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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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Whatever Happened to Whatever Happened to Instructional Technology?

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC ) flickr photo shared by QuestionMark Has anyone jumped any chasms lately? Once again, the associative trails in my cerebral memex fired off this morning. Via a tweet from Karen Fasimpaur, I watched Wes Fryer’s metaphor rich keynote Igniting Innovation in Teaching and Learning At 2:41 Wes introduced the Technology Adoption Curve, the notion based on Everett Rodgers Diffusion of Innovation work that there are different groups of people in terms of the way they adopt new technologies. It got me thinking about a writer in the early or mid 1990s, I was pretty sure he worked with or was affiliated with IBM, and maybe his name was William, who had written a lot about how this was applied to instructional technology, but what he spoke of, and missing from the image that Wes showed, was what missing was the “chasm” between the innovators/early adopters […]

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Packed! This Hound is Kamloops Bound

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by alee_04 The suitcases are packed with winter clothes and secured. Computer gear? Check. Camera Stuff? Ditto. Guitar? Got it. Medical supplies (well what my lame oh insurance will provide)? Yep. iPod? Loaded. Having been home a whole five days after two weeks in New Zealand, I’m off again. This time? a ROAD TRIP! Tomorrow I start on a 1900 mile journey to Kamloops British Columbia. With assistance from Brian Lamb, I have been granted a four month fellowship as an Open Learning Scholar at Thompson Rivers University (TRU). What am I doing? From the letter of acceptance, the goal of the research award is (1) to bring research expertise to TRU to support the reinvigoration of research and scholarly work into open, distance, and online learning at TRU-OL. (2) to further enhance the vibrancy and diversity of the research community […]

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How Does It Feel to Be 107, Grandma?

My grandmother was born today, in 1907. Or sometime around this date. One of her stories is that she never had a birth certificate. Born into a large family, and with her Mom passing away when grandma was a child, there was no official birth record. At some time later, she was able to prove her approximate birth according to notes in the Census taker. She so more or less picked October 15 to be her birthday. That is just like her. I teased her that I wanted her to live at least until 100. She came close, 96. That photo above was on a visit to Baltimore in 1994, when I recorded an hour of her telling me stories of her life, recorded on a micro-cassette. I later digitized it, and made a short video from the first segment. I always remember her telling me a story about learning […]

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On Those Old Webs

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog I’m reading with warm nostalgia Andy Carvin’s celebrating 20 years ago today, I published my first website. But the real epiphany came afterwards. Andy did this as a post-grad internship, studying telecommunications policy and finding his way into the early Cambrian era of the web: On October 14, 1994, I felt EdWeb was ready-ish for prime time. So I posted a note to a number of education-related email lists inviting people to check it out. I didn’t get a huge number of responses, but the ones I did were both supportive and intimidating. Supportive in the sense that they appreciated my efforts and were curious to see how it would develop. And intimidating in the sense that the people wanting to talk to me knew a hell of a lot more than I did on the topic. Here I […]

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Is The Internet Party Over?

In my recent, somewhat nostalgic, presentations I show an image of a street party, people blowing bubbles. That’s how I felt about the internet when I first stumbled onto it. The web too. It was all discovery. In the early 1990s I put my name and email address on thousands of web pages. There were no spam email harvesters. There was no Google incentivizing the abuse by making it worth nanocents. I create interactive web pages with worm holed perl scripts that wrote to text files with world write permissions. About the worse abuse I saw were rude people on email listservs. Sure there were shady newsgroups. Never went there. Heck I just did a talk about wondering what happened to a sense of wonder — and I am wondering. I like to think of myself as a Churchillian optimist. I talk about for all the goodness of on open, […]

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Peeking Inside the New Storybox

Here I thought I caught up on my back blogging from the trip to New Zealand, but I have yet to talk about the digital time capsule that appeared at every stop. In this post, I’ll give a bit of review about what happened, what was collected, in a subsequent long scrolling gibberish one I will go over the modifications I made to the interface. The new web site for the Storybox has this new interface; the only things you cannot do there are (a) upload media (b) See the media that was collected on this trip (a much smaller set I assembled prior to the trip is online) (c) Access the services like the image board and the wiki. creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog That’s the idea, to create an internet that is ephemeral, the PirateBox technology creates a local wireless network, where […]

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