Posts Tagged ‘Technology’

Another CCCC’s nearly over (110)

Friday, April 8th, 2011

It’s Friday morning in Atlanta and the weather is . . . well, what the weather should be in April. WARM, bordering on hot. I’m in Atlanta for the annual CCCC’s conference, also referred to as C’s, attending sessions on everything from online teaching, to using comics in the classroom, and a plethora of other topics.

I’ve been here since Tuesday night when Boss and I arrived after a 13 hour drive from Atlanta, but I was thrilled to not be flying. Wednesday morning started out bright and early with a workshop rhetorically titled “Fuck Tradition”, and before anyone gets offended, you have to be willing to use the word fuck, rather than the more widely accepted and less offensive “eff” or “f***”, if you really want people to understand that you are willing to go out on that limb to “shake things up” so to speak. Had we used one of the more accepted and less offensive choices mentioned above, we would have proven our unwillingness to do the very thing we were asking our participants to do. Simply put, we wanted our participants to think about the way they queer their own teaching and research.

Enough about that. I have attended several sessions already and have a full day planned out for today, to be topped-off by going to the Braves home opener at Turner Park tonight. Does it get any better than that?

So while I am spending lots of time learning new things and questioning some old (like why people continue to teach online courses by attempting to replicate what they do in face-to-face classes in an online environment). Today I get to enjoy two sessions on comics (listening to one now), and then see some of my peeps from MSU present on embodiment and clothing, and assessment.

Here’s to Atlanta.

Seek and Ye Shall Find (103)

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
Image of a WayBack Machine search

It's hard, but it can be done

In my last post, I lamented the fact that I could not find the information I needed for an article I am writing.  Well, with the help of Hamlet Au (SL), I located it using the WayBack Machine found on archive.org.  But the story does not end here, nor was it as simple as just clicking the link for June 06, 2003.  Here is what I had to do.

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Where Will the knowledge be 10 years from now, how bout 1? (102)

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

I am working on a chapter for a would be book. Will the book ever see the light of day? I honestly don’t know, but the article/chapter hopefully will find a home some place. In the process of doing some reading for the piece I am writing, I ran across a reference for a blog posting that I was interested in reading. I did the scholarly thing and went to the works cited, looked up the reference, and dutifully typed the address into my browser, and . . .

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The Debate Rages On: Is Second Life a Game, or Not? (97)

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Up until the beginning of December, I would have argued till the death that Second Life (SL) is not, never has been, and is unlikely to ever be, a GAME.  I am still of the opinion that the way most people define game, it is NOT a game.

However, since one of my friends introduced me to the book Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility by James P. Carse, I am beginning to see things in a different light.  When viewed from the definition of an infinite game, Second Life fits the criteria on many levels, the same as real life does.

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“it’s dead!” “no it isn’t!” “yes it is!” “is it?” (96)

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Back in August of last year (can’t believe I’m saying “last year”) I posted on Wired magazine’s article proclaiming the death of the Web (found here).  At that time I questioned “Could the web really be dead?”  I didn’t think so, and neither did the authors when you got right down to it, but it caught my attention as something worthy of comment.

Well, the folks down at MIT apparently didn’t buy this eulogy either.  In the December issue of Technology Review, Bobbie Johnson’s article “The Web is Reborn” explains how HTML5 creates a web that is more full of vim and vigor than the first day it came into existence.  So why would one group of people declare the death of the web and another declare it’s rebirth, all within a matter of 5 months?

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