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When Worlds Collide (2014)

See the movie synopsis in the article in FakiPedia When Worlds Collide is a 2014 OER14 presentation based on the Fall 2014 headless ds106, co-presented by Rochelle Lockridge, Mariana Funes, and Alan Levine. The presentation was created in Keynote, and the animated GIFs tricked out by Rochelle and perhaps the paper may be published in some nefarious journal.[3] DS106 Founder Jim Groom considered trying to teach ds106 again in a version based on1980s music, but the hew and cry from the classic rock fans of ds106 Radio made it impossible. PLOT 3M Research Strategist Rochelle Lockridge is allowed to bring inside the firewall top-secret web pages from ds106 and run a “Salon” style version for the 3M Tech Forum. Lockridge, with the assistance of her online colleague Mariana Funes confirms their wildest dreams— Lockridge has discovered an open course named ds106 that is on a collision course with 3M. You […]

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I am the New Flickr. I am an Ass.

modidied from creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by El Bibliomata The new flickr is an ass. I got over its ass way of “””supporting””” with creative commons (triple scare quotes, flickr’s implementation is anything but an implementation). But this dog can find the ways around asses. I am not all that offended nor up in arms over the new layout. It was ripe for a change. It seems off that you can find so many parts of the old interface in so many places (any of the settings, the view all sizes), the old interface peeks through like a pair of old underwear riding up and out of the old jeans. What kind of ass interface design is done such haphazardly? But that does not bother me. What does bother me is the ass approach of removing previous functionality. Flickr notes, the ability to annotate an […]

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Enquire Within Upon Everything: True Stories of the Wondrous Web

Yesterday I had fun with a keynote presentation for the eLearning Consortium of Colorado 2014 Conference. This was the 25th annual conference for this rather impressive, under-the-radar collaborative organization, that has been networking and sharing for 25 years. You can find all the presentation resources at http://cogdog.wikispaces.com/Enquire+Within+eLCC+2014 Enquire Within Upon Everything: True Stories of the Wondrous Web from Alan Levine and my own audio recording (thanks Audacity!) When asked to speak by colleague Alice Bedard-Vorhees my first neural association was that this organizations first conference was held a month after Tim Berners Lee submitted a proposal to CERN to develop was we call “da web”. I began with the throwback to 1989, starting with of course myself, a mop-headed geology graduate student at Arizona State University who had no clue about instructional technology, or really the internet. That is not quite true. I had used some email on a mainframe […]

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Look! Alan and Darren Are Talking About 50 Ways Gone Mobile

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-SA ) flickr photo shared by Krister462 Off and on since the start of the year, Darren Kuropatwa and I have been meeting via video chat (we love appear.in) as we work on an expansion of the original 50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story to include mobile story creation apps. I’ve written up already what we’ve done and the idea. It’s still formulating… err percolating… err fermenting… errr processing. But we’ve had in mind to run some online open happenings (probably as Google Hangouts). While we thought we might have something more formal to organize, we thought, “What the sheep” why not just extend the conversations we have been doing to a larger group? So you are welcome to join us April 22, 6PM PST / 9PM EST (check your local time) to see where this project should go. My own ideas: We definitely […]

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Stick a Fork in It Or Just Fork It: DS106 Assignment Bank Theme

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by mariateresa toledo When I started last August to develop a WordPress Theme that would provide the functionality of the ds106 Assignment Bank, I told Jim Groom that I thought I could get it ready in a month. By December, I thought I could wrap it up first week of January. So here I am in April… It’s not done, software is never done… but I wanted for so long to make it ready for others to try. So here it is. To make a site like you can download all you need from It’s time to stop tinkering and let some people try it out. At this point, I am so close to it, I wonder if it makes sense to others, or if it will come across as something too complex to set up. The whole goal was to […]

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David’s Chair, Empty Now for 27 Years

cc licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog An actual lifetime ago, April 1987, I was perhaps likely forward to an upcoming 24th birthday but also the trip that summer that would pack up my east coast life for transplanting in Arizona. But on this day, I got word my brother passed away. The fragments of the story slip through the fingers, as yellow as the old tape that holds photos in the books. In his baby book, now in my care since my Mom passed away, at 14 months, the book has a blank page for “Anecdotes: amusing incidents may be recorded below”. Incidents of amusement, I wonder how my parents dealt with the mixed bag of joy, appreciation, but overwhelming concern to be parenting a mentally retarded child. I can only wonder. A piece of cake, huge incident. Finding the joy in every little crumb of […]

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Man That Bava Dog Can Blog!

Given a photo from @drgarcia of Jim Groom and his new sidekick, Daphne, I was struck by how similar their intent was on the computer screen. As a fitting parallel for one of my older efforts at the ds106 assignment, the parent child head swap, we have now a dog who, if she tries hard, may be up to Dog Blog Standards. Keep on blogging, Daphne!

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And… Does Research Prove We Process Video Information 1.8M times Faster Than Text?

If you buy lock, stock, and “no need for pesky things like actual data” fact that we process visual information 60,000 times faster than text, there is nothing to stop one from taking video at 30 frames a second as information we can process 1,800,000 times faster than text. The Huffington Post College edition comes close to that, as pointed out again by Dean @dkuropatwa @cogdog this time, you tell him. http://t.co/P0pd138IaT — Dean Shareski (@shareski) April 5, 2014 “Research Confirms Video Improves Learning Results” is pretty solid sounding. Heck, I might as well stop and tweet it. Confirms. Is this research a controlled study? Nope. Is it the result of laboratory measurement? Nope. Is it an analysis of data on learning performance? Nope. It’s a survey. Emphasis mine in case it is a bit too technical to get to the conclusion. Is video really better than the written word […]

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Tweet it, Blog It, Repeat It, 60,000 Times: Truthiness Achieved

cc licensed ( BY-NC-SA ) flickr photo shared by Ric e Ette I am sure you have across this statement in blog posts, presentations promoting visual communication styles; it often cited as a “fact” (yep, I am using those kind of quotes): Research at 3M Corporation concluded that we process visuals 60000 times faster than text. In May 2012 I started digging back the layers to try and find the source of this research. By July all I had found was circular references, dead ends, and just whiffs of a trail. There is still a significant cash prize ($60, what do you think I am made of? that seems generous) on the table for the person who connects me to the actual research. The 60 clams are sill in my wallet. This week, Dean Shareski gave it a valiant effort by calling out (scare quotes coming) a Social Media “Scientist” […]

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Standard Advertising Rates Apply

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