How to Build a Delightful Loading Screen in 5 Minutes
Does this look familiar?

If yes, that’s because you’ve seen this somewhere — Slack!

Let’s learn a few things by recreating this with just CSS and some good ol’ HTML.

If you’re excited about writing some code, get on Codepen and create a new pen.
animation  webdesign  coffee 
2 days ago
Paul-Olivier Dehaye and the Raiders of the Lost Data – CITIP blog
With the recent Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal and the GDPR knocking at the door, we seem to be witnessing a watershed moment in data protection online. In the last year or so, people have been made increasingly aware of their data subject rights (of access, explanation, erasure, etc). Paul-Olivier Dehaye has been at the forefront in this battle of reclaiming control over personal data.
privacy  netnarr 
6 days ago
Neural Neighbors Pictorial Tropes in the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection
Explore selections of over 27,000 photographs from the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Reload this page for more.

Similarity based on approximate nearest neighbors from 2,048 dimensions in the penultimate tensor of an Inception Convolutional Neural Network, trained on ImageNet 2012. Inference run using TensorFlow with CUDA-accelearted cuDNN. NVIDIA hardware courtesy Yale Center for Research Computing.
ai  images  search  cooltech 
7 days ago
We introduce FontCode, an information embedding technique for text documents. Provided a text document with specific fonts, our method embeds user-specified information in the text by perturbing the glyphs of text characters while preserving the text content. We devise an algorithm to choose unobtrusive yet machine-recognizable glyph perturbations, leveraging a recently developed generative model that alters the glyphs of each character continuously on a font manifold. We then introduce an algorithm that embeds a user-provided message in the text document and produces an encoded document whose appearance is minimally perturbed from the original document. We also present a glyph recognition method that recovers the embedded information from an encoded document stored as a vector graphic or pixel image, or even on a printed paper. In addition, we introduce a new error-correction coding scheme that rectifies a certain number of recognition errors. Lastly, we demonstrate that our technique enables a wide array of applications, using it as a text document metadata holder, an unobtrusive optical barcode, a cryptographic message embedding scheme, and a text document signature.
cooltech  netnarr 
8 days ago
Two-thirds of links on Twitter come from bots. They’re mostly bland. - Vox
If you’ve ever wondered whether social media is just a vast network of bots interacting with other bots, congratulations: Your worldview may be dystopian, but it’s not exactly wrong.

A new study has determined that on Twitter, at least, two-thirds of all links shared on the platform are done so by automated tweets powered by bots.

The Pew Research Center studied over a million English-language tweets posted over a 47-day period in 2017 to determine the nature of Twitter’s link-sharing infrastructure — and to glean more information about the behavior and scope of bots on the platform.

The study analyzed 1.2 million tweeted links, which were all generated by just 140,545 Twitter accounts. Of those tweets, 66 percent were generated by bots. The most frequently linked subjects: porn and sports. Ninety percent of all links to adult content and 76 percent of all links to sports-related content were generated by fake humans.
twitter  bot  netnarr 
9 days ago
The Rise of Twitter Bots | The New Yorker
Twitter bots are, essentially, computer programs that tweet of their own accord. While people access Twitter through its Web site and other clients, bots connect directly to the Twitter mainline, parsing the information in real time and posting at will; it’s a code-to-code connection, made possible by Twitter’s wide-open application programming interface, or A.P.I. The bots, whose DNA can be written in nearly any modern programming language, live on cloud servers, which never go dark and grow cheaper by the day. This broad accessibility, magnified by Twitter’s laudably permissive stance on the creation of new accounts, has created fertile ground for such automated shenanigans, like proving our susceptibility to certain typos and making Newt Gingrich seem popular.

If you use Twitter, you’ve probably met your share of one kind of Twitter bot, spambots. They have nonsensical burner handles, and blast messages like “truly $$$ work opportunities” at anyone who so much as mentions an iPad. “Click this link,” they beckon, “so I might seize your identity and use it to hawk Panama’s finest generic Ritalin.” Hardly a compelling sales pitch, but at least it explains why they’re always awake.

Of greater interest—the signal to the spammers’ noise—is the growing population of creative bots that consume, remix, and contribute to the broader culture churn of the Internet.
twitter  bot  netnarr 
9 days ago
12 Weird, Excellent Twitter Bots Chosen by Twitter’s Best Bot-Makers
Bots can be the absolute worst part of Twitter. They can also be the best. In the last few years, artists and programmers have turned Twitter bots into an internet-native art form, producing bots that are often hilarious, usually weird, and sometimes unexpectedly poetic
bot  twitter  netnarr 
9 days ago
How Twitter Bots Fool You Into Thinking They Are Real People
When a group of researchers made a small army of Twitter bots, many of the fake accounts amassed relatively large followings and high Klout scores. Here’s how they’re fooling us.
bot  twitter  netnarr 
9 days ago
Botometer® by OSoMe
Botometer (formerly BotOrNot) checks the activity of a Twitter account and gives it a score based on how likely the account is to be a bot. Higher scores are more bot-like.
bot  twitter  netnarr 
9 days ago
bot or not
This website is a Turing test for poetry. You, the judge, have to guess whether the poem you’re reading is written by a human or by a computer.

If you think a poem was written by a computer, choose 'bot'. If you think it was written by a human, choose 'not'.
netnarr  bot  poetry 
9 days ago
The botmaker who sees through the Internet - The Boston Globe
Darius Kazemi’s little creations are funny, poignant, popular—and a sly commentary on how the Web is organizing our lives
bot  twitter  netnarr 
9 days ago
A protest bot is a bot so specific you can’t mistake it for bullshit – Medium
What, in this landscape, is the 21st century equivalent of a protest song? What is the modern version of a song so specific in its details, its condemnation, its anger, that it could not possibly be mistaken for bullshit?

One answer is the protest bot. A computer program that reveals the injustice and inequality of the world and imagines alternatives. A computer program that says who’s to praise and who’s to blame. A computer program that questions how, when, who and why. A computer program whose indictments are so specific you can’t mistake them for bullshit. A computer program that does all this automatically.
bot  poetry  netnarr 
9 days ago
an open source reimagination of HyperCard
19 days ago
UI Faces – Avatars for design mockups
I have made this aggregator to speed up the process while designing UI and in need to populate user avatars with real looking photos.
avatar  generator  photos  cooltech 
22 days ago
IASC: The Hedgehog Review - Volume 20, No. 1 (Spring 2018) - Tending the Digital Commons: A Small Ethics toward the Future -
In the years since I became fully aware of the vulnerability of what the Internet likes to call my “content,” I have made some changes in how I live online. But I have also become increasingly convinced that this vulnerability raises wide-ranging questions that ought to be of general concern. Those of us who live much of our lives online are not faced here simply with matters of intellectual property; we need to confront significant choices about the world we will hand down to those who come after us. The complexities of social media ought to prompt deep reflection on what we all owe to the future, and how we might discharge this debt.
22 days ago
Infr 1330 (2014) Basic Introduction To Game Design « The Acagamic
This course introduces you to the basic concepts in game design. The course was taught every year at UOIT by Professor Nacke and includes the creation of several non-digital games. Topics that we will cover are: a game designer’s role in the development team, formal and dramatic game elements, narrative design, system dynamics, skill and chance, conceptualising and communicating game design ideas, social play, games as culture, economic systems in games, level design, functionality and balance of games, simple playtesting and quality assurance.
course  games  design  gaming  netnarr 
24 days ago
Why Equitable Maps Are More Accurate and Humane - CityLab
Too often, men. And money. But a team of OpenStreetMap users is working to draw new cartographic lines, making maps that more accurately—and equitably—reflect our space.

OSM is the self-proclaimed Wikipedia of maps: It’s a free and open-source sketch of the globe, created by a volunteer pool that essentially crowd-sources the map, tracing parts of the world that haven’t yet been logged. Armed with satellite images, GPS coordinates, local community insights and map “tasks,” volunteer cartographers identify roads, paths, and buildings in remote areas and their own backyards. Then, experienced editors verify each element. Chances are, you use an OSM-sourced map every day without realizing it: Foursquare, Craigslist, Pinterest, Etsy, and Uber all use it in their direction services.
maps  mapping  netnarr 
24 days ago
(9) Plan, Practice, Improvise - Understanding the Three Types of Play in Games - Extra Credits - YouTube
Successful game design requires focus, which means the designer must understand what types of play best suits their game and make sure that all the game mechanics support it. Planned gameplay allows many different solutions but gives players time to review their options, practice gameplay encourages strategic thinking within fixed maps or rules, and improvised gameplay forces players think on the fly to adapt to random elements.
game  gaming  netnarr 
24 days ago
(9) What Is a Game? - How This Question Limits Our Medium - Extra Credits - YouTube
What makes something a game? Ultimately, the answer is too complex to be used as a neat and tidy, gatekeeping classification between genres or types of players.
game  gaming  netnarr 
24 days ago
The formal elements of game systems and game design atoms « The Acagamic
Today, we are going to discuss the formal system structures of games (an introduction to its formal and dramatic elements) and game design atoms.
games  gaming  netnarr 
24 days ago
Handheld History : Free Software : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
A handheld game console is a small, portable self-contained video game console with a built-in screen, game controls, and speakers. Handheld game consoles are smaller than home video game consoles and contain the console, screen, speakers, and controls in one unit, allowing people to carry them and play them at any time or place.

In 1976, Mattel introduced the first handheld electronic game with the release of Auto Race. Later, several companies—including Coleco and Milton Bradley—made their own single-game, lightweight table-top or handheld electronic game devices. The oldest true handheld game console with interchangeable cartridges is the Milton Bradley Microvision in 1979.
games  gaming  netnarr 
24 days ago
This Mesmerizing Animation Consists of Google Earth Satellite Photos
Photographer Páraic McGloughlin took Google Earth satellite photos and strung them together into this extremely fast-paced animation titled Arena. The lines and shapes seen from a bird’s-eye view are used to create movement in the frame.

“It was quite a monotonous process of searching for specific images,” McGloughlin tells PetaPixel. “The animation itself was relatively easy, but the searching took time!”
26 days ago
Migrating Wikispaces Content to Wordpress - Random Bits & Bytes Blog
When we found out that Wikispaces was shutting down in the near future we decided to start looking at alternatives.  We both did a lot of research and I did a lot of installing of various wiki’s in an attempt to try to import our wiki into them, with no success.  In a few cases a person more well-versed in a particular wiki format and command line options for its obscure import software may have been able to do the job but I was not.
28 days ago
My Cow Game Extracted Your Facebook Data - The Atlantic
The Cambridge Analytica scandal is drawing attention to malicious data thieves and brokers. But every Facebook app—even the dumb, innocent ones—collected users’ personal data without even trying.

But one worth revisiting today, in the context of the scandal over Facebook’s sanctioning of user-data exfiltration via its application platform. It’s not just that abusing the Facebook platform for deliberately nefarious ends was easy to do (it was). But worse, in those days, it was hard to avoid extracting private data, for years even, without even trying. I did it with a silly cow game.
28 days ago
Is Your Empathy Determined by Your Genes? | Greater Good Magazine
In this divided world, there is a growing interest in cultivating empathy—in populations ranging from preschoolers to police officers. And for good reason: Studies suggest that, besides increasing kind and helpful behavior and making the world a better place to live, empathy contributes to our relationships and career success.

But where does empathy come from? Is it mostly taught by parents, teachers, and community? Or is it an innate personality trait determined by genetics?

A recent study, conducted by Martin Melchers of the University of Bonn, Elisabeth Hahn of Saarland University, and colleagues and published in the journal Motivation and Emotion, sought to answer these questions. By using multiple ways of measuring empathy in 742 twins and adult siblings, the study provides some new insights into empathy’s origins.
4 weeks ago
Video Game History Timeline | The Strong
From the International Center for the History of Electronic Games® (ICHEG)
games  gaming  history  netnarr 
4 weeks ago
Accessible tips for people to protect their privacy
Conversations about privacy and security often focus on technology and give scant attention to the human, non-technological factors that affect personal privacy. This post covers a range of concrete steps we can all take to regain control over what, when, and with whom we share. Some of the things we discuss will involve technology, and some of them won't. The majority of the suggestions we make involve tools or practices that are freely available. The vast majority of things we suggest are also designed to be accessible without a large amount of technical knowledge. The steps we outline here are intended as a solid starting point, and not a comprehensive solution, but with that said, the steps we define here minimize or eliminate many common issues.
privacy  security  netnarr 
4 weeks ago
Developing the Star Wars opening crawl in HTML/CSS
Even though Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a divisive movie (which is not the point of this article, I promise), it inspired me to develop the most useless thing of all: the franchise's famous opening crawl using solely HTML, CSS and a little bit of Javascript (but for a cool reason).
4 weeks ago
Can video games promote empathy? | CBC Radio
It's not your average video game.

Imagine it's 1979. Revolution is brewing and you're on the streets of Tehran experiencing it all from the perspective of a young photographer named Reza.

The game 1979: Revolutionis one of a growing number of so-called empathy games that aims to give players a real understanding of what it's like to get caught up in a revolution,  or live life as a transwoman, or have a young child with cancer.
games  gaming  empathy  netnarr 
4 weeks ago
Gamasutra - The risk of games that seek to create empathy
“Game mechanics communicate a message,” said Colleen Macklin, a designer who runs the PETLab at Parsons School of Design in New York City, at GDC in San Francisco this week.

While this power imbues the video game medium with tremendous story-telling power, it can result in a clash between a creator's intended message, and the one that is being communicated by the design. Macklin, who was speaking on the subject of so-called "games for change," cited the example of Spent, an online game about surviving poverty and homelessness created by ad agency McKinney for Urban Ministries of Durham.

The game intended to create empathy and understanding within its players about people living in poverty. A study carried about by Psychology Today found, however, that the game had no effect on positive feelings toward the poor.
games  gaming  netnarr 
4 weeks ago
Empathy Games: birth of a genre? – CONTROL500
An increasing number of developers is creating games with a focus on empathy. Is this the birth of a new genre?
games  gaming  netnarr  empathy 
4 weeks ago
Virtual reality is failing at empathy, its biggest promise.
Virtual reality was supposed to help us understand each other unlike any other medium. That’s a delusion.
empathy  vr  netnarr 
4 weeks ago
HyperCard Zine
2018 is the year of HyperCard.

The last version of HyperCard, 2.4.1, was released 20 years ago in 1998. In that time, it's maintained small communities of hobbyists maintaining their stacks and creating new art on old computers. HyperCard has been used by LGBT and other marginalized people to make interactive art representing their experiences.

On the 20th anniversary of HyperCard's discontinuation, I want to pay tribute to the programming tool that started it all.
hypercard  mac  magazine 
4 weeks ago
Bad News
From fake news to chaos! How bad are you? Get as many followers as you can!

In this game you take on the role of fake news-monger. Drop all pretense of ethics and choose the path that builds your persona as an unscrupulous media magnate. But keep an eye on your ‘followers’ and ‘credibility’ meters. Your task is to get as many followers as you can while slowly building up fake credibility as a news site. But watch out: you lose if you tell obvious lies or disappoint your supporters!
games  journalism  game  netnarr 
4 weeks ago
The Problem With the FCC's New National Broadband Map - CityLab
Before last week, the official U.S. map of broadband access had accumulated a fair amount of dust. On February 23, though, the Federal Communications Commission’s cartography of connectivity got a long-awaited upgrade. But while the new broadband map is easier to click around, it still isn’t a reliable tool to gauge what internet options are available to homes or communities around the country.
map  netnarr  redlining 
5 weeks ago
The Hypercard Legacy – The Nextographer – Medium
Apple’s forgotten software gem was a last breath for democratized computing. Can it be revived?
history  apple  hypercard 
5 weeks ago
Easter Island Is Eroding - The New York Times
Nicholas Casey, a New York Times correspondent based in Colombia, and Josh Haner, a Times photographer, traveled 2,200 miles off the coast of Chile to see how the ocean is erasing the island’s monuments.
digitalstorytelling  web2storytelling 
5 weeks ago
Amazon Doesn’t Consider the Race of Its Customers. Should It?
For residents of minority urban neighborhoods, access to Amazon.com’s vast array of products—from Dawn dish soap and Huggies diapers to Samsung flatscreen TVs—can be a godsend. Unlike whiter ZIP codes, these parts of town often lack well-stocked stores and quality supermarkets. White areas get organic grocers and designer boutiques. Black ones get minimarts and dollar stores. People in neighborhoods that retailers avoid must travel farther and sometimes pay more to obtain household necessities. “I don’t have a car, so I love to have stuff delivered,” says Tamara Rasberry, a human resources professional in Washington, D.C., who spends about $2,000 a year on Amazon Prime, the online retailer’s premium service that guarantees two-day delivery of tens of millions of items (along with digital music, e-books, streaming movies, and TV shows) for a yearly $99 membership fee. Rasberry, whose neighborhood of Congress Heights is more than 90 percent black, says shopping on Amazon lets her bypass the poor selection and high prices of nearby shops.

As Amazon has expanded rapidly to become “the everything store,” it’s offered the promise of an egalitarian shopping experience. On Amazon and other online retailers, a black customer isn’t viewed with suspicion, much less followed around by store security. Most of Amazon’s services are available to almost every address in the U.S. “We don’t know what you look like when you come into our store, which is vastly different than physical retail,” says Craig Berman, Amazon’s vice president for global communications. “We are ridiculously prideful about that. We offer every customer the same price. It doesn’t matter where you live.”
amazon  map  redlining  netnarr 
5 weeks ago
Mapping Student Debt - Map 2: Race
More than 42 million Americans owe a total of $1.3 trillion in student debt, making it the second-largest liability on the national balance sheet. A generation ago, student debt was a relative rarity, but for today’s students and recent graduates, it’s a central fact of economic life that we don’t know much about. Mapping Student Debt is changing that. The maps below show how borrowing for college affects the nation, your city, and even your neighborhood, giving a new perspective on the way in which student debt relates to economic inequality.
redlining  netnarr  map 
5 weeks ago
Live Interactive Narrative Experiences for Education - GameTrain Learning
Can a Live Interactive Narrative Experience be an effective educational medium?

Real Life to Video Games to Real Life
In the early days of video games, many games were attempts to create digital versions of real-life activities. Pong, the first commercially successful video game, was based on real-life table tennis.¹ Later on, from the early text-based adventure games to simulations to sports games, video games aspired to try to emulate real life as best as possible. As technology has progressed over time, we now have games that are often indistinguishable from real-life video.

However, today we’re seeing a shift from digital games back to real-life, in-person gaming experiences. Real-life gaming experiences like puzzle hunts, paintball/lasertag games, and LARPs (live action role playing) have been around for many years, but generally they have been more for niche audiences. Recently however, we’ve seen real-life games becoming more a part of mainstream society.
games  gaming  gamebasedlearning  netnarr 
6 weeks ago
Unminify JS, CSS and HTML Code
Free online tool to unminify (unpack, deobfuscate) JavaScript, CSS and HTML code, making it readable and pretty.
tools  javascript  cooltech 
6 weeks ago
Modern-Day Redlining
In 61 metro areas across the U.S., people of color were more likely to be denied conventional mortgage loans than whites, even when controlling for applicants' income, loan amount and neighborhood.

This map of a statistical analysis by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting tracks those disparities.

To get started, click on a metro area or search for an address.
netnarr  mapping  maps  redlining 
6 weeks ago
MDA: A Formal Approach to Game Design and Game Research
In this paper we present the MDA framework (standing for
Mechanics, Dynamics, and Aesthetics), developed and
taught as part of the Game Design and Tuning Workshop at
the Game Developers Conference, San Jose 2001-2004.
MDA is a formal approach to understanding games ñ one
which attempts to bridge the gap between game design and
development, game criticism, and technical game research.
We believe this methodology will clarify and strengthen the
iterative processes of developers, scholars and researchers
alike, making it easier for all parties to decompose, study
and design a broad class of game designs and game
games  gaming  netnarr 
6 weeks ago
Why Do We Play Games? | David Mullich
We play games because they’re FUN!



Okay, okay. That’s not much of a blog post, so we can’t stop there. Let’s take a close look into what makes games fun to play.
games  gaming  netnarr 
6 weeks ago
The History of Video Games | Visual.ly
An infographic showing the history of video games. split into consoles, media, genres, and controllers
games  gaming  netnarr 
6 weeks ago
Gamasutra - The 13 Basic Principles of Gameplay Design
In an intriguing design feature, EA and Page 44 veteran Allmer re-imagines the famous '12 Principles Of Animation' for video games - adding a principle along the way!
game  nernarr  gaming 
6 weeks ago
Video Game Podcast | Gaming Podcast | What's Good Games
Welcome to What’s Good Games, a new show for the nerd-inclined. This particular Voltron is comprised of Andrea Rene (host/producer extraordinaire, seen on Yahoo Esports, IGN, GameStop TV, and more), Alexa Ray Corriea (you’ve seen her writing on Polygon/Gamespot), Brittney Brombacher (the kick-ass creator of BlondeNerd.com) and Kristine Steimer (she’s worked at a lot of places like IGN and PlayStation).
games  podcast  netnarr 
6 weeks ago
Podcast | The Psychology of Video Games
Each episode of The Psychology of Video Games Podcast features a discussion with a different expert on a specific topic about psychology and video games. Guests include those working in academia, the gaming industry, or as consultants.
podcast  games  netnarr 
6 weeks ago
Exploring the Linguistics Behind Regular Expressions
I had to write an essay about a famous computer scientist or academic whose work impacted computer science. I chose Noam Chomsky.

Little did I know that learning about Chomsky would drag me down a rabbit hole back to regular expressions, and then magically cast regular expressions into something that fascinated me. What enchanted me about regular expressions was the homonymous linguistic concept that powered them.

I hope to spellbind you, too, with the linguistics behind regular expressions, a a backstory unknown to most programmers. Though I won’t teach you how to use regular expressions in any particular programming language, I hope that my linguistic introduction will inspire you to dive deeper into how regular expressions work in your programming language of choice.

To begin, let’s return to Chomsky: what does he have to do with regular expressions? Hell, what does he even have to do with computer science?
computing  history  regex 
6 weeks ago
Course Resources – NET-ART
Below is a growing list of OER resources, Useful links and digital desktop / mobile art making platforms. Desktop and mobile platforms will be regularly introduced and discussed here. Collaborations will take place and artistic interventions will expand. This page will grow over time as students, faculty and community members contribute!
netnarr  digitalart 
6 weeks ago
Mapping Incomes
Income disparities are real—and getting more extreme. A close look at maps of income distribution in U.S. cities reveals subtleties and surprises.
map  netnarr  redlining 
6 weeks ago
Making Games in the Classroom: Twine and Harlowe 2 – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education
When it come to making games in the classroom, my go-to tool for newcomers is Twine: it’s relatively easy to get started and make something that works, but it can also represent complex mechanics and logic. I recently had the fun of joining the Indiana Humanities celebration of Frankenstein to run a Twine-driven workshop (pictured above) to build games inspired by the themes and journey of the classic novel. In our Frankenstein workshop, I asked the cohort to think about the process of making a text game through the lens of reshaping a familiar story: this can be a great first project in Twine, as the framework of a novel can provide settings, characters, and plot points that can be translated into Twine’s framework of passages (the stuff that displays on each "page") and links (the essential connections that make the nonlinear narrative come to life). The very act of putting some of those elements into pieces requires the game designer to rethink the very organization and outcomes. It’s also one of my favorite assignments to use with fairytales, as even if everyone works from the same story the games can end up very different.
netnarr  game  gaming  twine 
7 weeks ago
bellingcat - How to Archive Open Source Materials - bellingcat
When conducting open source investigations, an ever-present issue is how to archive away the materials you are researching. For example, a social media post may be deleted by a user after you publish an investigation, or a video on YouTube showing sensitive information (such as a war crime in Syria) may be deleted due to censorship policies set by YouTube.

There are two main reasons to archive all of the digital evidence that you use an investigation: to preserve it in case it is removed from its original source, and to prove to your audience that the material (if it has been removed) really existed as you present it. Screenshots can be easily forged, so it is vital that you find a way to retain the materials in a way that shows that you did not have the opportunity to modify the content.
archive  activism  ds206 
7 weeks ago
Explore the Largest Known Early Map of the World, Assembled for the First Time
A 60 sheet manuscript world map made in 1587 by Urbano Monte has been acquired by the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford Libraries, which scanned the sheets, then digitally stitched them together.
map  history 
7 weeks ago
The Big Markovski -- joshmillard.com
The Big Markovski is a Markov chain driven Lebowski recontextualizer using perl and Imagemagick
remix  random  netnarr 
7 weeks ago
Neo-Tribes: The Future is Tribal | re:publica
You might have come across people that are "abandoning everything," deserting the urban consumer lifestyle to engage in small community activities, living off the land or following the path of the digital nomad. Are these experiments just nostalgic recreations of hippie fantasies from the 1960s or do they signal a powerful new leap into new ways of organizing social systems?

In this talk, Alexa Clay looks at the challenges that have accompanied the rise of mass society and shares practices from communities that have sought out radical alternatives. Looking at eco-villages, hacker collectives, intentional communities, social movements, and diverse misfit subcultures from live-action-role playing to underground secret societies, Clay gives us a peephole into the emerging "tribes" that are springing up in the wake of post-capitalism.
7 weeks ago
The Misfit Economy
What do pirates, terrorists, computer hackers and inner city gangs have in common with Silicon Valley? Innovation. Across the globe, diverse innovators operating in the black and gray economies are developing solutions to a myriad of challenges. Far from being "deviant entrepreneurs" that pose threats to our social and economic stability, these innovators display remarkable ingenuity, pioneering original methods and best practices that we can learn from and apply in our own worlds. The Misfit Economy seeks to unveil and leverage this new well-spring of ingenuity. Join us in exploring the dark side of innovation.
innovation  creativity  netnarr 
7 weeks ago
Why do you want to make a gif at all?
I am using this space to collect data to write a post to answer the question above and also to offer it as resource to anyone who may be asking this question:Why do you gif?
gif  animatedgif  netnarr  ds106 
7 weeks ago
The animated gif – Mariana Funes – Medium
I must confess that about 6 months ago I would have had no further views on the animated gif beyond...

This was before I joined and open online course on Digital Storytelling called DS106. The tweet above tells you how far I have come in challenging my own views on the animated gif. I now have an immense amount of data on it, I make them myself on Tumblr and defend them as art to fellow course participants who do not share my liking of them. In my conversations over the last few days I decided to ask on Twitter #whygif? This post is a personal reflection on why I gif and my first excursion into Medium as a medium.
gif  animatedgif  netnarr 
7 weeks ago
Do you speak gif? – Mariana Funes – Medium
As a special event for the students Michael Branson Smith and Ryan Seslow organised a hangout with the awesome people behind giphy.com, Jess Gilliam and Alex Chung. The event was to talk about a digital sticker contest giphy.com are organising and which York College students may be contributing to. I was interested in the high nerd ideas behind the contest, giphy.com and visual writing. It turns out that what was a new insight to me months ago when I asked ‘Do you speak gif?’ is something that has been studied by media scholars for a long time. The wonders of being a networked scholar, no longer tied to my own discipline and having infinite learning possiblities open to me. I digress. The rest of this article sums up the converation in the hangout from the perpective of these big ideas rather than the detail of the contest.
animatedgif  gif  netnarr  ds106 
7 weeks ago
Welcome to the Inclusive Learning Design Handbook | Inclusive Learning Design Handbook
The Floe Inclusive Learning Design Handbook is a free Open Educational Resource (OER) designed to assist teachers, content creators, Web developers, and others in creating adaptable and personalizable educational resources that can accommodate a diversity of learning styles and individual needs.
learning  design  OER 
8 weeks ago
Paving the way toward inclusive Open Education Resources | floe
FLOE provides the resources to personalize how we each learn and to address barriers to learning. Learners learn differently, and today’s society needs diverse, self-aware, life-long learners. FLOE supports learners, educators and curriculum producers in achieving one-size-fits-one learning design for the full diversity of learners, leveraging the variants made possible by Open Education Resources (OER).

FLOE is led by the Inclusive Design Research Centre and applies Inclusive Design to open learning.
accessibility  webdesign 
8 weeks ago
Let's Learn About Waveforms
This interactive guide introduces and explores waveforms. We'll cover how to read these funny shapes, go over the fundamental physics of sound, learn how it relates to music and harmony, and discover how to build complex tones from simple ones.

This guide is aimed at a general audience–no prior knowledge is required. It may be of particular interest to musicians, producers, and aspiring audio engineers, but it's designed to be accessible to everyone!
interactive  music  audio  ds106 
8 weeks ago
Crying in Public
An emotional map of New York City, made out of the important things that happen to us outside.
map  social 
8 weeks ago
A 25 Year History of the Animated GIF Told by GIFs - The Atlantic
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Graphics Interface Format this month we put together a history of the animated GIF -- in GIF form.
gif  animatedgif  netnarr  ds106 
8 weeks ago
The Long, Remarkable History of the GIF
Already more than a decade old and with roots reaching to June 15th, 1987—half a decade Inside the internet's long, doomed quest to replace its most iconic and flawed filetype.

before the World Wide Web itself—the GIF was showing its age. It offered support for a paltry 256 colors. Its animation capabilities were easily rivaled by a flipbook. It was markedly inferior to virtually every file format that had followed it. On top of that, there were the threats of litigation from parent companies and patent-holders which had been looming over GIF users for five long years before the fiery call to action. By Burn All GIFs Day, the GIF was wobbling on the precipice of destruction. Those who knew enough to care deeply about file formats and the future of the web were marching on the gates, armed with PNGs of torches and pitchforks.

And yet, somehow, here we are. Seventeen years later, the GIF not only isn't dead. It rules the web.
gif  animatedgif  history  ds106  netnarr 
8 weeks ago
These Incredible Animated GIFs Are More Than 150 Years Old | WIRED
More than 150 years before Buzzfeed uploaded its first cat GIF, people were already captivated by looping animations. In those days, of course, there was no photoshop or screen grabbing, no Tumblrs and Twitter to help craft and share the perfect GIF. Rather, artists relied on optical tools—things like zoetropes, phenakistoscopes, thaumatropes and other gadgets with very strange names to bring their illustrations to life.
These pre-cinema devices used all sorts of low-tech tricks to make that happen, but despite their simpleness, optical tools are often regarded as the forefathers to the modern GIF. “We’re all interested in seeing movement,” says Richard Balzer. “It was a different time, but the same challenge: How do you make things move?”
animatedgif  gif  history  netnarr  ds106 
8 weeks ago
What Was The First GIF? The Animated History of The GIF
The story of the GIF itself is one of tech lore. Today, it’s one of internet legend.

The GIF, or graphics interchange format, was introduced to the world by Compuserve in 1987. The compressed format was the ideal for performing image transfers across the slow modem connections of the time. The format also allowed for color, replacing the black-and-white run-length encoding format (RLE).
gif  history  animatedgif  netnarr  ds106 
8 weeks ago
The History of GIFs
GIFs have flashed across many a webpage, flickered within millions of MySpace profiles and glittered among innumerable Tumblrs. You've spotted them in animated advertising, email signatures, web forums and social avatars. Indeed, if I had to repurpose the acronym for "GIF" it would be "Great Internet Fun."

In fact, "GIF" stands for "graphics interchange format," a mature name for an image format just coming of age in the digital space (the GIF turned 25 this year). Specifically, Steve Wilhite of Compuserve debuted the GIF in June 1987. The GIF improved on black and white image transfers with 256 colors, while still retaining a compressed format that slow modems could load easily. Using the Graphics Control Extension (GCE), the GIF achieved animation via timed delays.
animatedgif  gif  history  netnarrr 
8 weeks ago
10 Awesomely Tasteful Animated GIFs | WIRED
Over the last few years, animated GIFs have spread like kudzu–fun kudzu! But still, kudzu–to all corners of the web. They’re a staple of TV show recaps; they’re the format du jour for artists on Tumblr; they’re shorthand in Twitter conversations and can serve as a succinct riposte in a message board debate. As a whole, they perfectly capture the spirit of the slightly zany, attention-deficient internet epoch we’re currently living in: the Age of Buzzfeed. GIFs are so ubiquitous, in fact, that if you change your focus slightly, it can be easier to notice the places you don’t often see them used. One example? Illustrations.
While animated GIFs have trampled over still images, Flash animations, and even in some cases video clips as a way to inject multimedia pizazz into text-based content, animated illustrations remain a rarity. It’s a bit odd. Flip through an issue of The New Yorker or open up the Sunday Review section of The New York Times and you’ll find heaps of illustrations, begging to be animated. Look at the web versions of those visuals, though, and they’re almost always lifeless. Almost always.
gif  animatedgif  netnarr  ds106 
8 weeks ago
A Silent Place
art  reflection  netnarr 
8 weeks ago
Muybridge Photographs Reinvented As Animated GIFs
Most famous for his iconic racehorse time lapse photographs, Eadweard Muybridge revolutionized early photography. These are some of his 19th century time lapse photographs put into motion.
animatedgif  gif  history  photography  netnarr  ds106 
8 weeks ago
Stephen King's Top 20 Rules For Writers - Barnes & Noble Reads — Barnes & Noble Reads
Stephen King’s books have sold over 350 million copies. Like them or loathe them, you have to admit that’s impressive. King’s manual On Writing reveals that he’s relentlessly dedicated to his craft. He admits that not even The King himself always sticks to his rules—but trying to follow them is a good start. Here are our favorite pieces of advice for aspiring writers
writing  resnetsem 
8 weeks ago
The Tyranny of Convenience - The New York Times
Convenience has the ability to make other options unthinkable. Once you have used a washing machine, laundering clothes by hand seems irrational, even if it might be cheaper. After you have experienced streaming television, waiting to see a show at a prescribed hour seems silly, even a little undignified. To resist convenience — not to own a cellphone, not to use Google — has come to require a special kind of dedication that is often taken for eccentricity, if not fanaticism.

For all its influence as a shaper of individual decisions, the greater power of convenience may arise from decisions made in aggregate, where it is doing so much to structure the modern economy. Particularly in tech-related industries, the battle for convenience is the battle for industry dominance.
culture  psychology  ideas 
8 weeks ago
twohundredfiftysixcolors (preface) 2013 on Vimeo
this is the first 6 minutes of twohundredfiftysixcolors, which is a 97 minute long film comprised entirely of animated GIFs. watch the entire movie here: vimeo.com/62140455
>> Crafted from thousands of animated GIFs, twohundredfiftysixcolors is an expansive and revealing portrait of what has become a zeitgeist medium. Once used primarily as an Internet page signpost, the file type has evolved into a nimble and ubiquitous tool for pop-cultural memes, self-expression, and artistic gestures. The film is a curated archive that functions as a historical document charting the GIF's evolution, its connections to early cinema, and its contemporary cultural and aesthetic possibilities.
animatedgif  gif  netnarr 
8 weeks ago
How Do You Sell An Animated GIF? - YouTube
Rhizome's Lauren Cornell explains how she's selling animated GIFs and websites at New York's Armory Show.
netnarr  animatedgif  gif 
8 weeks ago
Christina Hendricks on an endless loop: The glorious GIF renaissance.
Every outdated format has its cult. In the case of vinyl LPs or Polaroid film, the cults are substantial, but even cassettes, Laserdiscs, and Minidiscs have their own collectors, proponents, and preservationists. All of these people might, to some degree, regard their pet formats as orphans—under-loved and that much more lovable for it—of technology's ceaseless forward march. As the march heads further and further into digital territory, though, a question arises: Can a similar kind of love attach to outdated online formats, which briefly saturated our daily lives but can't be handled, sought out at garage sales, and proudly displayed on a shelf? In the case of the GIF, at least, the answer is yes.

GIFs (the name stands for graphics interchange format and can be pronounced with either a hard or soft G) began life in the mid-'80s, image files so efficiently compressed that sluggish Internet connections (which is to say, every connection back then) could download them speedily. When most people use the term GIF today, however, they mean it as shorthand for animated GIFs. Animated GIFs are synonymous with the Internet's mid-'90s, pre-Flash era, when individuals and major corporations alike festooned Web sites with flickering borders, banners, and graphics, all playing on tight, endless loops. More recently, animated GIFs became key chintzy building blocks in the chaotic, almost instantly passé visual architecture of MySpace user pages. Among Mark Zuckerberg's less controversial moves is that he's shunned animated GIFs from Facebook user pages, like a school principal banning "flashy and/or inappropriate" clothing from classrooms.

Despite and perhaps partially because of their retro, déclassé smack, a GIF renaissance is underway. Sites like Señor GIF (by the people who brought us LolCat emporium I Can Has Cheezburger?), GIF Party, and Sweet GIFs are part of a current boomlet in online GIF galleries. Services like Gickr have popped up, allowing users to make their own GIFs with a few clicks. The music video for MIA's recent single "XXXO" was a tribute to animated GIFs at their tackiest. (Her record label also employs an in-house GIF-maker, Jaime Martínez.) And GIFs have lately become a staple of virtual water-cooler talk: "Is there a GIF of Liz Lemon high-fiving herself?" (There is.) "Someone please get me a GIF of that insane Joan Holloway shot from last night. You know the one." (Totally.)
animatedgif  gif  netnarr 
8 weeks ago
animated GIF Q and A (2) at tom moody
Connor is working on a dissertation on Animated GIFs and Web Culture and sent the questions below. With his permission I'm posting them in interview form.
netnarr  gif  animatedgif 
8 weeks ago
Gif(T) Basket | Art21 Magazine
In a special series of posts, Wesley Miller watches Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, frame by frame, and attempts to uncover what it all means through the medium of animated GIFs. This is his journey.
animatedgif  gif  art  netnarr 
8 weeks ago
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