I want to be like Alan Levine someday but as I slowly progressively acquire the necessary coding skills I often make do with various kinds of semi-programistan hackery. Today was an example of that and so worth a bit of blogging. Jesse Goldstein, one of a cadre of most favored sociologists, sent me an email… Read More


WhiteHouse/2016-budget-data on GitHub “Data for the The President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget” h/t Audrey Waters tags: whitehouse budget data github weekly http://faculty.ithaca.edu/mismith/docs/environmental/leopold.pdf “There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from a furnace.” h/t Enoch… Read More


shortentheway

Do you bring a shortening of the way? 1 I’m a bit obsessed with the idea of speed/energy/enzymes/accelerants at the moment and so as my head churned on my silent drive to work I remembered a sentence about shortening the way. It was actually “Kwisatz Haderach” that was in my head from Dune . .… Read More


One of the more1 overlooked aspects of working with faculty around technology integration is speed- that is moving quickly from an idea/dream to working functional reality. Joy/playfulness is high on that list as well (and probably plays into speed) but I’ll focus on speed for the moment. It’s essential that working with a faculty development/ed… Read More


creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by clement127 One of the things we use a lot is what I’ll call templated submissions using Gravity Forms. It’s a solid performer across a variety of activities, disciplines, and instructor technology comfort levels. Costs/Benefits The content is guided/scaffolded so you get consistently constructed products (core… Read More


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creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Dmitry Baranovskiy We have a few people messing about with JavaScript for the first time1 so I figured I’d sketch out how I use Chrome to help debug things. With Chrome it’s relatively pleasant. Chrome has developer tools which are very handy for all things… Read More


And So We Meet, Again: Why The Workday Is So Filled With Meetings : NPR “Experts say poorly run meetings grind away at employee engagement and make companies less reactive by bogging decisions down in human red tape. Some companies, including Mattel, try to create limits around the size, duration or frequency of meetings. But… Read More


I frequently can accomplish things by cobbling together code I find on Stack Overflow and various tutorials/examples found elsewhere. Sometimes I have a decent idea what’s going. Other times . . . my lack of real understanding slows me down much more than I’d like. The following bits of increased knowledge come from playing around… Read More