students and e-mail

Today's New York TImes features an article about students considering e-mail antiquated and not checking it, preferring texting and social media. The articles suggests that perhaps professors ought to adjust and start communicating with students via text instead of e-mail. Hogwash. Texting is simply not a convenient way to receive – or to send, for [Read More...]

Why You Should Update to iOS 7

The image above reached me via Brian LePort on Facebook. I did upgrade recently, but since I hadn’t been using Apple Maps to navigate on the go, I didn’t get to experience its shortcomings – as evidenced by the fact that I am still alive. But I do like the elimination in iOS 7 of [Read More...]

Cylon Origins according to Ziggy

Was I the only person to read yesterday's Ziggy comic and think of Battlestar Galactica? We actually focused on machines becoming self aware in my religion and science fiction class yesterday, the readings being “Gus” by Jack McDevitt and “Good News from the Vatican” by Robert Silverberg. For next time, they are reading “Reason” by [Read More...]

Robotic Church

I was intrigued to see the New York Times article today about something called “Robotic Church.” While one can find lots of examples of human beings going through the motions, this is about an artist bringing together multiple robotic creations of his, capable of making music, together in one place in Brooklyn to “make a [Read More...]

Popping Shrimp and Online Teaching

There’s a wonderful op-ed piece by Aaron Hirsh in today’s New York Times, on online teaching and what it stands to gain and lose. His proposal, that wise use of online components can free up more time for experiential learning, resonates with my own thoughts on this subject.   [Read more...]

Surf to Song Number…

From Cartoon Church   [Read more...]

The Quantum Mechanics of USB Drives

Via Marc Cortez   [Read more...]

A Bible That’s Falling Apart

Charles Spurgeon's famous quote, updated for more recent Bible-reading technology. HT Christian Memes on Facebook.   [Read more...]

Great Name for a Wi-Fi Network

This was spotted somewhere in my neighborhood. I have a funny feeling that the CIA would be the least likely to name their network “CIA Surveillance.” But as a way of freaking out neighbors, and hopefully getting them not to try to use your wi-fi, it is a great idea. In fact, the full name [Read More...]

The Internet: All or Nothing?

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel set in the near future, The Year of the Flood, said this about the internet, and I thought it deserved to be shared (p.293): And the Internet was such a jumble of false and true factoids that no one believed what was on it any more, or else they believed all of [Read More...]

Restoring Your iPad From Backup (When Things Go Wrong)

If I’ve seemed surprisingly quiet over the past couple of days, it is because I decided that I ought to finally respond to Apple’s notifications that there was an update available for iOS, the iPad operating system. I backed up my iPad, then let it do its thing. As has happened on the last several [Read More...]


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