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January 5, 2010 - 8:20pm
Over the holidays (and yes, I enjoyed them, thanks for asking!) we had visitors at the Rendell farm. Friends and relations, as a childhood acquaintance of mine would say. And we had weather -- oh, did we have weather!
January 4, 2010 - 9:57pm
As part of my bury-myself-in-books break, I finally got the chance to read Saving Alma Mater, by James Garland. Garland is the former President of Miami University of Ohio, a public research university, and the book is his attempt to address the economic crisis of higher ed in America. It's a hit-and-miss affair, but it scores some points and asks some of the right questions.
January 4, 2010 - 9:51pm
A week ago I was in a warm and well-appointed hotel room, embarking on a second day of conference interviews for a position in my department. I'm aware, as I write this, that already I'm describing an anomaly. Everywhere I turn I see articles about the shrinking job market for humanities PhDs, the dearth of job interviews at this year's MLA convention — the same bad news we've been hearing for many years, but worse.
January 4, 2010 - 9:43pm
Since everyone is going crazy about the possible/maybe upcoming Apple iSlate tablet, I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and add to the hype. But … with a higher ed. angle.
January 3, 2010 - 8:45pm
Facebook is moving towards irrelevance. OK, the numbers may not back up this assertion (see Facebook dethroning Google as the No. 1 site over Christmas). But Facebook is increasingly irrelevant to my world in educational technology. David Carr of the NYTimes wrote on New Year's Day about why Twitter is supplanting Facebook and RSS feeds as his news radar and quick communications channel.
January 3, 2010 - 8:16pm
I hope your Christmas break was restorative. A few highlights of ours:--The Boy scored his first gametime basket! As the center, he usually focuses on rebounding, but he made an elegant shot despite good defense. He was grinning ear-to-ear as he made his way downcourt after that. Go, TB!
January 3, 2010 - 4:49pm
Last week I described some of the advantages of attending a mostly women’s college. Here are some ways in which I feel that my peers who attended more mixed institutions were better off:
December 29, 2009 - 10:57pm
The Silicon Alley Insider recently named 21 technologies that became obsolete this past decade. My favorites from the list included: the PDA, paid e-mail accounts, dial-up, film developing, video rental stores, landlines, public pay phones, VCRs, phonebooks, and CDs.What learning technologies have become obsolete this decade?
December 29, 2009 - 7:35pm
Over the holidays, I had a truly minor epiphany.It started while I was wrapping presents. We've made it a point to buy wrapping paper with a high recycled content, which I really hate (it seems to tear every time it encounters the corner of a box). Mrs. R. uses paper gift bags sometimes -- the advantage being that no wrapping gets torn and the bag can be reused several times. The problem with paper gift bags is that after a relatively small number of uses, they start to look beat up. Hardly the packaging that says "best to you in this the happiest of seasons!"
December 28, 2009 - 10:11pm
Higher education needs a vertical search engine. This would be a great business opportunity, as a site that got higher ed search right would create a valuable platform for advertising. The value of a lecture capture banner ad would increase for anyone searching about lecture capture. Same with pay-per-click keywords. A vertical search in higher education would also keep readers on the site longer.  

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