Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s cold and clear here on the Northern Plains this morning, but that’s good news for the river and our annual flood drama.  (Speaking of floods, the Grand Forks Herald ran a nice little story on aptly Greg Gust, our National Weather Service meteorologist and the father of one of our graduate students and PKAP alumnus).

Since I’ve adopted Evernote, I found it even easier to grab links and pages off the web.  No, this isn’t paid product placement, but it is clever software.

So here are the varia and quick hits.

I just discovered Places and Spaces: Mapping Science this week.  It’s a web gallery of maps dedicated to “track and communicate human activity and scientific progress on a global scale.”  The maps are pretty amazing, but not so different from the Hand Drawn Map Association.

The Harvard Business Review is running a three-week long series on technological innovations in education. In a more practical vein there is a nice short post on one of Inside Higher Ed’s blog on using blogs in for teaching in higher eduction. A class project to record graffiti on the University Virginia’s campus used Omeka to great effect. To get more serious one could check out the American Council of Educations white paper entitled the Innovative University.  To see some great digital innovation in action, check out the National Writing Project’s Digital Is page.

The New York Times pay wall has continued dominated the blogosphere.  The best response that I’ve read so far has been from the political science blog The Monkey Cage.  To do my part to fight the power, I’ll link to this clever New York Times article on our growing annoyance with phone calls.  Deciding not to have a phone in my office was one of the best decisions I’ve made.

Do check out the preview teaser offered by Chuck Jones of the Ancient World Digital Library put together by the fine people at NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.

The Newseum’s Front Page page is pretty cool (ht/ Mark Grabbe).

The Ghosts of North Dakota have posted some nice photographs of the Hutmacher Farm in Dunn County, North Dakota.  It looks like another great example of archaeological formation processes.

Two really important things this weekend.  The start of the Formula 1 season and the Richmond’s chance to advance to the Elite 8 in the NCAA basketball tournament.  Let’s go Spiders!

What I’m reading: For class: Bruno Latour, Aramis or the Love of Technology. (Cambridge, MA 1996) and S. Turkle, Alone Together: Why we expect more from technology and less from each other. (New York 2011).

What I’m listening to: The Cure, Pornography; The Cure, Boy’s Don’t Cry. (for reason’s why check out Kostis Kourelis blog)


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