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August 27, 2009 - 1:13am
I’m tired but happy after my summer’s writing labor, feeling accomplished in the short interim before edits begin. It’s good to be back at tasks on campus with more defined schedules and to get outside to see the bursting-forth of strange seed pods and orchid-like flowers that signal cool weather to come. I even got notification a couple of days ago that I’ve won an award for my writing, which puts me in the company of James Jones, Dick Gregory, and Senator Paul Simon. How great is that?
August 26, 2009 - 10:38pm
One of the goals for this blog is to provide a space where us learning designers, educational technologists, course designers (or whatever you call us) can discuss issues related to our discipline.
August 26, 2009 - 10:27pm
When I read that Ian Hacking, a Canadian philosopher, had won a big prize - the Holberg, worth close to a million dollars - I certainly knew the name, though I couldn't remember having read anything by him. His books were all over our house, scattered among shelves. Mr UD, a political science professor, has long admired Hacking. I spent last night reading some Hacking to see why.
August 26, 2009 - 10:22pm
This summer we've made a point of taking the kids to every children's museum and science museum within a day's drive. (TG loves the local art museum, too, but TB can only do so much art.) They're good rainy day or too-hot-day activities, and the kids really enjoy them. We bought a family membership in our local museum, and discovered happily that it carries with it reciprocity for some pretty nifty museums in other relevant locales. We've already made back the membership fee twice in just a few months, and that's without even counting the tax deduction.
August 26, 2009 - 9:30pm
Interesting interview today on NPR's "Tell Me More". Two K-12 school food service directors talking about recent changes in menu and preparation, with an emphasis on fresh, local, more fruits and vegetables.
August 26, 2009 - 3:53pm
As I have written about before, I am in a transition phase in my life. After intensively spending most of my waking (and asleep!) hours over the past 10 years with my kids, my younger daughter has now successfully completed a year of full-time kindergarten, and went back to school a couple days ago as an enthusiastic and independent first grader. My older daughter comfortably flourishes in fifth grade at the school she now knows very well. I have more time to develop myself outside of mothering than I have for a long time. Liberating? Yes!
August 25, 2009 - 9:17pm
This month's Wired magazine has a great article by Robert Capps, "The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simp
August 25, 2009 - 8:51pm
An alert reader sent me (last week) the link to this article about how the open-content movement will explode higher education as we know it. Apparently, newly empowered 'edupunks' will cobble together their own educations, thumbing their noses at The Man while reaping the lucrative rewards of globalization. The article has more than a whiff of the self-congratulatory vanguard about it, but look past that.
August 25, 2009 - 6:51pm
Any system that's only 11% efficient can be improved. According to an article in a recent issue of New Scientist, only 11% of the energy used by the current generation of tractor-trailer trucks goes into moving the cargo and the vehicle. And even 11% might be an overstatement, as the purpose of the exercise is really just to move the cargo, which accounts for 6.5% of energy used.

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