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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 
2 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 
2 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 
5 days ago
samwilson/phpflickr - Packagist
A PHP wrapper for the Flickr API, including Oauth.
php  flickr 
6 days ago
INST-INT
A gathering focused on the Art of Interactivity
for objects, environments & experiences.
art  conference 
8 days 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 
10 days ago
Hugo
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 
10 days ago
Academic
The highly flexible website framework for Hugo with an extensible plugin mechanism. Create a beautifully simple site in under 10 minutes 🚀
cms  templates  hugo 
10 days 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 
10 days 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 
19 days 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 
20 days 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 
21 days ago
Picular
Like Google, but for finding colors.
color  search  tools  cooltech  design 
21 days ago
WP Glossary – The Glossary for WordPress Users
Definitions of words that you come in contact with when you use WordPress.
wordpress  reference 
22 days 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 
22 days 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.
wordpress 
23 days ago
Editor Blocks - Gutenberg Blocks for WordPress
Editor Blocks is a unique collection of blocks for the new WordPress Editor (Gutenberg)
wordpress 
23 days 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!
opencontent 
24 days 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 
24 days 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.
math 
26 days ago
Windowed
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 
4 weeks ago
Office Ipsum
- Dummy Copy for the Corporate World
fun 
6 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 
6 weeks ago
D3-Celestial
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 
7 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 
7 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 
7 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.
wordpress 
7 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 
7 weeks ago
TEXT-IMAGE.com
Here you can easily generate cool text-images from almost any picture you have on your computer.
cooltech 
8 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).
rss 
9 weeks ago
WordPress Plugin Explorer – WP Insights
Generates a visualization of Worpress plugins
wordpress  cooltech 
9 weeks ago
Observable
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 
9 weeks ago
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.
wordpress 
9 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
About
Itty bitty sites are contained entirely within their own link. (Including this one!) This means they're portable, private, easy to share.
cooltech 
10 weeks ago
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.
onlinelearning 
10 weeks ago
Regex Visualizer
Creates a diagram for Javascript style regular expressions
regex 
11 weeks ago
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.
Rocketship
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 
11 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
Freemix
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 
12 weeks ago
kepler.gl
Kepler.gl is a powerful open source geospatial analysis tool for large-scale data sets.
javascript  mapping  maps 
12 weeks ago
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
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
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
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
txt.fyi
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.
ds206 
may 2018
How to Set oEmbed Max Width in WordPress 3.5 with $content_width
Today, we saw the release of WordPress 3.5 which came with tons of amazing features. As we upgraded one site after another, we noticed an issue on one of the sites we manage. The embedded video size were changed, and the embedded videos were a lot smaller. We went in the settings to find that the option to specify oEmbed max width and height were removed. In an attempt to simplify the admin panel, the core team got rid of the oEmbed max width and height settings screen. In this article, we will show you how to set oEmbed max width
wordpress 
may 2018
concrete5
concrete5 is an Open Source
Content Management System (CMS)
Empower your editors to create and share more content.
opensource  php  cms  webdev 
april 2018
UMW Domain Fellows | Making the Web
The Domain Fellows program brings together a cohort of incoming freshmen, current students (sophomores, juniors, or seniors during 2017-2018), and DKC tutors. These students are working throughout the 2017-2018 academic year to develop their own proficiency with Domain of One’s Own while also serving as ambassadors to the rest of the UMW student community for the project.

Fellows meet several times a semesters, attend an participate in events (such as Club Carnival and Domain Days), work on their own domain projects, and share updates on the Domain Fellows Web site.
dooo  domains 
april 2018
The Feeling of Being Watched
In the Arab-American neighborhood outside of Chicago where director Assia Boundaoui grew up, most of her neighbors think they have been under surveillance for over a decade. While investigating their experiences, Assia uncovers tens of thousands of pages of FBI documents that prove her hometown was the subject of one of the largest counterterrorism investigations ever conducted in the U.S. before 9/11, code-named “Operation Vulgar Betrayal.” With unprecedented access, The Feeling of Being Watched weaves the personal and the political as it follows the filmmaker’s examination of why her community fell under blanket government surveillance. Assia struggles to disrupt the government secrecy shrouding what happened and takes the FBI to federal court to compel them to make the records they collected about her community public. In the process, she confronts long-hidden truths about the FBI’s relationship to her community. The Feeling of Being Watched follows Assia as she pieces together this secret FBI operation, while grappling with the effects of a lifetime of surveillance on herself and her family.
netnarr  tracking 
april 2018
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 
april 2018
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 
april 2018
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 
april 2018
FontCode
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 
april 2018
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 
april 2018
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 
april 2018
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 
april 2018
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 
april 2018
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 
april 2018
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 
april 2018
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 
april 2018
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 
april 2018
ViperCard
an open source reimagination of HyperCard
cooltech 
march 2018
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