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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 […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-04-08

LOOK: Temple puts Twitter handles of players on football jerseys for spring game – CBSSports.com —I’m still finding it hard to believe this is real Instead of last names on the back of jerseys, the school put the Twitter user names of its players ahead of Saturday’s game. Experience: I was swallowed by a hippo | Life and style | The Guardian time passes very slowly when you’re in a hippo’s mouth. For years, Facebook has been secretly deleting Zuck’s messages from his correspondents’ inboxes / Boing Boing Facebook confirmed that starting in 2014, Facebook began covertly deleting the personal messages Zuckerberg had sent to Facebook users, allegedly in response to the hacking of Sony Pictures. Within hours of Techcrunch’s story, Facebook announced that it would extend this feature to other Facebook users. Even as Facebook was ensuring that its CEO could sanitize his public records, it was deceiving its users by claiming that when they deleted the private videos they’d uploaded, the videos would disappear — instead, Facebook permanently retained these videos. Some datasets for teaching data science · Simply Statistics This dataset includes gun murder data for US states in 2012. I use this dataset to introduce the basics of R program. The Eviction Lab The Eviction Lab at Princeton University has built the first nationwide database of […]

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Tweets as Presentation: Reflecting on #pressedconf18

I took the opportunity to participate in the #PressedConf yesterday. Described as “. . . a twitter conference (#pressedconf18) looking into how WordPress is used in teaching, pedagogy and research.” it was a pretty impressive number of people and topics covered on Twitter in roughly 20 minute “Tweet storms.”1 Presenting on Twitter was something new to me and I tried to think through some interesting ways to approach things. Given how limited Twitter was I tried to tackle complexity in a few different ways while taking advantage of the way Twitter treats different content integrations. The Post I ended up deciding to build out a WordPress post with various sections that were associated with a number of the Tweets I’d make. I used good ol’ anchor links in the Tweets to be able to link specifically to those sections without having to resort lots of little posts. For example – brings you to the Custom Composition section directly. Not very visual on the Twitter end and probably cheating in the scheme of things. The Videos I tried to tackle other complexity through videos. I made a number of new videos and took advantage of a few others I’d had to try to show more details. I kind of wonder if this worked well. They appeared in two different ways. Some […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-04-01

What scientists found trapped in a diamond: a type of ice not known on Earth Trapped in the rigid structure of diamonds formed deep in the Earth’s crust, scientists have discovered a form of water ice that was not previously known to occur naturally on our planet. The Missing Building Blocks of the Web – Anil Dash – Medium ey’re assembled, by little programs that take the instructions made by a coder, and then translate those instructions into the actual HTML (and CSS, and JavaScript, and images, and everything else) that goes to your browser. If you’re an expert, maybe you can figure out what tools were being used to assemble the page, and go to GitHub and find some version of those tools to try out. But it’s the difference between learning to cook by looking over someone’s shoulder or being told where a restaurant bought its ingredients.