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Random Acts of Music

Random Acts of Music Just now, a student crept up behind me and slipped a pair of headphones over my head. I don’t know her. She doesn’t introduce herself. Small voices, like backwards chimpmunks, say something inaudible to a hip-hop beat. “I randomly subject people to whatever I’m listenting to,” says the student. I thank her “for the subjection” and she moves on. I suppose it’s a good thing students…

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blogs.setonhill.edu is down

blogs.setonhill.edu is down I’ve notified the server admin, who says he’ll won’t be able to look at it until early this evening. A shout out to Rachel Crump, who was just about to give an oral presentation on Dungeons & Dragons when the blogs went down at about 3:45 … she had prepared thoroughly enough that she did a smashing job anyway, but what a nightmare! I always bring a…

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Dorky but bookish (therefore fun) 'open the nearest book to page 23' meme

1. Grab the nearest book. 2. Open the book to page 23. 3. Find the fifth sentence. 4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions. Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age: “Score a few points for Bud!”Dorky but bookish (therefore fun) ‘open the nearest book to page 23′ meme Found in several places this week. The one that actually prompted me to post was here.

Haunted by Penguins

Questions (by whom, I don’t know) had been raised about my collegiality and some had reached the ears of the search committees where my applications were under review. I racked my brain for the comment or incident that could have sparked such rumors. Had I inadvertently said something in a seminar or a conference that offended someone? I’ve never been arrested for brawling, malicious mischief, or damaging property. I remain…

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Broadband Penetration on the Upswing

Rural users lag in broadband adoption, and infrastructure availability is a reason for this. Here are some highlights from the Pew Internet Project’s February 2004 survey: 55% of all adult Internet users – or 34% of all adult Americans – have access to high-speed Internet connections either at home or on the job. 39% of adult Internet users – or 24% of all adult Americans – have high-speed access at…

Justin Hall and the Birth of the 'Blogs

There is still the childhood picture just where it‘salways been, right above “I was born Justin Allyn Hall in Chicago at 12:01pm on December 16, 1974.” And there in the heart of the page is still the one-line paragraph that first woke me out of my early Web-surfing coma: “When I was eight, my father, an alcoholic, killed himself; much of my early writing wrestles with this.” The minute I…