Web Standards Sherpa Closing

It’s the end of an era. The web site that dedicated itself to publishing articles about best practices and web standards at webstandardssherpa.com is shutting down. Here’s how Aaron Gustafson, the founder, put it in his announcement on Facebook ....more

Thought Germs, Anger, and Spreading Memes (Video)

“This video will make you angry” is the name of this video from @GCPGrey. I think it could be useful in a Web Education class. © vdebolt for Web Teacher, 2015 ....more

Review: Badass: Making Users Awesome

product Badass: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra is from O’Reilly (2015). This book is about motivation and skills and progress and brain science. It shows you how to use motivation and skill levels and learning progress by being badass, by modeling badass, and by giving you the badass version of learning how to be badass ....more

Interactive Video: Think of the Possibilities for Education

Scene from Jack Black’s “That Black Bat Licorice” video I’ve seen a couple of interactive videos recently. One was an version of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.” In the Bob Dylan video, you use up and down arrow keys to move between various visuals, all perfected coordinated with the song. I’m unable to embed the video here, but I urge you to check it out and play with the interactive elements ....more

Blogging for Beginners: How to Choose and Get a Domain Name

Thinking of starting a new website? You'll need to choose a domain name for your new site, then buy that domain name. Let's take a look at some of the basics you'll need to get a domain name you love. ...more
pinesandpalmettos Excellent tips. Thanks!more

The Basics of Choosing and Obtaining a Domain Name

Thinking of starting a new website? Two preliminary steps are choosing a domain name for your new site and then buying that domain name. Let’s take a look at some of the basics involved in that process ....more

Grace Hopper: The Queen of Code

Grace Hopper: The Queen of Code is a documentary about Grace Hopper. It’s the latest film in FiveThirtyEight’s Signals series. This is a short film and would be excellent to show students in a beginning computing or history of computing class ....more

Twitter Wants Photos, Not Links, from Instagram Users

It made news this week when Twitter asked Instagram users to post images directly to Twitter instead of posting a link to the photo on Instagram. When an image is posted on Instagram, the user can choose to send a link to the image to Twitter. An image from Instagram will show up on Facebook when shared there, but Facebook owns Instagram ....more

Another Dead Lesbian TV Character and the Question of Representation

Warning: Last Tango in Halifax spoilers. I write about pop culture on my blog at Old Aint Dead. One of the TV shows I love and spend time recapping is Last Tango in Halifax. I normally love everything about this BBC series. I love the old people having a romance, I love the lesbian couple having a romance, I love the mixed-up straight woman trying to figure out how to have a suitable romance. ...more
keep kate on the show; she can't die if bobby from dallas can return from the dead, then... kate ...more

CSS4 May Include Some Useful Pseudo Classes

The editor’s draft (emphasis on draft) for Level 4 Selectors from the W3C mentions some potential new pseudo selectors that the W3C describes as functional. The matches-any Pseudo Class This allows you to create a selector that targets a comma separated list of selectors. Here’s the syntax ....more