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A Third Leg for StreamMode vs StateMode

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC ) flickr photo shared by Marco Colin The thing about Mike Caulfied posts is that they work their way into your mind (“Captain, he put CREATURES… in our brains”). In What Iterative Writing Looks Like (and why it’s important) he delineates (strongly) between the streaming flow of social media content versus reflective blog content has been resonating in mine: StreamMode is Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. It’s also blogs to a large extent (though this is somewhat mitigated through cross-linking and backtracks). It’s internet comments. Email. Secret. Ello. Yo. While StreamMode has advantages, it’s also creating a world that largely sucks. We’re driven by news pegs, back and forth arguments that go nowhere, the latest shiny things on the radar instead of sustained thinking about older issues. StreamMode also is exclusionary — a stream of twitter comments often relies on extensive insider knowledge to be interpreted. It’s […]

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Traveling Back in Web Time with Memento

Memento (nods to the Christopher Nolan’s genius) wants “establish a web that has a memory”. It’s part protocol / part browser tool that aims to make it easier to see a web resource at a past time of your choosing. In the video above I take a few steps back in time form 2014 through 1996, to look at my first site for the Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction and just for grins, tried to take the same steps back for Time magazine If you know the URI of a Web resource, the technical framework proposed by Memento allows you to see a version of that resource as it existed at some date in the past, by entering that URI in your browser like you always do and by specifying the desired date in a browser plug-in. Yes, you can do a lot of this via the Internet Archive’s […]

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dontlookatmy.photos

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC ) flickr photo shared by xeophin Please, no not look. Thanks to some fun sponsored by Reclaim Hosting, I ended up with a new spiffy domain to play with. @ReclaimHosting http://t.co/l093YvjZ6c — Alan Levine (@cogdog) September 29, 2014 I almost forgot about it when poking around my directories, and saw the directory sitting there. I thought about maybe putting my worst photos on a site… but enough about my photos, what about other photos? So here is the concept. This site now is set to every hour, rummage around flickr, and find a person who’s photos you most likely would never come across, and display their 20 most recent uploads: DON”T LOOK! This was a sloppy assemblage done in an hour or two of fiddling. It’s a layout I did as an experiment before just to experiment with calling the flickr api via Javascript. To […]

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Looking for Light/Looking for Ideas

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog For a break today, my first full day on campus at Thompson River University, I do the thing I enjoy most– wandering around with my camera. I do cite a subtle and maybe overlooked tip for photography is “to look for the light.” This means much more than conventional wisdom of having your back to light sources, which often does work to best light a subject outdoors. But there is just as much beauty in breaking that, taking photos directly into the light, or using strong side lighting. But I’d been thinking about something I probably operate at a more instinctual level, from experience with the camera, there is a feeling when I am in certain places, or noticing the way light is highlighting vividly, or when it is absent, or when shadows and light have interplay. I cannot […]

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On the Road / Off the Road

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog From this perspective, actually laying down on Nevada highway 266, there is but one direction to go. I am the only person on the flickr using bellyontheroad as a tag; there is some sort of message there I won’t dwell too much upon. This road, and others, was over 1900 miles to go from home in Strawberry Arizona to Kamloops, British Columbia, where I will be based through March 2015 as an Open Learning Scholar at Thompson Rivers University, an opportunity made possible by Brian Lamb (and many others I shall get to know soon). More on that story as it develops. Here’s some notes from the road, a blurred experience coming on the heels of a 2 week trip to New Zealand that ended 5 days before I left again. On/Off/on/off the road. Go go go. I thought […]

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Clichés are Written 60,000 Times Faster Than Finding Sources

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by caddymob It’s time to start issuing citations for pooping on the internet. The sheer irony of what came in via a trackback (still value among the flotilla of spam) to my still un-solved pursuit to find the source, the actual credible source, for the oft asserted “””fact””” (triple scare quotes) that “visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text”. Please keep the internet clean and never NEVER EVER use that assertion in any form. Unless you like poop smell. And here is the poop piled irony- someone actually used my post doubting the existence of this fact as a citation of its existence. In fact, the entire “”””article”””” ought to be strip searched for credibility. The odor commences with the title A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words – And About 50 Milliseconds from the revered wisdom of AlignTech Solutions […]

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A Shiny New Edible Garden Project Site

From the Forgotten to Blog Department. And also filed in Last Site That Gets Updated is My Own division. About a year ago, Keira connected me with the folks at the Edible Garden Project (EGP) in Vancouver, who were looking to redo their web site. Check out the site at http://ediblegardenproject.com In calendar time it took about a year to get from old to new, some of it my schedule getting in the and sometimes the EGP folks were busy, but the thing was, this bothered neither of us. It was great working with Emily and her team, they brought a lot to the table in terms of what they said they wanted in a new site. There were some logistical steps to jump through before we even got to the pretty stuff. This is the original site, which is now residing at http://archive.ediblegardenproject.com/ (my web fetish, keep a history […]

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Creative Commons Attributor: Now With License Link

I was roaming around my dashboard and found a 6 month old post lingering in the draft. I am not even sure why it was left in the draft drawer). Oh well. creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by hawkexpress I do not think I have ever finished a coding project. That does not bother me. Thanks for the positive feedback on the new flickr creative commons attribution tool. I’ve been using it a lot myself, after all that is who I made this for. Apparently someone else has a similar tool. They got boing-boing-ed. That’s cool. And apparently flickr has made some changes already, going back to displaying the actual license with icons, and moving the info to a more primary area. I did get a comment from Dr Klaus Graf suggesting that proper adherence to the license means providing a direct link to the license. […]

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Back to First Internet Friend Visit

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Last night, in 2014, Tim and I sat in his living room in Eugene reminiscing how we first connected. We both are fuzzy on the timing, but are pretty sure it was 1994. And it was via the internet. No apps. mobile devices, social networks. It was via a listserv. Alan and Tim conversation. Around this time I was active doing multimedia in Macromedia Director, and where I hung out, learned, and shared was the Direct-L listserv. Tim was a counselor at Lane Community College, interested in creating some multimedia tutorials and also curious about this new “web” thing. I guess I might have answered some of his questions in Direct-L, but the part was I had a connection with a colleague at another community college (I was in my first years at the Maricopa Community Colleges). It would […]

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Gone Figuring

I’ve flip flopped countless times on whether to publish this, and you may never know if the coin toss lands the last time on “no”. In fact, I bailed on it last night, but the damned thing keeps gnawing at me. I waver because it sounds a bit petty, defensive, and or combative. And it’s none of those (well petty is always a possibility). The point is not even the point described below, but for me, in thinking through this, I have a minuscule taste of the other side of the privilege that comes with being a white male (a state of matter I can’t change). With my spate of travel I am mostly getting the outer swirls of #Gamergate from second hand comments and references. The outfall of this is beyond ugly, and when things go from rudeness to physical threats and abuse, things have crossed a line into […]

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