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March 13, 2011
Both of Ben’s bands are taking off. His school jazz band is literally taking off in a little over a week; they have been accepted as performers at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival.
March 11, 2011
Normally, I'm a devout TV-phobe, but this is just too cool not to like.Samsung is showing off a 46-inch LCD TV that doesn't need to be plugged in. It draws all the power it needs from built-in solar panels that run off ambient lighting. So this is a TV that you could leave on all day (NOOOOO!!!), and not add a penny to your electric bill.
March 10, 2011
"By the end of 2012, South Korea intends to connect every home in the country to the Internet at one gigabit per second. That would be a tenfold increase from the already blazing national standard and more than 200 times as fast as the average household setup in the United States."--from The New York Times's "Home Internet May Get Even Faster in South Korea," 2/21/11
March 10, 2011
--I’m officially tired of using the wet/dry vac on the basement floor. Anytime this winter would like to go away would be fine with me.
March 10, 2011
The Association of American University Presses has just released a report, Sustaining Scholarly Publishing: New Business Models for University Presses. It’s an interesting document because in many ways it’s forward looking. It bears a Creative Commons license, it is open for comments at MediaCommons, and it imagines a future that is open access.
March 10, 2011
My university has one of the worst health records around. In the past five years, four colleagues and two staff members have died due to coronary heart failure and stroke. There are also quite a number of workers who have suffered heart attacks. The succession of deaths (and the rate of hospitalization for others with chronic illness, particularly borderline diabetes) was so alarming that HMOs have to charge us more than a 100% increase in our annual group premiums.
March 10, 2011
I am commonly struck with a mixture of pride, relief and fear when I hand in my column each week. The fear comes from a realization that I need to write another column next week. This was not the case for long last week. After reading the comments posted to my column from last week, I realized that I wanted to dust off some of my text books from my Labor Economics classes I taught long ago. In them are some thoughts about why it is that women are often paid less than men, a common theme among the respondents to my column last week.
March 10, 2011
David Roberts has an interesting post on Grist, asking whether climate change denialism has roots in postmodern theory. In general, he seems to come down on the side of "not really", but that's just the way I recode his text. <rofl>
March 10, 2011
Dear Danya, Lisa, and Melissa, and Trina,
March 9, 2011
A career in educational technology means days spent working with people who (hopefully) know more than you do about almost everything. I started this life teaching college (sociology); everything I know about technology (and learning design for that matter) is attributable to the generosity of my colleagues.



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