Make. It. Stop.
The group of WPMU rockstars at UBC’s OLT just whipped up a fantastic new plugin for administrators of a WPMU site to get a feel for the growth of the community. It generates a graph to display growth in numbers of blog posts and comments over time, and uses the Google Data Visualization API to let you interactively define data ranges to be graphed.
Here’s the growth of UCalgaryBlogs.ca graphed for the last 2 semesters:
Another fantastic job by the OLT blogging platform crew. Now, to just add users and pages, and it’ll be perfect… 😉
looooonnnnng early morning shadows along the Bowmont Natural Pathway. In the background is the Stoney Trail overpass, and barely visible behind that are the Rocky Mountains.
I’ve been finding these Star People showing up in my notes and whiteboards ever since Northern Voice 2009 where Nancy White introduced them as part of her hands-on Graphic Recording workshop during Moose Camp.
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the 365photos challenge for March was “green” – seems simple, and I had a shot in my head. But we’ve had so much snow that everything is still buried and/or hibernating. No sign of green outside yet. So I had to settle for something green inside – a small tree in our kitchen, against the green wall. and, at 9am, it’s still so dark that I had to use a tripod to get a shot without having to use the flash. sigh.
I think the tension might be a little too high on these lines.
I love Creative Commons. Because I tagged my photos with a CC license, a small and local magazine found some of my photographs, and was able to use them in a recent issue. I didn’t make a penny, and it didn’t cost them a penny. But they were able to find good images for what they needed, and I get to say my photos are in a magazine. Win/win.
science theatres 148, filling up with students ready to work on their group projects. I still have flashbacks every time I walk into this room.
I’m working with a class of 250+ geology undergrads, split up into 53 groups. They’re using a WordPress site to publish online presentations as the product of a semester-long group project. I’m using the great WP-Sentry plugin to let them collaboratively author the pages without worrying about other students in the class being able to edit their work (I know – but it makes them more comfortable so it’s a good thing to add).
The premise is this – I created a Page called, creatively enough, “Winter 2009” – and each of the groups is to create a page (or set of pages) and add them to the site – and selecting “Winter 2009” as the parent page for the main page of their presentation. They are free to create as many other pages as they like, and can set those to use their first page as the parent, thereby generating a table of contents.
Works great. Except that the WP-Sentry plugin hijacks the “Private” state of pages, and the tree of Pages available in the Parent selector is based on “Published” pages.
Conflict. Confusion. Frustration.
The students could either collaborate on the pages, or organize them in the tree structure.
Of course they could create the pages and add them to the tree structure and THEN enable the WP-Sentry-managed group editing controls, but YOU try explaining that process to 250 undergrads, all stressed out about building web pages as part of a geology course.
So… I dug into the code to see what was yanking “Private” pages from the Parent list. Turns out, it’s in
wp-includes/post.php, waaaay down on line 2618 (as of WPMU 2.7). All I did was remove the
" AND post_status = 'publish'" bit, and it now appears to be listing all pages.
I’m quite sure I borked something else, but for now I’m leaving the Parent list wide open until the students are done publishing their presentations.
Update: Unintended consequence #242: Looks like with the tweak, Private pages show up where they’re not expected. I’m disabling the tweak for now until I can find a better way (if that’s even possible).
I tried the promising new iPhone / iPod Touch app “Blackboard Learning” hoping to have a cool and efficient way to connect to Blackboard from my pocket computer. No such luck. There’s always something in the way of making the LMS experience fun…
Your institution is blocking Sync for the iPhone.
I don’t know if this is a version mismatch – are we running the wrong version of Blackboard? – or if it’s just a new building block that needs to get rolled out on campus. Either way, frustration.
hrm. the Links category is _supposed_ to be yanked out of the main RSS feed, but it looks like the last Links post still made it in. I don’t know how it snuck through. Grumble.
a white rabbit was hanging out at the bus stop this morning, and took off as I approached.
a student walks toward campus on a very icy path worn into the sidewalk’s packed snow.
the bio sciences building emerging from the latest blanket of snow.