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Academic Women and the Blogosphere

Torill Mortensen has a post today referencing the ongoing debate about gender balance in the blogosphere. Are there more men, or more women? Are the men or the women more visible? –Liz Lawley –Academic Women and the Blogosphere (Misbehaving) I found this discussion interesting, especially in light of Andrew Orlowski’s sneering dismissal of bloggers as mostly teenage girls. At our small school, which until recently was all female, social networks are…

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Dean Goes Nuts: Howard Dean's 2004 Iowa Caucus Concession Speech Remixes

“Not only are we going to New Hampshire …, we’re going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and we’re going to California and Texas and New York! And we’re going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan. And then we’re going to Washington, D.C. to take back the White House, Yeeeeeaaaaaah!” –Dean Goes Nuts: Howard Dean’s 2004 Iowa Caucus Concession Speech…

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Open Source in Education

Open Source in EducationVarious, via KairosNews) KairosNews has a few good links to articles about the open source movement. “Open Source and Education: A Sea Change?” is a roundup of links to recent “rumblings” on open-source content. Most exciting is the Chronicle of Higher Ed’s report on a multi-million-dollar effort to create an open-source course-management tool. Charlie’s post links to a page that is in the Chronicle’s “temp” directory, so…

No Surprises?

“Let me see if I can state what is bothering you. I could tell you before the test what to study, what material you should memorize to do well, but I’m not doing that.” She smiles a little and says, “Yes.” I continue, “I could do that, I could tell you, exactly, all that you need to know. I could tell you what to memorize. But I don’t. And you…

Europe probe detects Mars water ice

Mars Express, circling high above the surface, made the discovery on the Red Planet’s south pole, said agency scientist Jean-Pierre Bibring — an indication that Mars may once have sustained life. –Europe probe detects Mars water ice (CNN) Interesting… CNN’s European version of the Mars story says “More than 40 years of Mars exploration have yielded inconclusive evidence of whether water was present on the planet,” while the American version of…

Link Propagation and 'Discovery Credit'

A few questions spring out from this. It is generally accepted that giving credit for creation is important; is it the same for ?link discovery credit?? Will (should) the practice of linking to sources of links come to be taken very seriously by bloggers, out of a shared concern to keep things fair and transparent, in a similar manner to standards of citation in academia? Should one link to the…