tuals - technologies for user-adaptive learning systems. Our mission
is to identify gaps in the application of cutting edge analytical technology. We aim to create a technologically enabled ecology of information that is scalable, robust and individually tailored, for which we will develop peerless collections of intelligent tuals that will learn and adapt to personal learning styles and will absorb, digest, categorize, visualize and repurpose digital information based on a dynamic model of the user's contextual perspective, as it is automatically derived from observing the user's engagement with the informational environment and from explicit user refinement.
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disappearing desktop icon in osx finder sidebar is really just a new one overwriting the original one

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So a while ago when I was figuring out how to get OSX leopard to do fast user switching I noticed that desktop icons (in the Finder sidebar) were different between accounts.

FlowSpaces. Correct Desktop Icon in Sidebar. New User. Picture 1.png

The new 'test' account had the 'default' icon that looks like a thumbnail of the actual desktop--not the 'special folder' icon that is is the default for the Desktop folder that you would see in your Home folder...

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Customizing Workspaces for Workflows on OSX leopard

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One of the things I always disliked (never blossomed into full hatred, given that I did not have a UNIX/LINUX background) was how all my processes or workflows open at once quickly became a mess. In particular, large workflows involving many windows were hard to manage.
In OSX, (thanks 'NIX-trolls, I know y'all had it first, long time ago) Exposé/Spaces offer a (less-than trouble-free) way to have multiple desktops open. What it does not offer is a way to successfully bind applications to a given space. Partly this has to do with the implementation of Spaces as a 'feature' of the Dock.

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Articulating my Research Question(s)

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My committee members have asked me to write up my research question.

The difficulty I have with expressing my research is deeply related to the latency I have permitted myself with describing my practice.

For me, research is synonymous with learning. In the social sciences and arts, 'discovery' is not as it is in basic science, or even applied science.

For a scientist, whose 'method' is nailed down by 100+ years of reified practice, research is experimental design, execution, and reporting.

For a social scientist who is trying to play the part, method is less adulated, venerated, and gilded calflike. It is various, not homogenous. It is a big question-mark.

If naturalism, empiricism, scientifism are not the basis of your method, what approach offers an adequate foundation?

Long ago I began exploring phenomenology and more recently have been trying to understand how it can be used as method.

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How the Pieces are coming Together

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So, I have decided to stop whining about how the tools 'just are not there' or 'just have so many shortcomings'.

From now onward, I am building a system - a dependable (ok, ill settle for pretty reliable and mostly stable) environment within which tailored workflows can be semi-automated to the best of my ability, and to the furthest extent possible with the available tools...

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Dock hints

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To open a Finder window for any folder in the Stacks area of OSX 10.5 dock:
   1. Left-click the icon in the dock while holding the Command key.
To reload the Dock (if the dock icons go wacky, or Spaces freezes up):
   1. Launch Terminal
   2. enter the command: killall Dock

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Rediscovering the utility of passion

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So after a very long hiatus, I am back blogging.
Im so excited about what I am doing now, that I can hardly type. My brain keeps running ahead to all the posts I want to write.
But lets start with where I am right now.
I have just picked up an old project and started a few new ones.

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needful (cuz they're so useful) apps

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These tools are the basis of much of my workflow design efforts.

Hazel Icon    MetaDataMover Icon    DockSpaces Icon    HyperSpaces Logo

Much of what I have been doing with 'FlowSpaces,' 'Mindful Media Management' and 'MetaData³ [managing, munging, & mobilizing]' projects could be called system customization

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Thanks for the email, Jimmy - Update on Bravia and integrated intel chipset

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A couple days ago I received an email from a reader. It reminded me that I should really post a follow up. Thanks for the email!

The ending to this story is a good one. I found out that:

S-video (round connector) cables are only built to transmit 480i. They can push up to 800x600, but it wont look great. And since they do it 'analog' with fewer dedicated channels than the SVGA cables, the quality will not usually be as good as an SVGA (traditional computer monitor connector) cable set to display at 640x480 or 800x600.

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pushing native 720p widescreen from an integrated graphics chipset


Oh my god, what a headache Intel's 945GM has turned out to be.

Not to mention Sony's lack of drivers for their Bravia KDL-40S3000.

Maybe I should have waited for 1080p to come down in price; but my lovely wife got a great doorbuster price on black friday. So the beast has finally arrived...and displays only 4:3 1024x768; not even the 16:9ish 1280x768 (black screen).

And I cannot get the Intel Drivers (updated to the latest Vista drivers, and even to a patch for high-resolution HD displays, just not the low-res HD...) to push 1360x768.

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google scholar search for "Graphical visualization of text similarities in essays in a book"


I used the title of the 'best' article I have found (focusing on visualization) in a google scholar search "Graphical visualization of text similarities in essays in a book"

Found at least 2 interesting viz-focused articles...

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