Brushing up on the state of the humanities.

Brushing up on the state of the humanities.


And a followup: Art from Outside the Googleplex: A…

And a followup: Art from Outside the Googleplex: An Interview with Andrew Norman Wilson rhizome.org/editorial/2012…


Cool video and story. Workers leaving the Googlepl…

Cool video and story. Workers leaving the Googleplex youtube.com/watch?v=w0RTgO… via @YouTube


Very cool! Exiting the Factory (1895) – (all three…

Very cool! Exiting the Factory (1895) – (all three versions) – LOUIS LUMIERE – La Sor…: youtu.be/BO0EkMKfgJI via @YouTube


Virtual St. Paul’s Cross now available online: htt…

Virtual St. Paul’s Cross now available online: vpcp.chass.ncsu.edu Cool site!


New: Embedding Workflowy and/or Hackpad in a Wordp…

New: Embedding Workflowy and/or Hackpad in a WordPress site is.gd/nUcr6I #dpod


Embedding Workflowy and/or Hackpad in a WordPress site

I am experimenting with using a private Wordpress installation as a kind of personal logbook, diary, notebook, and to-do list: i.e. the kind of book that business keep beside their cash registers to help them remember what they need to do.

The one thing Wordpress lacks that is necessary for such an installation is a way of making instant and realtime edits—for example to check off things in a todo list.

Since other applications exist out there that do allow you to do this, I began to experiment with inserting them into my wordpress install.

Two excellent applications for this kind of thing are Workflowy and Hackpad

So, how to integrate them? The answer is very easy:

Hackpad

Hackpad makes embedding extremely easy: they have an embed button that tells you the code to use, e.g.

<script src=“https://hackpad.com/<string>.js”></script><noscript><div>View <a href=“https://hackpad.com/<string>.js”>To-Do</a></div></noscript>

Workflowy

The same method might work with Workflowy, since it is also java based, though I haven’t experimented with it yet. In the meantime, you can also just embed the workflowy page in Wordpress as an object.

  1. Select “Share” for the list you want to embed
  2. In the popup, make sure that editing permissions as assigned
  3. copy the link into the following embed code.
<object data=“https://workflowy.com/shared/<shareStringWorkflowyGives>/” width=“1000” height=“3600”> <embed src=“https://workflowy.com/shared/<shareStringWorkflowyGives>/” width=“1000” height=“3600”> </embed> Error: Embedded data could not be displayed. </object>

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Interesting idea: embed hackpad on front page of p…

Interesting idea: embed hackpad on front page of private blog to have scratchspace/to-do list. http://t.co/0dvlXFG0I2

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Global Outlook::Digital Humanities: Global Digital Humanities Essay Prize

Deadline extended! New deadline: Noon GMT, Saturday July 6, 2013. Global Outlook :: Digital Humanities (GO::DH) is pleased to announce the first Global Digital Humanities Essay competition. Topic: This competition…

Some great columns on the current funding crisis in Alberta’s Post Secondary Education sector by the University of Lethbridge’s outgoing Dean of Arts and Science

Our outgoing Dean of Arts and Science, Chris Nicol, has been a very active participant in recent local public discussion of recent funding cuts in Post-Secondary Education introduced unexpectedly by the provincial government.

His position, as both a Dean and an economist, give him a very strong basis for explaining the history, impact, and correctness (or not) of the assumptions underlying the government’s recent about-face on University funding.

Some of the pieces are quite detailed rather than popular, but it is always thrilling to see somebody actually in administration speak truth to power. Or perhaps that should be “finally thrilling”?

Here’s a link to the directory with the relevant PDFs: http://people.uleth.ca/~nicolc/Alberta_PSE_Reports/

Chris has recently revamped his webpages. The look like they will be well worth paying attention to in the immediate future!

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New: Spreadsheet formulas for converting letter gr…

New: Spreadsheet formulas for converting letter grades to percentages and percentages to letter grades is.gd/SPxCaT #dpod


Spreadsheet formulas for converting letter grades to percentages and percentages to letter grades

Below are links to spreadsheets containing my standard formulas for converting from letters grades to percentages and vice versa.

I use the first formula (letter grades to percentages) when I am marking work qualitatively (e.g. essays, translations, and other things that are not easily scored numerically), but need a number to use in calculating the final grade; I use the second formula (percent to letter grade) when I am calculating the final grade for submission to the University (the University recrds only letter grades). With some tweaking, you could use this second formula to convert to grade points or to other systems (e.g. First/Second class, and so on).

There are two versions of each formula: a dynamic and a static version. The static version is simply the formula I use in my spreadsheets and it is based on the letter:percentage equivalences defined elsewhere on my website. The dynamic version is built within the spreadsheet using numbers supplied by the user. This has the advantage of being adaptable, but it has the disadvantage of requiring you to copy more cells into your own spread sheet if you want to use it (because it depends on internal references, you need to copy both the formula and the table of equivalences in the stylesheet). In both cases, there are instructions (hopefully clear) on how to use the formulas in your own grade spreadsheets.

Here is the text of the static formula (it assumes its data is coming from cell A32 in the first case and A35 in the second. The easiest way of adapting it to your own uses is to paste the formulas into cells B32 or B35. After you have done that they should autoatically change depending on where you place them in the spreadsheet):

=IF(A32="A+",1,IF(A32="A",0.92,IF(A32="A-",0.88,IF(A32="B+",0.84,IF(A32="B",0.8,IF(A32="B-",0.76,IF(A32="C+",0.72,IF(A32="C",0.68,IF(A32="C-",0.64,IF(A32="D+",0.6,IF(A32="D",0.56,IF(A32="F",0.334,A32))))))))))))

=IF(A35<0.495,"F",IF(A35<0.575,"D",IF(A35<0.615,"D+",IF(A35<0.655,"C-",IF(A35<0.695,"C",IF(A35<0.735,"C+",IF(A35<0.775,"B-",IF(A35<0.815,"B",IF(A35<0.855,"B+",IF(A35<0.895,"A-",IF(A35<0.935,"A","A+")))))))))))

Open/Libre office version: http://ubuntuone.com/1iBn3HjozhiNpzEV4W7siQ

Excel Version (converted by Open Office): http://ubuntuone.com/0qcsHBnCKcHD5wrkT5bSTw

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