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Check out these reviews of recent logo changes by major corporations. This is very interesting stuff after a meeting Gonzalo and I attended yesterday on TC's lack of a logo. Did you know that the "crown" logo was officially not to be used since 1996? It was deemed too "elitist." Yeah, we were supposed to make do with only the words (the appearance of which were stipulated in fine detail in a 10-page document, then promptly filed under "who cares"), but we couldn't help ourselves from cobbling together images from the past! (–in an institution as diverse as TC, it's not hard to imagine why)...
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Ten years from now, when a scholar lifts her digital pen from the page, where will her article go? There are more than a few possibilities (an academic journal, a vanity site, a digital repository), but a particularly perplexing possibility spans some of these categories: it may go up for sale. Consider the following quote from a recent article: At any rate, I was impressed with Digital Locker's evolution into Your Media Library. (A few months ago I posed the idea that the Digital Locker might be Amazon's secret weapon.) Not only can you pick up digital content there (I purchased a digital article, which was available within seconds), but you can also view all your historical purchases through Amazon and rate them, tag them, review them, and otherwise log your experience. Let's return to our scholar…
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I ran accross this fun and informative lecture by Jon Ippolito while researching cheating. It's the online version of a lecture he gave on campus a couple years ago while I was taking a course at Columbia...
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The appearance of BabyFirstTV, a new TV channel noted in the Times is sort of like the appearance of a smaller, more powerful iPod—inevitable. What I find fascinating is how the producers of content for the network pitch everything as educational. Is the population of educationally-minded parents still growing? Or is TV a way for lazy parents to feel slightly better about ignoring their children for a while?
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Check out this write-up on ARTINFO of the current show at the M. W. Offit Gallery, "Art Obituaries, Chapter 1." ARTINFO is an online resource connected to a large artworld publishing house. It's a nice achievement for TC students to get their work featured here, and good exposure for the gallery.
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Don't miss this fascinating story in the Times Sunday magazine on hikikomori, or "shut-ins". These people (the article focuses on teenagers) decide one day to not leave the confines of their room–sometimes staying inside for decades. Admittedly, this is hard to imagine, but it is compared in the article to diseases like anorexia. What I find interesting is how media (such as music and the internet) often accompanies this behavior. Is it a cause? An symptom? As media becomes ever more pervasive in our lives, wil...
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I'd be curious to hear diverse perspectives on the effect/use of the back-channel chat at today's edlab. I admit, it was rather fun. And since this kind of activity is available in a lot of classrooms (especially higher ed), I think it's worth discussing its pedagogical implications. At first I wasn't sure I'd contribute much to the chat, but it became an intesting additional activity. I think think Prof. Kinzer's presentation was full of a lot of interesting content, but it wasn't particularly intellectually taxing. Right? i mean, it was more fun to imagine the implications alongside other...
The excerpt below is from an interesting article, with the subtitle, "by preaching the virtues of 'cultural competence', the academy betrays its lack of confidence."the polemic "So where, then, do the values of the university repose? Where have they taken firm enough root to guide and inspire the thoughts and words of faculty and students? Profland, by and large, flatters itself that the ancient virtues flourish in its soil, that mercenary or hypocritical though the university may be in many respects, its professors, at leas...
Check out every part of Squid Labs' website to see how a bunch of motivated folks are innovating. Don't miss the Instructables/Howtoons--this is a cool feature of their work. Also, check out how the product list clearly reflects the work of individuals. hmm...
The world into which I awake every morning is more riveting than the games I saw in the Edlab Seminar today. Watching strange beasts run around is interesting—-even thrilling for a moment—-but I find the novelty wears off in a short while. Quests? Role-playing? Even a little R&R? An appropriate comment was made: this is trivial stuff. But...