2022 365 Photos

Thanks to a nudge from Alan, I jumped back into the 365photos project for 2022. I put together a quick video of the 365 photos - it’s kind of surprising just how much happened this year! I’ve been doing this project since 2007, but I’m not sure if I’ll keep it going in 2023. The album for 2022 is available online (as well as albums for each year of the project)....

December 31, 2022 · 1 min

Hybrid-enabling Spaces at the Taylor Institute

I’d previously written a bit about shifting to more agile/adaptable/flexible learning technologies, and I’ve been meaning to write something about our work to adapt spaces in the Taylor Institute as we try to enable some kind of remote- or hybrid- or mixed- or whatever modality thing we wind up calling this stuff. So… here goes… When everything shifted online at the beginning of the whole COVID thing, the learning spaces at the Taylor Institute kind of got put on hold for awhile....

June 1, 2022 · 6 min

Snowy Loop

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April 22, 2022 · 1 min

Climbing the hills on Lochend and Bearspaw

I hadn’t ridden this route in almost 7 years. I’ve been trying to build up to it - it has some more-serious climbs than the routes I’ve been riding lately - but I made it. Not quite the slowest pace I’ve done on this route, but pretty close to it… I’d forgotten how unfun it is to ride on 567. Thankfully, Lochend and Bearspaw are pretty decent to ride on, and it’s only a short segment on 567…...

June 26, 2021 · 1 min

Afternoon Office Space

I realized that I can send emails from the back yard patio, so we fired it up to finish off a Monday afternoon: A video is embedded here, but may not be displayed on a preview or if your browser does not support the video tag.

May 10, 2021 · 1 min

A Letter From Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse, as Read by Benedict Cumberbatch

This amazing letter written by Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse, read by Benedict Cumberbatch. Hesse was frustrated by a creative block and self-doubt1. LeWitt would have none of it. I’ve had it on playing on loop. Get out of your head. Just DOOOOOOO. you are not responsible for the world. you’re only responsible for your work, so just. do. it. (via BoingBoing) which is me, in a nutshell, with my dissertation....

October 29, 2020 · 1 min

Clouds Boiling

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July 17, 2020 · 1 min

The Case for Video Games

I’ve been working on my thesis proposal, preparing for candidacy this summer. This explains why I’ve been pretty much silent here on the blog, and why I’ve been trying to reduce my social media time1. Much of my research will be on using the lens of video games as a way of describing classroom teaching - in fancy-talk, developing a model that adapts research methods developed for the formal analysis of video games to the description and analysis of teaching and classroom activities....

July 11, 2020 · 1 min

Zoom Online Exam Proctoring Demo

We’ve been getting questions from instructors who would like to use Zoom to conduct online exam proctoring, for up to 800 students. I mean. Golly. That’s just not a great idea. Aside from the philosophical issues involved with using a videoconferencing tool to surveil students during an exam, there are technical issues. How would 800 streams of video be recorded? How would that be viewed? Also. The video feed isn’t necessary trustworthy....

March 23, 2020 · 1 min

How to Turn Off Attention Tracking in Zoom Campus Accounts

An article by Mehreen Kasana on Input Magazine made the rounds, talking about the “attention tracking” feature in Zoom, and how creepy and invasive it is. It is. But it can also be disabled for any account - and if disabled for a campus account, it can also be locked out for all users. Embedded tweet broken due to Twitter's arbitrary changes to how embedded tweets work. Thanks, Elon. And, note to self: don't rely on embeds from third party sites for archival purposes because they will all eventually break....

March 23, 2020 · 1 min