Lefty’s Legacy Saved in Digital Collections! – Terrapin Tales
As we continue to celebrate the 100th Season of the Men’s Basketball, devoted Terp fans reminisce on the many standout players and coaches who have come and gone through this program. Over the years, University of Maryland basketball footage has poured in from the athletic department and the private collections of former Terps, and University Archives is excited to announce that we have digitized and preserved footage from the recently inducted Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, Coach Lefty Driesell!
archive  video 
13 hours ago
Online Converter - Convert Image, Video, Audio, & Document Files
Select the target format you want to convert your files to. This site is free, fast, and secure. Plus there’s no software to install.
toolls  ds106  converter 
Why & How To Use Forums | Howard Rheingold on Patreon
One of Facebook's most grievous sins is the way Facebook groups have killed or severely dampened the art of the online forum among most of the online population. Many special interest groups, from fan communities to political organizers, use forums. But it appears that the vast majority of social media users have been bamboozled into thinking that a Facebook group is the best way for groups to communicate over time online.
A forum, also known as a message board, bbs,  or conferencing system, affords asynchronous, many-to-many, multimedia  discussions for large groups of people over long periods of time from weeks to decades. That means  that people can read and write their parts of the discussion on their own schedule, that everyone in a group can communicate with everyone  else, and that graphics, sounds, and videos can accompany text. This  particular form of conversational medium meets the need for organizing  discussions after they reach a certain level of complexity. If twenty  people want to discuss five subjects over ten days, and each person  makes one comment on each subject every day, that makes for one thousand  messages in each participant's mailbox. On lists, when the topic  drifts, the subject line usually does not change, so it makes it  difficult to find particular discussions later.
community  discussion 
The Hidden Subsidy That Helps Pay for Health Insurance - The New York Times
As Republican senators work to fix their troubled health care bill, there is one giant health insurance subsidy no one is talking about.

It is bigger than any offered under the Affordable Care Act — subsidies some Republicans loathe as handouts — and costs the federal government $250 billion in lost tax revenue every year.

The beneficiaries: everyone who gets health insurance through a job, including members of Congress.

Much of the bitter debate over how to repeal and replace the law known as Obamacare has focused on cutting Medicaid and subsidies that help low-income people buy insurance.

But economists on the left and the right argue that to really rein in health costs, Congress should scale back or eliminate the tax exclusion on what employers pay toward employees’ health insurance premiums. Under current law, those premiums are not subject to the payroll or income taxes that are taken out of employees’ wages, an arrangement that vastly benefits middle- and upper-income people.
2 days ago
IBM 1130 Project
I will document the inspection and restoration of the real 1130 on this blog, as well as resuming my replica activities after the system is out in its 'data center' shed. The replica will be more reliable, use far less power, and be more portable to bring to events such as the November 30 parties (11/30 in US formatted dates) that have been hosted by Brian Knittel and Norm Aleks in past years.
computer  history 
3 days ago
A rediscovered mainframe game from 1974 might be the first text adventure - Kill Screen
In the ‘60s and ‘70s, IBM produced “mainframe computers”—the room-filling monstrosities we chortle at today. Housed in universities, hospitals, and businesses, these computers were also the source of many of the earliest videogames, which today we call “mainframe games.” Many of them have been lost to history, but we may be seeing something of a comeback for them.

And now, Wander, a 1974 mainframe game that had disappeared over the course of decades, has wandered its way back into the hands of the public. It predates Colossal Cave Adventure and is often considered one of the first text-based adventure games. Ant of Retroactive Fiction, a website devoted to restoring interest in older 1970s and ‘80s games, contacted Wander creator Peter Langston after seeing the game on a list of “lost mainframe games.” Langston responded with files and multiple versions of the game that he found in an archived email his friend had saved of it. It’s now up on GitHub for those who want to trek through castles, explore the ruins of a library and take a trip through space—that is, if you know how to install the code on your computer.
computer  history  gaming  games 
3 days ago
An In-Depth Guide to Personal Cybersecurity – Nick Rosener – Medium
I spent a day this week on an annual overhaul of my digital security. Several friends and colleagues were interested in a guide to doing the same; so I thought I would write one up and share with all of you: my closest internet friends.
security  netnarr 
5 days ago
23 Things
The University of Edinburgh’s 23 Things for Digital Knowledge is an award winning (LILAC Credo Digital Literacy Award 2017) self-directed course, run by Information Services Group. The programme seeks to expose you to a range of digital tools for your personal and professional development as a researcher, academic, student, or professional. The aim is for you to spend a little time each week building up and expanding your skills.
digital  literacy  netnarr 
5 days ago
Startpage.com - The world's most private search engine
You can’t beat Google when it comes to online search. So we’re paying them to use their brilliant search results in order to remove all trackers and logs. The result: The world’s best and most private search engine. Only now you can search without ads following you around, recommending products you’ve already bought. And no more data mining by companies with dubious intentions. We want you to dance like nobody’s watching and search like nobody’s watching.
internet  privacy  search  netnarr 
14 days ago
iDog, an integrated resource for domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) and wild canids, provides the worldwide dog research community a variety of data services. This includes Genes, Genomes, SNPs, Breed/Disease Traits, Gene Expressions, GO Function Annotations, Dog-Human Homolog Diseases and Literatures. In addition, iDog provides Online tools for performing genomic data visualization and analyses.
dog  science 
17 days ago
Store static copies of webpages in a searchable library for later use

Highlight important parts of a page for easy access in the future

Find your pages later using our search engine. Just like Google but you will be searching only the pages that had been saved which will bring more relevant results.
tools  reclaim  archive 
20 days ago
Kyle McDonald
Kyle McDonald is an artist working with code. He is a contributor to open source arts-engineering toolkits like openFrameworks, and builds tools that allow artists to use new algorithms in creative ways. He has a habit of sharing ideas and projects in public before they're completed. He creatively subverts networked communication and computation, explores glitch and systemic bias, and extends these concepts to reversal of everything from identity to relationships. Kyle has been an adjunct professor at NYU's ITP, and a member of F.A.T. Lab, community manager for openFrameworks, and artist in residence at STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon, as well as YCAM in Japan. His work is commissioned by and shown at exhibitions and festivals around the world, including: NTT ICC, Ars Electronica, Sonar/OFFF, Eyebeam, Anyang Public Art Project, Cinekid, CLICK Festival, NODE Festival, and many others. He frequently leads workshops exploring computer vision and interaction.
art  interactive  netnarr 
21 days ago
The Google Cemetery
List of dead Google products
24 days ago
Mysterious Package Company
Experiences are the Mysterious Package Company's primary product. They are immersive stories told over a series of mailings to the recipient. Each experience contains these core elements:

-Documents and other media

-An element of personalization or customization

-Puzzles or mysteries to solve

-An artifact related to the details of the story, usually in a nailed-shut wooden crate

-A Reveal card identifying who sent the package(s), if they were a gift

Members purchase packages that they send to themselves or a recipient of their choice. The experiences feature genres such as mystery, horror, adventure, time-travel, and science-fiction, and range in duration from 1 to 6 mailings.
26 days ago
In Praise of the Hashtag - The New York Times
The pound sign is a typographical symbol with ambitions. For decades, it was an afterthought on our telephone keypads, mashed occasionally in frustration during prolonged customer-service calls.

As a result, we’ve arrived at a strange moment for the hashtag. The people at Twitter are fond of saying that the hashtag is the new URL — and it’s true that you’re just as likely to see the former as the latter these days on-screen at the end of a movie trailer.

Continue reading the main story
An extended take on the latest trends in culture.
‘Black Mirror’ and the Horrors and Delights of Technology
TV’s New Girls’ Club
The Split-Screen Marriage
The Death of the Private Eye
Streaming Music Has Left Me Adrift

Lindsay K November 8, 2012
Very interesting article. I've been so fascinated with how all this social media is creating a language of its own, and, specifically in a...

Tony November 8, 2012
I found this article fascinating and smart. But Julia Turner's reference to antimetabole and zeugma, two definitions from the ancient art of...

M November 7, 2012
Lovely piece, thanks.

Yet the rise of the hashtag’s commercial possibilities shouldn’t lead us to overlook what is truly remarkable about it. This bit of utilitarian Web ephemera, invented with functionality squarely in mind, has blossomed into a marvelous and underappreciated literary device.
hashtag  ideas 
27 days ago
Mathematician Cracks Mystery Beatles Chord -- ScienceDaily
It's the most famous chord in rock 'n' roll, an instantly recognizable twang rolling through the open strings on George Harrison's 12-string guitar: the opening chord to the Beatles song "A Hard Day's Night." Now, a researcher has used a mathematical calculation known as Fourier transform to solve the Beatles' riddle. The process allowed him to decompose the sound into its original frequencies using computer software and parse out which notes were on the record.
music  mathematics 
27 days ago
Serious Game
This is a collaborative project involving professors from George Brown College, Centennial College and Ryerson University and nurse educators from the Hospital for Sick Children.

Access to good clinical and laboratory experiences is becoming increasingly difficult. In recent years, there has been a marked decline in access for students to acute care patient beds and specialty areas like pediatrics. Furthermore, there is ongoing discussion regarding the ethics of sending students into complex clinical situations. This resource helps to address these needs.

This virtual simulation contains an interactive game in which the learner provides care to a 10 year old boy who has had an appendectomy and his mother. Playing the virtual simulation will promote the application of knowledge and skills related to providing family centred care to a post-operative pediatric patient.
games  simulation 
28 days ago
Fake Followers Audit from SparkToro | SparkToro
Analyze any Twitter account to uncover an estimated percentage of inactive, spam, bot, & other fake followers
socialmedia  tools  twitter  netnarr 
4 weeks ago
How to embed youtube video to markdown file, GitHub or GitLab comments · Sergei Sviridov's Blog
I usually struggle to remember all the parameters for inserting links and especially images to the markdown which is the default format for GitHub, GitLab comments and documentation files and for this blog as well. Moreover, neither GitHub nor GitLab supports inserting videos.

One of the workarounds for this issue with videos is to insert an image of for the video wrapped in a link pointing to the video location.
github  video  youtube  markdown 
4 weeks ago
Beyond Type 1
Founded in 2015 by Juliet de Baubigny, Nick Jonas, Sarah Lucas + Sam Talbot, Beyond Type 1 is leveraging the power of social media and technology, changing what it means to live with a chronic disease. By educating the global community about this autoimmune disease, as well as providing resources and supporting those living with Type 1 diabetes, Beyond Type 1 is bridging the gap from diagnosis to cure, empowering people to live well today and funding a better tomorrow.
diabetes  inspiration 
4 weeks ago
How to Create Pixel Drawings and Emoji Art with Google Spreadsheets
ou are using Google Spreadsheets for budgeting and project management but did you know that the same sheets application can help you create impressive pixel paintings in minutes? The Google blog recently published a story of two illustrators who created a bright and beautiful wall mural using Google Spreadsheets.
art  spreadsheet  da106 
5 weeks ago
EDM122: Digital Literacies and Open Practice | Part of City, University of London's MA in Academic Practice
Digital Literacies and Open Practices is a 15 credit module taught at City, University of London as part of the MA in Academic Practice. It covers:

The changing nature of student learning, including exploring concepts such as ‘digital natives’, generational-based assumptions, the increasing use of social media platforms.
Supporting information and digital literacies among students
Developing Open Practices: the development and use of open educational resources and the ethical and legal issues associated with digital information
The nature of the digital scholar: understanding how technologies are changing both teaching and research practices in the context of your discipline
Preparing teaching and learning resources using technologies and understanding the specific issues associated with developing, using and re-using open educational resources
Using tools and technologies to support specific aspects of teaching including administration, assessment and feedback, widening participation and accessibility issues
Researching the use of technology in HE and the need for an evidence-based approach (this will be embedded in the module rather than a topic in its own right)
opened  openeducation  literacy  digital  openness  copyright 
5 weeks ago
The Ren'Py Visual Novel Engine
Ren'Py is a visual novel engine – used by thousands of creators from around the world – that helps you use words, images, and sounds to tell interactive stories that run on computers and mobile devices. These can be both visual novels and life simulation games. The easy to learn script language allows anyone to efficiently write large visual novels, while its Python scripting is enough for complex simulation games.

Ren'Py is open source and free for commercial use.
game  games  digitalstorytelling  ds106  netnarr 
5 weeks ago
Koyaanisqatsi is a 1983 wordless documentary primarily made up of slow motion and time-lapse footage. If you haven't seen it, you can watch the trailer here.

I wondered how easy it would be to make an internet version using random Giphy 'gifs' which have been tagged as slow motion or time-lapse, playing them along with the Philip Glass soundtrack.
gif  art  ds106 
6 weeks ago
Use CROWDLAAERS Search to explore any URL featuring Hypothesis annotation. CROWDLAAERS provides learning analytics about active participants, temporal activity (active days), collaborative discourse (threads), and also Hypothesis tags. Groups of individual annotations may be sorted by date, contributor, annotation, tags, and level (or the position of an annotation reply in a thread). Select any annotation to read the full content within CROWDLAAERS or in context of the source document
hypothesis  analytics  annotation 
6 weeks ago
Building digital capability (JISC)
Digital capability is the term we use to describe the skills and attitudes that individuals and organisations need if they are to thrive in today’s world.
digital  literacy 
6 weeks ago
The Holland Island House: A Short Film About A 19th-Century Victorian Home That Sunk Into the Chesapeake Bay - The Atlantic
This animated ballad, by Lynn Tomlinson, recounts the story of a remarkably odd place. In the 19th century, Holland Island was home to a small community of farmers and fishers. They built houses there, these families living in the Chesapeake Bay, until tidal forces began eroding their land. The bay gobbled up the island; by 1922, it was completely abandoned. 

Tomlinson, a faculty member at Towson University, uses a clay-painting technique to tell the story of the island's last standing house, which finally collapsed in 2010. The oil-based clays creates a time-lapse effect of sorts, as shades and colors blur between frames. The style pairs well with the ballad, performed by Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle.
Storytelling  video  animation 
6 weeks ago
Javascript Char Codes (Key Codes) - Cambia Research
Javascript is often used on the browser client side to perform simple tasks that would otherwise require a full postback to the server. Many of those simple tasks involve processing text or characters entered into a form element on a web page, and it is often necessary to know the javascript keycode associated with a character. Here is a reference.

Press a key in the text box below to see the corresponding Javascript key code.
code  javascript 
7 weeks ago
GitPitch - The Markdown Presentation Service on Git.
The Fastest Way
From Idea To Presentation
For everyone on GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket.
git  github  markdown  presentation 
7 weeks ago
Delete Your Online Accounts
Super simple instructions to delete just about any online account or profile
Want to ditch your online account? Shouldn't be a problem, right? Unfortunately, on many websites, including popular ones like Facebook, deleting your account can be a real pain.

AccountKiller collects direct links and deleting instructions to make account termination easy. Websites like Skype that do not allow deleting your profile in an easy way at all get blacklisted. Luckily there are websites that do care about your online privacy.
internet  privacy  security  netnarr 
7 weeks ago
Changes to Twitter's rules may kill off its most entertaining bots — Quartz
If these or any other non-spammy bot accounts have brought you automated joy as you’ve trawled through Twitter’s often hostile landscape, we have bad news: Some of your favorite bots are about to go silent.

Many of these delightful and creative accounts will disappear in the coming months due to a company-wide attempt to eradicate malicious bots from the platform. Though this is a well-intentioned effort to curb computational propaganda, it will likely sweep up art bots in its wake.
bot  twitter  netnarr 
8 weeks ago
Create Custom Maps With the MapSVG Plugin
If you're like me, you've been using Google Maps to add maps to your WordPress sites for years, but you sometimes get a little frustrated about the lack of customization options.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to use an alternative—a WordPress plugin called MapSVG that lets you add interactive maps to your site. You can then customize your maps with colours, placeholders, and popovers, and let your users search them.

I'll walk you through how to set up a map using the plugin, how to customize it, and how to add it to a page in your site.
maps  wordpress  plugin 
8 weeks ago
What Caused the Dinosaur Extinction? - The Atlantic
A Princeton geologist has endured decades of ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of colossal volcanic eruptions. But she’s reopened that debate.
science  geology  dinosaurs 
9 weeks ago
Enigma Public
We've curated the world's broadest collection of public data into a single searchable, explorable web portal and API.

Enigma Public is free to use for non-commercial purposes. Journalists, students, and data enthusiasts all use Enigma Public to answer questions about the world around them.

You can search for topics or datasets, read spotlights on datasets, or browse projects created with public data.
data  opendata  api 
9 weeks ago
How Chris McCandless Died | The New Yorker
Twenty-one years ago this month, on September 6, 1992, the decomposed body of Christopher McCandless was discovered by moose hunters just outside the northern boundary of Denali National Park. He had died inside a rusting bus that served as a makeshift shelter for trappers, dog mushers, and other backcountry visitors.

The debate over why McCandless perished, and the related question of whether he is worthy of admiration, has been smoldering, and occasionally flaring, for more than two decades now. But last December, a writer named Ronald Hamilton posted a paper on the Internet that brings fascinating new facts to the discussion. Hamilton, it turns out, has discovered hitherto unknown evidence that appears to close the book on the cause of McCandless’s death.
ideas  writing 
9 weeks ago
Mukurtu CMS
Mukurtu (MOOK-oo-too) is a grassroots project aiming to empower communities to manage, share, narrate, and exchange their digital heritage in culturally relevant and ethically-minded ways. We are committed to maintaining an open, community-driven approach to Mukurtu’s continued development. Our first priority is to help build a platform that fosters relationships of respect and trust.
9 weeks ago
Once Again, The Doorknob
On Affordance, Forgiveness and Ambiguity in Human Computer and Human Robot Interaction

Keynote at Rethinking Affordance Symposium
Akademie Schloss Solitude, 8 June 2018

"To say that design of user interfaces influences our daily life is a commonplace and an understatement. User interfaces influence people’s understanding of processes, form relations with the companies that provide services. Interfaces define roles computer users get to play in computer culture."
webdesign  design  ideas 
9 weeks ago
Free Time Zone Database & API - TimeZoneDB
TimeZoneDB provides free time zone database for cities of the world. The database is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. It contains countries name, time zones, abbreviation, GMT offset, and Daylight Saving Time (DST). The data is available in CSV and SQL format. You can download and implement into your projects for free.
9 weeks ago
The Mother of all Demos
Conceived by Douglas Engelbart and developed by him and colleagues at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), the groundbreaking computer framework known as oN-Line System (NLS), jointly funded by ARPA and the Air Force, evolved throughout the decade. In what became known as "The Mother of All Demos"—because it demonstrated the revolutionary features of NLS as well as never-before-seen video presentation technologies—Engelbart unveiled NLS in San Francisco on December 9, 1968, to a large audience at the Fall Joint Computer Conference. Engelbart's terminal was linked to a large-format video projection system loaned by the NASA Ames Research Center and via telephone lines to a SDS 940 computer (designed specifically for time-sharing among multiple users) 30 miles away in Menlo Park, California, at the Augmentation Research Center, which Engelbart founded at SRI. On a 22-foot-high screen with video insets, the audience could see Engelbart manipulate the mouse and watch as members of his team in Menlo Park joined in the presentation.
history  engelbart 
10 weeks ago
How the Photocopier Changed the Way We Worked—and Played | History | Smithsonian
Decades before 3-D printers brought manufacturing closer to home, copiers transformed offices, politics and art
ideas  history 
10 weeks ago
WordPress Performance – Breaking It Down by HTTP Requests
WordPress can be a tricky beast as they say when it comes to web performance. Especially if you are comparing it against others running static sites. Because WordPress is based on PHP and most of the content is dynamically generated, it means you need to find other ways to optimize. In today’s post, we are going to dive into a fresh WordPress install and take it apart piece by piece, or rather by HTTP requests, to hopefully help you gain a better understanding of WordPress performance. WordPress can load a lot faster than what some people might lead you to believe!
wordpress  performance 
11 weeks ago
Taft Test - Web Dev Placeholder Image Generator
Does your page design improve when you replace every image with William Howard Taft?
webdesign  webdev 
11 weeks ago
Firefox Monitor
Your right to be safe from hackers starts here.
Firefox Monitor arms you with tools to keep your personal information safe. Find out what hackers already know about you and learn how to stay a step ahead of them.
11 weeks ago
Free Online OCR - convert PDF to Word, Images to text, JPEG to Word
Use Optical Character Recognition software online. Service supports
46 languages including Chinese, Japanese and Korean
ocr  tools 
11 weeks ago
Who Invented Memes? – Member Feature Stories – Medium
The impossibility of originality in the digital age
meme  history  remix 
11 weeks ago
Casper – A Ghost-like WordPress theme
You’re live! Nice.  This is the Casper WP theme, a port of the gorgeous default theme from the Ghost blogging platform. This is a short demonstration of the features. This blog post was written in Markdown, the language used by Ghost, and uses the Jetpack Markdown plugin for parsing (for demonstration, not required).
12 weeks ago
Kumu is a powerful data visualization platform that helps you organize complex information into interactive relationship maps.
tools  cooltech  Visualization 
12 weeks ago
UH OER Training – Simple Book Publishing
A three-part training guide for bringing higher education instructors up to speed with Open Educational Resources (OER). This book was developed to serve as a standalone guide for independent creators and to support OER training through face-to-face, online, and hybrid delivery modes.
open  opencontent  openeducation  oer 
september 2018
HitFilm Express: Free editing & VFX software - fxhome.com
Video editing, VFX, and all the power you need to make something cool. Take your first step towards pro-filmmaking with our free starter software: HitFilm Express. Perfect for students, YouTubers, and beginner filmmakers.
software  video  ds106  free 
september 2018
Open Research Corpus: Public Datasets of Scholarly Research Papers
Over 39 million published research papers in
Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Biomedical.
data  opendata  science 
september 2018
samwilson/phpflickr - Packagist
A PHP wrapper for the Flickr API, including Oauth.
php  flickr 
september 2018
A gathering focused on the Art of Interactivity
for objects, environments & experiences.
art  conference 
september 2018
Streamlabs | Open Broadcaster Software for Gamers
Fast, reliable & feature packed streaming app
Level up your stream with our reliable, easy-to-setup desktop streaming application built for professional streamers.
streaming  video 
september 2018
The world’s fastest framework for building websites
Hugo is one of the most popular open-source static site generators. With its amazing speed and flexibility, Hugo makes building websites fun again.
blog  static  website  cms  hugo 
september 2018
The highly flexible website framework for Hugo with an extensible plugin mechanism. Create a beautifully simple site in under 10 minutes 🚀
cms  templates  hugo 
september 2018
Learning Analytics: Theory and Practice (CI 5371)
This course provides a general survey of learning analytics, emphasizing its application in various educational contexts.

This is the course website of CI 5371 - Learning Analytics: Theory and Practice offered in Fall ‘18 at the University of Minnesota. This course is fully online. All content published on this website is open to the public.
opencontent  openeducation  hugo 
september 2018
Internet-in-a-Box - Meta
nternet-in-a-Box (IIAB) is an effort to provide Wikipedia and other content via physical media. It is primarily for distribution in places where access to the Internet is limited or controlled. The device includes software which creates a Wi-Fi hotspot that offers closed platform access.

In practice, this means that up to 32 users who are within a couple of hundred meters of the hotspot can connect to the device and access or download its content: Wikipedia slices, medical knowledge, videos and books. IIAB is not intended to further connect users to the Internet or to content, beyond what is presented in the Box itself.
piratebox  cool 
august 2018
Copyright for Meme-Makers - Public Knowledge
So you have a popular Instagram account on which you post original memes for mass consumption and potential monetization. Everything is going great: you’re racking up thousands of followers per day, each post getting hundreds of thousands of likes—life is good. You have managed to create a career for yourself just by being Very Online and humorous, and we are all jealous of you. Good job.

And then someone steals one of your memes for their own page, and they delete your watermark, and try to pass off your meme as their own. You get mad and call them out. They respond by telling you “this is the internet.”

Intellectual property jurisprudence has yet to really confront the internet’s ecosystem of decentralized content creation. But you, meme-maker, are smarter than that, and you want to educate as much as possible on the industry you have chosen. Below, we discuss some of the important legal doctrines to meme-makers, and cases that may be applicable.
copyright  meme 
august 2018
Distributor - safely reuse and syndicate content between WordPress sites
Distributor is a WordPress plugin that makes it easy to syndicate and reuse content across your websites — whether in a single multisite or across the web.

Share content between multiple WordPress sites, in a multisite network or across the web using the REST API. Push content to another site, or review available content in your other sites. Your words, media, meta, categories – they all come along for the ride
plugin  wordpress 
august 2018
Like Google, but for finding colors.
color  search  tools  cooltech  design 
august 2018
WP Glossary – The Glossary for WordPress Users
Definitions of words that you come in contact with when you use WordPress.
wordpress  reference 
august 2018
TAGS Widget - Setup
On 23 March 2018 Twitter announced that it was retiring search timeline widgets, suggesting people moved to a Curate a Collection of Tweets.

For TAGS users I've created a custom widget to display the last 10 results from a TAGS Archive. This means you can display a search timeline which will automatically display new results when these are collected in TAGS.

To use either setup a TAGS archive or use an existing one. When the Google Sheet is shared so that anyone with a link can view complete the configuration below and copy the embed code to your site.
twitter  tags 
august 2018
Building Gutenberg Blocks With create-guten-block
Gutenberg is the new WordPress editor, and everyone is talking about it. It has introduced an all-new way of writing content with WordPress. So not only can developers benefit from its block-modeled layout, but end users will also be able to create dynamic page layouts with it. 

However, building custom blocks with Gutenberg can be quite a hassle for developers who want to integrate it into their projects. This tutorial is going to feature an incredible toolkit—create-guten-block—through which you can create Gutenberg blocks in a matter of minutes.
august 2018
Editor Blocks - Gutenberg Blocks for WordPress
Editor Blocks is a unique collection of blocks for the new WordPress Editor (Gutenberg)
august 2018
Free to Use Browser Extension | Labs | Library of Congress
Explore free to use images from the Library of Congress anytime you open a new tab!
august 2018
Publish WordPress to a static GitLab Pages site | Opensource.com
A long time ago, I set up a WordPress blog for a family member. There are lots of options these days, but back then there were few decent choices if you needed a web-based CMS with a WYSIWYG editor. An unfortunate side effect of things working well is that the blog has generated a lot of content over time. That means I was also regularly updating WordPress to protect against the exploits that are constantly popping up.

So I decided to convince the family member that switching to Hugo would be relatively easy, and the blog could then be hosted on GitLab. But trying to extract all that content and convert it to Markdown turned into a huge hassle. There were automated scripts that got me 95% there, but nothing worked perfectly. Manually updating all the posts was not something I wanted to do, so eventually, I gave up trying to move the blog.

Recently, I started thinking about this again and realized there was a solution I hadn't considered: I could continue maintaining the WordPress server but set it up to publish a static mirror and serve that with GitLab Pages (or GitHub Pages if you like). This would allow me to automate Let's Encrypt certificate renewals as well as eliminate the security concerns associated with hosting a WordPress site. This would, however, mean comments would stop working, but that feels like a minor loss in this case because the blog did not garner many comments.

Here's the solution I came up with, which so far seems to be working well
opensource  wordpress  archive 
august 2018
The Formula For Perfect Parallel Parking : NPR
The formula for the perfect parking job was recently worked out by mathematician Simon Blackburn, professor at the University of London. Stanford mathematics professor Keith Devlin tells NPR's Audie Cornish "it's actually a very clever use of simple mathematics."

The most complicated part, Devlin says, is our good old friend the Pythagorean theorem. That's a squared plus b squared equals c squared, as you'll remember from your high school geometry class, no doubt.

"The formula tells you exactly how much extra space you need, beyond the length of your vehicle, in order to park it in a simple, reverse-in, straighten-the-wheels, switch-the-engine-off move," Devlin explains. In other words, no back-and-forth, no see-sawing — the perfect parallel parking job.
august 2018
Instagram already provides the functionality to upload photos through a web browser (You can read about it here), but sadly this feature is locked to mobile web browsers only. Windowed overcomes this issue by pretending to be a mobile browser, allowing you to visit the Instgram mobile website directly from your Mac or Windows PC.
instagram  app 
august 2018
Office Ipsum
- Dummy Copy for the Corporate World
august 2018
jsDataV.is - Visualizations
This is part of a series of examples that describe the basic operation of the D3.js force layout. Eventually they may end up in a blog post that wraps everything together.

The first example creates the simplest possible graph using a force layout. The comments in the code walk through the steps in creating a force directed graph.
coding  d3js 
august 2018
nteractive, adaptable celestial map done with the D3.js visualization library. So, GeoJSON for sky stuff. Which surprisingly nobody has done yet, it seems.

Features display of stars from the Hipparcos catalogue, deep sky objects (DSOs) with a selectable magnitude limit up to 6, or choose different GeoJSON data source for higher magnitudes. Also shows constellations with names, lines and/or boundaries, the Milky Way band, grid lines/coordinates and Solar System objects. Alternate coordinate spaces e.g. ecliptc, galactic or supergalactic are also possible. Full support for zoom and rotation with mouse or gestures. The interactive viewer has a form that can set most parameters live on the map
js  maps  d3js 
july 2018
How to pack for a backcountry hike in Saskatchewan | Saskatchewan Hiking and Outdoor Adventures
Are you looking to spend the night in the wilderness of Saskatchewan? Wondering what you need to survive? To help you out I have put together a list of things that I take into the Saskatchewan back country.
hiking  sk 
july 2018
Anatomy of a Firefox extension - Mozilla | MDN
An extension consists of a collection of files, packaged for distribution and installation. In this article, we will quickly go through the files that might be present in an extension.
coding  javascript 
july 2018
How to change the WordPress post updated messages of the edit screen — What about WordPress
WordPress posts edit interface has got a good information messages system for all user actions. It doesn’t matter what is the done action, WordPress talks to us: draft saved, post updated, published… Actually, it’s a perfect information system if regulary you only publish posts or sometimes a new page, ie, if you have just got a blog but, when your website has other kinds of information (films, cats, recipies, products…) WordPress keeps saying “post updated” and in fact, you are editing an actor’s profile, or a recipe, or whatever, but not a post… Would not it be awesome that WordPress says “Actor profile updated”, or “Recipe improved” or any message more like the natural language? So, if you don’t want that WordPress talks like a machine, you need use post_updated_messages.
july 2018
Historic Tale Construction Kit - Bayeux
Two German students originally wrote the Historic Tale Construction Kit, with Flash. Sadly, their work isn't available anymore, only remembered. This new application is a tribute, but also an attempt to revive the old medieval meme, with code and availability that won't get lost.

This project is available for you to use and we hope you will enjoy playing with it as much as we enjoyed building it. We put the open source code on GitHub , so you can grab it, tinker with it or even help us by contributing.
history  generator  ds106 
july 2018
Here you can easily generate cool text-images from almost any picture you have on your computer.
july 2018
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