Awesome earth visualisation: wind flow and more…

How cool is this?

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More at: earth.nullschool.net/about.html

Even more: https://youtu.be/Lke-5yZw_A8

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Freight trains of disruptive innovation

Ha – just stumbled upon this old (2012) DRAFT post. Guess I should add a ‘Government’ section!

An attempt to characterise that light at the end of the tunnel so I can jump out of it’s way. Just in time.

Education

Is the Academic Publishing Industry on the Verge of Disruption?

  • my blog post on uofa work
  • melissa terris youtube
  • iTunesU predictions (2008
  • pop sign
  • publications lists & inst repository
  • early OACA study
  • my UofA research institute experiments SSA
  • discover Open Notebook
  • notice OA publishing
  • eTeachers
  • minilegends
  • eduauweb2
  • oldaily
  • Web2.0 infection at edu.au

Music (reverse the order)

  • my first record (daddy cool)
  • my first cool listen (electric funeral, ball bearing bird, hotrod lincoln)
  • am radio
  • reel to reel
  • cassettes
  • CD
  • 4 track recording
  • online .mp3
  • atoms/bits guitar picks
  • iTunes songs (not albums)
  • nTrack recording
  • my son’s career aspirations
  • spotify

ICT

Prior to 1995

  • unix
  • office automation
  • e/mail
  • modems & bulletin boards
  • tcp/ip and the internet nntp://
  • www
  • FOSS
  • linux (ashman sagems cubicle poster)
  • web2.0 (RWW)
  • linux compete
  • podcasts
  • blogs
  • my first blog post
  • my first podcast

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One Million views of my Flickr images

Back in November last year, my total Flickr photo views passed the magic one million mark!

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Twenty Fifteen – the year I lost my voice

2015 was a quiet year for me out in social media land. Gone were the days when geeks with RSS aggregators could be more popular than jocks with media teams. Social media had become mainstream and the noise from the ‘short head’ drowned out the beautiful stories from the ‘long tail’.

As the walled gardens of facebook and twitter grew ever more insular, the value of my online networks dwindled. RSS was no longer the glue that kept many small pieces loosely joined. My interest and activity online began to wane in 2014.

Two funny things happened in 2015:

  1. I started working as a public servant and made a conscious decision to stop blogging and tweeting out of fear of some policy breach or other by leaking sensitive public sector information.
  2. I discovered a group of public servants at gov.au who share my passion for improving the interactions between government and citizens through well designed digital services.

So having lost my voice online out of fear of doing the wrong thing, I decided to find it again in order to do the right thing. And I thought it would be interesting to review my online activity since I started blogging (for the purpose of podcasting) back in 2005.

Here is a table of the number of blog posts, facebook status updates and tweets per year:

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And in pictures:

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In a little more detail:

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Let’s see what 2016 brings…

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Is this thing on?

testing testing 123

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Shooting better photos for the web (site)

Shooting better photos for website templates – notes from yesterday’s workshop.

  • Image Size: largest .jpg, closest to 16:9. On my old Nikon D80 this is 3872 x 2592 (closer to 6:4) Not RAW due to our post-processing limitations and workflow.
  • White Balance: Fluorescent (3) – look for off color (esp green) when shooting in fluoro lit labs.
  • ISO: keep the ISO aka ASA close to 100 to avoid grainy images on half frame camera.
  • TRIPOD: mandatory due to low light & ISO constraint above
  • LENS: in the smaller labs yer gunna need a wide angle lens. *paste some AA recommendations for the D80 and Canon D500 here.
  • LIGHTING: our next step is to buy and learn how to use a modest lighting rig.
  • SETUP TIME: take (and book / pre arrange) time to setup each shot
  • ZOOM IN, FOCUS: then half hold button, zoom out to frame shot. Esp. on eyes!
  • BREAK Rule of THIRDS: NO DEAD SPACE in middle of shots for the ultra wide and thin banners. Remember both Left and Right edges will get lost and shot needs to degrade gracefully.
  • ADMIN: pre prepared, have a list with all locations, peoples names, numbers etc. Double check you have each and every name, do the right thing with release forms, exposing shy people online and ethical concerns. If in doubt – DONT take the shot!

POST PROCESSING

  • Top3 from each attendee.
  • Select best image that meet legal, ethical and doing the right thing constraints.
  • Crop to 16×9 (without throwing away any more pixels than necessary) – pick most interesting crop that will lend to further cropping for ultra wide banners on the site (ie no DEAD SPACE in the middle of a wide thin slice)
  • Adjust, tweak each one till it looks great for the site
  • METADATA: keep the name of the file from camera (at end of description). Make punchy title, name the lab and all people in shot. Include keywords to do with the science. (esp related to Research Themes / Challenges).

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OSX Keyboard settings making GravityForms in Safari look bad…

Ever had a user of one of your GravityForms say they enter the form but no entries appear?

Before you dismiss their claim, check this out..

Careful checking of one such complaint revealed that the user was TABbing through a gravity form entering data then pressing RETURN. Looking closely I saw that the cursor was not tabbing from the last entered field to the next or the SUBMIT button but to another field elsewhere on the page. That field happened to be a SEARCH field, and pressing ENTER executed a search for nothing but did not send the POST data!!!

After much hair tearing, fecking with TABINDEX settings and some excellent support from the team at RocketGenius (Make sure you invest in the developer version of GravityForms – best hundred bucks I’ve spent in a while) I cornered the issue to Safari browsers on OSX [safari 5.1.10 on OSX 10.6.8 or later].  I went thru all the usual steps to isolate WordPress THEME / Addin conflicts, set the TABINDEX=”1000″ to crazy high values in the shortcode on the page that displays the form and tried this little gem

The form at xyz does have the tabindex attributes, the issue now is a tabindex conflict. Try increasing the tabindex on the form either on the shortcode or using the following: http://gravitywiz.com/fix-gravity-form-tabindex-conflicts/

Now with all other plugins disabled, my theme at twentytwelve I could see the tab indices in my simple test form (single text field, three choice textboxes) but could not TAB into the checkbox field items in Safari on OSX. Then I found THIS little gem:

SystemPreferences->Keyboard
Change “FUll Keyboard Access:In windows and dialogs, press Tab to move keyboard focus between:”
from Text boxes and lists only to All controls
BINGO
it works!!

Forms TABindex Safari OSX - badness

Ah.

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