Media, Technology, and Education

Even More Security Theater

By now, you've probably heard about the thwarted terror attack on a flight bound for Detroit.  If you haven't heard details, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to light his underwear on…

Security Theater Revisited

I've written about the theater of airport security before.  Now here is an excellent piece written by an ex-cop about why airport screening fails to keep us safe and is…

Kindle Again

I've been talking about the Kindle for over a year.  I was first intrigued by the idea of the technology a year and half ago on a trip to Spain…

Twitter Followers

My favorite part of FaceBook is the status update.  I love to see what my friends are saying about their activities.  As a result, I really like Twitter.  For me,…
Technology and Medicine


I had my annual physical last week and my nurse practioner mentioned that they had an abundance of the H1N1 flu vaccine.  Because I have asthma, I almost always get…

Digital Rights Management Part 2

I've written about digital right management before.  My latest encounter with these technologies came this weekend and I'm reminded that the "rights" mentioned are not the rights of the consumer.…
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Differences in Media

I've been thinking lately about the differences between media types.  This thinking was inspired by the new movie Disgrace based on J. M. Coetzee's novel of the same name.  I…

Arrested for Poking

A Tennessee woman was arrested after poking another woman on FaceBook.  What's interesting to me about this story is that ABC News decided it was newsworthy.  It just doesn't seem…
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Corpus Libris

Interesting "ongoing photo essay on books and the bodies that love them" at Corpus Libris.  I like this photo a lot.
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The Ambassador of Semiotics

I heard Madeleine Albright this morning on Morning Edition, the fifth or sixth interview I've heard with her since Sunday morning.  Albright just released a new book and the ensuing…

Patrick Swayze

At 8:05 tonight, the AP announced that Patrick Swayze had died.  By 8:25, my Aunt Ava had posted a FB status update that he had died of pancreatic cancer.   Within minutes…

Playing With Swine Flu

Everyone seems to be talking about and planning for the H1N1 virus these days.  My university, for example, sent out a memo to encourage us to plan for extended absences due…

Summer Play

As I've mentioned before, I'm chairing a panel at NeMLA in April about using Web 2.0 technologies to play.  Because of this panel, I've spent much of my summer playing…

New Kindle Developments

I was talking to my dad tonight about the Kindle.  He's a fan and wants one, but feels as though he doesn't read enough to justify the expense.  I've written about…

Board Games ‘R Us

A friend of mine recently posted a list of board games that she had as a kid (and wished she had never gotten rid of).  She had quite an interesting…
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