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Skyperviews Up to 21 (March 31, 2005 05:50 PM)
I keep recording the audio "skyperview" and "iRiverView" interviews I am doing for the upcoming article I am not yet writing, and have 21 now in the collection: http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/forum/spr05/podcast.html Most of these were colleagues I cornered with my mp3 recorder, as well as a few more audio devices So added... «more»
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Carbon Copy Cloner: Cloning (hard-dives) is Not A Dream (March 31, 2005 10:24 AM)
Carbon Copy Cloner is worth 12 stars out of 10 for a Mac OS X application. After a rebuild of the OS on our XServe (that powers this blog and Feed2JS), our temporary solution was to build the OS on an external Firewire drive loaned by a helpful Apple engineer... «more»
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Van Google (March 30, 2005 07:07 AM)
I've always admired Google for taking the time to do important things like rotating their logos. I was a little curios when I reached for my favorite web tool today to find something and saw: And of course a quickie search revealed that today is Vincent Van Gogh's birthday. Among... «more»
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Is Digital Storytelling Hot or What? (March 29, 2005 11:03 PM)
Today we announced the opening of registration for our May 16-20 Learnshop "Bringing Digital Storytelling to the Classroom LearnShop"-- with 12 available spots. Check out the chronology: * 08:53:24 AM : email announcement sent * 09:03:22 AM : first registrant signs up * 11:03:24 AM : 12th registrant signs up... «more»
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CDB Greatest Hits All 837 of 'em (March 29, 2005 08:38 PM)
Since I am pondering doing the MovableType to WordPress conversion, I've done a bit of reflecting on the last two years of blogging. Nothing profound has emerged, but I did start to think about the part of a blog post I spend the most time on (obviously it is not... «more»
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A Lamb Comes to Phoenix (March 29, 2005 03:54 PM)
Some might squint at my ethics, but by an interesting sequence of events, this Friday Brian Lamb is coming to Maricopa for a Dialogue Day on Learning objects, Wikis, and Other Curious Things. Brian and I have done a number of great collaborations since we both started chatting at one... «more»
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Moving UseMod Wikis Lock, Stock, and Barrel (March 29, 2005 03:42 PM)
You can have your wiki and move it too. Several times this past year (and well this past week) I have had reason to move an entire UseMod wiki to another server. It is easy and tricky at the same time, and I think I have it all figured out... «more»
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Acting Digitally, Acting Paperly (March 29, 2005 10:48 AM)
flickr foto The Result of Our Online Application Programavailable on my flickr Over the past two years we developed and implemented an online system for faculty to submit applications for professional growth summer projects, for their reps to review applications, for a committee to submit their scores. Sadly, they... «more»
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Cooler! More Frivolous? Dynamic Flickr Speller For Your Web Page (March 29, 2005 10:16 AM)
Regarding the recently blogged More Frivolous Fun: Spelling with Flickr, there is a new feature that you can use a small chunk of cut and paste JavaScript to put in the source of your web page, and have it dynamically create a different set of flickr-ed letters on every page... «more»
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My Dentist Has an RSS Feed (March 29, 2005 07:49 AM)
Two years, a year ago, it was noteworthy when feedless-sites were worth announcing they had added an RSS feed. Is it really newsworthy anymore? There is some sort of tipping point at work here, just curious if the threshold has been lost. It takes me back 10, 11, 12 years... «more»
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And de.liro.us Makes the Tool 12 (March 27, 2005 09:46 PM)
An email from Steve Cohen resulted in adding the 12th site, de.lirio.us to the Site Submission MultiTool-- now you can pick and chose from a dozen different we site bookmarking sites, and build a single browser link bar tool to send sites to any or all of the 12 you... «more»
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Oh What a Tangled Web We Tag (March 27, 2005 09:42 PM)
The folksonomy - contralled vocabulary debates surge and sputter... Recently David Weinberger went "back and forth" on this: This is the promise and the risk of folksonomies. Folksonomies arise when people are tagging objects (Web pages, photos, etc.) in public. If you want something to be found by others, you'll... «more»
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Pondering the Blog Change (March 27, 2005 09:22 PM)
I'm mulling over what many other quicker, maybe wiser, colleagues have done, and migrate my blog software from MovableType 2.661 to WordPress 1.5. It's not critical, not urgent, but I feel it nagging at me. Last week I dumped a chunk of time trying to get all the perl pieces... «more»
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Let's Go to the Dump (March 27, 2005 09:12 PM)
More irrelevant updates on the home landscaping projects... when we bought our house in 1997, landscaping was a process of adding plants (as there was almost nothing growing here except for a few trees)... 8 years later we are in the process of taking out as much of the desert... «more»
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More Frivolous Fun: Spelling with Flickr (March 25, 2005 04:29 PM)
More fun with dynamic graphics, of no certain putpose. Spell With Flickr rummages through the vast supply of flickr photos of letters so you can create a dynamic generate spelled out version of any word, e.g here might be my new logo: If you do not like the looks of... «more»
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The Upside of Being Hacked... Well, There is None (March 24, 2005 09:23 PM)
Last weekend I discovered the web server that hosts our Ocotillo Blogs+Wikis+boards had been compromised and some nefarious person had been able to change the root password for the server. As I was 90 miles from the machine, I had no way to seize back my root account, no way... «more»
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Amazing Amazon Amaztpye (March 24, 2005 08:28 PM)
This is just plain cool, perhaps not essentially useful but plainly cool. Amaztype Amaztype is using Amazon web services. Created by Keita Kitamura & Yugo Nakamura for Tha Ltd. Well that does not exactly explain it. You type in a keyword search for Amazon (US, Japan, UK, Canada) for books... «more»
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Second Shift Job: 20 Tons of Minus (March 23, 2005 09:59 PM)
My self-imposed sentence of hard labor is not over. The next phase of our backyard landscaping project involved a delivery of 20 tons of 3/8 inch minus coral granite on our driveway. This is everything that passes through the finest sieve at the rock quarry (folks in the know just... «more»
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Skyperview Number 16 (March 23, 2005 09:46 PM)
I ought to stop, but this is too much fun.. today I completed my 16th mini "Skyperview" with folks near and far about their use and ideas for digital audio over the net. I'll be scraping a few more before the end of the week, but I need to get... «more»
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Spurl Bookmarklet Tool Added to the Mix (March 22, 2005 05:57 PM)
Yes, another nifty social bookmark service-- Spurl was brought to our attention by Jamie. So it is now part of the others at the Site Submission MultiTool where it is possible to create one browser tool that does the work of 11 others called: FurlDeliciousFrassleConnoteaBagCiteULikeSimpyLinkrollBlogmarksopenBMSpurl Bookmarklet Tool Spurl looks pretty... «more»
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A First? Podcasting in an ePortfolio System (March 20, 2005 08:04 AM)
I just noted that podcasts are screaming up the meme charts, and a day later some exciting news. Audree, who programs our eportfolio system available at Maricopa and her Chandler-Gilbert Community College has announced the upcoming availability of streaming media being built into the system (see latest ePortfolio enhancements, nicely... «more»
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Podcast Mania... And What is Missing (March 19, 2005 09:32 AM)
It is no secret for us in instructional technology that podcasting is becoming the raging meme of excitement, a good thing. Maybe it is because of media attention, or just the whole iPod thing is just too cool. I've heard it uttered much more recently in emails and conversation with... «more»
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If At First You Don't Succeed, Spam and Spam Again (March 17, 2005 09:52 PM)
I just spent about 20 minutes doing my regular spam rotations- this is a shuffling of my MT blog script names, changing of the required key phrases on some of the sites. I have a half written post I'd like to finish soon on what to do to make yourself... «more»
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My Sentence is 2 Days of Hard Labor (March 17, 2005 01:58 PM)
This week is our system's Spring Break, and even us administrative grunts get Thursday and Friday off. I tacked on a day off Wednesday, and how am I and Mrs. CogDogBlog relaxing? We are re-landscaping the back yard, hauling sand, rock, and brick, moving hard desert earth, yanking out of... «more»
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The Perl King (March 15, 2005 11:26 PM)
I had 5 minutes of technical glory today, where I felt like I mastered the machine. The rest of the day I may have been under its thumb, where I belong. Readers may note that a few weeks back I was dealing with some strange web server activity every Saturday... «more»
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No Chumps at Chumpsoft (March 15, 2005 10:38 PM)
I've been very happy with our purchase of phpQuestionnaire, a PHP + mySQL set of scripts that have allowed us to easily create, admin, and export dat for online surveys. It's been a champ, not a chump. Today I was doing a CSV (comma separated value) export for a recent... «more»
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Five More Skyperviews Added (March 15, 2005 10:20 PM)
Whew, this is fun! Without much effort, I have added another 5 interviews, each under 5 minutes, for my upcoming article on digital net audio, You can find all 11 and (more as I add 'em) on the mcli Forum Spring 2005 Podcast. Joining the crowd, and rounding out some... «more»
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Seb Sets the Gold Standard For Conference Blogging (March 15, 2005 07:29 AM)
Sébastien Paquet is blogging the Information Architecture Summit in Montreal and is somehow (speed typist, total recall, good tunes??) blogging out extraordinarily detailed notes-- see just a sampling from March 7 Thanks Seb!... «more»
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Report Card for Ocotillo Small Pieces (March 14, 2005 11:30 PM)
Our Ocotillo project's use of blogs+wikis+boards, coined last summer as "Small Technologies Loosely Joined". The premise of this was that each of our 4 working groups would maintain a regularly updated blog as its public "face", use discussion boards for some asynchronous dialogues (and guest experts), and the wikis for... «more»
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Call For More SkyperViews (some females would be helpful) (March 14, 2005 06:09 PM)
Thanks for those who have volunteered so far for my 5 minute web audio interviews (see details). I have a few more days leeway in the process, and since the audio can be added as an online supplement, I can keep on doing them for the rest of the month... «more»
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Day 2 at MIT (March 13, 2005 08:07 PM)
My colleagues and I had another full on day of absorbing and observing at MIT. the night before, our host and contact Phil Long took us to an outstanding Afghan restaurant in Cambridge, called Helmand. Friday started with a bit of blue sky, but the snow did not wait long... «more»
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Just a Wiki? Not! Check Out Jotspot (March 11, 2005 06:43 AM)
Interested in wikis, but turned off by the geeky interface, the technical set up hurdle, or the fear of spam? You've got company. But I just quickly scanned Jotspot, billed as "the application wiki". From what I can scan, it is a second generation wiki offering a WYSIWIG editing interface... «more»
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Open Source Home Page (March 10, 2005 09:03 PM)
This is a nice feature on the MIT web site-- Propose a Graphic: We encourage the MIT community and the public to submit images or designs for the MIT home page. Like open source software, the MIT home page improves with each individual's contribution. The designer of each day's image... «more»
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Out and About At MIT (March 10, 2005 08:49 PM)
I've been in the sub-arctic zone known as "Boston" since Wednesday (hey, it is 85 degrees back home!) for some visits at MIT. Yes, that MIT. This was set up partly to learn more about the iCampus initiative thanks to a gracious invitation from Phil Long at last fall's EDUCAUSE... «more»
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Subjects Wanted for 5 minute Skyperviews On Digital Audio (March 9, 2005 06:29 AM)
My editor is breathing down my back (considering it is like 15 degrees this morning in New York City, that may not be a bad thing). No, I am behind on writing my technology column for the Spring 2005 issue of our publication, the mcli Forum . I need some... «more»
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Everybody Posting - Invite the World to Author Your Blog? (March 8, 2005 05:31 AM)
This is curious and interesting- Everbody Posting is a blog set up to use the e-mail to post functionality of Blogger so that anyone can send a post via e-mail. Is it sort of a Wikified blog? A public wall open to graffiti? A Spam target (the email address is... «more»
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Another Great Student Panel (March 7, 2005 10:45 PM)
We're getting some great responses and interest in a second student panel we assembled in the last two weeks. Back in February 25, 2005, we had a 5 member panel for our ePortfolio Dialogue Day. For that one we even managed to capture and post the audio from the 55... «more»
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Ocotillo Presentation Under The Belt (March 7, 2005 05:07 PM)
Today was our presentation on our "Ocotillo" project titled Maricopa's Ocotillo Evolves Again: 18 Years of Faculty Led Instructional Technology Initiatives: Since 1987, Ocotillo has been a faculty led initiative to promote the effective use of instructional technology. Like its desert plant metaphor, Ocotillo has evolved again into four new... «more»
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Session Review: Computer Hacking as an Educational Tool (March 7, 2005 04:49 PM)
Whew! I found a stellar presentation session today.... all hope is not lost . Margaret Hvatum and Gayla Stewart from St Louis Community College presented "Computer Hacking as an Educational Tool" (no web links ;-): For education to happen, students must be interested and engaged in the subject material. Computer... «more»
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I'm Bored As Hell And I;m Not Gonna ....... zzzzz (March 7, 2005 04:41 AM)
flickr foto The Home for the Conference Bagavailable on my flickr It's time to do away with the silly conference bags and the wasted trees contained within. The whole concept is so, 1980-ish I may get some organizational dings for this, but I am compelled to complain once more... «more»
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Wiki Symposium 2005 (March 6, 2005 10:14 PM)
Come to San Diego, October 17-18 for the 2005 International Symposium on Wikis: The 2005 International Symposium on Wikis brings together wiki researchers, implementers, and users for the first time. The goal of the symposium is to find a voice for the community. The symposium has a rigorously reviewed research... «more»
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Arf Arf... Is This Thing On? (March 6, 2005 10:01 PM)
I'm back. I think. The last two days have been technically the worst of my career. This is a long story. The bottom line is that this blog is now running on a new URL http://realgar.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/alan/ but things are forarded nicely (.htaccess redirect) so all links to http://cogdogblog.com/alan/ end up... «more»
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Big Shiny Apple (March 5, 2005 01:13 AM)
Just arrived in the big city for the League for Innovation conference that starts tomorrow. Perched on the 40 something floor of the Marriot with my own commanding view of Manhattan. About 1/3 the plane from Phoenix was loaded with folks from Maricopa, almost like a chartered jet. Sometimes you... «more»
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Mothers Guard Your RSS Feeds, Someone Wants to "Monetize" Them (March 3, 2005 07:12 AM)
Look out for your RSS-- as warned the vultures are still circling, and maybe hovering closer to your feeds. It's interesting, curious, and quirky when the PR factories roll new verbs off the assembly line- Moreover's FeedRSSDirect Ads offer this savory description: Moreover Technologies, the premier provider of aggregated online... «more»
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Wists = flickr + del.icio.us? (March 2, 2005 08:53 PM)
I am not sure yet what to make of wists - visual bookmarks, yet another variant following the flickr del.icio.us trail through the mountain pile of folksonomic tag mania. Create a wist account, load a browser bar tool, and when you are surfing and want to track a site in... «more»
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Folksonomic Video: Vimeo (March 1, 2005 06:12 PM)
I am supposed to be out the door about 5 minuntes ago when I get to curious to click on vimeo (tip of the blog hat to David Weinberger, thanks for making me later for dinner ;-) In a nutshell, it looks like a filckr for video, and it semms... «more»
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Skype Blemish? (March 1, 2005 01:49 PM)
I like Skype. I like Skype. I like it so much, I wanted to run it on my PC laptop across the desk from me. What I did not like was when I logged in with the account I use on my Mac, I notice that my contacts do not... «more»
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