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Contestants had to stand with their hands behind their backs until a bell sounded and a message appeared on an overhead screen. The winner was judged on whoever’s message — checked for exact punctuation — reached the judges first. The text tests ranged from “faster than a speeding bullet…” and “what we do in life echoes in eternity” to the less poetic “OMG, nd 2 talk asap,” which for those…

Olympus DS-50 Voice Recorder

Olympus DS-50 Voice Recorder (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) Two brand-new Olympus DS-50 voice recorders just arrived at SHU. I’ve ordered two DS-40s as well. My students have been learning podcasting basics with some older voice recorders, but the virtue of that older equipment is that it’s very easy to understand. The DS-50s are state-of-the art, but I realized with dismay just now that they only record in Microsoft’s proprietary WMA format, rather…

Stage Fright

It was six hours before opening night. Sarah Holdren, director of a Yale student production, had just entered the theater for a routine pre-performance errand when the man who runs the hall gave her an update: In the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, a Yale administrator decided that she didn’t want any weapons used or portrayed during theatrical productions. –Elia Powers –Stage Fright (Inside Higher Ed) Puh-leese. Grown-ups and all…

50% Good News Is the Bad News in Russian Radio

At their first meeting with journalists since taking over Russia’s largest independent radio news network, the managers had startling news of their own: from now on, they said, at least 50 percent of the reports about Russia must be “positive.” In addition, opposition leaders could not be mentioned on the air and the United States was to be portrayed as an enemy, journalists employed by the network, Russian News Service,…

Make the Logo Bigger

Make the logo as big as you can Make the logo bigger, yeah! That logo isn’t big enough So make the logo bigger Bigger, bigger, make it big! Make the logo bigger! –Make the Logo Bigger (Burn Back) Awesome heavy metal spoof of a naive request that web designers hear from their clients all the time. Displaying the client’s static logo is not the the best use of the user’s screen…

Teens, Privacy and Online Social Networks

While many teens post their first name and photos on their profiles, they rarely post information on public profiles they believe would help strangers actually locate them such as their full name, home phone number or cell phone number. At the same time, nearly two-thirds of teens with profiles (63%) believe that a motivated person could eventually identify them from the information they publicly provide on their profiles. –Lenhart and…

What Time is Dinner?

Today many people find it strange that the biggest meal of the day once centered around noon, but it made great sense at the time. Artificial lighting such as oil lamps and candles were expensive, and provided weak illumination at best. So people went to sleep at sundown, because it’s difficult to work and eat in the dark. The last meal of the day was a rushed affair, a quick…

Columbine Revisited

Each day I walk into my own classroom. Each day I stand before students who have book bags that I would never dare look into, believing that ignorance is bliss. I don’t want to know who’s packing and who’s dealing. A stupid sentiment, I’m sure. But am I really any safer knowing what they carry? Or will it only make me more paranoid? Everyday at work, we teachers know exactly…

I Smell Pretty

I Smell Pretty (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) This morning as I was getting ready to take my daughter to preschool, she told me that she sprayed my clothes with “pretty perfume.” I assumed she meant that she had sprayed the pile of dirty clothes near my bed, but my eyes have been watering all day because it turns out she must have sprayed my shirt while I was in the shower. I…

VA Tech, a teachable moment?

There were a few minutes to spare near the end, but I decided to not ask students to share their opinions/feelings just yet, mainly because I didn’t want the class to be a lot of “well I heard?” Now that I’ve just watched the 10pm news and found out the student was an English major, I [like Dennis] feel guilty. My reasons for this guilt are for not yet allowing…