Varia and Quick Hits
Here are some varia and quick hits on a cold Friday morning (with just a threat of flurries)!
- More interesting internet observations from Pew. Apparently no one blogs reads blog anymore (and no one told me?). As always Pew gives us some food for thought on generational differences in web usage.
- As I think about ways to re-imagine this blog, I keep coming across the idea of “mindcasting”. Here is a very useful definition. Typically, the term describes how academics or professionals use Twitter, but I think that it adapts well to a blog use.
- Some Corinthian-American friends have set up a company to sell Corinthian Olive Oil in the US. Check it out!
- I haven’t read Mediactive yet, but it is on my genuinely overwhelming Christmas break reading list.
- More DIY Book Scanning, Dan Reetz, former(?) NDSU student and renegade book scanner, has garnered more press coverage this past week. He’s a real bright guy with a firm grasp on common sense. It’s good to see people talking about his ideas. More here too.
- This tongue-in-cheek post at the Chronicle about celebrating student failure has caused a bit of a fuss. And it lead to this response.
- Some thoughts on Digital Humanities in Australia and New Zealand with a shoutout to the University of Sydney’s Archaeological Computing Lab. I worked with some exceedingly competent folks from the lab on the island of Kythera (where I met my lovely wife)!
- Some interesting thoughts on the gamification of learning.
- The actual mashups are just ok, but the visualizations are really amazing (via Crystal Alberts).
- When you don’t make your sales figures, you get sent to Fargo. This is post-ironic.
- This is a fantastic way to visualize the census.
- If you haven’t stopped by Teaching Thursday, you should! We’re celebrating out 100th post!
- What I’m reading: P. Sarris, Economy and Society in the Age of Justinian. (Cambridge 2006). R. H. McGuire and R. Paynter, The Archaeology of Inequality. (Blackwell 1991).
- What I’m listening to: Alvin Youngbood Hart, Big Mama’s Door.
One more thing! If you are going to be any where in South Florida in January, you owe it yourself to head up to Ft. Myers and check out the 3rd Annual Surf & Sound Festival. It’s going to be huge and it’s produced by Fritz Caraher!