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28 January, 2011

Math notation for the Web

Filed under: Resources,Web — monado @ 21:41
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Equations from MathJax

Here are a couple of resources for displaying mathematical equations on websites:

  • MathJax is an open-source JavaScript display engine that works in “all mondern browsers.”
  • Math cache using MathTeX: “TeX rendering is done by mathTeX by John Forkosh, and cached using Google App Engine and Amazon S3.”

Equations from Math cache

15 November, 2010

New Q&A sites from The Stack Exchange

Filed under: communication,Web — monado @ 23:07
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Area 51 is described as the Stack Exchange Network staging zone. There, you can propose a new Q&A site and, if it attracts enough interested users, it becomes a beta forum. It’s a way to spin off interest-based communities into the Web.

29 September, 2010

Web content: science article

Filed under: accuracy,Web,writing — monado @ 09:12
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This amusing template itemizes the shortcomings of articles about science as generally written for the Web:

This is a news website article about a scientific paper

In the standfirst I will make a fairly obvious pun about the subject matter before posing an inane question I have no intention of really answering: is this an important scientific finding?

The author, Martin Robbins, writes The Lay Scientist blog for The Guardian.

2 July, 2010


Filed under: careers,Web — monado @ 10:28

It’s summer and many people are on vacation, so job-seekers must look into new sources of leads to maintain their supply. One site that I just found is

The site has an uninformative map pin-pointing the geographic centre of Ontario and omitting most of the most highly populated region, Southern Ontario. At the same time, the view is too close to show where Ontario is in Canada. It’s just “web content—insert image here.”

This is Ontario?

However, it claims high numbers of results. Let’s have a look.

The Ontario page has two tabs: General Information and Links.

General Information

  • It mentions Ottawa, Guelph, Cambridge, and Kitchener-Waterloo as high-tech centres and Toronto as a centre of the financial industry.
  • It says that Toronto and Ottawa are nice places to live.
  • Ontario has the largest provincial economy.
  • It doesn’t hint that Toronto is the biggest city with 15% of Ontario’s population and the largest job pool in the country.


  • The Links section is blank.

So this is a job opportunity after all! It’s an opportunity for someone to offer to populate their web site with useful information, for a reasonable fee of course. links

31 May, 2010

Communicate via STC World HQ

Filed under: Society for Technical Communication,Web — monado @ 15:25

The STC’s international organization is creating ways for members to interact:

  • In August, 2009, they started STC’s Notebook Blog to communicate with members and anyone else who is interested.  
  • There’s an STC Ideas forum for members only.

31 January, 2010

To keep Twitter followers, lose the ego

Filed under: online resources,technology,Web — monado @ 15:27

Fast Company technology & business magazine online says:  “Want More Twitter Followers? Stop Talking About Yourself.”

After analyzing data from more than 60,000 tweeters, Dan Zarrella–the viral-marketing scientist who gave us nine scientifically proven ways to get re-tweeted–concluded that those who use social language (“we,” “you”) have more followers than those who self-reference (“I”).

Jump to the article to see Dan’s graphs.

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