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Year3-Week14: Thoughts from the Educational Trenches

Year3-Week14: Thoughts from the Educational Trenches I like being an educational grunt on the front lines in the classroom and take some pride that what others theorize about, I have to make happen. It might be a fool’s errand, but you can’t tell me what we’re supposed to be doing in the classroom if you’ve never spend any given week teaching in said classrooms. And … Continue reading Year3-Week14: Thoughts from the Educational Trenches

The Newspaper Business in the Age of Digital Media, Part 1

Who still reads the local newspaper or any newspaper for news these days? I recently saw an ad for a position at the local alternative paper looking for a digital content coordinator, essentially to help the paper “develop and define the publication’s digital presence across a variety of platforms.” In the early 1990s I interned as a Fact-Checker for the Los Angeles alternative paper just … Continue reading The Newspaper Business in the Age of Digital Media, Part 1

Et Tu, iPhoto?

For as long as I can remember I was the guy with the camera. As a result I have a lot of boxes of photos (yes, physical prints), photo albums and gigabytes of image spread out over several personal and shared media servers. I’ve been wrestling with my collection for some time and had previously been a strong believer in the iLife/iPhoto process mostly because … Continue reading Et Tu, iPhoto?

JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 8: You & Your Tech: It’s A Marriage Not A Friendship

JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 8: You & Your Tech: It’s A Marriage Not A Friendship. Companies call it TCO, Total Cost of Ownership, I call it, Don’t buy tech because it’s cheap, unless you have the money to buy all the other stuff needed to make it work. Also, G.I. Joe gets a friend. MP3 Version iTunes Subscription Via Email RSS Reader Additional JBB’s Final … Continue reading JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 8: You & Your Tech: It’s A Marriage Not A Friendship

Thinking about Hands…

I recently started or restarted sketching or doodling, now on my iPad. It was something that I did a lot of back in the pre-computer days. Look at any book I owned in those days and you’ll find my doodles and notes bleeding across the margins. Funny that someone who drew long before I was comfortable writing would have mostly abandoned the art when I … Continue reading Thinking about Hands…

Back to Doodling, Now on my iPad

A few weeks ago I got a fancy stylus for my iPad, not-ironically called Pencil from 53, makers of the iPad app, Paper. It’s renewed interest in using the iPad as a sketch device. A bit later I reflected on some work news in “graphic” form… more or less… Resources: Pencil by 53, http://www.fiftythree.com/pencil Continue reading Back to Doodling, Now on my iPad

Mini-Retina vs. Air & Other First World Problems

I know that I’m not a normal tech user, well, in more ways than one. The fact that I’m so strongly concerned about which new iPad to buy should be proof enough that something is missing in my life. So, it’s all the more important that my compunction to wrestle these esoteric tech things should be used to the benefit of others who might also … Continue reading Mini-Retina vs. Air & Other First World Problems

Real Computers Versus Toys, Part 2

I can understand how some might feel that devices like iPads and tablets aren’t real computers, especially those who’ve never really used an iPad or those who think a real computer has to have a keyboard, mouse and USB port. Anything less are just toys, expensive toys, but still toys. Like I mentioned before, I don’t encounter this sentiment that too often, mostly because I … Continue reading Real Computers Versus Toys, Part 2

Real Computers Versus Toys, Part 1

I’ve finally encountered a real “microsofty.” Being primarily an Apple school it’s not often that I’ve encountered those who firmly believe in the Microsoft-way and more or less tolerate having to use Macs in our coursework. We’ve recently introduced an iBooks Author assignment into my course and the following course and this student confessed to not having access to an iPad, which is currently a … Continue reading Real Computers Versus Toys, Part 1