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October 26, 2010 - 7:15pm
Have you ever participated in a conference backchannel? Are you wondering what a backchannel is? A backchannel is the conversation that occurs (generally via a Twitter hashtag) simultaneously alongside a conference's primary events, sessions, panels, etc. It's a great way for conference attendees to share information, ask questions, participate in "tweetups," and generally add to their overall experience. Backchannels also serve as access points for folks who are not able to attend an event.
October 25, 2010 - 9:32pm
I spent this past weekend with my daughter, enjoying crisp New England weather and Parents’ Weekend festivities. Actually, we skipped most of the official festivities other than her singing group’s performances, and I spent much of the weekend visiting friends and just hanging out with Mariah, something I miss when she’s so far away.
October 25, 2010 - 9:00pm
Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America, by Dante Chinni and James Gimpel, is a book that reminds me why I got into the social science game to begin with. If I were still teaching sociology (and I miss teaching!), the next course I designed would be totally around Patchwork Nation.
October 25, 2010 - 10:30am
The Information CageTECHNOLOGY | October 23, 2010 Marketers Can Glean Private Data on Facebook This issue of targeted advertising is bigger than I originally thought.Back in the day, if I were on the Internet in Ithaca, advertisers showed ads for businesses in that area. When I went to Rochester to see family, POOF! The ads magically changed to Rochester businesses and addresses. And so on.
October 24, 2010 - 9:00pm
As I write this, my husband and I are currently spending quality time together; I am writing this blog post while he works away on a report mandated by the university, his third this week. We are stealing this time “together” after he had to run back to work for a four hour meeting at 4:30 in the afternoon. Meanwhile, I went for a walk with my kids, read them stories, and then went through my Twitter feed.
October 24, 2010 - 8:45pm
How much would you pay for a monthly subscription to Amazon's digital book content? Writing in this month's Wired, Chris Suellentrop (Abandon Ownership) argues:"The winner of the ebooks sweepstakes will be the bookseller who becomes a bookrenter. I don't want to own hundreds of books on a Kindle at $10 a pop. I want to Netflix them - pay for access to every book ever published. I'd rather be a renter in Borges' library than the owner of my own."
October 24, 2010 - 8:15pm
Sometimes (last week jumps immediately to mind), life can get overwhelming. For me, the trigger is usually the job. I try to make it a habit to leave work at work, because that thing called "life outside of work" provides a full helping of its own demands. So when the day job overflows its chronological bounds, there just isn't much excess capacity (excess time) available to handle the spillover.
October 24, 2010 - 7:59pm
Recently I attended a lecture where the audience included a significant number of high school students. One of our most gifted teachers was lecturing and I was sitting in the audience directly behind a row of high school students, many of whom had brought their laptops to the lecture to take notes. I appreciated how conscientious they were.
October 24, 2010 - 4:59pm
I was surprised by some of the comments on last week’s post. First, as the fond aunt of two terrific young men in the military—one recently returned from Iraq, the other now serving in Afghanistan — I puzzled over what I might have said to suggest less respect or consideration for the young men and women who are serving our country than for those who are in college.

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