"Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 1" by Charles Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky
Volumes in Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing offer multiple perspectives on a wide-range of topics about writing, much like the model made famous by Wendy Bishop’s “The Subject Is . . .” series. In each chapter, authors present their unique views, insights, and strategies for writing by addressing the undergraduate reader directly. Drawing on their own experiences, these teachers-as-writers invite students to join in the larger conversation about developing nearly every aspect of the craft of writing. Consequently, each essay functions as a standalone text that can easily complement other selected readings in writing or writing-intensive courses across the disciplines at any level.
4 hours ago
Seven reasons why blogging can make you a better academic writer | Times Higher Education (THE)
Discussions about scholarly blogging most often centre on the need for we academics to write in ways that attract new audiences. If we write blogs, we are told, we can communicate our research more effectively. Blogs enhance impact; they are a medium for public engagement. The advocacy goes on… Blogs (and other social media) can point readers to our (real) academic publications, particularly if they are held on open repositories. Blogging, it seems, is a kind of essential add-on to the usual academic writing and academic publication that we do.

Of course, some people do argue – and I’m in this camp – that blogging is in and of itself academic writing and academic publication. It’s not an add-on. It’s now part and parcel of the academic writing landscape. As such, it is of no less value than any other form of writing. Even though audit regimes do not count blogs – yet – this does not lessen their value. And therefore those of us who engage in bloggery need to stop justifying it as a necessary accompaniment to the Real Work of Serious Academic Writing. Blogs are their own worthwhile thing.
blog  research  writing  resnetsem 
14 hours ago
7 Smart Ways To Use Evernote For Research As A PhD - Next Scientist
If you could choose only one software tool for your PhD, what would that be?

In my case I have it very clear: Evernote.

What would you prefer: to use 10 different software tools or only one?

Evernote is the Swiss-knife of software and a great tool to organise your PhD. I have used Evernote for research since day 1 in my PhD.

OK, I have to admit that I have a crush on Evernote, so I might not be very objective. This is not the first time I recommend Evernote for research as a PhD student.

But hey! I am not alone in this. In Academia, lots of scientists use Evernote for research. Some people use it to improve academic productivity. Others to keep track of everything in a single notebook. It just makes life in academia easier.
research  resnetsem 
23 hours ago
Digital Humanities Now
Digital Humanities Now aggregates and selects material from our list of subscribed feeds, drawing from hundreds of venues where high-quality digital humanities scholarship is likely to appear, including the personal websites of scholars, institutional sites, blogs, and other feeds. We also seek to discover new material by monitoring Twitter and other social media for stories discussed by the community, and by continuously scanning the broader web through generalized and specialized search engines. Scholarship—in whatever form—that drives the field of digital humanities field forward is highlighted in the Editors’ Choice column. In addition to these Editors' Choice pieces, Digital Humanities Now also aggregates news items of interest to the field, such as jobs, calls for papers, conference and funding announcements, reports, and recently-released resources.
digitalhumanities  resnetsem 
Photography as a Social Practice – An archive of research and conversations around socially engaged photography
This website was founded by Eliza Gregory, Mark Strandquist and Gemma-Rose Turnbull (who is acting as the current editor). It serves as an archive of research and conversations around photography as a social practice. We tag projects, articles, books and other media that relate to the conversations and issues that surround this kind of work. We conduct interviews with practitioners, and we write about our own experiences navigating contemporary photography with an eye to ethics, representation, power dynamics and social justice.
photography  research  social  thruthelens  resnetsem 
3 Easy Ways to Cut Text And Upgrade Your Slides – Mike Taylor
Reading your slides is public enemy #1 when it comes to presenting and your audience hates it more than anything! And if you do it because you want to reach visual learners, there is no such thing. Research shows that when people both hear and see the same verbal message they have trouble focusing on either one.
I hope to help you improve your use of technology in the classroom – especially presentation slides.

Although technology has contributed to great educational advances, it has also become a hinderance to students in the classroom when it is used inappropriately. Few people would deny the fact that cell phones, laptops, and other portable connected devices are a distraction to students & teachers, but it may seem strange that PowerPoint can be just as much of a distraction.

PowerPoint becomes a distraction in the classroom when:

It is over-used as the only method of teaching
It is used inappropriately
I hope to share some reminders of alternative teaching methods and provide simple principles to follow to ensure that PowerPoint slides are used at appropriate times and in appropriate ways.

First, it is important to understand how the brain works and processes information. Then it will be possible to determine which teaching methods complement brain function.
Labs - Library of Congress - | Labs | Library of Congress
A place to encourage innovation with Library of Congress digital collections.
library  resnetsem 
3 days ago
Genres of Writing | Duke Thompson Writing Program
We use the term genres to describe categories of written texts that have recognizable patterns, syntax, techniques, and/or conventions. This list represents genres students can expect to encounter during their time at Duke. The list is not intended to be inclusive of all genres but rather representative of the most common ones. Click on each genre for detailed information (definition, questions to ask, actions to take, and helpful links).
writing  academic  resnetsem 
5 days ago
A Guide to Thesis-Writing and a Guide to Life | The New Yorker
“How to Write a Thesis,” by Umberto Eco, first appeared on Italian bookshelves in 1977. For Eco, the playful philosopher and novelist best known for his work on semiotics, there was a practical reason for writing it. Up until 1999, a thesis of original research was required of every student pursuing the Italian equivalent of a bachelor’s degree. Collecting his thoughts on the thesis process would save him the trouble of reciting the same advice to students each year. Since its publication, “How to Write a Thesis” has gone through twenty-three editions in Italy and has been translated into at least seventeen languages. Its first English edition is only now available, in a translation by Caterina Mongiat Farina and Geoff Farina.
research  writing  resnetsem 
5 days ago
How to Write a Thesis | The MIT Press
By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy’s most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a little book for his students, How to Write a Thesis, in which he offered useful advice on all the steps involved in researching and writing a thesis—from choosing a topic to organizing a work schedule to writing the final draft. Now in its twenty-third edition in Italy and translated into seventeen languages, How to Write a Thesis has become a classic. Remarkably, this is its first, long overdue publication in English.

Eco’s approach is anything but dry and academic. He not only offers practical advice but also considers larger questions about the value of the thesis-writing exercise. How to Write a Thesis is unlike any other writing manual. It reads like a novel. It is opinionated. It is frequently irreverent, sometimes polemical, and often hilarious. Eco advises students how to avoid “thesis neurosis” and he answers the important question “Must You Read Books?” He reminds students “You are not Proust” and “Write everything that comes into your head, but only in the first draft.” Of course, there was no Internet in 1977, but Eco’s index card research system offers important lessons about critical thinking and information curating for students of today who may be burdened by Big Data.

How to Write a Thesis belongs on the bookshelves of students, teachers, writers, and Eco fans everywhere. Already a classic, it would fit nicely between two other classics: Strunk and White and The Name of the Rose.
book  education  research  writing  resnetsem 
5 days ago
Write Online: Academic Writing Guide
Write Online was designed by writing experts from three universities who work with students on a daily basis. Our guides introduce you to the particularities of these genres, provide practical strategies for you to try in your own writing, and use model texts to help you better understand the organization, format, and language used in each of these types of writing.
writing  research  resnetsem 
5 days ago
In Defense of Boredom - On The Media - WNYC
To Brooke, boredom is “a deeply disgusting feeling.” To fill her idle time, she plays Words With Friends religiously. Yet, according to Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's Note to Self, we should actually strive to feel and endure boredom rather than squash it with the endless stimulation of our smartphones.

This counter-intuitive thesis is the subject of her new book, "Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self." In this extended interview, Manoush and Brooke discuss the neuroscience behind daydreaming and why the culture of the internet maybe be holding many of us back.
mindfulness  resnetsem 
6 days ago
80s.NYC - street view of 1980s New York
80s.nyc is a map-based street view of 1980s New York City, organizing publicly accessible building imagery into an easy-to-browse glimpse of the streetscape 30 years ago.


Over 5 years in the mid-1980s, the City of New York photographed every property in the five boroughs. The project had a bureaucratic origin: the photos would be used by the Department of Finance to estimate real property values for taxation purposes. Buildings as well as vacant lots were photographed, as they’re both taxed - and because it was difficult to distinguish while shooting between taxable and tax-exempt buildings like religious institutions or government offices, the photographers just shot everything. The result was a remarkable body of imagery – over 800,000 color 35mm photos in both negative and print formats.
history  map  photography  thruthelens 
6 days ago
Electronic Literature – DIG 220 (Fall 2017) Davidson College, Mark Sample
Love letters written by a computer. A poem thirteen billion stanzas long. A love story between printed pages and a computer screen, played out in the space between the two. An ocean buoy tweeting mash-ups of Moby Dick. Welcome to the weird world of electronic literature—digitally born poetic, narrative, and aesthetic works read on computers, tablets, and phones. Experimental, evocative, and sometimes simply puzzling, electronic literature challenges our assumptions about reading, writing, authorship, and meaning. Yet e-lit, as it is often called, has also profoundly influenced mainstream culture. Literature, film, comics, apps, and video games have all learned lessons from electronic literature. This course will trace the rise of electronic literature and explore both historical and contemporary works of e-lit. Along the way we’ll explore the expressive power of new media—the way digital media enables and shapes different modes of creative and cultural expression.
elit  resnetsem 
7 days ago
Perspectives in Digital Culture - Wikibooks, open books for an open world
It is put together through the combined talents and efforts of a cohort of students taking the FMSU9A4 module during the Spring of 2015 at the University of Stirling in Scotland. The aim is, firstly, for students to record the content of their learning and their contributions to this book will reflect their studies on one of the featured themes. However, secondly and most importantly, the hope is that students will learn the values associated with working at different levels as individual researchers, as research teams, and as research communities. That is to say: producing knowledge; collaboration and sharing; and peer-reviewing the work of others for the good of the community. Students will thus gain hands-on experience of a wiki environment, within the auspices of one of Wikimedia's large projects (i.e. Wikibooks) and make something that adds to currents in the academic field of digital media.
digitalstudies  digital  resnetsem 
7 days ago
Digital Commons
Digital Commons is the only comprehensive showcase that lets institutions publish, manage, and increase recognition for everything produced on campus—and the only institutional repository and publishing platform that integrates with a full faculty research and impact suite.
education  publishing  scholarship  resnetsem 
7 days ago
Storyline JS
Storyline is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build an annotated, interactive line chart. To make Storyline as flexible as possible, we've just included the chart, axis labels, and cards. Headlines, context, more specifics on the data sources and credits--we expect you'll include what you want outside of Storyline
data  teaching  timeline  cooltech  resnetsem 
8 days ago
Reflections on leaving the Lab – MIT MEDIA LAB – Medium
What originated as an artistic instinct to express loss and longing became a journey where I tried to study and piece together the principles of synthetic biology. I also asked deeper, more philosophical questions: What constitutes natural or unnatural? How could we engineer other organisms or ourselves for the better? Who gets to make those choices? And, whose version of “better” are we championing when “better” is often plastic and subjective?
research  resnetsem 
9 days ago
Removing the Gravity Forms submit button | wawrzyniak.me
The above methods are fine but the submit button is still there, what if there was a way to actually remove the button, good news, there is. Gravity Forms has many hooks you can use, in this case gform_submit_button is the hook Gravity Forms provides so you can change the submit button, the example in the documentation shows how you can replace the <input> element with a <button> element.

But how do you use that hook to remove the submit button, well it's easier than you'd think, WordPress has a couple of readymade functions you can call on, so instead of using a custom function you can call on the WordPress __return_false function, by returning false to gform_submit_button no button will be included with the form.
9 days ago
Everything is a Remix: Fair Use
KIrby Ferguson explains how you can reuse copyrighted material for criticism or commentaty
fairuse  copyright 
11 days ago
What Happens When a Science Fiction Genius Starts Blogging? | New Republic
In 2010, at the age of 81, the acclaimed novelist Ursula K. Le Guin started a blog. Blogs never seemed a likely destination for the writer, who by then had a long career in 20th-century traditional publishing behind her. But Le Guin’s new book, No Time To Spare, which harvests a representative sample of her blog posts, feels like the surprising and satisfying culmination to a career in other literary forms.
blogging  writing  resnetsem 
12 days ago
Learning From the Feynman Technique – Taking Note – Medium
You’re not alone. The Feynman technique for teaching and communication is a mental model (a breakdown of his personal thought process) to convey information using concise thoughts and simple language. This technique is derived from Feynman’s studying methods when he was a student at Princeton.

At Princeton, Feynman started to record and connect the things he did know with those he did not. In the end, Feynman had a comprehensive notebook of subjects that had been disassembled, translated, and recorded.

In James Gleick’s biography of Feynman, Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman, he recalled his subject’s technique. “He opened a fresh notebook. On the title page he wrote: NOTEBOOK OF THINGS I DON’T KNOW ABOUT. For the first but not last time he reorganized his knowledge. He worked for weeks at disassembling each branch of physics, oiling the parts, and putting them back together, looking all the while for the raw edges and inconsistencies. He tried to find the essential kernels of each subject,” Gleick wrote.

Feynman’s technique is also useful for those who find writing a challenge. Feynman had an interesting relationship with writing. Instead of committing his knowledge to paper like many other scientific figures, he chose to use speech as the foundation for many of his published works. He dictated most of his books and memoirs, and his scientific papers were transcribed from his lectures.
learning  research  resnetsem 
13 days ago
Was Charlottesville a Turning Point for the 'Alt-Right'? - The Atlantic
A longtime observer of its online haunts argues that the hodgepodge of people united by antagonism to PC culture were irrevocably divided by the deadly violence at last month’s rally.

A passage in Kill All the Normies argues that “the alt-right has more in common with the 1960s left slogan that it is forbidden to forbid than it does with anything most people recognize as part of any traditionalist right.”

That was the story until Charlottesville: The alt-right community had ideological racists in the same Internet subculture as young people alienated by the worst excesses of speech policing on Tumblr, or drawn to the aesthetics of 4chan, or taking a juvenile delight in breaking any taboos around them, much as young people in the 1960s did. Ensconced in that toxic milieu, they moved closer to its ideological racists, acting for reasons even they themselves didn’t fully understand or face.

In other words, Charlottesville was clarifying for the less extreme element on the alt-right. “The vast majority of the people who seem to be making up the bulk of this online are not willing to go that far,” Nagle wrote, “not even close. And so it’s made it all very real. All the different groups around the hard core of the alt-right kind of peeled off. They’ve all denounced the alt right, they don’t want to be associated with them.”
netnarr  resnetsem 
16 days ago
Photographer Uses the Golden Ratio to Compose Cinematic Images Full of Drama
As an art student, Jon Sparkman was introduced to the Rule of Thirds, which are guidelines for how to compose an image. Essentially, the picture is divided into a grid, and the intersecting points are where the impactful parts of the picture should take place. Sparkman, however, makes use of its “superior, wiser, and elusive brother,” the Golden Ratio (aka the Fibonacci Spiral) to construct his compositions.

The UK-based photographer demonstrates how the Golden Ratio creates a dynamic image that's less static and more engaging than the Rule of Thirds. Its sweeping curve and tight coil is “like a giant subliminal road sign pointing the eyes towards where you want them to go.” To prove his theory, Sparkman has placed the curve over several of his photographs. By doing so, he showcases areas of drama and movement. Even though these aren't action-packed shots, the clever arrangement of the characters and environment makes us feel like we’ve stepped into dramatic and/or emotional moment from a play or film.
photography  ds106  thruthelens 
16 days ago
The Secret GIPHY Slack Commands – GIPHY – Medium
Some of our finest products at GIPHY have come out of hours of internal testing, tweaking, and joking around. If a GIF that we serve up makes you laugh, it’s almost certainly made us laugh, too. Our Slack /GIPHY commands are a perfect example of that.
So, we wanted to share just a few of the secret commands we get a kick out of. Think of them as our version of the In-n-Out secret menu. And there’s more to come!
slack  resnetsem 
17 days ago
“Students as Creators” and the Theology of the Attention Economy | Hapgood
Attention (and knowledge of how to get that attention) is still important, of course. But attention for what? For what purpose? I’ve moved from the question of “How do we express ourselves on the internet?” to “How do we be better people on the internet?”  Or maybe most importantly, “How do we use the internet to become better people?” Sometimes that involves creating, of course. But if we wish to do more than reinforce the rhetoric of the attention economy, we have to stop seeing that as some sort of peak activity. These skills aren’t a pyramid you climb, and creation is not a destination. Graduating a few more students who understand that will likely make the world a better place for everyone.
ideas  resnetsem 
17 days ago
Formcarry. | no Javascript no PHP just point your form and chill.
Hassle-Free Forms.

Just point your form to formcarry,
then we will handle the backend while you’re
working on more interesting problems
forms  cooltech 
18 days ago
Terrible Writing Advice - YouTube
Welcome to my channel where I give awful writing advice and lots of sarcasm. Mostly these videos are just an excuse for me to complain about tropes I don't like and cliches I keep seeing in certain genres. Needless to say, please do NOT follow any of my advice.
18 days ago
(4) BEGINNING A STORY - Terrible Writing Advice - YouTube
Starting a story is easy! Just drown the reader in so much info dumping and exposition that they can’t possibly escape! Once the reader is stuck, then trap them in a web of flashbacks, in medias res, and prologues. They will never escape then and will be forced to read the rest of your story. Don’t forget to use a mirror to describe how the main character looks!
Storytelling  ds106  netnarr 
18 days ago
Welcome to Method of Action
Method of Action is a collection of tools, games and articles to help you learn design.
tools  design  ds106  cooltech 
19 days ago
Los Angeles Review of Books Digital Editions – The Digital Revolution: Debating the Promise and Perils of the Internet and Algorithmic Lives in the Last Years of the Obama Administration - Los Angeles Review of Books
PLENTY OF RAPTUROUS CLAIMS have been made about the internet as an agent of democratization and innovation. Many more claims have been made about its Pandora-like perils, and how these herald our individual and collective downfalls, whether by taking away our jobs, exposing our darkest selves, or turning us into mindless automata disappearing into “click-bait rabbit holes.” The internet has allegedly enabled a new kind of populism, as well as political gridlock and the infelicities of the 2016 US presidential election. Clearly, it is the stuff of paradox — and possibly, as historians like Yuval Harari and others suggest, of Faustian bargains.

The LARB Science and Technology section has been capturing scholarly and popular views on the digital revolution in a series of essays and reviews that insist on historical perspective — on the longue durée. They were all written in the last years of the Obama administration, before the Trump one; they were first published on the LARB website and are now collected in this volume. They express what experts in their respective fields got right — and what they may have gotten wrong. They examine the stakes. In some cases, our contributors dismantle their colleagues’ arguments, especially when those arguments express a certain knee-jerk zeitgeist (e.g., the digital age is deskilling us or making us stupid). Internet philosopher David Weinberger of Harvard University, for instance, takes on the argument that the net is turning us into passive knowers. On the contrary, he counters, the net is transforming knowledge in ways that reveal the flaws inherent in past ways of knowing. “Networked-knowing” is, in his view, a positive phenomenon — it replaces the manufactured or “curated cohesion” of past knowledge regimes. As for the claim that the net reinforces echo chambers (and false news), he plays the contrarian again, countering that those chambers are now, thanks to the net, shot through with holes that anyone, including a teenager trapped in an otherwise airless cult, can follow just by clicking her finger.
internet  history  resnetsem  ebook 
19 days ago
John Lanchester reviews ‘The Attention Merchants’ by Tim Wu, ‘Chaos Monkeys’ by Antonio García Martínez and ‘Move Fast and Break Things’ by Jonathan Taplin · LRB 17 August 2017
That’s the crucial thing about Facebook, the main thing which isn’t understood about its motivation: it does things because it can. Zuckerberg knows how to do something, and other people don’t, so he does it. Motivation of that type doesn’t work in the Hollywood version of life, so Aaron Sorkin had to give Zuck a motive to do with social aspiration and rejection. But that’s wrong, completely wrong. He isn’t motivated by that kind of garden-variety psychology. He does this because he can, and justifications about ‘connection’ and ‘community’ are ex post facto rationalisations. The drive is simpler and more basic. That’s why the impulse to growth has been so fundamental to the company, which is in many respects more like a virus than it is like a business. Grow and multiply and monetise. Why? There is no why. Because.

Automation and artificial intelligence are going to have a big impact in all kinds of worlds. These technologies are new and real and they are coming soon. Facebook is deeply interested in these trends. We don’t know where this is going, we don’t know what the social costs and consequences will be, we don’t know what will be the next area of life to be hollowed out, the next business model to be destroyed, the next company to go the way of Polaroid or the next business to go the way of journalism or the next set of tools and techniques to become available to the people who used Facebook to manipulate the elections of 2016. We just don’t know what’s next, but we know it’s likely to be consequential, and that a big part will be played by the world’s biggest social network. On the evidence of Facebook’s actions so far, it’s impossible to face this prospect without unease.
advertising  facebook  resnetsem 
20 days ago
Join multiple photos together and impress your fans with the whole story
cooltech  photography  thruthelens 
21 days ago
Open Research | Simple Book Production
Open Research is an open textbook based on the award winning course of the same name. The course ran two facilitated iterations during 2014 and 2015 on Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU). Open Research was co-authored and delivered by the OER Hub team, leaders in open education research and open research practices.
open  openaccess  resnetsem 
21 days ago
Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice (ELMCIP)
Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice (ELMCIP) is a collaborative research project funded by Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) JRP for Creativity and Innovation. ELMCIP involves seven European academic research partners and one non-academic partner who are investigating how creative communities of practitioners form within a transnational and transcultural context in a globalized and distributed communication environment. Focusing on the electronic literature community in Europe as a model of networked creativity and innovation in practice, ELMCIP is intended both to study the formation and interactions of that community and to further electronic literature research and practice in Europe.
literature  creativity  resnetsem 
22 days ago
Should I Work for Free?
Who's ready to stop working for free? Hopefully you are! If you have any doubts, consult this handy chart below. Start in the middle and work your way to your answer!
business  humor  work  css 
23 days ago
The Thesis Whisperer | Just like the horse whisperer – but with more pages
The Thesis Whisperer is a blog newspaper dedicated to the topic of doing a thesis and is edited by Dr Inger Mewburn, Director of research training at the Australian National University
education  resnetsem 
24 days ago
The President of Blank Sucking Nullity | The Baffler
It is not quite fair to say that Donald Trump lacks core beliefs, but to the extent that we can take apart these beliefs they amount to Give Donald Trump Your Money and Donald Trump Should Really Be on Television More. The only comprehensible throughline to his politics is that everything Trump says is something he’s said previously, with additional very’s and more-and-more’s appended over time; his worldview amounts to the sum of the dumb shit he saw on the cover of the New York Post in 1985, subjected to a few decades of rancid compounding interest and deteriorating mental aptitude. He watches a lot of cable news, but he struggles to follow even stories that have been custom built for people like him—old, uninformed, amorphously if deeply aggrieved.

There’s a reason for this. Trump doesn’t know anything or really believe anything about any topic beyond himself, because he has no interest in any topic beyond himself; his evident cognitive decline and hyperactive laziness and towering monomania ensure that he will never again learn a new thing in his life.
27 days ago
Student Writing in the Digital Age | JSTOR Daily
“Kids these days” laments are nothing new, but the substance of the lament changes. Lately, it has become fashionable to worry that “kids these days” will be unable to write complex, lengthy essays. After all, the logic goes, social media and text messaging reward short, abbreviated expression. Student writing will be similarly staccato, rushed, or even—horror of horrors—filled with LOL abbreviations and emojis.

In fact, the opposite seems to be the case. Students in first-year composition classes are, on average, writing longer essays (from an average of 162 words in 1917, to 422 words in 1986, to 1,038 words in 2006), using more complex rhetorical techniques, and making no more errors than those committed by freshman in 1917. That’s according to a longitudinal study of student writing by Andrea A. Lunsford and Karen J. Lunsford, “Mistakes Are a Fact of Life: A National Comparative Study.”

In 2006, two rhetoric and composition professors, Lunsford and Lunsford, decided, in reaction to government studies worrying that students’ literacy levels were declining, to crunch the numbers and determine if students were making more errors in the digital age.
writing  education  resnetsem 
4 weeks ago
How to Publish your Podcast on iTunes from WordPress or Blogger
The Digital Inspiration podcast is now available on iTunes. You can also subscribe to the podcast in other podcatcher apps using this RSS feed. The podcast packages content that is already available on my YouTube channel but a big advantage with podcasts is that you can now download the videos and watch them offline.
podcast  audio 
4 weeks ago
Developing A Thesis |
An effective thesis cannot be answered with a simple "yes" or "no." A thesis is not a topic; nor is it a fact; nor is it an opinion. "Reasons for the fall of communism" is a topic. "Communism collapsed in Eastern Europe" is a fact known by educated people. "The fall of communism is the best thing that ever happened in Europe" is an opinion. (Superlatives like "the best" almost always lead to trouble. It's impossible to weigh every "thing" that ever happened in Europe. And what about the fall of Hitler? Couldn't that be "the best thing"?)

A good thesis has two parts. It should tell what you plan to argue, and it should "telegraph" how you plan to argue—that is, what particular support for your claim is going where in your essay.
resnetsem  research 
4 weeks ago
HyperCard Online
HyperCard Online is a way of getting your HyperCard stacks up and running online. Simply upload a stack in a Stuffit Expander-compatible file (.sit, .sea, .hqx, etc..) or a Macintosh Disk Image, along with some basic information such as the name, author and a description of the stack.

Behind the scenes, your stack will be uploaded to the Internet Archive, where it can be run in a web browser.
hypercard  mac  archive  cooltech 
4 weeks ago
Open by default? | Jisc
How can we make the most of open practices in research, education and skills?
open  openaccess  opencontent  creativecommons 
5 weeks ago
The Great 78 Project – Community Preservation, Research, Discovery of 78rpm Records
The Great 78 Project is a community project for the preservation, research and discovery of 78rpm records. From about 1898 to the 1950s, an estimated 3 million sides (~3 minute recordings) have been made on 78rpm discs. While the commercially viable recordings will have been restored or remastered onto LP’s or CD, there is still research value in the artifacts and usage evidence in the often rare 78rpm discs and recordings. Already, over 20 collections have been selected by the Internet Archive for physical and digital preservation and access. Started by many volunteer collectors, these new collections have been selected, digitized and preserved by the Internet Archive,  George Blood LP, and the Archive of Contemporary Music.
archive  music 
6 weeks ago
Democracy is a clash not a consensus: why we need the agora | Aeon Essays
Such depictions are uncontroversial, and capture much of the flavour of the agora in the later classical era (480-323 BCE) where public and private, politics and profit mingled. But whether they explain the beginnings of the agora in the first place seems less clear. For one might ask: why might a young community feel the need to create a space in which to meet? Certainly people need a place to meet – around a water hole, on a street corner; many African villages conduct their meetings under the shade of a tree. But that people need a space for meeting seems less obvious – and wasn’t there plenty of space around anyway? For what is important about the agora is that it is not simply a space, but rather a defined space, a bounded absence. An upright stone marking the edge of the agora from Epidaurus on the Peloponnese is inscribed: ‘boundary of the agora’. But what might this boundary mean?
history  agora 
6 weeks ago
Flipgrid - Video for student engagement and formative assessment
Flipgrid is a video discussion community for your classroom that supercharges your students’ voices. You add the topics, your students respond with short videos, and everyone engages!
video  collaboration  discussion  resnetsem 
6 weeks ago
Citationsy · Create citations, reference lists, and bibliographies
Citationsy is a no-nonsense reference collection and bibliography creation tool
for people who value simplicity, privacy, and speed.

There are no ads, there’s no tracking, and I don’t sell or give your data to anyone.
I built the citation management software I wanted to exist in the world.
research  tools  resnetsem 
6 weeks ago
Outboard Memory – Query Thumbnails & Crop Images CSS Trick – Bionic Teaching
Often I’d have set those images as background images to deal with different aspect ratios and do a cover. Something like this. I was never a big fan of this method as I don’t like creating inline css and that’s the only way I could think to do it with dynamically created content in php or javascript. If just felt awkward.

Enter object-fit and if you already knew of it I don’t know why you didn’t tell me. You can see the difference it makes in the two examples embedded below. Not earth shattering but really handy for stuff I do all the time.
7 weeks ago
On Writing: Anne Lamott – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education
One of the things that most frequently causes writers to feel stuck or frustrated is trying to write and edit at the same time. These are two very different cognitive activities, and examining your last three sentences for flaws is a sure way to block the creative impulse that might lead to the next sentence.
writing  resnetsem 
7 weeks ago
Workshop: Making Twitter Bots for Digital and Cultural Literacy – Leonardo Flores, PhD
On Saturday, July 29 at 1:15 pm, I will be offering a workshop on creating Twitter bots at the Digital Pedagogy Lab in Vancouver.

Here’s a link to a Google document for the workshop that will allow you to read and make comments on the document. Please feel free to use the comment functionality to chime in and ask questions.
twitter  bot  netnarr 
7 weeks ago
Ten Years Ago
See what the web was doing a decade back
archive  tech  cooltech 
7 weeks ago
The Evolution of Trust
During World War I, peace broke out.

It was Christmas 1914 on the Western Front.
Despite strict orders not to chillax with the enemy, British
and German soldiers left their trenches, crossed No Man's Land,
and gathered to bury their dead, exchange gifts, and play games.

Meanwhile: it's 2017, the West has been at peace for decades, and
wow, we suck at trust. Surveys show that, over the past forty years, fewer and fewer people say they trust each other. So here's our puzzle:

Why, even in peacetime, do friends become enemies?
And why, even in wartime, do enemies become friends?

I think game theory can help explain our epidemic of distrust –
and how we can fix it!
game  games  gametheory 
8 weeks ago
The Secret History of Kubrick, the Blog Theme That Changed the Internet | HuffPost
Kubrick, the template that launched millions of beautiful blogs and helped transform the Internet, is expected to be retired mid-year as the default theme for the popular WordPress blogging platform.

The half-life of any innovation in the virtual world, no matter how important, is short — though in Kubrick’s case, it’s been a happy life.

It’s been the fallback theme on the rapidly growing WordPress since 2005, when young Danish technology whiz Michael Heilemann created the simple blue and white blog template at his family farmhouse north of Copenhagen.  
history  wordpress 
8 weeks ago
Are.na is a platform for organizing your internet.

Are.na is a simple tool for connecting what you find and building knowledge. It’s a space where you can save anything, structure your thinking however you want, and discover new things together.
bookmarking  curation  resnetsem 
9 weeks ago
"An investigation into local government's ideal role in enhancing commu" by Susan Anne Savage
In many parts of the world, local government is grappling with a transition - from managing the development and maintenance of local infrastructure, delivery of essential services and economic governance - to responding to the cultural and social needs expressed by their community. Residents want the opportunity to discuss inspirational needs including living in a place that offers cultural engagement that is ‘liveable’ and is attractive/interactive offering public art and cultural amenity. So, while development and support of the creative industries has not featured highly in the work of local government in the past, it may now become desirable, to work together with creative industries to enable local government to deliver what the community want.
In response to local government's addressing this need, this research seeks to answer the question: What is local government’s ideal role in enhancing community liveability via creative industries and how might its contributions be identified and made visible to both justify and maximise them?
It was proposed that this research phenomena may be best understood through the lens of Social Capital Theory as it is assumed that it is “the social networks, trust and connections within communities that ultimately help to improve social, physical and economic conditions as well as the lives and life chances of those where it exists” Westwood (2011:691). At the ‘grassroots’ level of government it is understood that community relationships and social capital are critical to the success of local government engagement, decision making and service delivery. As such, the focus of the research from its question through to its data collection was on understanding the interconnections between the key stakeholders, the activities they undertake and the emergent outcomes for community.
9 weeks ago
Serial and how to tell a long story well. – Creative Business Leadership
Serial’s story is intricate, complicated and spans many years. It involves dozens of people and a dizzying array of data: dates, names, titles, legal jargon and procedural ephemera. How does Serial construct a any narrative out of this birds’ nest of input, let alone one which has kept listeners engaged, episode after episode?

Part of the answer is structure. Telling a long and complicated story involves a set of decisions about what to tell first, next and last. In Serial’s long and winding case, the choice of what topics to cover in each episode is crucial. Early episodes concentrate on introducing the people involved and telling their stories, setting up the case’s unanswered questions. The middle episodes follow the narrator’s attempts at investigating the story, in a roughly chronological fashion. The final episodes provide us with expert opinions and nuances on information previously offered, leading us to a conclusion. The structure is not hidden from the listener. Instead it’s regularly referred to, most memorably at the start of the final episode when the man convicted of the murder, Adnan Syed, tells Koenig, “I’m worried you don’t have an ending.”
Storytelling  resnetsem 
9 weeks ago
Nibbler - Test any website
Nibbler is a free tool for testing websites. Enter the address of any website and Nibbler will give you a report scoring the website out of 10 for key areas, including accessibility, SEO, social media and technology.
analytics  tools  cooltech 
11 weeks ago
The Persistence Argument for Running Your Own Server Is Wrong | Hapgood
This is another comment. I changed my mind. This article is fake
12 weeks ago
What’s Next for Louise Delage, Instagram’s Most Fascinating Fraud – Adweek
Last summer, for an organization called Addict Aide, Paris agency BETC invented a character named Louise Delage.

The fictional woman appeared on Instagram and cleaned up on followers in a handful of weeks. (She still has over 110,000 as of this writing.) Her life was glamorous and beautiful, and people ate it up.

But a little over a month after her Instagram debut, a video appeared on her account that revealed the truth. Louise’s entire Insta universe was actually a campaign about alcohol addiction.
socialmedia  instagram  dipp  identity 
12 weeks ago
Fall on Vimeo
A falling man finds peace in his fate as a he learns to let go of emotion, sensation and his physical body. His impact on the city and people below is felt if only for a brief moment.
video  film  animation  ds106 
12 weeks ago
Different languages: How cultures around the world draw shapes differently — Quartz
Did you start at the top or bottom? Clockwise or counterclockwise? New data show that the way you draw a circle holds clues about where you come from.
In November, Google released an online game called Quick, Draw!, in which users have 20 seconds to draw prompts like “camel” and “washing machine.” It’s fun, but the game’s real aim is to use those sketches to teach algorithms how humans draw. By May this year, the game had collected 50 million unique drawings.
We used the public database from Quick, Draw! to compare how people draw basic shapes around the world. Our analysis suggests that the way you draw a simple circle is linked to geography and cultural upbringing, deep-rooted in hundreds of years of written language, and significant in developmental psychology and trends in education today.
culture  language 
12 weeks ago
CS4G Network Simulator
Netsim is a simulator game intended to teach you the basics of how computer networks function, with an emphasis on security. You will learn how to perform attacks that real hackers use, and see how they work in our simulator!
education  game  networking  security  simulation  cooltech 
12 weeks ago
Minimal Computing ·
We envision this web space as a place for thought pieces on minimal computing, examples and how-to pieces, listings of events and resources, and as a place to find collaborators. Please watch this space for further developments.
computing  small 
june 2017
Bring ideas to life with free online Arduino simulator and PCB apps | Autodesk Circuits
Autodesk Circuits empowers you to bring your ideas to life
with free, easy to use online tools.
diagram  hardware  learning  cooltech 
june 2017
Open Doors 2017
A unique chance for you to see behind the scenes at major ‘live’ construction sites across England, Scotland and Wales.
construction  issi 
june 2017
Open Data - Libraries.io
Libraries.io gathers data from 33 package managers and 3 source code repositories. We track over 2.4m unique open source projects, 25m repositories and 85m interdependencies between them. This gives Libraries.io a unique understanding of open source software. An understanding that we want to share with you.

This page contains information on how to download, use and redistribute data from Libraries.io.
data  library  open 
june 2017
A Brief History of the GIF, From Early Internet Innovation to Ubiquitous Relic | History | Smithsonian
What do Barack Obama, the sloth from Zootopia, and a bear waving its paw have in common? All were named “most popular in 2016” for that most zeitgeist-y of Internet memes: animated GIFs. Since their creation 30 years ago, the looping clips have followed a rocky path to stardom, going from ubiquitous to repudiated and back again. Whether you love them or decry their infantilizing impact on language, it’s impossible to go long without seeing them on the news, social media, or even in office Slack rooms. Thanks to the humble GIF, no emotions are too big or small to capture in animated image form.
gif  history 
june 2017
Social Cooling
If you feel you are being watched,
you change your behavior.
Big Data is supercharging this effect. 
This could limit your desire to take risks or exercise free speech.
Over the long term these 'chilling effects' could 'cool down' society.
privacy  data  dipp 
june 2017
A free web app to take the pain out of transcribing recorded interviews.
app  tools  audio  transcription 
june 2017
Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices
mobile  assessment 
june 2017
Alice – Tell Stories. Build Games. Learn to Program.
Alice is an innovative block-based programming environment that makes it easy to create animations, build interactive narratives, or program simple games in 3D. Unlike many of the puzzle-based coding applications Alice motivates learning through creativite exploration. Alice is designed to teach logical and computational thinking skills, fundamental principles of programming and to be a first exposure to object-oriented programming. The Alice Project provides supplemental tools and materials for teaching using Alice across a spectrum of ages and subject matter with proven benefits in engaging and retaining diverse and underserved groups in computer science education.
3d  animation  education  software  cooltech 
june 2017
Making A WordPress Plugin That Uses Service APIs — Smashing Magazine
We will walk through how I made GitHub Pipeline, a plugin that allows you to display data from the GitHub API on WordPress pages using shortcodes. I’ll give specific examples and code snippets, but consider the technique described here a blueprint for how to consume any service API with a plugin.
php  plugin  wordpress  github 
june 2017
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