Weekly Web Harvest for 2022-05-15

‘How a $10k poker win changed how I think’ – BBC Future To build a strategy to beat Dan Bilzerian, once again I needed to ask questions: how is my range plotted against his? What are the strongest hands I have and what are the strongest hands he could have? For whom is this board better? Is this card better for him or me? And by how much? Crucially, these questions are independent of an opponent’s style, and they are independent of Bilzerian. In short, his approach matters far less than my own. ‘Old Cunny’: King Of The Ohio Body Snatchers – DiggingUp1800 “a big, raw-boned individual, with muscles like Hercules, and a protruding lower jaw, a ghoul by vocation, a drunkard by habit and a coward by nature. His wife was a bony, brawny, square-jawed Irish woman, with a mouth like an alligator. Both had a tremendous appetite for whiskey.” [1]


Context Dependent WordPress Banner

Note: I will be conducting a sexy SEO title writing workshop in the near future. Goal We’re moving our documentation.1 We want to warn people of that fact just in case they’ve done something odd like bookmark a particular page, are referring to a link from an old email, etc. etc. The main DLINQ site uses the Avada theme and the items we want to target with the “we are moving this” banner are portfolio post types in a particular category. Where am I? How do I know? It’d be easy to staple this banner all over the place. I wanted it only on the Avada portfolio post type and only for a particular category (Tech) since we use that post type for other things. First, I had to find out what the post type was. Looking at it I just guessed ‘portfolio’ but that was wrong. It was ‘avada_portfolio’ and I could find that out by echoing out get_post_type() on the kind of page I wanted to know about. Then I needed to get the category the avada portfolio post type was in. If it was in a normal category I could use in_category to see what was up. This was in a custom taxonomy so I needed to see what my options were. I could do this by […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2022-05-08

Magical SVG Techniques — Smashing Magazine "O Uommibatto": How the Pre-Raphaelites Became Obsessed with the Wombat – The Public Domain Review Oh! How the family affections combat Within this heart; and each hour flings a bomb at My burning soul; neither from owl nor from bat Can peace be gained, until I clasp my wombat! Anaconda Engineering Blog PyScript is a framework that allows users to run Python and create rich applications in the browser by simply using special HTML tags provided by the framework itself. Why these dads want permission to patrol schools “My son, he’s in ninth grade. He’s gotten suspended a few times for vaping then the alleged rape happened a couple of months ago,” said Jimmy Carter. “Then at that point, I said you know this, this has got to stop.” –What could go wrong? Henrico Schools to provide $500 bonus to all full-time employees this fall – The Henrico Citizen All full-time staff members employed by Henrico County Public Schools at the start of the coming school year will receive a one-time $500 bonus, as part of what school officials are calling an “aggressive” campaign to retain current staffers and hire new ones. —$500 . . . so divorced from reality.

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Stacking Images with CSS

I wanted to do a little example for a Gravity Forms workshop series I’m doing with Reclaim Hosting. The goal was to play off the Wonder Twins and their ability to change into various shapes. So I thought it’d be fun to propose a scenario and then have people propose different things for the Twins to turn into in order to defeat the bad guys. Give the final-ish product a try. So I’ve got a prompt. The Wonder Twins are known for assuming different forms to help fight crime. Jayna can transform into any animal and Zan can assume water in any form. For instance in the example above, Jayna turns into an octopus and Zan turns into an ice unicycle. I think they do that to avoid falling asleep but it’s a bit confusing. Now I wanted to show how we can use Gravity Forms to accept two images and combine them with a third image in a way that feels unified. You can see the example below, the form submitter would pick two images and they show up in the circles. The images I used were just some random pictures from my Flickr account.1 The Overlay Nothing fancy to this part. I just made an SVG with two transparent holes in it. I am getting better and better […]


Getting Relevanssi Search Working in WordPress Multisite

We shifted the DLINQ site to multisite a while back. It’s no obvious change for anyone viewing but it enables us to spin up different sites without the hassle of jumping between sites or installing the same plugins/themes in so many places. Clearly not rocket science but little things like that build up over time, even with password managers.Or maybe I just missed multisite? Now I can make themes and plugin combinations that more specifical address needs we have. I’ve built out a documentation theme that I need to blog about and made another theme for a fellowship we have going. There’s also an intern handbook on there that’s expanding pretty rapidly. One challenge that using a Multisite in this way brings up is searching across sites. We’re addressing that issue with Relevanssi Premium.I say in with a bad Italian accent and an extra “i” in honor of Jim Groom. It is a paid plugin but it deals with a couple of things that would be a hassle otherwise. The major advantages I saw were. searching across sites in multisite indexing ACF fields having a permanent, unlimited licensing option Permanent, unlimited licensing is a nice option that is rare these days. I like to be able to use the same plugin to solve the same problem. It saves time and […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2022-05-01

On Shifting Toward Agility With Learning Technologies – D’Arcy Norman The Taylor Institute acts as a testbed for new technologies that will be evaluated by the campus community, and the community will also help to decide which technologies should be implemented across the university (and which should be discontinued, and which should be left as DIY). We now have several committees and working groups that will lead these efforts (including the Learning Technologies Advisory Committee, General Faculties Council Teaching & Learning Committee, and the TI Classrooms Working Group). Is Grammarly a Keylogger? What Can You Do About It? But why would a grammar app need accessibility permissions? It turns out that accessibility permissions are like the Holy Grail of permission entitlements. Accessibility permissions allow approved apps to fully control the entire computer as if they were sitting next to you, watching your screen, and holding their hand on top of yours while you typed on the keyboard and moved the mouse. Based on my brief usage of the app, in practice, this means: capturing the user-editable text inside any application brought to the foreground by the user and augmenting/manipulating the UI of the app in focus.1 Once this permission is granted, Grammarly can now capture text and send it back to its servers without any further user interaction. No other […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2022-04-24

Indigenous pedagogies and online learning environments: a massive open online course case study h/t Stephen Downes Thirteen Ways of Looking at Blackboard – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency Using an iPhone as My Webcam Might be worth the trouble . . . Introducing Discussions: Real Human Answers in Search Results | Brave Browser To serve these Discussions, the Brave Search ranking algorithm detects queries where a discussion forum might give an alternative or complementary viewpoint to the search results. This “discussion worthiness” score is based on a variety of signals, including: Freshness (or recency) of the topic The popularity of the topic on a given forum The quality of the conversation (as measured by user engagement, such as upvotes or responses) The search quality score (which measures how relevant the discussion is to a query) The Greatest Show in Baseball: The Savanah Bananas – Neatorama I keep seeing this team popup in various places. I can think of the comments about how this isn’t baseball and likely people will feel very strongly about that. It gets to the heart of what a thing might be and what it’s supposed to do. I wonder about the same thing about education and the varying paths it might take depending on how and what you believe it’s intended to do. Aric Toler on Twitter: “And […]