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'Minding the Gap': How Bing Liu Turned 12 Years of Skate Footage into the Year's Most Heartfelt Doc
[Carol Black: https://twitter.com/cblack__/status/1052995478583836672

2-step lesson for teachers:

1. Watch this documentary about the kids who will NEVER adapt well to authoritarian environments like school. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5Vm_Awe3bw

2. Read how this skater kid learned to make brilliant films through self-directed learning, mentorships, discovery.

Through a slow process of experimentation, improvisation, exploration, director Bing Liu evolved from a skater kid with a video camera into a deep, accomplished filmmaker. https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-front-row/minding-the-gap-reviewed-a-self-questioning-documentary-about-what-happened-to-a-group-of-young-skaters
As a teen-ager, a decade ago, in the small city of Rockford, Illinois, Bing Liu filmed himself and his friends skateboarding. He shot much of his footage while skating alongside them, and, as a result, the skating sequences of his documentary “Minding the Gap” (which opens today in theatres and streams on Hulu) have a surging, gliding, soaring, joyously speedy energy that offers a hypnotic whirl and rush. Those images of skating, however, are merely the background and context for the film, and the diverting thrill that they offer is crucial to the film’s substance. That substance—domestic trauma, systemic racism, and economic dislocation—is also the very stuff of society, and the near-at-hand intimacy gives rise to a film of vast scope and political depth.

Allowing his film to unfold over years of shooting and editing and re-editing, Liu uncovered the hidden depth and dimension in his subject matter.
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-front-row/minding-the-gap-reviewed-a-self-questioning-documentary-about-what-happened-to-a-group-of-young-skaters
“Minding the Gap” builds Liu’s investigations, and the personal and ethical considerations that they entail, into the film. What he discovers—and films—of his friends’ present-day lives disturbs him, and Liu grapples with his own conflicts even while filming himself grappling with them. The details of the film make for an exemplary work of reporting. Liu’s clear revelation of specific yet complex events brings out psychological causality and logical connections but doesn’t impose a narrative; rather, the drama crystallizes as the events unfold. It’s a documentary in which the very nature of investigation is established—intellectually, aesthetically, and morally—by way of the personal implication of the filmmaker in the subject, of the filmmaker’s own need to make the images, to talk with the participants, to get beyond the surfaces of the settings. “Minding the Gap” is a personal documentary of the highest sort, in which the film’s necessity to the filmmaker—and its obstacles, its resistances, its emotional and moral demands on him—are part of its very existence.

Learning technical skills from online forums and by emulating filmmakers who inspired him, Liu was then able to allow the personal, emotional story to emerge. https://filmmakermagazine.com/105737-i-had-a-moral-crisis-bing-liu-on-minding-the-gap-personal-doc-voiceovers-and-cycles-of-abuse/#.W8i8by-ZMWo
Filmmaker: I had seen part of a cut that you had about a year ago. What I remember is, there was a lot more voiceover and the structure was different. There was a scene in the first ten minutes where you’re going to meet your mom to do the interview about you being abused by your stepfather, and you’re being interviewed in the car on the way: “So how do you feel about this?” At a certain point, obviously a lot of those things changed. Documentary editing processes are inherently long and complicated, but I’d love it if you could talk about thinking through some of those changes.

Liu: I didn’t begin the film wanting to be in the film. My background is, I got a camera to make videos when I was 14. I watched movies that inspired me, like Waking Life, Kids and Gummo. Some of my first shorts when I was a teen were this sort of Slacker plot where I follow people around Rockford as they interact with each other. The structure is based off of hand-offs, to give you a slice of community and the people in it. Anyway, I learned cinematography and editing through going to forums. There’s this website called Skate Perception that was kind of the Reddit for skate media makers all over the country. This was in the 2000s, when the internet was still finding its identity in many ways. It no longer exists; forums aren’t really a thing, for the most part.

“I didn’t go to film school, because everybody that I worked with in film was like: if you go to school, don’t go to school for film.” https://nofilmschool.com/2018/08/minding-gap-bing-liu-interview
NFS: How did you develop your unconventional aesthetics over time, starting from such a young age?

Liu: It was a mix of just emulating other creators and films that I was watching and also just going online and learning. By the time I was 16, I had a camera that I could set exposure and color temperature and with ND filters on it. By the time I was 17, I had a 24p camera and I was building my own dollies, so it was sort of just like exploring and emulation of what was happening at the time, which was a mix of the internet connecting more people, and also the DIY-style filmmaking that was growing with the advent of DSLR shooting video. I never really saw a career in film as a viable thing. I thought making films was just what I did.
"The Glidecam was freeing because you can run down stairs when you get good enough at it, and even jump over things with the cameras."

NFS: How did you transition to realizing that you could actually do this professionally?

Liu: It was when I got a job as a PA when I was 19 and I was like, “Oh, I can get paid $50 a day to like fetch coffee and carry heavy camera cases around for 14 hours.” It was less about the $50 and more about the “Oh, you can do this.”

NFS: That's what we're always telling people who want to break into the business: just get on set.

Liu: Yeah, I didn't go to film school, because everybody that I worked with in film was like: if you go to school. don't go to school for film, and so I went to school for literature.
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bingliu  mindingthegap  film  filmmaking  documentary  srg  unschooling  deschooling  authority  authoritarianism  school  schooling  schools  learning  skating  skateboarding  self-directed  self-directedlearning  howwelearn  canon  video  domesticviolence  2018  carolblack  teaching  howweteach  schooliness  online  internet  webapps  domestictrauma  economics  rustbelt  society  childabuse  children  teens  youth  streetculture  illinois  rockford  friendship  parenting  dropouts  aesthetics  filmschool  emulation  cinematography 
october 2018 by robertogreco
EquatIO Math Writing Software. A Digital Math Tool For Teachers & Students Of All Abilities | Texthelp
"easily add equations, formulas, graphs and more to g suite for education apps and microsoft word"

"We’ve made math digital
Made to help mathematics and STEM teachers and students at all levels, EquatIO® lets everyone create mathematical equations, formulas, Desmos graphs, and more on their computer or Chromebook.

Input’s easy. Type, handwrite, or dictate any expression, with no tricky coding or math languages to master. There’s a huge library of ready-made expressions to save you time, from simple formulas to complex functions. And when you’re done, just add the math to your document with a click."
math  mathematics  applications  chromebooks  android  mac  windows  osx  webapps  chromeos 
june 2018 by robertogreco
Glitch
"Glitch is the friendly community where you'll build the app of your dreams

With working example apps to remix, a code editor to modify them, instant hosting and deployment - anybody can build a web app on Glitch, for free."

[See also: https://medium.com/glitch/the-web-was-supposed-to-be-a-thing-we-make-c023b6e7f56a ]
collaboration  programming  classideas  fogcreek  html  webdev  coding  glitch  webapps  webdesign 
april 2017 by robertogreco
Designing a space for self-directed learners — The experimental year — Medium
"Imagining the space
Without being too prescriptive yet about how it will converge or evolve, these are some abstract ideas:

Unstructured and non-linear
Most traditional learning journeys are structured in a very specific, deliberate manner, often designed to progress in terms of complexity. Self-directed learners may want to learn according to what provokes our curiosity instead, and that may mean starting from the middle and proceeding to pick out material in order of interest instead of what is being defined by a typical structure.

Design and curate our own learning experience
Related to the point above, we want to be able to decide how we want to learn, what is important to learn, how much we want to learn.

Tap into the collective wisdom
We want to learn widely and deeply, and that involves trying to access as much information as possible, from the widest variety of sources as possible. Somebody unexpected may suggest obscure that may never make it into a mainstream course but it may be a collective deep-learning experience for a few like-minded people.

Anyone can learn as a peer
The most ideal scenario will be a five year old learning astro-physics with a seventy-eight year old, with an astro-physicist providing feedback as they go along. Is that absurd? But why not?

Include the best learning sources: people and places
Apart from theory, people and places are the greatest sources of information. Imagine learning art history and being able to communicate with art historians, or get suggestions from the learning network where to visit in order to have an experiential learning experience.

Display connections and context
The fascinating thing about learning is that each learning node is connected possibly infinitely to others. An example:
…history-art-philosophy-politics-economics-sociology-psychology-neurology…

So, how can we visualize this network of relationships?

Allow for divergence or depth anytime
At any given point in the learning experience, we can diverge into a related subject or go deeper into the existing subject, with visible signposts to what is possible next.

Magical sorting
Any extensive network comes with a great amount of noise. Being able to find what we need with any given context from the widest sources possible is a huge challenge. I have not thought this through yet, but I imagine this to be a weightage compromising of relevancy, peer ratings (users of the same network), social-network relationships (people we know) coupled with other less obvious engagement metrics."

[later: https://medium.com/the-experimental-year/designing-a-self-directed-learning-network-work-in-progress-v0-1-ad6ba3b883b0#.x9prh7tp5

"Some basics I wanted to design around:

1. Mobile first. Anybody in the world can participate and learn on the go, especially emerging markets — people with low cost mobile phones but not the more expensive desktops.

2. It is a network of learning paths, each path is represented by a stack of cards. Each card would represent a node and they can be rearranged in any manner. Anybody can create or fork one.

3. The cards will be links to external content — there is great content out there, just not easily discoverable or strung together in a cohesive manner, or people may have specific learning preferences (disliking videos, for example).

4. The network is designed for the diversity of learning. It will be weighted according to the learner’s preferences — social trust or metrics, but the goal is not to reach consensus (like wikipedia). There should not be one top quality path on Philosophy for example, but a diversity of them, and ideally a way to visualize or track their divergences. There should not be one way to learn most things.



New constraints were set

1. It has to be a web app.

2. Tap only, no gestures.

3. To not rely on the browser tab bar for backwards navigation.

4. No complicated animations to load any interactions or screens.

5. Render information as quickly as possible, with the lowest bandwidth/processing costs as possible. (no zooms, I guess :~\)

6. Try to keep it simple stupid.

With these, I was free from thinking about the interaction patterns, and it brought me clarity on the areas I should focus on."]
winnielim  education  self-directedlearning  self-directed  linear  non-linear  learning  diversity  networks  webapps  web  online  internet  p2p  unstructured  unschooling  deschooling  peertopeer  lcproject  openstudioproject  linearity  nonlinear  alinear 
july 2016 by robertogreco
Gravit
"Use the world's most advanced design tool for beginners and design professionals. Easily create beautiful logos, business cards, websites, flyers and social media covers to impress your customers, family and friends."
illustration  illustrator  onlinetoolkit  chromebooks  webapps  gravit 
june 2016 by robertogreco
Amazingly Simple Graphic Design Software – Canva
"Use Canva's drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics."
onlinetoolkit  chromebooks  webapps  graphics  design 
june 2016 by robertogreco
Google App Streaming: A Big Move In Building "The Web Of Apps"
"Imagine if, in order to use the web, you had to download an app for each website you wanted to visit. To find news from the New York Times, you had to install an app that let you access the site through your web browser. To purchase from Amazon, you first needed to install an Amazon app for your browser. To share on Facebook, installation of the Facebook app for your browser would be required.

That would be a nightmare. It would get even worse when you consider how this would impact search. Every day, millions of people are searching for answers to new things they’ve never realized they needed before. Each person could easily potentially encounter 10, 20 or more sites they’re directed to from search, that promise those answers. But if installing an app for each of those sites were required, the effortless way we currently enjoy web search would be a cumbersome mess.

This situation could have been the web today. For a short time before the web, it even seemed this was how online services would go. You had your AOL, your CompuServe, your Prodigy, your MSN — all online services that were disconnected from each other, some with unique content that could only be accessed if you installed (and subscribed to) that particular online service.

The web put an end to this. More specifically, the web browser did. The web browser became a universal app that let anyone open anything on the web. No need to download software for an online service. No need to download an app for a specific web site. Simply launch the web browser of your choice, and you could get to anything. Moreover, search engines like Google could point you anywhere, knowing you wouldn’t need to install any special apps.

The Disconnected World Of Apps

The growth of mobile and its app-centric world has been the opposite of the web. Until fairly recently, there’s been no seamless moving between apps. If you wanted New York Times news within an app environment, you had to download that app. If you wanted to interact with Facebook easily on mobile, you needed the Facebook app. If you wanted to purchase from Amazon, another app was required (and even then, with iOS, you couldn’t buy because Amazon doesn’t want to pay the “Apple Tax” cut that Apple wants from any iOS app that sells things).

The situation is worse when it comes to search. Again, until somewhat recently, if you searched for content using Google, its mobile search results would tend to push you to mobile web pages. Often, that’s a perfectly fine experience. But sometimes, it might be nicer to go into an app. Worse, there’s a small but growing number of app-only publishers and services. They have no web sites and thus nothing for Google or other search engines to point you at from mobile search results.

The Web Of Apps Begins

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could move between apps just as you do with the web? Major companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft certainly believe so. That’s why over the past two years or so, they’ve all been pushing things like Google App Indexing, Apple Deep Linking & Universal Links, Facebook App Links and Bing App Linking.

For a general overview on these efforts, see our Marketing Land guide to app indexing and deep links. But the takeaway is that all these companies want to make it easier to go from any link — from a web page or within an app — and into another app, when appropriate.

There’s still lots of work to be done, as well as fragmentation remaining. Each company has its own system, though some of those systems can leverage or work with others, as with Google’s support of Apple Universal Links, if developers do a little extra work."
applications  google  web  webapps  openweb  2015  aol  compuserve  prodigy  msn  facebook  apple  walledgardens  deeplinking  internet  worldwideweb  appleuniversallinks  links 
november 2015 by robertogreco
Goodbye, Native Mobile Apps
"Why Atavist is betting on the web"



"Now, after nearly five years and 51 stories in The Atavist Magazine—plus tens of thousands of publishers and individuals producing their own stories on the Atavist platform—we’re discontinuing our native mobile apps."



"Ultimately, whatever small slice of attention we were gaining by having our app on some people’s home screens was outweighed by the technical, business, and design considerations that had piled up against it."



"Meanwhile, we’ve been able to find our readers on their devices— exactly how we’d hoped to when we started out, except in mobile browsers instead of in our app."
webapps  mobile  design  web  webdev  apps  evanratliff  jeffersonrabb  theatavist  publishing  epublishing  html5  javascript  magazines  howweread  nativeweb  webdesign 
september 2015 by robertogreco
Mozilla Brick
"Brick is a collection of UI components designed for the easy and quick building of web application UIs. Brick components are built using the Web Components standard to allow developers to describe the UI of their app using the HTML syntax they already know."
webdev  mozilla  brick  mozillabrick  ui  webapps  webcomponents  html  webdesign 
september 2014 by robertogreco
Discover Appmaker
"Appmaker is a free tool for creating personal mobile apps, even if you don't know code! Combine individual bricks to create and share custom mobile apps right in your web browser."

[See also: https://apps.webmaker.org/designer
http://mimiszeto.com/2014/07/31/mobile-app-with-mozilla-appmaker-without-code/ ]
mozilla  appmaker  webapps  edg  srg  mobile  webdev  webdesign 
september 2014 by robertogreco
Q&A: Craig Mod on making writing more mobile-friendly and where digital publishing is headed » Nieman Journalism Lab
[See also: https://medium.com/p/4c78e6883ec0
http://pando.com/2013/07/17/craig-mods-new-publishing-platform-hi-maps-writers-to-place/
https://hi.co/moments/q4oi5i68 ]

"Mod: One of the great benefits of the web is everything can have a unique address that is accessible as a net connection, effectively. There’s something incredible powerful about that. So, to build an iOS app-only, Android app-only ecosystem feels like, to me, you’re leaving on the floor 80 percent of the magic of what the Internet brings to publishing.

So one of the core precepts of this project was certainly to be very open on the web — accessible anywhere, from any device. When you start from that place, it just makes sense to first and foremost optimize for the web experience and then kind of work your way back.

One of the reasons I think Safari on the iPhone, the Chrome browser, any of these things, aren’t as good as they could be for running applications is because five years ago, or whenever the App Store opened, we sort of abandoned the web in a way."



"Mod: When we started, it was far more focused on the mapping piece. I remember one of the stakes in the ground that we had a year ago was “every page must have a map.” You quickly realize that maps are not that interesting. It’s this fallacy, that maps are inherently interesting objects.

I love maps. I love old maps, I love printed maps, I love navigating cities with strange maps. I love all of that. But I think we tend to conflate maps as context vs. content. And a lot of products that use maps and feature maps treat it as content, and most of the time a map is not a very interesting thing. We just need it quickly, for a little bit of context, and then have it go away."



"You can look at a tool like Hi and go, “Well, why am I putting my writing into this other space that I don’t own?” Whereas with WordPress you can download it, can host your own WordPress site, and yada, yada, yada. But one of the advantages of placing it into this pre-existing space is you get the community. So that’s been fun."



"Mod: I think it depends on the kind of writing that you’re doing and what your goals as a writer are. As isolated as writers tend to be, there are so many workshopping groups. And I think there is a natural tendency as a writer to need to get out of your isolation chamber and get some feedback and have human contact and discuss things out in the open. So I think there’s a tremendous benefit to that.But obviously not all kinds of writing should be done in this way, it goes without saying.

But I think there are certain kinds that — why not do the experiment of trying them? And travel writing, I think, fits really naturally within this space. One of the things going on with Hi that we haven’t really talked a lot about is the topics. Anybody can add a moment, they can invent a topic, they can add to existing topics — they can do whatever they want. Topics are meant to be a response to undiscoverability and impossibility to navigate — the nature of hashtags."
web  craigmod  interviews  2014  hi  hitotoki  maps  mapping  context  content  applications  open  accessibility  publishing  community  openweb  internet  howwewrite  discoverability  search  editing  feednack  workinginpublic  writing  simplenote  instagram  iphone  mobile  mobilephones  cellphones  html5  webapps  hi.co  epublishing  blogging  blogs  digitalpublishing  ios 
april 2014 by robertogreco
Digital Sunset
"We all know the magic feeling of a cell phone pic of a sunset. But what is better than a picture? The real sunset, duh. But a close second might be the precise digital gradient you can make with the Digital Sunset app. Recreate the fleeting mystery of the sunset on your dumb smartphone.

Sunsets are ephemeral, but PNGs are forever.

Digital Sunset is for your phone.

Try it there.

Put the biggest most impossible thing into a little digital square.

What is worth looking at?

If you look at the sunset, will it hurt your corneas?

Will it hurt your psyche?

If you take a cell phone pic of the sunset, does that make it less special? What if you send that cell phone pic to your coworker, or your sister, or the person you want to be your boyfriend? Does that make it more special?

Is this notetaking or souvenir gathering?

If photographs are experience captured, then what is a picture of the sunset on your Instagram?

Digital Sunset is an app project by Alex Harris and Nicole Lavelle. It is at once very important and totally useless.

Get to it. Tag your digital sunsets with the hashtag #digitalsunset so we can peep your gradients."
nicolelavelle  alexharris  iphone  applications  sunsets  digitalsunset  webapps  ios 
march 2014 by robertogreco
The People's E-Book
"The web’s simplest, fastest e-book creation tool is now in beta!
We’re bringing in more users every week. If you weren’t a Kickstarter backer,
sign-up below to get on the list."

"What is the People’s E-Book?
The People’s E-Book is a web application you can use to quickly and easily make e-books that work on a ton of platforms. You create, edit, rearrange, refine and experiment with your book on the People’s E‑Book, and the tool takes care of the coding and kicks out an e-book file whenever you need it.

Is it really that fast and easy?
We think so. All you need is a title, a cover image, and a single bit of content to start and you can create an e-book in minutes, not hours.

[video: https://vimeo.com/77174346 ]

What does it cost?
Everyone will always be able to make e-books using The People's E-book for free. While in beta, there will be no restraints, but as we move forward towards the full roll out of the tool, we will be developing a low cost Pro-level tier in order to handle heavy users and storage. This will help ensure that The People's E-book will have a sustainable future.

Does it work on both Mac and PC?
Yes! The People’s E-Book is a web application that runs in any modern browser. There is no software to download or install. You just visit thepeoplesebook.net from any laptop or desktop computer with Internet access. (Sorry, it doesn't work on iPads or other mobile devices.) Your work is continually saved, and your books and asset files are stored in the cloud for accessing any time from anywhere.

What kind of e-books does it make?
Web
The People’s E-Book outputs books in the EPUB format. This is the same format used by Apple, Google, Sony, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and dozens of other e-book vendors in their online stores and e-reading systems. EPUB is the most flexible and universal e-book format available, and with the advent of EPUB 3, it now also supports audio and video.

EPUB is also non-proprietary, requires no license to create or to read, and is based on standard web-compliant HTML and CSS. This means your People’s E-Book e-book will be readable on the most possible devices, for the longest possible time, and in a format designed to outlast even the People’s E-Book itself.

What about Amazon?
Will my People’s E-Book work on the Kindle?
Not yet. Amazon uses an e-book format that's slightly different than everyone else. You may have heard it referred to variously as MOBI, KF8 or AZW. While we hope to offer these and other formats eventually, right now we're focused on helping you make the best possible e-books in what we believe is the best possible format, EPUB. In the meantime, we'll be providing detailed instructions on how you can easily convert your People's E-Book files to a variety of other reading formats on your own.

I want to sell my e-book through Apple and other stores, with the People’s E-Book do that for me?
No. We are not currently offering distribution services for any e-book vendor, though we will provide ideas, resources and recommendations for ways you can do it yourself, or for services you might use. We're also working on a People's E-Book marketplace that will let you share and sell your e-books directly to your fans, quickly and easily.

Do I own the copyright on books I make?
Yes! Your books are your books. We will never sell, distribute or otherwise share your books without your express permission."
thepeople'se-book  webapps  publishing  onlinetoolkit  epubs  epub  epublishing  digitalpublishing  ebooks 
october 2013 by robertogreco
Webstock '13: Jason Kottke - I built a web app (& you can too) on Vimeo
See also: http://stellar-status.tumblr.com/post/62923078635/in-february-i-spoke-at-the-webstock-conference-in

"In February, I spoke at the Webstock conference in Wellington, New Zealand. My talk was called “I built a web app (& you can too)” and was about how I built Stellar.

In the final third of the talk, I discussed the future of the site and the difficult time I was having with my motivation. At the time, I honestly didn’t know if I would continue developing for the site or even hosting it. The process of giving the talk was very helpful in helping me figure out that, yes, I did want to keep Stellar going. My first code check-in in several months occurred just a week or two after I got back from NZ and I’ve been working steadily on it ever since.

ps. Webstock is a wonderful conference. I don’t know if they’re doing it next year or not, but if they do, you should go.

pps. Oh man, I am not a good public speaker. I’m a little embarrassed watching this, even beyond the usual “that’s what my voice sounds like?” reaction. I feel like I had a compelling story to tell, I just didn’t tell it very well. Next time — if there is a next time — I will do better."

[Also here: http://www.webstock.org.nz/talks/i-built-a-web-app-you-can-too/ ]
stellar  stellar.io  favorites  favoriting  likes  socialmedia  vimeo  flickr  tumblr  twitter  slowhunches  streams  webstock  2013  webapps  aggregation  youtube  online  internet  motivation  facebook  jasonkottke  liking  making  process  text  faving 
october 2013 by robertogreco
A list of writing tools is a displacement activity - rodcorp
"Writing, focussing, assembling, editing, collaborating, feeding back, researching, structuring, outputting and publishing.

Focus through constraint:

• iaWriter - "Keep your hands on the keyboard and your mind in the text". Has good reviews.
• Byword - "Simple and efficient text editing". Also has good reviews.
• Writeroom - appears a generation older than iaWriter and Byword.
• Textmate - does text , html and a zillion other developer's things.

Research speed and convenience:

• nvALT - Speeds up that did-I-already-write-about-this? moment, auto-saves, does text files, Markdown. Nice. I'm writing this post in it.
• Pinboard - elegantly executed webpage bookmarking.

Collaborating and community feedback:

• Draft - its drafts are neat version control, has premium "ask a pro".
• Poetica - "Get feedback about your writing from people you trust, wherever they are" - not released yet.
• Google Docs - good at collaboration and export, auto-saves. Has automated versioning but without actual version *control*.

Assembling, structuring, editing and eBook workflow:

• Ulysses 3 - "All your texts. In one place. Always." Not tried, but this review says "the app reimagines the text editor in a way that visually resembles Mail and conceptually sits somewhere between iA Writer and the project-based Scrivener". Which sounds like quite a thing.
• Scrivener - looks a bit of a mess to be honest. They also have Scapple, a mind map/words-on-sticks app.
• LeanPub - "Publish Early, Publish Often - Authors and publishers use Leanpub to publish amazing in-progress and completed books". Costs $0.50 plus 10%.
• Lacuna books - "the best way to write and publish a book". Big on structuring, rendering chapters and ebooks easily.

Formats and outputs:

• Marked, Mou - because between text and html, Markdown is the popular "intermediary" format, and these (and nvALT) are good at simultaneous preview.
• And a simple Google Apps script to convert a Google Drive Document to markdown

Online publishing and attention:

• Medium - "A better place to read and write things that matter" - becoming a centre of gravity for serious writing, per-para commenting interesting
• Wattpad - an ebook platform/store/agora that isn't Kindleland.

Back to it now."
writing  tools  onlinetoolkit  rodmclaren  2013  jawriter  byword  writeroom  textmate  nvalt  pinboard  draft  poetica  googledocs  ulysses3  scrivener  leanpub  lacunabooks  marked  mou  markdown  googleapps  googledrive  medium  wattpad  howwework  howwewrite  webapps  publishing  formatting  ebooks  epub  collaboration  editing  focusing  focus  feedback  researching  epublishing  collaborativewriting  digitalpublishing  epubs 
august 2013 by robertogreco
A mobile app gives up-to-date info on L.A.'s far-flung art scene - latimes.com
"Mobility might be endangered in Los Angeles, traffic being what it is, but a mobile app for smartphones to find one's way around the city's far-flung art scene is still an excellent idea. Artists Jody Zellen and Brian C. Moss had it, and their self-described labor of love, called “What's On Los Angeles,” is now available.

Well-organized, the design of the visual art-listing site is clean and simple to use. It's divided into "Galleries" and "Institutions," with handy sections on weekly exhibition openings and imminent closures. The basic information tells what shows can be seen, plus where and when. Phone numbers and websites are supplied.



Go to www.whatsonlosangeles.com to get started, and check “About this site” for general information first."
art  losangeles  webapps  mobile  calendar 
august 2013 by robertogreco
How Apple Killed the Linux Desktop and Why That Doesn't Matter | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com
"“Many people who were talking about Free Software are the people talking about the open web now,” de Icaza says.

One of them is Stormy Peters, the former executive director of the GNOME Foundation. She’s still on the GNOME Foundation board an like de Icaza she still keeps some Linux machines around. But as director of websites and developer engagement at the Mozilla Foundation, her focus is now on the open web.

“The reason I’m personally at Mozilla is that I saw a lot of websites that weren’t designed with the principles of free software,” she says. Thanks to AJAX and HTML5, the web has become the dominant platform for applications she says.

In what ways can the principles of free software be applied to the web? Peters says one of the most important aspects of open source software is that you, or someone you trust, can examine an application’s source code and see what it’s doing."
stormtpeters  xfce  gnome  software  freesoftware  mozilla  2012  applications  html5  webapps  ajax  opensource  mac  osx  apple  linux 
august 2012 by robertogreco
UNHOSTED - Freedom from web 2.0's monopoly platforms
"By "unhosted web apps" we mean browser-based apps with no server-side backend. Unlike server-side or client-server apps, unhosted web apps leave users in control of their valuable user data and privacy, by default.

Unhosted web apps are also more resilient and more scalable. Most importantly, unlike Apple/iOS, Flash, and Facebook apps, the web platform is open and free: controlled by you and not by stockholders."
privacy  webapps  unhostedwebapps  tools  hosting  web  webdev  unhosted  cloud  opensource  webdesign 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Bootstrap, from Twitter
"Bootstrap is a toolkit from Twitter designed to kickstart development of webapps and sites. It includes base CSS and HTML for typography, forms, buttons, tables, grids, navigation, and more."
design  web  twitter  webdesign  ui  github  webdev  tools  toolkits  css  html  typography  webapps  bootstrap 
august 2011 by robertogreco
OnSwipe - Insanely Easy Tablet Publishing
"Onswipe lets you provide a beautiful app like experience for your website on tablet and phone browsers. Onswipe is not an app and works in the browser with your existing content."
design  web  mobile  media  iphone  ios  webapps  touch  ipad  tablets  onswipe 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Wanderlust
"Wanderlust is an experimental location-based storytelling platform.

You can use Wanderlust anywhere in the world, as long as you're in the right type of place.

To begin a story, you might need to be at a bar, restaurant, cafe, or airport. And if the story moves to another location, that's where you'll need to go.

It's a new way of telling stories.

How does it work?

We use Foursquare's database of locations around the world and combine it with your phone's GPS to work out where you are.

Wanderlust also uses JQuery Mobile so it works on any smartphone without installation.

Why do I need Twitter?

We use Twitter to keep track of where you are in a story, no matter what device you're using. We promise we won't send out any posts from your account without your permission, and we certainly won't spam you or pass on your details!"
storytelling  locative  geolocation  stories  classideas  location-based  iphone  applications  sixtostart  foursquare  twitter  webapps  ios 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Clerk, your hotel in the cloud
"Clerk is the perfect administration tool designed to fit your needs as an Hotel Manager."
cloudcomputing  hotels  platforms  twitter  web  applications  chile  startups  webapps 
november 2010 by robertogreco
10 Free Twitter Tools I Will Use Today « SocialMouths
"What tools do you use to handle your Twitter activity? This is one of the questions I get asked a lot…

And while I think tools should take the backseat in social media, they are still important in helping you be more productive, engage better, measure and just make your life easier. Besides, let’s be honest, tools are cool.

That’s why I thought of making a little list of 10 of the free tools I use on a daily basis, not just to share with you what I use but for you to participate and make this a useful discussion.

So, add your tools in the comments section of this post to share with everybody and maybe learn from others too."
twitter  tools  iphone  applications  webapps  onlinetoolkit  ios 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Official Google Mobile Blog: Google services on the iPad and tablet computers
"While surfing the web on your iPad, we expect many of you will want to check your Gmail. If you go to gmail.com in your browser, you’ll see something different than what you’re used to on the desktop. We’re releasing an experimental user interface for the iPad built on the Gmail for mobile HTML5 web app that we launched last year for the iPhone and Android devices. Those devices have large screens compared to other phones, and tablets like the iPad give us even more room to innovate. To take advantage of the iPad’s large display, we’ve created a two-pane view with your list of conversations on the left and messages to the right."
ipad  internet  html5  google  gmail  webapps  applications 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Screenr - Create screencasts and screen recordings the easy way
"Instant screencasts for Twitter.

Now you can create screencasts for your followers as easily as you tweet. Just click the record button and you’ll have your ready-to-tweet screencast in seconds."
twitter  screencasts  screencapture  socialmedia  presentations  software  webapps  onlinetoolkit  screenr  screencasting  free  webapp  recording 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Ibis Reader and BookServer : Threepress Consulting blog
"Our part of this open ecosystem is Ibis Reader, an in-development digital reading system for a range of internet devices that provides access to books both online and offline. Like Bookworm, it provides ePub support and a traditional web interface. But I’m really excited about its unique features:"
iphone  applications  webapps  epub  ebooks  ibisreader  bookserver  epublishing  digitalpublishing  ios  epubs 
november 2009 by robertogreco
The collectable nature of iPhone apps and why it matters - Walk in the park, look at the sky.
"People love apps. They love collecting apps. They don't consider bookmarks on the homescreen to be the same thing - they're simply web pages. Plus most people don't even use the idea of a homescreen bookmark ( though this is purely my own summation). Even though they can give you the same functionality, the context of a homescreen bookmark is entirely different. It's simply not as cool or dare I say it, as cute! Apart from that the flow of the user experience is totally different with a bookmark; click icon, load Safari, load web page, wait for it to load etc etc."
iphone  applications  webapps  perception  collections  ios 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Online Audio Editor - Aviary.com's Myna [an online GarageBand]
"Use Myna to remix music tracks and audio clips. Apply sound effects and record your own voice or instruments!"

[via: http://mashable.com/2009/09/16/aviary-myna/ ]
onlinetoolkit  music  garageband  recording  podcasting  freeware  aviary  multimedia  mp3  webapps  software  sequencer  audacity  myna 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Snarkmarket: Tracking Your Ideas, in Time and Space, With the iPhone
"So, here’s the hack: a simple iPhone-optimized page that’s nothing but a big text field. It’s a Notes substitute. But here’s what’s cool:
iphone  webapps  notetaking  snarkmarket  location  google  geolocation  notes  ideas 
july 2009 by robertogreco
quietube | YouTube without the distractions
"To watch YouTube videos without the comments and crap, just drag the button below to your browser toolbar. On any YouTube page, click the bookmark button to watch in peace.
youtube  onlinetoolkit  minimalism  mozilla  bookmarklets  webapps  firefox  quietube 
march 2009 by robertogreco
15 online photo editors compared | Webware - CNET
"While not an exhaustive list of features, we wanted to focus on some of the ones that really mattered, like how much each service costs to use, how large of a photo you can upload, and what makes each one special. Here are the results:"
photoshop  onlinetoolkit  comparison  webapps  photography  images  editing  editors  photoeditor 
february 2009 by robertogreco
SitePen Blog » Touching and Gesturing on the iPhone
"Everyone who owns an iPhone (or who has been holding out for an iPhone 3G) is bound to be excited about a lot of the new things the device can finally do, particularly the introduction of third-party applications. But those of us in the web development community have been itching for something further still: good web applications on the iPhone. This means we need a suitable replacement for mouse events. And boy did we get them! Though at first the APIs seem a little sketchy, once you’ve learned them you should be able to do amazing things in your application."
iphone  applications  webapps  development  coding  javascript  mobile  programming  webdesign  multitouch  safari  ajax  gestures  touch  webdev  tutorial  webkit  design  via:tomc  ios 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Flickr's iPhone-friendly (beta) redesign | Webware : Cool Web apps for everyone - CNET
"A great deal of Web companies have long since converted their iPhone-optimized sites into native iPhone apps, but not Yahoo's Flickr. Instead, Flickr is just getting around to tweaking its mobile site, m.flickr.com--in beta--specifically for iPhones. It may be behind the curve on iPhone-optimized viewing, but the results are crisp, streamlined, and satisfying nevertheless."
iphone  flickr  photography  mobile  webapps  applications  ios 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Team WhiteBoarding with Twiddla - Painless Team Collaboration for the Web
"Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Browse the web with your friends or make that conference call more productive than ever. No plug-ins, downloads, or firewall voodoo - it's all here, ready to go when you ar
collaboration  whiteboards  webapp  drawing  markup  onlinetoolkit  classroom  networking  screencast  webapps  brainstorming  annotation  classrooms 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Soundcloud expands the audio player - (37signals)
"Soundcloud has another audience in mind. Musicians, producers and sound engineers want to do more than listen to a track. They want to provide feedback on specific details."
music  webapps  audio  embedding  commenting  collaborative  onlinetoolkit 
july 2008 by robertogreco
News & Culture in Silicon Valley | Technology News: Geowanking
"a group of high-tech map enthusiasts whose areas of expertise range from making customizable web maps (often built out of polygons) and geolocation software to map-based online storytelling and handheld devices that provide information about your environ
geocoding  geowanking  maps  mapping  location  location-based  humor  neologisms  annaleenewitz  webapps  geolocation  storytelling 
june 2008 by robertogreco
10 Mobile Social Networks to Check Out - ReadWriteWeb
"We've written before that MySpace, Facebook, and MSN are the leading mobile services - and March stats indicated that MySpace is the leader. But surely there will be one or two unknowns who rise to capture this nascent market. So with that in mind, here
mososo  mobile  phones  socialsoftware  socialnetworking  web2.0  webapps 
june 2008 by robertogreco
TileStack - Your Creative Playground
"Remember that great application that used to come with all Macs called HyperCard? Ever wished it would return, only better? Say hello to TileStack!"
via:russelldavies  hypercard  web  programming  mac  tilestack  osx  presentations  hypertext  applications  webapps  software 
june 2008 by robertogreco
The Filter
"The Filter, the vision of Peter Gabriel, the Grammy award-winning artist and digital media pioneer, is an online discovery experience that filters the world of online entertainment and information, personalising it for each individual user."
music  software  itunes  mp3  playlist  ipod  aggregator  filtering  generator  attention  discovery  webapps  recommendations  video  arg  petergabriel 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Get Iceberg! Develop Custom Applications Without Coding
"# An ERP application for thousands of users # A blogger+AdWords/twitter mashup # You can make all this with Iceberg and everything in between # Free for 5 business users and unlimited Non-Profit use"
programming  development  web2.0  software  webapps  diy  webapp  webdev  platforms  applications  coding  webdesign 
june 2008 by robertogreco
wmd - The Wysiwym Markdown Editor
"simple, lightweight HTML editor for comments, forum posts, basic content management...add WMD to any textarea with one line of code...live preview with one line more...nothing to install on server...works in nearly all modern browsers...free for non-comm
javascript  html  wysiwym  web  webdev  webdesign  webapps  onlinetoolkit  text 
june 2008 by robertogreco
plus six » soundamus - native to a web of musical data
"analyses your stats to see who you listen to...generates a custom RSS feed...which will tell you about new releases by artists you listen to, and for each soundamus-announced release you look at you also get a list of releases by similar artists.
lastfm  webapps  via:blackbeltjones  music  api  data  last.fm 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Daring Fireball: The Unsatisfying State of Twitter Web Clients for the iPhone
"Twitter and the iPhone seem, at a glance, a perfect match: bite-sized micro-content paired with the world’s best mobile web reader. But here’s the thing: there’s not yet a single good iPhone Twitter client."
iphone  twitter  web  osx  webapps  ux  ui 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Remember everything. | Evernote Corporation
"Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from anywhere."
software  productivity  evernote  memory  web  online  internet  search  bookmarks  bookmarking  aggregator  semanticweb  webapps  notetaking  mindmapping  gtd  memex  database  onlinetoolkit  iphone  notebooks  notes 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Evernote: Software to help you remember everything, forever - Machinist - Salon.com
"By photographing and saving all that you encounter, you can build a search engine for your life."
evernote  webapps  productivity  memory  research  software  future 
april 2008 by robertogreco
IPhone: Twinkle, the iPhone Twitter Client, Adds Location Features
"Twinkle lets you use the iPhone's location feature to add location data to your tweets. Not only that, there's a "near me" feature that can show you tweets from people within X miles of you, which is good for organizing a meetup or party"
iphone  twitter  location  location-based  locative  webapps  software 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Drop.io: Simple Private Exchange
"enables you to create simple private exchange points called "drops." The service has no email signup and no "accounts." Each drop is private, and only as accessible as you choose to deliberately make it. Create multiple drops, add any type of media, and
webapps  sharing  filesharing  storage  tools  web2.0  onlinetoolkit  free  collaborative  messages  exchange  mobile  podcasting  dropbox  applications  record  video  audio 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Clickable Culture - Google Spreadsheet As Virtual World
"Controlled multi-user environment; Presence indicators; Real-time text chat; Unique, mobile avatars; Spatial relationships between users; User-generated content; Dynamic content; Inhabitable zones; Persistent world; Communication with outside world"
collaboration  community  googledocs  virtualworlds  webapps  socialsoftware  lifeasgame 
april 2008 by robertogreco
FontStruct | Build, Share, Download Fonts
"FontStruct is a free font-building tool brought to you by the world’s leading retailer of digital type, FontShop. FontStruct lets you quickly and easily create fonts constructed out of geometrical shapes, which are arranged in a grid pattern, like tile
fonts  typography  design  tools  webapps  generator  free 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Aviary - Creation on the fly
"Aviary is a suite of web-based applications (RIAs) for people who create. From image editing to typography to music to 3D to video, we have a tool for artists of all genres."
design  tools  graphics  software  applications  webapps  web2.0  images  editing  onlinetoolkit  photoshop  illustration  online  3d  writing  visualization  layout  drawing  video  vector  audio  music  sound 
march 2008 by robertogreco
RescueTime: Web-based Time Management Software
"web-based time-management tool that allows you to easily understand how you spend your time. One of the coolest things about RescueTime is that there is NO DATA ENTRY. You install a doohicky on your computer and we magically track all of your time usage.
attention  projectmanagement  productivity  habits  gtd  procrastination  management  time  software  web2.0  lifehacks  statistics  applications  mac  osx  windows  webapps  monitoring  tracking 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Look Out PowerPoint - SlideRocket Rocks - 500 Beta Invites - ReadWriteWeb
"has everything you'd expect from a presentation app -- powerful slide and presentation authoring tools, pretty transitions and image and video manipulations and animations, charting and table creation, and the ability to import PowerPoint files"
online  powerpoint  presentation  web2.0  webapps  onlinetoolkit 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Fire Eagle
"Secure & stylish way to share your location w/ sites & services online while giving you unprecedented control over your data & privacy. We're here to make whole web respond to your location & help you to discover more about world around you."
fireeagle  yahoo  location  location-based  geography  geotagging  geolocation  gps  mapping  maps  software  tomcoates  webapps  webdev  location-aware  locative  api  webdesign 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Google Maps API - Google Code
"lets you embed Google Maps in your own web pages with JavaScript. The API provides a number of utilities for manipulating maps (just like on the http://maps.google.com web page) and adding content to the map through a variety of services, allowing you to
api  googlemaps  maps  mapping  webdev  webapps  programming  javascript  geocoding  webdesign 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Welcome to Google Sites
"new offering from Google Apps, makes creating team site as easy as editing a document. Use Google Sites to centralize all types of info -- from videos to presentations -- and share your site with just a few people, your entire organization, or the world.
google  wiki  webapps  onlinetoolkit  sharing  collaboration 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Remember The Milk: Online to do list and task management
"We created Remember The Milk so that you no longer have to write your to-do lists on sticky notes, whiteboards, random scraps of paper, or the back of your hand. Remember The Milk makes managing tasks an enjoyable experience."
gmail  googleapps  iphone  aggregator  todo  organization  gtd  workflow  productivity  web2.0  calendar  applications  twitter  webapps  sms  software  planning  management  scheduling  schedule  extension  email  addons  ios 
february 2008 by robertogreco
ongoing · Blows Against the Empire
"Then I saw “Open as as a Google Document” and I tried and, you know, it’s Good Enough. And snappy. And free. And internationalized. And I’m not the only person having this experience."
googledocs  google  webapps  microsoft  office  via:preoccupations  online  productivity 
february 2008 by robertogreco
evhead: Running your company on web apps
"The improved efficiency of having these apps available, and not having to install and maintain servers for them is huge."
twitter  webapps  business  tools  onlinetoolkit  web2.0  webdev  via:preoccupations  gmail  basecamp  webdesign 
february 2008 by robertogreco
TUAW Responds: iPhone LoJack - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)
"It's a command-line program that returns the location of the cell phone tower nearest to your iPhone. When run, it tells you the tower id, plus its latitude and longitude courtesy of Google Maps."
iphone  security  applications  twitter  geocoding  geolocation  gps  webapps  location  hacking  hacks  lojack  ios 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Pixish: We bring visual artists and publishers together
"site where you can create image contests....place where people who want images and people who make images can easily find each other and collaborate on creative projects together."
design  freelance  illustration  glvo  social  competition  images  photography  art  collaboration  community  creativecommons  creativity  graphics  crowdsourcing  socialnetworks  socialsoftware  webapps  publishing 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Official Google Docs Blog: Stop sharing spreadsheets, start collecting information
"We're really excited to bring you forms! Create a form in a Google Docs spreadsheet and send it out to anyone with an email address. They won't need to sign in, and they can respond directly from the email message or from an automatically generated web p
google  googleapps  googledocs  forms  access  filesharing  productivity  webapps  excel  surveys  statistics  spreadsheets  documents  database  data  survey 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Slide 40 of 41 (Movement, S&W)
"You know, what if the art of Web design was not to design applications, but to design kits of parts for other, other differently creative people to design applications, in ways that we don’t expect."
mattwebb  future  web  online  internet  democracy  popular  webdev  development  webapps  api  laypeople  webdesign 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Mint | Refreshing Money Management
"freshest, most intelligent way for you to manage your money online. Not only is it free, it saves you money. While existing personal finance software require hours to set up, passion for accounting and hours of weekly maintenance, Mint is virtually effor
accounting  aggregator  banking  finance  money  webapps  freeware  household  web2.0  software  planning  tracking 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Doodle
"Doodle is a Web-based service for finding suitable dates for group events (e.g., an appointment, a conference call, a family reunion, etc.). Doodle is particularly useful to people who do not use a common calendar or groupware system."
via:javierarbona  applications  freeware  generator  projectmanagement  scheduling  management  meetings  community  coordination  collaboration  calendar  webapps  services  planning  productivity  groups  free  time 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Chyrp
"Chyrp is a blogging engine designed to be very lightweight while retaining functionality. It is driven by PHP and MySQL (with some AJAX thrown in), and has a pimpin’ theme and module engine, so you can personalize it however you want."
blogging  blogs  microblogging  webdesign  webdev  wordpress  freeware  free  platform  onlinetoolkit  opensource  webapp  webapps  tumblr  tumblelogs  software 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Fluid - Free Site Specific Browser for Mac OS X Leopard
"create Site Specific Browsers to run each of your favorite webapps as a separate desktop application...gives any webapp a home on your desktop complete with Dock icon, standard menu bar, & logical separation from your other web browsing activity."
free  mac  osx  utilities  downloads  browser  flickr  firefox  applications  tumblr  gmail  gui  webapps  software  onlinetoolkit  workflow  interface  safari  webapp  macosx  freeware  browsers 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Language Guesser
"Languid is a statistical language identifier. Give it at least 20 characters of UTF-8 encoded text and hope for the best."
language  languages  linguistics  foreign  translation  tools  identification  programming  webapps  words  comparison  automation  bookmarklet  maciejceglowski  maciejcegłowski 
january 2008 by robertogreco
EveryScape
"EveryScape isn't an online world, it's the world online. EveryScape takes you from the streets to the sidewalks and through the doors of the world's cities and tours. Letting businesses organizations and consumers build and share their world the way they
maps  mapping  photography  virtualworlds  virtual  urbanism  travel  tourism  visualization  visual  geotagging  collaborative  location  locative  local  navigation  360  3d  buildings  cities  collaboration  internet  online  webapps 
january 2008 by robertogreco
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