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WP Campus 18: Playing on the Web

Playing and learning involve experimentation, getting dirty, and breaking stuff. Both on the web and IRL, I want people to test a toy or a technology or a theory in order to see what it can provide and where it will break. In one of the opening lightning talks at WordPress Campus 18, Donna Talarico challenged us […]

OLC Innovate CFP Extended

The call for papers for OLC Innovate 19 has been extended to 11:59pm on September 26th. I’m co-program chair with Kate Sonka this year, so I particularly want to appeal to all the people I know to share their wonderful work with us in Denver in April. In the video below, I chatted with Kate […]

An Interview with Jean Twenge about the iGen

To kick off OLC Accelerate Live, I interviewed Prof. Jean Twenge a couple of weeks ago about her recent book iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us. Prof. Twenge teaches in the Department of Psychology at San […]

Getting Started with WordPress in OU Create

It’s back to school season, and for me that means helping students and faculty set up websites. The Office of Digital Learning at the University of Oklahoma provides a service called OU Create which provides a web domain and server space for students, staff, and faculty to build websites. Working in partnership with Reclaim Hosting, […]

Saving Marshall

The first guitar tube amp I ever purchased was a Marshall JCM 800 head and 4×12 cab. I was taking my first guitar lessons from a classmate of my dad’s, and my instructor had just bought a second JCM 800, an extremely limited release (600 total) Zakk Wylde JCM 800. I imagine it was a […]

Google Sheets Blogging CMS, part 2

This is the second post in a three part series on using Google Sheets as the database for  a blogging CMS. In this post, I’ll walk you through the Google Sheet itself and the Google scripts (their version of js) that drive it. In the first post, I explained the motivations for building the system. In […]

Google Sheets Blogging CMS, part 1

This is the first post in a three part series on using Google Sheets as the database for  a blogging CMS. In this post, I’ll explain the motivations for building the system. In the second post, I’ll walk you through the Google Sheet itself and the Google scripts (their version of js) that drive it. […]

Resurrecting Now and the Next

In 2012, I built a simple one-page website for an event that was being held on campus. I was just getting my WordPress designer sea legs under me, and was pretty enthralled with the idea of the “one-pager.” The title for the event was “The Now and the Next” and it was about engaging early […]

Getting Ready for Gutenberg

Sometime in the fall, we will get WordPress 5.0. This new release is called Gutenberg after the 15th century Bible printer.  I have installed a beta version of it on a test website called gutenberg.johnastewart.org, and wrote this post using the new interface. Last week I attended a talk on the coming “Gutenpocalyse” at WPCampus 18. Many of […]

WP Campus 18 First Notes

This week, I’m attending WP Campus 18 in St. Louis, MO. For the conference, presenters are encouraged to create some sort of online artifact (usually a WP site) to share their slides and resources. Here’s mine. I’m really impressed by the conference in terms of some of the organizational things they are doing. Online artifacts […]

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