December 28, 2007

education on youtube

10 Signs of Intelligent Life at YouTube (Smart Video Collections) | Open Culture

Posted by joegrohens at 11:06 AM

December 27, 2007

ted talk on violence

TED | Talks | Steven Pinker: A brief history of violence (video)

Nice use of indexing in this flash video.

Posted by joegrohens at 12:41 PM

evolution watchmaker argument

YouTube - Evolution IS a Blind Watchmaker

Posted by joegrohens at 12:29 PM

evolution watchmaker argument

YouTube - Evolution IS a Blind Watchmaker

Posted by joegrohens at 12:29 PM

What Makes Societies Fall - simple chart

1211-sci-DIAMOND.gif 460�400 pixels

Graphic - checklist from "Collapse: How Societies choose to live or fail" by Jared Diamond.

Posted by joegrohens at 11:43 AM

December 22, 2007

wiimote whiteboard

YouTube - Low-Cost Multi-touch Whiteboard using the Wiimote

YouTube - Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the WiiRemote

Posted by joegrohens at 07:05 PM

December 14, 2007

NYT on Mitchell Report

Steroid Report Cites ‘Collective Failure’ - New York Times

Posted by joegrohens at 10:59 AM

NYT - Information Display of Mitchell Report

The Mitchell Report: Name by Name - The New York Times

Posted by joegrohens at 10:51 AM

December 13, 2007

Mitchell Report on Steroid Use in Baseball

Mitchell Report.pdf

Posted by joegrohens at 09:49 PM | Comments (0)

December 11, 2007

WPA on Plagiarism

Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices | Council of Writing Program Administrators

Posted by joegrohens at 03:11 PM

December 08, 2007

Battlestar Galactica

I've never even seen Battlestar Galactica, although I've always wanted to. I'm now trying to catch trailers on youtube. I find this blooper/gag reel very amusing.

Battlestar Galactica: Season 3 Gag Reel

Posted by joegrohens at 01:54 AM | Comments (0)

December 07, 2007

List Apart Web Survey

A List Apart: Articles: Findings From the Web Design Survey Intro and Raw Data

Report

Posted by joegrohens at 07:08 PM

Tools for Video File Conversion

  • Zamzar - Free online file conversion Save and convert YouTube videos. Converts many file formats.

  • Miro: Review and Download integrated video player and converter supports subscribing to video feeds.

  • Apple - Downloads - Video - TubeTV For Mac OS X, enables search, save, and convert of Google Video and YouTube videos to .mov (and possibly other) formats. Uses QuickTime, apparently, to do the conversion. Requires Perian - a QuickTime extender

  • DownloadHelperFirefox Add-on page for DownloadHelper. Download from here. See also DownloadHelper about page

  • Wired How To article about saving youtube videos September and December 2007

  • Flvix.com - Free online video converter. Convert videos from Youtube, Google Video to the formats AVI, MOV, MP4, 3GP, MP3


    Posted by joegrohens at 10:38 AM | Comments (0)

    December 04, 2007

    Review Tube

    joeberkovitz.com - ReviewTube

    ReviewTube is a Flex 2 application that allows users to create time-based subtitles for any YouTube video, a la closed captioning. These captions become publicly accessible, and visitors to the site can browse the set of videos with captions. Think of it as a “subtitle graffiti wall” for YouTube!

    Posted by joegrohens at 11:14 AM

    December 03, 2007

    Facebook in Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab


    Ten Million in Ten Weeks:
    What Stanford Learned Building Facebook Apps - Event Registration Powered By Eventbrite

    Posted by joegrohens at 02:17 PM

    November 28, 2007

    calibrated peer review application

    CPR Home

    A "discipline independent" tool for peer review. Developed at UCLA with funding from NSF and HMI.

    Posted by joegrohens at 03:49 PM

    November 09, 2007

    Gallup News Service

    Good source for showing students how to write about survey data.


    Public: Situation in Iraq Getting Worse for U.S.

    Posted by joegrohens at 06:14 PM

    October 24, 2007

    JoSS: Visualizing Social Networks

    JoSS: Journal of Social Structure

    ABSTRACT:
    This paper documents the use of pictorial images in social network analysis.

    Posted by joegrohens at 03:57 PM

    October 11, 2007

    Paraphrase self tester

    Paraphrasing tool


    Does a diff between original version and "your" version, comparing word overlap.

    Posted by joegrohens at 10:39 AM

    October 10, 2007

    Email Communication Style

    E-Mail Is Easy to Write (and to Misread) - New York Times

    Posted by joegrohens at 06:25 PM

    Writing TIps


    50 Tools that can Improve your Writing Skills - Dumb Little Man

    Posted by joegrohens at 03:59 PM

    October 05, 2007

    13 Ways of Looking at Responding

    http://www.du.edu/writing/documents/13WaysRespondingDougHesse.pdf

    Posted by joegrohens at 01:08 PM

    October 03, 2007

    Teaching & Learning with Facebook (group)

    Facebook | Teaching & Learning with Facebook

    Posted by joegrohens at 12:48 PM

    October 01, 2007

    surveys

    I am looking for ways to get students to write better survey questions. I think I should have them read a good summary of survey data and ask them to reverse engineer the questions that must have been asked.

    Posted by joegrohens at 07:55 PM | Comments (0)

    September 24, 2007

    The irony of the bleeding edge

    My University published the following nice news story about my use of WIKIs. And last semester they sent a copy of it to parents of prospective students to show the university's progressive use of technology.

    Around the same time the university's security officer told my college to shut down my wiki because it wasn't conforming to campus security policies and possibly other policies. Nobody contacted me. One day the site was up, the next day it was down. And it stayed down for several months until our dean could have a meeting with the security folks.

    U of I Online: News -Wikis help teachers and students connect online

    Grohens has found a way to encourage students to write – and write well – by using a wiki (rhymes with “tricky”). A Hawaiian word for “quick,” wiki is defined as a Web site that permits visitors to edit the pages and that encourages collaborative writing and editing.

    Grohens said he primarily uses the class wiki as a course-management system, to publish assignments and for students to post their work. Students like the wiki because it’s easy to revise their work and because they can work on their assignments anywhere they have a computer and Web access.

    “The wiki enables me to give them lots of assignments and for them to write frequently, making it kind of a regular habit,” Grohens said. “The students feel like, ‘Oh, I can get started with something small and it’s not too painful, and I can come back to it later.’ ”

    Grohens believes that the quality of students’ writing improves as a result of using the wiki because drafting and revision is so easy, and because they know that someone besides the instructors – their classmates – will be reading and critiquing nearly every assignment.

    Posted by joegrohens at 08:36 PM

    how racial classification is used depends on context

    Justice John Paul Stevens - Supreme Court - Law - Washington - New York Times

    Stevens has been prescient in cases involving race discrimination. As early
    as 1948, when he was a law clerk, he wrote a memo to Rutledge suggesting that
    segregation was unconstitutional, as Diane Amann, a visiting professor of law
    at the University
    of California at Berkeley,
    has noted. And in 1986, he was the first justice to suggest that affirmative
    action for African-Americans should be justified not as a group-based remedy
    for past discrimination but as a way of securing the benefits of racial diversity
    for all citizens in the future. That insight informed his powerful dissent from
    Roberts's 5-to-4 decision last June striking down the use of race in school
    enrollment. The notion that judges should treat all racial classifications alike,
    he told me, "doesn't make any sense."

    Posted by joegrohens at 01:46 PM

    September 18, 2007

    This American Life - Curriculum Materials


    This American Life

    Posted by joegrohens at 10:14 AM

    September 15, 2007

    Kathy Sierra

    Creating Passionate Users

    Posted by joegrohens at 11:31 AM

    September 05, 2007

    flowchart

    should I use blackface on my blog?

    Posted by joegrohens at 12:09 PM

    August 25, 2007

    Forbes Public Speaking Tips

    Top Tips For Nailing That Speech - Forbes.com

    Posted by joegrohens at 01:20 PM

    August 16, 2007

    Forwarded Emails Archive

    MY RIGHT-WING DAD is an archive of forwarded emails.

    This is a chance for folks to examine the unrestrained rhetoric that is quietly passed from in-box to in-box in America. I feel it is important to shine some daylight on these forwards and contemplate what power, if any, they have over our loved ones. To the many sons and daughters of right-wing zealots, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

    Posted by joegrohens at 12:24 PM

    August 15, 2007

    sudoku

    Web Sudoku - Billions of Free Sudoku Puzzles to Play Online

    Posted by joegrohens at 06:11 PM | Comments (0)

    Comics with Problems

    COMICS WITH PROBLEMS #19 - SEGREGATION

    Posted by joegrohens at 02:26 PM

    TV Tropes

    Weird Al Effect - Television Tropes & Idioms

    commentary specifically point out that the scene at the end of "Selma's Choice" where Selma is shown cradling her n

    Posted by joegrohens at 12:16 PM

    August 11, 2007

    technical writing and the pentagon's lost weapons

    The Cincinnati Post - Helping enemies in Iraq

    Could the failure to account for these weapons be based simply on an unclear written procedure?

    An investigation by the U.S. Government Accountability Office identified a new culprit who has been shipping into Iraq massive numbers of weapons that U.S. officials now fear are being used to kill American troops. It is our Pentagon.

    The Defense Department has no clue about what happened to at least 190,000 guns - 110,000 AK47s and 80,000 pistols - that it gave Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005, according to a GAO report released Monday. And U.S. officials now concede that at least some of the missing weapons are now being used to kill American troops.

    "One senior Pentagon official acknowledged that some of the weapons probably are being used against U.S. forces," the Washington Post reported Monday. "He cited the Iraqi brigade created at Fallujah that quickly dissolved in September 2004 and turned its weapons against the Americans."

    [...]
    The GAO report of the Pentagon's failure to account for the weapons reads like a classic in witless bureaucracy. "During our review, DOD officials expressed differing opinions about whether DOD regulations applied to the train-and-equip program for Iraq," the report said. The officials were unable to decide which set of procedures applied to their mission - so they basically used none of them and got no guidance from superiors. As of last month, the report said, defense officials still had not identified which set of procedures to use.

    No wonder the final two recommendations in the GAO report are so pathetically obvious that, written in officialese, they could pass for comic-strip satire. Hardly "Pogo," but maybe "Doonesbury Meets Stephen Colbert": "Determine which DOD accountability procedures apply or should apply to the program. After defining the required accountability procedures, ensure that sufficient staff, functioning distribution networks, standard operating procedures and proper technology are available to meet the new requirements."

    Posted by joegrohens at 12:33 PM

    Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

    A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

    Posted by joegrohens at 02:21 AM

    August 10, 2007

    cognitive psychology daily

    Cognitive Daily: A better way for bloggers to identify peer-reviewed research

    Posted by joegrohens at 10:59 AM

    August 09, 2007

    Joe Williams's case studies

    From: jmw1@MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
    Subject: Two legal cases for those interested in matters linguistic
    Date: August 9, 2007 1:11:49 PM CDT
    To: WPA-L@ASU.EDU
    Reply-To: WPA-L@asu.edu

    I know that several of you on this list have an interest in linguistic issues in general and legal writing in particular, so I thought you might be interested in two cases that I was asked to serve as an expert witness in.

    1. A 45-year-old Serbian who speaks no English comes here claiming refugee status. That is not the issue. He apparently qualifies. However, he is asked to fill out a form I-181 that makes the following request:

    " C. List your present and past membership in or affiliation with every political organization, association, fund, foundation, party, club, society, or similar group in the United States or in any other place since your 16th birthday. Include any foreign military service in this part."

    This is translated into Serbian for him and the Serbian translator writes "None." There is no record of who the translator was. Later, it is discovered that he served in the Serbian army (again, no record of war crimes, etc.). The government prosecutes him for lying on the form. If found guilty, he faces jail time. The federal prosecutor makes this claim:

    ...Section C plainly and unambiguously asks the applicant to list "any" foreign military service. The use of the all-inclusive word "any" clearly directed every individual completing the form to list every military organization in which he or she had served. There is nothing ambiguous about "any." "A fundamental canon of statutory construction is that, unless otherwise defined, words will be interpreted as taking their ordinary, contemporary, common meaning." Perrin v. United States, 444 U.S. 37, 42 (1979), quoted by Garfield v. NDC Health, 466 F.3d 1255, 1266 (11th Cir. 2006). "Any foreign military service" is not otherwise defined by words in the prior sentence, and the words should be interpreted as having their ordinary, common meaning - foreign military service."

    I point out to the attorneys that the issue is not "any" but "foreign," that it is a word that does not nor should not have depended on the understanding of the putative writer of the form or where the form is being filled out (in both cases, "foreign" would then in fact refer to the Serbian army) but of the point of reference of the person filling out the form. In fact, most dictionary definitions of "foreign" have the theme of "characteristic of a country or language other than one's own." If that is the case, then substituting the definition of "foreign" for the word in the form gives you "Include any military service for a country not your own." Since the defendant is Serbian, "foreign" refers to non-Serbian military service.

    To this, the prosecutor replies, in part,

    It is absurd to posit that an applicant would believe that the U.S. Government would be interested in his military service only if that service was part of a political organization and only if the applicant never left the country in whose military he or she served.
    ....
    The Defendant's tortured construction of Section C would lead to an absurd result. It is well-settled that "a statute should, if at all possible, be read so as to avoid an unjust or absurd conclusion." APA Excelsior III L.P. v. Premiere Technologies, Inc., 476 F.3d 1261, 1268 (11th Cir. 2007). The Defendant's interpretation of Section C would lead to the following absurd results:

    ! an applicant who had served in a Nazi military organization such as the Waffen SS would not have to disclose his service, even though that service might have been as an executioner at a concentration camp in Germany, since he did not serve outside Germany;

    ! a former officer in the North Korean People's Army would not have to disclose his military service, even if it involved North Korea's nuclear program, unless he had made an incursion into South Korea; and

    ! an applicant who had served in Saddam Hussein's army, and who had tortured opponents of the Hussein regime, would not have to disclose his service unless he had served outside of Iraq. Bilic_'s interpretation of Section C is preposterous and flies in the face of common sense. His "Motion to Dismiss Count I - Literally True Answer" lacks precedential support and merit and should be denied.
    However, Section C of I-485 was worded to prevent any ambiguity, and so the form specifically reminded all applicants to include "any" foreign military service when responding.
    ....
    The Defendant's three redundant motions to dismiss Count One rest on absurd and irrational interpretations of readily understood words. All three motions should be denied.

    (The examples about Nazis, is, of course, preposterous. If it were discovered that a Nazi had come to this country and concealed his military service, he would be prosecuted for crimes worse than lying on a form.) The prosecutor goes on to argue that foreign obviously refers to "outside a place," and since the document was signed in Tampa, FL, that obviously makes the Serbian army "foreign."

    (There is also the obvious issue of how the form was translated into Serbian (there are two Serbian roots for "foreign," stran-" and "tudj-," both of which have about the same force as "foreign.") Since there is no record of the episode of the translation, there is no way to know what in fact the translator said to the defendant.)

    I provide the lawyers with following example: Imagine you are visiting Singapore. You walk up to the passport control desk, hand over your passport, and read a sign that says that if you do not answer questions truthfully, you will have committed a crime and will be jailed and prosecuted. You are asked several questions, the last one of which is "Have you ever lived in a foreign country for more than five years." You say "No," and the passport control officer says "You have lied and you are under arrest." You deny lying, but the passport control officer says "You have lived the the U.S. for more than five years, and that is a foreign country, so you have lied."

    Two defendants (other than this one) have already been convicted on these grounds (one got a hung jury).

    I was not allowed to testify as an expert witness on the grounds that the word "foreign" is a common English word and that members of the jury, as speakers of English, were competent to decide its meaning.The trial concluded yesterday with a jury decision. I give the verdict in a separate e-mail so that you can think about this one if you want without knowing the outcome.

    2. The second case involves this sentence in some recently passed legislation:

    "Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, no person that accepts credit cards or debit cards for the transaction of business shall print more than the last 5 digits of the card number or the expiration date upon any receipt provided to the cardholder at the point of the sale or transaction."

    To focus on what's relevant, we can boil that down to this:

    "no person . . . shall print more than the last 5 digits of the card number or the expiration date upon any receipt"


    That is three ways ambiguous, one of which one meaning has absurd results. I'll give the three meanings in a separate e-mail.

    Joe Williams
    University of Chicago

    Continue reading "Joe Williams's case studies"

    Posted by joegrohens at 02:41 PM | Comments (0)

    August 08, 2007

    CITES Network Access Map

    CITES : Network access maps

    Good (obvious) way to make complex information available online. Why isn't it done this way more often?

    Posted by joegrohens at 12:54 PM

    August 07, 2007

    Plagiarism Detection Software

    Choosing the Best Plagiarism-Detection Tool - Chronicle.com

    Posted by joegrohens at 09:47 AM

    August 06, 2007

    Millau Viaduct

    Millau Viaduct - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Would you be apprehensive about traveling on this bridge?

    What other bridges could you write about?


    Posted by joegrohens at 07:05 PM

    August 05, 2007

    new mexico deconstruction gallery

    New Mexico Media Literacy Project | nmmlp.org | Sample deconstruction

    Posted by joegrohens at 04:11 PM

    environmental arguments

    Walking to the shops %u2018damages planet more than going by car%u2019 - Times Online

    Posted by joegrohens at 01:14 PM

    August 04, 2007

    redshirt analysis

    Analytics According to Captain Kirk

    Posted by joegrohens at 07:54 PM

    10 steps toward better research


    Advice for Students: 10 Steps Toward Better Research - lifehack.org

    Posted by joegrohens at 12:02 PM

    TED top web sites

    TED | TEDBlog: 100 Websites You Should Know and Use

    Posted by joegrohens at 11:47 AM

    July 31, 2007

    the unconscious

    The Subconcious Brain - Who's Minding the Mind? - New York Times

    YouTube - Authors@Google: George Lakoff


    Posted by joegrohens at 11:26 AM

    July 25, 2007

    more on delicious library

    Zotero Forums - Delicious Library Import

    Posted by joegrohens at 12:04 AM

    July 24, 2007

    Delicious Library

    Delicious Library

    Now this is an app worth having.

    Posted by joegrohens at 11:57 PM

    July 22, 2007

    another web site

    Yellowtail Wines

    This is a website for a course - has a nice clean style.

    Posted by joegrohens at 01:13 PM

    graperadio

    Yellow Tail with John Casella - Part 1 at Grape Radio

    nice idea for a web site - pick a different product, and draw up a plan for a website on that product. What would be your website's content? How would you organize it? How would you lay out the front page? What technology would you use to publish it?

    Posted by joegrohens at 12:58 PM

    dance instruction - c walk

    YouTube - How to C-Walk

    Posted by joegrohens at 09:40 AM

    July 20, 2007

    50 tools to improve your writing


    50 Tools that can Improve your Writing Skills - Dumb Little Man

    Posted by joegrohens at 12:14 PM

    more taylor mali - like whatever

    YouTube - Totally Like Whatever by Taylor Mali

    Posted by joegrohens at 11:04 AM

    mispelling performance

    YouTube - The Impotence of Proofreading By Taylor Mali

    Posted by joegrohens at 10:59 AM

    Lessig: Read-Write internet

    YouTube - Crash course in the "read-write" internet by Lawrence Lessig

    Excerpt from Lawrence Lessig's opening keynote at Linuxworld San Francisco 2006 in which he explains the value of "read-write culture" (aka: user generated content such as featured on Youtube)

    Posted by joegrohens at 10:56 AM

    July 19, 2007

    Gregory - writing teacher

    Pedagogical Gregory

    His blog. Pretty cool.

    Posted by joegrohens at 12:26 AM

    July 18, 2007

    Simile harvester

    The Similepedia Blog

    Whowever does this blog manages to catch really super interesting similes -- ones that we might not even notice or appreciate as fully in context.

    Viewers will no doubt like and dislike Pascale Ferran's "Lady Chatterley" in ample numbers, but the picture itself is an impressive construction that seems indifferent to such concerns. Watching it is something like swimming in the ocean: You have an idyllic, sun-struck dip for a while, and then the sun goes behind a cloud and you get stung by jellyfish and heaved up on the beach, shivering, half-dead and slimed with seaweed. It's all the same to the ocean. (Andrew O'Hehir on Salon.com).

    Posted by joegrohens at 04:10 PM

    July 17, 2007

    blogging

    How Top Bloggers Earn Money

    Posted by joegrohens at 12:54 PM

    July 15, 2007

    Propaganda by Edward Bernays

    Propaganda by Edward Bernays (1928)


    Full text of Edward Bernays's influentional 1928 text on Propaganda. With an introduction by Noam Chomsky.

    PR! A Social History Of Spin -Chapter 1 Stuart Ewen's account of his interview with Edward Bernays when Bernays was 99 years old.

    Posted by joegrohens at 05:33 PM

    tactical manual for preventing political demonstrations

    AlterNet: Rights and Liberties: The White House Has a Manual for Silencing Protesters and Demonstrations

    Good example of "guidelines" style.

    Posted by joegrohens at 03:13 PM

    July 14, 2007

    ubuweb video

    U B U W E B :: Film & Video

    Posted by joegrohens at 05:01 PM

    July 13, 2007

    creating passionate users weblog

    Creating Passionate Users

    Posted by joegrohens at 01:25 PM

    July 10, 2007

    real-life problem calling for a letter

    From: Advice on�manners and morals. - - Slate Magazine

    Dear Prudie,I work in a small office. Until recently, my co-workers and I enjoyed a daily ritual of eating lunch together in the break room. It gave us a chance to talk about our families, joke around, and relate to each other outside the context of work. About a month ago, our boss began to use lunch as an opportunity to discuss work issues. It has now reached the point where our unpaid lunch "break" feels more like a mandatory staff meeting. Our boss can be very intimidating, so we are afraid to bring up the issue with him directly. We have attempted to drop subtle hints and change the subject, but he always manages to steer the conversation back to work. There are no restaurants nearby, and with only 30 minutes to spare, we have few options for eating outside the office. It has gotten so bad that we've half-joked about eating in the bathroom! Are we doomed to discuss productivity and quarterly reports over our peanut butter sandwiches?%u2014Gimme a BreakDear Gimme,Forget the hints. It sounds as if your boss gets subtlety about as well as Steve Carell's character in The Office. He may be intimidating, but what's he going to do if you band together? Since he does make all of you nervous, a meeting might backfire, with one or two of you looking like ringleaders while the others fall silent. Instead, write a letter%u2014keep the tone light!%u2014that everyone signs. Explain that the liverwurst is sitting like a lump in your stomach when you have to worry at lunch about sales projections. Tell him that truly getting a break recharges your collective batteries and that sharing non-work-related conversation allows you to form closer bonds. Say that since you have only limited time for your lunch, you need to take these breaks at the office but that they really need to be breaks. Then when he comes into the lunchroom, have someone ask him (or perhaps say it in unison), "Seen any good movies lately?"%u2014Prudie

    Posted by joegrohens at 05:45 PM

    July 04, 2007

    audio snacks

    AudioSnacks.com: Podcast and MP3 Audio Tours for Travel, Museums, and More!

    Create a podcast tour and post it.

    Posted by joegrohens at 05:56 PM

    Wiki How-Tos

    wikiHow - The How-To Manual That Anyone Can Write or Edit

    This would be a good assignment for my technical writing students.

    Posted by joegrohens at 02:26 PM

    June 27, 2007

    Political Compass Test

    Political Compass

    calculates how 'right' or 'left' you are on economic and social attitudes.

    Posted by joegrohens at 11:19 AM

    tagcrowd.com

    TagCrowd

    This web site generates tag clouds from text you submit via a web form.

    Posted by joegrohens at 10:55 AM

    June 21, 2007

    Fair Use Disney Parody

    YouTube - A Fair(y) Use Tale

    Disney Parody explanation of Copyright Law and Fair Use

    Synopsis:
    Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University provides this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of the very folks we can thank for nearly endless copyright terms.

    ***Description taken from website***

    Video Found at http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/document... (less)

    Posted by joegrohens at 01:06 PM

    May 29, 2007

    google launches student survey evaluating university IT tools

    Google Launches Student Survey -- Powered By QuestionPro (The QuestionPro Blog)

    Take survey:Google Student Email Survey

    Posted by joegrohens at 03:23 PM

    May 24, 2007

    Letters Requesting Attention to a Problem

    passive-aggressive notes from roommates, neighbors, coworkers and strangers

    I believe these messages could use a little more you-attitude. :-)

    Great Blog. I'll be checking in regularly!!

    Posted by joegrohens at 12:17 PM | Comments (0)

    Pluralistic Ignorance

    Our Lives as Atoms - Times Select - New York Times Blog

    Mark Buchanan talks about the phenomenon of pluralistic ignorance, where the silent majority stays silent because they mistakenly think their point of view is in the minority.



    In pluralistic ignorance, as described by researchers Hubert O’Gorman and Stephen Garry in a 1976 paper published in Public Opinion Quarterly, “moral principles with relatively little popular support may exert considerable influence because they are mistakenly thought to represent the views of the majority, while normative imperatives actually favored by the majority may carry less weight because they are erroneously attributed to a minority.”

    [...]


    One of the most common examples of pluralistic ignorance, of course, takes place in the classroom, where a teacher has just finished a dull and completely incomprehensible lecture, and asks if there are any questions. No hands go up, as everyone feels like the lone fool, even though no student actually understood a single word. It takes guts, of course, to admit total ignorance when you might just be the only one.

    Posted by joegrohens at 10:53 AM

    May 14, 2007

    reading spead and syntactic linebreaking

    VentureBeat � Live Ink offers better way to read text online

    I agree with this.

    Posted by joegrohens at 08:32 PM | Comments (0)

    image variety on a website

    Cary's comments about the use of different photos on each page in the UIUC AAUP website.

    It reinforces visual differentiation, especially when the overall design is deliberately the same. You then get a mix of similarity and difference, which is ideal. It is more pleasurable to have image variety, reinforcing you for the effort of exploring the site. Visual difference is more immediate than textual content difference. It makes the whole site seem richer.

    Posted by joegrohens at 01:41 PM | Comments (0)

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