CogBlogged in ‘2014’

Bunk y Omar Conversan con Miradas

I happily resume my role in ds106 as an open participant. With the new season starting in September at UMW being based on The Wire, I finally have the right reason to watch the whole series again (one of only two I’ve ever watched start to end; not only am I a MOOC dropout, I bail on TV too). Paul Bond is off an running with perhaps one of the most perfect GIF loops of Stringer Bell counting money, I felt driven to dust off the GIF from movie clip chops. The Wire of course is so many strong clashing characters; a scene I remember the most was the conversation between Bunk and Omar on some train platform- here just trying to capture some of the intensity It’s a bit “fat” at 1.2 Mb, and I dropped the GIF to 64-colors, which gives it kind of a posterized look. But […]

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Not Quite Elves at the North Pole

I could not help myself but remix when I saw the tweet by Tim Maughan (actually retweeted by @savasavasava) How the magic of Christmas is made – by bored teenagers in a dingy factory in Yiwu #ufd2014 http://t.co/jMB0PZq5iO — Tim Maughan (@timmaughan) August 8, 2014 Mostly through sava’s tweets, I’ve gathered Tim is on some expedition, by freighter ship, to China, to get to the source of those shiny things on our store shelves. According to his original video, filmed today, How the magic of Christmas is made, he got an inside view of Yiwu Hangtian Arts and Crafts Co, Ltd – “to see how Christmas decorations to be exported to the US and Europe are made.” It took about 32 seconds of searching in You Tube to find a copy of the 1932 cartoon Santa’s Workshop, which makes for, I think, a fascinating side by side video. I’ll leave […]

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Digitizing Spinning Shellac

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Among the memorabilia I brought back from my Mom’s house was my on set of teen age purchased vinyl LPs, but also about eighteen 78s that I had always remembered sitting on the shelves in our basement. Any flat disc record, made between about 1898 and the late 1950s and playing at a speed around 78 revolutions per minute is called a “78″ by collectors. The materials of which discs were made and with which they were coated were also various; shellac eventually became the commonest material. Generally 78s are made of a brittle material which uses a shellac resin (thus their other name is shellac records). During and after World War II when shellac supplies were extremely limited, some 78 rpm records were pressed in vinyl instead of shellac (wax), particularly the six-minute 12″ 78 rpm records produced […]

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The Te of Pages

Because he wrote The Tao of Posts and asked for it, comes the Te of Pages. From the original As we were saying, Te is pronounced DEH. In classical Chinese, it is written two ways. The first joins the character “upright” to the character for “heart”. It’s meaning is virtue. The second way adds the character for “left foot,” which in Chinese signifies “stepping out.” Its meaning is virtue in action. Te is not, as its English-language equivalent suggests, a one-size-fits-all sort of goodness or admired behavior that can be recognized as essentially the same no matter who possesses it. It is instead a quality of special character, spiritual strength, or hidden potential unique to the individual–something that comes from the Inner Nature of things. And something, we might add, that the individual who possesses int may be quite unaware of– as is the case of Piglet through most of […]

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The Last Narrator

This blog has 4097 posts since April 2003. My flickr photos includes 38,443 photos since March 2004. These are not numbers I call up to brag about (but please, tell me abll about your 30,000th twitter follower). On a more recurring basis, I have noticed how often I use both of them, especially an ability to search them. It’s not to say I have blogged about everything, but it is useful to me in my thinking and writing to have now an 11+ years worth of my ideas, thoughts, many of them obsolete, but often, relevant. My blog has much better recall and retrievability than my grey matter, but the latter is better at the loose association and pattern matching that send me using the former. With a daily flickr photo posting habit since 2008, and a lot before that, I have a visual record of where I was, what […]

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Feed WordPress 101: A Few More Tricks For Your Site

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by One Tree Hill Studios This is part 5 of 5 in a series of posts for Building Connected Courses: Feed WordPress 101 Basic Concepts of Syndication – and what to think about even before you touch that WordPress thing Installing and Setting up Feed WordPress – Minimal settings, and planning the way content is sliced, diced, and recombined Feeding the Machine – How to get RSS feeds into the aggregator without losing a finger Some Feed Magic – Optional ways to improve feeds from sites such as flickr, twitter, etc, creating a twitter archive, RSS Feed TLC »» A Few More Tricks «« – leveraging categories, adding attribution, setting featured images Feed WordPress is a plugin, but itself has it’s own suite of plugins to extend it’s functionality- a plugin with plugins? Yes. I will be reviewing a few of […]

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I Don’t Like Beets or Facebook

It’s been a month since I drove a stake through the heart of my Facebook account. Life feels pretty much the same. My process was not the most well thought out- I posted a status, and nuked the account an hour later, so who knows what replies I missed? My sister claims she saw a reply from Mark Zuckerburg; then again, she used to toss the Monopoly board in the air when I got ahead. I happened to glance at my Google+ status and saw some comments from folks related to this. I think it was my comment to something else… just like Google+ I cannot find them again. But that’s another bowl of slimy vegetables. Let me be clear. My reasons for leaving are mostly a gut sense of distrust for Facebook, and I am the first one to apply the hypocrite badge to myself for why should I […]

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My Tiara Arrived in the Mail. I am Retired from DS106

creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by stevendepolo You do know the irony of #ds106 #4life? Right? With a four month fellowship at TRU starting in late October through March and no plans to teach ds106 for a while, I shall be dialing back my role in keeping the lights on inside the web site. The other thing about ds206 is that it rests on not one person. As previously aired on this blog, Mariana Funes and Giulia Forsythe have agreed to keep the Daily Create fresh. That one is really hard for me to stop doing, and I probably will not stop. As for everything else, I had a video chat with Jim Groom Friday, and he has all the info to take over the keys to the main site and it’s ancillary parts. But more than that, he’s returning to teach a regular semester version […]

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Lonely Is The Search for OER Reuse Stories

Having failed to find a story of OER Reuse in the forest I took my search to the mysterious waters of Loch OER. My luck was a tad better having surfaced a written story of Latin Tattoos by Laura Gibbs and a not boring OER video by Brendan Murphy. That’s not many stories in my collection, and I am committed to presenting such stories a week from Friday for an online presentation to Ontario educators. With all the OERs out there, and all the ways people are creating and teaching with online materials, how can there so few stories of reuse? Is reuse a myth? a comforting story we tell ourselves as we push content online? My belief is getting shakier. Perhaps people are stuck on what an “official OER” is. I don;t care about the thing, or whether it is or is not an OER, have you incorporated something […]

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Project SSD Complete!

It took a new laptop, 3 or 4 trips of cracking open the case, and almost a year– but I finally have my old (2009 Mid Year) Mac Book Pro running from a Solid State Drive (SSD). And like I was told, the speed difference in that machine is remarkable. Startup time was about 4 minutes, now about 45 seconds. It no longer beachballs on everything. The trip started maybe in April 2013; after a visit to Hong Kong, my colleague Ross Parker suggested via twitter a suggestion to give my machine a boost- get a new SSD drive and mount it inside the machine in the optical drive bay using an MCE Technologies Opti-Bay. The idea is you remove the optical drive and out it inside a USB case, making it an external, and putting a new drive inside a caddy that took it’s place. creative commons licensed ( […]

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