CogBlogged on ‘September 30th, 2005’

What’s That Smell? Is it My LinkRank?

I gotta stop blogging and do some work… but then Stephen Downes has to share this nifty tool from PubSub– LinkRank: LinkRanks are our way of measuring the strength, persistence, and vitality of links appearing in sites that syndicate their content. When PubSub reads an entry from a syndication feed, it takes note of any URLs (technically, URIs) it sees. PubSub users can then utilize this link data when creating subscriptions to better express what they’re looking for. PubSub monitors millions of feeds. By generating a list of all the URLs contained in entries of each feed, it’s possible to determine a site’s relevance just from the number of incoming links it has. LinkRank goes one step further and calculates a score for each linking site. Sites are then scored based on the score of the sites that link to them. So the CogDogBlog LinkRank gives me a whole raft […]

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Lost Navihedra

While thinking/writing today about visual navigation schemes, I transported back to the late 1990s when the brilliant multimedia visionary Roy Stringer was coming up with a 3D, manipulative tool called a “Navihedron”, then coded in Macromedia Shockwave. You see this in some modern iterations, especially the Visual Thesaurus, where words become nodes, and are connected to related words, visually mapped as a 3D objects you could move around on screen. I had been following this since at the time most of my media projects were shockwave based. The stuff Roy was doing with R&D in multimedia interfaces at Amaze in the U.K was… amazing. I got to hear him speak when then-Chancellor Paul Elsner brought him to Maricopa, where Stringer was hinting at a project of working with another genius, Stephen Hawking, on trying to turn Hawking’s ideas into visual manipulatives. There is a vague reference to this in one […]

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Woogle Words

Woogle uses Google Image search to turn phrases into pictures: Woogle is a search toy based on the ever popular Google Image Search. It creates image messages out of the words in the phrase you entered. The URLs are obfuscated so that you can pass them to your friends without them being able to read the message till they view the page. We hope you enjoy passing cryptic image messages! So for example, we could play some rebus like games… what is the message: Stumped? Well woogle-link it! Now this is fine and silly, but maybe there are some creative ways to come up with a string of images and have your students test their interpretation of it. One thing, Woogle seems to always use the same image for a word… must be the top result. So dog always gets you the same cartoon where I think the yellow labrador […]

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Liveplasma Pop Culture Mapping

I’ve been asking around in come email circles for any leads in software that might allow a mortal faculty member and his/her students to create 3D mind/concept maps… One reply was not relevant, but shared the link to Liveplasma a rather interesting social software / music+movies connection mapping web application. I only played with it briefly, but you can search movies or music by artist, and Liveplasma generates some node and connector maps that display works by the artist, connections to others, and some sort of visual reference that indicates it’s popularity (I think it has to do with what members mark as “favorites”. My quick exploration was extremely surficial but interesting…

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Flickr Upload Bookmarklet

For some unknown reason, I was cleaning up my browser bookmark tools. I cannot even remember where I found this, but I had forgotten about one that grabs images from any web page in view, and allows you to then upload any of them to your own flickr account. Going beyond the knee jerk fear/reaction of people lifting images from other web sites, it struck me as a nice way to combine your own web pages, and quickly add/archive them to your flickr site– this is surely more efficient than saving local copies, and uploading them from your hard drive. Since I was just Jackalop-ing around in a previous post, I visited my own web page featuring the prong-horned bunny, and clicked the flickr-it bookmark. This yanks all the images from the page, and I can then upload any of them to flickr in one quick click. Upon upload, it […]

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Northern Voice / Southern Jackalope

As a Canadian wanna-be, I’ve jumped early to register for the Feb 10-11, 2006 Northern Voice conference in Vancouver. This definitely fits the bill of an active, not-a-lecture-format conference as opposed to the other edtech fetes that just bore me into a coma. I was envious to only read of last year’s first offering. I plan to be representing the Canadian Province of Arizona proud home of the wild Jackalope:

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