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June 16, 2011
Until I came to college in the United States, all my schooling had been in Pakistan, in schools that followed a British system of education (our colonial legacy). This had some interesting implications for the student-teacher relationship in these schools. To put it simply: we feared our teachers. Although there were some exceptions to this, especially across different grade-levels and types of institution, it held true as a general rule.
June 16, 2011
I used to watch lots of great movies and TV shows from Netflix. Today, I watch less, and what I do watch is not as good. To put it bluntly, the Netflix streaming library sort of sucks. Still, Netflix Streaming has changed how I watch video. My preferred video watching platform is streaming. The "work" of putting the DVD into the computer or DVD player, or cracking the DVD for later viewing on different devices, seems too hard. Waiting for the DVD to get to the top of my Queue, and then to be shipped to my house, feels almost medieval.
June 16, 2011
In looking at the integers, we note that even and odd integers alternate, with each even integer being followed by an odd integer. In many ways, in our department, this is how the duties are distributed between the two full time faculty members. For several years, I will serve as chair, until I get to pass it back to my one full-time colleague in what seems like an academic version of the game “hot potato.” I thought of this recently when Ursuline College ordered a new pattern for our business cards, and I ordered two boxes of them.
June 16, 2011
Last summer I wrote a post on my personal blog about a plugin that makes it easy to optimize a self-hosted WordPress blog for mobile devices. Apparently the heat of the summer got to me and I never shared it with readers on this site. When I purchased a Droid X last year, I started consuming massive amounts of web content via the mobile web. My own personal blog rendered in a way that was almost unreadable.
June 16, 2011
For quite a while now, I've been experiencing a heightening sense of conflict relating to my job duties. While I've sensed the general pattern for a while, the specifics are only now becoming clear in my mind.
June 15, 2011
Our population of seniors is declining, but our senior population is exploding.
June 15, 2011
I know I should write about the recent political events in Wisconsin, but honestly I don’t have the heart. Instead I will describe my summer so far, perhaps as a way of extending recent conversations about workload and also to address common misconceptions that teachers and professors “have the summers off.”
June 15, 2011
A few years ago I was offered a job at a corporate university at a large financial institution. This was a little dot com bubble burst (a pop that I had gotten caught up in), and at the time an education tech job in the financial industry looked appealingly secure (I know, the irony). Other opportunities arose, and I ended up not taking the corporate university job, but I often think about what life would have been like if I had gone that route.First, I should ask if any of you work for a company university? Perhaps your unit goes by a different name?
June 15, 2011
One of the central problems of art--what to see and how to frame it--defined by three very different artists. Note that James, who works in the form requiring the most volume (prose), also expresses the greatest anxiety about the ability to capture something significant. Henri Cartier-Bresson (The Decisive Moment): "[A photograph is] the simultaneous recognition in a fraction of a second of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms.”
June 15, 2011
When I was on the InCommon Steering Committee, I wrote an article for EDUCAUSE Review imagining uses for the bridging authentication technology that many people know as "Shibboleth." That exercise let out the genie in me that long had a penchant for big ideas. Having grown up in Catholic education, the concept of globalization was nothing new, so the idea, first, of a physical Internet layer that went around the world, and then, second, interoperable authentication to access content was consistent with a deeply held tradition and vision.

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