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October 20, 2010
Curse Apple. On the same day that I finish Johnson's amazing book Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, Apple releases the MacBook Air.
October 20, 2010
I did not attend a lot of general sessions at #EDUCAUSE10. My schedule was set up in such a way that I was usually in back-to-back meetings or trying to find time to write for the blog. One of the sessions that I had been looking forward to ever since I found it on the conference schedule was the session titled: "The Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement of Women in Higher Education IT."
October 20, 2010
This is a Worldle 'word cloud' derived from the same UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) section (pp.
October 20, 2010
Here’s the scene: my kids are preparing to head out the door for school. I take a moment to look at my beautiful children, filled with enthusiasm to start the day, and dressed in their clothing choices. My daughter’s outfit for her morning of kindergarten really gets me. She’s wearing a deep purple taffeta dress with a velvet bodice and rhinestone-studded sash. To match her school “gown”, she’s chosen navy and maroon striped tights, a sparkly fuchsia headband, and her favorite ratty pink and blue sneakers. Before I’m aware of my reaction, my daughter looks at me and says, “Oh, Mama!
October 19, 2010
I met with my soon-to-be advisor last winter to talk about my Master’s application and the possibility of working together. After discussing our common interests, she gave me a list of publications that I might be interested in reviewing, including “At Home with Pornography” and “Mighty Lewd Books.” A couple of months later I asked my parents to pick up a couple of these titles for me as birthday gifts, not pausing to consider that what has become the norm for me, might be somewhat shocking to them.
October 19, 2010
An occasional correspondent writes:Some jobs out there are advertised as requiring a college degree, but the employers don't care what was actually studied. So these employers are in effect using college as a four-year hundred-thousand-dollar screening test, with perhaps a bit of intellectual calisthenics for good measure.
October 19, 2010
Here is a slide deck from a presentation that Josh Jarrett, Senior Program Officer in Education, Postsecondary Success at the Gates Foundation, gave on the 9/10/10.If I could think of any slide deck that I think should be passed around the higher ed world, this would be it.
October 18, 2010
I’ve been thinking about my wardrobe ever since I read Susan O’Doherty’s piece today in Mama, PhD.
October 18, 2010
While looking for the future at EDUCAUSE 2010 I ended up, thanks to Bill Bryson, being captivated by the past. Specifically 19th century England, the years in which the Industrial Revolution changed us from an essentially feudal to a largely modern civilization. We should stipulate that Bill Bryson is a genius, a writer that has built up so much goodwill that due to confirmation bias we start his books prepared to cherish each page.

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