Art Objects on UC-Davis Campus — Computers and Writing 2009

It’s hot here in Sacramento.  I got lost wandering the UC-Davis campus looking for the Computers & Writing registration table. I discovered lots of bike paths — several of them more than once.  I stumbled upon a building with people whom I recognize from various conferences.  There was a nice snack table.  I had helped myself and settled down with a plate before I realized I had walked into the…

Cascading Failure (the "often unseen power" of Google)

I’m caching up after the end-of-term grading crunch, spending a few weeks taking care of my wife (she had a minor surgery), and family trip for my nephew’s baptism. I just got back from the train station about a half hour ahead of some huge thunderstorms, and now I’m unable to sleep because I’m heading to the airport again in a couple of hours (for my first visit to Computers…