Silly Media Offered at 24th TCC Conference Teaser Session

Yesterday I had the fun opportunity to talk about attributed and possibly [semi] serious use of the kinds of media people see/share all the time. This session was a free pre-conference teaser for t… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Openness, Not Just Licenses, Can Take You There

I just popped a CD of blues music into the player. How it got here is a story with being in the mix of other True Stories of Sharing. Why? Well, that’s my own photo printed on the back cover.… | Continue reading | 9 days ago

Digital + _______ Talk at University of Regina

With the exception of online events, my conference presenting days are behind, me. So it was rewarding to get an invitation to do a session at the University of Regina for ECS 100 (Education Core S… | Continue reading | 10 days ago

I’m Did the Extend mOOC Work We Ask of Participants

Among the great lessons I got from my mentor Barbara Ganley was the idea of doing the same assignments assigned to, and along side, your students. In teaching writing at Middlebury College, she com… | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Coloring Black & White Photos with AI– Bringing to Life, or?

Old black and white photos- do they look old just because the lack the colors most of us see day to day? We look back at them from a world full of colors, but so did the original photographer. Can … | Continue reading | 14 days ago

WordPress Multisite – fixing an error I bet I am the only one to have baked

I am going to say I have to just fixed maybe one of the most obscure problems on a WordPress site, I can almost guarantee you will never have yo do this. I write here only for my own record (okay a… | Continue reading | 16 days ago

Blogging on a Gutenburger Diet

There’s not much middle ground on people feel about the changes wrought to WordPress 5 with the Gutenberg Editor. It’s endless rabbit/duck season arguments. My own modification of the R… | Continue reading | 21 days ago

The Daily Blank Theme can be… less than Daily

Not everyone is up to running a daily _________ kind of site (like the original DS106 Daily Create). It’s a tough pace! So now you can make it Every Other Day or heck, even Weekly. This was o… | Continue reading | 23 days ago

The Slimy Sideshow of Public Domain

Among a list of topics in our field that I am least interested in is the seemingly endless bickering about one Creative Commons license versus another. It’s more that the details of licenses … | Continue reading | 27 days ago

Metronome of Diabetic Life

The period, in terms of the reciprocal of frequency, is 3 days. Every 3 days comes a beep from the box hanging on my belt. It actually looks like one of those antique pager devices. That’s th… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The Handy Person’s Guide to Manual SPLOT Updating

You’re tooling along in your Model T SPLOT on the Internet Superhighway, and the tire goes flat, needing an update. Are you gonna wait for a tow truck, a helpful stranger to stop and help, or… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Easy IndieWeb Login with WP-Dimension Theme

Those big time motivational speakers who talk about starting to learn with a problem you want to solve have never really accounted for serendipitous learning. Is everything as simple as problem -&g… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The Little Things

Big Data. Massive courses. Large scale. Yawn, I’ll take the other end of the graph. Like from this post, recounting how a DS106 Daily Create honoring an 1990s woman bronco rider named Bonnie … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

1-2-3 Annotating the Intent

This seems by my time to working on projects using web annotating. As noted early, we are planning more extensive use of in netnarr but the really Big Show is taking off this week, the … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Who is Belle North?

Yet again a random click leads down an internet rabbit tunnel. Or a dead end. I meant to do another blog post, and was rummaging through the public domain images the Library of Congress Free to Use… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Between the 5th and the 8th (and beyond)

This week of February was always handy for remembering to send cards or do phone calls to my parents. I knew the 5th and the 8th marked their anniversary and Mom’s birthday (often I’d g… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

We’re in the Store!

This was way overdue for our millions of fans, but this podcast is finally available in the iTunes Podcast Store…. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Slowing Down a Daily _____ Site

It can take a lot of [insane?] effort to publish something like the DS106 Daily Create every day, but there seems to be enough hands on the wheel to do it daily. I’m not sure where or who did… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Got Room For Story in that Metadata Schema?

I don’t dislike metadata at all. It does wonderful things to organize heaps of media, content. But it sometimes leaving me… cold. A tweet from Bryan Alexander got this mind clicking. It… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Duct Taping A RSS Feed Widget

Do you remember the scene of Web Apocalypse Not Now where Lieutenant Colonel Bill Feedmore boasts, “I love the smell of an RSS feed in the morning!” I hope not. But tinkering with RSS n… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Can You PechaImprov the Topic of this post?

I present a wee test for you, kind, gentle savvy reader. Have a run through these 10 random images, and see if you can guess the topic of this post (no scrolling, eh?) How did you do? When I tested… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

#netnarr Select, Click, ROT Magic

We have some fun in Networked Narratives with coded messages using rot13. Just look at the Daily Digital Alchemy 243: An encoded challenge today, what the ***** is “Pna lbh pbairefr va EBG13?… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Dogfooding My Own WordPress Theme

The first HTML5Up template I turned into a WordPress Theme was WP-Dimension. The great irony was that I made use of the original static HTML theme on my own domain at, but never went back t… | Continue reading | 2 months ago

65 Years Later: No Cake, David

In its impeccable reminding, my calendar does not have to worry end up being the butt of You Had One Job. Yesterday, was the reminder that it would have been my brother David’s 67th birthday.… | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Hammering at OPC (Other People’s Code)

I’m not an elegant programmer. My stuff is verbose and rarely, if ever “refactored” (meaning I know it’s a term but fuzzy on the meaning). What follows is a recap of my wand… | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Ontario Extend mOOC: the soft opening

Yes, life gets curse-like interesting when after mocking something you end up using it. But here we go, the edX hosted mOOC (medium sized Open Online Course) I’ve been working on is getting i… | Continue reading | 2 months ago

A Plugin For Your Blogged Past

Once you have a few years of blogging in your archives, you thus have some history (doh). And I made a little plugin to make it more visible, to generate a list of previous year’s post publis… | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Episode 8: Baby, It’s Cold!

Talking to Antonio in December he made it sound like he was in a scene from The Day After… | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Digging into an obscure WordPress Error; not quite Brain Surgery

You are working on some project and just decide to look at an older WordPress site that should be just sitting there humming along, and see this… Fatal error message on Fat… | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Turning Up the SPLOTbox Amp to 11.5: New Features

It’s felt like maybe as long as a week since I blogged something about SPLOTs… that’s a long span ;-) But in that time I have been doing some major banging on the tubes and pedals… | Continue reading | 2 months ago

The #Netnarr Team is Back for 2019

One of the most rewarding things I have gotten to do the last few years (and this may be a blog post lacking mention of SPLOTs, hah!) has been teaching co-teaching the Networked Narratives open cou… | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Free (as in discard at will) Advice for #PressEdConf

Last March I was fortunate to have participated in the uniquely formatted PressEd Conference. Unique it was because there was no air travel, no hotels, no rows of chairs under fluorescent lighting,… | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Wrenching a Font Awesome 5 Menu Plugin

Sometimes in technology you just have to whack a wrench at something to make it work. Way back when I started at the Maricopa Community Colleges, there was a surly old guy named “Bill” … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

A Year Reflects Through the Lens

The sound calendar flipping comes with it the rounds of The People That Still Blog writing their summaries of the flipped year and/or the hopes/promises of the year being flipped to. Without resort… | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Is Will in the Right Place?

“Will”, someone I don’t know, spends his finite time on this planet emailing strangers asking the not so philosophical question, “Am I In the Right Place?” Hi Alan,Wil… | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Reviving the 1990s EduWeb: Teaching & Learning on WWW site

All of my web work from 1992-2006 at the Maricopa Community Colleges was wiped from the web after I left. It was big pile of stuff for sure but it was the first of several experiences which informe… | Continue reading | 2 months ago


I sometimes tell people that when technology evangelists espouse that their tool saves you time, that it’s a red flag warning / code talk for “I am lying”. But here, I share my on… | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Does Adding Accessibility Features Make the Good Ship Instagram Accessible?

Even before a tl;dr (as if I do them anyhow), I am about as far from a web accessibility expert as my dog. But I’ve taken a curious interest since summer 2018 when Twitter made a big deal of … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Another SPLOT Needs a Parental [Theme] Fix

I thought myself rather clever to make a post about dealing with WordPress theme changes related to the parent theme that powers the TRU Writer SPLOT. But then it happened again.  Yes, my work are … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Is That My Photo?

Best days are when the Internet is not full of poop but provides a funny little surprise. I live for them. I’ll drop the spoiler first. This happened. I’ve had several times of searchin… | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Try That Burger Again

 Okay, I have been grumpy about the new WordPress Gutenberg “editing experience” I did give it a try a month ago but am so comfortable in my writing flow, that I found it really getting… | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Oh The Irony of Driving This Train

Sometimes your own blogging can turn around and nip at ya. One of my favorite tags of posts has been moocmocking. Now I’m riding the train, gimme an “M”… That’s right,… | Continue reading | 3 months ago

What to do When Your WordPress Parents Change? Important Update for TRU Writer SPLOT

Things can go crazy for you when your parents go changing… especially when that’s a change in a WordPress parent theme. This might be important for you if you have used the TRU Writer S… | Continue reading | 3 months ago

This is not the SEO You Were Looking For

Yes, I know what SEO is, a term I don’t profess any useful knowledge (or interest) in. My simple approach has been- you want a lot of people to see your stuff? Write/publish a lot of it, shar… | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Englebarting Convergence

I consider myself so fortunate to have had a few Doug Engelbart convergences in my career. That featured image at the top was made by me after he was a guest at a 2006 NMC Board Meeting. I took my … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Improvisieren mit Zufälligen Fotos: Pechaflickr Jumps the Language Shark

This was a nice surprise to see early in my Twitter gazing this morning. So yes, check out (yikes just checked and its not working, hope it comes back) That’s a rather impressi… | Continue reading | 3 months ago

The Proverbial Why Blog Post (and is it a Howitzer?)

Blogging about blogging is a repeated trope inside this blog and I’d bet commonly elsewhere. Why do it again? It seems appropriate for my last (and consistently late, but one of the things ab… | Continue reading | 3 months ago

If All You Have is the Web, Everything Looks Like a SPLOT

I tried really hard, really hard, to turn make cleaver use of Maslow’s Hammer as this post’s metaphoric title “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” And… | Continue reading | 3 months ago