Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-05-24

Canon U.S.A., Inc. | EOS Webcam UtilityWon’t work with Zoom but tempting . . . Chapter 1 | Chatting with Glue Sa11y – accessibility quality assurance assistant – Ryerson University Queer Paranormal ????? on Twitter: “Listen, I just need y’all to read this https://t.co/lrM1jGGTIC” / Twitter Automated – IBM Accessibility Teaching Online by Going Offline: The Adventure Lecture – YouTube Amos Posner on Twitter: “My late grandmother was the youngest of nine children. We recently had a call with that side of the family, involving at least 60 people. One of my elderly relatives couldn’t hear it, but sent word she was “enjoying the intera COVID Will Shape the Class of 2020 for Their Entire Lives | TimeHannah Beier, a photography major in the Drexel University Class of 2020, has been virtually photographing her classmates in quarantine. She directed this series of portraits over FaceTime.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-05-17

elizabeth ballou on Twitter: “NYU made a bizarre attempt at an MMO called “Grad Alley” that recreates parts of campus for graduating students. I cannot describe how bad it is. a random assemblage of textures. auto-generated usernames. nonsensical tools. e How we organized one of the largest virtual U.S. journalism events to dateOne approach to organizing an online coference. Datayo — Open Data. Open ConversationsDatayo is an open source platform to identify, track, understand and address emerging threats to humanity.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-05-10

This X Does Not ExistUsing generative adversarial networks (GAN), we can learn how to create realistic-looking fake versions of almost anything, as shown by this collection of sites that have sprung up in the past month. Gut Check Rule of Fives / Elite FTSBe prudent, and AVOID VOMITING. That is no marker of intensity; it is only a marker of being unable to dispose of blood lactate in the liver at a fast-enough rate. Spare yourself the trauma, and take extra time between sets or reps until the liver enzymes accommodate. Subreddit for the Vocal Synthesis YouTube ChannelBrought to you by the Notorious BIG https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=17&v=9LNkko6JZZ8&feature=emb_title aftertheflood/sparks: A typeface for creating sparklines in text without code.A typeface for creating sparklines in text without code. HTML DOM – Common tasks of managing HTML DOM with vanilla JavaScript CSS Layout 1loc | Favorite JavaScript single line of code Firestorm Books & Coffee on Instagram: “Well, someone did a crime. ? This morning our co-operative was robbed. Someone smashed in the front door, emptied the register, and left…”Also, no, we didn’t call the police. There really isn’t anything that law enforcement could do for us that we can’t do for ourselves and if someone is desperate enough to risk their freedom for $150, maybe we’ve all failed them. It’s tough feeling vulnerable, and seeing […]


Recent Work from the Week of May 11

More random work. Much of this week was Protein Viewer for WordPress It has been interesting to look back over how this has evolved and the span of technologies involved. I’m still looking at the sheer number of options for molecule viewing. The plugin is on github but is still a first-draft. It does use the free version of ACF and it is included in the plugin automatically. And then I expanded to take URLs in addition to file uploads. There’s some weird stuff with mime types going on that I don’t quite understand. I can download a PDB file from the Protein Data Bank site but can’t upload it to WordPress. If I open the PDB file in Blender and export it as a PDB file it works fine. Checking on the mime type via terminal (file –mime-type -b yourFileName) seems to indicate they’re both the same. There are some slight differences in the text file itself but I don’t know what the problem is. In any case, the URL option gets around that problem and save storage space. I revisit Tweets and keep adding over time. This is not sensible behavior. So many options for viewing molecules of which I was totally unaware. https://t.co/GL0bkKcuJf — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) May 12, 2020 Extensions I added the Zoom for GSuite […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-05-03

Hero Shrews’ Extreme, Superstrong Backbones Are the Stuff of Legends | Smart News | Smithsonian MagazineEach of their vertebrae are dense and heavily reinforced—features that make the spine sturdier—and fringed with fingerlike projections that interlock the bones together when the shrews contract their muscles. 3Dmol.js – A modern, object-oriented JavaScript library for visualizing molecular dataA modern, object-oriented JavaScript library for visualizing molecular data screencasting technical guide | Learn how to egghead like a pro.Guide for code-based screencasts. Tools | Explorable ExplanationsI don’t know how long this has existed but I like the tool set. They Draw It!I can never find this so I’m re-bookmarking it. It lets you make the prediction graphs similar to what you see in the NYT with the Obama article. The American Time Use Survey Is “Poetry, in Data.” – dy/danContexts are never “real” or “unreal.” They don’t exist in a vacuum. Contexts become real when teachers invite their students to interact with them in concrete and personal ways.

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More Recent Work

Here is more recent work of a random nature. Some tours, some examples, basically a few highlights from this week that seem like they’d be vaguely interesting to someone. Protein Molecules Talking to one of pharmacy faculty about interactive 3d options led to his sending me a Blender file for a protein molecule. Initially, I exported it as a .object file and was using three.js to do the visualization and interaction. I then found 3dmol.js which is pretty much everything I could want already built out. That did lead to some different file type requirements though. After a quick search I found that Blender has and addon called Atomic Blender that is also built just for this type of thing. Now I can export that blender file into PDB and visualize it in 3dmol via URL parameters which is all kinds of awesome. Here’s one view. Here’s another.  Tour of the Collaborative Genetics and Alcohol (COGA) Site Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Tour Download a PDF Certificate with Interactive Text Entry This lets a participant fill in a sensitive number that we don’t store anywhere and download is with other information as a PDF. See the Pen js to pdf by Tom (@twwoodward) on CodePen.


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-04-26

A state-of-the-art open source chatbot Though it’s rare, our best models still make mistakes, like contradiction or repetition, and can “hallucinate” knowledge, as is seen in other generative systems. h/t Stephen Downes Doomer Macron on Twitter: “Effort thread on the Japanese Communist Party ?????, the largest non-governing Communist party in the world, still have their own News Media institution (Shimbun Akahata ?????? 10th most read paper) & s ‘It’s bullshit’: Inside the weird, get-rich-quick world of dropshipping | WIRED UK“I had this target that I wanted to make $1 million in profit in a year,” he says over smoothies and matcha cookies. “I didn’t do it. I beat myself down really well, I had to book into a ten-day meditation retreat.” This year, his Shopify records show he’ll clear about $90,000 (£69,000) in personal profit. Super Simple Videos: 5 Tips & 5 Reasons to Get On Camera – YouTubeMike Wesch showing people how it’s done.


A Backyard Hodge Podge of Recent Work

It’s been a bit chaotic over the last few weeks and I haven’t been posting much but I have been making fast videos of things. So I’m going to cram a bunch of those things together here with a bit of text to explain what they are and why they might be interesting. Some of the videos were made for faculty, some for some weird audience that exists only in my head. So if the title wasn’t enough of a warning, this is a weird mix of things with little connection other than I did them recently. Virtual Poster Session This started with a proof of concept demo. It evolved into an actual site that’s been well received so far. Research Interest Site This site helps students and faculty find one another around research. WordPress Art Theme This was a minimal WordPress theme we started based on a request from a faculty member looking to use it for art students but then they went another route. As a result, the development is limited. I imagine it’ll get picked back up at some point or another or used as the base for something else. Gravity Forms to Slack to Email Workflow Sometimes you want your form submission to alert you in Slack but then you need to reply in an email […]

A screenshot of the art-based baseball cards.

FotoFika Art Baseball Cards

Origin Story The 2020 All Stars project1 is tied to the FotoFika site supporting photography faculty teaching online due to COVID. One of the concerns that came up in discussions was that this year’s graduating class wouldn’t be getting the personal connections that normally happen during exhibitions. That led to a discussion around Mike Mandel’s baseball card series for photographers back in the 1970s. The idea here is that we’ll generate baseball card-style images for graduating students. We’ll have a second portion where curators will be invited to comment on specific artist cards and their comments will be integrated into the card. Some portion of the cards will eventually be printed.2 Technical Stuff of Interest The site ends up being interesting in a few ways. It’s running off a Google Form for image uploads etc. What you may or may not know already is that Google stopped letting you serve images from folders in any sort of decent way a while back.3 Sure you can do stuff like what the Awesome Table people suggest here but the image quality is garbage and I couldn’t get a number of the URL parameters to work correctly. I opted to ask Jeff for an answer. He came up with the following Google Script which is pretty cool. It takes the file ID and […]


Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-04-19

CastleDB – The structured static databaseCastleDB allows efficient collaboration on data editing. It uses the JSON format with newlines to store its data, which in turn allows RCS such as GIT or SVN to diff/merge the data files. Unlike online spreadsheet editors, changes are made locally. This allows local experiments before either commiting or reverting. IanHubert – YouTubeWorth watching even if you don’t want to learn Blender. h/t John