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When You Set the Bar As High as “Easy”…

The other day a colleague asked my thoughts on a system (yes open source) that makes it “easy” for faculty to create profile pages. Scanning the examples, I found relatively clean pages driven by web forms, standard portrait photos. But it felt as lively as a rental neighborhood that looks like creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by Carnotzet And I cannot help but wonder what is the incentive for an individual to represent their own hard academic accomplishments in a institutionally owned site the individual must must revisit on a regular basis to tidy up the ornaments in the yard? How do you really stack that up to something people maintain as their own spaces? And here comes the Greek Chorus… That’s too hard. Faculty can’t/won’t… Really? People who have devoted large chunks of their lives and energy and hair in the pursuit of deep academic […]

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Newest Fancy Step in the YouTube Download Dance (why do we need this dance?)

In writing up the current ds106 lesson on telling stories, I provided some updates tips in how to download video form YouTube (and other services). In the past I have recommended KeepVid (requires Java, so its no go in Chrome). Since learning about it from Tim Owes, I switched to pwnyoutube, specifically the bookmarklet tool. I’ve seen it not work for periods, and lately Chrome has been tossing up a click through unsecure script warning. But last time I passed by pwnyoutube I noticed a new service– and it has smoother dance moves than the others. SaveFrom.net not only can download video from YouTube URLs, but also another 40+ different audio/video sites. But the cool moves begin when you install the helper extension.add-on — it looks like it works for IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and more. And this is what makes it best- in YouTube, vimeo, and more, it adds […]

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Eleven in Blog Years

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-SA ) flickr photo shared by chrisinplymouth Yikes, I missed my own blog birthday yesterday. This pile of typos, rants, and code jabbering started on April 19, 2003 with I Blog, Therefor I Am. This first post, which also defines the source of the name of this space, was posted using MoveableType running on an XServe at the Maricopa Community Colleges. All of those are gone, the blog migrated to WordPress 2 years later, the Xserve is offline and who knows where, and all of my Maricopa web sites have been pulled offline. Thank you WayBack Machine for the WayBack to the site the day I left. If you want stats, that is 4,019 Posts- somehow that averages to 365.4 posts per year, which is crazy, as it suggests I have blogged every day for eleven years. Well, I will have 2 today and it’s only […]

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Remembering Sherman Lake

With what seems like 95% of the comments that squiggle through Akismet to the moderation queue still spammy, it seems almost like your first blog comment when a legitimate one comes through (as most online conversations slither down the vat of twitter/facebook/google+ spaces). I got that today when Mark left a note of an experience he had similar to my own discovery of the cabin restoration project at Sherman Lake during my 2011 Road Odyssey. Thus I found myself digging the Storybox out of the box in a closet (sigh) because on it was stored some video and a 9 minute audio conversation I recorded with the Forest Service Archeologist / Project Manager / Nice guy named “Steve”. Apparently Mark had a parallel Steve experience. Thus I found myself editing together the video above. Why? Because I re-read my post. Remembered the words of a volunteer named Beverly: I love […]

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When Worlds Collide (2014)

See the movie synopsis in the article in FakiPedia When Worlds Collide is a 2014 OER14 presentation based on the Fall 2014 headless ds106, co-presented by Rochelle Lockridge, Mariana Funes, and Alan Levine. The presentation was created in Keynote, and the animated GIFs tricked out by Rochelle and perhaps the paper may be published in some nefarious journal.[3] DS106 Founder Jim Groom considered trying to teach ds106 again in a version based on1980s music, but the hew and cry from the classic rock fans of ds106 Radio made it impossible. PLOT 3M Research Strategist Rochelle Lockridge is allowed to bring inside the firewall top-secret web pages from ds106 and run a “Salon” style version for the 3M Tech Forum. Lockridge, with the assistance of her online colleague Mariana Funes confirms their wildest dreams— Lockridge has discovered an open course named ds106 that is on a collision course with 3M. You […]

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I am the New Flickr. I am an Ass.

modidied from creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by El Bibliomata The new flickr is an ass. I got over its ass way of “””supporting””” with creative commons (triple scare quotes, flickr’s implementation is anything but an implementation). But this dog can find the ways around asses. I am not all that offended nor up in arms over the new layout. It was ripe for a change. It seems off that you can find so many parts of the old interface in so many places (any of the settings, the view all sizes), the old interface peeks through like a pair of old underwear riding up and out of the old jeans. What kind of ass interface design is done such haphazardly? But that does not bother me. What does bother me is the ass approach of removing previous functionality. Flickr notes, the ability to annotate an […]

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Enquire Within Upon Everything: True Stories of the Wondrous Web

Yesterday I had fun with a keynote presentation for the eLearning Consortium of Colorado 2014 Conference. This was the 25th annual conference for this rather impressive, under-the-radar collaborative organization, that has been networking and sharing for 25 years. You can find all the presentation resources at http://cogdog.wikispaces.com/Enquire+Within+eLCC+2014 Enquire Within Upon Everything: True Stories of the Wondrous Web from Alan Levine and my own audio recording (thanks Audacity!) When asked to speak by colleague Alice Bedard-Vorhees my first neural association was that this organizations first conference was held a month after Tim Berners Lee submitted a proposal to CERN to develop was we call “da web”. I began with the throwback to 1989, starting with of course myself, a mop-headed geology graduate student at Arizona State University who had no clue about instructional technology, or really the internet. That is not quite true. I had used some email on a mainframe […]

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Look! Alan and Darren Are Talking About 50 Ways Gone Mobile

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-SA ) flickr photo shared by Krister462 Off and on since the start of the year, Darren Kuropatwa and I have been meeting via video chat (we love appear.in) as we work on an expansion of the original 50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story to include mobile story creation apps. I’ve written up already what we’ve done and the idea. It’s still formulating… err percolating… err fermenting… errr processing. But we’ve had in mind to run some online open happenings (probably as Google Hangouts). While we thought we might have something more formal to organize, we thought, “What the sheep” why not just extend the conversations we have been doing to a larger group? So you are welcome to join us April 22, 6PM PST / 9PM EST (check your local time) to see where this project should go. My own ideas: We definitely […]

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Stick a Fork in It Or Just Fork It: DS106 Assignment Bank Theme

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by mariateresa toledo When I started last August to develop a WordPress Theme that would provide the functionality of the ds106 Assignment Bank, I told Jim Groom that I thought I could get it ready in a month. By December, I thought I could wrap it up first week of January. So here I am in April… It’s not done, software is never done… but I wanted for so long to make it ready for others to try. So here it is. To make a site like you can download all you need from It’s time to stop tinkering and let some people try it out. At this point, I am so close to it, I wonder if it makes sense to others, or if it will come across as something too complex to set up. The whole goal was to […]

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David’s Chair, Empty Now for 27 Years

cc licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog An actual lifetime ago, April 1987, I was perhaps likely forward to an upcoming 24th birthday but also the trip that summer that would pack up my east coast life for transplanting in Arizona. But on this day, I got word my brother passed away. The fragments of the story slip through the fingers, as yellow as the old tape that holds photos in the books. In his baby book, now in my care since my Mom passed away, at 14 months, the book has a blank page for “Anecdotes: amusing incidents may be recorded below”. Incidents of amusement, I wonder how my parents dealt with the mixed bag of joy, appreciation, but overwhelming concern to be parenting a mentally retarded child. I can only wonder. A piece of cake, huge incident. Finding the joy in every little crumb of […]

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