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Who is Biff Cantrell? (September 30, 2003 08:02 PM)
According to the pre-eminent source, there are only 10 known web sightings of the myterious person who calls himself "Biff Cantrell" (Google for "Biff Cantrell"). How come his home address is unknown? All messages sent to biff@zippy.com are bounced back? Does anyone know Biff? Seen him? Please have him call... «more»
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The MLX Great Race Ends Tonight (September 30, 2003 04:52 PM)
Our iincentive program for getting people in our system to contribute items to the Maricopa Learning eXchange ends tonight at midnight (and starts up again for the next round one minute later). See more about The Great Package Race. What we are doing is tracking all items contributed over a... «more»
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"X" Marks the Spot- My first Pure XHTML foray (September 28, 2003 11:15 PM)
For the last two years, most of my web work has been deploying Cascading Style Sheets (one CSS styles several hundred web pages across our main mcli web site), but still couched in HTML tables for layout. I've been reading enough Zeldman and Meyers to take the leap. Eventually. This... «more»
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Blog Comment Spam #3 (of ???) (September 28, 2003 07:19 AM)
Sigh. You get pretty excited, your tail wags, when you get an email notifcation of comments to one of your blog entries. You jump up and down when it is a batch of 4. However, like recently and more recently, we have recieved undesirable spam in this blog's comments. How... «more»
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A Blog-volution (September 25, 2003 04:53 PM)
Anyone RSS-ing or surfing the education weblog scenes (e.g. Weblogg-ed) know that educator weblogs are catching on as a quiet revolution. And it is happening here in our system, a quiet revolution thaking place in and under the radar. Out at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, their home-grown eportfolio system features a... «more»
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MovableType Search: Seeking, Finding and Editing Old Posts (September 25, 2003 01:20 PM)
I enjoy accidental discoveries (the title for this entry, Scott, is no metaphor reference to fences). The search form on a weblog is very handy service for site visitors to find content you may have written. But it has an extra hidden value for MovableType (MT) authors. Once you have... «more»
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InfoZine Takes on RSS via JavaScript (September 25, 2003 01:01 PM)
A news source from Kansas City has taken on News RSS Syndication with feeds down to 20 feeds for various news interest areas. They are making use of our RSS to JavaScript script running on their own server and offering the code to allow other sites to inline synidcate the... «more»
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Building a Fence (real object) and Building Things out of Learning Objects (September 24, 2003 06:58 PM)
Last weekend I built a fence around a vegetable garden in our yard (view image). I am not really much of a craftsman, but this project came out pretty nice. Working with the hands got me thinking about (reaching for the metaphor) building things out of learning objects. I have... «more»
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Learning Objects + RSS + Blogs: The Lora and Boris Show at NMC Online Conference (September 18, 2003 04:24 PM)
Wow. In a very un-MERLOT-ian scheduling coup, we have the opening session (right after Wayne Hodgins! October 14) for a presentation at the NMC Online Conference on Learning Objects. For those that missed the MERLOT 2003 presentation, this is your chance to see it during this conference, except now we... «more»
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Mikey and Alec Comment Show (September 17, 2003 09:42 PM)
Well there are spammers and then there are goofballs you have nothing better to do then send juvenile comments to my blog. This dog lifts a leg on Mike and Alec. Congratulations to "michael farrell" and "Alec" for their Oxford English command of the written word (congrats also for being... «more»
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Hot off the Presses: MLX Special Collections (September 17, 2003 11:55 AM)
This is the first glance at a new part of the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX), what we are calling MLX Special Collections: An MLX special collection is a set of packages associated with a specific project or program. We created this functionality to provide unique MLX URLs that would generate... «more»
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Under the Flash and Gee-Whiz of Online Learning-- a student experience (September 15, 2003 09:34 AM)
Thank Jeremy Hiebert for sharing via his blog Old-School Adminstration of Online Learning  . Jeremy is very favorable of his online learning experience at Memorial University, which is a miracle considering the administrative hurdles placed before him. It is amazing students manage to learn online despite that our institutions are... «more»
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OtherBlog MovableType Plugin (September 15, 2003 06:37 AM)
Just came across the nifty MT Plugin: OtherBlog. This allows MovableTyple blogs to be able to include content on the same server. Plugin based way of including posts/info from other blogs on the same installation. I've yet to even try it, but I can already think about our BlogShop a... «more»
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Way Cool Tool for Getting out of the Blog Style Box (September 11, 2003 01:29 PM)
This looks rather useful for weblogers who are still mired in the out of the box templates: Firdamatic: the Design Tool for the Uninspired Webloggers "is an online tableless HTML layout generator that allows you to create and customise layouts easily only by completing forms, making creating skins for your... «more»
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Sharable BlogLines (September 10, 2003 02:05 PM)
Awesome, this is a step up in usefulness for Bloglinesthe online RSS aggregator. You can now make the collections of feeds you post on BlogLines public, and thus collections of feeds can be shared via a simple URL. Actually I had submitted this as a suggested feature when I looked... «more»
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Hey (Hic)... this Merlot is tasting better... (September 10, 2003 09:58 AM)
Okay, this dog is going to anger management. After our recent barking on Sipping MERLOT's RSS Feeds: Is this Boone's Farm or Dom Perignon?, we enjoyed some good discussion with some MERLOT insiders. The bottom line is that MERLOT still has a fabulous wealth of intstructional resources, and should be... «more»
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Stupid Practice in Email Virus Protection Systems: Stop Spamming the Innocent (September 9, 2003 01:30 PM)
This dog is angry. Spam is a reality, some 40% of email traffic. But there is absolutely no reason for the email scanning systems put in place to be sending reject emails back to accounts when the viruses generating them are spoofing (forging) the emails. I cannot be the only... «more»
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RSS feeds from my.OAI (September 9, 2003 06:20 AM)
Dynamic RSS feeds are available now from searches performed at my.OAI, the tool for digging through a series of idatabases available as Open Archives. my.OAI is a full-featured search engine to a selected list of metadata databases from the Open Archives Initiative project. All searches performed at my.OAI, even is... «more»
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Some Changes around the CDB dog house (September 7, 2003 09:44 AM)
I've been tinkering a bit with the site here- getting into adding new MovableType templates and moving commonly used code pieces into modules, but more or less, this is mild hacking away until it works. The additions include some new categories: * MLX - about the Maricopa Learning eXchange) *... «more»
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iSight - Great App, Great Packaging (September 6, 2003 09:45 PM)
Still getting used to my new iSight, a nifty fireware camera for Apple OSX computers coupled with iChat AV allows beautifully clear, sharp, audio/video chat via broadband connections. Not only is it well-designed in typical Apple fashion (oops, there goes my bias), but what I also enjoyed was the... «more»
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The Fuss About RSS wiki has moved (September 3, 2003 01:17 PM)
The wiki for TheFuss has moved to a new, more nicely presented location (thanks to CSS and Brian!). TheFuss wiki is a growing resource about RSS, learning objects, etc that myself, Brian Lamb, and D'Arcy Norman presented July 11, 2003 for the LOVCOP teleconference (LOVCOP=Learning Objects Virtual Community of Practice).... «more»
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