Gotta Ditch the Fanny Pack, Dude

Fanny Pack This is great if you’re trying to create a singularity of pure geekness that will open up a portal to an alternate universe where they’re still making episodes of Reboot. But if there are even two working neurons in the style portion of your brain, the same neurons that explained that Mr. T’s haircut won’t look as good on you, then you’re going to want to pass on…


The Bill of Rights: Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. —The Bill of Rights: Amendment I The First Amendment, among other things, prevents the government from arresting or silencing a citizen for expressing an unpopular…


The s-word

I called a disabled colleague a spaz after hearing he’d spilt coffee over yet another expensive bit of computer kit…. I use the term with irony as someone who was regularly called a “spaz” in the school playground, though I’m visually impaired and not what we once called “a spastic”. To confuse the issue, a non-disabled colleague had overheard and told me that she found that term offensive and thanked…

The Silencer

“Wouldn’t shooting cell-phone users in research libraries be counterproductive?” you might well ask. “Wouldn’t that actually make the library more noisy?” A fair point. Yes, it would. But not for long…. —Scott McLemee —The Silencer (Inside Higher Ed)


Tickling the ELMO

Like most of the faculty on my campus, I typically just use the ELMO as an overhead projector to show handouts, but without having to go through the trouble of making a transparency, since it will project anything you put on it. In my mind, it’s even easier to operate than a PowerPoint presentation, and I’ll sometimes print out a quick outline for any lecture or class plan (in large…