In scanning the Thoughtvectors blogs and twitter stream, a lot of students/participants are well on their way starting their Inquiry Projects. But should anyone be in search of one, I have one I started a while ago, that is free for anyone to run with. It is almost a year since last reporting on the […]
The trails of distraction. If I worked for anyone else besides myself, I might get fired for my wanderings. This all started at lunch time, I noticed I had about six oranges in my fridge, and that also I was out of orange juice. I thought I would take a few moments to squeeze them […]
Just in case you have not had your fill of the previous two code dumps for the workings of the VCU Thought Vectors site… heres more. I can’t stop tinkering. Last weekend Jon Becker emailed and asked if there was “an easy way” to mix together all of the RSS feeds from his students blog […]
creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by cszar If you thought the last post on Under the Hood of the Thought Vectors Site was a gory on code, maybe click next. But for my own sake, some more write-ups of more recent twiddlings. Got RAND() Post? A trick I have used on […]
creative commons licensed ( BY-NC ) flickr photo shared by Tinker*Tailor loves Lalka When I open my web browser, I sometimes imagine myself perched on the precipice of the edge of the infinity. It was how James Hutton, cracked open what was the 18th century conventional understanding of natural history (my emphasis added) In a […]
creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog This is my second or third reading of Vannevar Bush’s essay As We May Think, having done so before in Gardner Campbell’s New Media Seminar. In the spirit of Associative Trailing, I tracked down on the NMC archived web site a podcast Gardner and […]
Now that the Thought Vectors site is out and running (36 blogs syndicating in, 11 of them from registered students, not bad for the day before class starts), it’s time for a bit more of the techie WTF does that do post, in line with previous posts on such syndication hub sites.
WARNING: This post is long and full of jargon. I would like to explain it in a style to be universally understood, but life on this planet is only so long. And hey, did you think I was writing thix blog all these years for you? Silly reader, this writing is for me me ME ME.
How to Syndicate, Nate (Make a new Feed, Reed…)
In response to the idea that a flow of posts from a large community is more than anyone can digest, I’d been contemplating following up on Martin Hawksey’s brilliant work on the octel site and others to make something more like Google Reader (RI) (/me shakes fist and curses at Google, DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL). My interest in being able to do this clouded what Gardner Campbell reminded me, smacks head on table- a Feed Reader is not a beautiful site, one that leverages the media and payout of sites that get people interested in reading.
So less than two weeks ago, Tom Woodward and I got on a Google Hangout and started going through themes they already had available– they have a subscription to Woo Themes. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with modern WordPress themes- they have come with a huge amount of overhead to make admin interfaces. I counted and one I used for another project had over 250 files in it- the crusty old Headspace theme here has like 35. They also can make it hard to do customization (let me tell you how inelegant Elegant themes are).
I blame ds106. Three years plus in and out of the open digital storytelling course and my free floating mind goes to visual association. Seeing the Thought Vectors site starting to light up (24 blogs in the mix now, and first wave of students Hello Worlding into the mix) – and I saw a cartoon […]
creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by dvanzuijlekom As a kid my Mom would ask me what present I wanted for the holidays or a birthday. “Present” being so singular, I thought I gamed the system by asking for a “big box full of a whole lot of little toys”. She always […]
The lights are on, flashing, and content is spinning around. On Friday afternoon, Tom Woodward flicked the server lights on a site we have been co-building over the last few days, maybe 2 weeks. We were able to use a staging server on wpengine which meant we had a public facing “coming soon” site, and […]