Month: May 2002

  • Open Source Publishing and Star Wars Iconoclasm

    First, a fascinating political analysis of the Star Wars series. ?So under Imperial rule, a large group of regional potentates, each with access to a sizable army and star destroyers, runs local affairs. These governors owe their fealty to the Emperor. And once the Emperor is dead, the galaxy will be plunged into chaos. In…

  • The Seeing See Little

    Ben Schneiderman argues that visual interfaces will predominate in the future instead of auditory interfaces. I realize that the newspaper interview doesn?t do justice to Mr. Schneiderman?s ideas, but let?s examine the question posed by the journalist. As the article points out, speaking voice commands into a personal device or PC is slow, laborious and…

  • Students, the Slow Moving Target

    Jack Wilson, CEO of UMass Online, has written several important essays about elearning. In his essay, ?Elearning?Is it Over?? he writes, ?The paradox of technology enhanced education is that technology changes very rapidly and human beings change very slowly. It would seem to make sense for proponents of e-learning to begin with the students. At…

  • Films of Ingmar Bergman

    The Films of Ingmar Bergman From “Cheers” TV show: FRAZIER (reading his paper to people at the bar): Now I call the piece ‘Ingmar Bergman: Poet of the Subconscious.’ The films of Ingmar Bergman… NORM: Well, who could forget her in Casablanca, huh? FRAZIER: No, no, you’re thinking of Ingrid Bergman. I’m talking about Ingmar…

  • Ego-Surfing the Web

    Recently Arnold Kling, in linking to my weblog, mentioned that he found my website through ?ego-surfing.? At first I did not understand the phrase, until I realized that it meant the nasty habit of content producers to look up any web references to their own web pages. I admit to this practice with some shame.…

  • The Bastard Child

    Here are three things I have written: Are Meetings Productive? (about working in a software group). Would Kafka have kept a web journal?, a meditation on writing for the 21st century, and the Taco Stand, an anecdote that happened last week to me. An interview with Cocky Bastard (aka John Styn) appears in Derek Powazek’s…

  • Life Cycle of a Blog

    This diagram pretty much illustrates the typical evolution of a weblog. I would only add a box for “lamenting the pathetic job market.” How Microsoft is intimidating the city of Austin. It makes one give serious thought to the Peruvian government’s bill to require open-source software . Cool article about getting started with RSS.

  • Learning the State Song of Georgia

    This article talks about the new trend of companies paying for e-learning of workers they have to lay off. Laid off workers are entitled to vouchers to obtain ?elearning? through a certain vendor. The idea makes perfect sense, and it can do a lot to reassure worried employees that they will be ?taken care of?…

  • Games, Kafka, Imaginaryplanet and Metablogs

    MIT Comparative Studies has a fascinating program about Games that Teach. Kurt Squier has written a thoughtful exploration of pedagogical issues concerning computer games. Gosh, I wrote about that very topic a year ago. I?ve been meaning to redesign that page. I plan to comment on Squier?s article in a future blog. Arnold Kling is…