3,714 Matching Annotations
  1. Dec 2015
    1. 2x8 cross brace

      various comments suggest anywhere between 66-70 inches. i'll go with 68.

    2. Cut the table legs from pressure-treated 2x8s

      32 1/4 (30 height)


    3. 8-foot-long 2x8 boards edge-to-edge.


      (5 2x8)

    4. Cut three 2x4 cleats to 32 inches long.


  2. Nov 2015
    1. cutting edge health technology will force people to choose between an early, costly death and a world without any semblance of privacy.

      Hmmm, I'll choose long healthy life.

    2. Love this line item on the graphic epigraph: "silent reading" was not popular until the 13th century.

      New hypothes.is tagline: "Hypothesis, returning reading to the 12th century!"

    1. Many people have a stereotyped notion of the Black Panther Party.

      Does this persist today, perpetuated through history books, or was it an issue at the time?

    1. And because the newspapers in those days printed the home addresses of people they wrote about, strangers did indeed show up with food and gifts.

      What changed?

    1. and that man’s scope,

      What's he mean here, "vision"?

    2. I scorn to change my state with kings.

      It's interesting to note that the final couplet seems to focus on material "wealth," riches, things a "king" would possess.

      But when the speaker is "curse[ing] his fate" in the earlier lines he focuses on less tangible things like "hope" and "friendship" and "art"--which I read as craft, as in a poet's craft.

    1. - a Loaded Gun -

      Oddly enough this Dickinson line helped me figure out a lyric to a pop song I've been trying to decipher for sometime now, which in turn helped me think through this line more.

      The line is the chorus from Major Lazer's "Lean On"--the most streamed song on Spotify ever!:

      Blow a kiss, fire a gun We need someone to lean on

      What I see now in both lines is that they are contrasting life and death through their imagery. Normally a "loaded gun" carries the potential of ending life. But Dickinson seems to be using it differently: as storing the potential for life.

      Check out the annotation for the lyric at Genius.com here.

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    1. Over a period of a year and a half, the Weinstein Company, which will distribute the film, arranged for old projectors to be procured, purchased and refurbished and new lenses to be made for theaters.

      This is pretty cool. I'm imagining 50 years from now some auteur "printing" paperback books in the ways of traditional "book" publishing.

    2. all in 70-millimeter projection, a premium format associated with extravaganzas of the 1950s and 1960s.

      Not to mention the good old-fashioned shotgun.

    1. to offend at will in the name of intellectual discourse.

      This is a reasonable tactic for social change. If you are an edgy comedian with the appropriate platform. It's probably not the best practice among peers.

    2. Christakis’s proposed tactic puts the burden of confrontation, education, and maturity on the offended, not the offender, asking them to quell their anger, hurt, or fear in order to have a rational and mind-expanding conversation with those who have hurt them.

      Right. This is one of the more misguided points Christakis makes. Clearly the original message from the Yale administrators was a call to begin this thoughtfulness and conversation before it got to the point of direct offense.

    1. the ability to tolerate offence are the hallmarks of a free and open society.

      I really don't think this latter part of the statement is true. And in any case it's hard to imagine this being said at other moments in history when indignities were hurled at individuals because of their race.

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    2. Talk to each other.

      Fair enough. Hearing just this sound bite we might be sympathetic so the Christakis' argument.

    3. Am I fetishizing and appropriating others’ cultural experiences? Probably. But I really, really like them too.

      I feel for this woman, but this is about as textbook standard as a case of white privilege gets.

    4. Is it okay if you are eight, but not 18?

      I don't actually think this is a tough question. I'd look twice at a white girl dressed as Ariel if she was 18. And more so, of course, Titiana.

    5. the consequences of an institutional (which is to say: bureaucratic and administrative) exercise of implied control over college students.

      This reminds of libertarian arguments that purport to be "pro-liberty" but in fact encroach on the most important meanings of the word--the right for example to refuse service to someone of a certain race.

    6. And this year, we seem afraid that college students are unable to decide how to dress themselves on Halloween.

      Unlike razors in candy, there have been documented evidence that offensive costumes have indeed created unwelcoming environments on college campuses. Just this Halloween there were the high school students in Connecticut who thought it would be fun to dress as the Columbine murderers.

    7. Even if we could agree on how to avoid offense

      Part of the point Christakis misses is that there's a category of offense that most reasonable people would agree on. The problem is that young people have crossed that line without thinking about it too often. Hence the original email from the Yale administration.

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    8. Whose business is it to control the forms of costumes of young people? It’s not mine, I know that.

      Actually if your boss has asked you to be aware of the issue, it kind of is.

    9. censure and prohibition.

      Don't want to make this argument really, but one could argue the opposite: American universities, especially elite ones like Yale, have become spaces lacking in prohibition. Take for example the way many universities mishandle accusations of sexual assault.

    10. Is there no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxious… a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive?

      Another misplaced argument for liberty. The answer of course is yes. But there's also room to do so without crossing racial lines for example.

    11. As a former preschool teacher,

      Pretty different stage of development then college age kids...

    1. in creating a seemingly right-minded position that serves the same effect.

      The thing that perplexes me, though, is that, again, these folks would not likely have taken side of a Zimmerman, for example, but it's true that the end result is a similar stance.

    2. discussion of the student’s culpability for “being disruptive in class.”

      This was (in my experience) coming from a typical Fox Newsy source, though. I was surprised by this article against the Yale students in The Atlantic.

    3. Right-to-offend advocates are, willingly or not, trafficking in the same sort of argument for the right to maintain subordination.

      In Christakis's case it seemed pretty unwilling. But how/why did she go there then? I'd guess that she would pretty strongly disagree with Senator Hill. Is it just a certain blindness of privilege--the failure to bodily grasp the potential offense--that lead her to argue for the offense?

    4. The default for avoiding discussion of racism is to invoke a separate principle, one with which few would disagree in the abstract—free speech, respectful participation in class—as the counterpoint to the violation of principles relating to civil rights.

      This is precisely how I felt in reading [Erika Christakis's letter to Silliman College Students.](Erika Christakis: “Dressing Yourselves,” email to Silliman College Students at Yale. Lots of abstract supporting points I agree with--talk about your feelings with others, don't over-parent young adults--but in the end these were in the service of an argument I didn't agree with.

    1. Essentially, this is a move from thinking about tech tools as finished products to thinking about them as dynamic components of our pedagogical processes

      Love this.

    2. Open pedagogy uses OER as a jumping-off point for remaking our courses so that they become not just repositories for content, but platforms for learning, collaboration, and engagement with the world outside the classroom.


    3. In this sense, knowledge is less a product that has distinct beginning and end points and is instead a process in which students can engage, ideally beyond the bounds of the course.

      Is this inevitable in the use of OERs, though? Isn't this more of a pedagogical philosophy than something inherent to the use of OERs?

    4. OER because the technology

      What is the "technology" of OER, though? OERs are resources. They are delivered lots of different ways, with varying degrees and types of bells and whistles.

    5. Instead, we should start with a vision for our courses and curricula, and then identify the technologies or strategies that can help us achieve or further develop that vision.

      Well said.

    1. And to anyone worried that it may be “weird” to cast someone who looks a certain way to play a certain part, because it’s not what people are used to, I say: Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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    1. the culture this Court’s decision supports when it callsit reasonable

      Powerful connection to the broader issue of police violence so important today.

    2. The police might, for example, attempt tostop a fleeing felon’s car by felling a large tree across the road;

      This is a cartoon hypothetical if I've heard one.

    1. the ORCID ID

      working with them on a variety of integrations that would include this possibility

    2. metrics on annotations/comments

      possible now via API

    3. If a comment is flagged by another user, report to manager

      something like this coming

    4. e-mail notifications

      top priority

    5. moderation/deletion of annotations or comments

      perhaps with groups admin?

    6. Closed/private group functionality


    7. WordPress integration


    8. Single sign on/Integration


    1. LMS INTEGRATION - Soomo seamlessly supports single-sign-on access and gradebook integration with your school's learning management system.

      keys to the castle

    1. Thanks to a partnership with Google, we will be sending free Google Cardboard VR viewers to all domestic New York Times home delivery subscribers who receive the Sunday edition. You should receive your Google Cardboard with your Sunday newspaper by November 8, 2015.


    1. If you’re watching something and missed what a character just said, you can ask Siri: “What did they just say?” and it will rewind the video about 15 seconds and replay that portion with subtitles turned on, before switching the subtitles off.

      This is the future I've always needed.

    1. “but it’s a bit strange when one’s reality is entirely reshaped by someone else’s imagination.” ♦

      This story would make a great film.

    2. the alchemy of sentiment,

      Great title.

    3. hiding the truth with a writer’s mind.

      What a great phrase!

    1. more forms of private-ness

      Can't you restrict who sees your Tweets already? You could use Twitter just as most people use Facebook (and Instagram for that matter), within the relative privacy of a chosen group of friends/followers.

    2. And the media intensifies Tactical Twitter by watching Twitter as a social network more closely than it does other sites—what happens there gets turned into news stories in a way that doesn’t happen in other places.

      So true. You think they could monetize that...

    3. gloss it a little.

      Why not annotate the actual post!?

    4. If you make a website that 4 percent of the world’s population finds interesting enough to peek at every month, you shouldn’t exactly feel embarrassed.

      But can you sustain it?

  3. Oct 2015
    1. rote about black pudding or blood sausage in The Odyssey nearly 3000 years ago. The ancestor of the modern hot dog, the frankfurter, is a boiled sausage of smoked pork encased in mutton intestine. Historians trace the frankfurter's origins to thirteenth-century Frankfurt, and it was German immigrants who added the frankfurter to the melting pot of American cuisine. By the 1890s the "hot dog" was part of the American experience, and by the turn of the twentieth century, American

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    1. In his chapter on “The Color Line in New York”

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    1. in most cases, human DNA. Here's what we found:

      This needs serious explanation, no?

    2. At a Braves game, your Atlanta dog is topped with coleslaw.

      Another reason to hate the Braves.

    3. Hot dog in a baked potato

      This one's new to me.

    1. A local coroner’s office said the cause of death had not yet been determined. But Ms. Ake-Salvacion’s uncle said the coroner had told him his niece’s body was found “rock-hard solid.”

      Not a coroner, but my guess is freezing to death?

    1. it might have been completed a year or two earlier had I not been forced to listen to Raffi records for hours on end.

      Let's be honest, one to two years in Raffi hell is a pretty short stint.

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    2. my friends and colleagues from the UT PhD program for discussing these ideas in seminars and at backyard cookouts, especially Molly Hardy, Matt King, Anthony Matteo, Nate Kreuter, Tony Fassi, John Jones, Aaron Zacks, Jeremy Dean, Jim Warren, Doug Freeman, Kathryn Hamilton, Andrew Busch, Renee Searfoss, Patty Burns, Stephanie Odom, Sean McCarthy, Rachel Schneider, Jan Fernheimer, Bill Wolff, Brooke Hunter, Rodney Herring, Jodi Relyea, Justin Tremel, Chris Chung, Will Burdette, Tim Turner, Erin Hurt, Anthony Arroyo, Jill Anderson, and Catherine Bacon.

      This is pretty damn sweet of Jim. It's not too often that you see a whole grad student cohort thanked in a book like this. But it was and is a smart and fun group of folks who came through UT-Austin at that time.

    3. a common “father,” namely René Descartes.

      Many of us share this philosophical "father." First 3 to reply here get hypothes.is T-shirts!

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    4. and any responsible ethics would have to move beyond such a stable, inflexible program.

      Isn't most of Western ethical philosophy similarly rigid? ...

    5. on Wikipedia.

      If I remember correctly Jim came to grad school pitching Wikipedia as his project. It's cool to see how specific he's gotten with his discussion of Wikipedia and how much more ground he covers in his first book.

    6. we require a full engagement with “business as an intellectual and practical partner in knowledge work.”

      Interesting. Online communities like Wikipedia, with staff and sprawling usership, do seem an interestingplace to explore this idea.

    7. by focusing on the world of professional baseball

      Jim, it should be noted, is a huge baseball fan.

    8. Such questions can and should be addressed by scholars from multiple disciplines and by a procedurate public.

      Not to mention software companies and programmers.

    9. Who is at the table

      Sure, but the "at the table" part seems obvious. This is a truism about power, right?

      To me what is more interesting--and it's clearly part of what Jim is exploring here--is what types of systems are more open/hackable, and how we might design systems to be more democratic or open to possibility in this way. And how we maintain those systems, which certainly will require some kind of "table"/"room"/broad conversation.

    10. The world of apps is not closed, and the world of the web is not open.

      I'm interested in hearing more about this as my novice understanding is otherwise. Or maybe I've been misunderstanding some of the old radical Web folks that I've been keeping company with of late...

    11. the move to APIs arguably allows for spaces that are more hackable.

      It's my own naïveté, but I want to see this argument laid out.

    12. The conversation about OAuth was much more limited,

      Yet ironically more vital to the daily life of the Internet it would seem.

    13. or, perhaps because it was so open

      Why "because"?

    14. However, that middle way still carries with it a definitive split between those with programming know-how and those without it.

      Novice question here: isn't the world of html ultimately more malleable and democratic than that of apps, even for a programmer?

    15. When the actions of Holm are characterized as a lapse in judgment, the assumption is that he has breached the ethical code of this space. But the software would suggest otherwise.

      This is a really interesting point. Does it matter whether the conditions that allowed for "possibility"/hack were intentional? Does it matter if it was something Twitter would change and disallow or if it would accept the changes?

    16. Many publications used the onMouseover exploit as evidence that the third-party applications (or even Twitter’s own mobile applications) are more secure than the Twitter.com website.

      I'm guessing this move away from the Web/html is an inhospitable one. I wonder if it has an analog in the the suburbanization of the American landscape and the concomitant changes to the public sphere...

    17. this same community employs computational procedures

      I'm confused by the term "community" here. Are we talking about Reddit users or engineers? It's really that latter--well, Reddit staff broadly--that is largely in charge of the software side of this ethical situation, right?

    18. MediaWiki

      The free and open source software originally used for Wikipedia.

    19. How does software navigate between the unconditional welcome granted by a network connection, an invitation extended to a faceless foe, and the measured, conditional gestures that inevitably emerge in response, the gestures that begin to determine who or what is friend and foe?

      What an important question for our time, and obviously not only in an academic context?...

    20. But Facebook privacy functions shift

      I'm assuming that part of that discussion here will eventually be about how internet companies and online communities establish their terms of service.

      To that end, please check out the hypothes.is TOS and let us know what you think--though, I will say that we are in the process of an overhaul ATM.

      And for comparison, here's Genius's Privacy Policy.

    21. When I answer my phone, I have already said “yes”:

      Isn't this a little like saying by owning a knife, I invite the possibility of my own murder (or myself as murderer)?

    22. a demarcation point that seems to slip away when we begin to consider WiFi connections,

      In fact, it would seem that this assent has been eradicated. We seem to barely acknowledge the terms of service we "agree" to when we sign up for apps, etc. But by signing up we agree to/invite so much...

    23. illuminated vacancy signs

      Jim here is riffing on the central theoretical concept of "hospitality" (from Derrida) that underlies his criticism in the book.

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    1. a mental workout that counteracts the junk food of nonstop social media.

      This is more compelling argumentation here, though I we might say this about a variety of pedagogies, active learning included.

      In fact, in my opinion the author made a mistake in positing herself against active learning. It's fair to say that listening is the Active Learning 1010.

    2. Moreover, we capitulate to the worst features of the customer-service mentality that has seeped into the university from the business world.

      How? There's not argument here.

      I'd argue that the lecture is the closest academic analog to a consumer good. Active learning is the equivalent of asking patrons to cook their own meals at a restaurant.

    3. requiring students

      One problem with this article is the blanket use of "students." There are so many different learning styles and learning contexts. Indeed, lectures are appropriate in some, but certainly not all of them and not for all students.

    1. and for this I apologize

      Do you? Do you really?

    2. but it’s good to know about the risk just in case,

      Because why live in peace...

    3. (Hand sanitizer won’t kill worm eggs, Woc-Colburn says, so best to do it the old-fashioned way.)

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    4. As Austin, Texas-based pediatrician Ari Brown wrote in her best-selling book Toddler 411, sandboxes are an excellent place for kids to catch pinworms, because pinworms cause kids’ butts to itch; then they scratch their butts, getting pinworm eggs on their fingers; then they build sandcastles studded with worm eggs.

      Update, this is literally the most disgusting thing ever.

    5. Once a child eats them, the eggs hatch in his or her body into larvae, which can burrow into the liver, lungs, central nervous system, or eyes.

      This is literally the most disgusting thing ever.

    6. (it’s surprisingly hard to do, by the way)

      Really? Sand is notoriously difficult to remove from even more exposed body parts.

    7. Photo by Pavel L Photo and Video/Shutterstock

      It's also not healthy to sit "w" as this child is sitting.

    1. that photo did manage to capture something quite freaky that wasn’t really there and turn it into reality.

      It's really Borgessian more than Stinesque.

    1. the murder of children

      I'm not one of them, but it's this claim that it would seem Israel's defenders would contest, so the whole choice here is problematic for a certain audience.

    2. My tweets might appear uncivil, but such a judgment can’t be made in an ideological or rhetorical vacuum.

      Kind of surprised he even goes this direction--seems like what he said and why is somewhat besides the point at this point. But I suppose you have to discuss the root causes of the issue, and indeed, not approach the incidents in a vacuum.

    3. I frequently choose incivility as a form of communication. This choice is both moral and rhetorical.

      Powerfully put.

    1. for the electronic medium

      This has become my hobby horse, but, again, should the definition not include works that might be appropriated by computer-users/readers/authors?

    1. Because information technology is driven increasingly by proprietary concerns,

      Very interesting. Any novels on MySpace are clearly lost.

      This issue should be recognized earlier than the archival moment, though. It should be part of the consciousness authors as well. Where will these works live and live on?

    2. Collaborative writing projects that allow readers to contribute to the text of a work

      "Contribute" during composition or after publication as well.

      What about a digital copy of a work not composed digitally, but marked up digitally and creatively--say in the voice of a character--by a second author?

    1. The future’s not ours to see.

      Spent a lot of time puzzling this one over with my daughter. We do know somethings about the future, the sun will rise, you will go to school--probably. It's that contingency that seems to be the problem. Something could happen.

    2. For example, one of the assorted humblings of becoming a parent is discovering which songs you actually know the words to.

      So true.

    3. Studies on babies in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) show that premature infants prefer lullabylike songs to other music — their heart rates and breathing steady, their feeding patterns improve and they are more likely, when hearing lullabies regularly over time, to gain the weight they need.

      That is so amazing.

    4. a song — a song that a mother sings to her child.

      "Que Sera, sera" sung by Doris Day in the film, and my mother, most nights when I was a child.

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    1. But you’re a liar if you say you don’t use Wikipedia; and if you’re a rap fan who doesn’t consult Genius, you’re probably missing out.

      This statement, praising as it is, certainly limits the scope of Genius's success. It remains as it always has a site for hip hop fans. Could this limited scope actually be the basis for true (Rap) Genius success? That is, the recent hires seem to indicate a focus on music as the point.

    1. A school shooter, it appears, could be someone who had been brutally abused by the world or someone who imagined that the world brutally abused him or someone who wanted to brutally abuse the world himself.

      This sentence is powerful.

    2. school shootings

      What's the definition of a "school shooting"? These mass murders seem to warrant a different category from a one-off shooting.

    1. They will most certainly lie down, but not on your command.

      Maybe I'm just not a cat person. This is an effective alignment of El-P and Killer Mike's revolutionary pathos with animal behavior.

    2. The European philosopher Albert Schweitzer once said,

      Lame attempt at establishing ethos via Bartlett's.

    3. with Snoop Doggy Dogg (whose grace and ease in life and on record always seemed more cat-like anyway)

      Best line in the whole review.

    4. it's a major milestone in cats' slow-but-inevitable climb to the status of Hip-Hop's Favorite Animal.

      And is this a good thing for hip hop?

    5. you know, this is 42 minutes of rapping over cat sounds,

      Good point.

    6. So while the way these remixers warp meows, hisses, scratches, yelps, and purrs into passable rap beats is impressive,

      Prince Paul's "Lie, Cheat, Meow" most impressively IMO.

    7. Soon enough, modern crowdfunding mentality kicked in and a Kickstarter raised $66,000 to get the idea off the ground.

      It actually seems that this Kickstarter campaign was inline with the original practical joke, even as it raised over 60K.

      Looking at the numbers (<3K contributors v. >60K raised), though, I got to think that Killer Mike and El-P must have been major funders of their own project.

    8. the most physically restorative record ever made—there are a lot of fucking purring sounds on this thing.

      Or does the album in fact represent an independent duo's final selling out to the LOLCat Information Complex?

    9. A purr can translate to contentment, sure, but it could also indicate hunger, or fright.

      As a child, I once watched a mother cat purr as its kitten--grabbed and shaken by a dog--died five feet away.

    1. That composition made it seem a little like the JSTOR team had their thumb on the scale–especially as they told us they anticipated a lot of similarities in the second round of brainstorming.

      We invited lots of UT folks, but this was who actually came. The JSTOR team definitely didn't want to outnumber other participants--they'd already been through the exercise themselves. But it's true the composition was not ideal.

    1. His teachers did not see the value Garth found in exploring, building, and connecting online.

      But MacArthur has. See their Connected Learning Research Hub.

    2. Garth created and maintains his thriving YouTube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/user/garmar2000/ ) where his interests, opin-ions, and creations come to life.

      So cool!

    1. a significant amount of his students’ online learning would occur on Google Docs (https://www.google.com/docs/about) as a space for writing and editing.

      Is anybody looking into the longterm consequences of the Googlization of education? Of course, learning technologies (books, for example) have always been proprietary, but I'm not sure we've thought through what it means for us to sign all our students up for Google accounts? We own our books after buying them for the most part. Do we own our Google Docs?

    1. To convert your figures to cubic yards, multiply the length, width and depth figures, then divide the result by 324.

      measuring cubic yards

  4. Sep 2015
    1. but one of the affordances of web annotation is the potential for massively open online reading.

      So the distinction is perhaps private versus public note taking? I do still print things out to mark them up for myself. But of course, I can't share that in any effective way with Chris. Online, using a tool like hypothes.is I can. In this sense, web annotation is not replacing analog annotation, it's replacing previous forms of online dialogue: discussion forums and comment sections.

    2. you then have a choice of making that comment public or private.

      And very very soon you'll have the ability to share that annotation with a group you are a member of. So, if I'm a student of Mr. Sloan's and he invites me to his "English 12 Fall 2015" group, then I could just share me annotation with my teacher and classmates.

    3. when it comes to close reading, students still prefer printing a PDF and annotating it with a pencil in hand.

      Me too!

    1. computers as reading-writing machines.

      I suppose most people do. I was never into computer games really, but it was because of word-processing that my dad forced me to learn how to first navigate a screen.

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    2. I have noticed that the computer-as-gaming-platform has featured prominently in my continued interest in computers. I have always been more oriented to the humanities than to science and technology,

      Gaming as the humanities of computer science?

    1. the OCRed version

      Note that you will see Krystyna Michael's class at NYU's Gallatin School annotating here since it's the same PDF as the one I shared with her. Even though it's hosted at a different URL--here's her WordPress page for the text--the annotations sync!

    2. free or partially free web-hosted converters

      Here's the version of the PDF I created using FineReader. I don't think the quality is as good as the Adobe Acrobat Pro one, but it's viable. You don't have unlimited conversion powers with this program, though.

    3. The key revelation for me was how easy it is to OCR a text.

      I should have said in text here that it was a conversation with Scott Robison, Director of Learning Technologies and Online Learning at Plymouth State, that inspired me to finally act on trying out some PDF converters.

    4. Course packet binding options

      I usually went with "comb"--I think it was probably cheaper. But, man, when those things come apart, it's over. The ideal for me, not surprisingly, was the "perfect" binding--with writing on the spine, you can't beat that.

    5. (Some copiers and scanners in libraries have OCR built in, so steps two and three may be combined.)

      One day you'll be able to just publish to your website directly from the Xerox machine. O Brave New World!

    6. like editing my very own textbook or anthology!

      Here's an assignment that outlines this kind of class project explicitly. And here are a couple of great examples of this kind of project in action:

    7. I spent a long time curating these tomes

      I think one year my course packet materials were so exhaustive that they had to bind it in two volumes. I took a certain perverse pride in this until I realized how much it would cost students and then I dialed it back.

    8. It is advisable to spend a lesson introducing the idea of digital writing to students with particular attention to the use of images,

      The New York Times Learning Network feature, "What's Going on in this Picture?" is a great place to start students thinking about the culture of images. For college level teachers, I recommend UT-Austin's Digital Writing and Research Lab's viz blog.

    1. but I cannot lay m y finger upon the moment it ended, can never cut through the ambiguities and second starts and broken resolves to the exact place on the page where the heroine is no longer as optimistic as she once was.

      The geographic then returns here with heightened, but elusive physicality.

    1. culturally significant landmark."

      mark is the "significant landmark"

    2. Austin is losing what makes it weird

      I want to write a dissertation on this repeated refrain over the years. No doubt it's partially true, but the same claim is made every year in some op-ed article in some local newspaper or magazine. Austin has been becoming less weird since it first became weird.

    3. the Dog and Duck Pub

      They paved over paradise And put up a parking lot.

    4. the deaths

      Having just explained to my three-year-old daughter the difference between buildings dying and people dying, I'm sensitive to how strong this word choice/description is here.

    5. prolific

      wc? ethos?

    1. a reckless infatuation that ended with the eruption and crash of the Hindenburg in 1937.

      Author does not mention it but he's the author of a book on the Hindenburg. Presumably this gives him the credentials to warn against modern-day zeppelllns.

    1. My own salary and research are heavily supplemented by a generous gift from Tim Robertson, son of Christian Broadcasting Network mogul the Reverend Pat Robertson.


    2. vapid “deliverables”

      Is social change a "vapid deliverable"?

      How do we square the tendency of left-learning academics, especially in the humanities, of making their work pseudo-policy-driven? (Asking as a former one such scholar myself.)

    3. Much of that, including the research that sparked nanotechnology and personalized cancer treatment, ultimately yielded practical uses.

      So then what is "disinterested knowledge" and is it really desirable?

    1. JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive.

      I actually feel like this sentence could be about hyopthes.is!

    2. Anxiety of Obsolescence:

      Just realized @kfitz is likely referencing Harold Bloom's Anxiety of Influence (1973) here.

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    1. Governments of the Industrial World,

      Strange to read this post-Prism program. But I wonder--even after the overreach of NSA surveillance--if it's not the Corporate Giants of the Post-Industrial World that we should be most wary/weary of.

    2. by John Perry Barlow

      Pretty legendary figure in American 20th/21st century culture, really: a cattle rancher, Grateful Dead lyricist, and cyber rights activist. This is my favorite line from his Wikipedia page:

      In the meantime, Barlow was still able to play an active role in the Grateful Dead, and also recruit many unconventional part-time ranch hands from the mainstream as well as counterculture.

      This is his cat:

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    1. John Perry Barlow

      Pretty legendary figure in American 20th/21st century culture, really: a cattle rancher, Grateful Dead lyricist, and cyber rights activist. This is my favorite line from his Wikipedia page:

      In the meantime, Barlow was still able to play an active role in the Grateful Dead, and also recruit many unconventional part-time ranch hands from the mainstream as well as counterculture.

      This is his cat:

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    1. It is not until the very last moment of the film that we see an undeniable miracle—bells ringing in the sky

      For me--and I'm sure I'm not alone--one of the most intense cinematic moments in my film-going experience.

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      In this final shot we are actually POV of God which certainly adds dimension to the "joke" between character and audience.

    1. After all, when I've graded and commented on papers, those comments are not public. I don't post them on the walls of my classroom.

      Fair enough, but you've probably shared a graded paper with name crossed out with classes before, right, and that's clearly helpful for students to see. What's effective writing? What's not? How do we talk about writing?

      So, if you are making (wc?) students write in public, why not ask them to take the full responsibility of that publishing? It's the scariest, but realist thing for any writer and I know that I personally only became a good writer when I knew my work was going to be read and responded to outside of a 5-page print-out with red ink on it.

    2. At most, a few "exemplary" papers may be posted, but I don't think I've heard of all the feedback on every paper in a class being published, every time.

      The papers are public to begin with here, right? It's the comments that aren't.

      I would definitely consider my comments on a student blog in public different from those on a private student paper. It's a different genre that needs to be sensitive to your very valid concerns here. And they wouldn't sound like formal assessments. They would sound like open discussion of the process.

    3. If' I'm promoting writing for an audience, should I also have all commenting and feedback public?

      Yes, I think so. I think it's part of the deal, part of what it means, scary as that may be, to write publicly, to publish.

    4. critiqued

      Maybe it's this term that gives us pause. If we think about it as commentary, then perhaps it's okay--you'd respond to s student's comment in class, possibly critically, right?

    1. Despite the insistence that digital technologies are “the future” and as such must be incorporated somehow into the classroom, “the future” remains an unknown.

      Isn't this the case with any "the future" statement? Of course someone has to do something with it.

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      Part of the rhetoric of "the future" statements is simplicity, the one word of it all. But even Mr. McGuire tells Benjamin Braddock to "think about it."

    1. situate themselves within the "map" of the controversy

      Presumably this will require some citation of textual evidence from other stakeholders and to that extent I think it could be valuable to root this advocacy in annotation of primary sources.

      At the very least, my annotations from Units 1 and 2 would likely prove incredibly helpful at this point in the term, as they could be the groundwork for my more argumentative approach to my chosen controversy.

    2. In this unit, students will analyze a specific position within their chosen controversy.

      Imagine this paper first as a detailed close reading/rhetorical analysis of a primary source document, an op-ed article, for example, with all the rhetorical strategies and patterns highlighted and described/analyzed...

    3. The major assignment for this unit requires analysis and description, not evaluation or argumentation.

      This "analysis and description" of primary source documents related to the topic could be done through direct annotation of the texts--and probably already is, though on paper and individually. Doing so on the texts themselves, at least in preparation for an essay--might help prevent any slippage toward "evaluation and argumentation." Annotations could be checked/assessed for their attention to the difference.

    1. these plans seem solid. very basic. but they make hardware and accessories easy by including.