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March 23, 2010 - 9:56pm
Why do webinars always suck?I've endured my fair share of webinars over the last few years, and anticipate enduring far more in the years to come. They're the poor man's version of travel, and in these budgetary times, there's something to be said for that. Given the ratio of filler-to-content in the average conference presentation, webinars seem like a reasonable bargain. And given both ever-improving technology and the increasing tech-savviness of the academic population, you'd expect webinars to be pretty good by now.
March 23, 2010 - 4:56pm
I was reminded recently of the classic game theory scenario known as The Prisoner's Dilemma. It goes something like this:You and another person have been arrested on suspicion of a serious crime. The cops can definitely hang a smaller rap on you, but they desperately want a confession because their case on the main charge is weak. You and your alleged accomplice are being held in separate cells, with no opportunity to communicate. The deal laid out to you is as follows.
March 22, 2010 - 9:56pm
The NYTimes should monetize its mobile app by integrating 3rd party shopping carts / wish lists from trusted partners such as Amazon, BN, Netflix, iTunes and others.
March 22, 2010 - 9:15pm
I know there's no good reason for it, but when I talk to someone on the phone repeatedly over time, I usually develop a mental picture of what s/he looks like.This week I actually met someone I'd been working with for about a year, and per usual, I wasn't even close.Do you ever do that? Is there some sort of capital-R Reason for it, or is it just a quirk?
March 22, 2010 - 9:11pm
When I saw the piece on "the other 'F' word" in this week's Chronicle, I have to admit it took me a while before I felt like reading it. Really? I thought, are we still talking about families and the academy? Aren't we done yet?
March 22, 2010 - 4:24pm
As I've mentioned before, I'm not a big fan of Walmart's big box business model. I don't care for its impacts on economic sustainability, social sustainability, or ecological sustainability. (Energy efficient lighting and supply chain carbon reductions notwithstanding, the climate is definitely worse off because of Walmart's impact on the retail sector.)But today I learned more about the SEEP program Walmart runs, and I have to give credit where credit is due.
March 21, 2010 - 9:49pm
On Thursday, sitting in an aisle seat next to an empty seat next to a pleasantly silent young Irish woman following a successful trip to Dublin, life seemed relatively fine; then the pilot came on to tell us that we had to turn back because of something or other so after a half an hour in the air Continental flight CO127 turned back to Dublin rather than, as he put it, “run the risk of running into problems over the Atlantic.”
March 21, 2010 - 9:37pm
Political momentum being what it is, it's looking like the more innovative and interesting parts of the American Graduation Initiative are pretty much dead at this point.To the extent that improvements are likely to happen, it looks like Congress may default to its usual setting, and simply increase the maximum Pell grants.Uh, thanks, but that means literally nothing to community colleges. Absolutely nothing.
March 21, 2010 - 9:34pm
Earlier this week a relatively junior administrator asked me if there was any advice I could give him regarding a career in higher education administration. Wanting to resist stating the obvious (find what you feel really passionate about and devote your time, attention, and energy to that area), I thought about the crucial advice given to me early in my career and two specific pieces of advice came immediately to mind.
March 21, 2010 - 8:57pm
NPR is kicking our ass. Technology wise. Should it bother me that a bunch of elitist, left-wing, fair-trading, latte sipping, radio bloviating NPRians have figured out how to leverage the power of social media while us geniuses in higher ed remains stuck somewhere between the 21st and 11th centuries?


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