A Eulogy for HyperCard

Since it was initially packaged with every Mac shipped, it’s likely the majority of buyers used it as a quicky Rolodex, if anything. But HyperCard’s biggest win was a very low entry threshold for those who wanted to build their own ‘stacks’ – combinations of user interface, code, and persistent data. There were plenty of examples to suggest ideas, and all the code was open for tweaking. This did enable…

And The Crowd Cried out for Pedagogy

We the “early adopters”have been playing with blogs in our classes for awhile now. We’re loved them just for the sake of loving them. We’ve evangelized them to our peers and our students, with mixed success. But now, blogs must pull their pedgagogical weight. It’s no longer enough to just put a student blog collective online and see what happens, or to send your students to Blogger and allow them…

Do You Know the Way to San Jose

I‘m looking at a dead pigeon laying on the sidewalk, headless, and I wonder: ?What am I doing here?? –David ThomasDo You Know the Way to San Jose (Buzzcut) So begins David’s coverage of the Game Developer’s Conference, where the most interesting-sounding panel seems to be on “serious games“. I can’t seem to figure out how to permalink to short story items that don’t display the “more” link. For the page…

Mike Vitia Blogs the 4Cs

Mike Vitia Blogs the 4Cs (Vitia) Mike Vitia has a good series of blog entries covering several sessions at the 4Cs, including the great panel by Terra, Charlie, and Clancy, of which Mike had this provocative, if vague, observation: “Most of us know that the theories of Landow and Negroponte lie broken and useless: how, then, might we begin to build rigorous theoretical models that help us to account for the…