Hurts Cause It’s True

I wish I could convey to you how many times I’ve made this argument (verbally, not visually) to administrators.     “But every other university’s website looks like this!” Right — this is your chance to differentiate yourself by providing a useful site instead of a brochure site. Alas, to no avail.

Finally!

At last, something Mark and I can agree whole-heartedly about! In his most recent post on the topic of textbooks and digital media, Mark notes the phenomenon of standard-issue textbooks that come with a website! Ooooh! A few yeas ago, it was textbooks with a CD-ROM (usually for PCs only, because who wants a Mac?)!…

iPareidolia

I know, I know beyond a doubt, that there’s no occult power synchronising the iTunes shuffle playlists at my home and office computers, but it still startles me when I hear the same cut randomly from both devices in a short interval. Latest examples are the live version of “I WIll Follow” from the b-side…

More To Read

Because the field of comics is so richly populated with gifted authors, I’m like a comics katamari, rolling around and accumulating authors and storylines I admire. This morning’s addition is Dylan Meconis’s Family Man, which I bumped into by way of Erika “No longer drawing webcomics” Moen’s Twitter feed. When I was browsing Dylan’s work,…

Askew Views

It’s a good thing Mark Goodacre and I are such long-time friends, because whenever certain topics come up, we end up adopting positions at variance with one another. Not finally at variance, not even essentially at variance, but if we were married we would probably be squabbling continuously.   Mark hails the FOSOTT/OAOTT project, except…

Funding Neopublishing

OK, “neopublishing” is an unattractive coinage (I’m not talking about the defunct French DVD reissuer Neo Publishing), but I wanted some way to point to an approach that doesn’t renounce print, doesn’t encumber digital versions with crippling restrictions, remains agnostic about F/OS – OA, and in general embraces the affordances of digital media rather than…

So Big

Big ups, props, and every other form of digital applause for the EFF and its sister organisations who have won for us this great victory. By pushing back against provisions of the noxious DMCA (and over here, the DEA), public-interest groups actually advance the cause of next-generation businesses, despite the efforts of legacy businesses to…

Safe Bet

I don’t bet against David Weinberger after his famous Obama/Clinton prophecy of 2004, so someone else may want to take up the opportunity to challenge his prediction of overwhelming Oscar success for Inception.

Think Think Think

As an aspect of my deliberations about words and non-verbal communication, I remembered a scene from a film that involved a continentally-dislocated character. He either gives or receives the two-fingered salute, which then provokes another character to ask “What does this [gesture] mean?” I think it was either A Fish Called Wanda, in which case…

Things Get Interesting

Google Font Preview offers an interesting start for people who don’t mind working with the CSS files of their blogs — and as they assimilate add more fonts to their repertoire (and if you are permitting free noncommercial use of your typeface anyway, what greater satisfaction could you have than appearing on Google’s roster of…

Worthwhile Tabs

• Paul Graham points out why the things you think about in the shower are so important. This one is for my sweetheart.   • David Weinberger appreciates Iris Murdoch’s The Sovereignty of Good, a book that’s also important to my teacher Stan Hauerwas (so that many of us in the doctoral program read it).…