Presentation Notes

This presentation and all of its weirdness (and probable typos) was created by Alan Levine (regular blogging at CogDogBlog) as a keynote for the 20th TCC: Technology, Colleges and Community Online Conference, March 15-17, 2015.

It runs as a self contained static web site and can, and for as long as I breathe, will be found online at



The time travel mode for this presentation was inspired by Bret Victor's Future of Programming talk. It's so brilliant. Everyone should watch it.

Behind the Scenes / Under the Hood

The brainstorming and background research for this presentation (including many more resources and references than mentioned) was organized in a Federated Wiki.

I modeled the slide pages from real web presentations I made in 1996. The originals were hand coded relying on old constructs of HTML tables. I redesigned it using modern (circa 2015) responsive web format using the Bootstrap framework, which among many things, affords the HTML media features for audio and video used.

A number of the slides (e.g. the typing animation, the click show contents, the on click demand playing of video) were created with browser side Javascript a.k.a jQuery.

In addition to avoid manual coding, and to allow for dynamic reo-ordering of slides, the links for the buttons are created at page load time via custom jQuery code.

Yes, I went on eBay to order a 1990s era Sony Walkman and a vintage StarTac mobile phone. I found the old Yahoo logo in the Internet archive and had my shirt printed by Zazzle

Resources Mentioned or Obliquely Referred to During the Talk

The entire TCC 1996 Conference site was found in the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. My colleague Nick Noakes was actually at the first TCC (I found him in the listserve and MOO logs). See my blog more more details on this Web Paleontology.

Conference founder Jimmy Shimabukuro kindly shared his notes, old emails, and thoughts on the conference.

Bob Metcalfe, inventer of ethernet, was very critical of the early web, and predicted its demise many times in his InfoWorld Columns, starting in December 1995. Of course our hindsight is 20/20.

Howard Rheingold appeared on an episode of the 1993 TV show Computer Chronicles (many more episodes of this show are in the Internet Archive)

That's my own photo of the Wiki Wiki bus, taken in 2004. It is one of my more used (and often not attributed) flickr photos all shared under Creative Commons.

Obligatory WIki Photo

Ward Cunningham's WikiWikiWeb will also be 20 years old in March 2015, and is still alive on the web. Learn more about the history of the wiki in this interview with Ward.

The Smallest Federated Wiki is a project being partly led by Ward Cunningham (source code on github). See the July 2014 Wired article Wiki Inventor Sticks A Fork In His Baby. Myself and a number of other educators are currently in a project experimenting with the. Federated Wiki being co-coordinated by Ward and Mike Caulfield.

The notes for this talk are part of my first Federated Wiki; I have a second one for the March 2015 "Happening". It is highly likely the Federated Wiki will not make much sense at a cursory glance. The ongoing group discussion may or may not help either.

My original Writing HTML Tutorial (1994-2006) is no longer available on the Maricopa Community Colleges web server; I have my own archived version of it on my own domain and it's evolution is recorded in the Internet Archive.

The Photoshoot web tool is powered by jQuery and is modified from a tutorialzine demo. If you want to explore more things like, this, I recommend the Mozilla Webmaker Thimble tool, which allows you to see the code behind complex web pages, and experiment with changing them to learn more how the web works. I made the Photoshoot as a remixable Thimble Make; see also my "Ingredients of Me" make.

Actually I did not have a tilde web space; since I ran my own web server starting in 1q993, I made the directory my own space -- it was for a long time http://jade.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/alan -- That server too is no more, but I have my own archive of my first personal site saved at http://dommy.com/alan/.

Learn more about the demise and saving of Yahoo's Geocities by the Archive Team. More and more, it seems that its a continual process of Another Web Bites the Dust:

Claim or reclaim your own domain and personal web host site with Reclaim Hosting a service priced for, created for,a nd even run by educators Tim Ownes and Jim Groom.

Surge is an actual web tool that lets anyone instantly turn a static web directory from their computer into an active web site. Jekyll is another modern tool for quickly making web sites that do not need databases.

Known is a new breed of web site tool where all of your content is published first on your site and then selectively pushed to other web sites and social media spots including facebook, twitter, flickr, instagram. This is a way to make sure you keep all your content in case any third party site disappears on you. Known has special programs for educators.