June 2019

Domains 19: Part 2

If you missed Domains 19: Part 1, feel free to read that post first for an overview of the first day of the conference! Day two of Domains19 was just as great if not better than day one. Martin Hawksey kicked off the day with his first-ever keynote entitled Minority Report: One Nation Under CCTV. The eerie talk was a great bookend to Chris and sava’s talk that we had…

Changing the things I cannot accept

When I was 20 years old and nearly finished with college, I had a bad week at work. Business was slow, and the tips I made serving burgers and fries had fallen off. I didn’t have quite enough money to pay rent.So I called my grandfather. Fifteen minute…

Springfield Armory Camp: Messing Around in a Maker Space

Yesterday was our first day of this year’s Springfield Armory Camp – a writing partnership that was first forged years ago between the National Park Service/Springfield Armory National Historic Site, the National Writing Project/Western Massachusetts Writing Project, and Springfield Schools/Duggan Social Justice Academy. One of our activities was to consider the reasons why Springfield was […]

Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-06-16

xkcd: StackModer tech stack You Are Now Browsing In Incognito Mode – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency Who Gets to Own the West? – The New York Timesf America. In the last decade, private land in the United States has become increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few. Today, just 100 families own about 42 million acres across the country, a 65,000-square-mile expanse, according to the Land Report, a magazine that tracks large purchases. Researchers at the magazine have found that the amount of land owned by those 100 families has jumped 50 percent since 2007. Norwegian island wants to become the world’s first time-free zone – Story | KTVU“When you live in Northern Norway, it doesn’t make sense to talk about daylight saving time, bedtime, dinner time, or any other time,” says Kjell Ove Hveding, one of the key islanders behind the initiative. “The midnight sun makes clocks an unnecessary nuisance, and we wish to be a time-free zone.” –just talking about removing the concept of time from my life earlier today The javascript spreadsheetjExcel is a lightweight vanilla javascript plugin to create amazing web-based interactive tables and spreadsheets compatible with Excel or any other spreadsheet software. You can create an online spreadsheet table from a JS array, JSON, CSV or XSLX files. You can copy from excel and paste […]

The Woodard projection

In a memorable episode of The West Wing, visitors from the Cartographers for Social Justice upend CJ’s and Josh’s worldviews. Cartographer: “The Peters projection.” CJ: “What the hell is that?” Cartographer: “It’s where you’ve been living this whole time.” I’m having the same reaction to Colin Woodard’s 2011 book American Nations. He sees North America … Continue reading “The Woodard projection”

Safety Tip When Paying with Plastic

Whenever you eat out at a restaurant or are using a plastic debit or credit card to pay for something, NEVER let the physical card out of your sight. Never let a server or business employee take your debit or credit card to another location out of your view, whether it’s the front of the […]

Waterfall Feldgang

I’m tinkering around with a digital story tool called Soundslides after a visit to Bash Bish Falls with some of my family yesterday morning: Peace (in water), Kevin