Last night and this morning I heard about two new audio devices that combine new technologies with old:
tube amp iPod dock
USB equipped turntable.
Apparently, the tube dock compensates for the imperfections of MP3 encoding with added warmth from the tubes. And according to NPR this morning, because USB equipped turntables make it much easier to digitize vinyl records, used record dealers across the country ar...
Our Tesol 2.0 class is wrapping up next week. Everyone is invited to attend our students Time Out CEP Launch Party. Time Out CEP is the online magazine they've been working on as a class project all semester long. They will present their work, and then follow up with an informal Q&A session. If that isn't enough, there will be some light snacks and drinks!
Time: Wednesday, April 18th 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Place: Room 306 of the TC Library
Hope to see you there!
Harper's reports this month on the Prelinger Library, an experiment in organizing knowledge in the digital age. Megan Shaw Prelinger, one of the founders of the library (the other being her partner Rick), describes her project:
It was liberating and exciting to think about arranging books in a way that made intuitive sense to me, rather than to the Library of Congress or to Mr. Melvil Dewey and his decimal system.
I'm not sure if this is a repost or old information but...
I found a site called We feel fine that uses some amazing java skills to display what people feel, as gathered from their blog entries. You can narrow the search with the options on top. It's pretty impressive. I can't figure out how things form clumps around the cursor. It might just be random.
Cool Hunting recently did a video piece on one of We Feel Fine's creators....
How much would every music fans have to pay in order to access every song ever recorded while maintaining or increasing current music sales? According to Peter Jenner, a Cambridge-educated economist-turned-music-manager (Pink Floyd, The Clash, Ian Dury And The Blockheads, Billy Bragg), $50. Jenner adds that this is unlikely to happen because of the outmoded business models used by record labels.
This got me thinking about the publishing industry. Anyone care to es...
America Speaks is a non-profit that's interested in using technology in collaboration with a focus on civic engagement. Their 21st Century Town Meetings are stadium-sized meetings that are meant to gauge public opinion. They use computer networks, small roundtables with trained facilitators, and even give the entire meeting real-time feedback.
I first heard about them in an article in the
If you have been putting off work on that educational R&D project requiring low-cost 3D printing technology to allow the technology to catch up with your great ideas, it may be time to get moving. An article in the NYT reports on recent developments and concludes with a note about the Fab@Home project I mentioned earlier. We will have a seminar on Fab@Home in May so stay tuned, and keep developing those ideas for educational applications!
The New York Times just started a new feature for TimesSelect members: The Graduates. The premise is simple; the Times recruited eight student journalists to blog about their experience graduating from college. As of now there are two posts with nine comments. I'd like to see where this goes. My first impression is mixed. It is wise to pick individuals who have shown themselves to be excellent prose writers. But, is this type of writing compelling to anyone other than college students (most of the comments do seem to come from in...
I just came across these two websites for online cross-platform collaborative concept mapping tools. The first, Thinkature, provides a collaborative online workspace with voice chat integration. The second, Gliffy, provides an online diagramming tool. Maybe something like this could be integrated with Meety ver. 2.0....
While I was home this weekend I saw a commercial for Acceptable.tv a concept that seems to have promise. Users watch one part of a sitcom online or on VH1 and then they vote online for the sitcom whose next episode they would like to see played next week. On the website users can comments on videos, upload their own videos, watch tutorials about making videos and so forth.