🔖 WPCampus 2018 Call for Speakers

Call for Speakers (WPCampus 2018 Conference: Where WordPress Meets Higher Education)
WPCampus is looking for stories, how-tos, hypotheticals, demos, case studies and more for our third annual in-person conference focused on WordPress in higher education. This year’s event will take place July 12-14, 2018, at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

The call for speakers will close at midnight PDT on April 7, 2018.
The planning committee will begin their selection process and be in touch shortly thereafter.

h/t to @wpcampusorg

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👓 Memento Mori: Learning about life, by knowing you will die | W. Ian O’Byrne

Memento Mori: Learning about life, by knowing you will die by wiobyrne (W. Ian O'Byrne)
Memento mori is Latin for “Remember that you must die.” The phrase is believed to originate from an ancient Roman tradition in which a servant would be tasked with standing behind a victorious general as he paraded though town. As the general basked in the glory of the cheering crowds, the servant would whisper in the general’s ear: “Respice post te! Hominem te esse memento! Memento mori!” This loosely translates to “Look behind you! Remember that you are but a man! Remember that you will die!”

This is a genre that draws upon the melancholic character of the biblical book of Ecclesiastes. Eat, drink, and be merry if you must, the objects suggest, because death is right around the corner. Memento mori paintings, drawings, and sculptures can range from blunt depictions of skulls, decaying food, and broken objects to subtler examples whose symbolism is easy to miss. A basic memento mori painting would be a portrait with a skull but other symbols commonly found are hour glasses or clocks, extinguished or guttering candles, fruit, and flowers.

A nice little essay which includes the general practice among several schools of thought and cultures. Reminds me about some of the practices I’ve read about masons practicing.

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👓 Build an instant Twitter dashboard, with just a little code | PushPullFork

Build an instant Twitter dashboard, with just a little code by Kris Shaffer (PushPullFork)
Mining tweets? Just provide your search terms, enter a couple commands at the terminal, and voilà, ... instant dashboard!

Over the past year and a half, I've been building tools to collect, analyze, and visualize large quantities of tweets. These tools have helped me (and my colleagues at Data for Democracy) monitor trends and uncover disinformation campaigns in the French presidential election, the 2017 Virginia election, the #unitetheright rally in Charlottesville, and the #MeToo movement, among others. Over the past few months, I've been building a pre-packaged dashboard kit that will help me spin up something quickly, so I can get an at-a-glance view of trends surrounding a certain hashtag, topic, or movement right away, as I start to analyze these trends, often in the moment.

While I'm sure there will be more updates, that package — tweetmineR — is complete! I've licensed it open-source and hosted it on GitHub, so anyone who wants can download it and use it to generate their own Twitter dashboard. While you need to have certain coding packages installed, you don't actually need to be a coder to make it work. Just edit a couple lines with your search terms, enter a couple commands at the terminal/shell/command-line to run it, and voilà, ... instant dashboard!

This is a cool looking little tool for Twitter analysis. Includes some useful outline for setting up and using the tool as well.

I could see this being an interesting thing to study the recent #DeleteFacebook movement.

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👓 Audience Doesn’t Matter | Bill Ferriter

Audience Doesn’t Matter. by Bill Ferriter (The Tempered Radical)
Let me answer that question for you: For MOST* of us, audience DOESN’T matter.

Stop talking about it. Period. End of conversation.

Here are two reasons why:
(1). Focusing on audience draws attention away from the real reason that people should be blogging and sharing in social spaces.
(2). Focusing on audience is bound to leave writers discouraged.


Similar to several other mantras I’ve seen recently by various bloggers. Most of them have essentially said that they write to test out ideas, to stretch their thinking, to try to find additional clarity in what they’re contemplating. This takes a slightly different tack, but is roughly the same thesis.

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👓 Robert P. Langlands Is Awarded the Abel Prize, a Top Math Honor | New York Times

Robert P. Langlands Is Awarded the Abel Prize, a Top Math Honor by Kenneth Chang (nytimes.com)
The honor, regarded by some as a Nobel Prize of mathematics, recognizes work on a “grand unified theory” to connect different areas of mathematics.

Maybe yet another hint that working on the Langlands program over the summer might be a fun diversion?

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👓 Changes to Improve Your Instagram Feed | Instagram

Changes to Improve Your Instagram Feed (Instagram)
Today we’re introducing changes to give you more control over your feed and ensure the posts you see are timely.

We’ve heard it can feel unexpected when your feed refreshes and automatically bumps you to the top. So today we’re testing a “New Posts” button that lets you choose when you want to refresh, rather than it happening automatically. Tap the button and you’ll be taken to new posts at the top of feed — don’t tap, and you’ll stay where you are. We hope this makes browsing Instagram much more enjoyable.

I’ve got to think that this may not be the best week for making substantive changes to feeds on Facebook owned companies? This doesn’t seem too terribly intrusive as a change, but it still isn’t the linear ordering I wish they’d go back to.

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