• Teaching - Technology

    Humans, Bandwidth and Videoconference

    Read a doctoral dissertation last night and this morning on videoconferencing, and the author’s findings (after the exam this morning, he’s Dr Booth) backed up some of my experience. Videoconference is low-bandwidth indeed, compared too face-to-face interactions, and has issues of latency (the time it takes the signal to travel),…

  • Philosophy - Teaching

    Knowing, Being and Doing

    I’ve been thinking about something I read in the draft dissertation of a Korean doctoral student I’m working with, Mijung Kim. I want to quote a little bit of her chapter here (with her permission): To understand the relationship between harmony and immediate coping as a way of doing/living ethically…

  • Politics - Science Stuff - Technology

    HAARP and Conspiracy Theories

    As Lorne mentioned in a comment, there’s a small but significant underground buzz on the web suggesting that the US government has weather control weapons and used them to create and direct hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The theories are focused around the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP –…

  • General

    Blog Allies

    The Guvnor, of The Guvnor Times fame, has put together a blog advertising and rating system at Blog Allies. Interesting approach to the whole question of finding interesting blogs among the millions out there – ones that have varied and well written content, are updated regularly and run for more…

  • Teaching

    New Book Chapter

    I have a chapter, entitled ‘Weaving Narrative Nets To Capture School Science Classrooms’ in a new book that’s just come out from Sense Publishers. ‘Auto/Biography and Auto/Ethnography: Praxis of Research Method‘ is edited by Wolff-Michael Roth. Clicking on the book’s title will take you to Amazon for some details of…

  • General

    Grr

    Had a great idea for a post just before bed last night, thought about writing it then but was too sleepy and thought I’d remember it in the morning, and of course didn’t remember it in the morning… Ah well, with a bit of luck it’ll float back to the…

  • General

    The Guvnor Times

    I’ll probably be occassionally writing a short article on the shared blog The Guvnor Times. Lots of people with lots of different perspectives writing there, including someone in the reverse situation to me: a Canadian living in Australia (The Canadian Gypsy). Interesting just to see the quite different dynamics in…

  • Musings

    Rant: Creepy ‘Love’ Songs

    OK, I’ve got a song stuck in my head, and it’s one that’s bothered me for years. Since the tagline of this blog says something about this being a place to spill some when my brain is over-flowing, you get to hear about it! Sting said in an interview that’s…

  • Musings

    Busyness or Love?

    This thoughtful article1 from social researcher Hugh Mackay asks some smart questions – why do we deem it a virtue to be busy? What happened to the virtue of having some leisure time to think, learn, grow and love? We seem to be working harder and longer than ever… is…

  • General

    Adding The Ads

    I’ve resisted having ads on this blog for a long time, just because I see it as something for my friends, and as something I do for fun, not profit. I’ve now decided to add some tiny, hopefully quite inconspicuous, ads from Google Adsense to the page for a couple…

  • Politics

    The Future for the US

    Promise I’ll lay off US politics for a while from now on, but IamWhatIam on the William Gibson Board asked: Several threads have been whittled down to some very basic points and views about our (US) government. So I ask here, what do you think the future holds for our…

  • Politics

    Nuke – Just Do It

    In the ‘shaking in our boots’ department, the Washington Post reports that the Pentagon is seeking a policy change to allow them to preemptively nuke other countries. Because, you know, this administration has proven its ability to make good choices and follow through on them…