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Sev TNG: Program #9

I guess the subtext here is something sexual in nature? The punchline sort of works because it it leaves a lot to the imagination, but it's not all that funny :-/

(original archive here)

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Adieu Storify

Seems like today's news comes in the form of the demise of Storify - a tool that I don't often use, but many in my academic circle tend to love.  The tool allows you to aggregate content from other social media sites, like facebook, twitter, instagram, the web (and more) and put those in collections called...Stories!  I've used it a few times for conferences, but the last time I really used it - according to my most decent stories, was six years ago. I guess the tool wasn't as useful for my own day-to-day work as it is for others.

I've downloaded my stories for posterity (the HTML5 export was so-so).

Here's the announcement(ish):

Storify End-of-Life

What changes are being made to

Unfortunately, Storify will no longer be available after May 16, 2018.

Can I still create a new account?

As of December 12, 2017, no new accounts can be created.

What should customers using expect?

Existing Storify customers can continue to use all capabilities of the service until May 16, 2018, except for the ability to create new stories which will end on May 1, 2018. Be sure to export any content you would like to keep by May 16, 2018, using the export functionality in Storify.

How do I export content from Storify?

Exporting content from Storify can be done in a few simple steps:
  1. Log in to Storify at
  2. Mouse over the story that contains content you would like to export and select "View."
  3. Click on the ellipses icon and select "Export."
  4. Choose your preferred format for download.
  5. To save your content and linked assets in HTML, select - File > Save as > Web Page, Complete.
  6. Repeat the process for each story whose content you would like to preserve.

When will my content on Storify be removed?

After May 16, 2018, accounts and their content will no longer be accessible

What are my options if I want to continue to use Storify? will no longer be available after May 16, 2018. If you are interested in gaining access to Storify 2, a feature of Livefyre, you will be required to purchase a Livefyre license.

Who should I contact to get more information?

For more information about Livefyre, Storify or for help with downloading content please contact


As a Storify developer, how will I be impacted by this change?

You can continue to develop any existing stories built with the Storify API until 5pm PST May 16, 2018. You will not be able to create new stories after May 1, 2018. Be sure to export your content by May 16, 2018, according to the instructions above. Please contact with questions.

Can I continue to submit requests for bug fixes?

Beginning December 12, 2017, you will no longer be able to submit requests for bug fixes to Zendesk or Storify.

What should I expect if I currently have an open ticket for a bug?

Beginning December 12, 2017, no new or existing bug fixes will be addressed.

What will you use instead?
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A castlevania christmas

A little humor found this past weekend on Kotaku's Sunday Comics (especially for those Castlevania fans) :-)

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Winter Wonderland is here!

One of my favorite seasonal STO events is here: Q's winter wonderland - where mischievous Q transports you to a...ermmm...winter wonderland...complete with winter events, winter clothing, and a new limited edition ship that you can claim.

The Kramp'Ihr

This year's addition to the game is the Kramp'Ihr - melding human winter-time monsters like the Krampus with Klingon undead (the Fekh'Ihr).  It seems rather fun as an event and it's funny to be blasting away with oversized toys at this broom wielding Christmas demon.  The ship this year is the last of the T5 --> T6 upgrades for the Breen ships we had gotten in years past.  I wonder if at this point we've exhausted the Breen, in terms of their ships, or if we'll see a few more Breen ships before we switch to another cold-climate start trek species.

This year's ranged weapon

Finally, after a few years of not caring, and a few years of giving up on this accolade, I ended up earning the Holiday Chef accolade.  I bought some of the rarer recipes off the exchange since I've farmed enough energy credits to do so. It only took me 4 years to get this, but my accolade hunt is moving along nicely.

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The Disturbing History of the Suburbs

An interesting bit of American history from College Humor (via Alec Couros)

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Pocket Year-in-Review

I guess the year-in-review engines have started early this year for various social media platforms.  Earlier today I got a link for my Year-in-Review for Pocket.  What's odd is that because of various projects I've been working on I didn't think I did all that much reading on Pocket. I guess I did more reading than I thought I did...

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Sev TNG: Dr. Polaski joins the crew

I do wonder if there is a universe there (or a book series?) where Polaski and Crusher meet and collaborate...

(original archive here)

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Wait...did I read that?

When I kicked off my plan to get my dissertation proposal done (last spring), I had earmarked this fall semester as the literature review semester. I had a sense that it would take quite some time to do, but I didn't think it would take me the entire fall semester.  I guess hope for the best, plan for the worst is the operative phrase. 

Over the past few years I've been collecting articles on MOOCs. Even though I could not read them at the time, I thought they might become useful down the road.  Now that I've started the literature review, it seems that my search net has brought some some of the same articles from years past (that I forgot I had).  Also, because articles on MOOCs tend to cite the same sources, sometimes I wonder if I've read the article before, or if I've seen it cited so many times, from so many different researchers, that I feel as though I've read it.  Anyway - only 27 more PDFs to read in this initial round of the literature review. Onward and upward...

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Don't be a Turkey

This came across my feeds sometime during Thanksgiving, so in a sense it's a bit late, but considering that Turkeys are traditional in quite a few norther European cultures for Christmas, I might be a little early ;-).  Some humorous commentary on Ajit Pai the current FCC chairman (and subsequently the corporatecracy...or just corpocracy that's ruling us these days) and the upcoming fight for net neutrality.

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Καλό μήνα!

Σας εύχομαι όλους (όποιος διαβάζει ακόμα :p) καλό μήνα :-) Για το πότε ήρθε και έφυγε ο Νοέμβριος... ούτε που το κατάλαβα.  Άντε να έρθουν και οι χριστουγεννιάτικες διακοπές :-)

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