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Greg McVerry

Listened to the album, Story of Jamaican Music

By Only the Best of Reggae

Probably the best four disc box set in history. Tells the story of a music, movement, and people over a four album set.

Greg McVerry

A6 next step in is ask yourself can I finish the sentence, "My url is..." This isn't some "back in my day dream of html" we have historic proof HTML/CSS oboard more people into than any other tool for reading and writing in history

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A successful Homebrew Website Club New Haven

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Creating a learnign space on campus for students and alumni to gather to share their experiences has enriched my online teaching and provided students with an avenue for agency and artisty

On 2019-02-06 the local New Haven Homebrew Website Club met. As part of the global movement we join together to hack on websites. For many of my students this means building a site for the first time. For @SCSU alumni who attend they carry the website they began as students out in the real world and bring examples of how they use their sites in their classrooms.

New Name

At Wednesday's meeting we did decide a few things. Participants do not connect with the Homebrew Website Club. They do not know the history of the computer club once attended by Jobs and Gates and do not really care once they learn. So after some discussion we decided to revert our name back to the Elm City Webmakers. We will still host homebrew websiote club meetings but will brand these gatherings of the Elm City Webmakers.

Great Location

picture of room

Huge shout out to Dean Hegedus for building the active learnign lab where we meet. Today I was joined in person by two people. Natalie Caldwell, a student, and Drew McWeeney, an almuni

Awesome Goals

Natalie began byworking on her site. She wanted to learn how to add Bridgy and then to customize fonts and colors. Natalie even played with a bit of microformats

Drew came to the Elm City Webmaker gathering to work on his Grav site. Drew is working on instructional design for the American Red Cross. After discussing why he was using Grav for whta was a single webpage we decided to roll up opur sleeves and learn to spin up a web page by writing HTML.

Overall a great first meeting this month. I am looking forward to seeing even more people in two weeks.

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

JSON-LD and Why I Hate the Semantic Web | The Beautiful, Tormented Machine

If you want to make the Semantic Web a reality, stop making the case for it and spend your time doing something more useful, like actually making machines smarter or helping people publish data in a way that’s useful to them.

The W3C is a consortium of mostly for-profit companies and they have things they care about like market share, quarterly profits, and drowning goats (kidding!)… except for, anyone can join as long as you pay the membership dues! My point is that because there is a lack of transparency at times, it makes even the best Working Group less responsive to the general public

So, in 2010 we kicked off the JSON-LD work by making it radically open and we fought for that openness every step of the way. Anyone can join the group, anyone can vote on decisions, anyone can join the teleconferences, there are no closed door sessions, and we record the audio of every meeting.

Bad feature ideas can be argued for months and rationalized because smart people, lacking any sort of compelling real world data, are great at debating and rationalizing bad decisions.

That said, after 7+ years of being involved with Semantic Web / Linked Data, our company has never had a need for a quad store, RDF/XML, N3, NTriples, TURTLE, or SPARQL. When you chair standards groups that kick out “Semantic Web” standards, but even your company can’t stomach the technologies involved, something is wrong.


Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

okay to say Black History Month. That is official name. It is also sometimes not culturally responsive to say African-American, especially in places like Connecticut that have large Caribbean populations who prefer term Black rather than being labeled AA

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And the manual what a great geography game ##sschat

And the manual what a great geography game ##sschat

Take advantage of popularity of new show and teach some video game history with your geography.

Greg McVerry

@RubenVerborgh Then please model for your students how to do this work. Calling out someone to their employer is not cool, and you were also incorrect in the persons employment history and seriously underestimated the criticism lobbed at the three companies you cites.

Greg McVerry

@RubenVerborgh Umm since we are talking semantics, technically none of those pages start with a criticism section. I was hoping you would add to the Inrupt page. I spent some time looking for history and examples but I just do not know it.