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Drowning, Drowned, Drown (February 28, 2005 10:43 PM)
I am drowning in things to do, things I would like to do, and things I have to do. My workload is more or less double what it was 6 months ago since losing the expertise of Colen, who worked 5 years for us doing part-time programming support and developing... «more»
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Shelley Is On It: "Using RSS Feeds in English 102" MLX Package (February 28, 2005 06:20 PM)
One of my colleagues has gotten bit severely by the weblog / RSS fever--- this is a good thing. Shelley teaches English at Mesa Community College and is experimenting this semester with having her student review resources via Bloglines, and she is crafting an extra credit assignment for them to... «more»
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How Not To do e-Customer Service: "Call Us" (February 28, 2005 07:24 AM)
Our local telephone service provide, Qwest, has these smarmy tv commercials with customers gushing how great the Qwest "Spirit of Service" is. I will not be starring in any of these soon. Regular CDB readers will know we periodically bark and growl about bad online customer service, so here is... «more»
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Stark Raving MAD (February 28, 2005 07:05 AM)
I owe my sarcastic streak to a boyhood influence of MAD magazine - the codebook to becoming a solid porcupine internet citizen. But Doug Gilford's Mad Cover site is an over the top homage to friends of movie spoofs, Roger Kaputnik, Spy vs Spy, and the fold in covers. The... «more»
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Site Submission Bookmarklet Maker Hits Tool Number 10 (February 27, 2005 08:58 AM)
My web site submission multi-tool, which rolls a selected set of JavaScript submission tools into one, has hit its tenth tool. Thanks to those who have made recent suggestions. This means, you can build your own browser bookmark submission tool that includes all or any from: Furl Frassle Connotea... «more»
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Now the iPodless Podcaster (February 26, 2005 06:23 PM)
Day number 578 without an iPod... No, I have no intent to start regular podcasts, enough other people with velvety FM radio D.J. type voices that never say "ummm" are at it already. There is no time to jump into this endeavor. But never say never. On the other hand,... «more»
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To My Spelling And Academic Superiors Way Up North (February 26, 2005 04:30 PM)
Oh dear, I have a spelling and grammatical error on the introduction of a web page. It is the end of civilization as we know it, and it exemplifies how horribly inadequate, shameful, and without merir the entire US educational system really is. I must humbly apologize to all my... «more»
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I've been Skyped, Flossed (February 25, 2005 07:29 PM)
A few weeks ago I was audio interviewed via Skype by Teemu Arina, a 1 hour plus session between me in Arizona and Teemu in Finland that was remarkably clear, had no dropouts. In an almost heroic effort, Teemu edited this to a pod/webcast, painstakingly removing my frequent "umms" as... «more»
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Wow! What a Portfolio-lific Day (February 25, 2005 06:07 PM)
Just wrapping up from today's event "ePortfolio Dialogue Day: Digital Stories of Deep Learning for Students and Faculty" with our excellent guest Helen Barrett, and it was a rousing success. Wish I could have been blogging it all, but other duties called. Helen gave an outstanding overview of the eportfolio... «more»
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SoFIA Releases First 8 Open Content Courses (February 25, 2005 07:09 AM)
Sofia (Sharing of Free Intellectual Assets) intends to do for the community college level what MIT's Open Courseware offers for upper division courses- free, open content courses you can use in whole or part. Free with Creative Commons licensing. The first 8 courses are available from their gallery: The pilot... «more»
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The Grand VideoCasting Future: Watching Me Say Ummm (February 24, 2005 07:05 AM)
With podcasting going from zero to tech trend in 6 months, some are hedging bets that videocasting is already accelerating. So here is the CogDogBlog evolution. We go from reading my typos in a blog to listening to me say "ummm" as a podcast to watching me say "ummm" as... «more»
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Watch Out for Leon (February 23, 2005 01:27 PM)
Look out fellow bloggers, Leon Lighips a.k.a Guru of the Obvious is going after your Technorati ratings and is planning on becoming king of the Long Tail, the A-List of all A-Lists....... «more»
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Join Our Ocotillo Hybrid Courses Guest Discussions (February 23, 2005 11:02 AM)
The week of February 28, 2005 through March 4 , our Ocotillo Hybrid Course Structures group is hosting an asynchronous discussion board activity. We are pleased and fortunate to have Bob Kaleta and staff from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Learning Technology Center (LTC) as our guests, and they will be... «more»
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Helen is Coming To Town! (February 23, 2005 10:01 AM)
This Friday, the self-proclaimed "Grandmother of Electronic Portfolios", Helen Barrett is coming to town as our guest for our event "ePortfolio Dialogue Day: Digital Stories of Deep Learning for Students and Faculty", where we are expecting an audience of 90+ faculty and staff. The day's agenda is split-starting with a... «more»
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If All The Learning Objects Are Web Pages Who Needs a Repository? (February 22, 2005 11:18 PM)
I've done a number of workshops demo-ing how to search various learning object "repositories" and invariably deal with the question, "Why don't we just do a Google search?". Strangely, having built one sort of similar system myself, I am asking the same question. Stephen Downes today shared the announcement of... «more»
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Thinking Sideways About Web / Video conferencing (February 22, 2005 09:35 AM)
Despite our best intentions, the cart named technology seems to often get ahead of the horse. In a recent meeting, one of our groups looking at new technologies made the usual strong case for looking at video conference technologies- better use of time, people not having enough time to come... «more»
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Another Bookmarklet Tool- Quick Furl Search (February 21, 2005 06:42 PM)
I cannot claim this was an Urgent/Important task, but my curiosity got the better of me... I made a new bookmarklet tool that allows me to run a search against my furl-ed sites either by entering the search terms or by highlighting the words in any web mouse-selectable content. This... «more»
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Keeping Tabs on Comments in Multiple Author Blogs (MovableType) (February 20, 2005 10:13 AM)
With exceptions of newer systems (yes, Drupal fans, that is you), many blog software packages are designed from the perspective of single author weblogs, but with some digging you can expand their functionality for multi-author sites. We've recently released the Low Threshold Applications (LTA) site, recast as a blog from... «more»
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Facets of = (February 20, 2005 08:48 AM)
Interesting- is a rip, mix, and refeed of Found by way of John the Blog (a.k.a David Weinberger), is a product of Sideran Software ("navigation for the digital universe"), a maker of corporate tools that offer: ...intelligent search and retrieval applications lead you easily through oceans of... «more»
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Linkroll Added to the Marklet Maker (February 20, 2005 01:14 AM)
A commenter suggested I add Linkroll to the bookmarklet marklet maker collection, and that was an easy one to roll into the tool, which puts it up to a choice of 8 different web site submission tools that can be addressed with a click on a bookmark link. Linkroll is... «more»
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MLX Track Spam: The Annihilator (February 20, 2005 01:09 AM)
It's been a while since the spam roaches attached the Trackbacks on the Maricopa Learning eXchange, but I guess they had some extra time after recess to splat their PPC (porn, pills, casino) links into the MLX Sharebacks. I am still resisting closing it down completely, but likely will, as... «more»
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I Wish I Were Canadian (February 19, 2005 07:41 PM)
I am soooooo envious: Northern Voice Blog Conference... «more»
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Podcaster Request: Feed With a Summary (February 19, 2005 09:53 AM)
I continue to put my pennies in a piggy bank towards a future iPod. Until then, in scanning more and more RSS feeds that contain references to the audio enclosures, I am bothered/irked/annoyed by the scant details available to the summary in an RSS Reader: My Views on the Cheese... «more»
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I Can Snow If I Want To (February 19, 2005 09:50 AM)
flickr foto I Can Snow If I Want Toavailable on my flickr The thermometer is pegging 35+ degrees, but snow is falling in nice big clumps this morning at our cabin in Strawberry. A big wet storm is sitting on top of Arizona, the second in a week (I... «more»
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Colophon of the Week (February 16, 2005 09:53 PM)
Submitted for the Colophon of the Week (once I look up a definition of what the heck a colophon is), from the Newsdesigner blog: This site was coded with rudimentary HTML, PHP, CSS and BEER. The 3-column CSS layout was adapted from one found at Position Is Everything. BBEdit helped... «more»
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Newest 25 Cent book from the Pine Thrift Store: Bill G and His Road Ahead (10 years later) (February 16, 2005 09:00 PM)
My latest 25 cent investment from the Pine Arizona Senior Center Thrift Store is "The Road Ahead" by Bill Gates, Nathan Myhrvold, Peter Rinearson. Far from being my hero, I was curious where the road he envisioned back in 1995 actually went. I've not read much yet, but flipping... «more»
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Not Ready for Prime Time: feed:// (February 16, 2005 01:58 PM)
I forgot who's WordPress blog I was surfing this morning, but a mouse hover over their RSS link turned the cursor to a question mark, and clicking the link actually auto subscribed that feed to me aggregator. The link was written differently than the typical link: feed:// That is correct,... «more»
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1000 Monkeys Pecking At PHP... (February 16, 2005 11:38 AM)
... would likely program my current project more efficiently. This is one of those textbook examples of how not to build software, but in then end, good enough will (hopefully) be good enough. I am working an updates to an online application system we developed last year for one of... «more»
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Another Novel Use for A Blog (February 15, 2005 07:10 AM)
Yet another exmaple to show that weblogs can be more than just a place for teen diaries and cat fetishes, Steven Cohen has hoisted a presentation into Blogger format- see "Staying Ahead of Your Patrons With Weblogs and RSS". Is it anything different than a garden variety PowerPoint slide show?... «more»
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Spam Slithered in the MT Cracks (February 12, 2005 10:30 AM)
Worrisome. I just got Movable Type (2.661) comment spam on entries in one of my blogs where the database has been set via comment closing routines to turn the allow comments to the value that closes them. How is it possible for the roach to sneak in? I had hoped... «more»
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Flipping the Question:"Why DON'T Academics Blog?" (February 11, 2005 11:00 AM)
Liz Lawly recently shared a great collection of edublogger's explanations for why they blog: I keep getting asked this question by colleagues here at RIT and elsewhere, and I find myself sending them the same links over and over again. So here’s what I give people who ask me this,... «more»
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Feedback Gems: Small Pieces In Spain (February 11, 2005 09:53 AM)
Among the chaff of email spam are a few gems. Here is one from Ian in Spain who has figured out how to leverage RSS, blogs, and Feed2JS to generate a dynamic site: Hi Your rss2js service is first class. I love the code generator and the service itself -... «more»
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Visualize Your flickr FOAF (February 11, 2005 09:37 AM)
Woah, nellie! I had no idea when I clicked a link that said, "do not, I REPEAT, do not go here" (the old teacher reports read "Alan does not listen well to instructions") that I'd find this wildly fantastic flickr graph tool: Flickr Graph is an application that explores the... «more»
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Thanks Will- Energizing One EduBlogger at A Time (February 10, 2005 05:02 PM)
A "web good dog" to Will Richardson for sharing a link to his Learning Times presentation-- see Now THAT Was Fun...and Educational (What a Concept!). His blogging/RSS presentation is available for FREE as a streaming audio narrated show, where he is able to talk over and demo things like Bloglines,... «more»
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The Spam Not Traveled (February 10, 2005 06:15 AM)
A tale of two sequential spam emails, in sequential order. First was philosophical spam (one does not see too many of these): Both the material and spiritual worlds are full of opulence, beauty and knowledge, but the spiritual realm is more magnificent due to its being full of knowledge, bliss... «more»
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Real Life Quotes From the Bicycle Lane (February 9, 2005 08:26 PM)
This really happened. I promise. While biking home tonight, I came up on what I took to be a father riding along side a boy, perhaps 10 or younger. As my speed was greater, as I approached, Dad swung out far to the left, so I had to pass between... «more»
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ASU Mars Lecture (Was Geologist One Night Nostalgia) (February 9, 2005 12:58 PM)
For the last 12 years at maricopa, my e-mail signature has been "Was Geologist, Now Technologist" a Readers Digest condensed version of my tale of transforming from a graduate student in Geology to a techie at Maricopa. Last night, I attended an event at Arizona State University, for one night... «more»
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(Not) Killing Me Softly With Your Feeds (February 9, 2005 11:44 AM)
Just having set up some stats reports on this server, I find with no surprise the big consumer of activity is our Feed2JS script, which according to the data, in the last 7 days felt: 3,182,586 hits (96% of the total) 455,000 hits per day 18,943 hits per hour 315... «more»
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Would You Like Fries With That? (February 8, 2005 08:27 AM)
Just got a headset for doing audio chatting... too much feedback from the laptop speakers and crappy built in micorphone. C'mon Skype me! "How about a super kids meal? C'mom, trans-fats are fun"I never worked fast food ;-)... «more»
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Location: Why "Medium" is Extra Small (February 7, 2005 10:04 PM)
NBC's "hit show" Medium is about a psychic who is helping solve cases in what is purported to be Phoenix, Arizona. I believe it is the "Phoenix, near Burbank". It looks like they are not wasting any money on location shots, because I have yet to see a cactus, a... «more»
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Durl and Blogpulse-- More Link Digging Tools (February 7, 2005 09:53 PM)
Just a few clicks after posting about digging out interesting link information via and furl, a comment there from Carmen highlighted some more tools to my toolchest. It had been some time since I had seen Durl, which accesses data from and eeks out some backlinks trends, a... «more»
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A Scary Mouse Click (February 7, 2005 12:07 PM)
Whew! Today was the day we triggered announcement emails on the final reviews of our internal grants program, MCLI Learning Grants. This is a completely homegrown, online system where all applications, reviews, management, and year end reports are done online. The task today was to run a script that rummages... «more»
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How To Really Get Help (February 7, 2005 11:56 AM)
A week silently passed on my simple IT help desk request (read the sad story). There was now a consequence as the main page for our site was hijacked via the vulnerability I reported (see the blurb on this, we were definitely not alone). So since the requests were not... «more»
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Distilling inbound links via and Furl (February 6, 2005 02:21 PM)
This is one of those found be serendipity things, what happens when you just freely poke around the web. Maybe it is obvious to many others, but it's new to me. Some folks rely on technorati for taking a pulse of links going to their content, and it sure provides... «more»
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Chemistry Students Building Delicious Link Collections (February 6, 2005 01:36 PM)
It is re-assuring when a faculty member investigates a new technology and runs with it. I got a recent email from Liz Dorland, chemistry faculty at Mesa Community College, and maybe one of 7 people in our district who read this blog (You are never famous in your own country,... «more»
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Another Jade Hiccup (February 6, 2005 09:56 AM)
Apologies again, as this server, also the host of Feed2Js, went south for about 10 hours Friday night - Saturday morning, just like last week. I had found in the server logs where the services were crashing, but nothing to indicate a cause nor why it was able to restore... «more»
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Saturday at the Parada del Sol (February 6, 2005 09:47 AM)
flickr foto Hashknife Ridersavailable on my flickr One of the many members of the Navajo County Sheriff's Posse who participated in the Hashknife Pony Express, which re-enacts the delivery of mail by horseback, riding from Holbrook to Scottsdale. They did not look tired at all. It was cowboys, cowgirls,... «more»
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Roll Your Own MT Search Bookmarklet (February 5, 2005 10:09 PM)
Now that the Furl-Delicious-Frassle-CiteULike-Connotea-Bag Bookmarklet Tool (a simepl web form to help you build a one click browser bar tool for adding web sites to various collections) seems to be working-- I decided to make another tool. This one helps you create a browser bar button for quick searching of... «more»
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When Using the Web is the Reflex (February 4, 2005 11:48 AM)
Does anyone still look up number, business names in a big thick yellow pages phone book? Is that still the first reflex when a net connected computer is in reach? Two recent observations indicate that for many folks, not just techies, but Jane and Joe Citizen, the web is becoming... «more»
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IT Helpdesks: Theory And Practice (February 4, 2005 11:31 AM)
I keep a pad of frequently called numbers near my office phone- there is a number next to a label called "Helpless desk". In theory, this is how our helpdesk works. I go to a web site and fill submit a problem request form. It gets routed electronically to someone... «more»
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This Old Home Page (and mastering web redirection) (February 3, 2005 10:38 PM)
Do you remember when the web was young and everything was about having a "Home Page"? The legacy is still there in our web browser's "Home" button (and do you wonder why we are limited to one home?). In fact, when I started our web server in 1993, like others,... «more»
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Two More Blades For the Marklet Maker (February 3, 2005 09:52 AM)
From suggestions, I've added two more sites to the web site submission multi tool, what was once blogged the DeliciousFurlBagConnotea Marklet Maker is now... DeliciousFurlBagConnoteaFrassleSiteULike Marklet Maker-- having added posting tools for CiteULike and Frassle. Check it out, your mileage may vary given my tendency for programming typos: «more»
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Feed2JS Feature Testers Wanted (February 2, 2005 04:52 PM)
Following a recent a brief server outage I have been tinkering with an approach to solve problems that might occur on external sites using our Feed2JS service. I'm lookng for some folks willing to test some extra JavaScript aimed at preventing page hangs should we blink out on you. Here... «more»
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Warming The Hands Over the Flames of Email (February 1, 2005 12:36 PM)
E-mail flame wars (a torrent of angry, differing viewpoint exchanges) must be as old as the first listserv with more than 20 people on it. Whether you want to classify participants according to some phylum/species or not not, it is just human nature, and what happens in the loosely structured... «more»
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Six Figures, A Jaguar-- the Luxurious Life of a Spammer (February 1, 2005 07:16 AM)
(Thanks to James Farmer for popping this article our way). The Register today unveils the life of the rich and infamous, "Interview with a link spammer": Sam - let's call our interviewee Sam, it's suitably anonymous - lives in a three-bedroom semi-detached house in London, drives a vintage Jaguar and... «more»
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