Seeing The Web As it Looks Without Image Alt Text

I’m no guru on web accessibility, most of my projects likely will fail to meet the standards. But I am more interested in the small things we can and ought to do to at least try better. Someh… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 5 days ago

I Am On a Board

Literally? Nah, just that I have a photo that fits. I am excited, honoured (note = spelling, lived time in Canada has left Fahrenheit behind and extra u’s are now slippin’ in) to have b… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 17 days ago

Open As In… Dog Treats with Insects and Spent Barley Grain

Maybe I will just leave this post as a tweeted blog title without any explanation. Let’s leave the conten as an exercise of the imagination for “The Reader.” Ok. Wait. Ummm. Maybe… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 19 days ago

On [De]Grading

I have not jumped on the #ungrading hashtag but glance at it often and respect the efforts people share to move away from point system approaches and quiz/testing as measures of proxies of quasi-in… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 22 days ago

What Are You Tuned Into?

Here is another one of those small winding internet trails I found myself on without anticipating of it. Back of the mind, this leads me to wonder about highly structured learning __________ system… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 26 days ago

A Tale of Two Software

I will project I spent more time remixing the featured image for this post than writing it, but the reward of both is something I can likely never fully explain. It was the best of software, it was… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 1 month ago

A Fortunate Twitter Stumble

There are few things better (for me) than inadvertently coming across a fabulous web site, resource, tool, or just a curious link– even better when I was not looking for it. Cue the theme mus… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 1 month ago

Random Generator of Random Generators (but really the folly of tools)

The audience who appreciates a subtle reference to recursion, a machine that makes machines, or going meta about something meta is sized down there maybe in the single digits… of one hand. Oh… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 1 month ago

Researching “Research” on Memes

Mmmmm memes. I love that I do not have to explain them. Yet there’s much more to just passing them around or responding to someone’s tweet/email/text message with one you yank off the w… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 1 month ago

Soup and Memory

“Oh no, Granny! I must call you and apologize for not doing so on your birthday, last Friday… at least I made your split pea soup…” She would have been 116 that day — … | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 1 month ago

Flipping the Setup: Taking a Podcast on the Road

It seems like you can hardly spit these days without hitting a podcast. Spit at me, I am at it too! What you can do these days (like having a web based multi-source recording studio, like Zencastr … | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 1 month ago

H5Ping With H5P, in a way, Syndication

People have pretty much lost track of the syndication bus, small things joined in any way, and talking about things like RSS is a sure fire way for some kid to make fun of grandpa on TikTok. It sti… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 1 month ago

WordPress Tag List (if you tag past 45…)

Coming uo with solutions to WordPress needs often means finding a different tree to bark at. I’m never surprised to discover along the way some dusty niche in the code. For example, in the ta… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 1 month ago

Wrangling an Online Conference in the Discourse Platform

Last week this time I was just sliding off of adrenaline mountain after my Open Education Global colleagues and I ended the week long OEGlobal 2021 Conference. I’ve railed long and repeatedly… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 1 month ago

What were once Daily Photos Habits are now…

I’m allowed to shame myself here, right? It’s my blog, my domain, hell yeah! By my own and flickr’s reckoning, this is the 14th year of my daily photo posting habit. It does amuse… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 1 month ago

The Truth About Education (and Butterflies) (and podcasts)

That’s a total clickbait title. Or maybe more cleverly, mis-direction. To me that is one of the key elements of storytelling, the hook, the draw into something, the nibble taste that makes yo… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 1 month ago

Branching into, around, about H5P

I have an oft-expressed aversion to presenting with slides, especially when presenting about the web… It seems really counterproductive to do slide decks when sharing about the deeply interac… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 1 month ago

A Tuneup for the WP-Dimension WordPress Theme

I’ve been tinkering with some under the hood updates to one of my favorite WordPress Calling Card themes, in fact it was the first one ever, WP-Dimension. I’ve not done much to these th… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 1 month ago

Pearson’s Farm

Whether the excuse is pandemic or not, it has been a loooooong time since the guitar has been out of the case, even longer since penning an EdTech cover tune. Without more blathering, here is a bit… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 1 month ago

A WordPress Calling Card for all my WordPress Calling Card Themes

You know you have a domain of your own problem when you venture into your cpanel and find sites that you not only do not remember making, you forgot their purpose. In this case I gazed down the spi… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 2 months ago

A Duct Tape WordPress Plugin for Redirecting Broken Links

Profound statement ahead. The web is made of links. Except when they don’t work. This trail all began with a throw away tweet: Yes, I have that old blogger habit of looking through old posts … | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 2 months ago

What Can We [Still] Do With Flickr (circa 2021)?

If I had to choose one internet tool to take on my deserted island (the one with high speed fiber of course), easily it would be flickr. Often chalked up for dead, passe, not hip, and overshadowed … | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 2 months ago

Godzilla Eats All the Images Missing ALT Tags

Well it’s more like a day dream that Gojira would rise up with a roar and — this started as a bit of a rant and play at the way Twitter quote / unquote addresses accessibility for tweet… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 2 months ago

1/623

Hi. There has not been too much nostalgia posting here lately (well actually not much at all, so there). Maybe last June? But who cares if I feel like dipping into my tech past, it’s there. I… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 2 months ago

It Won’t Wait For Me

Despite sci-fi ideas of bending, traveling, tunneling wrinkling, that time thing just keeps moving along. Another August 27. Click. Sure the laws of physics can explain the passage of 10 years sinc… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 3 months ago

Backdoor for WordPress Block Editor Lack for Audio Playlists

The [WordPress] world has enough hate dislike for the Block Editor (ask Tony Hirst). I like it better when a work around works. In my OE Global work I’ve been working on a podcast series, and… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 3 months ago

Creek. Time.

I am composing this in the way the ancient ones blogged. Archaically, pen to paper. Content-wise, nothing is different than writing here in WordPress, it’s just a jumble of words. In what I c… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 3 months ago

SPLOT Breakthrough on a Feature Maybe No One Will Ever Use

SPLOTs just won’t go away [from this blog]. I recently celebrated some success in building a new part of the machine, then realizing it’s use case might be narrow. So while no one needs… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 3 months ago

What the Olde Links Say About Domains

Shouldn’t the idea of publishing on the web mean generating something that can “echo all around the world”? Once again, my experience shows that if you publish something on an emp… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 3 months ago

Links for Grinnell

As my OEG colleagues are finding out, if you invite me to your webinar, I will not arrive with a slidedeck, but instead… links. I’m excited tomorrow to visit the Grinnell College’… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 3 months ago

It’s a CogDog Thing: Google Has Crossed The Line Adserving My Name

We are literally frogs in the internet pan of water, with Google at al just incrementally turning up the surveillance capitalism flame every so gently that we just never notice the boil. So yes, it… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 4 months ago

Digital Structures: Institutions Abandon / Individuals Preserve

I’ve already written this blog post! Shall I cite myself, ibid infinitum? But just to show as an example, in my previous post I was able to reference the 2018 Mural UDG Project I was part of.… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 4 months ago

Unconformities, the Wikicene Era, and the Wikidata Formation

There’s no magic beyond my fervent clutch to the discarded in lieu of social media the fully functional tools of RSS and News readers. But I will perk up at a geological metaphor in a blog po… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 4 months ago

SPLOTbox Extended to Support Kaltura and oEmbed More

The SPLOTting has not stopped here. I’m happy to have added a whole new avenue for support of services for SPLOTbox I previously thought impossible. You can see it (and try it) in action righ… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 4 months ago

Some Shiny SPLOTs Spotted

I’ve not have much time over last days weeks more to do much SPLOT tinkering (well there is one experimental feature in the works). But I got a burst of positive energy this week from the pas… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 5 months ago

When You Find Even More of What You Crafted is a Remix

What could be better news that Kirby Ferguson is launching a new wave of Everything is a Remix? Even if I do feel old seeing Tik Tok (I’m not there, but I get it) (that of course cannot be tr… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 5 months ago

A Place for Messy Professional Development

Has everyone had a sufficient amount of time over the last year gazing into the grids of Zoom et al live sessions? Can we do anything differently? I’ve been pushing this with an experiment in… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 5 months ago

Curious About Curiosity

After many years of being a first grade teacher, my sister Judy has certainly earned the freedom of retirement days doing what she wants. She has been messaging this week as she is sorting through … | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 5 months ago

Still Dreaming of Filling those Collection Sites [Database] of Dreams

Note: It’s rare around this blog that something lingers in draft as long as this post. There is a reason for everything, right? But this one needs to get squeezed out of the Easy Blog Oven fo… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 5 months ago

Amazing Web, Woah

For everything wrong about the 2021 web, the candle in the small window is the unexpected click that results in an expression of Neo-like “Woah” – is that truly possible in a web … | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 5 months ago

The Magic/Vagary of Google Search

We use it so frequently that perhaps we do not marvel that web search works. Especially the one where the brand name becomes the verb. In that googling something, typing a few words into a box, pre… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 5 months ago

The New

The blog keeps on keeping on, though I see in recent posting, there’s a lot of looking back, and one (well this one) can start worrying about being seen as too “back in the day” m… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 6 months ago

Seeing the Bookmark is Believing I Read it All

It must say something without saying that getting to the end of one book a year is blog worthy. Let it be said unsaid, but there is my bookmark in the index pages at the end of Errol Morris’s… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 6 months ago

WritingHTML: An Open Online “course” (or not?) Launched in 1994

According to the 25 of EdTech Years Goggles, 1994 was the year of BBS. The web itself came to be a thing in 1995. But you’ve heard it all, right? My foray into what I might claim as an open c… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 6 months ago

The Sea Level Photo Rises Again

An email came in bearing the simple subject line “photo permission”. This often ends up here as a blog post, and this one take me full circle back to 2006. Marty, start up the DeLorean,… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 6 months ago

Blogging about WordPress Shortcodes without Rendering WordPress Shortcodes

This post is here mostly as I expect to forget this tidbit. Human memory freshness dwindles exponentially. Over in my work at the OpenETC I wrote a guide for using the Display Posts plugin. This mo… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 6 months ago

From Snowberry to Dad, Leveling In

May 2 is but one the 365 days per year, another block on the calendar, but also it is World Tuna Day. Who knew? Skip on by if you, rare reader, are looking for something difference for me recycling… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 7 months ago

Whispers and a Telephone

Not that it’s that blog worthy that as maybe the most frequent SPLOT user, “I Did It Again”, but I thought this concept was nifty. Timely. Perhaps even resonating. And I am also g… | Continue reading


@cogdogblog.com | 7 months ago