ruminations

A Whole New Mind – book and attitude

Being fresh from a nice vacation, I do feel as if I have a whole new mind! I also spent my airplane time reading Daniel Pink‘s book A Whole New Mind. It was a great read and I’m not usually into reading business and strategy books. The main thesis really lends itself to my whole techy-feely approach to life. He presents six skills or aptitudes that he thinks will be the most useful and highly desired in the future as the business world adapts to major change agents such as automation and outsourcing to Asia. Being able to use empathy,… Read More »A Whole New Mind – book and attitude

Brain-cation

Back from an extended vacation which was very much needed and well received by body, mind and soul. Fun was had in Maine in a cabin that had no phone, no internet, and lots of rustic charm. Spent my time with friends and more time outside than I usually do in a month or two. It was good. If you have never been to Maine, especially the Acadia National Park, Belfast, Camden, Moose Point State Park and Camden Hills State Park, I highly recommend a visit. Truly beautiful and a good fit for this t-f girl.

@@Things to Look At

I keep a small text file on my hard drive called “@@THINGS TO LOOK AT”. It sits at the top of my directory and whne I have a few minutes, I look at the file and visit the site or check out the tool/technology to learn more.From that list, there are several tools/sites that I now use on a daily basis that, less than a year ago, I didn’t even know existed. Some were around just waiting for me to find them. Some got easier to use. Some just popped up (hello, world!). Now, I’m figured out how to use… Read More »@@Things to Look At

International Networks Archive \\ Remapping Our World

I love StumbleUpon..it is one of my favorite Firefox extensions. I usually hit it a few times a weekend just to see what comes up. Today, the International Networks Archive, a project driven by the Princeton University Sociology Department, was on my screen from my click on the StumbleUpon toolbar. I took a dive into it. Fascinating stuff to this little budding info architect. From their About page: Globalization involves a variety of links expanding and tightening a web of political, economic and cultural inter-connections (Mittelman 1997, Hirst and Thompson, 1996). Most attention has been devoted to merchandise trade as… Read More »International Networks Archive \\ Remapping Our World

Killer App for Education (and life?)

As Darren Kuropatwa of the Rip,Mix, Burn blog said a few months ago…RSS is the killer app for educators. I have been working with instructional technologies of all kinds for about 20 years now and I got excited about a few things (ok..so I was pretty wrong about laserdisks). But RSS has got me really pumped up. It is a cool thing that can do so much and has so much potential. I am going to commit myself to finding good way to integrate RSS into as much as possible for myself personally as well as with the courses that… Read More »Killer App for Education (and life?)

Edward Tufte – A Techy-Feely Practitioner

While I didn’t hear this story live, I was glad to find it on the site. I went to Tufte’s workshop last year and was thrilled all day with the experience. Talk about techy-feely!! From the NPR story: They all demonstrate one concept: good design is timeless, while bad design can be a matter of life and death. It’s true. His books are beautiful and his thinking is pretty much online with mine. I think I can abide a bit more eye candy than he will. And, I really don’t work with information that is life and death but I… Read More »Edward Tufte – A Techy-Feely Practitioner

Convergence of the Web Applications

While I have argued before with folks about how I don’t want all of my life to be merged (or converged or mind-melded) into one device (read, cellphone), it does appear that this is the case for all of the new, emerging apps and services that are in the Web 2.0 camp. Just today, I have learned that the Wikispaces site now allows for WAY EASY integration of media from such sources as YouTube, Odeo and MySpace. I was so happy when I figured out how to upload and link to an mp3 in the wiki and now, I can… Read More »Convergence of the Web Applications