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Sit. Stay. But This Blog Has Moved (April 26, 2005 11:51 PM)
Well it was easy. In between commercials on Tuesday night TV, and a late night burst of extra excitement, I have moved this entire weblog into its new home, hosted very happily in a WordPress 1.5 blog. I was not sure how much would export over (actually everything did), so... «more»
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Web 5.0 Did I miss the Upgrade? (April 26, 2005 01:17 PM)
I've been seeing references to something called "Web 2.0" -- was there some sort of Internet upgrade while I was sleeping? Am I out of date? (Note for new readers- this is sarcasm) I see folks are aiming to define it precisely. While I accept, support, participate in the notion... «more»
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IM This Entry (April 22, 2005 11:21 PM)
I just added a new feature to this blog's templates, likely the last tweak I will do as I am rather dead set on moving soon to WordPress (especially after seeing D'Arcy's demo of the flickr gallery plugin). The new feature is a link along the front page and archive... «more»
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Serendipity or Just Dumb Luck: Finding By Not Searching (April 22, 2005 07:31 AM)
Google is good. Google is great. I wish I kept better records of this, but I have vague recollections of finding some of my most favorite web discoveries at perhaps 3 links downstream of a search, or just by following a suggested link to one source and happen-stancing (random clicking)... «more»
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Harry Mudd and the TCC 2005 Keynote (April 21, 2005 04:35 PM)
Whew! An hour ago I finished my one hour keynote presentation for the TCC 2005 Worldwide Online Conference. They asked me to talk about the future, so I hit them with a whiplash induced thing I created, "Harry Mudd, Small Pieces, and that Not Widely Distributed Future": I thought I... «more»
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The New Phone Book is Here! The New Phone Book is Here! (April 19, 2005 08:27 PM)
flickr foto The New Phone Book is Here! The New Phone Book is Here!available on my flickr Taking a cue from the quote in Steve Martin's The Jerk, "here" is actually our recycling container. Can you believe in this age of dwindling natural resources and internet based information, that... «more»
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YaGoohoo!gle Yahoo Google Side by Side Shoot Out (April 17, 2005 09:54 AM)
Who is better? Yahoo or Google? How do they compare for specific searches? YaGoohoo!gle, which apparently started out as an April Fool's joke. is now more than a joke. Via a simple, familiar search form, this site will produce a side by side search result from the big two engines.... «more»
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Dog Rap: HTTP in tha House (April 17, 2005 09:30 AM)
More frivolity (blog tip of the hat to Kottke) for HTTP in tha House. You submit a URL, and the web site extracts the text, combines them into 16 lines, uses a rhyming dictionary, and pops out a series of random rap-like lyrics. Real word use? minimal. Fun and... «more»
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The Dog Barfed Up Some Comments (April 14, 2005 03:26 PM)
Although I noted yesterday that my own technical gaffs had erase all of our blog comments going back to September 2004, I did comb through the last database dump from early March 2005 and sifted out the legit comments for Sept 2004 - March 3, 2005, so the loss was... «more»
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Gearing Up for TCC 2005 Keynote (April 14, 2005 09:07 AM)
Next week, April 19-21, is the 10th annual Teaching, Colleges, Community (TCC) Worldwide Online Conference, or affectionately known as "the online conference from Hawaii where you do not get to go to Hawaii". I'm ramping up to deliver a live keynote session on April 21 (see below). The theme this... «more»
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Go Get Thawed: NBT- Locally Produced Movie Aimng High (April 14, 2005 07:20 AM)
Arizona may not have a reputation for producing local independent movies, but Never Been Thawed may change all that. I saw the previews a few weeks ago, and could tell it would be a riot. Yup, I going by my guy and saying it is a good movie before having... «more»
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The Dog Ate My Comments (April 13, 2005 06:56 AM)
Yesterday I was trying to clean out a swath of comment spam on a blog we set up for one of our college's sites, wiping directly from the database, e.g.: DELETE FROM mt_comments WHERE comment_blog_id=XX AND comment_author like "%poker%" DELETE FROM mt_comments WHERE comment_blog_id=XX AND comment_text like "%cialis%" DELETE FROM... «more»
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Blackboard Discovers Blogs (but not where you think) (April 12, 2005 04:03 PM)
Hey! Have you heard about this new cool thing called "blogging"? Well, shucks, it looks like the folks down at Blackboard central have stumbled on to it! Innovation! Yup, with all the expertise and license bucks piled up down there, they have set up "The Blackboard Weblog" at ... Blogger.com?... «more»
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BikeRidePodCast (April 12, 2005 08:54 AM)
I'm tuning into some podcasts, finally. Today on my 11 mile bicycle commute (something I need to get back to doing regularly), I carried my iRiver in my pocket and listened to Rael Dornfest - Rules for Remixing, a session from the ETech Conference. It made for a nice ride... «more»
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Student with ePortfolio Wins Art Scholarship (April 11, 2005 05:16 PM)
Actually, we are not sure if the ePortfolio had anything to do with it, but one of the members of the student panel discussions at our February Dialogue Day with Helen Barrett, Nestor Martinez got some good news. According to a post from his teacher, Dale Doubleday: On a different... «more»
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Captcha Spammers! Fugggedaboddit (April 8, 2005 11:02 PM)
It's a new spam free day for CogDogBlog and our other affiliated MovableType 2.661 blogs here. I've successfully integrated James Seng's captcha plugin, so that all comment posts require a human to type in a randomly generated security code that appears on screen as a graphic image or 'captcha'. Spambots... «more»
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SpamNymphomania (April 8, 2005 03:59 PM)
My (non-)friends in the Texas Hold 'em camp are knocking about again. Shoot, maybe one of these days I may get around to learning this game of poker, though it surely will never be via one of their #$*@-ing web sites. These spammers are nymphomaniacs in the sense they just... «more»
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Swirling Around with Flickr Tag Browser (April 8, 2005 03:38 PM)
The Flickr Related Tag Browser is a cool way to surf and cross surf related tags within the vast flickr photo-empire. Flickr Related Tag Browser lets you surf Flickr's 'tag space'. Flickr tags are keywords used to classify images. Each tag has a list of 'related' tags, based on clustered... «more»
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I Like (Stealing? Borrowing?) Your Colors (April 8, 2005 03:12 PM)
Do you like someone else's web design color scheme? Curious as to what color codes are used? Try Red Alt - I Like Your Colors. Just enter a URl, and it fetches the colors used as defined in HTML or CSS (some sites seem not to give them up as... «more»
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New Feed2JS Mirror and Some India Students Feed Aggregating (April 7, 2005 05:38 PM)
More on the feed front. Sam at KinScape has offered and become the newest of the Feed2JS public mirror sites: http://www.kinscape.com/feed2js/ serving up feeds to JavaScript from a server in Michigan. Again, it was about a 30 minute install via ftp (mostly me finding my own typos and errors). We're... «more»
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My Dentist Really Does NOT have RSS (but digital technology...) (April 7, 2005 09:59 AM)
I whimsically, and falsely, wrote My Dentist Has an RSS Feed (there was a point, but that post has scrolled away...). However, he is rather wired for his work. Today, at his new office, they used a digital xray machine that takes the photos of your teeth, but they insert... «more»
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Friends with the IT Guys (April 6, 2005 10:47 PM)
Often this blog has published my rants and vents against our IT department, like last month's escapade with a hacked server. It's only fair to report when things go the opposite way. I met face to face with the head of our server team and their top Linux tech, and... «more»
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That Canadian Factor- Maricopans are Asking About Wikis and RSS (April 6, 2005 04:58 PM)
Okay, maybe we've gushed a bit already, but something has happened here in our system. I think it is the Canadian aura, but after Brian Lamb's Dialogue Day with us last week, people are now popping out of the ground like prairie dogs, and seeing a beautiful wheat filled plain... «more»
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Xxxxxxx Xx or Xxx! Copyright Slap from the Ripley's Folks (April 6, 2005 12:36 AM)
Here is a recent milestone- my first email of warning of copyright infringement. Apparently, my 2003 parody of Ripley's saying Xxxxxxx Xx or Xxx! (I am bound not to actually use it apparently) in a presentation titled Learning Objects Xxxxxxx Xx or Xxx! was stepping on the toes of the... «more»
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One Story: Two Books: OneBookAZ Night (April 6, 2005 12:17 AM)
Tonight I attended a OneBookAZ Authors night, and event sponsored/arranged by our office. OneBookAZ is a project in its (?) third year, where every April, one book is selected as a common one read by groups across the state and events are arranged for discussion etc. This year there were... «more»
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Join Us- Ocotillo Learning Objects Online Discussion With Scott Leslie (April 4, 2005 11:23 PM)
This week we are fortunate to have as a Scott Leslie as a "virtual guest: for our Ocotillo Learning Objects Groups discussions: http://zircon.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/ocotillo/bb/viewforum.php?f=20 Our internal participation is so far.... well.... light... so we are hoping some other voices in the mix might make things move along. Our discussion boards ar... «more»
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Brian Lamb, Learning Objects, Wikis, Flickr, RSS-- They Wanted it All (No Fooling) (April 4, 2005 11:13 PM)
Last Friday we had an eager audience for Brian Lamb's visit for our Dialogue Day on Learning Objects, Wikis, And Other Curious Things. I'd say this blog summary is delayed as some people really despise things posted on April 1, but I have some other excuses. First of all, you... «more»
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