This is an article by JT about how to design board games using only code (no Photoshop).
I’ve always thought that it’s more practical to teach software engineers about journalism rather than vice versa. I never understood the point of teaching journalists HTML and Flash (some j-schools still do this) when software engineers at newspapers spend most of their time trying to abstract…
Here’s somebody who wants you not to learn things.
Pro tip: when people tell you not to learn things, don’t listen to them.
Our first Open Badges 101 // newbie call today included interest in roadmaps for issuers. Product lead Sunny Lee’s resource decision thinking is well worth revisiting, and stay tuned for more issuer-focused tools and stories.
WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ BADGES!
Exploration of the intersections of art, design and computer science to encourage new ways of seeing, thinking and creating in order to empower and inspire inventive, innovative and creative research, artistic and design practices. Current issue is pretty nice. Have a read.
Here’s some stunning, Earth-shattering news: You know all those hundreds of incredibly stupid startups that have been raising seed money in Silicon Valley despite the fact that the people running those startups have no experience doing anything, ever, and have no idea at all how to generate revenue (let alone profit) with their lousy ideas, because, in fact, there is no way to make money with their lousy ideas, because in fact their ideas are lousy?
Well, nobody wants to give those dopes any more money. So now they’re going to go out of business.
The best takedown of bullshit startup culture I’ve read, and the “journalists” that enable it, that I have read in a long time.
Yup. Silicon Valley is ground zero for hucksters with no interest in anything other than valuation.
Here’s a (still getting tweaked) R tutorial for the charts in the last post. Here’s the data you’ll need to download.
Set your working directory to wherever you want to work out of (usually a project folder)
Next, load the data. Any format is fine, but our…
Some things a beginner does not know:
The popular version control system used to be Subversion. Now it’s Git.
Git is faster than Subversion.
A version control system is “a simple command line tool for keeping a history on the state of your source code projects.” In other words, you preserve your old versions.
Git developers routinely create, merge and destroy multiple branches a week, or even per day. Often each feature or bug you are working on can have its own branch, merged in only when it is complete.
Diving Into E-Books #ONACamp
I’ll be teaching today at #ONACamp in Minneapolis. #ONACamp is a program of the Online News Association, which among many other things runs lots of free and low-cost training programs for journalists who want to sharpen their digital skills.
Diving Into E-Books Workshop
The title of my workshop is “Diving Into E-Books.” During the workshop, we’ll:
- Look at an overview of the e-book market
- Compare royalty rates for different e-book platforms
- Take a raw manuscript and turn it into a publication-ready e-book using the e-book authoring software Scrivener.
If you are taking this workshop:
- Download and install Scrivener
- Download (but don’t install) Scrivener
- If you did not bring your own manuscript today, download a copy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (link below)
Download and install Scrivener: Scrivener Writing & E-Book Authoring
Download KindleGen (don’t install, we will do it during class): KindleGen
If you brought your own manuscript today, you can use that, or you can download a copy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Download the text file labeled Plain Text UTF-8 by right clicking (Windows) or Control- clicking to download the file. This work is in the public domain, so it’s entirely free and kosher for us to use.
Kindle Direct Publishing — If you have an Amazon account, you can sign in to Kindle Direct Publishing with that, or you can create a new account (both options are free).
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It’s been predicted that mobile internet usage will overtake desktop internet usage by 2015. This infographic looks at exactly how those figures are shaping up and evaluates whether or not the desktop computer is on its last legs.
Very rich data visualization from the Hewlett Foundation on the size, location and year distribution of their grants.
Skateboarding + Data. Awesome.
All US weather stations plotted with d3.js, using data from the NOAA. My visualization now properly clips out stations that cannot be shown on the surface of the projection if they’re on the other side of the earth.
Unfortunately, this kind of SVG manipulation is hideously slow. Chrome does okay. Firefox does not. A lot of stuff is still being drawn even if it’s off the screen, and I’m not quite sure yet how to prevent that.
Hacking game “Quadrilateral Cowboy” will teach you to program