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Video Speed Controller - Chrome Web Store
"Speed up, slow down, advance and rewind any HTML5 video with quick shortcuts.
HTML5 video provides native APIs to accelerate playback of any video, but most implemented players either hide or limit this functionality. This extension fixes that, plus more...

It will help you optimize your video viewing by allowing you to make quick playback speed adjustments, as well as rewind the video to hear the last few second one more time. We don't read at a constant speed, and we talk much slower than we read - there is no reason why we have to listen at a constant speed and at a (very) slow rate.

Once the extension is installed simply navigate to any page that offers HTML5 video, and you'll see a speed indicator in top left corner of the video player. Hover over the indicator to reveal the controls to accelerate, slowdown, or rewind the video (10 seconds + lowers playback speed). Or, even better, use your keyboard:

- S - decrease playback speed.
- D - increase playback speed.
- R - reset playback speed.
- Z - rewind video by 10 seconds.
- X - advance video by 10 seconds.
- V - show/hide controller.

If you prefer other shortcuts, want to change the increment value, or want the player to remember your playback speed in the future, head into the settings page and customize it to your heart's content."
chrome  extensions  video  via:maxfenton 
september 2016 by robertogreco
ResponsiveImages.org
"We’re a group of developers working towards a client-side solution for delivering alternate image data based on device capabilities to prevent wasted bandwidth and optimize display for both screen and print."
responsive  responsivedesign  html5  images  via:maxfenton  webdev  webdesign 
april 2016 by robertogreco
Eduardo Galeano with Marie Arana - Lannan Foundation
"Eduardo Galeano was in the U.S. in May 2013 to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and to promote his new book, Los híjos de los días. The English edition, Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History, was published this spring by Nation Books. Mr. Galeano spoke about and read from the book, followed by a conversation with Marie Arana.

This event was part of the Lannan In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom series."

[video: https://vimeo.com/66616577
https://vimeo.com/66616115 ]

[See also:
http://www.lannan.org/events/eduardo-galeano-and-sebastiao-salgado-with-amy-goodman/
https://vimeo.com/12062512
https://vimeo.com/12062560
https://vimeo.com/12062878 ]
via:maxfenton  eduardogaleano  marieana  2013 
january 2016 by robertogreco
Silence: an experiment | Quomodocumque
"Just back from the NICAR, the tribal gathering of all data-oriented journalists, where I gave a talk about the importance of talking openly about uncertainty.

Last night at the conference there was a moment which, for reasons having to do with the demographics of mathematics, was unusual for me: I was standing in a circle of five people, talking about a technical subject, centered on a talk I hadn’t attended, and the four people other than me were all women. And it occurred to me:  this is actually a situation where it would be totally natural and appropriate for me not to contribute to the conversation. So let me try. Let me try to actually let this discussion go on for five minutes without opening my mouth.

And first of all let me say that I successfully did it.  But it was hard. I felt twitchy and uncomfortable, just standing there silently. And it was hard for me to learn about the topic being discussed, because some portion of my mind was still working hard at autogenerating answers to “What could I say now?”, interfering with my ability to listen.

I’m not proud of this. I think when you’re a man, and you get older and acquire some amount of professional status, you start to feel like it is a kind of universal physical fact that people need to hear your view about the topic under discussion. Whatever topic it is! Whether you actually know anything about it or not!

Or maybe it has nothing to do with general social forces, and it’s just me. In either case, I’m going to try being silent more often and see if I can get used to it."
via:maxfenton  silence  listening  jordanellenberg  gender  2015 
march 2015 by robertogreco
mrmrs / designer + developer in sf
"Trying to make the web as fast as possible, highly readable, 100% responsive, and easy to navigate.

I like building tools that help make designing in the browser a little easier.

Advocate for users and open-source."
adammorse  via:maxfenton  webdev  opensource  css  readability  responsivewebdesign  templates  responsivedesign  webdesign 
march 2015 by robertogreco
Signal - Private Messenger on the App Store on iTunes
"Privacy is possible. Signal makes it easy.

* Say Anything - Send high-quality group, text, picture, and video messages, all without SMS and MMS fees.
* Speak Freely - Make crystal-clear phone calls to people who live across town, or across the ocean, with no long-distance charges.
* Be Yourself - Signal uses your existing phone number and address book. There are no separate logins, usernames, passwords, or PINs to manage or lose.
* Stay Secure - We cannot hear your conversations or see your messages, and no one else can either. No exceptions. You can even tap and hold on a contact's name to see advanced identity verification options. Everything in Signal is always end-to-end encrypted and painstakingly engineered in order to keep your communication safe.
* Go Fast - Signal is optimized for speed without compromise. Our state-of-the-art Axolotl protocol is unmatched in its performance, strength, and reliability.
* Remain Connected - Push notifications let you know when new messages have arrived, and they'll be waiting for you even if your battery dies or you temporarily lose service.
* Get Organized - Unique archive functionality makes it easy to keep track of the conversations that matter to you right now.
* Pay Nothing - Signal is supported by a team of dedicated developers, community donations, and grants. There are no advertisements, and it doesn't cost anything to use.
* View Source - All of our code is free, open, and available on GitHub (https://github.com/WhisperSystems).
* Join Movements - Technology developed by Open Whisper Systems is trusted and used by millions of people around the world every day.
* Include Everyone - Signal is fully compatible with TextSecure and RedPhone for Android."
privacy  mobile  ios  android  via:maxfenton  applications  ios8  free  encryption  security 
march 2015 by robertogreco
DSZ Roshi: Why Bodhidharma Came from the West
"According to all the Zen Masters, only thinking obstructs the natural enlightened state (Bodhi) and the instantaneous functioning of transcendental wisdom (Prajna). Therefore, if you can cut off your thinking at will, you experience satori, sudden awakening to your true self, the brilliantly clear and pervasive Buddha nature, the "inconceivable state of the Tathagatas."

This is called "attaining the mysterious principle," and "passing the barrier of the Patriarchs." It happens like a flash of lightning, a horse galloping past an open window, the blow of a sharp cleaver.

Eventually, by making this "suchness" your normal state of being, you arrive at Daigo-Tettei, Great Enlightenment. In this condition, your mind remains empty and quiescent, no matter what sensation or image appears in and by it, like a still pond that can vividly reflect the images of flying geese. You are free of the bondage of compulsive thinking; which does not mean that thoughts do not sometimes occur, only that you do not identify with them, so they die out one after another like rootless grasses.

Whereas other people go around with furrowed brows and an absent look studying their "internal maps," or arguing about what is or is not Zen, you are perpetually alert to reality without grasping at it or trying to fix it into a defined form. You are always absorbed merely in what you are doing and what is in front of you, no concern for past or future, living playfully in a perpetual childlike state of joy and amazement. Even when you "teach" or "write" or speak to others you are just being playful, direct, forceful and serene.

At this stage there is no effort, no need to choose this over that. Everything that happens is fine. You know exactly why Bodhidharma came from the West. Your eyebrows are entangled with Lin Chi's. "The blue mountain does not obstruct the white cloud." "Bamboo of the South, wood of the North." "A blind girl on a bench in the sauna, rocking back and forth." "The red blossoms of the wild quince, the sharp trills of an oriole in the big pine.""
zen  zenbuddhism  buddhism  thinking  present  presence  via:maxfenton  2015  absorption  play  playfulness  directness  joy  amazement  wonder  suchness  compulsion  compulsivethinking 
february 2015 by robertogreco
Raspberry Pi XBMC Media Center – A Complete Solution - Jason Carr
"I have to admit it’s taken a good amount of research and experimentation, but I finally have an XBMC media center solution on the Raspberry Pi that rivals what I used to have on my old power-sucking full-size PC.

I’m writing this guide to help others get up and running with a stable solution as quickly as possible. I’ll be covering everything from the hardware pieces to the software and configuration. I’m also hoping this guide will be accessible to those who aren’t overly tech-inclined, and I’ll provide some support in the comments.

Continue on after the break for the complete guide."
raspberrypi  mediacenters  2012  via:maxfenton  hardware 
february 2015 by robertogreco
StreamPocket
"Thank you for visiting Streampocket. We are a leading, free online stream saving tool. We offer a very unique and specialized web tool. Although this web tool appears to be simple we run the most sophisticated custom made software on the internet. Our goal is to always improve the efficiency of our stream saver.

Our service is the most reliable stream saver on the internet. We have dedicated servers operating 24 hours a day to bring you the fastest service ever! We do not require you to sign up, or register to use this service. Totally limitless."
download  music  utilities  streaming  via:maxfenton  onlinetoolkit 
january 2015 by robertogreco
Interview: Toy Story That Time Forgot star Wallace Shawn on the series anti-decadence message
"HitFix: With your writing as sort of a constant presence in your life, have the things that compel you to act – have they changed over the years?

Wallace Shawn: Well it’s hard to say. I certainly would be excited by the thought of a good part or a good project and I suppose that’s always been true. I mean obviously I have a craving for a bourgeois lifestyle or middle class lifestyle and so it’s exciting to be asked to do some work and be paid for it because that enables me to lead the bourgeois lifestyle that I can’t seem to wean myself away from. So yes, people... Yes, I mean what can I say? Working is something that I appreciate.

HitFix: Do you feel like you’re more drawn to that, as you say, bourgeois lifestyle now than you were 20 years ago? Was the balance at one point being drawn more to the art or to something else I guess?

Wallace Shawn: No. I’ve always really wanted to – when I say "wanted" I’ve always had an addiction to a bourgeois lifestyle and I don’t live very differently from the way I’ve always lived. It’s just a question of can you pay the bills or not. The bills themselves, give or take inflation what have you, are not tremendously different from one year to the next in my life. And my life is not terribly different.

HitFix: Do you ever stand back and look at sort of the themes of the "Toy Story" movies and the franchise and how that relates to consumerism and your own feelings on that culture?

Wallace Shawn: Well the film shows a middle class household. Well, Andy’s household, and Bonnie’s household is also a middle class household, so there’s definitely in this short film there is a – the young boy that Bonnie goes to visit seems to be a bit decadent and to have an outrageous number of toys, more than he’s using and there’s a certain statement there that this is excessive. And he doesn’t even play with those toys because in the film he’s watching video games or playing video games.

HitFix: And do you think that this is a message that kids get out of it as well or is it just something that you can take away yourself?

Wallace Shawn: No I think that a kid would take away the same thing I do. There’s something disturbing about the scene in that boy’s house and of course the whole idea of playing which is so emphasized in all of the films is kind of about finding satisfaction in your own imagination, which is helped along by these material objects, toys. But the basic idea is that you can have quite a lot of fun based on your own fantasies and, in fact, in this particular short film that is contrasted with the world of the violent toys, who get fun only out of crushing each other and conquering each other. The little Pixar gang is much more gentle and innocent and they get pleasure from fantasy."
2014  wallaceshawn  via:maxfenton  interviews  toystory  children  consumerism  imagination  toys  oneandonly  glvo  possessions  excess  consumption  play  fantasy  materialism  waste 
december 2014 by robertogreco
Slowpost
"Slowpost: Welcome to the Slow Feed Movement.

Sometimes it's nice for information to travel slower than the speed of light.

Instead of endless feeds of updates, Slowpost sends you one postcard per month from people you care about.

Who's it for?

Friends and family who want to stay in touch, artists who want to share sketches, musicians who want to send photos from the road to their fans, amateur and professional photographers, and anyone else who's interested in sending physical updates at a considered pace."

[See also: https://twitter.com/slowpostco ]
slow  slowfeed  slowinternet  postcards  via:maxfenton 
december 2014 by robertogreco
Dishonor Code: Rape, Reputation and Repercussion at U.Va | quiteirregular
"Our traditions, our reliance on honor, our language of quiet gentility are what reinforce toxic levels of privilege."



"A call to tradition is a call to protect our fun at the expense of another person’s comfort. I saw it, and participated in it, while at Oxford as an undergraduate. When balls, black tie, sub fusc, and formal halls would come under attack as practices that made the University an uncomfortable and even hostile space for people who did not come from a white middle- or upper-class background, I, too, would join in the cry that these traditions were what made Oxford so wonderful, so special. It is only in retrospect that I wonder to what extent what I really meant was, “if you can’t conform to this special place, then you don’t really belong here. It’s not on me to make room for you.”

That was hard to see as a student, as someone who enjoyed those traditions. But from the vantage point I now have, as an outsider looking in at the undergraduate life of another University whose calling card is also old-fashioned tradition and gentility, I can see more clearly that when we say we live in a “community of honor” we mean, “to question our community is to question our honor.” When we say we prize tradition, we must admit that that tradition is built of slavery, and racial, class, and gender privilege.

This all came starkly to light the day the Rolling Stone article went live. President Sullivan sent an email within the day, which opened by addressing, before any solidarity with the student who spoke up, before any responsibility for the botched investigation, and certainly before any responsibility for the crime happening on our campus in the first place, the “negative portrayal” of the University.

In a desperate attempt to preserve and increase our reputations, we rest on concepts like honor and tradition to shut down debates about privilege and diversity. I am not the first to point out that it’s hard to have your privilege questioned. And I do not pretend that this is the only problem. There are state-wide legal frameworks that perpetuate rape culture (such as the fact that due to still extant Virginia brothel laws, only frats can serve alcohol, all sororities are dry), and there are frameworks within the university as well – we are a business, and powerful, wealthy donors cling tightly to tradition.

But there is also the way we talk about ourselves, and the words we use. When your traditions are built on a history of white supremacy, perhaps it’s time to criticize them. When Honor is a word we use to make ourselves feel better, it is merely an empty construct. Coming forward to speak through your pain and terror about assault is honorable. And there is only one honorable thing we can do in return: listen."
uva  privilege  tradition  gentility  2014  honor  power  prestige  listening  whitesupremacy  rape  diversity  fraternities  race  history  gender  via:maxfenton 
november 2014 by robertogreco
Redesigning The Office — David McKinney
"I think most things around us can be designed to be better for people. Here’s my take on the modern office — a better place to do good work.

It has all the usual office things like Wi-Fi, AC power, and a desk for working. It also has a couch for thinking, and a view and fresh air. And it’s always near the ocean or a place for exploring.

This has been my main office for the last year or so, and it’s my favorite place for intense, focused work. But what about working together with your colleagues? That's easy — just drive over… I love it."



"FAQ

I received a heap of questions after this post. Here are some answers to the most common questions.

How do you get power?

I have two batteries in the van: a 12v “Start” battery which starts the engine, and a 12v “House” battery which runs everything else. The House battery is connected to an inverter which converts 12v DC to 240v AC (I’m in Australia). From there I just plug all of my devices into the inverter, as if it were normal office power.

What about charging?

The Start battery and House battery both get charged whenever the van is running. The start battery is also isolated from the inverter system and House battery, so it’s not possible for the Start battery to get run down accidentally when using normal 240v devices.

How long do the batteries last?

Just running off the House battery I can do a full day’s work with no problems at all. All of the batteries are constantly getting charged up as you drive around, and you can obviously charge your devices and laptop battery while driving as well. Running out of juice hasn’t been an issue so far, except for extended camping trips in which case a quick drive charges everything up again.

What about a window at the back?

I like being super focused when I’m working at the monitor workstation, which is why I didn’t install a window there. If I need a view I sit on the couch with my laptop with both side doors open and work like that.

How much did it cost?

I spent a couple of hundred bucks on hardware supplies (timber, plywood, paint etc). The couch was $300, the inverter was $100, the 4G Wifi Hub was $100.

How does network connectivity work?

I have a Telstra 4G Wi-Fi Hub which is connected to a booster aerial (used for 4wd CD radios). You can see this aerial on the front left of the van. This gives me great network coverage everywhere I need to go."
office  officedesign  via:maxfenton  mobility  nomads  nomadism  mobile  2014  davidmckinney  design  vans 
september 2014 by robertogreco
In Photos: The Epidemic of Military Sexual Assault - Esquire
"Some 26,000 women are sexually assaulted in the military every year. Photojournalist Mary Calvert documented some of their stories."
us  military  gender  violence  assault  2014  marycalvert  photography  photojournalism  abuse  sexualassault  via:maxfenton 
august 2014 by robertogreco
Video Games, Misogyny, And Terrorism: A Guide To Assholes | Badass Digest
"There’s something rotten deep within gaming culture. Andrew thinks it’s time we cut it out."



"The only way the ecosystem can improve is through the involvement of more women, more LGBT people, more of anyone who doesn’t conform to the white gamer-bro stereotype. That is exactly what the Twitter terrorists seek to prevent, and awesomely, is exactly what’s happening. Female gamers are rapidly on the rise - 48% of gamers are female, and adult females now double the number of the once-central under-18 boy demographic - and the collected assholes of the world can’t do anything about it. Women play games. If you can’t deal with that, maybe there’s something fundamental to your worldview you need to examine."
culture  feminism  games  gaming  videogames  2014  via:maxfenton  gender  mysogyny  terrorism  terror  violence 
august 2014 by robertogreco
Learn JavaScript & jQuery - a book about interactive front-end web development
"This is not your average programming book.
We understand that all kinds of people build websites these days (and that they don’t all have a degree in computer science).

So, if you want to use JavaScript to make your web pages more interactive, interesting, and usable, we can help. Even if you have never done any programming."
books  javascript  coding  webdev  jquery  howto  programming  via:maxfenton  webdesign 
july 2014 by robertogreco
Disconnect | Online Privacy & Security
"Secure Wireless is a new, smarter VPN designed to stop wireless eavesdropping over Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G networks."
browsers  privacy  security  via:maxfenton  extenstions  mobile  applications  ios  android  mac  osx  windows  browser 
july 2014 by robertogreco
Privacy Badger | Electronic Frontier Foundation
"Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web.  If an advertiser seems to be tracking you across multiple websites without your permission, Privacy Badger automatically blocks that advertiser from loading any more content in your browser.  To the advertiser, it's like you suddenly disappeared."
via:maxfenton  firefox  privacy  eff  chrome  extensions  browsers  browser 
july 2014 by robertogreco
Kirby
:Kirby is a file-based cms
Easy to setup, easy to use, flexible as hell:
webdev  via:maxfenton  framework  cms  php  webdesign 
june 2014 by robertogreco
Should You Tweet? - The Awl
"11. Should I Tweet?

Civilian Twitter experiments and professional Twitter strategies imagine an intoxicating and tangible upside. Jokes might gain an audience; a regular person or established media property might become an indispensable new information node; a snack food, or an airline, might foster goodwill from prospective customers and absorb the public outrage of detractors. This upside, in the long term, has either eluded its seekers or revealed itself to be vanishingly small.

Tweets that become popular on the strength of their humor or newsworthiness provide little lasting benefit to their creators, in terms of audience. (If an audience is acquired, it will remain but immediately lose interest.) Tweets that reveal the prejudices or carelessness of their creators, however, foster intense and lasting attention. They are the stuff of legacy.

Understood in gambling terms, Twitter is a large and popular casino. There are design features that reward you for small victories while distracting you from commensurate failures. There are no clocks in Twitter. Time is displayed differently within its walls, measured not in dates but in distance from the present. All other visible numbers are cumulative, but you are given the impression that the past does not exist. It most certainly does, permanently and yet stripped of protective context.

Minor successes are repeated back to you until you feel you are safe, and it may be suggested to you that you are on a roll. This will be sustained until you forget that there's no way to cash out your chips, that every follower and favorite and retweet is in fact not a victory but an accumulated liability. Users that choose not to gamble will be expected to produce non-gaming revenue.

Understood in actuarial terms, your (or your brand's) chance of survival decreases with every passing tweet. Your failure is Twitter's only durable form of success. They are the same, and Twitter is a trap. The answer to this question is obviously no."
via:maxfenton  twitter  liability  liabilities  2014  johnherrman 
april 2014 by robertogreco
User data export - Readmilling
"Readmilling is a collection of scripts for use with Readmill's API. Created by Morbus Iff.
These scripts are not affiliated with or created by the fine chaps and chapettes at Readmill.com.

User data export
You put it in, now get it out.

export user dataBe aware: If we've not seen this user before, or its data has expired, it might take a few minutes before you'll get results."
readmill  export  data  via:maxfenton 
march 2014 by robertogreco
Moving Abu Dhabi
"Moving Abu Dhabi denotes the thirteenth manifestation of the Mappings project. For the first time in the series, video capture is employed to record the 1440 ephemeral moments in the 24-hour performance. Moving Abu Dhabi begins at midnight on January 23, 2014, on Electra Street in the heart of downtown Abu Dhabi. As the night trudges forward, an austere serenity envelops the city and all of its precious little things. Movement is rare and slight. With the changing light, the city’s denizens emerge for their cameos on the concrete stage. The frenetic cadence of modern life takes hold, and manic cars and trucks dwarf the landscape. The Capital Gardens near the Corniche provide but a few moments of green respite. Eventually the night falls and the city exhales a collective sigh and we see lights flash on and off and on and off …
— Roberto Lopardo

.....

Explore hours (horizontal) and minutes (vertical) by scrolling within your browser.

The use of Chrome or Safari is preferred.

Click on the + and - buttons to zoom in and out.

Click on numbers to open and close rows and columns.

Click on an image to view the individual video.

On March 12, 2014, beginning at midnight, the videos will appear one minute at a time; you may access videos up until the current time in Abu Dhabi. Leave your browser window open to watch additional videos appear. After midnight on the 13th, the entire grid will appear each time that you visit."
2014  abudhabi  cities  night  nightime  video  robertolopardo  via:maxfenton  landscape  dark  urbanism  urban 
march 2014 by robertogreco
dan/hivelogic-flickrtouchr · GitHub
"A Python script to grab all your photos from flickr and dump them into a directory, organized into folders by set name."
flickr  backup  python  via:maxfenton 
november 2013 by robertogreco
Mom This is How Twitter Works
"Twitter is an online social networking tool in which users post 140 character updates of what is going on in their lives along with links to things they think are interesting, funny, or useful to their followers (“following” being essentially what “friending” is on other sites). People use twitter in many ways, some as a newsfeed by following prominent people or networks, some as a pseudo-chatroom by limiting their followers and whom they follow to close friends and family, and some as a microblog for updating people about the work they are doing and their personal lives."
socialmedia  twitter  howto  jessicahische  via:maxfenton 
november 2013 by robertogreco
The CSS-Tricks License | CSS-Tricks
"SUPER IMPORTANT LEGAL DOCUMENT
------------------------------
I don't give two hoots what you do with any of the design or code you find here.

Actually, I do. I hope you take it and use it, uncredited, on a super commercial website and get wicked rich off it. I hope you use it at work and your boss is impressed and you get a big promotion. I hope it helps you design a website and that website impresses somebody you think is super hot and you get married and have smart, chill babies. I hope you use the code in a blog post you write elsewhere and that website gets way more popular and awesome than this one.

If you feel like telling me about it, cool. If not, no big deal. If you feel better crediting it, that's cool. If not, don't sweat it.

If you copy an entire article from this site and republish it on your own site like you wrote it, that's a little uncool. I won't be mad at you for stealing, I just think you're better than that and want to see you do better. I'm not going to come after you though. I'd rather play ball with my dog. The only time I'll be mad at you is if you go out of your way to try and hurt me somehow. And again I probably won't even be mad, just sad. Unless I'm having a bad day too, in which case I apologize in advance for my snarky replies.

I want the web to get better and being all Johnny Protective over everything doesn't get us there. I understand other people feel differently about this and might have semi-legit reasons for protecting certain code, design, writing, or whatever. I work on some closed-source projects myself. CSS-Tricks isn't one of them. Go nuts."
via:maxfenton  css-tricks  sharing  attribution  code  opensource  copyright  licensing  creativecommons 
november 2013 by robertogreco
UbuWeb Visual Poetry: Johanna Drucker
"- Stochastic Poetics [8.6mb, PDF], 2012.

- Diagrammatic Writing [328kb, PDF], 2013.

Johanna Drucker is the inaugural Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. In addition, she has a reputation as a book artist, and her limited edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide. Her most recent titles include SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing (Chicago, 2009), and Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide (Pearson, 2008, 2nd edition late 2012). She is currently working on a database memoire, ALL, the online Museum of Writing in collaboration with University College London and King's College, and a letterpress project titled Stochastic Poetics. A collaboratively written work, Digital_Humanities, with Jeffrey Schnapp, Todd Presner, Peter Lunenfeld, and Anne Burdick is forthcoming from MIT Press."
johannadruker  via:maxfenton  stochasticpoetics  diagrammaticwriting  digitalhumanities  jeffreyschnapp  toddpresner  peterlunenfeld  anneburdick  poetry  poems 
october 2013 by robertogreco
Free Fax • Free Internet Faxing
"Send a fax for free to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada [from email]"
business  free  internet  tools  onlinetoolkit  fax  email  via:maxfenton 
august 2013 by robertogreco
CloudConvert - convert anything to anything
"133 formats supported
CloudConvert supports the conversion between more than 100 different audio, video, document, ebook, archive, image, spreadsheet and presentation formats. You can specify advanced options for every conversion type. Check the supported formats for more details.

file conversion in the cloud
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ready for mobile use
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powerful API
The CloudConvert API offers the full functionality of CloudConvert and makes it possible to use the conversion services in your own applications."
fileconversion  conversion  via:maxfenton  api  convert  cloudconvert 
july 2013 by robertogreco
BackerKit
"Crowdfunding lasts 30 days, but your backers are forever.

BackerKit is the best pledge management software for project creators to handle post-crowdfunding challenges.

We make handling your backers’ information easy and automatic, so you can focus on making and delivering your project on time."
kickstarter  supportservices  projectmanagement  software  backerkit  crowdfunding  via:maxfenton 
june 2013 by robertogreco
Make That Thing | Don't Let That Thing Make You
"Make That Thing is a production agency for crowdfunded projects. We help artists and creators design, print, store, and ship this things they make — so you can focus on the art. We know that once your crowdfunding campaign is over, the real work has just begun. And we want to help make sure that your backers get what they pledged for in a reliable, professional, and timely manner.
To do that, we work with artists and creators who have an idea for a crowdfunded project. We help them conceptualize and figure out their project’s specs, as well as offer advice and a friendly ear to help figure out the best way to present the project to the world, including choosing backer tiers and designing stretch goals.

Once the project launches, we help promote it through our network of internet pals, and if the funding goal is met, we then swing into action, ordering the products needed, receiving them at our Massachusetts warehouse, and shipping them to backers all around the world.
Once that’s done, we place the product in our MADE THAT THING online store so anyone who missed the campaign can still buy it after the fact.

We don’t want artists to be limited in their ambitions by the fear of not having the space to receive product, or the time, workforce, or knowhow to ship it. That’s what we do – that’s all we do.
We’re a spinoff of TopatoCo, which has been producing and shipping merchandise for webcomics and other independent creators in some manner of another since 2003. We have two warehouses full of computers, equipment, and experienced people eager to help get your masterpiece out to the wonderful folks who pledged to your campaign.

We have UPS, Fedex, and USPS shipping capability. We have cardboard boxes and shelves and tape guns with all different kinds of tape. We have certificates and insurance and loading docks. We have a forklift that can do donuts.

Let’s MAKE THIS THING."
kickstarter  marketing  via:maxfenton  supportservices  shipping  crowdfunding  makethatthing 
june 2013 by robertogreco
OneTab extension for Google Chrome - save 95% memory and reduce tab clutter
"How it works

Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.

When your tabs are in the OneTab list, you will save up to 95% of memory because you will have reduced the number of tabs open in Google Chrome."
browsing  chrome  extensions  via:maxfenton  googlechrome  onetab  tabs  performance 
march 2013 by robertogreco
The Organist
"The Organist is a monthly experimental arts-and-culture program produced and distributed by KCRW. The editors of the award-winning monthly magazine the Believer, published in San Francisco by McSweeney’s, produce ten annual episodes of the podcast, which includes reported stories, interviews, comic radio drama, reviews, and more. The scope of the podcast reflects that of the print edition: its contributors take a thoughtful approach to pop culture, along with an irreverent attitude toward the highbrow. From philosophy to daytime TV, from poetry to martial arts, the show scrutinizes and interrogates the world with an affectionate and rigorous intelligence. Pieces from the podcast grow out of stories in the magazine, and vice versa. Weaving together the voices of its contributors, which include the brightest talents in literature and the arts, the Organist is an elegant, impressionistic, funny, and sharp cultural magazine that itself becomes an object of inquiry, discussion, and wonder."
theorganist  thebeliever  kcrw  mcsweenys  literature  poetry  film  music  culture  podcasts  via:maxfenton  interviews  stories  storytelling  arts 
february 2013 by robertogreco
Episode One: Little Language Machine | The Organist
"Welcome to Episode one of the Organist, wherein:

• the short-story master George Saunders talks about how riffing as a teenage benchwarmer led to the richly imagined voices of his fiction;
• Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman explains the tortured etymology of the word “podcast” (it’s a conflation of the words paw and broadcast — a radio show with claws);
• critic Greil Marcus considers a reissue of the first Bikini Kill EP and a new novel by Percival Everett;
• Amber Scorah tells the story of her defection from the Jehovah’s Witnesses while working as a missionary in Shanghai;
• Pitchfork editor Brandon Stosuy presents five five-word record reviews of excellent new guitar rock;
• the electronic duo Matmos takes a song from their new album apart, piece by piece, revealing its brilliant, pulsating innards;
• a new(ish) film casts a shotgun microphone as its protagonist;
• And more!
• Actually, not much more. That’s more or less everything."

[See also the bonus material: http://www.theorganist.org/uncategorized/episode-one-web-extras-page/ ]
via:maxfenton  podcasts  georgesaunders  2013  nickofferman  grilmarcus  amberscorah  brandonstosuy  matmos  music  film  percivaleverett  theorganist 
february 2013 by robertogreco
The best general advice on earth « the jsomers.net blog
"These are excerpts (emphasis mine) from William James’s 1890 classic, Principles of Psychology, Chapter IV, “Habit”:

1. The great thing, then, in all education, is to make our nervous system our ally instead of our enemy. It is to fund and capitalize our acquisitions, and live at ease upon the interest of the fund.

2. … The more of the details of our daily life we can hand over to the effortless custody of automatism, the more our higher powers of mind will be set free for their own proper work.



4. No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess, and no matter how good one’s sentiments may be, if one have not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to act, one’s character may remain entirely unaffected for the better.

5. … be systematically ascetic or heroic in little unnecessary points, do every day or two something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it."
wisdom  advice  asceticism  education  focus  automatism  automation  efficiency  1890  williamjames  via:maxfenton 
october 2012 by robertogreco
Beginnings
"Beginnings is a small storefront gallery for art in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, with seven different curators presenting a program of contemporary work in a welcoming environment.

We are independent in politics and philosophy, not aesthetics or business. We are dedicated to exploring all the right ways that art can serve and support its audience and its creators—with thoughtful curation, best design practices and financial transparency."
transparency  glvo  art  via:maxfenton  beginnings  galleries  greenpoint  brooklyn  nyc 
september 2012 by robertogreco
The Cooper Journal: The best interface is no interface
"Creative minds in technology should focus on solving problems. Not just make interfaces.

As Donald Norman said in 1990, “The real problem with the interface is that it is an interface. Interfaces get in the way. I don’t want to focus my energies on an interface. I want to focus on the job…I don’t want to think of myself as using a computer, I want to think of myself as doing my job.”

It’s time for us to move beyond screen-based thinking. Because when we think in screens, we design based upon a model that is inherently unnatural, inhumane, & has diminishing returns. It requires a great deal of talent, money & time to make these systems somewhat usable, & after all that effort, the software can sadly, only truly improve w/ a major overhaul.

There is a better path: No UI. A design methodology that aims to produce a radically simple technological future without digital interfaces. Following three simple principles, we can design smarter, more useful systems that make our lives better."
glowingrectangles  via:maxfenton  screens  square  paymentsystems  nfc  everyware  ubicomp  calmtechnology  markweiser  ambercase  kevinashton  adamgreenfield  donaldnorman  goldenkrishna  computing  nest  ui  cars  interfaces  interactiondesign 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Mizage - Divvy
"Problem: Managing windows can be frustrating, requiring precision control of your mouse or trackpad for clicking, dragging, pushing and pulling your windows to the size and position you desire. Even with all this work, it’s very difficult to get windows exactly where you want them, so most of the time windows are left scattered all over the screen. The solution? Divvy.

Solution: Divvy is an entirely new way of managing your workspace. It allows you to quickly and efficiently “divvy up” your screen into exact portions."
divvy  via:maxfenton  utilities  productivity  software  osx  mac 
august 2012 by robertogreco
How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance | Cold Drank
A few weeks later, I get a letter saying I’ve been accepted to Oberlin College and they’re giving me a boatload of financial aid. Gunn agrees to drive me up to Oberlin and I feel like the luckiest boy on earth, not because I got into Oberlin, but because I survived long enough to remember saying yes to life and “no” or at least “slow down” to a slow death.
I want to say and mean that remembering starts not with predictable punditry, or bullshit blogs, or slick art that really ask nothing of us; I want to say that it starts with all of us willing ourselves to remember, tell and accept those complicated, muffled truths of our lives and deaths, and the lives and deaths of folks all around us over and over again.
I’m a walking regret, a truth-teller, a liar, a survivor, a frowning ellipsis, a witness, a dreamer, a teacher, a student, a joker, a writer whose eyes stay red, and I’m a child of this nation.
writing  via:maxfenton  via:litherland 
august 2012 by robertogreco
The Shopping Mall Turns 60 (and Prepares to Retire) - Arts & Lifestyle - The Atlantic Cities
"About a third of our malls are still thriving, and those are the biggest, newest ones. But America is no longer building many new highways, which means we’ve stopped creating prime new locations for mall development. Some of the earliest amenities of the enclosed mall—air-conditioning!—no longer impress us. And the demographics of suburbia have changed dramatically. Malls draw the largest share of their customers from teenagers, and the baby boomers who largely populate suburbia no longer have teenagers at home.

For all these reasons, the suburban mall of Gruen’s plan appears to be victim of more than just the recession. Dunham-Jones, who has tracked this trend in her book Retrofitting Suburbia, estimates that more than 40 malls nationwide have been targeted for significant redevelopment. And she can count 29 that have already been repurposed, or that have construction underway."

[via and more: http://www.laphamsquarterly.org/deja_vu/2012/07/mall-madness.php ]
grueneffect  dayton  detroit  ellendunham-jones  2012  consumptionpatterns  consumption  victorgruen  cities  architect  architecture  urbanism  urban  trends  shopping  suburbs  us  malls  shoppingmalls  via:maxfenton 
july 2012 by robertogreco
Temporary Culture
"Temporary Culture

publishes books in the field of fantastical literature,
including My Man and other Critical Fictions by Wendy Walker;
the Hugo-nominated Hope-in-the-Mist by Michael Swanwick;
and The Man with the Knives by Ellen Kushner

produces the Avram Davidson website

the Critical Fiction website and forum « criticalfiction.net »

and The Endless Bookshelf website

and was once a photocopy ’zine"
literature  fantasticalliterature  books  publishing  zines  via:maxfenton 
july 2012 by robertogreco
The Books - A Dot In Time. - Temporary Residence Limited
"A Dot In Time. collects the entire audio-visual output of the Books via 95 songs on 7 vinyl records, a 2-hour DVD, a 56-page picture book, and a cassette-shaped USB flash drive containing every song in high-quality MP3 format. Included in this set are all of the highly acclaimed original studio albums, remastered in 2011: Thought For Food, The Lemon of Pink, Lost and Safe, and The Way Out; also included is the previously unreleased double-album Music For A French Elevator and Other Oddities, a 45-track compendium of rare and previously unreleased tracks, all remastered in 2012 exclusively for this release. The Freedom From Expression DVD is also included here. Previously unreleased and compiled especially for this box set, it collects every video ever made by the Books, including several previously only seen in live concerts. Packaged in a sturdy, gorgeous full-color box, this is the exhaustive and perfectly fitting conclusion to one of underground music's most vital players of…"
sound  dvds  archives  boxsets  music  via:maxfenton  thebooks  books 
july 2012 by robertogreco
The Gowanus Ballroom – An Alternative Art Space in Brooklyn New York
"The Gowanus Ballroom is an alternative exhibition space located along the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NY.

Once operated as a steel mill in the 1800′s, this 12,000-square-foot space sits beneath 50-foot cathedral ceilings with a 4,000-square-foot mezzanine overlooking the lower gallery. In 2010, Josh Young of Serett Metal retooled the space and founded Gowanus Ballroom.

The space now serves both as a metal fabrication shop that frequently opens its doors to artists and assists or teaches them to build, and as a creative exhibition space that showcases the talents of emerging artists and designers in the Brooklyn area."
performances  music  lcproject  openstudios  education  design  fabrication  metal  metalfabrication  venues  galleries  studios  glvo  architecture  engineering  gowanuscanal  gowanus  studiospace  nyc  art  brooklyn  via:maxfenton 
july 2012 by robertogreco
The Complete Guide to Not Giving a Fuck
"FACT NUMBER 1. People are judging you right now. …

FACT NUMBER 2. You don’t need everyone to like you. …

FACT NUMBER 3. It’s your people that matter. …

FACT NUMBER 4. Those who don’t give a fuck change the world. The rest do not. …

How to get back your self-respect in five easy steps

STEP 1. Do things that you consider embarrassing. …

STEP 2. Accept, or deal with, awkwardness. …

STEP 3. Refuse boundaries. …

STEP 4. Tell the truth. …

STEP 5. Begin your new life. …

It doesn’t fucking matter."
juliensmith  2012  awkwardness  gamechanging  can'tpleasethemall  whatmatters  judgement  via:maxfenton  pushingoff  fear  society  statusquo  deschooling  unschooling  philosophy  motivation  psychology  lifehacks  inspiration  yearoff2  yearoff  wisdom  life  notgivingafuck  fuckitmoments 
june 2012 by robertogreco
Telescopic Text
"telescopictext.org is an extension of telescopictext.com, and is primarily a set of tools for creating expanding texts in a similar way. The tools can be found by clicking Write in the navigation at the top. Texts will house an ongoing collection of selected texts. Resources provides help for using this website, and also any news, updates, guides, support and a Q&A.; If you need further information or help, contact info@telescopictext.com. You can Register in order to save and publish texts, or Sign in if you already have an account. If you like what you find here and you want to help support it you can Donate."
micromacro  collaboration  wcydwt  language  via:maxfenton  text  telescopic  telescopictext  literacy  tools  writing  sentences 
may 2012 by robertogreco
NetLogo Home Page
"NetLogo is a multi-agent programmable modeling environment. It is used by tens of thousands of students, teachers and researchers worldwide. It also powers HubNet participatory simulations. It is authored by Uri Wilensky and developed at the CCL. You can download it free of charge.

What can you do with NetLogo? Read more here. Click here for intro video."
edg  srg  free  hubnet  coding  via:maxfenton  netlogo  logo  complexity  visualization  modeling  education  programming 
may 2012 by robertogreco
When a path of discovery becomes a loop and a mini “eureka” moment | The Linchpen
"I’m fascinated by paths of discovery. Not just the link you share, but the steps you took to get there. How did you end up at this point?

I experienced one such path tonight that turned into a loop and gave me a mini “eureka!” moment, so I wanted to share:

I met a fellow journalist/geek, Keith Collins, at BarCamp News Innovation Philly on April 28. We were chatting about science and that, of course, led to RadioLab. He mentioned a segment he enjoyed about a pendulum. I did a quick search on my phone and sent myself the link to read later. When I returned to the post, it didn’t seem like I found the right item — this was a post on the Krulwich Wonders blog about a Pendulum Dance. Nonetheless, it fascinated me.

I tweeted it with a hat tip to Keith and he replied with the actual segment he had referenced on the Limits of Science. It did not disappoint. I responded to say that I’d enjoyed it and Keith replied with a link to one of the things mentioned in the segment…"
eurekamoments  messiness  2012  paths  keithcollins  greglinch  tangents  circuitousness  learning  via:maxfenton  discovery  serendipity  search 
may 2012 by robertogreco
Obsessions: No-Code Sites — Imprint-The Online Community for Graphic Designers
"So in this case, to make the website run, an image is dropped onto a specific folder which Hazel watches to get filenames ready for the web. The app then copies it to the Dropbox folder, which then shoots it off to the Dropbox servers, which then syncs with a webserver folder. Everything’s then presented by Stacey, which you’ll remember is devised to operate without much coding."
howto  via:maxfenton  nocodesites  no-codesites  dropbox  portfolios  code  stacey  tutorials 
january 2012 by robertogreco

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