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ReclaimSocial is now hosted in canada.

http://i.giphy.com/n79tUgsqGA42Q.gif

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Apple Music station generated with Man or Astro-Man? Structo as the seed. Is good. https://itunes.apple.com/ca/station/structo-radio/idra.1120137150

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Just spent the morning troubleshooting UCalgaryBlogs. Jetpack wasn't letting people hook up their accounts to do stuff (like track viewers, because some people are into that kind of thing). Turns out, I'd disabled XMLRPC via .htaccess file to try to combat spammers. And Jetpack relies on XMLRPC to do its stuff. So… it's re-enabled for now. Until the spammers find it again and use it to stuff their crap where it doesn't belong…

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too cool. modified Readinator 2.0 again - now grabs Newsblur items via API, Scuttle links via MySQL, and Medium recommended stories via RSS rather than web scraping. Better living through data manipulation via Python!

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now my new Python-powered Readinator grabs starred items from Newsblur (via API), bookmarks saved in Scuttle (via MySQL), and stories recommended in Medium (using an HTML web scraper). Slick.

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I've probably sunk about 10 hours of learning/coding into writing a short python script that basically automates a bunch of copy/pasting of content from places where I read and save stuff. It now grabs starred items from Newsblur via their API, and recently saved links on links.darcynorman.net via raw MySQL query. Next, to grab stories I've recently recommended on Medium…

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Social mediating

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I'm still thinking about the social layer that connects people in communities. It's not as simple as just rebooting Twitter. Nor is it as simple as just "hey! Everyone run your own Known/Mastodon/GNUSocial/Whatever site and we can connect and cross-post and it will be awesome!". There is something else needed. One part domain-of-ones-own, one part syndication, one part aggregation, and a few parts I have no clue about or even what they are.

Cathy Kelly's article on nostalgia kind of knocked some sense into me - this isn't about restoring some perfect web-we-had. We never had it, and what we had wasn't perfect.

There are many interesting projects - but they are in the necessary-but-not-sufficient realm. Tools are needed - Mastodon and GNU Social are important, but what is missing is a larger social movement to reclaim individual autonomy while simultaneously coming together in organic communities and networks. If we all just abandon Twitter and Facebook without thinking through how to keep meaningfully connected, we've lost an important sense of social cohesion. Sure, it's pretty fucked up in Twitter/Facebook-land, but it may be better than nothing. Without some greater social context, we devolve into sociopathology.

So. How to

1) be meaningfully connected to people we care about, in various ways as appropriate

2) publish relevant bits of our own digital lives in a way that we maintain control and autonomy

That smells a bit like the blogosphere of olde, but nostalgia is clouding those memories. The blogosphere was kind of amazing, and also kind of limiting. There was (is?) a huge barrier for entry. And the social connections were pretty superficial.

How to take the good parts of what we've learned in the last decade, smush it together with the best parts of digital life from the last 40 years, and do it in a way that might last as more than a passing fad? I have no idea. Maybe it's not even a thing that's needed.

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recovering from the best ski day ever

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-24°C coming for Monday. I ain't ready for this.

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A pretty amazing list of courses being hosted in the Taylor Institute. Cross-disciplinary active learning is fun.

http://www.ucalgary.ca/taylorinstitute/about/spaces/course-list

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For what a man had rather were true he more readily believes.… Numberless, in short, are the ways, and sometimes imperceptible, in which the affections color and infect the understanding.

- Francis Bacon

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Wow. That was quite a game. Should have tried for the TD in final seconds instead of going for overtime.

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Just posted a "week in review" blog post, then looked at the previous one (over a year ago, after a hiatus). I see back in October 2015 that I was excited that a video hosting service may finally be moving forward, because it's now a Real Project™. yeah. Over a year later, and nothing has happened. And they wonder why people roll their own DIY solutions…

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Malcolm McLaren's son torched his punk collection to protest the 40th anniversary of punk "celebrations" / Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2016/11/26/malcolm-mclarens-son-torched.html

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I missed this when it was first posted - photos from the CMD program's demo day. Lots of cool projects. This is the program where I've started work on a PhD…

CMD Demo Day 2016 | Computational Media Design | University of Calgary http://www.ucalgary.ca/cmd/cmd_demo_day_2016

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National Music Centre's residents create Frankenstein’s monster of instruments | Metro Calgary http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2016/11/25/nmc-residents-create-frankenstein-monster-of-instruments.html

paging Potter! Lamb! Devries! Toal!

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obscured

No, I think it's a great design decision, faithfully replicating how the minute hand obscures the date. There was no way around that problem. Must fully replicate a mechanical watch…

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Something I couldn't have asked on Twitter… Our IT folks have implemented a blanket ban on Bittorrent on campus. The protocol, not the site. But it's fine. People can add their names to a list to get an exemption. http://www.ucalgary.ca/it/

Is this being done elsewhere? It's unrelated to the ransomware stuff back in June. This is only about making copyright notifications go away.

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So trippy, watching Steven Ogg play Negan's right hand man. He didn't look like that in high school.

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This is cool. A significant chunk of one of our faculties took over the Taylor Institute to run an unconference. http://connections.ucalgaryblogs.ca/2016/11/21/the-teaching-unconference-fostering-a-community-of-practice-for-postsecondary-educators/

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Q: Aren’t there alternatives to our continued reliance on fossil fuels?

A: Nothing that isn’t reliant on the fanciful, futuristic technology of the 1970s.

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The Day of Academic Rejection. NSERC proposal squashed. CHI paper rejected. Good times. Now, I start pushing my own projects rather than tacking onto others'…

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Listening to Audrey and Kin on the latest Tech Gypsies podcast. Great stuff. And then the horrifying realization that people don't want or care about truth. They want to feel good about themselves, and will twist their world as needed to meet that need. Algorithms and editors won't solve that. Everything that doesn't serve that becomes conspiracy and false and lies. It's a more deeply-rooted cultural problem of fundamental self-centredness on a global scale.

[update] 2 minutes later, and Audrey says almost those exact words. GET OUT OF MY HEAD. No. don't.

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On the evolution of video games https://darcynorman.net/2016/11/20/on-the-evolution-of-video-games/

(And the non-evolution of educational software)

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Radical democracy and collective movements today: The biopolitics of the multitude versus the hegemony of the people | Jon Beasley-Murray - Academia.edu https://www.academia.edu/25091963/Radical_democracy_and_collective_movements_today_The_biopolitics_of_the_multitude_versus_the_hegemony_of_the_people

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It's time to get rid of the Facebook "news feed," because it's not news | Ars Technica http://arstechnica.com/staff/2016/11/its-time-to-get-rid-of-the-facebook-news-feed-because-its-not-news

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Holy crap are the new DNS entry watchers ever spammy. Soooo many emails warning me that I need to register reclaimsocial.net with search engines to avoid penalties and fees. Um. No. Not how it works. But lots of people must fall for it.

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This is cool. DuckDuckGo pulls up keyboard shortcut cheatsheets if you search for an app and add "keyboard shortcuts".

blender keyboard shortcuts at DuckDuckGo https://duckduckgo.com/?q=blender+keyboard+shortcuts&t=osx&ia=cheatsheet&iax=1

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EDUCAUSE ELI

Location: Houston

Time:

Ends:

https://events.educause.edu/eli/annual-meeting/2017"This year, we explore how support of the teaching and learning mission is a collaborative enterprise, involving multiple campus organizations. Today, our success depends on working with a cohort of colleagues to discover the best instructional and learning practices and to leverage the technology needed to enable them. These new practices also have inter-institutional dimensions, as creative partnerships and consortia play an increasingly important role in defining our educational landscape. Join your colleagues to engage in discussions around the key teaching and learning issues and contribute the discoveries you are making at your campus."

I'll be giving a poster session thing.

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If this works, cross-posting from standalone Known sites into Reclaim Social is a thing. If it doesn't…

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PoisonTap - USB hijack of locked computers

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This is some seriously scary stuff. Super-easy to inject bad stuff into a locked computer. Locking will soon have to include shutting down all network interfaces and serial ports until the computer is unlocked. 

https://samy.pl/poisontap/

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email notifications are set up now - they should come from a notifications-at-reclaimsocial.net account rather than my own email now.

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I just picture Ben Werdmüller screaming at his monitor "I FIGURED THIS OUT YEARS AGO, MORONS!" except he's nice.

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I honestly don't know if this makes sense, or if it's a stupid idea. Reading Alan's post about FB hit me, though. We don't need to be beholden to corporate interests to have social networks etc. This took maybe 10 minutes to set up, and cost a grand total of $15 for the domain name. No venture capital needed. No IPO. No shareholders.

And, if it turns out to be a stupid idea, it can be let go without any sunken cost fallacy.

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this morning I helped conceptualize a "grand challenges" course as a public/eportfolio project for students, after the "mother blog" pattern. students will set up their own sites/blogs and publish there, then connect to the course site as needed. awesome.

then, worked with 2 bio grad students who want to showcase what's going on in labs across their department. more bloggy stuff, or maybe something more visual like http://zqjournal.org (which started as a project by a PhD student in the CMD program I'm in)

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or vice-versa?

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Replastic

http://www.replasticyyc.com - a project by some students in the Computational Media Design program

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and now running in HTTPS mode by default. you may need to log back in. sorry.

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