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Flickr: The Land of 10,000 Memes (December 30, 2004 01:01 AM)
Pontification on the meteoric popularity of Flickr is a common past time-- and it makes all the sense in the world of network hubs, preferential attachment, link fitness, etc (see Thinking About Links...). Flickr was hardly the first photoblog site (I danced a bit with fotolog and buzznet before flickr... «more»
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Feed2JS Updates: Has Its Own Feed (published via MT) (December 30, 2004 12:25 AM)
Thanks to some good feedback from suers, I've been able to make some needed corrections to our Feed2JS (RSS Feeds rendered via JavaScript). Like a Homer Simpson Doh! slap across the forehead, I realized that while I was faithfully adding to the main page's history, it certainly could use an... «more»
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More Free, Open Text (December 29, 2004 11:22 PM)
In addition to interesting initiatives such as WikiBooks to publish free content, comes this interesting announcement from the giant Internet Archive: International Libraries and the Internet Archive collaborate to build Open-Access Text Archives Today, a number of International libraries have committed to putting their digitized books in open-access archives, starting... «more»
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Accurate Predictions for 2005 (December 28, 2004 08:46 AM)
Ahh, it is creeping up New Year, and the insightful pundits are rolling out the grand prognostications. Is their crystal ball really any sharper than yours or mine? Why? Here is mine: I predict that I will not be making any new year predictions. That's it.... «more»
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The Costco Audio Index (December 27, 2004 07:14 PM)
Looking for trends? You do not need pundits or experts, just keep your eyes open. I liked a saying I heard at the last EDUCAUSE meeting on the point where a technology reaches a wide range of acceptance- it appears as a consumer item, the "BestBuyification" of technology. I was... «more»
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Blogging Gone Wild in Greensboro (December 27, 2004 05:08 PM)
People and journalists ;-) are writing about a blogging phenomena n Greensboro, North Carolina, which apparently is becoming a critical mass as maybe a hub in public engagement in blogging (reading, writing, commenting), Jay Rosen in Greensboro Newspaper Goes Open Source: A Follow Up: I am going to stay on... «more»
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Nuts About ecto (December 27, 2004 04:49 PM)
Readers know how affectionate and enamored I am of flickr but the feelings are just as gooey for ecto, the desktop blog editing tool for Mac OSX and Windows. In fact, it is one of the very few software titles out there that I shelled out some shareware $ for.... «more»
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Thinking About Links (December 27, 2004 04:36 PM)
It has actually been several months since I read "Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means" (Albert-Laszlo Barabasi) but I keep coming back to it, scribbling in the margins, and finding it so insightful to thinking about links between people, places, and things on... «more»
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My Custom Photo (December 23, 2004 03:27 PM)
flickr foto Photo Radaravailable on my flickr I got a not so notice photo mailed to me form the city of Scottsdale. They took an unflattering photo of me doing 36 in a 25 mph zone. In ths modified scan, I am seething red at being caught by these... «more»
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Holy Sweet Updates! Mac OXxxxxxx (December 23, 2004 12:24 PM)
In the last 2 hours I experienced a computer religious experience. I opened the box for my new G4 laptop, connected a firewire cable from it to my old laptop, and then watched in awe as the entire content, applications, and set up were transferred over. It was 100% smooth... «more»
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Last Day at Work-- a Present! (December 23, 2004 11:00 AM)
flickr foto A Presentavailable on my flickr My last day this year in the office, and there is a new present I ought to be playing with... replacing a 2.5 year old G4 Powerbook with a shny new... Today is our last official day of work until after New... «more»
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Heavy Web Pages and Content Density (December 22, 2004 10:22 PM)
I have barked some about "information density" something lifted from the Tomes of Tufte -- in my web travels I come across some sites that just have way too much in the gutters, banners, et al, and not much meet. Since Clara Peller is not around much, I have to... «more»
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How to Stop HTML Thieves (December 22, 2004 09:15 PM)
A frequent question we get from our Writing HTML tutorial is: "what code can I use to prevent people from viewing/stealing the source code of my web pages?" and the answer is very similar to what i say to people when they want to protect their images on web pages... «more»
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I Google Scholar-ed Myself (December 22, 2004 01:57 PM)
I'll leave the academic wrestling over Google Scholar to the academics-- I was more humanly curious what I could find there... so did a self Google to see if I could find a reference to my previous life. Before materializing as an instructional technologist at Maricopa, I was a graduate... «more»
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Do not callto://me (December 21, 2004 05:44 PM)
Disregard my recent suggestion for making Skype links written has callto:/myskypename-- My new Finnish colleague Teemu just noted that it conflicts with the ugh-ly Netmeeting. There is supposed to be a way from the Skype Site to create a "Shype Me Button" ( could not find it there and had... «more»
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MovableType Multiple Author Blogs / Contribution Lists (December 21, 2004 03:19 PM)
As reported a few times before, I have been prying time here and there to work on a prototype web site, that replaces a current, hand edited Low Threshold Applications web site with a dynamic one authored in MovableType. I am just polishing off a new add-on hack that uses... «more»
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I Skyped, We Skyped ... and then Shazam! from Finland (December 21, 2004 10:25 AM)
My call for some skypers paid off this time, the phone has been ringing off the hook... Just as I was checking email this monrning, I got the notice of Will's comment that he had just downloaded Skype, and just as I was adding him to my Skype contact list,... «more»
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What a Maroon (December 21, 2004 07:00 AM)
Oi, have the spammers gone wacko. Bonkers. What are they smokin'? Got a notice yesterday one tried to insert a bunch of typical "win poker cialis v*iagra celebrity beastiality pix enlarge your _____ shrink your ______ bad credit erased" URLs into one of our sites that allows honest people... «more»
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Skype Me (December 20, 2004 04:51 PM)
Maybe I barked and whined about podcasting, that does not mean I'm not interested in audio! I am trying to give Skype another round of tests, but cannot find anyone I know with a skype account. Is anyone up to some internet telephone tag? I'll try to keep the application... «more»
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More Feedback: Addy's Designs (December 20, 2004 09:11 AM)
Wow, bonus feedback. This is from someone who has used our free jClicker Slide Show template to customize and use for showing off their model design and fabrication work: Alan, I just upload my personal portfolio on the net that I built my self. I am so happy with it.... «more»
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MLX Package Receives Feedback from Indonesia (December 20, 2004 08:59 AM)
How refreshing it is to catch some comment feedback that is not spam. Package #1463 Areal Weighting with Thiessen Polygons was created by Water Resources technology faculty member Lisa Young: a brief tutorial that demonstrates the procedures for determining areal weighting from point precipitation gages using the Thiessen Polygon Method.... «more»
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Yawncasting (December 19, 2004 10:42 PM)
I feel pretty much late to the dance with podcasting. It is a technology phenomnma that seems like it happened more or less while I was out of the country 3 weeks in November. My colleagues D'Arcy and Brian are all over it, and I have give high credence to... «more»
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It's Brown But Looks Awfully Familiar (December 19, 2004 10:10 AM)
Imitation and flattery aside, just curious if anyone thinks RSS-to-Javascript bears any resemblance at all to our Feed2JS? I do not really care all that much since Feed2JS code is open source but some credit would be nice, egos can always use some stroking now and then... Ours was pretty... «more»
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Almost Poetry: "The Network is the Blog" (December 18, 2004 09:10 AM)
On this post, I have almost little to say as Jon Udell's "The Network is the Blog" is so on spot and astute, and, well poetic. He hits some things which sound obvious in reading but easily to forget- the electricity of the blog-o-verse has everything to do with the... «more»
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Where the Wiki Things Are (December 17, 2004 03:45 PM)
We've just put online our Fall 2004 issue of our office's publication, the mcli Forum, and am finally glad I can share with you the featured technology interview I did with Brian Lamb, perhaps not so cleverly titled as "Where the Wiki Things Are". How do you help people make... «more»
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Dog News (Dog Blog) (December 17, 2004 12:01 PM)
We at CDB support the advancement of other dog blogs, esepcially as the number of Google-able cat blogs (6,040,000) appear to be ahead of the dog blogs (5,710,000). Therefore we share with your "Dog News: weird, inspiring dog tales". The Dog New folks have gone ahead and applied Creative Commons... «more»
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Reviving the Bag of URLs (December 17, 2004 11:14 AM)
I've been collecting worthy and interesting web sites for almost as long as I can remember, heaping them up in piles on the floor. Actually, we have a site called the Bag of URLs where I post and share them-- this started back in 1996 primarily as a selfish... «more»
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Homer's Browser (December 17, 2004 06:34 AM)
There's a heated web browser debate going on over at "Redemption in a Blog" as techies try to sort our what web browser Homer Simpson uses, see "Homer Simpson Uses Tabbed Browsing". Top theories bounce between FireFox and Safari, with no clear winner. I would bet Homer wants his pop-up... «more»
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Sigh, No News From Phentermine Spammer (December 16, 2004 02:12 PM)
Well it has been 3 days since I yelled out "Hey Phentermine Pusher: You Left Your Roach Prints in Our Spam Honey Pot" seeking this person to reach out by email, say hello, and claim their prowess. I even offered 100 clams to them just for taking credit. No response.... «more»
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A Cup of Connotea: A New del.icio.us Flavor of Social Bookmarking (and now a 4 in 1 bookmark tool) (December 16, 2004 10:30 AM)
Every day's glance at the not so old RSS reader brings new gems. Today the far seeing Stephen Downes shared a link to Connotea, very much a nice knock off of del.icio.us for bookmarking sites as well as papers. Connotea is a place to keep links to the articles you... «more»
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Oops On That Billboard (December 16, 2004 06:38 AM)
Found while trolling some of the graphic design gems over at Cameron Moll's Authentic Boredom Billboard Backside Blunder Only pure coincidence could create a scenario like this. Posted along I-15 in Provo, Utah, this billboard stand demonstrates what happens when an advertiser fails to consider what might be posted on... «more»
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Better MT-ing 1: Naming Files To Your Advantage (December 15, 2004 11:38 PM)
What's in a file name? Well it is the URL that you will publish, so make the most of it. You can make room for flexibility in your blogs if you set things so all content created is published as *.php rather than *.html. What is PHP? A long... «more»
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Better MT-ing in 6 Bites (December 15, 2004 09:54 AM)
I've been at the blogging biz using MovableType (MT) since April 19, 2003, and along the way I've been putting aside some ideas for things I have done beyond the out of the box set up that might help others. Also, since I am still living in the free... «more»
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An Innovations Conference Without Internet Is Like... (December 14, 2004 10:15 AM)
We just got the notification for our presentation on our Ocotillo projects at the League For Innovation's "Innovations 2005" conference to be held March in New Yoirk City. The conference is tagged as: Join the most innovative community college professionals as they come together to improve student and organizational learning... «more»
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Jill's Small Pieces (December 14, 2004 08:51 AM)
Jill Walker's description of an easy to use QwikiWiki is just a piece of what she describes like assembling her own bits of small technologies loosely joined: So I’m thinking Blogger.com blogs (no comment spam, no setup for me, they own it completely; no trackbacks but c’mon, comment spam is... «more»
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Dissecting the Code: Google Suggest (December 13, 2004 09:11 PM)
Found surfing RSS feeds of someone else's del.icio.us tagged bag... If you've not come across the beta of Google's new feature, take a peek at Google Suggest, which works like autocomplete by responding with common/popular search queries based on the first few letters you type in the search field. What... «more»
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Hey Phentermine Pusher: You Left Your Roach Prints in Our Spam Honey Pot (December 13, 2004 09:10 AM)
Spammers can hid, but they are not invisible. On Dec 10, I invited readers of this blog to send us some Trackbacks to MLX Packages... while I am eager to see this technology used, this was actually a bit of bait. Our regular MLX spammer bit the bait completely. Within... «more»
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Weird Statements Emanated From Our Television (December 11, 2004 04:14 PM)
While doing some of our holiday decorations today, the television was providing some background white noise. We both were caught off guard by this statement. This is 100% honest-- I think it was on the Disney Channel. This broadcast of "Ernest Saves Christmas" has been brought to you by Preparation... «more»
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Sorry Courtney (December 11, 2004 04:04 PM)
I got this message late Friday afternoon: I am a college student at Syracuse University. I am writing an article about weblogs. I understand you do a bit of "blogging" yourself. I would love to ask you a few questions about weblogging. Unfortunately, my deadline is tonight by midnight. I'd... «more»
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The Dawn of the End of the Golden Age of RSS? (December 11, 2004 10:26 AM)
It's a sunny day in Phoenix, but a cloud of pessimism is on the horizon, an unfortunate evolution of innovative internet innovations that start as open environments, only to become more convoluted, and polluted as they mainstream. This came as I examined a series of new borg-like "RSS Services" that... «more»
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Trackback / Sharebacks: Give These Packages Some Lovin' (December 10, 2004 05:27 PM)
We've promoted many different times (see the Breezed NMC Oct 2003 presentation) the notion that weblog Trackback technology provides a simple, and working now, method to connect descriptions of usage of learning objects stored in "thingamotories" (or "repositories if you like). Or, as we deemed it Learning Object Reuse Acknowledgment... «more»
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Housecleaning the Blogroll (December 10, 2004 11:24 AM)
There was dust and some missing pieces to my sidebar list of blogs I read regularly- which I spit out from Bloglines using their JavaScript insert to list on the sidebar of CDB. A number of old favorites have gone quiet, and sorry, but have slipped off my radar, quite... «more»
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MT Upgrade Dance (2.6 to 3.1) Steps... Advice? (December 9, 2004 05:27 PM)
Appearances, aside, I copy others quite often... and reading Scott's note on successful migration from MovableTYpe 2.x to 3.1, I am pondering dragging the CogDog up a notch. I'd resisted for a while because (a) The blog is doing fine as as; and (b) I have about 12 MT blogs... «more»
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Take the Spam Filtering Survey (December 9, 2004 11:45 AM)
I am not sure what he is doing with the results, but it looks like John Graham-Cumming is collecting data on people's attitudes and annoyances with e-mail spam-- check out the Spam Filtering Survey: This survey will lead you through a number of pages asking about you, your attitude towards... «more»
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My Not So Greatest Playlist Meme of '04 (December 8, 2004 08:23 PM)
Just following the cue of Señor D'Arcy, here is what popped of the shuffling of my meager iTunes song list (I hardly ever tune in and cannot even remember why I loaded these)... 1 Destroyer The Kinks 2 Girls Got Rhythm ACDC 3 Polythene Pam The Beatles 4 Pure And... «more»
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Tufte Tour (December 7, 2004 05:21 PM)
Edward Tufte's short course "Presenting Data and Information" is coming to town in late January... can anyone who has attended one of these or knows a friend who has (or a second cousin of their mother-in-law's dentist) let me know if it is worth it? Or should I just buy... «more»
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I Spent All Afternoon Writing One E-Mail Message (December 7, 2004 05:18 PM)
No, I did not have writers block or a novel to compose. Actually the email question was not even mine, but written to be sent under someone else's name. Could this be Alan's Secret Neutron Bomb that would eviscerate spammers? Nahhhh, ya must be dreamin'. Now, these are some messages... «more»
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Arizona... Believe It Or Not (December 6, 2004 11:31 PM)
flickr foto Arizona... Believe It Or Notavailable on my flickr December 4, 2004 and it is snowing up at our cabin in Strawberry, Arizona. Yes, believe it or not, Arizona is not just shifting sands of Arabian desert, certainly not here at 5600 elevation. Just returned from a delightful... «more»
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Spamshirt... Finally! Something Productive You Can do With Spam (December 6, 2004 07:54 PM)
Spamshirt.com will help you make a customized t-shirt out of of your favorite email spam subject line... or choose from their library. We at spamshirt have come up with a plan: recycling useless spam into sparkling new t-shirts! environmentally conscious, and a new lease of life for all that spam... «more»
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(Meaningful) Feedback Makes the Heart Grow Warmer (December 6, 2004 09:21 AM)
I've written before about the sheer joy of getting feedback on a now 11 year old online Writing HTML tutorial.... see [1] [2] [3], but still get a warm feeling with emails like this one that arrived yesterday: I have read this material for one month (Writting HTML). I think... «more»
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The Final Finish Line for the Last Great MLX Package Race (December 6, 2004 12:26 AM)
After 3 or 4 extensions, December 8 is the final deadline I have set in the sand for our 4th and final Great Maricopa Learning eXchange Package Race. As outlined in previous presentations, we set up an incentive program to entice people in our system to contribute their learning activities,... «more»
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Title Tag Silliness (December 5, 2004 11:54 PM)
Unanswered Nitpicky Technical Wonderment Number 894: Why do people put HTML tags inside content within a web page's <TITLE>....</TITLE> tags? Why would one want line breaks in a title bar string, and what is used in browser history and even RSS Feeds? Why http://audiences.blogspot.com/? Why http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,1735546,00.asp?kc=ETRSS02129TX1K0000532 (well, if the ASP... «more»
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The Day Blackboard Died (December 5, 2004 11:27 PM)
Ouch, can you feel the pain, of faculty, students, tired techies... The servers hosting the Blackboard Enterprise system 6 of our colleges share had some sort of "cataclysmic" failure of the SAN- the data storage. It has been down and out about 2 weeks before finals. Ouch. I am not... «more»
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MT Blog Search Bookmarklet (December 5, 2004 11:07 PM)
I am a bit amazed I never thought of this earlier... the primary use for CogDogBlog is pure selfish- tracking things or projects so I can have a record I can find later. More often than not, i am trying to remember a site or reference from a few months/years... «more»
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Wisdom Quotes Site- Smells Like a Blog... And It Is? (December 5, 2004 10:21 PM)
For those who have swirled around the blog-verse a while, the question of "what is a blog?" may feel archaic. But there are more than not who are just stumbling into it, especially now having been deemed a word of the year. And quite often you see blogs commonly referred... «more»
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Sony Stomps on Kottke (December 3, 2004 06:15 PM)
Bloggers can start feeling like their voice is powerful, but the power may be vaporized in the face of multibillion dollar companies. Jason Kottke, who has had a great running fascination with Ken Jenning's wild Jeopardy marathon, apparently is being threatened by Sony (who owns the show and likely 1/3... «more»
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Is eBay Customer 'Service' Smokin' Crack? (December 3, 2004 12:39 PM)
If you think I get overly torqued about spammers, poor web site from big entities and doofus customer service is right up there as well. I continually deal with some online banking and bill paying service that works marvelously, and yet fight others (hello CitiBank) that offer "service" that is... «more»
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Minor Enhancements For Feed2JS (December 2, 2004 04:50 PM)
I just made an update to our RSS Feed2JS service and free code. This changes will not break any current use, just adds some new options for some of the parameters, including: David Carter-Tod suggested a new line of code that allows the output to use the Atom fields... «more»
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Helen's Online Portfolio Adventure (December 2, 2004 11:55 AM)
The self-proclaimed "grandmother" of electronic portfolios, Helen Barrett has likely the most comprehensive set of resources on her main web site plus her E-Portfolios for Learning blog. Not so evident on the front page of site is a fantastic resource where she has taken the same portfolio content and used... «more»
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Benoit the Denver Cabbie (December 2, 2004 09:37 AM)
Some recent online discussions on motivation and eportfolios reminded me of an experience back in October at the EDUCAUSE conference.... well actually it had nothing to do with the conference. Towards the conference, I needed to get out to the airport (which seems to be located somewhere in Nebraska) since... «more»
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My Portrait Photo You Will Not See on Flickr (December 2, 2004 09:19 AM)
Last evening I had a digital photo portrait taken by a local photographer but I doubt it will be flattering enough to land on my flickr collection... I never saw the photographer, but I have been aware of where they set up their studios. Yes, I managed to have a... «more»
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The Open Source Party is in Town And... (December 1, 2004 06:15 PM)
Yawn... I almost forgot, Today through Friday is the Open Source Summit right in my own backyard in Scottsdale, and what a list of heavy hitters are on the docket. It kind of feels like peeking through the fence at an exclusive country club, marveling at all the shiny, pretty... «more»
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The Wiki Bites Back (December 1, 2004 05:19 PM)
Another open system bites the dust. Well, maybe I am caving in a bit to the wiki url spammers but as it is the sites we set up are completely useless wikis as they pile up with pages of links to URLs with names so horrific I get a slimy... «more»
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Some ePortfolios Blossoming (December 1, 2004 03:39 PM)
It's been a while since I browsed some of the new electronic portfolios that have been growing this semester on our Maricopa eP site. But I am liking what is starting to pop up... Dale Doubleday, our Ocotillo ePortfolio Action Group co-chair, has had her ART289 (Computer Illustration) students post... «more»
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That Googly Feeling (December 1, 2004 07:51 AM)
Over the waters at Auricle, Derek again provocatively asks who will drive the next wave of learning technology trends: In my recent Auricle article A filling station model of e-learning? I suggested that integrated mobile multimedia players and communication devices could be the 'googly' which catches advocates of centralized e-learning... «more»
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