Archive for June, 2007

Friday Funny – David Tennant Teaches English

For all you Dr. Who fans. Every teacher has had a smart ass in their class at one point and time.  Catherine Tate is wonderful as the student.

Sorry bout that the BBC took that copy down.

Try this one:


Platform Animation Festival – Cartoon Windows

A building with cartoons playing in the windows. I thought I died and went to heaven! Portland’s Pearl District was just swathed in electronic and animated goodness.

Check out the short interview with Rose Bond the animator who created one of the installation featured at the Festival:


Remember Name of the Rose (the film)?

Spoiler warning… I am going to talk about the end of the movie here. Not at that it matters since it’s been out for years. Also, I’m going to wax polemic here as an after thought to the post this morning on restricting internet radio/and sharing via the net. So I’m giving you fair warning to avoid this post if you don’t want to hear my fuming.

Sean Connery plays the monk, Brother William of Baskerville. He’s tasked to solve the mystery of certain murders at a monastary. He discovers that the murderer was motivated to commit his crimes because he wanted to supress a certain work by Aristotle on comedy. His logic: it is not godly to laugh because in laughing one day you might laugh at God.

This type of black and white logic that powers dogmatism really gets my goat. But you know we can’t seem to escape it as human beings as long as there are people out there who fear change and as long as there are dominant powers that insist upon their views being the primary ones. In corporate speak this means that the most dominant companies rule over the free-market economy (but at this point it really isn’t free any more is it?).


I can’t help but think the image of the decrepit and evil old devil from the film spewing vile poison from his mouth when I think of corporations, lobbyists, politicians who seek to hinder any form of sharing and communication on the net (either purposely or inadvertently). I know the proponents of regulation would most likely wail about copyrights and intellectual property laws being breached by the sharing and distribution of things via the net. However, there must be some way to achieve the balance between protecting intellectual property and fostering the public domain of knowledge and content so that everyone can learn, grow and develop from it.

Let’s think about who has the most to gain from restriction of information via the net: corporations and mega-media suppliers which shell out warehouse after warehouse of crappy, unimaginative, and market driven content and products. Think about it. Who has the most to loose from the restriction of information on the internet: You.


Is this TRUE?!!? Are they shutting down Internet Radio?

I’ve been hearing rumblings about this and part of me has pushed it to the back of my mind because I couldn’t bring myself to believe it…. Are they really closing down internet radio?  Are podcasters next?

What do we do? Writing to our senators and congressmen may be too late at this point.  I still have to gather what this completely means to us, the lovers of the free net and free culture, but my gut tells me, it can’t be good. And my gut has rarely been wrong.

I’ll keep you posted on the buzz on this when I can.

Gritty brilliance


Last night we went to see an American early release of Tekkonkinkreet.

It was a truly amazing experience, the colors and textures. I came out of the film feeling as if my eyes and spirit were exhausted from the stimuli. If you can get past the good old good/evil theme running through the plot, the story was not that bad as well. Still, somehow I cannot wait to see this film again.


Good Overview on Learning 2.0

Are we at 3.0 yet?
Does it really matter what number we’re on as long as we’re learning something?


The following article (linked) provides a good definition of the happenings in education via the web.

Per the article headers here’s a preview of the content:

  • Examples of e-learning 2.0 apps and websites
  • Google, Microsoft, Apple, IBM – active in e-learning 2.0
  • Traditional Learning Management System (LMS)

They are digging a huge ditch along the front of my house

The city has decided to dig up the gravel road in front of our house to install a new sewer line.  I know it sounds really four-year-old, but I am so fascinated with those huge digging machines. Maybe it’s the simple mechanism enlarged to dino-size that enchants me.  Now there’s an 8-9 foot deep x 4 foot wide ditch in front of our house.  I’d take a picture, but we currently cannot find the charger for the digital camera. The workmen were really friendly and nice enough to let me pull out my car and park it elsewhere so I wouldn’t be stranded here all day. It’s just nice to interact with people who are pleasant and not upset so early in the morning.


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