my memory when I write these- my calendar, github commits, codepen, and the YouTube videos I’ve made. Not perfect but it gets me started. It’s always amazing how much I forget until prompted. If anyone has better paths, I’d be interested in hearing about them. WordPress-y Things Lots going on with WordPress. I think I’m making some marked improvement on my overall design skills lately. I’ll credit Matt Roberts for inspiring me to up my game on that end. I’ve always cared what things look like but I think I’m better able to pull the whole thing together in a way that feels more unified now. Motivation in Context This is a lab site that has some custom post types and a nice relationship […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-08-09

Basant ???? on Twitter: “The bridge was built to last. Then the river changed course. https://t.co/zYSVEpBWzQ” / TwitterThere’s a message in here somewhere. China’s Artificial Intelligence Surveillance State Goes Global – The AtlanticThe nanny apps work in tandem with the police, who spot-check phones at checkpoints, scrolling through recent calls and texts. Even an innocent digital association—being in a group text with a recent mosque attendee, for instance—could result in detention. Staying off social media altogether is no solution, because digital inactivity itself can raise suspicions. The police are required to note when Uighurs deviate from any of their normal behavior patterns. Their database wants to know if Uighurs start leaving their home through the back door instead of the front. It wants to know if they spend less time talking to neighbors than they used to. Electricity use is monitored by an algorithm for unusual use, which could indicate an unregistered resident. What the SAT’s Adversity Score Means for Its Racist Past – The Atlantic The original Scholastic Aptitude Test was invented in 1926 by Carl Brigham, a Princeton alumnus and avowed eugenicist who created the test to uphold a racial caste system. He advanced this theory of standardized testing as a means of upholding racial purity in his book A Study of American Intelligence. Conversation Piece – Futility […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-08-02

Sean M Elliott on Twitter: “@2tonbug @willsybee Gary Larson has a *lot* to say about this. https://t.co/s6m8628iXw” / TwitterThe last paragraph on the left is worth reading. Especially in the days of audience research etc. Software that monitors students during tests perpetuates inequality and violates their privacy | MIT Technology ReviewSoftware that monitors students during tests perpetuates inequality and violates their privacy — might as well say it twice Dunderville SwiftOnSecurity on Twitter: “Someone broke into my garage and stole my car and I didn’t know since I haven’t been driving.” / TwitterA strange story and the Tile aspect is interesting. Abraham Lincoln’s Annual Message to Congress — Concluding RemarksWe can succeed only by concert. It is not “can any of us imagine better?” but, “can we all do better?” The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-07-26

Zoom doesn’t need to be awful: Lessons from video chat historyMore importantly, this is a moment when we desperately need online environments that encourage dialogue between people from different backgrounds and perspectives—that are inclusive of more diverse forms of participation than “Hollywood Squares” allows. The current Zoom environment only sets us back from this goal by reinforcing an interaction model that has been rightly criticized for reflecting and perpetuating the worst instincts of professional meeting culture, such as power-hoarding and individualism. The H5P PB Kitchen – Cooking with H5P & Pressbooksh/t @cogdog Snake Handling | The First Amendment EncyclopediaState courts have consistently upheld the state laws as reasonable health and safety regulations, such as the Court of Appeals of Kentucky in Lawson v. Commonwealth (1942) and the Alabama Court of Appeals in Hill v. State (1956). The adventure app Randonautica has led users to dead bodies, haunted houses, and other bizarre destinations / Boing Boing Fatum Project theory. “All things in the world are causally connected and everything that happens, including our thoughts, is usually determined by the sum of all environmental factors.” Randonautica is an app that borrows from the Fatum Project’s research to break away from the probability-tunnels our everyday choices create. Using a quantum number generator to send users to a set of mysterious coordinates, Randonautica has […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-07-19

As We May Code – NSHipster Loss | Know Your MemeAlongside the outright mockery of the strip, a trend arose on /v/ which involved taking the Loss strip and representing it in different ways. Usually, these would attempt to be minimalistic, portraying the characters as lines, dots, or just having four empty panels. Similar to how anything with green and purple can be recognized as Daily Dose, any similar-looking four pane comic can be recognized as Loss. Brian Roemmele on Twitter: “?One of the more popular apps for 2023 for Apple AR glasses will be an app called “Smile”. It will restructure the world where everyone that sees you smiles. It will have an interesting impact on society in ways not unde Wind Telephone – Otsuchi, Japan – Atlas Obscura ??? on Twitter: “pretty wild stories in the App Store reviews for Replika, which calls itself “THE chatbot for anyone who wants a friend with no judgment, drama, or social anxiety involved” https://t.co/a5Z0JxjN55” / Twitter Seed Ticks Are a Thing You Probably Didn’t Know You Need to Avoid | SELFHe’s actually had seed ticks on him in the past and says they can look like a brown patch moving up your leg because there are so many of them. It’s not uncommon to find a lot of them at once, […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-07-12

Librarians turned Google Forms into the unlikely platform for virtual escape rooms – The VergeOne of the early examples when google forms allowed conditional logic was a choose your own adventure form. I need to build out that wordpress plugin to let construction of these be more pleasant and allow more choices. B. Bolander on Twitter: “i hope bill watterson is doing okay and is proud of all the children he radicalized with this stuff https://t.co/l31P58xU0l” / Twitter The true story of the prince of Qatar and his time at USC – Los Angeles TimesThe adjunct researched selling the watch to benefit USC, but found that it was already registered in his name with Rolex. Instead, he wrote a check to the university for its estimated value, $12,500. USC confirmed his account. –what kind of adjunct has that kind of money for a watch they don’t sell and never wear? Coronavirus Conversations With One of America’s Richest Men – BloombergI wondered if the bubbling frustration might be fueled instead by the different ways billionaires loom over our lives, and not only because we can’t check email, stream movies, or post photos without their products. Earlier in April, Bill Gates had suggested his foundation would spend billions of dollars to fund a coronavirus vaccine, reminding everyone that it was the rich, […]