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    Moving my blog to Hugo


    After many, many, many years running my blog on WordPress, I finally got tired of fussing around with convincing it to do what I want it to do, and trying to get it to perform well enough to not have to wait 20 seconds for page loads. I’m also wanting …

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    modularizing and disaggregating


    At the COHERE 2019 conference, the informal theme this morning was on modularizing and disaggregating ((the unofficial-unofficial theme was basically folks from Alberta post-secondary institutions quietly freaking out about impending potentially-devastating budget cuts)) – breaking out of the traditional 4-year degree program, breaking away from the semester-long course, enabling access …

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    Gamelog: Hexaflip


    I’ve been playing some casual games as part of the Apple Arcade trial subscription, and have really been enjoying Hexaflip by Rogue Games. One part Q-Bert, one part Marble Madness, one part platform runner.

    It’s a deceptively simple game – there are only two “controls” – tap left and tap …

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    Text annotation via digital whiteboards


    We hosted a “TI Instructors Gathering” this morning, where we invite folks who are teaching in the Taylor Institute to come together to share their experiences and we can learn from them about how they use the spaces and technologies. This gathering was predominantly Languages profs – french/spanish/russian/french – and …

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    Design thinking, with giant lobsters


    Robert Kelly has been hosting his Design Thinking course in the TI for the past several years.
    I was away over the summer, so missed the latest instance of the course. Giant lobsters! Thankfully, they documented the course and published a video of the shenanigans.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHv3_6s8so8 Giant lobsters invade the …

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    Snapshots from the poison room


    I took photos throughout my chemo/immunotherapy treatment, to document my reactions and the view from the poison room. Photos generates a decent slideshow (complete with Generic Copyright-takedown-avoiding Sountrack #1) ((I spent a few weeks back in 1997 building a similar video with photos from our wedding, in Macromedia Director and …

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    I also need more blogs


    Ben Werdmuller wrote a post this morning on the value of blogs and regular longer-form writing. I 1000% agree with him.
    You should start a blog, if you don’t have one already. There’s nothing better for organizing your thoughts and socializing ideas. You don’t have to labor for days over …

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    Apocalypse Chic


    Charlie Tyson, in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Anyone can weaponize melancholy; but distinguished older professors who have lived through the declining prestige of the humanities and of humanistic forms of knowledge — who have seen their own power and possibilities diminish within their lifetime — may be especially vulnerable.…

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    Lockdown – privacy app for iOS


    I was sure I saw a link to this from Daringfireball, but can’t seem to find it again. Anyway. I’ve been running Lockdown on my phone for a couple of weeks now, and it’s been working great. It’s an app that integrates with the VPN feature in iOS, so all …

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    moving my digital notestuff to Notes


    I’ve been using digital notebooks for many, many years. Everything was in Evernote, until it wasn’t. Then I used Noteshelf for the great ink. Then I used OneNote for the organization and even better ink. All along, I’ve kept a series of paper notebooks, which I’ve found myself using more …

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