Open Broadcaster Software | Home
Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. Download and start streaming quickly and easily on Windows, Mac or Linux.
streaming  screencast  opensource  software  cooltech 
15 hours ago
Protect Your Data - Mozilla Learning
These activities will help your learners understand how to take control of their privacy in a networked world. Complete the activities in sequence, or mix and match. Visit our discussion forum to get help and share your experience.
privacy  dipp 
3 days ago
What Makes a Person: The Seven Layers of Identity in Literature and Life – Brain Pickings
“It is the intentions, the capacities for choice rather than the total configuration of traits which defines the person.”
culture  ds106  netnarr  character  Storytelling 
6 days ago
A guide to joining twitter now it’s an unremittingly bleak document of how awful everything is — Ned Potter
It's a little late for that unless you've scrolled right to the end, but basically find the right people and Twitter can still be great. I still love it. It's still useful. It's still enriching. And that's because of the people I follow and interact with.
twitter  netnarr 
6 days ago
Why Students Should Blog in Public – Messy Thinking
This post attempts to make the argument for public edu-blogging as an essential component of a connected learning strategy for higher education.  After a brief introduction to common elements of emerging digital pedagogies (specifically “open,” “connected,” and “networked”), it will define connectivity and the development of digital workflows as desired student outcomes associated with networked participatory cultures.  Personal learning networks and e-portfolios will be identified as associated and potentially “high impact” pedagogical strategies that may support connected learning outcomes while enhancing student engagement and success. Finally, the post will demonstrate how blogging fits into the development of personal learning networks and e-portfolios as a foundational (if not singular) pedagogical tool for success.
blogging  education  netnarr 
6 days ago
GEEKTyper.com - Hacking Simulator
GeekTyper was inspired by the various media where hacking is usually portrayed incorrectly.
Simply randomly mash your keyboard and code will be simulated on your screen.
fun  humor  hacking 
8 days ago
Fifty shades of open | Pomerantz | First Monday
Open source. Open access. Open society. Open knowledge. Open government. Even open food. The word “open” has been applied to a wide variety of words to create new terms, some of which make sense, and some not so much. This essay disambiguates the many meanings of the word “open
open  openaccess  opendata  opencontent  opened 
14 days ago
Wanderway is an open online course created for small non-profits, artists, and creative small businesses. It will teach you how to experiment with digital engagement when you are strapped for time and resources. It will also guide you through exploring the emotions and ethics behind digital work. It was made for individuals, conference buddies, teams, boards, and even entire organizations across the non-profit world. It’s free, unfacilitated, and entirely online. You can go at your own pace, or be led through a series of email reminders and prompts. You don’t even need to login to access content.
library  museum  course  socialmedia  netnarr 
14 days ago
From the archives: Cards Against Creativity (Download!) | The Museum of the Future | Museums and culture in times of social and technological change
Last June, together with Don Undeen and the Creative Museum project, I developed a one-off game inspired by Cards Against Humanity. Cards Against Creativity was designed to start conversations during a workshop about creativity in museums, and to generate new ideas for projects, exhibitions, etc.

If you’ve ever played Cards Against Humanity, you know the gameplay is super easy: One player asks a fill-in-the-blank question or poses a statement, and the other players respond with pre-filled cards with answers. Best (funniest, most appropriate, etc.) answer wins. For the Creative Museum event we remixed the format a little bit, to help participants take ideas from one workshop to the next, remix ideas from different speakers, interact with each other and create a quick summary at the end of the event.

The approach worked really well to add a new dimension to the event, and create an open and creative atmosphere among participants.
creativity  game  netnarr 
15 days ago
Module: Digital Citizenship – UMW DTLT
Beginning to think critically around the “rules” of citizenship on the web as they have thus far experienced them, and then think through moving forward how they will engage in online environments.
20 days ago
Module: Digital Identity – UMW DTLT
Introduce concepts about how online identity is created, managed, and represented.
identity  dipp 
20 days ago
A Movie Poster A Day on Vimeo
In 2016, I designed a movie poster a day. Here's a compilation of every single one. You can see the posters in full at amovieposteraday.tumblr.com. You can also view more about the project at instagram.com/petemajarich. Select posters are available to purchase at craftandgraft.co
ds106  design  Daily 
20 days ago
The Future of Cities
What does “the future of cities” mean? To much of the developing world, it might be as simple as aspiring to having your own toilet, rather than sharing one with over 100 people. To a family in Detroit, it could mean having non-toxic drinking water. For planners and mayors, it’s about a lot of things — sustainability, economy, inclusivity, and resilience. Most of us can hope we can spend a little less time on our commutes to work and a little more time with our families. For a rich white dude up in a 50th floor penthouse, “the future of cities” might mean zipping around in a flying car while a robot jerks you off and a drone delivers your pizza. For many companies, the future of cities is simply about business and money, presented to us as buzzwords like “smart city” and “the city of tomorrow.”
future  netnarr 
20 days ago
Three steps to identify and develop your digital identity – Medium
I believe that individuals should build their own personal cyberinfrastructure. In this you actively frame, curate, share, and direct your own engagement streams throughout the learning environment. This means that you develop and direct the information streams that individuals use to interact with you online. To get us started, I’ll detail three steps to use as you identify and develop your a plan for your digital identity. In subsequent posts I go into more specifics about building an online hub to connect all of these spaces.
identity  dipp 
21 days ago
The Weird, Wonderful World of Subversive Garfield Spinoffs
Even by the conventional standards of your local paper’s comics section, “Garfield” long ago achieved a level of mindless predictability that makes Charles Schulz look like Charlie Kaufman. Garfield’s brand of tame irascibility (hating Mondays and diets) has such broad appeal that he spawned his own merchandising empire, including several CGI-assisted films, a Saturday morning cartoon, and this inexplicable T-shirt.
Yet, that same tabby whose suction-cupped paws once graced the windows of family station wagons across the nation has also spawned a very odd subculture — one that draws from the worlds of avant-garde art, complex mathematics, and deliberate stupidity. Straddling the line between parody and homage, dozens of clever, hilarious, and downright bizarre “Garfield” spinoffs have popped up throughout the internet.
ds106  remix 
21 days ago
Flickr hosts millions of images that are licensed under a Creative Commons license or are in the public domain (Flickr Commons). Depending on the license, you may use the images on your private or commercial webpage, or can make changes to it.

If you want to use these images, you need to to the following:

Make sure you understood the license correctly
Get the correct HTML code for the IMG tag
Link the image back to the Flickr photo page
Give the author of the image proper credits (Attribution)
Link to the Flickr profile of the author
Link to the license the image is licensed under
With ImageCodr.org, there is no need to do all this manually, you simply enter in the URL of the picture page (as seen in your browser) you are interested in and ImageCodr.org will generate the ready to use HTML code. It will also display a brief and easy license summary, so you don't get in legal trouble because you missed something.
creativecommons  flickr  photos  tools  cooltech 
22 days ago
Digital minimalism ― being deliberate about digital identity – Medium
In the age of online harassment, fake news, propaganda, and mass digital deception, it is more important than ever to be deliberate about our public digital identity.

Minimalist lifestyle seems to be the latest craze. Minimalism is not just a genre of music or a visual aesthetic, or even an interior design scheme anymore. People are finding ways to cut back on the unnecessary aspects of their lives to focus more of their time, energy, and money on a short list of things that really matter.
While much of the minimalist movement is focused on organization, decluttering, purging material possessions, and downsizing homes, the most thoughtful minimalists I’ve come across are not just focused on having less. They’re instead being deliberate about life decisions, orienting their possessions, homes, and habits around core needs and passions.
dipp  identity 
22 days ago
The 4 Basic Steps to Online Privacy & Security. – Desk of van Schneider – Medium
My intention with this article is to keep it simple with a focus on the basics. Keeping you safe online is not only important for yourself, but also for your friends. The more you protect yourself, the more your protect the people you interact with on a daily basis.
In this new world, online surveillance has become the norm. And if you believe you have nothing to hide, that’s usually because you just don’t know yet, or because you are privileged enough to not feel the impact. And if you’re one of those who thinks they have nothing to hide, you might want to read this.
In this article I’d like to give you a few little tips of what you can do to be more safe online. To protect yourself, your family and your friends. I’ll try to keep it simple, no technical bullshit and we try to not go down the paranoid rabbit hole too much, I promise!
privacy  dipp 
22 days ago
How adtech, not ad blocking, breaks the social contract – Digital Vault – Medium
Let’s get straight what’s going on when you “visit” a Web site or page. Literally, you request it. You don’t go anywhere at all. That request is what the hypertext protocol (http or https) facilitates.
(Protocols are ritualized manners, like handshakes, bows and smiles. They also scaffold the social contract.)
So, for example, when I go to some-publisher.com, I expect the browser to display that page and its links, and nothing more. Or, when I go to seller.com, I expect the browser to display the index page of the site. And, if I have some kind of relationship with that site, I expect it to recognize that I am a returning visitor or customer.
In neither of those cases do I expect tracking files, other than those required to remember state, which was the original purpose of Lou Montuli’s magic cookie, way back in ’94. Now known as just “the cookie,” it is in ubiquitous use today. In Lou’s detailed history of that creation he writes, “The goal was to create a session identifier and general ‘memory’ mechanism for websites that didn’t allow for cross site tracking.” So there’s another broken social contract of sorts.
privacy  dipp 
22 days ago
How MailChimp’s irresistible “Serial” ad became the year’s biggest marketing win — Quartz
The ad was written by MailChimp and produced by Serial‘s Dana Chivvis and Julie Snyder. It’s a sly takeoff on the aural aesthetic of public radio reportage mastered by shows like This American Life: Hearing—but not seeing—each person forces you to picture the scene. Subtle touches, like the woman at the end who says, “I use MailChimp,” at a distance from the microphone, adds a richness that’s only possible on radio.
But maybe that’s overanalyzing things. The ad has also succeeded merely by association with a beloved program, currently the most popular podcast on Apple’s iTunes amid a broader renaissance of podcasting in the United States. Listeners binging on several episodes at a time become familiar with the ad by repetition.
Regardless of the reasons for its success, the MailChimp ad is clearly one of the biggest marketing coups of the year, with a cultural resonance eclipsing many Super Bowl ads that cost millions of dollars to air on TV. To get the story behind the ad, we spoke with MailChimp’s marketing director, Mark DiCristina, about the concept and what might be next for MailChimp and Serial. (This interview has been condensed and rearranged for clarity.)
audio  ds106 
23 days ago
Behind the Lens: 2016 Year in Photographs – Medium
For the eighth and final time, I am presenting my annual Year in Photographs.
All of them were taken either by me or a White House photographer on my staff. For many of the images, I’ve included the backstory behind the image to provide further context or to share why that image was particularly important to me.
As always, the editing for this project is both subjective and personal. Yes, there are some historic moments included but mostly I was looking for behind-the-scenes moments that give people a more personal look at the President and First Lady. And I’ve included a few that I thought were just cool photos.
photography  thruthelens 
23 days ago
The Science of Life and Death in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein | The Public Domain Review
Professor Sharon Ruston surveys the scientific background to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, considering contemporary investigations into resuscitation, galvanism, and the possibility of states between life and death.
literature  science  netnarr 
24 days ago
Visually Satisfying Project Shares the Color Palettes of Iconic Film Scenes - My Modern Met
Twitter account Cinema Palettes takes screenshots from classic films and translates them to ten-part color palettes. Though based on a momentary still, each spectrum of shades seems to encapsulate its movie’s overall mood: the somber, otherworldly blues of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the dreamlike pinks and purples of The Grand Budapest Hotel, the cloyingly pretty pastels of Edward Scissorhands, and the earthly, organic greens and browns of Atonement, for example.

The collection ranges from Mary Poppins to Star Wars, catering to all cinematic tastes. Find your favorite film below and see whether the color scheme suits your style—if so, you can now paint your home or redesign your wardrobe with your movie of choice as your hue inspiration.
ds106  design  color 
24 days ago
Amazing mind reader reveals his 'gift' - YouTube
Dave is an extremely gifted clairvoyant who finds out specific financial information. This video reveals the magic behind the magic, making people aware of the fact that their entire life can be found online. And by doing so urging everybody to be vigilant.
privacy  dipp 
24 days ago
Facebook recommended that this psychiatrist’s patients friend each other | Fusion
Facebook’s ability to figure out the “people we might know” is sometimes eerie. Many a Facebook user has been creeped out when a one-time Tinder date or an ex-boss from 10 years ago suddenly pops up as a friend recommendation. How does the big blue giant know?

While some of these incredibly accurate friend suggestions are amusing, others are alarming, such as this story from Lisa*, a psychiatrist who is an infrequent Facebook user, mostly signing in to RSVP for events. Last summer, she noticed that the social network had started recommending her patients as friends—and she had no idea why.
facebook  privacy  security  dipp 
25 days ago
Pandoc - About pandoc
If you need to convert files from one markup format into another, pandoc is your swiss-army knife. Pandoc can convert documents in markdown, reStructuredText, textile, HTML, DocBook, LaTeX, MediaWiki markup, TWiki markup, OPML, Emacs Org-Mode, Txt2Tags, Microsoft Word docx, LibreOffice ODT, EPUB, or Haddock markup
converter  markdown  text  tools 
28 days ago
Glass Distortion on Vimeo
Fantastic collection of side-by-side scripts and film scenes, storyboard to films.
ds106  film  video 
29 days ago
Detecting Forged (Altered) Images – Forensic Focus – Articles
Are digital images submitted as court evidence genuine or have the pictures been altered or modified? We developed a range of algorithms performing automated authenticity analysis of JPEG images, and implemented them into a commercially available forensic tool.
photography  thruthelens  catfishing 
29 days ago
SketchPort - Drawing inspiration
SketchPort is a modern environment for digital drawing.
ds106  netnarr  drawing  visual 
4 weeks ago
What Comes Next Is The Future
What Comes Next Is the Future is a documentary film about the web created by Bearded founder Matt Griffin. It is the story of Tim Berners-Lee’s creation – how it came to be, where it’s been, and where it’s going – as told by the people who build it.
history  web 
4 weeks ago
Glitch art: Meet the artist who knitted Stuxnet into a scarf | Ars Technica UK
Ars investigates the nascent domain of turning source code and errors into art.
art  glitch 
4 weeks ago
Want to make a visual timeline, but don't have the time to draw one manually? Or maybe you have some documents, but you're not sure if the events they depict form a compelling timeline?

TimeLineCurator quickly and automatically extracts temporal references in freeform text to generate a visual timeline. You can then interactively curate the events in this timeline until you are satisfied, or quickly decide that there is no interesting temporal structure within the document. You can also create a mashup of multiple documents against each other to compare their temporal structure.

Already using TimelineJS? TimeLineCurator works with TimelineJS: instead of tediously assembling your timeline in a spreadsheet, TimeLineCurator allows you to curate your timeline visually. When you are ready, you can export your curated timeline to a TimelineJS widget that you can embed on your website or blog.
curation  timeline  cooltech 
4 weeks ago
Network Effect
The Internet is said to show our common humanity. Through its data, it is said to provide a kind of omniscience, and through its social networks, a deeper sense of connection. For those without access, it holds the promise of a better life. For those of us who use it a lot, its power to affect our lives is clear — but what is the nature of that effect? How does it change our behavior? The way we see others? The way we see ourselves?
art  inspiration  interactive  netnarr 
4 weeks ago
The Five Days of Privacy -- Day 1: In Person | Common Sense Education
The first of five posts on accessible, achievable steps we can all take to regain control of our privacy.
privacy  dipp 
5 weeks ago
Data Detox Kit | Tactical Technology Collective
Do you feel like your digital self is slipping out of control?  Have you let yourself install too many apps, clicked "I agree" a few too many times, lost track of how many accounts you've created? Perhaps you feel you're not as in control of your digital life as you'd like to be.

Don't despair! This data detox is designed just for you. By the end of the 8-day program, you'll be well on your way to a healthier and more in-control digital self.
dipp  privacy 
5 weeks ago
Frank Chimero - What Screens Want
The past two years were a wild goose chase for answers. I read books, looked at art, listened to my heroes, and sketched out scratchy thoughts of my own to search for any sensible response to a question that had been lodged in my head for months.

What does it mean to natively design for screens?

I couldn’t get the question out of my head. I tried to find its contours, and just as I thought I had made some progress on a response, a new part of the picture appeared and showed I only had a shadow of an answer. After many failures, I began to see which approaches worked better. The way toward an answer is never what you expect, so I was surprised that mine began with a routine trip to the pharmacy.
webdesign  ds106  design 
5 weeks ago
Magazine WordPress Theme - Magazino
We’re really excited about our latest theme, Magazino. It is a pretty straight forward theme suited to magazine style blogs with a real focus on the imagery on the home page and archive pages. NB: For images to show up on the home page you must set the featured images for each post.

Magazino supports all the usual WordPress features like custom menus and widgets, and we’ve added some features which are often requested, like the ability to upload your own logo in place of the default text based title AND the ability to choose any color scheme you like. Literally you can use the color picker to change the main theme color to anything.
wordpress  theme 
5 weeks ago
New Zealand Backcountry Hikes:Backpacking Backcountry Trips
Backcountry New Zealand Hikes unfolds awesome opportunities for adventure travel, hikes, hiking, tramping and walking, trekking, backpacking backcountry tracks, backcountry trails, hiking trails, photography in spectacular scenery in our national parks.  Backcountry adventure travel is about experience and ensuring that our New Zealand destinations retain their natural character and cultural diversity for future generations to enjoy. Explore, experience and enjoy Lord of the Rings spectacular scenery throughout backcountry New Zealand. (I met Jan at 2014 Shar-e-fest)
newzealand  hiking 
5 weeks ago
Privilege: Sometimes It’s Not the Devil You’re Advocating For | Disorderly Politics
I’m not a fan of the word “privilege.” In some ideal world where arguments don’t happen, and confrontation doesn’t exist, and people only ever have the best, most benevolent intentions in mind, “privilege” would be a perfectly acceptable word. The term “check your privilege” would actually be helpful and informative. But in the real world, bringing up privilege is the intellectual’s way of shutting something down by telling someone else to STFU. “Privilege,” like “patriarchy” and “microagression” is just a buzzword. It’s a vacuous argument-ender less concerned with human empathy and constructive discussion and more concerned with making sure someone else feels bad for some unintentional, inherent transgression against some group of people you’re expected to pity on principle. You can say that that’s not what “privilege” is supposed to do, but you know that’s what it does–just like how a parent telling their socially awkward kid that they’re “special and unique” isn’t supposed to make them feel bad. But it does.
5 weeks ago
Cicada: Solving the Web's Deepest Mystery - Rolling Stone
Marcus Wanner needed a little adventure in his life. A skinny 15-year-old brainiac with wire-frame glasses and wavy brown hair, he was the eldest of five, home-schooled by their mother, a devout Catholic, near Roanoke, Virginia. Shuttling Marcus between home, church and the Boy Scouts seemed like the best way to keep him away from trouble (and girls). "I missed out on a lot," he recalls with a sigh. "I didn't get out much."
netnarr  ds106 
5 weeks ago
Education Technology and Data Insecurity
Handing over data, often quite thoughtlessly, has become par for the course – in education and in society more generally. Although privacy experts have urged parents and educators to be more proactive about protecting children’s data and privacy) – while using Pokémon Go and other data-hungry apps – we now live in a culture of surveillance, where data collection and data extraction have become normalized.
privacy  data  dipp 
5 weeks ago
Liberating Structures - Introduction
When you feel included and engaged, do you do a better job?  Do you think teams in which people work well together produce much better results? Have you noticed the best ideas often come from unexpected sources?  Do you want to work at the top of your intelligence and give the same opportunity to others?

If YES, we have found this is the kind of organization and community that people want to be part of. AND, Liberating Structures help make it happen.
teaching  activity  collaboration 
5 weeks ago
Enable Cross Team Slack Chat with Blockspring – Blockspring
Blockspring shares an office space in San Francisco with the awesome Watsi team. Both of our teams use Slack for internal communication, but what we really wanted was a shared channel to discuss office issues, plan lunch outings and post cat facts.

Since Slack doesn't support creating a shared channel across teams we decided this would be another great dogfooding opportunity. In just a few minutes we created a function on Blockspring that connects two team's incoming and outgoing webhooks.

We built the fuction to be cloned and used by other teams like yours. Follow the steps in this post to get your teams chatting for free and without needing to set up any servers.
slack  communication 
5 weeks ago
A ReadUp is a social reading experience. Think of it as meeting up inside a book.

ReadUps offers a web-based reading system that works on tablets and laptops. With it, you invite friends to read with you for a limited amount of time. In addition, you can share comments on any paragraph, or message the other readers in real time. All you need to do is give people the URL for your ReadUp and you're good to go! To slap a password on the ReadUp (so only the people you share the password with can get in), buy a $5 upgrade.

When the allotted time runs out, the ReadUp disappears.
books  reading  social  cooltech 
6 weeks ago
Truthy Lies and Surreal Truths: A Plea - Hybrid Pedagogy
But this problem is bigger than the proliferation of misinformation in today’s media landscape. Sure, captioning that Venezuelan video as Los Angeles could have been an honest mistake. While I think that’s true for those retweeting it, I find it hard to believe that whoever originally shared it made an honest mistake, given the architecture and the chant, not to mention all the Venezuelan flags! I think it more likely that the originator of this misinformation has something insidious in mind. Something that takes advantage of how easy it is today to pass along media uncritically.
6 weeks ago
Mapping the learning and teaching | e-Learning Stuff
During the recent Jisc Digital Leadership Programme, we looked at mapping our use of social networking tools using the concept of Visitors and Residents. We were lucky to have the influential Donna Lanclos and Dave White supporting us.

I like how the mapping exercise makes you consider how you are using various tools and what needs to happen to change that map, how do you become more resident when using a tool such as Twitter for example. Or how do you start using a tool which is currently not on your map, such as a professional blog?

The key thing I like to remind people about when using the mapping that this is a continuum and not a distinction between two groups. Your personal VandR map is not, and should not be a static thing. The mapping changes as new tools are introduced, old ones retire and your role and behaviours change.
6 weeks ago
Interactive Communications and Simulations (University of Michigan)
The Interactive Communications & Simulations Group at the University of Michigan has served the K-16 community for over 30 years. We support a dynamic assortment of innovative web-based programs harnessing the power of simulation gaming, activism and service learning, and social networking for educational purposes.

Our working model of the Internet is not just as a passive repository for information, but as an interactive space where new kinds of learning can occur. Thousands of students from over 400 public and private schools in 36 American states and 25 countries overseas have been involved in ICS exercises. In networking together far-flung classes of students and their teachers, ICS creates "global classrooms" which may be comprised of hundreds of students, but which are manageable because of the structure of the exercises.

ICS programs are not distance-learning courses in the traditional sense of the term. Rather, they are collaborative projects defined by extended interactions between students at different schools, thematic content in a variety of subject areas, opportunities for personal engagement through character-play, self-expression or social activism, and (often) involvement of university-level mentors under the supervision of the project directors. Each project involves meaningful, often intensive, communication among K-12 students, mentors, and facilitators. ICS activities use custom-built environments specific to each project's goals.
games  roleplay  simulation  netnarr 
6 weeks ago
Web Annotation as #DisruptiveMedia – Remi Kalir
Over the past few weeks I have had the pleasure of co-authoring a conversation about web annotation for the “disrupted” issue of the Journal of Media Practice. My co-author is none other than my dear friend and colleague Jeremy Dean, Director of Education at Hypothesis. Our conversation about the practices and politics of web annotation is intended to be more than a two-way exchange.

We have performed a scholarly dialogue and invited interpretation of that conversation through the modern social media practice of web annotation. One challenge is whether – or how – this conversation becomes generative of traditional scholarship, such as a more linear, peer-reviewed article. We recognize that this distributed conversation may in the end be too ethereal or too noisy, testing our ability to subsequently and usefully capture and represent a layered, versioned textual experience as more conventional academic prose. We embrace the emergent and unpredictable quality of web annotation as an opportunity to remark upon and disrupt scholarly communication and knowledge production.
netnarr  annotation 
6 weeks ago
How I learned to Stop Worrying about Digital Natives and love V&R | Donna Lanclos–The Anthropologist in the Stacks
Those of you familiar with me on Twitter know that I’ve got frequent rants against Digital Natives in my feed, and I’ve been indulging in such rants more often lately, as there’s been a rash of people on the internet and in person invoking that particular trope.
I’m not going to spend time here debunking the Digital Natives thing, I’ve done actual work that helps deconstruct it, and that offers an alternative.
6 weeks ago
Firefox Focus
Today, we’re pleased to announce the launch of Firefox Focus – a free, fast and easy to use private browser for iOS.

We live in an age where too many users have lost trust and lack meaningful controls over their digital lives. For some users, it seems as though your web activities can follow you everywhere – across devices, across accounts. To make matters worse, the web can often feel cluttered. That’s why we are introducing Firefox Focus.

For the times when you don’t want to leave a record on your phone. You may be looking for information that in certain situations is sensitive – searches for engagement rings, flights to Las Vegas or expensive cigars, for example. And sometimes you just want a super simple, super fast Web experience – no tabs, no menus, no pop-ups.

Firefox Focus gives you just that.
browser  firefox  ios  privacy  dipp 
6 weeks ago
Game Changers
The Game Changers Programme is an open six-week opportunity to explore the role of Game Design Thinking in fostering creative problem solving, cross-disciplinary design collaboration and gaming literacy. Or, in plain words, we will help you in trying your hand at making your own games (board games, card games, digital games, you name it)!

The Programme is a gamified six-week programme involving weekly stages (missions) with sub-tasks (quests) to help you self-evaluate your progress as a game designer, and generate your first “Design Diary” in the form of a blog. The Programme includes open sessions with industry experts (workshops, speakers, etc.) throughout the process. A variety of support materials will be made available via this website, our dedicated Game Changers online resource, encouraging an ethos of sharing, collaboration and remixing.
game  gamebasedlearning  netnarr 
7 weeks ago
Teaching photography as a visual language
It is by establishing this concept of language that I begin to construct an understanding of photography as a process of visual storytelling in which images are words, series of images are sentences and paragraphs, and bodies of work become completed or evolving stories. The importance of narrative within photography is then aligned to a sense of narrative already learned through more traditional study of language construction and presentation. The successful single image can of course come from a series of images just as a beautifully written paragraph or sentence can come from a chapter, but the pre-conceived idea of what constitutes a successful image will then be seen as a demonstration of technical proficiency or given aesthetic implementation of course learning created to meet a marking matrix.
photography  thruthelens  netnarr 
8 weeks ago
Mail-in-a-Box lets you become your own mail service provider in a few easy steps. It’s sort of like making your own gmail, but one you control from top to bottom.

Technically, Mail-in-a-Box turns a fresh cloud computer into a working mail server. But you don’t need to be a technology expert to set it up.
email  reclaim 
8 weeks ago
OEB16 – Kate Green
‘Towards Openness - how can we be safe in online learning?’ is a collaborative workshop that will take place locally at OEB16 with Christian Friedrich and virtually on Twitter with me.

You can find the workshop description on Online Educa's website

This workshop is designed as a collaborative session where you are invited to consider the opportunities and risks of open online teaching and learning catalysed by provocations that revolve around openness, ownership, digital identity, privacy and security.

Conversations will take place in locally and online that will be facilitated by Chrstian and me. Key moments from the discussions will be captured to help Towards Openness build cases to policy makers to support openness and ownership and to provide the resources needed to enable rich, safe and ethical learning for 21st century learners.
open  openness  dipp 
8 weeks ago
Meet the Ipsums
The ultimate collection of text filler content, from beer to Sagan and more
generator  cooltech 
8 weeks ago
The Chymistry of Isaac Newton Project
Isaac Newton, like Albert Einstein, is a quintessential symbol of the human intellect and its ability to decode the secrets of nature. Newton's fundamental contributions to science include the quantification of gravitational attraction, the discovery that white light is actually a mixture of immutable spectral colors, and the formulation of the calculus. Yet there is another, more mysterious side to Newton that is imperfectly known, a realm of activity that spanned some thirty years of his life, although he kept it largely hidden from his contemporaries and colleagues. We refer to Newton's involvement in the discipline of alchemy, or as it was often called in seventeenth-century England, "chymistry." Newton wrote and transcribed about a million words on the subject of alchemy. Newton's alchemical manuscripts include a rich and diverse set of document types, including laboratory notebooks, indices of alchemical substances, and Newton's transcriptions from other sources.
netnarr  alchemy 
8 weeks ago
The Web - CHM Revolution
Networks connect computers to each other. But how do people use those connections?

Information systems like the Web let us share content such as text, pictures, or music. The Web running over the Internet has become our global commons, absorbing older media—from video to books and telephone calls—and transforming how we work, buy, and stay in touch.
history  web 
8 weeks ago
What WordPress Theme Is That?
What WordPress Theme Is That is a free online tool allows you to easily detect what WordPress theme a site uses (including parent and child themes). Additionally, it will also detect what WordPress Plugins are being used.
wordpress  themes  tools  cooltech 
8 weeks ago
Create high-fidelity, interactive recordings of any web site you browse
archive  tools  cooltech 
8 weeks ago
Telegram launches a new anonymous blogging platform
Messaging platform Telegram has launched Telegraph, a new tool for publishing stories on the Web without having to register for an account.

It’s like the most lightweight blogging platform ever. Just visit telegra.ph, add a title and your name, and you’re off. You can add text and format it with Markdown, and even embed images from your computer, as well as tweets and videos from YouTube and Vimeo.
publishing  writing  anonymous  dipp  netnarr 
8 weeks ago
Creating a WordPress Theme From Static HTML - Envato Tuts+ Code Tutorials
Experienced frontend developers who had built sites using HTML and CSS, and found it easiest to take their existing HTML files and convert them to a theme. Two of the people I spoke to were lecturers or teachers, and told me that this is the approach they use with students.

So in this series I'm going to show you how to do just that.
development  wordpress  tutorial 
8 weeks ago
Technobabble Generator - SciFi Ideas
We’ve created this technobabble generator to help writers characterful technical jargon to their science fiction works. Does a complicated piece of technology need fixing on your spaceship? Don’t know what that piece of technology is? Try out the technobabble generator and see if its randomly generated nonsense fits the bill.
generator  netnarr 
8 weeks ago
Digital Visitor and Resident - Wikipedia
The Digital Visitor and Resident (V&R) model provides a framework to depict how user preference and habit motivates engagement with technology and the web. V&R is commonly described as a continuum, with two modes of online engagement at either end, making a separation between different approaches to engagement. People operating in Visitor mode have a defined goal or task, and select an appropriate online tool to meet their needs as they arise.[1] For example, using a smartphone to search the internet for directions to a local bookstore, thus finding a particular piece of information online and then going offline to complete the task. There will be little in terms of social visibility or trace when online in Visitor mode. People operating in Resident mode are online to connect to, or to be with, other people. For example, posting to the wall in Facebook, tweeting, blogging, or posting comments on blogs. The web supports the projection of their identity and facilitates relationships. In other words, Residents live a percentage of their lives online. Unlike the Visitor mode, there will be online visibility and presence when in Resident mode.[2] It is very common for individuals to engage online in a mixture of Visitor and Resident modes depending on what they are trying to achieve.
9 weeks ago
The Nicest Place on the Inernet
Having one of those days? Yeah, been there too. And sometimes, a little pick-me-up is hard to come by. So come on by to turn the sad into happy and the happy into a celebration. Cause this is a nice place to visit on days like today.
cooltech  dipp 
9 weeks ago
An animated walk through some of the most iconic photo cameras of all time.
photography  thruthelens 
9 weeks ago
WP Masonry Layout : Pinterest like grid from Wordpress Plugin
Pinterest like brick layout with ease from a Wordpress Plugin. No need to buy expensive WP Themes.
wordpress  plugins 
9 weeks ago
Masonry is a JavaScript grid layout library. It works by placing elements in optimal position based on available vertical space, sort of like a mason fitting stones in a wall. You’ve probably seen it in use all over the Internet.
javascript  webdesign  webdev 
9 weeks ago
Create a Slack Bot That Privately Greets New Users in 5 Easy Steps – Medium
A simple step-by-step guide to creating a Slack Bot that sends new users a customizable private Slack welcome message. (easy setup for non-technical people)
slack  bot 
9 weeks ago
Grues in the workplace
This year, instead of avoiding online new sites, I thought I'd do something fun for the team I work with, the team at Slack. I decided to build something that wold allow the team to play the 1979 text adventure game Zork, inside of Slack.

Needless to say, it was a very fun game to play collaboratively. Commands were handled separately then chat, so discussions could happen along side the adventure. and anyone could type a command at any time. Team mates would hop in the #zork channel when they had a few minutes, read what had happened since their last visit, and maybe make a few moves of their own. It was entertaining to watch unfold.
9 weeks ago
Trizbort, the Interactive Fiction Mapper
Trizbort is a simple tool which can be used to create maps for interactive fiction.

Over the years a number of styles have evolved for interactive fiction mapping. Trizbort focuses on creating maps in only one of these styles, as popularised by Infocom: labelled boxes for rooms, with lines connecting them.
mapping  netnarr 
9 weeks ago
Quest - Write text adventure games and interactive stories
Quest lets you make interactive story games. Text adventure games like Zork and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Gamebooks like the Choose Your Own Adventure and Fighting Fantasy books. You don't need to know how to program. All you need is a story to tell. Your game can be played anywhere. In a web browser, downloaded to a PC, or turned into an app
games  ds106  netnarr 
9 weeks ago
Squiffy - A simple way to write interactive fiction
Squiffy is a tool for creating interactive fiction - that is, multiple choice games that focus on text and story. Players navigate through the game or story by clicking links. Sometimes these kinds of games or stories are known as gamebooks.

Squiffy is free and open source. It creates HTML and JavaScript, so you can upload it to your own website, or you can upload your games for free to textadventures.co.uk. You can also turn your game into an app using PhoneGap.
ds106  Storytelling  web2storytelling  netnarr 
9 weeks ago
Quick, Draw!
Can a neural network learn to recognize doodles?
See how well it does with your drawings and help teach it, just by playing.
drawing  ds106  cooltech 
9 weeks ago
This trick can free up space on your iPhone
Owners of the iPhone — especially the 16 GB variety — know this scenario all too well: you try to take a photo or download an app and receive this dreaded message: “There is not enough available storage.”

Naturally, the first instinct to delete photos or apps to free up space for more stuff. But a new trick has surfaced that can free up iPhone storage space without requiring users to delete a thing.

This iPhone trick appeared on Reddit last month (hat tip to Cnet), and it requires users to rent a movie. Sort of.
9 weeks ago
Click 🔼
Clickclickclick.click reveals the browser events used to monitor our online behaviour.
dipp  tracking  privacy 
9 weeks ago
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