Desert of My Real Life

Category: Technology

IndieWeb Overview

I wrote last week that I learned a lot about the IndieWeb from @jgmac1106 (Greg McVerry). Because I was just getting started, Greg wanted to interview me about the IndieWeb onboarding process (which you can hear here). In the interview, I talked about the challenge of developing a mental map of the IndieWeb and all of its…

The New Education

I recently read The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University and Prepare Students For a World in Flux by Cathy N. Davidson. Davidson has long been an academic hero of mine for, among her many accomplishments, co-founding of HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory), a community of folks interested in "changing…

Surveillance Capitalism and IndieWeb

I've been thinking a lot about the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook controversy lately. In light of the revelations about how Facebook has used our data and allowed others to use our data, movements to #DeleteFacebook, #LeaveFacebook, #QuitFacebook, and #DumpFacebook have started. Some have pointed out that it isn't particularly easy to leave Facebook. Others have pointed out…

White Balance in Digital Photography

I've been experimenting with all the different settings on my camera. Yesterday's experimentation focused on the "white balance" control. This is a concept that I never learned when I was doing film photography and since I bought my first digital camera, I have always used the AWB (auto white balance) setting to let them camera…

Student Engagement

I took advantage of our unexpected ice day today to write about the cluster initiative and student engagement. Two ideas that have arisen from conversations about clusters that might have an impact on student engagement are: 1. giving students choice in determining their educational experience; and, 2. providing students with opportunities to do work that…

Apple vs. The FBI

I've been reading a lot about the controversy surrounding the court order compelling Apple to help the FBI break into the phone used by one of the San Bernardino killers, Sayed Farook. I think at this point, I mostly understand the technical issues although the legal issues still confound me. And there's a significant question…

HCF Redux

Three episodes into Halt and Catch Fire and I still can't make up my mind about whether it is an interesting show or not. I really want to like this show. I love that it isn't afraid to be confusing about the underlying geeky details of computing. The show almost relishes those moments when characters…

HCF

I just watched the pilot episode of AMC's new show, Halt and Catch Fire, which airs in Mad Men's Sunday 10pm slot. I was pretty intrigued by the slew of previews I saw while watching this spring's half season of Mad Men (and by the way, since when does a season start in the spring…

When is Failure Really Failure?

If you are involved in higher education in any way, you have heard about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). I first heard of them back in the Fall of 2011 when I was one of 160,000 students to sign up for an online class in Artificial Intelligence (AI). I have PhD in Computer Science and…

Whistle-blowers

Two whistle-blowers are in the news today: Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. Manning is the Army soldier who was convicted yesterday of 17 of the 22 counts against him. He leaked top secret documents to Wikileaks and was convicted of espionage and theft although found innocent of aiding the enemy. He is now awaiting sentencing.…