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Van Google

I’ve always admired Google for taking the time to do important things like rotating their logos. I was a little curios when I reached for my favorite web tool today to find something and saw: And of course a quickie search revealed that today is Vincent Van Gogh’s birthday. Among other things you get by going sideways from a search is a short story called Van Gogh’s Birthday Cake and the oddly-dressed logo at Candy Genius. 152 candles to you, Vince.

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Google.Vanity: RSS2JS Sprinklings

Again, I should be working on something important, but for idle curiosity I was fishing in the Ocean Google to try and find where other folks have been using our RSS To Javascript code/service: http://www.google.com/search?q=rss2js.php%3Fsrc%3D It is an interesting mmix of people running off of our server as well as running it on their own sites. Very cool. One of the things I need to finish up is the new site for the second generation version, again with new features: use of a better parser (Magpie) support for Atom feeds new option to designate amount of item description to generate new option to specify if links are to open in the same or a new window The new site will actually be broken into smaller chunks (!!) and will feature a collection of CSS templates to play with and apply to your feeds- perhaps even a submission form for new […]

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Perhaps The Amazingest True Story of Sharing So Far (*and how google sanctions remix)

This story is great, and even greater during Open Education Week and the 25th birthday of the idea for the World Wide Web. Thanks to Dean Shareski for sharing An Oscar Type Moment. Dean shared a message from someone who heard one of a Shareski talk; Preston Tyrrell teaches at Mother of Providence Regional School in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, and carries on the influence of his own mentor. Preston’s sixth grades students have a great collection of videos explaining how to shoot and edit with green screen effects, the series at Fun With Chroma Key includes six embedded YouTube clips. One of these clips features how Preston and a student named Grace demonstrating filming her flying in front of a green screen like super girl The amazing part was Preston discovering a clip from this video was used as part of a commercial for Google called “We’re all Storytellers” narrated by […]

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When Google Completes Me… I’m Feeling MOOCy

When Tom Woodward tweets something “might be a good #ds106 assignment”, he usually does not stop there http://t.co/oXnzUDewTQ #ds106 illustrating strange google autocompletes — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) November 30, 2013 He goes ahead and tries it cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward and makes it into a ds106 Assignment […]

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Google Wakes Up and Smells the Animated GIF

In August I noted the oddity that you could upload animated GIFs to Google Drive but you could not insert them in any documents. A comment on that post had me re-checking, and woah, you can directly upload an animated GIF anyplace you can upload an image, here is a gDoc with two GIFs I just slipped inside. It’s even easier in a GDoc presentation, you can just drag and drop one in from your desktop, check out this quickie. You can have more than one per slide. I can see a way of using this to assemble a series as maybe a movie of GIFs? I wonder if the auto advance features will work on this embed? (YES IT DOES! I could now assemble a series of animated GIFs…) Hmm.) Yup, this is getting cool- here is the series of GIFs I made from the classic movie Fort Apache, […]

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Sleep Peacefully, Creative Commons Licensed Images, Google Will Never Find You

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by desmorider For as vast and accurate as Google Searches can be, I cannot help but raise a curiosity flag when it fails elsewhere. It still frustrates me how many clicks deep you have to go to the advanced search settings to have google search for images “licensed for re-use”. In a blog post from April 2012, Martin Hawksey pointed out something I had not known of before; inside of Google Docs, when you go to embed an image, and you use thee search, the default is actually for media licensed for re-use. This is pretty cool, so if I am writing about being tired, perhaps I want to use an image of a sleeping dog; within the Google Docs image search, I see 60 results for a search on “sleeping dog”. Wow, maybe Google does care about promoting licensed media. Stop […]

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Bringing #ds106 to Wordcamp Vancouver

I got a chance to spread the ds106 mojo at Wordcamp Vancouver today, with my session on Building an Open Course/Community with WordPress, Syndication, and Duct Tape: ds106 is an open course in Digital Storytelling that leverages platforms of open source tools, syndication, and social media in a way that makes it more community than course. At ds106.us is a wordpress powered hub that aggregates and recombines input from 500+ external blogs plus a user contributed assignment bank, daily creative challenges, even a radio station. Built by a team of educator tinkerers, not coders, ds106 is as a model of a community network that is not limited to just courses. This was on the heels of a cross-Canada flight with a 1:30am arrival to our quarters in Vancouver, a little bit more late bight slide fiddling of slides, a trailing cold, and lot of coffee. Hence, GNA’s description feels apt: […]

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Why Does Google Obscure Searches for Content Licensed for Re-use?

Not unlike the scared question of how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, I just counted six clicks needed to do a Google Image search for content that is licensed for reuse. Six. Here we go. (1) Go to Google image search. It has that new sparse google look, lots of white space. Gone is the “advanced search” link. Let’s try to find images of white horses we can use in our own content. (2) We get results- note that among the filter options on the left, there is a lack of any options for licenses. (3) With some scrolling to the bottom, I spot the link to the “Switch t Basic Version” (like who knows what that means?) (4) Now I get a search result page with advanced search link on it. I am closer. but am already deep in the […]

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What Are My Friends doing in My Google Search Results?

Here’s another episode where Alan Discovers Something That Has Been Out A While and Maybe Everyone Else Calls it Old News but….. This morning I was doing a Google Image search (more often these days I am using the advanced options to filter out images licensed for re-use) and was surprised/curious about what I saw at the bottom of the results: Google Social Search was rolled out in October but I missed that one. From what I saw, it’s not only pulling media from your “social circle” but also from things and people they create or link to. A lot of people write about New York, so if I do a search for [new york] on Google, my best friend’s New York blog probably isn’t going to show up on the first page of my results. Probably what I’ll find are some well-known and official sites. We’ve taken steps to […]

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WTG? What the Google is Going On?

I admit it. I still regularly review content RSS feeds in that archaic, pre-twitter-is-all-i-need thing called a “Feed Reader”. Me and 3 other holdouts. Go ahead, call me a throw back. Recently, in using Google Reader, I am seeing signs that the Great Google is subtly slipping in more social network features, that have me wondering if Google is becoming more like Facebook is becoming more like Twitter? Is the bird wagging the Goog? Blog experimentation notice- I am trying the Lightbox 2 plugin switched to z-Lightview to embed images… clicking will load in an overlay to see full size… if it works. Oddly enough, we have the most unlikely technology prognosticator, Conan O’Brien, to credit for peeking ahead to YouTwitFace and oddly enough, despite the Google -YouTube Connection; the Big G is not part of the acronym. But they are doing things in the space, all of which may […]

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