📺 Wintergatan – Marble Machine (music instrument using 2000 marbles) | YouTube

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Marble Machine built and composed by Martin Molin
Video filmed and edited by Hannes Knutsson
Costume designed by Angelique Nagtegaal

Setting up WordPress for IndieWeb use

I spent some time this morning doing a dry run through setting up a suite of IndieWeb plugins on a fresh WordPress installation. Going off of a scant outline I talked for almost two hours describing IndieWeb functionality as I set it all up. Hopefully it will provide a useful guide to newcomers to the space until I can write up a more solid outline and take a more polished approach. Apologies in advance for the roughness of the audio, lack of quality, and even live mistakes. Hopefully folks won’t mind suffering through until we can come up with some better tutorials.

As prerequisites, I assume you’ve already got your own domain and have installed WordPress on a server or other host. I actually finish setting up the WordPress install as I start the video and then sign in for the first time as we begin.

While many of the core plugins are straightforward, there is a huge amount of leeway in how folks can choose (or not) to syndicate to sites like Twitter, Facebook, and others. Here I make the choice to use the Bridgy Publish plugin and only demonstrate it with Twitter. With one example shown, hopefully other silos can be set up with Brid.gy as well. The IndieWeb wiki details other options for those who want other methods.

At the end I walk through creating and syndicating a post to Twitter. Then I demonstrate commenting on that post using another CMS (WithKnown) from a separate domain.

I do my best to provide verbal descriptions and visual examples, but these can certainly be supplemented with further detail on the IndieWeb wiki. I hope to come back and add some diagrams at a later date, but this will have to suffice for now.​​​​​​​​​

For those who would like an audio only version of this talk, you can listen here (.mp3):

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📺 Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Official Trailer | Focus Features

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Watch the official trailer for Morgan Neville's new movie, Won't You Be My Neighbor? #MrRogersMovie

From Academy Award® -winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.

This looks like the type of salve the world could use right about now. I wonder if reruns of his show are available anywhere?

📺 Cobra Kai Trailer Season 1 (2018) Karate Kid Series | YouTube

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Original stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are back as karate rivals Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, and as the teaser above shows, they’re still nursing wounds from the old days. Johnny is reviving his old dojo Cobra Kai, and Daniel isn’t about to let him without a fight.

This looks like an interesting potential series, but the plot through line of this trailer makes me wonder if they can get to the 3rd episode. Johnny seems to have the more interesting character here. I’m also curious about the financing and set up for this being a YouTube Red series. Could be an interesting move in the streaming video space.

📺 Japanese Children’s Song – Oni no Pants – おにのパンツ | YouTube

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Want to instantly make a connection with any Japanese person you meet? Just hum this classic children's song and you're sure to get a reaction! https://goo.gl/ENv4Lc This is your path to Japanese fluency!

Oni no Pants is the song of an Oni (demon) and his pants. The simple lyrics make it easy and the catchy music makes it fun.

Challenge yourself! Use the Japanese you've studied up to this point and see how much you understand! If you've watched our Kantan Kana series you can try to sing along. Making the jump to real-life Japanese is a scary one, but friendly children's songs are a great place to start!

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📺 So Much for So Little (1949) | YouTube

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So Much for So Little is a 1949 American short documentary film directed by Chuck Jones. It won an Academy Award in 1950 for Documentary Short Subject, tying with A Chance to Live. The cartoon states that, annually, 118,481 babies out of 2 million will die before reaching their first birthday. Thus, the cartoon shows John E. Jones, a baby that may add to this statistic if not given proper healthcare. The cartoon proceeds to show most of John's life, including his school years, marriage, later life (as a father), and his golden years, providing other helpful health information along the way. Before the cartoon ends, however, it returns to John as a baby, reminding the audience that John needs proper healthcare to survive. The cartoon then states that if every American paid just three cents a week, sufficient healthcare could be provided for John and babies everywhere.

There’s an awful lot of smoking in this PSA for public health! Welcome to 1949!

📺 ポンキッキーズ メロディ「いっぽんでもニンジン」 | YouTube

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うた:なぎらけんいち 1975年。この年がどんな1年だったかをチェックできるよ!

A bizarre looking number counting video. Reminiscent of 1970’s Sesame Street cartoons or some quirky Russian (80’s?) cartoons I’ve seen.

📺 Solo: A Star Wars Story – Sabotage Trailer Re-Cut | YouTube

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Because the first trailer felt an awful lot like "Solo: A James Tiberius Kirk Story"

"Sabotage" - Beastie Boys
Edited by Chris Galegar - http://chrisgalegar.com

📺 Make It With Keanu Reeves (Squarespace) | YouTube

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When passion meets inspiration, an obsession is born. Hold on to this dream and tell the world. All you need is a domain and a website from Squarespace. The world is waiting. Make it. (Super Bowl LII ad)

A little cheeseball in some sense, but this looks a lot like what generation 3 is looking for product-wise.

📺 The Real Reason We Don’t Hear About Joe Pesci Anymore | YouTube

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Joe Pesci is one of the all-time great and versatile character actors. He played Jake Lamotta's brother and manager in Raging Bull the psychopathic Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas, and had legendary roles in Home Alone, My Cousin Vinny, and the Lethal Weapon franchise. Pesci was a welcome presence on the big screen for decades who could successfully handle high drama and humor. But lately, we haven't heard much from the Oscar-winner, while his talents have been sorely missed. Here are some of the reasons Joe Pesci's been off the radar in recent years...

Early retirement | 0:34
Just for friends | 1:30
Losing interest | 2:30
Gains and losses | 3:27
The ex-wife, the hitman, and the attorney | 4:21
Time for a comeback? | 5:43

📺 The trick that makes transcribing quick and easy | YouTube

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Transcribing things sucks. But we have a hack to make transcribing quick and easy–it's also free.

Overview: Use Google Docs with voice record and a pair of headphones.

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📺 Proving Brouwer’s Fixed Point Theorem | PBS Infinite Series on YouTube

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There is a proof for Brouwer's Fixed Point Theorem that uses a bridge - or portal - between geometry and algebra. Analogous to the relationship between geometry and algebra, there is a mathematical “portal” from a looser version of geometry -- topology -- to a more “sophisticated” version of algebra. This portal can take problems that are very difficult to solve topologically, and recast them in an algebraic light, where the answers may become easier. Written and Hosted by Tai-Danae Bradley; Produced by Rusty Ward; Graphics by Ray Lux; Assistant Editing and Sound Design by Mike Petrow and Meah Denee Barrington; Made by Kornhaber Brown (www.kornhaberbrown.com)

I had originally started following Tai-Danae Bradley on Instagram having found her account via the #math tag. Turns out she’s burning up the world explaining some incredibly deep and complex mathematics in relatively simple terms. If you’re into math and not following her work already, get with the program. She’s awesome!

Personal Website: http://www.math3ma.com/
Twitter: @math3ma
Instagram: @math3ma
YouTube series: PBS Infinite Series

While this particular video leaves out a masters degree’s worth of detail, it does show some incredibly powerful mathematics by analogy. The overall presentation and descriptions are quite solid for leaving out as much as they do. This may be some of the best math-based science communication I’ve seen in quite a while.

I must say that I have to love and laugh at the depth and breadth of the comments on the video too. At best, this particular video, which seems to me to be geared toward high school or early college viewers and math generalists, aims to introduce come general topics and outline an incredibly complex proof in under 9 minutes. People are taking it to task for omitting “too much”! To completely understand and encapsulate the entirety of the topics at hand one would need coursework including a year’s worth of algebra, a year’s worth of topology including some algebraic topology, and a minimum of a few months worth of category theory. Even with all of these, to fill in all the particular details, I could easily see a professor spending an hour at the chalkboard filling in the remainder without any significant handwaving. The beauty of what she’s done is to give a very motivating high level perspective on the topic to get people more interested in these areas and what can be done with them. For the spirit of the piece, one might take her to task a bit for not giving more credit to the role Category Theory is playing in the picture, but then anyone interested is going to spend some time on her blog to fill in a lot of those holes. I’d challenge any of the comments out there to attempt to do what she’s done in under 9 minutes and do it better.

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📺 Introduction to Category Theory 1 by Steven Roman | YouTube

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Lecture one of six in an introductory set of lectures on category theory.

Take Away from the lecture: Morphisms are just as important as the objects that they morph. Many different types of mathematical constructions are best described using morphisms instead of elements. (This isn’t how things are typically taught however.)

Would have been nice to have some more discussion of the required background for those new to the broader concept. There were a tremendous number of examples from many areas of higher math that many viewers wouldn’t have previously had. I think it’s important for them to know that if they don’t understand a particular example, they can move on without much loss as long as they can attempt to apply the ideas to an area of math they are familiar with. Having at least a background in linear algebra and/or group theory are a reasonable start here.

In some of the intro examples it would have been nice to have seen at least one more fully fleshed out to better demonstrate the point before heading on to the multiple others which encourage the viewer to prove some of the others on their own.

Thanks for these Steven, I hope you keep making more! There’s such a dearth of good advanced math lectures on the web, I hope these encourage others to make some of their own as well.

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