Month: April 2007

  • Second Life Videostream Notes

    A few random notes about the talk (by the way, I’m adding to this same post after I post it once–the talk has started).   Last night I reacquainted myself with how to use SL (it’s been a while). Wow, it’s easy  to forget all this information if it’s not fresh on your brain. Wow,…

  • LiveBlogging Second Life in Education Presentation

    I’m at ATT Lab at UH liveblogging a meatspace/virtual video presentation of a talk about Second Life. Actually, I could have done the same thing from the comfort of my home.  But I’m giving a talk to the same group (at the same location) in two weeks so I wanted to see how the show…

  • Houston Zope Python User Group (Houzpug)

    Here. It looks like Houston Zope Python User Group has a website (actually just a redirect). Let’s see how much google juice getting blogged about here gives the site.

  • Announcement: Python Unconference for Texas

    Here’s information about the Python Unconference in September The schedule is evolving, but it looks like the focus will be zope/plone and SciPy . . It’s hosted by the Houston Python Users’- group

  • Germany’s 2006 Eurovision Entry (surprise!)

    Last post contained my thoughts about this year’s Eurovision. But I randomly came across this amazing/great/bizzare video from 2006 Eurovision. Here was the song that Germany entered for the contest to represent the best of German musical culture. Well, Eurovision isn’t exactly high culture, but you know what I mean. I am not revealing here…

  • Turkey will win Eurovision

    You may remember my previous prediction that Turkey’s singer will win Eurovision this year. However, it is my fervent hope that Verka Serduchka of Ukraine win with his wacky song Dancing: Here’s his song Gop Gop Gop: See also Pirojok, Tuk tuk Tuk Russia’s Serebro has a good song, but it looks too much like…

  • SLURL’s, etc

    Call me extremely backward, but nobody told me that they now have URL’s to teleport players to specific Second Life locations. That is extremely useful for people without the time to immerse themselves in gameplay. I mentioned a few days ago that I’ll be giving a video presentation on ebooks in a while. Not only…

  • Profound Vibes Playlist

    (Note to posterity: since last post, I have in fact written 4 posts which for one reason or other  I chose not to publish. Hopefully I’ll get around to doing it  soon). Here’s my Profound Vibes jamendo playlist: . That first song Les Amantes de Cristal by Lonah is a doozy. (permanently stored on MY…

  • Friday May 11, 10am – 12pm: Ebooks, Textbooks and Digital Storytelling

    (I’ll be giving a video lecture in mid May with the Greater Houston Education Collaboration Group. You can view it online afterwards if you wish. I’ll provide more details later, but here’s the lecture description for now. The URL for the talk will be here. ) Ebooks, Textbooks and Digital Storytelling (Friday May 11, 10am…

  • Who Dares to Pick the Nose of the Great Zucchini?

    Gene Weingarten profiles a children’s entertainer named the Great Zucchini. Here’s his website. The article is great and eminently quotable, but I enjoyed the interview with the author about the act of writing the article: Many years ago, I was asked to speak to a room full of editors about how to manage creative people…

  • Horray for Dancing in the Blood

    Lindsey Berenstein on why we shouldn’t silence our political opinions when a mass killing occurs: Remember the intense pressure to avoid “politicizing” 9/11? I’m talking about the taboo against criticizing the president that went virtually unchallenged in the mainstream media for years after the attacks. The real effect of the taboo was not to keep…

  • National Book Award Speeches (Excerpts)

    (Oddly, I collected these quotes over 2 years ago and forgot to post. Here it is). Excerpts from National Book Award Acceptance Speeches here and here. (Sidenote: The later speeches begin with this warning: Copyright � 2003 Stephen King and the National Book Foundation. All rights reserved. This speech may not be reproduced in any…

  • Vista Fonts..How to Download, How to use

    Poynter preview article on vista fonts. You can download the vista defaults by downloading the Powerpoint 2007 free viewer. Here’s Christian Montoya on recommended Vista substitutions for web design. Update: Once you download the powerpoint viewer, your system (and Office software) can use these fonts. Hurrah! Other font stuff: Vitaly Friedman on the 25 best…

  • Jack and Karen on Sitcoms

    (from a will & grace script) [KAREN IS STANDING AT THE WATER COOLER LOOKING AT HER WATCH WHEN JACK ENTERS FROM THE ELEVATOR.] KAREN: Oh, honey, where have you been? I’ve been waiting here at the water cooler for us to have our water cooler chat. JACK: So did you start talking about “Sex and…

  • Incompetent Release of Larry Sanders Show DVD

    I preordered the Larry Sanders DVD–will receive in about two weeks. I cannot wait! Here’s a link to a Gary Shandling promo on amazon.com . Sony really screwed up this release. Instead of releasing Season 2, they put a boxed set collecting a selection of episodes. People on the reviews said it might be because…

  • My Fave Sitcoms

    (2023 Update: This post was superseded by the much more exhaustive page of favorite sitcoms. But keeping this one here for legacy reasons). Readers of my blog might detect that I am a sitcom fanatic. During a visit to Boston, a friend told me she didn’t particularly care for sitcoms; they were too ironic about…