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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 Am I out of date?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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 del.icio.us Frassle Connotea... «more»
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