The Grey Lady Learns Pivot Tables: NY Times J-Course Data, Part 1 | spreadsheetjournalism This just in: The newspaper of record is rebranding itself into the newspaper of records. The Times – the one from New York, that is – has moved to evangelize the data-journalistic thing among its staff, and towards that admirable end has crafted an extended in-house workshop, syllabus and practice files/exercises made available to all the rest of us in Google Sheets here and here, respectively (ok, ok, call me the Luddite; I’m downloading the files into Excel).
Poe’s law – Wikipedia Poe’s law is based on a comment written by Nathan Poe in 2005 on christianforums.com, an Internet forum on Christianity. The post was made during a debate on creationism, where a previous poster had remarked to another user “Good thing you included the winky. Otherwise people might think you are serious”. Poe then replied, “Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is utterly impossible to parody a Creationist in such a way that someone won’t mistake for the genuine article”. The original statement of Poe’s law referred specifically to creationism, but it has since been generalized to apply to any kind of fundamentalism or extremism.
Critical Atlas of Internet Through a series of 15 hypotheses, this Critical Atlas of Internet aims to develop 15 conceptual spatialization exercises. The purpose of the atlas is to use spatial analysis as a key to understanding social, political and economic issues on Internet. The atlas seek to discern the shape of the Internet in order to understand the concrete issues and stakes involved.
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 […]
Lots of face-to-face workshops this week. The stupid thing that ate a lot of time this week was a strict setting on Maria DB which we thought was fixed but for some reason didn’t stick (evaporating fixes are the worst because you think that thing is done and not something to look at again). That would have been fine if we were looking at the original error but it turns out that same core issue is expressed in different ways in different plugins. If you’re looking for some of the details that ended up allowing us to chase down the issue check out Invalid überName. Outreach Hillary – OER remix and Wikipedia edit-a-thon Cody – CAS Authentication for WordPress Workshops Two in class MASC WordPress workshops 10/29 10/30 Halloween-themed workshops 10/31 – 10:30 10/31 – 12:00 Business faculty workshop 11/2 New workshop added to catalog on digital survival skills Meetings KJM – FERPA, Region 1, student privacy conversation Podcast recorded Project Goodbeer – assistance with family tree formatting for print book in Adobe Illustrator Enhancement Created plugin to segment Rampages users into faculty/student groups for better analysis and proactive communication Major issues resolved Database strict setting was causing problems with H5P library installation – discovered and fixed after significant troubleshooting Software Versioning Updates Theme updates rampages Plugin updates rampages Installed […]