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 
5 hours 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 
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 
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.
3 days 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 
4 days 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.
4 days 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 days 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 
12 days 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 
18 days ago
Taft Test - Web Dev Placeholder Image Generator
Does your page design improve when you replace every image with William Howard Taft?
webdesign  webdev 
19 days 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.
19 days 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 
19 days ago
Who Invented Memes? – Member Feature Stories – Medium
The impossibility of originality in the digital age
meme  history  remix 
20 days 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).
24 days ago
Kumu is a powerful data visualization platform that helps you organize complex information into interactive relationship maps.
tools  cooltech  Visualization 
25 days 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 
28 days ago
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 
28 days ago
Open Research Corpus: Public Datasets of Scholarly Research Papers
Over 39 million published research papers in
Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Biomedical.
data  opendata  science 
4 weeks ago
samwilson/phpflickr - Packagist
A PHP wrapper for the Flickr API, including Oauth.
php  flickr 
4 weeks ago
A gathering focused on the Art of Interactivity
for objects, environments & experiences.
art  conference 
4 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
The highly flexible website framework for Hugo with an extensible plugin mechanism. Create a beautifully simple site in under 10 minutes 🚀
cms  templates  hugo 
5 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
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 
6 weeks ago
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 
6 weeks ago
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 
6 weeks ago
Like Google, but for finding colors.
color  search  tools  cooltech  design 
6 weeks ago
WP Glossary – The Glossary for WordPress Users
Definitions of words that you come in contact with when you use WordPress.
wordpress  reference 
6 weeks ago
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 
6 weeks ago
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.
6 weeks ago
Editor Blocks - Gutenberg Blocks for WordPress
Editor Blocks is a unique collection of blocks for the new WordPress Editor (Gutenberg)
6 weeks ago
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!
7 weeks ago
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 
7 weeks ago
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.
7 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
Office Ipsum
- Dummy Copy for the Corporate World
9 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
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.
11 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
Here you can easily generate cool text-images from almost any picture you have on your computer.
12 weeks ago
Reclaiming RSS – Aral Balkan
Before Twitter, before algorithmic timelines filtered our reality for us, before surveillance capitalism, there was RSS: Really Simple Syndication.

For those of you born into the siloed world of the centralised web, RSS is an ancient technology from Web 1.0 (“the naïve Web?”). Like most things back then, it does what it says on the tin: it enables you to easily syndicate the content of your site. People interested in following your posts subscribe to your feed and receive updates using their RSS readers. There is no Twitter or Facebook in the middle to algorithmically censor … ahem … “curate” your posts.

RSS is stupidly simple to implement (it’s just an XML file). You could hand-roll it manually if you wanted to (although I wouldn’t recommend it).
july 2018
WordPress Plugin Explorer – WP Insights
Generates a visualization of Worpress plugins
wordpress  cooltech 
july 2018
Observable is a
better way to code.
Discover insights faster and communicate more effectively with interactive notebooks for data analysis, visualization, and exploration.
data  interactive  code  cooltech 
july 2018
Creating Multilingual WordPress Websites - Shawn Hooper
This morning I had the honor of speaking at the inaugural WP Campus conference at the University of South Florida.  This conference brings together those who use WordPress in higher education, a space that presents unique challenges not always discussed at other WordPress camps.

My presentation was about the options you have for creating multilingual websites in WordPress, and some of the things you should consider when planning to do so.
july 2018
vis.js - A dynamic, browser based visualization library.
A dynamic, browser based visualization library. The library is designed to be easy to use, to handle large amounts of dynamic data, and to enable manipulation of and interaction with the data. The library consists of the components DataSet, Timeline, Network, Graph2d and Graph3d.
javascript  library 
july 2018
E. B. White on Why He Wrote Charlotte’s Web, Plus His Rare Illustrated Manuscripts – Brain Pickings
A few weeks before the book’s release, however, the Harper & Row publicity department expressed unease about White’s choice of protagonist. Worried that a spider might revolt readers and critics, they asked him to explain his choice. On September 29, White sent Nordstrom a short note in response to her concern that the book endpapers are too bright (but not without an endearing Whitean tease: “I’m not sure that anybody thinks about endpaper except publishers, and probably not more than 1800 people in the United States have ever heard the word ‘endpaper’”), then proceeded to address the PR people’s unease in a lengthy explanation of why he wrote a book featuring a spider. The letter, unearthed by Letters of Note, is itself an absolute masterpiece of prose and testament to White’s character, bespeaking at once his elegant command of the written word and his equally famed love of animals.
writing  ideas  inspiration 
july 2018
Radio Garden
By bringing distant voices close, radio connects people and places. Radio Garden allows listeners to explore processes of broadcasting and hearing identities across the entire globe. From its very beginning, radio signals have crossed borders. Radio makers and listeners have imagined both connecting with distant cultures, as well as re-connecting with people from ‘home’ from thousands of miles away – or using local community radio to make and enrich new homes.
maps  music  radio  cooltech 
july 2018
Itty bitty sites are contained entirely within their own link. (Including this one!) This means they're portable, private, easy to share.
july 2018
TOPkit - Teaching Online Preparation Toolkit
The Teaching Online Preparation Toolkit (TOPkit) website is a comprehensive resource that provides the postsecondary community with the essential elements required to ensure a very high quality online faculty development program, including a sample course that may be imported into any learning management system and then customized. The links below walk you through a three-step process for planning, developing, and evaluating your program along with supporting resources.

While this initiative is Florida funded and Florida focused, it is not Florida exclusive and we invite you, our colleagues around the world, to explore the TOPkit website and actively participate in its accompanying community of practice.
july 2018
Regex Visualizer
Creates a diagram for Javascript style regular expressions
july 2018
Kapwing - Create and Edit Video Online
Kapwing lets anyone create and edit video easily online.

Kapwing is an online video creation and editing platform for modern creators. Our mission is to enable digital storytelling.
Kapwing is for the kinds of videos people actually want to make. Our editing suite includes the web’s most popular meme maker, subtitler, trimmer, looper, filters, and more. You can make stop motions, share highlights, or resize a post for your Instagram Story. It's free and always will be.
video  online  ds106 
june 2018
The ‘Care-full’ Commons: Open Access and the Care of Commoning | scholarly skywritings
‘The commons’ is a term routinely employed by advocates of open access publishing to describe the ideal scholarly publishing ecosystem, one comprised entirely of freely available journal articles, books, data and code. Usually undefined, advocates invoke the commons as a good-in-itself, governed by the scholarly community and publicly accessible to all. The term itself is not associated with an identifiable politico-economic ideology, nor does it entail any particular form of organisation or practice. Without further justification, the term ‘commons’ has little meaning beyond referring to the various degrees of community control and/or accessibility associated with certain resources.

This paper will illustrate some of the uses (and abuses) of the commons in scholarly publishing, aiming to highlight both the ambiguity of the term and some of the drawbacks of treating the commons as fixed and static entity focused on the production and management of shared resources, as many do. While it certainly relates to resources and their governance, I want to reposition the commons – or ‘commoning’ specifically – as a practice of cultivating and caring for the relationships that exist around the production of shared resources. In reorienting the commons in this way, I will show how an attitude of commoning extends beyond the commons site itself and into the relationships present in other forms of organisation also. This allows us to reposition the commons towards a shared, emancipatory horizon while maintaining the need for a plurality of commons-based practices in publishing and beyond. A progressive and emancipatory commons, I argue, is therefore a space of ‘care-full commoning’.
ideas  copyright  Commons 
june 2018
Freemix is a free image collage and remix tool

We built it to make creative expression fun, easy, and free to all.
remix  Visual  ds106 
june 2018
Kepler.gl is a powerful open source geospatial analysis tool for large-scale data sets.
javascript  mapping  maps 
june 2018
This is where internet memes come from - MIT Technology Review
The word meme was coined by the biologist Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, in which he suggested that ideas could replicate, evolve, and enter popular culture in a process analogous to the way genes spread. Today, a meme is commonly thought of as a variant of an image based on a common theme that has spread widely on the internet. Memes are often humorous or ironic, but they are also vehicles for political messages, used to spread aggressive or racist messages and to incite hatred.

Several online communities focus on creating and spreading memes with the goal of making an idea become viral—a process known as “attention hacking” or “weaponizing.” These communities, on websites such as Reddit, 4chan, Twitter, and others, have become hugely influential.

And yet little is known about the way memes spread or how they exert their influence.

Today that changes, at least in part, thanks to the work of Gianluca Stringhini at University College London and a few colleagues, who have developed a way to measure the dissemination and propagation of memes across the web for the first time. Using this technique, the team has measured the way meme-creating communities influence each other and, in this way, has identified the most influential groups.

The first stage in the approach was to develop a way to detect and track memes. The team does this by looking for visually similar images and measuring how they cluster in different communities.
meme  netnarr  research 
june 2018
Descript - Transcription and Audio Editing
Descript is powered by Google Speech — the most advanced transcription technology, ever. Transcribe your recording in less time than it takes to read this webpage. Subscribers pay just 7¢ a minute.

Editing audio is as intuitive as your favorite text editor. Cut, paste, copy and delete — remix your text, and your audio follows.

You’ll wonder how you ever managed the old way.

For mission-critical tasks, upgrade to professional manual transcription with a 24-hour turnaround (and zero fuss). Just $1 per minute.
podcasting  software  transcription 
june 2018
Why are humans so obsessed with self-documenting? | ASU Now: Access, Excellence, Impact
On the 21st anniversary of the first cell phone photo, an ASU historian looks at the evolution and future of capturing our own image
netnarrr  selfie 
june 2018
Confessions of a Diabetes Hacker – Insulin Nation
There is a quiet hacking revolution taking place in the Type 1 diabetes community. You can identify its followers by the popular hashtag #WeAreNotWaiting.

There are currently thousands of individuals running an app known as Nightscout to upload real-time blood glucose readings from their Dexcom continuous glucose monitors to their own private servers. This allows hundreds of parents to keep close watch over the health of children with Type 1. While this kind of customized surveillance can be done with current diabetes technology, it has yet to be approved by the FDA. Many of us have decided that we are not waiting for that agency’s blessing.

I was diagnosed with Type 1 four months ago. At that time, I knew nothing about diabetes. I was in disbelief when I discovered that if I wanted to see my glucose levels in real time, I would need to carry around an extra, bulky device in my pocket. If I wanted to see that data anywhere else, I would need to plug it into a computer and upload it. If a loved one wanted to check in to see if I was doing alright, they would need to call me and hope I answered. This seemed anachronistic in the wireless age.

I promptly got to work on a project I have dubbed DexDrip, a wireless bluetooth bridge that would allow real-time blood glucose readings from a sensor to be delivered straight to my phone. I started by researching the Nightscout project. After doing some digging, I soon discovered an underground community of individuals working on similar projects to mine. Skirting just outside the peripheral vision of the FDA, they are working on all sorts of projects, including their own closed-loop artificial pancreas systems. Some are working in groups, others are working alone, but all share the same goal of making lives for people with diabetes easier, better, and (although they are taking personal risks) safer.
diabetes  hacking 
may 2018
ink - inkle's narrative scripting language
The powerful scripting language behind Heaven's Vault, 80 Days and Sorcery!

nkle was founded in 2011 by two Cambridge game developers with a passion for storytelling and beautiful design.
game  interactive  elit  netnarr 
may 2018
Interactive Fiction and Twine at Computers & Writing – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education
This type of gathering of interactive fiction enthusiasts and scholars always draws my attention to new tools. While I try to highlight useful resources regularly here in my Games in the Classroom series, there’s always more to discover, particularly from the open source community. Here are a few that we shared and discussed during the conference that might be useful if you’re thinking about building interactive fiction assignments into a course for next year:
elit  netnarr 
may 2018
Artificial Senses
Artificial Senses visualizes sensor data of the machines that surround us to develop an understanding how they experience the world.

In current times, machine learning and artificial intelligence are buzzwords. But they are more than that—they influence our behavior as well as our conception of the technologies themselves and the world they represent. A lack of understanding of how these systems operate on their own terms is dangerous. How can we live with, trust, and interact with this alien species, which we set forth into the world, if we know it only through interfaces designed to make the machine unnaturally akin to the world we already know? This project visualizes raw sensor data that our phones and computers collect and process, to help us understand how these machines experience the world.
art  data  ai  privacy  netnarr 
may 2018
TrackMeNot is a lightweight browser extension that helps protect web searchers from surveillance and data-profiling by search engines. It does so not by means of concealment or encryption (i.e. covering one's tracks), but instead by the opposite strategy: noise and obfuscation. With TrackMeNot, actual web searches, lost in a cloud of false leads, are essentially hidden in plain view. User-installed TrackMeNot works with Firefox and Chrome browsers, integrates with all popular search engines, and requires no 3rd-party servers or services.
browser  privacy  security  netnarr 
may 2018
AdNauseam - Clicking Ads So You Don't Have To
As online advertising becomes ever more ubiquitous and unsanctioned, AdNauseam works to complete the cycle by automating Ad clicks universally and blindly on behalf of its users. Built atop uBlock Origin, AdNauseam quietly clicks on every blocked ad, registering a visit on ad networks' databases. As the collected data gathered shows an omnivorous click-stream, user tracking, targeting and surveillance become futile.AdNauseam is a free browser extension designed to obfuscate browsing data and protect users from tracking by advertising networks. At the same time, AdNauseam serves as a means of amplifying users' discontent with advertising networks that disregard privacy and facilitate bulk surveillance agendas.
advertising  extension  privacy  netnarr 
may 2018
Noiszy is a browser plugin that creates meaningless web data - digital "noise."

It visits and navigates around websites, from within your browser, leaving misleading digital footprints around the internet.  Noiszy only visits a list of sites that you approve, and only works when you turn it on.  Run Noiszy in the background while you're working, or start Noiszy when you're not using your browser, and it sends meaningless data to these sites for as long as you let it run.

This meaningless data dilutes the significance of your "real" data, by creating a campaign of misinformation.  You become more difficult for an algorithm to understand, market to, or manipulate.  You can outsmart the "filter bubble".
data  privacy  security  netnarr 
may 2018
ZoteroBib helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software. It’s brought to you by the team behind Zotero, the powerful open-source research tool recommended by thousands of universities worldwide, so you can trust it to help you seamlessly add sources and produce perfect bibliographies. If you need to reuse sources across multiple projects or build a shared research library, we recommend using Zotero instead.
tools  resnetsem 
may 2018
This is the dumbest publishing platform on the web.

Write something, hit publish, and it's live.

There's no tracking, ad-tech, webfonts, analytics, javascript, cookies, databases, user accounts, comments, friending, likes, follower counts or other quantifiers of social capital. The only practical way for anyone to find out about a posting is if the author links to it elsewhere.

But it is legible, no-nonsense static hypertext, good for short stories, not-short-enough tweets and adventures and all your numbers station or internet dead drop needs. Here you can scream into the void and know the form of your voice is out there forever.

Search engines are instructed not to index posts and I'll do my best to make sure this isn't used as a tool by spammers or other abusers. Nonetheless, posting will be turned off if anything bad grows out of it.

Use basic Markdown to format posts: #header, **bold**, *italic*, `code`, >quote, and hyperlinks in the format [link](http://example.com). Try !hacker and !professor and !timestamp too.
publishing  text  cooltech 
may 2018
Update or Die: How to Keep Your Digital Works Alive | CMF Trends
Six hands-on tips on how to keep digital content alive for a long time.

We are increasingly numerous to witness the disappearance of digital content. “Will our future historians look back, marvelling at the amount of anthropological data we were simultaneously creating and destroying?” ask the authors of the Future Today Institute’s 2018 trends report.

As information and communication technologies constantly evolve— sometimes at lightening speed—thousands of digital works based on devices, technologies or programming languages that are now deemed obsolete are disappearing, often without leaving trace of their past existence.

For example, Adobe Flash, considered ten years ago as THE application to create multimedia content online, will no longer be updated as of 2021. Adobe justifies its decision by the development and arrival at maturity of new standards such as HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly.

Creating and producing digital works comes with a host of challenges and ensuring the long-term preservation of a project therefore often becomes a secondary issue.

To make sure your digital works stay alive, whether in their initial form or as future iterations, here are six hands-on tips.
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