I thought I’d take a stab at using Google Script to capture Instagram data after being inspired by all the great Martin Hawksey has done with the TAGS Explorer. I’m doing something very similar and it turned out to be fairly straightforward to take the PHP I’d written previously and turn it into something that’d function in Google Sheets. I found this example highly useful in creating my own script.I basically copied portions of it. The following script can also be set with a time based trigger to fire every X minutes/hours/days which is perfect for this particular project. You can see it pulling 20 pictures worth of data every hour here if you’d like.
I spent quite a lot of time with my wife and oldest son looking at the dialectic survey mapIt was a good time and I’ll not apologize for it. and trying to figure out which one of us said a particular phrase or pronounced a word a certain way. About half the time I answered “all of the above” while my wife was tried and true Massachusetts for just about every one.For the record, Massachusetts says just about everything wrong. It’s really sad. I figure my wandering ways are to blame so I figured I’d take a shot at visualizing that. I did recall that Google Spreadsheets would let you visualize spreadsheet data on map with no trouble at all. It’s an option under “insert chart.” All I needed was a location in the first column and the numerical value for the circle in the second column (years in this case). Said and done.Well, not quite. Turns out you can only have two columns of data or the whole thing errors out even if you only had two columns chosen for the chart (which works within the spreadsheet but not on the embed). Too easy. Mine is immediately below and is followed by my wife’s map. Turns out it has a rough time with two different data sources from one […]
First off, I believe that websites that help you think are tools. Websites that help you author media are also tools. So when I say “tools” that’s what I mean. I will also likely call them sites. That’s also what I mean. I like to start off posts like these establishing the fact that I’m not going to try very hard to make sense to you but at least I’m explicit about it. I’ve had a couple of conversations recently that have me close to building these with or without a faculty/course attached. #metoo Movies This started when I was watching one of the original Star Wars movies with my kids. I’d never really watched them closely as an adult. It really seemed like Han Solo was a textbook example of a person acting out some pretty specific examples of sexual harassment. Repeatedly Leia tells him to stop touching her and he ignores her etc. I ended up talking to some friends at a school function about it and the conversation expanded into the idea of a database of clips like this that both act as a lens on that time/space/movie and as examples of particular patterns that might be of interest more broadly. For example here’s Han being creepy . . . In order to write this post, I’ve […]