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April 29, 2010 - 9:47pm
Check out Steve Jobs' open letter on why Apple does not allow Flash on its mobile devices.Jobs gives a number of reasons why Flash is not supported, including: a lack of open standards, a diminished demand as the newer (and supported) H.264 format is rapidly growing, reliability/security/performance issues, battery life, and limited support for the touch interface.Why is the Apple / Adobe kerfuffle worth our attention? 3 Reasons:
April 29, 2010 - 7:38pm
I remember my comprehensive exams in graduate school as the low point of that experience. Classes were fun, and I did relatively well, and writing my dissertation was actually a joy most of the time. But in the one week dedicated to my comprehensive exams that turned into months as I ended up re-taking some of them, I was expected to know everything from my years there and to prove it on paper to what seemed like merciless graders. I don’t know if I had felt so vulnerable at any point in my life up until then, and have only felt so vulnerable a few times since then.
April 29, 2010 - 5:14pm
Just one more thought -- really, a question -- on the subject of co-ops. Cooperation isn't just a form of business, it's a social skill. It's a business necessity (even in these days of social networking). It's an expectation in many societies and, when we're at our best (think natural disaster, from blizzard on up) it's characteristic of ours.
April 29, 2010 - 8:24am
As I have mentioned before, my husband quit his job in January, making me the official “breadwinner” and reversing the traditional gender roles in our household. Although I welcomed the challenge of living on less and providing our daughter with a less conventional model of marriage, the transition has been more frustrating and, well … humbling than I had imagined.
April 28, 2010 - 9:39pm
A few weeks ago, I aired out some thoughts on webinars and their seemingly endemic suckitude. This week, several alert readers directed me to this story in the New York Times about how PowerPoint is directly responsible for the failure to catch Bin Laden.
April 28, 2010 - 9:30pm
The thing that sticks with me from my Ph.D. program was being told that the difference between an undergraduate and a graduate student is that grad students produce new knowledge, while undergrads consume. Or maybe it was that professors produce new knowledge, and grad students should move from consumers to producers. Whatever. It made so much sense at the time. Now I realize how wrong this advice is. Nowadays, with the diffusion of social media, blogging, and Web 2.0 tools - everyone can (and should) be producers.
April 28, 2010 - 7:34pm
Recent events like the explosion at Upper Big Branch and the BP drilling platform fire in the Gulf show up the mockery of statements like "safety is our #1 priority." The current civil suit against Goldman Sachs, combined with the recent performances of Citibank, AIG and other financial firms, make it pretty clear that the same ethos reigns on Wall Street (however disguised) as rules thousands of feet down. The interests of shareholders and executive bonus recipients trump the interests of the customer, the taxpayer, the public, the global economy, and the planet.
April 27, 2010 - 10:06pm
Mid-April to Mid-May is always the hardest time of year. All of the end-of-year stuff comes to a head at this point. The students are stressed about papers/projects/finals, and the faculty are in grading jail. This is when my evenings fill at an alarming rate, with various 'culmination' events and ceremonies. With the clock ticking on the semester, anything that requires faculty involvement (i.e. program reviews, faculty hires) has to happen now. Which is to say, I'm wiped. That's normal for this time of year.
April 27, 2010 - 10:03pm
How many five minute intervals have passed me by completely unproductively in my life… I hate to think. (Heck, I’ve had half-hour and hour and day-long intervals be unproductive, too, but that’s another story.) In some ways, five minutes is like a penny – you don’t notice it’s gone, you don’t stop to pick it up, you don’t worry about it. But someone recently suggested to me a five-minute activity that has been completely rewarding every single time I’ve done it. We call it “Special 5”. This is time that I give to my 11-year-old daughter, for just the two of us.
April 27, 2010 - 9:17pm
I'm dying to book club This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, maybe we can start the conversation virtually.Some Takeaways:


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