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Alan Levine
Cheating to Learn: How a UCLA professor gamed a game theory midterm | Which Way L.A.? - http://blogs.kcrw.com/whichwa...
On test day for my Behavioral Ecology class at UCLA, I walked into the classroom bearing an impossibly difficult exam. Rather than being neatly arranged in alternate rows with pen or pencil in hand, my students sat in one tight group, with notes and books and laptops open and available. They were poised to share each other’s thoughts and to copy the best answers.  As I distributed the tests, the students began to talk and write. All of this would normally be called cheating. But it was completely okay by me. Who in their right mind would condone and encourage cheating among UCLA juniors and seniors? Perhaps someone with the idea that concepts in animal behavior can be taught by making their students live those concepts. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction - http://www.locusmag.com/Feature...
We know that our readers are distracted and sometimes even overwhelmed by the myriad distractions that lie one click away on the Internet, but of course writers face the same glorious problem: the delirious world of information and communication and community that lurks behind your screen, one alt-tab away from your word-processor. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
Pop Chart Lab — A Visual Compendium of Cameras - http://popchartlab.com/product...
A meticulously illustrated catalog of 100 landmark cameras, culled from over a century of photographic history, depicting both professional and consumer models and tracing photography's history from the first models to today's digital wonders. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
Common Place Books | Yardworks - http://yardworks.wordpress.com/2010...
My  research and development has  focused on the history of Common Place books as a direct relationship to popular culture.Following my main research interests of 19th women’s social history, folk lore and the art form of puppetry.  I have discovered links between the feminine practice of documenting in the 1800’s and my own continuous use of scrapbooks, journals etc. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
There's No Such Thing As Offline?!? | Idea Channel | PBS - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
There's No Such Thing As Offline?!? | Idea Channel | PBS - YouTube
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What an outdated question this has become! Of course you're online, unless you're an off-the-grid survivalist or a remote tribesmen!! From Facebook to bank accounts, you always have some sort of online presence, whether you're actively engaging in front of a screen or not. Yet this is still a word we use to describe our engagement with the Internet. So we have to ask, is this online/offline distinction even worth making? Because we may need to re-evaluate the very word "ONLINE"... - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
Justified Image Grid – Premium WordPress Gallery - http://justifiedgrid.com/
Justified Image Grid is the new best way to display your photos in WordPress The plugin will automatically align your images into a magazine-style responsive grid. It's flexible, works with various image sources and lightboxes and so much more! - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
Communication is a critical part of most knowledge workers' jobs. By creating a fun tool to improve how people communicate, we strive to do the world a service and make it a better place. We truly believe that by making it easier for people to describe ideas, user flows, basic processes, and anything else they want, people will be more willing to spend the time to do it. By making the descriptions (Storyboards) so easy to consume, people will want to share them and iterate over ideas. As this increases innovation, it makes everyone happier and more productive. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
The ds106 Show (Apr 16, 2013) - http://cogdog.wikispaces.com/The+ds1...
a keynote presentation for the 2013 TCC World Online Conference Dim the lights, cue the music, roll the open credits… but the ds106 show is not where the audience just sits quietly in their seats. You will not only learn how this open online course in digital storytelling works, but have a chance to try a few of the creative challenges and assignments we give to our students. Digital storytelling 106 (ds106) offers a versatile opportunity to create a learning community. This open online course in digital storytelling is part of a networked architecture built of participants’ own blogs to which our web site subscribes and shares back content published by individuals. Special features of ds106 include an open assignment bank that participants populate, a daily creative challenge, and even its own internet-based radio station. You can tune in to the show at any time; we are located at http://ds106.us/ on your Internet dial. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
TV Fonts - TV Font Collection - http://fontmeme.com/tv-font...
This is a ollection of TV fonts, which are identical or similar to the fonts used in the titles of TV series. However, that doesn’t always mean those titles are designed using those fonts. You can click on the font name to download the font. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
Stories Through Data is part of my research into Data Visualisation as a PhD student at the London College of Communication. In everyday life we experience an exponential increase in data. Data needs to be distilled into meaningful stories so people can understand them – because stories tend to be our way of organising what would otherwise be abstract information into experience, understanding and memory. With this website I'm working to understand approaches to narrative in data visualisation design. I started by developing an analysis framework for recognising basic principles (and problems) of narrative, then I began using it to analyse and codify published data visualisation work from a wide range of contexts and applications. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
The Hieroglyph Project - http://hieroglyph.asu.edu/
Inspiration is a small but essential part of innovation, and science fiction stories have been a seminal source of inspiration for innovators over many decades. In his article entitled “Innovation Starvation,” Neal Stephenson calls for a return to inspiration in contemporary science fiction. That call resonated with so many and so deeply that Project Hieroglyph was born shortly thereafter. The name of Project Hieroglyph comes from the notion that certain iconic inventions in science fiction stories serve as modern “hieroglyphs” – Arthur Clarke’s communications satellite, Robert Heinlein’s rocket ship that lands on its fins, Issac Asimov’s robot, and so on. Jim Karkanias of Microsoft Research described hieroglyphs as simple, recognizable symbols on whose significance everyone agrees. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
Community Edition Overview | RunRev - http://www.runrev.com/product...
Create your own apps and utilities using LiveCode Community Edition. This full featured programming environment allows you to create open source apps for all major platforms including Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android and Server. Download it completely free and start making your ideas come to life. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
Made code into art.... - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
fog - The Ruby cloud services library - http://fog.io/
Whether you need compute, dns, storage, or a multitude of other services, fog provides an accessible entry point and facilitates cross service compatibility. Just getting started working with cloud resources? You are not alone, and having so many complicated options makes it hard to know where to start. fog delivers the knowledge of cloud experts to you, helping you to bootstrap your cloud usage and guiding you as your own expertise develops. By coding with fog from the start you avoid vendor lock-in and give yourself more flexibility to provide value. Whether you are writing a library, designing a software as a service product or just hacking on the weekend this flexibility is a huge boon. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
Load a video, take notes, have them synced, and save everything to GDocs...AWESOME - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
Git Koans / Steve Losh - http://stevelosh.com/blog...
A Python programmer handed her ~/.gitconfig to Master Git. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
Peer Into The Past: The mascot of 162 Battery of the 16th Field... - http://peerintothepast.tumblr.com/post...
The mascot of 162 Battery of the 16th Field Regiment, Korea 1952  It is believed that this dog was acquired in Japan and went across on a troop ship to Korea. Barry Buchanan remembers he was still there when they shifted their reserve postions in 1954. Gunfire never seemed to worry the dog. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
Our goal is to help nonprofits get started with telling their story digitally – through photo and video. Our focus will be mostly on video, but the same concepts can be applied to photos. Keep in mind, pictures still tend to get the most interaction and attention on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Video continues to grow and is increasingly relevant for nonprofits, but there is a little more that goes into a creating video. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
This page gives brief, visual reference for the most common commands in git. Once you know a bit about how git works, this site may solidify your understanding. If you're interested in how this site was created, see my GitHub repository. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
From A to B on Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/5969347...
What happens when you send something by mail? What happens in between you sending it of and someone else receiving it? What people and processes are involved and how many steps does it take? - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
MōVI - This New Camera Stabilizer Could Change Cinematography Forever - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
MōVI - This New Camera Stabilizer Could Change Cinematography Forever - YouTube
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A new piece of filmmaking gear was just announced that could completely re-invent the complex process of camera stabilization. It's currently being tested and endorsed by Vincent LaForet, who's given us a little taste of what it's capable of. The product is called MōVI, created by Freefly, longtime maker of crazy camera-drone equipment and stabilizers. LaForet is presenting a short film and behind-the-scenes video to illustrate its abilities, which consists of a completely custom-made gimbal and 3-axis gyroscope that digitally stabilizes the camera (a Canon 1DC in this case). It looks to be very light and portable, a far cry from giant metal arms, vests, and weights that almost the entire camera support world is based on. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
Streisand effect - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide or remove a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet. The term is a modern expression of the older phenomenon that banning or censoring something often makes that item or information more desirable, and leads to its being actively sought out to a greater extent than it would have otherwise been. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
Anatomy of a Mashup: Definitive Daft Punk visualised - http://daftpunk.themaninblue.com/
In order to explain the layering and interplay that goes into something like a Girl Talk album or The 139 Mix Tape I decided to take my own mashup of Daft Punk's discography – Definitive Daft Punk – and reveal its entire structure: the cutting, layering, levels and equalisation of 23 different songs. By dividing up the sound data for each song and computing its appearance in realtime, the resulting visualisation gives you an understanding of the unique anatomy of this particular mashup. The entire piece is composed from the latest HTML5 and CSS3 technology (canvas, audio, transforms & transitions) so you'll need a newer browser to view it in. I recommend Chrome because it pulls off the best performance with my mangled code. All of the waveform and spectrum visualisation is performed in realtime, so your browser is rendering a music video on the fly! Hopefully it gives you a new insight into the artform of the mashup, otherwise you can just stare at the pretty shapes. Categories - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
unglue.it — Support Free eBooks - https://unglue.it/landing/
What if you could give a book to everyone on earth? Get an ebook and read it on any device, in any format, forever? Give an ebook to your library, for them to share? Own DRM-free ebooks, legally? Read free ebooks, and know their creators had been fairly paid? At Unglue.it, you can pledge toward creating ebooks that will be legally free, worldwide. These books have already been traditionally published, but they're stuck: legal restrictions keep you from being able to enjoy and share them. Unglue.it gets them unstuck. Authors and publishers decide what amount lets them freely share their books with the world while still making a living. We raise that fee here through crowdfunding: people like you chipping in. When campaigns succeed, the rights holders get paid, and they issue a free electronic edition under a Creative Commons license. What if you could give your favorite book to the world? - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
Little Outliner is a powerful and easy editor that automatically saves text locally, a new feature in HTML5. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
Radio keeps things simple and original. They place emphasis on maintaining high levels of craft across all their work, with a willingness to keep evolving their style. Working out of Cape Town, Radio specializes in illustration, design, type and iconography, servicing advertising agencies and its own clients. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
HTML5 Boilerplate: The web's most popular front-end template - http://html5boilerplate.com/
HTML5 Boilerplate helps you build fast, robust, and adaptable web apps or sites. Kick-start your project with the combined knowledge and effort of 100s of developers, all in one little package. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
A conversation with Rohit Khare about syndication-oriented architecture | Jon Udell - http://blog.jonudell.net/2007...
Now Rohit and KnowNow are pitching a new buzzphrase, Syndication-Oriented Architecture, and a new acronym, SynOA. We are admittedly pushing the envelope when it comes to variations on the -OA theme, but I can’t help myself, I like this one for two reasons. First, the idea of syndication needs all the marketing help it can get. We’ve been at this for almost a decade and it hasn’t really caught on in the way it deserves to. Second, it’s just so obviously the right thing on so many levels, one of which happens to be information flow within the enterprise. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
Testing Older Seed Germination : MrBrownThumb - http://mrbrownthumb.blogspot.com/2011...
Before tossing away old seed or ordering new seeds from your favorite seed catalog you should test the older seeds you have to save you a bit of time and money. Testing older seed germination rates can save you from wasting time, seed starting soil and supplies on seeds that may not sprout. A seed germination test is really simple and can be done by any home gardener with items you already have around the home. - Alan Levine
Alan Levine
Why you need production quality sound on videos | Learn 4 Life - http://www.l4l.co.uk/?p=5492
It doesn’t take much to make the sound on a video much, much better; here’s a little (squashed!) teaser vid of a 5 minute video I’m making for TeachMeet later this month – the original sound is from the Logitech 920 camera – the second section is with the sound from a powered XLR Mic into an iPad. The iPad is a wonderful sound production machine. All you need are the right tools. Judge for yourself here: - Alan Levine
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