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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 
1 hour ago
WordPress Plugin Explorer – WP Insights
Generates a visualization of Worpress plugins
wordpress  cooltech 
3 days 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 
3 days 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 
4 days 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 
4 days 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 
5 days 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 
6 days 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 
11 days 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 
11 days ago
Regex Visualizer
Creates a diagram for Javascript style regular expressions
regex 
12 days 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 
18 days 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 
20 days 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 
20 days ago
kepler.gl
Kepler.gl is a powerful open source geospatial analysis tool for large-scale data sets.
javascript  mapping  maps 
22 days 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 
26 days ago
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 
26 days ago
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 
5 weeks ago
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 
6 weeks ago
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 
6 weeks ago
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 
6 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
concrete5
concrete5 is an Open Source
Content Management System (CMS)
Empower your editors to create and share more content.
opensource  php  cms  webdev 
11 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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
UI Faces – Avatars for design mockups
I have made this aggregator to speed up the process while designing UI and in need to populate user avatars with real looking photos.
avatar  generator  photos  cooltech 
march 2018
IASC: The Hedgehog Review - Volume 20, No. 1 (Spring 2018) - Tending the Digital Commons: A Small Ethics toward the Future -
In the years since I became fully aware of the vulnerability of what the Internet likes to call my “content,” I have made some changes in how I live online. But I have also become increasingly convinced that this vulnerability raises wide-ranging questions that ought to be of general concern. Those of us who live much of our lives online are not faced here simply with matters of intellectual property; we need to confront significant choices about the world we will hand down to those who come after us. The complexities of social media ought to prompt deep reflection on what we all owe to the future, and how we might discharge this debt.
ds206 
march 2018
Infr 1330 (2014) Basic Introduction To Game Design « The Acagamic
This course introduces you to the basic concepts in game design. The course was taught every year at UOIT by Professor Nacke and includes the creation of several non-digital games. Topics that we will cover are: a game designer’s role in the development team, formal and dramatic game elements, narrative design, system dynamics, skill and chance, conceptualising and communicating game design ideas, social play, games as culture, economic systems in games, level design, functionality and balance of games, simple playtesting and quality assurance.
course  games  design  gaming  netnarr 
march 2018
Why Equitable Maps Are More Accurate and Humane - CityLab
Too often, men. And money. But a team of OpenStreetMap users is working to draw new cartographic lines, making maps that more accurately—and equitably—reflect our space.

OSM is the self-proclaimed Wikipedia of maps: It’s a free and open-source sketch of the globe, created by a volunteer pool that essentially crowd-sources the map, tracing parts of the world that haven’t yet been logged. Armed with satellite images, GPS coordinates, local community insights and map “tasks,” volunteer cartographers identify roads, paths, and buildings in remote areas and their own backyards. Then, experienced editors verify each element. Chances are, you use an OSM-sourced map every day without realizing it: Foursquare, Craigslist, Pinterest, Etsy, and Uber all use it in their direction services.
maps  mapping  netnarr 
march 2018
(9) Plan, Practice, Improvise - Understanding the Three Types of Play in Games - Extra Credits - YouTube
Successful game design requires focus, which means the designer must understand what types of play best suits their game and make sure that all the game mechanics support it. Planned gameplay allows many different solutions but gives players time to review their options, practice gameplay encourages strategic thinking within fixed maps or rules, and improvised gameplay forces players think on the fly to adapt to random elements.
game  gaming  netnarr 
march 2018
(9) What Is a Game? - How This Question Limits Our Medium - Extra Credits - YouTube
What makes something a game? Ultimately, the answer is too complex to be used as a neat and tidy, gatekeeping classification between genres or types of players.
game  gaming  netnarr 
march 2018
The formal elements of game systems and game design atoms « The Acagamic
Today, we are going to discuss the formal system structures of games (an introduction to its formal and dramatic elements) and game design atoms.
games  gaming  netnarr 
march 2018
Handheld History : Free Software : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
A handheld game console is a small, portable self-contained video game console with a built-in screen, game controls, and speakers. Handheld game consoles are smaller than home video game consoles and contain the console, screen, speakers, and controls in one unit, allowing people to carry them and play them at any time or place.

In 1976, Mattel introduced the first handheld electronic game with the release of Auto Race. Later, several companies—including Coleco and Milton Bradley—made their own single-game, lightweight table-top or handheld electronic game devices. The oldest true handheld game console with interchangeable cartridges is the Milton Bradley Microvision in 1979.
games  gaming  netnarr 
march 2018
This Mesmerizing Animation Consists of Google Earth Satellite Photos
Photographer Páraic McGloughlin took Google Earth satellite photos and strung them together into this extremely fast-paced animation titled Arena. The lines and shapes seen from a bird’s-eye view are used to create movement in the frame.

“It was quite a monotonous process of searching for specific images,” McGloughlin tells PetaPixel. “The animation itself was relatively easy, but the searching took time!”
march 2018
Migrating Wikispaces Content to Wordpress - Random Bits & Bytes Blog
When we found out that Wikispaces was shutting down in the near future we decided to start looking at alternatives.  We both did a lot of research and I did a lot of installing of various wiki’s in an attempt to try to import our wiki into them, with no success.  In a few cases a person more well-versed in a particular wiki format and command line options for its obscure import software may have been able to do the job but I was not.
march 2018
My Cow Game Extracted Your Facebook Data - The Atlantic
The Cambridge Analytica scandal is drawing attention to malicious data thieves and brokers. But every Facebook app—even the dumb, innocent ones—collected users’ personal data without even trying.

But one worth revisiting today, in the context of the scandal over Facebook’s sanctioning of user-data exfiltration via its application platform. It’s not just that abusing the Facebook platform for deliberately nefarious ends was easy to do (it was). But worse, in those days, it was hard to avoid extracting private data, for years even, without even trying. I did it with a silly cow game.
march 2018
Is Your Empathy Determined by Your Genes? | Greater Good Magazine
In this divided world, there is a growing interest in cultivating empathy—in populations ranging from preschoolers to police officers. And for good reason: Studies suggest that, besides increasing kind and helpful behavior and making the world a better place to live, empathy contributes to our relationships and career success.

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



A recent study, conducted by Martin Melchers of the University of Bonn, Elisabeth Hahn of Saarland University, and colleagues and published in the journal Motivation and Emotion, sought to answer these questions. By using multiple ways of measuring empathy in 742 twins and adult siblings, the study provides some new insights into empathy’s origins.
march 2018
Video Game History Timeline | The Strong
From the International Center for the History of Electronic Games® (ICHEG)
games  gaming  history  netnarr 
march 2018
Accessible tips for people to protect their privacy
Conversations about privacy and security often focus on technology and give scant attention to the human, non-technological factors that affect personal privacy. This post covers a range of concrete steps we can all take to regain control over what, when, and with whom we share. Some of the things we discuss will involve technology, and some of them won't. The majority of the suggestions we make involve tools or practices that are freely available. The vast majority of things we suggest are also designed to be accessible without a large amount of technical knowledge. The steps we outline here are intended as a solid starting point, and not a comprehensive solution, but with that said, the steps we define here minimize or eliminate many common issues.
privacy  security  netnarr 
march 2018
Developing the Star Wars opening crawl in HTML/CSS
Even though Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a divisive movie (which is not the point of this article, I promise), it inspired me to develop the most useless thing of all: the franchise's famous opening crawl using solely HTML, CSS and a little bit of Javascript (but for a cool reason).
webdev 
march 2018
Can video games promote empathy? | CBC Radio
It's not your average video game.

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

The game 1979: Revolutionis one of a growing number of so-called empathy games that aims to give players a real understanding of what it's like to get caught up in a revolution,  or live life as a transwoman, or have a young child with cancer.
games  gaming  empathy  netnarr 
march 2018
Gamasutra - The risk of games that seek to create empathy
“Game mechanics communicate a message,” said Colleen Macklin, a designer who runs the PETLab at Parsons School of Design in New York City, at GDC in San Francisco this week.

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

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

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

On the 20th anniversary of HyperCard's discontinuation, I want to pay tribute to the programming tool that started it all.
hypercard  mac  magazine 
march 2018
Bad News
From fake news to chaos! How bad are you? Get as many followers as you can!

In this game you take on the role of fake news-monger. Drop all pretense of ethics and choose the path that builds your persona as an unscrupulous media magnate. But keep an eye on your ‘followers’ and ‘credibility’ meters. Your task is to get as many followers as you can while slowly building up fake credibility as a news site. But watch out: you lose if you tell obvious lies or disappoint your supporters!
games  journalism  game  netnarr 
march 2018
The Problem With the FCC's New National Broadband Map - CityLab
Before last week, the official U.S. map of broadband access had accumulated a fair amount of dust. On February 23, though, the Federal Communications Commission’s cartography of connectivity got a long-awaited upgrade. But while the new broadband map is easier to click around, it still isn’t a reliable tool to gauge what internet options are available to homes or communities around the country.
map  netnarr  redlining 
march 2018
The Hypercard Legacy – The Nextographer – Medium
Apple’s forgotten software gem was a last breath for democratized computing. Can it be revived?
history  apple  hypercard 
march 2018
Easter Island Is Eroding - The New York Times
Nicholas Casey, a New York Times correspondent based in Colombia, and Josh Haner, a Times photographer, traveled 2,200 miles off the coast of Chile to see how the ocean is erasing the island’s monuments.
digitalstorytelling  web2storytelling 
march 2018
Amazon Doesn’t Consider the Race of Its Customers. Should It?
For residents of minority urban neighborhoods, access to Amazon.com’s vast array of products—from Dawn dish soap and Huggies diapers to Samsung flatscreen TVs—can be a godsend. Unlike whiter ZIP codes, these parts of town often lack well-stocked stores and quality supermarkets. White areas get organic grocers and designer boutiques. Black ones get minimarts and dollar stores. People in neighborhoods that retailers avoid must travel farther and sometimes pay more to obtain household necessities. “I don’t have a car, so I love to have stuff delivered,” says Tamara Rasberry, a human resources professional in Washington, D.C., who spends about $2,000 a year on Amazon Prime, the online retailer’s premium service that guarantees two-day delivery of tens of millions of items (along with digital music, e-books, streaming movies, and TV shows) for a yearly $99 membership fee. Rasberry, whose neighborhood of Congress Heights is more than 90 percent black, says shopping on Amazon lets her bypass the poor selection and high prices of nearby shops.

As Amazon has expanded rapidly to become “the everything store,” it’s offered the promise of an egalitarian shopping experience. On Amazon and other online retailers, a black customer isn’t viewed with suspicion, much less followed around by store security. Most of Amazon’s services are available to almost every address in the U.S. “We don’t know what you look like when you come into our store, which is vastly different than physical retail,” says Craig Berman, Amazon’s vice president for global communications. “We are ridiculously prideful about that. We offer every customer the same price. It doesn’t matter where you live.”
amazon  map  redlining  netnarr 
march 2018
Mapping Student Debt - Map 2: Race
More than 42 million Americans owe a total of $1.3 trillion in student debt, making it the second-largest liability on the national balance sheet. A generation ago, student debt was a relative rarity, but for today’s students and recent graduates, it’s a central fact of economic life that we don’t know much about. Mapping Student Debt is changing that. The maps below show how borrowing for college affects the nation, your city, and even your neighborhood, giving a new perspective on the way in which student debt relates to economic inequality.
redlining  netnarr  map 
march 2018
Live Interactive Narrative Experiences for Education - GameTrain Learning
Can a Live Interactive Narrative Experience be an effective educational medium?

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

However, today we’re seeing a shift from digital games back to real-life, in-person gaming experiences. Real-life gaming experiences like puzzle hunts, paintball/lasertag games, and LARPs (live action role playing) have been around for many years, but generally they have been more for niche audiences. Recently however, we’ve seen real-life games becoming more a part of mainstream society.
games  gaming  gamebasedlearning  netnarr 
march 2018
Unminify JS, CSS and HTML Code
Free online tool to unminify (unpack, deobfuscate) JavaScript, CSS and HTML code, making it readable and pretty.
tools  javascript  cooltech 
march 2018
Modern-Day Redlining
In 61 metro areas across the U.S., people of color were more likely to be denied conventional mortgage loans than whites, even when controlling for applicants' income, loan amount and neighborhood.

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

To get started, click on a metro area or search for an address.
netnarr  mapping  maps  redlining 
march 2018
MDA: A Formal Approach to Game Design and Game Research
In this paper we present the MDA framework (standing for
Mechanics, Dynamics, and Aesthetics), developed and
taught as part of the Game Design and Tuning Workshop at
the Game Developers Conference, San Jose 2001-2004.
MDA is a formal approach to understanding games ñ one
which attempts to bridge the gap between game design and
development, game criticism, and technical game research.
We believe this methodology will clarify and strengthen the
iterative processes of developers, scholars and researchers
alike, making it easier for all parties to decompose, study
and design a broad class of game designs and game
artifacts.
games  gaming  netnarr 
march 2018
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