Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-08-19
- Could ‘explorable explanations’ help tell a new kind of story? – Columbia Journalism Review
“I’m a bee,” says Case. “I cross-pollinate fields.”
Wildcard: Spreadsheet-Driven Customization of Web ApplicationsIn this paper, we present spreadsheet-driven customization, a technique that enables end users to customize software without doing any traditional programming. The idea is to augment an application’s UI with a spreadsheet that is synchronized with the application’s data. When the user manipulates the spreadsheet, the underlying data is modified and the changes are propagated to the UI, and vice versa. Concordia University’s online vision hid grim reality – oregonlive.comIn a draft version of Ries’ speech to trustees, he spelled out the “pronounced challenges” of Concordia’s 20-year deal with HotChalk, a California firm the school had paid hundreds of millions of dollars to jumpstart its online programs. The financial success of the deal depended on “overly aggressive enrollment targets,” Ries planned to say. Declining enrollment devastated the university’s finances. Home of “Louie” & “Gyp” (LOC) | Bain News Service,, publishe… | Flickrthanks to @cogdog I got another beautiful flickr comments example How a Web Design Company Crowdfunded Millions and Completely Disappeared – VICE“The problem space we tackled, we had the kind of hopeful naivety that would actually give us the balls to do it, but it’s much more difficult than any of us realized,” Toucchi told Motherboard. “I can imagine there’s a few people who are pissed off.” Toucchi went on to portray those his […]
Kafka’s Joke Book – McSweeney’s Internet TendencyWhy is a raven like a writing desk?” “I don’t know,” Gregor told the faceless interrogator for the fiftieth time. “We can’t help you if you won’t work with us. Perhaps another day in the machine will convince you to cooperate.” Create Written Notes From YouTube Videos Instantly With this Chrome ExtensionUnlike a transcription app that would just transcribe the whole thing for you, Gnotes has you identify what parts of the video are important to you and then it creates notes specifically for that portion. For instance, maybe you watch a 15-minute video on how to do something, but you really just need information from the last few minutes written down. –starts to get at the idea of new patterns that take into account (and advantage of) how digital tools interact Add Query String Parameters to YouTube oEmbeds in WP – Brett HoffmanNice thing and nice pattern to think about.
flickr photo shared by Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons with no copyright restriction (Flickr Commons) WP Upgrades & Feed WordPress Error WordPress 4.7 came out. It does some good things and internalizes the JSON API stuff. Upgrades went well on most of our installs. We did have some issues though. Feed WordPress didn’t/doesn’t play nicely with 4.7 and the fix has some repercussions with other things we use. The ALT Lab site also broke for a bit and I had to do a fresh install. Not a big deal but ate up some time. The anth101 site also stalled out for a bit because of a conflict with another plugin. Luckily, the latter two issues were restricted the admin aspects and viewers wouldn’t have been impacted. Empty Widgets? I had one blog on rampages that wouldn’t load the customizer. Everything else about it worked fine. Tim Owens from Reclaim Hosting ended up helping me out as it’s fairly strange issue where the customizer won’t load if there are no widgets in it. It did lead to the following list of error variables that I tend to test against. With a bit of work, it might be a useful list. I’ll have to think through what order makes the most sense in terms of likelihood of solving the issue. […]