Author: Ryan

Already got a domain? I challenge you to reclaim your server.

It started with a chai latte. The other day, I was poking around the list of apps available for automatic installation for Domain of One’s Own participants. I have experience with WordPress, Moodle, phpBB, MediaWiki, and YOURLS, but there are 100+ other applications that I’ve never used or seen, let alone installed and configured. I…

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Moving into month #2

Some assorted thoughts as I enter month #2 of my employment here at UMW: I have been here … for a month? I have been here FOR A MONTH. My perspective on this is short and narrow so far, but it seems strange that a liberal arts college would focus so aggressively on attracting more…

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Hypothes.is just might make the web relevant again.

RSS this, syndication that — my new colleagues here at DTLT have a torrid love affair with web feeds, and rightfully so. Of the media I consume online, probably 60% of it comes from the 113 sites I follow via my preferred RSS reader, with the other 40% consisting mainly of activity on Twitter, Netflix, and Hulu.…

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Well-behaved [minorities] seldom make history.

This spring has been a total whirlwind for me, on both professional and personal levels. Exhibit A: On March 2nd, I was sitting in an alumni leadership meeting at my alma mater, being briefed on the latest in a string of racist, homophobic, anti-semitic attacks on campus, and the actions the administration had been taking…

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Custom URL shortening with YOURLS

  In addition to getting the front-facing part of my website in order before this summer, I’ve been thinking about ways I can control (and keep the data from) more of my web-based infrastructure. Tim Owens has really been leading the way on this front, at least in my little corner of the internet; he…

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New digs for a new season

With an awesome new job on the horizon, one that not only encourages but demands regular reflection via blogging, I decided to take this weekend and get my digital house in order. When I started building my portfolio last spring, I expected to run both that and my blog off my RyanBrazell.net. After a few…

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