DS 106: Finishing strong!

Reverend : April 28, 2010 2:08 am : announcements, assignments

OK everyone,

First and foremost I want to thank each and everyone of you for a wonderful semester. You all rolled with the punches beautifully, and I really couldn’t have asked for a better group. I appreciate your patience with my experimenting, and know the future class(es) will benefit from your willingness to play—nothing like the very first batch of lab rats from ds106 🙂

As to business, let’s wrap up strong. Here is the list of things I am expecting from you by midnight Thursday, 4/29:

1) Reflection (details can be found here)

2) Archiving your blog. (Details can be found here, and those of you planning on mapping your domain on UMW Blogs or let me know if you need help.)
Also, anyone who is planning on switching web hosting but hasn’t talked to me about it yet, please do by Thursday if you need help.

3) Cancel your web hosting with Cast Iron Coding by Thursday. Send an email requesting to cancel the service to Many of you already have, but please be sure to take care of this so you aren’t charged for the service again in May.

4) The domain you leased through Godaddy is yours for one full year. However, before you forget or lose your login info for Godaddy, please be sure to login there and make sure the renewal of your domain is manual not automatic. if it is automatic it ill be renewed without warning you, potentially costing you money you don’t want to spend.

5) Important!! Once you have archived your blog I need you to add the new URL it is archived at to the Course List on the course blog here.

6) Finally (and also Important!!), I need each of you to change one setting in your newly archived blog. In the Settings—>Reading option in the backend of your blog I need you to change the “Syndication feed show the most recent 10 posts” to the most recent 100 posts. (See the screenshot below.) This is important because it will allow me to re-archive all your work at the new URL back into the course blog seamlessly.

OK, that’s it from me. Have a great Summer, and your grades will be entered as soon as Friday.


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Google Search Stories

Reverend : April 19, 2010 11:42 pm : announcements

I just discovered the “Google Search Stories” tool that basically creates a story for you through a series of logically related search terms that frame a narrative. I played with it for a bit, and in the right hands this could be a very fun tool.

Here is an example featuring nothing other than the Zombie Apocalypse.

[kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Via Alec Couros

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Archiving Your Site

Reverend : April 15, 2010 4:10 pm : announcements, assignments, Tutorial, tutorials

First and foremost—backup everything.

Here is how.
1) Moving your course blog(s) to a freely hosted solution*****:
Did I mention backup everything?

In your WordPress Blog export all your work by going to….


After that, Setup new blog on, blogger, umwblogs, etc.

Once you have created a new site, go to….


(This will be different in Blogger)

After that all your posts, pages, and comments should import cleanly.

You may want to check to see if the images still link to the old site or the new one.


If you want to keep your domain but not keep webhosting you pay for this is possible?

Tutorial for mapping your domain…

****If your domain name has changed you have to check and see whether your images broke, etc. Go through your posts and be sure to see if everything is still working.

2) Moving your work to a new server:
This is a two step process:

a) You need to backup everything on your existing web hosting to your local disk (always the first step).

Then download all of your folders and files to your desktop locally. Also, you will need to manually download your SQL files for your applications.

Also, go to your WordPress blog(s) and export the work. Go to…


b) Then you need to get a new hosting service, some options: Bluehost, Dreamhost, etc.

You can still use your existing domain name if you’d like by pointing it to the new nameservers provided by your new host through the Godaddy interface.

After the new host is setup up, you should use Fantastico or simple scripts to create the a new WordPress blogs in the same space directory space you had them on the original webhosting setup.

For example,

Once you have created a new blog in the same space, login and import your old blog:

Tools –> Import

c) After that, you will need to upload your exitisng theme and plugins to this new blog via the file manager in CPanel or via FTP.

You can find your old theme and plugin in the wp-content/themes and wp-content/plugins folders.

Also, you can simply upload the index.html file you have created to the root of your public html files for that to work (along with any associated files like images).

****Note if you are uploading your work to a new domain on a new server, you will have to check to see if the links and images are still working after the import.

3) Finally add the new location for your blog to the course list on the course blog with your new blog URL. Additionally, it is a good time to add the URL for your flickr accounts, YouTube accounts, etc.

This list will be the last thing I check before I put in your grades, so it must be working and accurate by then if you are getting rid of your domain.

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LOC to archive every single tweet ever

Reverend : April 14, 2010 1:20 pm : announcements

Timing is everything, Library of Congress has announced they will archive every single tweet ever made.

It’s as if they were in our class last night 🙂

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Week 15 Presentations Sign-up Sheet

Reverend : April 14, 2010 1:13 am : announcements, assignments

During the final week of classes, each of you will be giving a four minute presentation (and no more than four minutes) on the digital story you created over the course of the last several weeks.

The signup sheet for date and times you can present is here.

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Individual Meetings Outside Class

Reverend : April 14, 2010 1:09 am : announcements, assignments

As I mentioned tonight, I will expect each of you to setup an individual meeting with me outside of class over the next week and a half in order to go over the specifics of the archiing project as well as to discuss the details of your story. A kind of exit interview if you will.

Sign-up here, time slots are first come/first serve.

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Talk tonight “From Pop to Peep”

Reverend : March 31, 2010 10:46 am : announcements

As mentioned in class yesterday, here is the info on the presentation tonight in Jepson 100. I’d be fascinated to get your response to the talk via a blog post.

“From Pop to Peep: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors”
(in the Age of Reality TV, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and so much more!)
Hal Niedzviecki
Author of “The Peep Diaries”
Will speak on Wednesday, March 31, at 7:30 PM in
Jepson 100

The talk is sponsored by CARC and the departments of Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, and Computer Science

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How privacy vanishes online

Reverend : March 17, 2010 10:42 pm : announcements

This article from the New York Times could be a very useful read for many of you as you think about your own web spaces, stories, etc. and how various elements of your life are increasingly lived online.

“How Privacy Vanishes Online”

A takeaway quote:

Jon Kleinberg, a professor of computer science at Cornell University who studies social networks, is skeptical that rules will have much impact. His advice: “When you’re doing stuff online, you should behave as if you’re doing it in public — because increasingly, it is.”

A bit of fear mongering, but I can’t say such advice might not be rather sound as we continue to work in a realm that is mined for data, archived and searched.

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Great Web Video Resource

Reverend : March 17, 2010 12:47 pm : announcements, Tutorial, tutorials

I’m currently in a presentation by my colleague Andy Rush how has created a great resource for all things video.

Check it out here.

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Hamlet in 60 Seconds

Reverend : March 16, 2010 3:36 pm : announcements

Just found this video that gives you Hamlet in 60 seconds:

And then there is the Hamlet as told via Facebook:

Image of Hamlet as told by Facebook screenshot

Via the Beyond WebCT Blog

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Back up! Back up! Back up!

Reverend : March 9, 2010 3:59 pm : announcements, Uncategorized

You all have done a lot of work in your own spaces now, and the fact is you are responsible for the work. If it disappears, something crashes, etc. it’s your responsibility. Given that, you need to back up your stuff, and here is a great post by Judi Meloni showing you how to do this in CPanel.

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Check out Rachael Dawne Writes

Reverend : March 9, 2010 1:22 pm : announcements

An example of a domain of one’s own that I think is brilliant is Rachael Dawne’s Aging & Advocacy blog (recently featured on UMW Blogs here) is passionate about advocating for the aging, and her blog has been tracing this interest of hers for almost two years. She has some excellent work on there, and her focus on a particular subject that interests her and integrating various resources from the internet as well as more protracted thoughts and idea about advocacy is a great recipe for an ongoing narrative of her interest.

Check out this video she recently linked to:

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Stuff for Starving Students

Reverend : March 9, 2010 1:17 pm : announcements

A very good resource authored by UMW students just like you about free services online for creating and managing your digital life.

Stuff for Starving Students

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Young Me/Now Me

Reverend : February 20, 2010 4:40 pm : announcements

Check out this excellent example of digital storytelling and photography, “Young Me/Now Me.” Might be something to experiment with.

Via Martha “Hacky Heather” Burtis.

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Yacht Rock

Reverend : February 17, 2010 1:28 pm : announcements, Uncategorized

Maybe one of the greatest video series ever online.

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Rotating Header Tutorial

Reverend : February 17, 2010 12:54 pm : announcements, Tutorial, tutorials

Shannon Hauser put together a nice tutorial for creating a rotating header for your WordPress blog. Anyone who is interested in playing with this will get extra-credit.

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Google Economics

Reverend : February 16, 2010 11:17 am : announcements

We touched on Google’s business model during our discussion of Tim O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 article, and in light of Victoria’s post about how dependent we’ve become on Google for finding anything and everything, check out Tony Hirst’s post that includes some excellent explanations of how Google works.

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EA’s Dante’s Inferno Trailer

Reverend : February 11, 2010 1:22 pm : announcements

So, as we move to video games in the coming weeks, check out this example of Dante’s Inferno grafted onto a video game (via Zach Davis).

I believe it as just released in North America yesterday (via the Wikipedia article), so I’m imagining no one has played it yet in this course.

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Tweetpocalypse Now

Reverend : February 9, 2010 3:29 pm : announcements

Storytelling with Twitter, an excellent example by Martha Burtis.


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Name That Movie 6

Reverend : February 9, 2010 3:04 pm : Alfred Hitchcock, announcements

Paul Rogers’s “Name that Movie 6” post is another manifestation of the movie in six images assignment we are working on—granted he knows nothing of our course and his blog is something I serendipitously stumbled upon. He draws iconic moments, sets, scenes, etc. in 6 frames for six movies. So, can you name this movie? Or any of the 5 others ? —-and if you look at the comments of the original post then you are cheating 🙂 (Via Jeff McClurken.)


The Class

Reverend : February 8, 2010 2:31 pm : announcements

Check out this a parody of the US version of [[The Office]] which re-situates the narrative logic of the show within a class about technology, via Michael Wesch’s Digital Ethnography blog at Kansas State University (we’ll be talking about Wesch’s work with his students when we get to video). I love this as an example of digital storytelling because it recognizes the way pop culture influences how we understand media, and affords this group the ability to play with that fact as a cheap and focused collaborative effort in which they all play a part.

If you all could do a similar parody, what pop cultural reference would you choose and why?

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Aggregated Comments across all sites

Reverend : February 3, 2010 1:59 pm : announcements

As you can see in the left-hand sidebar, the course site is aggregating comments across everyone’s blog so we can get a sense of who is saying what where. It also should reinforce just how important it is for you to comment on each others work (hint, hint).


How did I do this?

I uploaded and activated a plugin for WordPress called BDPRSS as a feed aggregaor, and used the accompanying widget BDPRSS Aggregator to have them show up in the sidebar. The power of plugins! If you experiment with these, be sure to upload them to your plugins directory in wp-content/plugins folder and activate them in the backend of your blog under the plugins section.  You have to activate both the BDPRSS plugin and the BDPRSS Aggregator widget. You can then add feeds to bdprss under the Rools–>RSS Feeds section of the WordPress backend.

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Required Viewing: Jon Udell’s “Heavy Metal Umlaut”

Reverend : February 2, 2010 9:24 pm : announcements

Today in class I mentioned Jon Udell‘s “Heavy Metal Umlaut,” a screencast that does the best job I’ve seen critically examining both how Wikipedia works, and why it is so remarkable as an experiment in social produced knowledge.

Also, for educational projects using Wikipedia, check out Jon Beasley-Murray’s Murder, Madness and Mayhem, wherein a Spanish Literature class at the University of British Columbia was charged with cleaning up, and or creating, Wikipedia articles about various Latin American novels. And the work they did is nothing short of amazing.

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Gardner Campbell on the “Personal Cyber Infrastructure”

Reverend : January 15, 2010 11:53 am : announcements

Here is the audio from Gardner Campbell’s Skyped in class discussion of the “Personal Cyber Infrastructure,” as well as his contention that technology is not stuff. The audio is far from perfect, but it may be use as a resource and reference when you are righting up your thoughts about Kaye and Goldberg’s essay, as well as Campbell’s.

Download Gardner Campbell on the “Personal Cyber Infrastructure”

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CIC Web Hosting Update

Reverend : January 13, 2010 1:11 pm : announcements

A few people got an error when they were signing up for web hosting at CIC. That is now resolved, and everything should work swimmingly.

And here’s the link to the sign-up page:

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