• Climate - Science Stuff - Technology

    Energy Futures

    (repurposed forum post) Finally got around to the promised post on energy solutions and futures. First up, even if we leave aside the issue of climate change entirely, fossil fuels are finite resources. (Barring a few fantasies about endless renewal from currently on-going natural processes (someone posted a link on…

  • Technology

    Cloud Culture

    Charles Leadbeater does a great job of outlining some of the potential of, and threats to, cloud computing: http://www.counterpoint-online.org/cloud-culture-promise-and-danger/

  • Technology

    Businesses that get the new web

    Really just passing on kudos to two businesses that are doing it right. We’ve been using TPG for our web access (ADSL2+) for a year or so, and have been very happy with them. We’ve just given them all our mobile phone business too (the 3 girls’ phones – mine…

  • Technology

    iPhone Day!

    Heading in to uni today to pick up my new iPhone – which will be my first ever mobile phone. Guess in this particular technology I’m an extremely late adopter… the fact that I’m not really a big fan of talking on the phone may have something to do with…

  • Science Stuff - Technology

    Hanny’s Voorwerp

    (a story about the new networked world) This is Brian May, the guitarist from Queen: He’s also known as Dr Brian May, having recently completed the PhD in astrophysics that he postponed over 30 years ago when the band got big: This is Hanny Van Arkel, a primary school teacher…

  • Technology

    Trent Reznor breaks the musical fourth wall

    He’s experimented with it before – leading to some inspired remixes that cut his dark industrial through the Ghostbusters theme, among other things – but now that he’s free of a major label Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails has released all the original tracks of his new album, allowing…

  • Teaching - Technology

    BG

    Some of the beginning teachers in my class used the phrase ‘BG – Before Google’ as a joke today, but it’s really a pretty amazing concept in terms of education. How does education change when, rather than needing to memorise facts, you can google them in a second? Now what…

  • Science Stuff - Teaching - Technology

    Blended Learning

    Currently sitting in a workshop on using social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace in university teaching, as part of a daylong conference here at UQ on ‘Blended Learning’. That means some sort of complementary approach where face-to-face teaching is supported with some kind of information and communication technologies. The…

  • Science Stuff - Teaching - Technology

    A Cool Thing

    Attended a session today on some of the ways in which MIT is using both technology and different classroom design to make their first year physics lectures more effective and interactive, Very interesting. One thing they showed us was this very rich Java applet for teaching the phase relationships in…

  • Technology

    Obsolete Technology

    Cassie was quite chuffed to be using a terribly outdated and obsolete piece of technology this morning: her teacher had asked her to submit her work in electronic form on a floppy disk! I don’t usually feel old, or do the grandpa thing, but I have to admit I did…

  • Personal - Technology

    Facebook and Family

    We were at a 70th birthday party for my Dad last week, and caught up with lots of the family. Chatted quite a bit with my cousin Tracylee, who I hadn’t seen for a long time, but who I had also taught when she was a high school student and…

  • Teaching - Technology

    The Essential Geek

    Was just at a PhD confirmation hearing (where the student has to convince us that s/he is ready to do the research) on having middle school students use digital video to learn and communicate their learning. Very interesting stuff, but one of my stray thoughts was that any innovation like…

  • Science Stuff - Technology

    Jmol

    Workshop this arvo on Jmol, a Java-based application for viewing molecules in Chemistry. Lots of fun, and really intelligently written to make it simple to use. I’d love to have shown it to you right here on the blog page – that would have been very cool – but unfortunately…