Global Warming Reader App, Recruiting Collaborators

James Little littlejamesw at mac.com
Fri Jan 29 21:28:31 EST 2016


Hi Bill,

Thanks for your input.

The current Global Warming Reader App consists of 2 lists of websites, organized by category (Activism, Communication, Denial, Economics, Global, Individual, National, News, Oceans, Solutions, Science, …).  One list includes “All" the sites that I’ve found that I thought were useful.  The second list is a selected list of what I thought were the “Best” sites.  They can be launched in the user’s browser or in a widget browser within the app.  

The other component is a list of notes, organized by topic (Advocacy, BlogComments, Communication, Economics, Justice, Politics, Science, Solutions … ).

The user can add or delete from either list of websites and can add or delete notes.  Thus, they can customize the app to their locale and their particular interests.  The website lists and notes are stored as arrays in custom properties of card 1 of the substack.    

I find this reader particularly useful for keeping up on news about global warming and for taking personal notes. I find it useful for writing comments about an on-line article and writing letters to editors.  I try to look at the website under the category “News” of the “Best” list everyday and take notes from anything that looks particularly worthy.  Once per week I try to look at all the websites in the “Best” list.  Below are the websites under “News” in the “Best” list that I check daily:

CascadiaClimatection.org  … a calendar of climate change activism in the Seattle area   

CommonDreams.org/climate/ … a news site with commentary by many well-known activists

DailyClimate.org … a fairly complete news site, including editorials and op-eds from major newspapers 

Sightline.org/news/ … a news site for climate activism in the Pacific NW 

SkepticalScience.com … a more technical climate science focused news site

TheGuardian.com/environment/ … environmental news with a UK focus  

So, this is a news reader app to keep up with the latest on global warming.  Perhaps it’s a useful initial tool to develop in Livecode.  It needs improvement.  It still has bugs.  The user interface can be improved.  Perhaps there should be a way to share urls or notes between users via a server.  Perhaps there are other features that we can consider.  Perhaps others would like to start anew to develop a global warming new reader.  I would like to support these efforts in whatever way I can, either by taking the lead or by assisting.  I want to support any and all tools that we can develop in Livecode to address the challenges of climate change.  

Is it useful to list it as a project on the MIT Climate CoLab site under the Public Attitudes and Behaviors Workspace?  My hope is that this will make it more publicly known and perhaps draw in some outsiders to Livecode.  The more up votes that we get on the MIT Climate CoLab site, the more attention we will receive. I believe folks need to register and sign in to vote.   

Regards, 

Jim         


On Jan 29, 2016, at 4:47 PM, William Prothero <prothero at earthednet.org> wrote:

> Jim:
> A pertinent topic. I’m a bit unsure of what the goal of the app is, though. It seems to be an index of web sites related to global warming. I could see a use for something that organizes and educates. Would this be like an expanded version of RealClimate.com? So, I’m wondering what the goal of the app is and how it might educate folks more than the available info already available on the web?
> 
> Best,
> Bill
> 
> William Prothero, Ph.D.
> University of California, Santa Barbara, Emeritus
> prothero at earthednet.org
> 
> 
> 
>> On Jan 29, 2016, at 1:52 PM, James Little <littlejamesw at mac.com> wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> Hi Livecoders,
>> 
>> The U.N. COP21 Conference in Paris this past December secured a remarkable international agreement of over 190 nations to cut carbon emissions and to limit global warming to less than 2 deg C.  But now the hard part begins, to ensure that individuals, corporations and nations limit carbon emissions and transition to clean energy.  This requires mass education, dialogue and political action.  It requires correcting misinformation.  My hope is that Livecode programmers can play a role is assisting with this challenging global transition. 
>> I’ve posted a project on MIT Climate CoLab to develop a Global Warming Reader App using Livecode.  I invite all to register and add comments.  We have 30 days to finalize this project.
>> 
>> http://climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1303501/phaseId/1313706/planId/1327125
>> 
>> I’ve posted a beta Global Warming Reader App at  GlobalWarmingApps.org/downloads.html  with downloads for Mac & Windows desktop.  The Mac download mostly works by my testing, though there are still some bugs.  I’ve not been able to test the Windows version, as yet.  Please let me know of any bugs you find.  
>> 
>> My son Todd says the user interface is old school.  I’m beginning to use the push button and tree view widgets to try to modernize the UI.  
>> 
>> If you would like to improve on this app, please email me (JWL at GlobalWarmingApps.org) and I will send you a link to download the livecode file.  It is being developed using 8.0 DP12.  
>> 
>> The basic idea of the MIT Climate CoLab project is to develop the best possible Global Warming Reader App over the next 6 months.  Please consider improving on the app that I’ve started or starting anew and developing an app from scratch. 
>> 
>> Regards,
>> 
>> Jim L
>> 
>> 
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