Berg’s Little Printer churns out RSS feeds with a receipt and a smile — Engadget

  It’s hard to think of a device more aptly named than BergCloud’s Little Printer. It’s little. It prints. It even smiles at you. And why wouldn’t it? It’s adorable. Equally notable is what it produces — RSS feeds printed out on grocery store-style receipts. Berg’s Little Printer churns out RSS feeds with a receipt and a smile — Engadget.

The Psychology of Darth Vader Revealed

The researchers also suggested that the success of the “Star Wars” prequel films might partially rely upon how teens can relate to the troubled Anakin Skywalker. Only adults can be diagnosed with to borderline personality disorder under the current DSM-IV guidelines, but Bui and Rodgers pointed to several studies that suggest the disorder is fairly frequent among teens. Either way, the situation in the “Star Wars” prequels seems clear to…

Forget Why You Walked in a Room? Doorways to Blame, Study Finds

Even the most nimble-minded among us have pondered that question after walking into a room with some purpose in mind — to get something, perhaps? — only to blank on what that purpose was. Now a new study suggests that it’s the very act of walking through a doorway that causes these strange memory lapses. “Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which…

A Case Study in Local News Futility

An analytical piece dissecting a woefully inaccurate local TV news segment. This isn’t to say that people aren’t still being arrested for recording cops in public—in Pennsylvania or elsewhere—or that cops aren’t still threatening people who attempt to record them with cell phones or other devices. In fact, in spite of those court rulings, a Pittsburgh man was arrested just last year for recording police officers making an arrest. But…

Babylon 5: A Dream Given Form | Noise2Signal

My sister used to send my wife and me videotapes full of Babylon 5 and Mystery Science Theater 3000, when I was a graduate student in Toronto. Since we often ended up watching six or seven B5 shows in a row, we got a good sense of the show as an overall story, rather than just stand-alone episodes. I have often told myself I would like to show B5 to…

Instructional Blogging: Promoting Interactivity, Student-Centered Learning, and Peer Input

Stuart Glogoff wrote up his experiences teaching with blogs. The article is from 2005, and its main usefulness for me is that it validates some of my own practices — giving students individual blogs, requiring students to read and comment in peer blogs, and acknowledging that students will quickly abandon their blogs if they feel nobody (including the instructor) is reading them. As a valuable e-learning tool, blogging can be…