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February 1, 2010 - 9:51pm
Today was a snow day of sorts and tomorrow's another one, so I'm feeling a bit behind. I've been thinking, though, about what I've learned so far this semester — here's a start:1) Startitis doesn't work when you make a big mistake near the beginning of a project but don’t notice it until the end. Ask me how I know this.
February 1, 2010 - 9:43pm
Grand Nannie is 92. She wants to be able to speak to her computer to have it do three things: 1) Transfer her paper rolodex into the computer (by speaking) and then be able to retrieve the names (by voice) so she can dictate a letter.2) Dictate letters.3) Look at the news.
February 1, 2010 - 12:01pm
Today is another day of firsts. At the lab session, I’ll do my first quiz, then we’ll do our first experiments (we’ll discover the properties of air), and I’ll conclude by apologizing to the T.A. for turning in my first homework a week late.
February 1, 2010 - 12:29am
I probably never mentioned it, but I’m originally from Southern Illinois, a geographically and culturally unique region that’s been marginalized for decades.
January 31, 2010 - 9:30pm
At our mid-year commencement a few weeks ago, a faculty member I have known for many years asked me if I had been reading his Huffington Post blog on a regular basis. I answered yes and he asked me what I thought.
January 31, 2010 - 9:25pm
In ninth grade, I had a wonderful, high-energy social studies teacher whose favorite exhortation was "wisdom and knowledge!" He'd usually punctuate it by thwacking his yardstick against a desk while we took notes. At the time, it was an entertaining shtick, and I didn't think much about the distinction between wisdom and knowledge. With age and experience, though, I'm beginning to appreciate the difference.
January 31, 2010 - 8:46pm
One of my colleagues jokes that when she retires from her academic tech gig that she is going to start a consulting company solely focussed on guiding ed tech vendors in improving their webinar demos. Webinars are the product demos given over WebEx (or some other synchronous tool) that have largely replaced the campus visit for at least the initial company show-and-tell.
January 31, 2010 - 8:31pm
When wives earn more outside the home, and husbands take on more housework, marriages tend to be happier!Men are now doing twice as much housework, and three times as much childcare, as they did in the 1960s!It says so right here in the New York Times, so it has to be true, right?
January 28, 2010 - 10:01pm
I've mentioned before that one upside to the Great Recession may be that it finally puts to rest the myth that academic hiring is some sort of meritocracy. Putting that myth to rest would be a good thing, to the extent that it can help frustrated applicants get past self-blame and/or false hope, and find paths that make sense over the long term.This week I saw another upside, this time on the student side.
January 28, 2010 - 9:53pm
Jim Groom is dead on - I'm pandering to the iPad. Why stop now?(But seriously….stay tuned for a full blog post responding to Jim's comments yesterday - I think he is on to something and I have the links of open learning resources at UMW to prove it).Back to the iPad pandering.


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