Replied to Subsite of my subdomain? (is that the right term?) by Lisa Koster (Extend Activity Bank)

A response to the Adding a Self Contained Site with File Manager Activity
created  by Lisa Koster (@lkoster)


So this was a bit different for me. This year I am doing everything within the camp2019.learn4growth.com site, so I had to look at slightly different places for the files and to create the subdirectory.

It was a great test to see if I remembered anything from last year.

I added a directory called “Subsite” and uploaded the zip file.  Once extracted, it created the site easily.

Changing the information by editing the index file was straightforward.  I used the visual editor. no HTML required.

Changing the pictures was a different story.  I changed them as the directed, but for some reason the pictures weren’t changing. I changed browsers, and it worked. I went “incognito” and it also worked.

I am guessing that it wasn’t truly re-loading the pictures (although the text was changed).

I think I will have to explore the HTML UP (https://html5up.net/) now!

Lisa, the pictures didn’t refresh in your browser because they were cached within it. (This typically means that pages you visit often don’t need to re-download everything each time.)

If you had cleared your cache (Google it to see how for your particular browser), they would have updated immediately the way they did in a different browser or in “incognito” mode because those two didn’t have those same photos cached.

Replied to Adding a Self Contained Site with File Manager by Alan Levine (Extend Activity Bank)
Screenshot of sample basic calling card web page featuring a background with a 6 year old with his mouth agape.

Many of the sites we create in our cpanel are installed via a cpanel tool because they have complex file structures and often require database set ups. But there are quite a few web site themes that are all self contained HTML/CSS/Javsscript files that we can upload directly to our domain with the File Manager.

This activity walks you through the steps to put a self-contained web site within a directory of your site.

I created a sub-folder on my sub-domain and uploaded a simple templated HTML5/CSS website to create a simple calling card page at http://sp.chrisaldrich.net/me/. I couldn’t bring myself to replace the picture of the little kid with the gaping mouth because it was just too cute.

While I occasionally do some small uploading tweaks like this, it seems like ages since I created webpages like this outside of more elaborate content management systems. Hooray for raw HTML and CSS! It’s also a bit refreshing to do it all manually in an interface instead of via FTP or other means.

Replied to Building a Front Entrance for Your Domain with Site Publisher (Extend Activity Bank)

ornate stone gate standing freely in a countryside field with the words domain.me superimposed on the bottom

A Domain of your Own gives you more than one web site you can put there, think of it as a plot of land with many different structures.

It’s useful to have an entrance gate or a simple “calling card” for the main URL of you domain (e.g. like extendlabs.ca). Later we will show you how to install blogs and other applications at different locations within.

Your web hosting cpanel includes an easy to use tool that will let you create your first web site just by filling out a few items in a form. These are simple, and probably in no time you will find them limiting. But for now, in a few minutes you can create something with information you choose to replace the temporary screen a new Reclaim Hosting domain provides you. Consider it as a placeholder for a fancier front entrance.

These are an interesting little side experiment for getting something quick and dirty up. I think they’d be more valuable as simple templates if they’d let one define some additional links like “Blog” with an icon and a field to redirect to a subdirectory or subdomain. I was also surprised that there were so many religious-related templates instead of educational ones.

My favorite was the Pravatar tool hiding in the lesson. I can think of lots of fun uses for a tool like this. 

My placeholder “site” lives at https://sp.chrisaldrich.net/.

Replied to a tweet by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry (Twitter)

Perhaps you were thinking of Tim Clarke (@FloatingTim) or Lora Taub (@ltaub)? That would give you 4 not counting their students that might be interested. That’s also more than enough to do a Homebrew Website Club on a regular basis too.

I know that some have set up remove viewing/remote attendance parties for Camps/Summit in the past–not a bad idea Greg!

IndieWeb Summit 2019 
What to expect (w/ some remote attendance tips)

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So here are some of my choices:
Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley, Joe Pesci, Malcolm McDowell, Bill Duke, J.T. Walsh, Sam Shepard, Wallace Shawn, Chevy Chase, Creed Bratton, Hervé Villechaize, Gary Burghoff, Paul Michael Glaser, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards

If death is on the line, I’ll take the Sicilian!

Replied to a tweet by John StewartJohn Stewart (Twitter)

I bookmarked a great post by Jim Luke (@econproph) a few weeks ago on scale and scope. I suspect that tech’s effect on education is heavily (if not permanently) scale-limited, but scope may be a better avenue going forward.

I also suspect that Cesar Hidalgo’s text Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies may provide a strong clue with some details. To some extent I think we’ve generally reached the Shannon limit for how much information we can pour into a single brain. We now need to rely on distributed and parallel networking among people to proceed forward.

Replied to a tweet by Trip Kirkpatrick, MATrip Kirkpatrick, MA (Twitter)

If you want to give it a spin, I’ve always liked Noter Live as a live Tweeting tool at conferences. It automatically includes the hashtag, threads tweets, and saves speakers for easier/quicker writing/posting. When you’re done, it saves your history, so you can cut/paste and save/post it all to your own website (ie, it’s pro-DoOO!)

Open source on GitHub: https://github.com/kevinmarks/noterlive
Instructions: https://github.com/kevinmarks/noterlive/wiki/Noter-Live-Instruction-Manual

Replied to a tweet by Mo PelzelMo Pelzel (Twitter)
“Seeing good examples of existing domains is crucial for showing students what is possible in creating their own domain, says @CassieNooyen #domains19”

This is a lot of the value behind the idea of Homebrew Website Club and even the early blogosphere. Seeing interesting/useful things others have is likely to make you want that thing too.

Replied to a tweet by Kathleen FitzpatrickKathleen Fitzpatrick (Twitter)

The premise behind your post would make an incredibly valuable conference session at the upcoming IndieWeb Summit. Any chance you’re attending (in person or remotely)? We need your ideas.

Thanks for bringing them up!

📑 We Have Never Been Social | Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Replied to We Have Never Been Social by Kathleen FitzpatrickKathleen Fitzpatrick (Kathleen Fitzpatrick)
What are the crucial texts and ideas I should be engaging with?  

I’d also look at doing some interviews as well. Starting with Tantek Çelik, Kevin Marks, (both previously of Technorati in the early blogging days, pre social), Dave Winer, Anil Dash, David Weinberger, and Doc Searles.

Replied to What’s In a Domain Name? by Alan LevineAlan Levine (Extend Activity Bank)

Photo by Pixabay from Pexels https://www.pexels.com/photo/dream-sign-the-earth-utopia-279345/

Before one even starts learning how to manage an internet domain of their own, they face the step of choosing a name for what will be their street address on the internet.  What should be on the left some of “something” dot “something” as one’s own internet address?

Some people stick with something close to or based on their name, so it clearly identifies”all their web sites?

Others have chosen a name that is more thematic, a play on words, a reference to interests or just a playful attitude.

There is no “correct” answer (but plenty of search result suggestions)- it’s a matter of what fits better for your personality, and as long as you are creating and sharing at that address.

What was the thinking behind your domain name?


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My current domain name (boffosocko.com) came from a crazy brainstorm several years ago when I was registering a handful of domain names related to ideas in the entertainment industry. I was surprised that there were a handful of well-known and commonly used industry phrases that were freely available, so I scooped them all up. While I was doing that I noticed that the Variety-speak words related to boffo and socko were also available. In particular, I thought boffosocko.com was pretty cool and one day I’d come up with a use for it.

After a few years I decided that since I hadn’t been able to register my own name as a URL (there was a web designer who had beat me to it), I would co-opt boffosocko.com into use, and really, what could be a better name for a personal website?

“Boffo” and “socko” are neologisms in the family of Variety-speak after the well known business trade journal covering Tinseltown (often better known as Hollywood aka the Coast, aka H’w’d.)

Their definitions from Variety’s “slanguage” dictionary follow:

boff (also boffo, boffola) — outstanding (usually refers to box office performance); ” ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ has been boffo at the B.O.” (See also, socko, whammo)

sock (also socko) — very good (usually refers to box office performance); ” ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ has done socko B.O.” (See also, boff, whammo)

Incidentally, one of the first movies I saw on cable via HBO when our family first got it when I was a youth (and easily saw over 100 times that summer) was THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN. Within it, there’s a great scene where Kermit schmoozes a big Broadway producer (played by John Landis) that I’m sure must have had a profound effect on me.

Kermit the Frog, Impressario
in The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

 

Replied to a tweet by Bryan ✻llendykeBryan ✻llendyke (Twitter)

Bryan, if you’re still in LA and have time, I’d love to sit down for coffee/drink and chat about HAXTheWeb and IndieWeb.

Replied to #oext356 #oextend Find a Desire Path | The Daily Extend (extend-daily.ecampusontario.ca)

Desire paths are “the trails that are instinctively chosen and created over time” in spite of constructed pathways.

In a recent post on The Open Faculty PatchbookMaureen Glynn reflected on her experience with desire paths, both literal and the figurative ones we see in our courses.

“students will always find unanticipated and wonderful ways to enter, exit, and navigate through the learning events and environments that we design…”

For this Daily Extend, we ask you to either find and take a photo of a real desire path near you, or describe a “desire path” in the navigation of a course that you either took yourself or witnessed students taking. Bonus points for taking some kind of desire path route to completing this Daily, or the June Daily Extend Challenge as a whole!

“Caminito de deseo_desire path_Girona” by felixphs is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 

I mentioned it yesterday, but my “desire path” for the June Daily Extend Challenge is to accomplish the entire trip using only my personal website and just a few feeds in my feed reader rather than using Twitter directly.

smeuse n. \ ˈsmyüz, -üs\ plural -s
dialectal, England
: a hole in a hedge or wall, often created by the regular passage of animals

I always knew that it was more valuable and powerful to have my own domain and post my content there. Sadly, like many, around 2006 I started taking the well-paved roads provided by social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, et al. But in 2010 a few people began a “desire path” of travelling back through a more open and free internet. They created a proverbial smeuse called the IndieWeb through which many have now passed and which, over the passage of time, is becoming larger, better worn, and even comfortably paved with sidewalks and custom lanes for bicycles and other modes of transportation in many places. Best of all, they’ve created a system which doesn’t require travelling down the roads of others, but provides a lot more freedom and self-determination. They’re slowly, but surely, making it easier for everyone to choose their own desire path on the internet.

I consciously re-started down my old desire path in 2014 and have found a variety of students, teachers, and even friends have not only benefited from it, but that it opens up the ability for them to pick and choose their own paths.


Featured image: smeuse (animal path) flickr photo by debs-eye shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license

Replied to #oext355 #oextend The June Daily Challenge Survival Pack | The Daily Extend (extend-daily.ecampusontario.ca)

What are you packing in your Daily Extend Challenge survival pack? Phone/Laptop? First aid kit? Kool-aid?  Share a photo or description of your suggested addition. The more ideas for things to help us meet the challenge, the more of us will survive. Let’s do this together!

Photo by Ron Hansen on Unsplash

@ontarioextend I’m going to try to do it without opening Twitter. I’m packing:
1. My IndieWeb-enabled website from which all my replies will be composed and originate.
2. My feed reader tuned into the challenge feed and this Twitter #​​​​oextend feed.

#​​​​oext355 #​​​​​oextend