Author Archives: Matthew W

@media for bandwidth

Currently, a website can serve up different content based on a visitor’s screen resolution with @media queries in CSS. This idea has been recently extended so that a site can also deliver different images depending on pixel density using the <picture> tag … Continue reading

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Don’t eat my bandwidth

Mobile data and bandwidth is a costly and limited resource for many people. Below is a proposal to give people better control over media-intense sites. It’s designed for FirefoxOS as first emerged at Mozfest and explored in Rethink the Browser. I welcome your feedback … Continue reading

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Rethink the Browser

At Mozfest, I facilitated a session called, Rethink the Browser. We imagined new ways to peek beyond the surface of a web site to enable smarter, safer browsing on the mobile web. This excellent group generated a lot of ideas, in … Continue reading

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Styles of Style

How can a code editor be useful for new learners and seasoned students of the craft? How can an editor adapt to optimize for both mobile screens and desktops? Do the answers to the first question overlap with the second? … Continue reading

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Help Me Read This – App for Grandma

A few weeks ago in Portland, I worked with the great Mobile Appmaker team. A conversation with them sparked an idea for me as we talked about the apps a family might make for themselves–highly local and personal apps. I had an idea for … Continue reading

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Literacy in the Wild

What if your web browser was also a mentor? What if it could teach you about the web, not with tutorials, but in the context of your routines and wanderings across the internet? I explored this idea with @zeejab and a then … Continue reading

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Templates make Open Badges even more open

Mozilla’s BadgeKit introduces the idea of Badge Templates, making Open Badges even a little more open. Templates will help us make related badges more easily. They can also enable you to share your ideas and methods with other people and … Continue reading

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BadgeKit Domains

As you might have heard, Mozilla OpenBadges has a new platform in the works called BadgeKit. It aims to simplify the building and issuing of badges. To plan for this project, the team and community has explored its key attributes. … Continue reading

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Badge Links

At Mozfest, I heard several different people talking about badges with connections. Their ideas took a few different forms. Some talked about the idea of leveling up, while others discussed megabadges unlocked by earning a whole series. Chloe and Mike … Continue reading

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Me + Open Badges

I came to badges through a few paths. One was a concern about the future of higher learning in the US. Like many other people, I was worried about growing bubble of student debt, billions owed and ever more untenable … Continue reading

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Diaspora Still

Diaspora was a project with huge promise, and that promise still remains. I think people were ok with some growing pains, but much of the design was not well considered. It was confusing to join and participate. Also — people … Continue reading

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There’s an App Machine for That

A colleague recently shared a link with a listserve I’m on to App Machine. She succinctly asked: “Designer killer?” I joined the dialogue that followed and offered: I’ll add a little hindsight… Q: Did WordPress and Squarespace kill the web … Continue reading

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Forecasting the News

Software Predicts Tomorrow’s News by Analyzing Today’s and Yesterday’s Technology Review (02/01/13) Tom Simonite Researchers at Microsoft and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed software that predicts when and where disease outbreaks might occur, based on 22 years of … Continue reading

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Smart Disruption

A photoshop plugin that disrupts a user’s attempt to create false beauty. Aimed at ad agencies and magazine designers, it’s a smart campaign to draw attention to a practice by an industry within that industry itself.

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Algorithms and self-fulfilling prophesies

Google Now, the app that does your search before you realize you need it, added a new term to its service recently. It now has the ability to use the mic and camera without your permission, i.e. without notifying you … Continue reading

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Webmakers

Note: I created this graphic before I started working for Mozilla. A map of Mozilla Webmaker tools and services with a look at how people might enter this domain and move between the elements. It identifies a few opportunities to … Continue reading

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instructable futures

This is a future scenario. It’s an exercise to examine and amplify existing technological and social changes. Thanks to persistent documentation, filtering, and tagging of everyone’s experiences, success, and failures, we live in a learning world. We engage with micro, … Continue reading

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matrix in the wild

The Emergent Matrix is being used by a course called Co-op Lab on participatory design in the Integrated Design Program at Parsons. Students are collecting examples of different collaborative tools, processes, and systems that could serve as useful analogies for … Continue reading

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Monumental Data Toys

Quick dump of ideas from a conversation on data, toys, and nyc. rename the monument to fit current neighborhood demographics access monument build date? monument as immigrant or gentrifier filter contemporary debates thru monuments like xtranormal move the monument to where it … Continue reading

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Play & Journalism

Play is the freedom of movement within a more rigid structure. (wiggle room.) Play provides the opportunity for emergent experience and personal expression. Can play in journalism open a space to create objectivity created by the audience person? What do … Continue reading

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Copenhagen Workshop Video

Here is a great video that the Bicycle Innovation Lab put together of our workshop at IT University in Copenhagen.

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Denmark Public Radio

During my trip to Copenhagen, I talked with Harddisken, a radio show on technology and society. For all you Danish speakers out there, some text and 09 Dec Radio Program.

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Scraping versus APIs

I Don’t Need No Stinking API: Web Scraping For Fun and Profit, and the conversation about it on Hacker News.

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In Sum

Here’s an attempt to summarize my work on Cyclee. It’s dense, but I hope readable, and interesting enough to introduce the project and inspire a further read. (I’m jet-lagged in Copenhagen. I can almost hear the millions of wheel spokes … Continue reading

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Notes from the EcoHack Underground

On November 9th & 10th, I participated in EcoHack NYC. This event helped push Cyclee forward and forge a stronger connection to #bikenyc. The group of people focused on bikes worked on a range of projects, some specific to Cyclee, … Continue reading

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Participad

Participad enables realtime collaborative editing in WordPress. It’s powered by Etherpad Lite. http://participad.org/ Participad has three modules – three different ways of integrating Etherpad Lite into your WordPress installation, each of which can be turned on or off. Dashboard – … Continue reading

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