Breaking News: Open Education Good For You

No, its not surprising or new, but until the conventions of education begin to respond to the global digital environment change that’s rapidly overtaking them, posts such as Brian Lamb’s reflections on a talk by Richard Baraniuk merit links, applause, showers of flower petals, and sundry other modes of encouragement.   My best wishes to…

Head, Board, Whack

In my ongoing quest to resolve the problem of my runaway osascript, I thought I’d look into Apple’s support site — maybe someone else has run into the same problem. This morning, after all, I came to the computer I had put to sleep last night, and found it awake, warm, and running at 50%…

Amateur Stockpicking

Looks as though Apple’s stock has been wandering downward for the first several days after MacWorld. We have no money to invest — you know, having hardly any at all — but if I were an invester I’d start gobbling up Apple stock right about now. The MacBook Air looks like a winner to me,…

What I Ordered?

I just noticed Google’s “Custom Search” feature. I’ll have to look further into this, but it certainly appears to resemble the kind of seeded-search engine I described in my paper of 2004. If it does indeed work that way — or reasonably close to that, or if it can be hacked to work that way…

Hilary Term

The sermon today went just fine, apart from the incomplete sentence toward the middle, which required that I improvise (unprepared) a bridge that modulated from the fragment to the next sentence. And the service was exquisite, the music lovely, and the relief when it was over, tremendous.  

How We Roll

So, this morning I opened the file of my St. Hilary’s Day sermon, and discovered that the “sermon” portion of the text that had been between the heading and the leftover idea-scraps after the ending — all the stuff I’d been planning actually to say, was gone.   Luckily for me, and uncharacteristically for me,…

Rogue Osascript

In order to avoid working on my St Hilary’s Day sermon, I’ve been poking at my osascript problem again. I don’t feel like learning vi in order to edit crontab, so David’s very helpful comment doesn’t advance my cause. In case it’s a helpful clue to anyone, the series of parent processes runs from osascript…

Where Typographers Hang Out

Over at Typophile, the current “Type Battle” involves combining a randomly-chosen band name, a randomly-selected sequence of words as a title, and a random image as an album cover. The results are impressive; if you’re releasing an album sometime, you might consider recruiting a designer from the Typophile community.

Interface Foolishness

Why is it so hard to get to the “friend requests” list on Facebook? The only direct way I know of to check on whether I have any requests pending involves going back to an email notification and clicking in from there.

InBiStWriMo Update

I’m not sure how to count this, but although I sat down to further my standing in the International Biblical Studies Writing Month project, I ended up producing negative results. Shortly after I opened the file I was working on, I got an email message from Chuck Campbell about the lectionary essays I submitted last…