Persistent Check Off List

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Origin Story We’re doing the Photography is Magic course again this semester. One thing we do the first week is go around and the room and students say a word that has something to do with their major, life etc. We also name some cliche image types from Instagram. We end up with a large list of words that form the basis of a photography scavenger hunt. We ended up with 67 words this time around. This time around I decided I’d try to do all the words by the next class. I started another account and began taking the pictures. I quickly realized I couldn’t easily remember what I’d shot and wanted a quick reference for words I needed and to keep track of what I’d already done. Try it out here if you’d like. Making it Since the words were already in Google Sheets I went with the typical Sheets to JSON pattern. I’ve covered that way too many times on this site already. The more interesting part was using local storageJeff had advised using this rather than cookies for something else I did earlier and I remembered it this time around. to keep the value of the checkboxes. I found an article on it and was able to repurpose that code in a few minutes to do […] […]

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Simple Content Restrictor Plugin

Origin Story I had a number of emails from people trying to restrict content in various ways. One person wanted to restrict access because they were editing previously published content. Another person wanted more of a traditional membership-style option with the ability to restrict certain content based on user roles. I looked at some of the plugins out there but felt that building something a little less corporate1 would be pretty easy. It’ll likely evolve as I get some people using it but it’s here now if you want to mess with it. Making It This plugin uses the Advanced Custom Fields plugin as it saves me tons of hassle building custom field interfaces. ACF Stuff First, these two pieces enable me to sync up ACF field data without the drama of import/export or hard coding it into PHP.2 Now, I started off hand-writing the user levels as items. While easy, it felt wrong because there might be other user levels created by other plugins and they’d end up left out. I realized I could just add the user roles automatically like so. This will list all the user roles on the site as options. Filtering the Content My original idea was that I could just use use WP’s content filter. That is what I did but things got more […] […]

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Simple Content Restrictor Plugin

Origin Story I had a number of emails from people trying to restrict content in various ways. One person wanted to restrict access because they were editing previously published content. Another person wanted more of a traditional membership-style option with the ability to restrict certain content based on user roles. I looked at some of the plugins out there but felt that building something a little less corporate1 would be pretty easy. It’ll likely evolve as I get some people using it but it’s here now if you want to mess with it. Making It This plugin uses the Advanced Custom Fields plugin as it saves me tons of hassle building custom field interfaces. ACF Stuff First, these two pieces enable me to sync up ACF field data without the drama of import/export or hard coding it into PHP.2 Now, I started off hand-writing the user levels as items. While easy, it felt wrong because there might be other user levels created by other plugins and they’d end up left out. I realized I could just add the user roles automatically like so. This will list all the user roles on the site as options. Filtering the Content My original idea was that I could just use use WP’s content filter. That is what I did but things got more […] […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-08-11

What The Hell Was Megadeth, Arizona? – Robin Sloan Bechtel – MediumA DIGITAL POSTCARD—This was one of the first applications where one could send a graphic via email, which programmers told us was technically impossible. Stop Using Zip Codes for Geospatial Analysis — CARTO BlogAfter creating this as a new table we can see that the majority of the most unequal zip codes tend to be in cities or larger metro areas and more equal zip codes tend to be in rural areas around the country. Meta-analysis of faculty’s teaching effectiveness: Student evaluation of teaching ratings and student learning are not related – ScienceDirectOur up-to-date meta-analysis of all multisection studies revealed no significant correlations between the SET ratings and learning. These findings suggest that institutions focused on student learning and career success may want to abandon SET ratings as a measure of faculty’s teaching effectiveness. am I the asshole? behavior rulesBe interesting to see how these would play in other commenting/social networking scenarios. Cicada 3301 – WikipediaMany have speculated that the puzzles are a recruitment tool for the NSA, CIA, MI6, a “Masonic conspiracy”[13] or a cyber mercenary group.[1][8] Others have claimed Cicada 3301 is an alternate reality game. No company or individual has taken credit for it or attempted to monetize it, however.[11] Agrippa (A Book of the Dead) […] […]

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WPlus WordPress Theme

Origin Story There once was a group who really liked Google Plus. With the demise of the service, they were unhappy. With this request, I wondered if we might just build a very similar experience in WordPress. I think I ended up getting pretty close. The Look The theme is built using our normal pattern of bending Understrap so it uses Bootstrap at its core. The theme is here. I don’t know if this works decently or not (vertical slider gets kind of lost) but I took a shot at making the WordPress theme comparable to the Google Plus layout using juxtapose. If you’re anything like me, you have no real memory of what Google Plus looked like and I want you to appreciate this. Luckily I still have access to G+ through my VCU account for at least a while longer. The Masonry Grid I didn’t think too hard when I opted to make the initial masonry layout.1 I used what seemed like a really handy path. What I didn’t pay attention to was that this particular masonry-sort goes top to bottom and then left to right. Since that was brought to my attention, I’ve gone back to the G+ layout and tried to see more logic behind how they did it and what the sort order is but […] […]

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