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  1. The Cloud over Higher Education

    by , 06-09-2012 at 07:39 AM
    Here is a recent essay of mine in the Chronicle of Higher Ed, which I suppose might resonate with some here. The link is here.

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    June 3, 2012
    A Technological Cloud Hangs Over Higher Education
    By Keith A. Williams


    I was there when it happened. And for the record: I did object. I was but a teaching assistant; the decision was not mine. The decision was to replace the pendulums and other demonstration gizmos in the undergraduate ...
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  2. Disconnected

    by , 03-28-2012 at 09:44 AM
    Disconnected
    (Thoughts uploaded
    by mobile device)

    Refresh... Refresh...
    Two hot devices
    Two batteries dying
    No outlet, no bars

    No signal, no data-
    Nothing to retweet
    Just fields and barns
    And ruminating cows.

    No towers, just hills
    And trees, and fields,
    And hills, and trees-
    Excruciating silence.

    Obliviously content
    A poor farmer plows-
    Must have ...

    Updated 03-29-2012 at 09:11 AM by keithwms

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  3. Coronal Mass Ejections Recorded by Film

    by , 03-08-2012 at 06:18 PM
    Those who take interest in solar flares have been entertained quite a lot over the past few years. Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) from our Sun hurl massive amounts of charged garbage out into space. The first CME was "seen" by a satellite put up by the lab where I work, with a very primitive pixelated camera that sent a digitized signal to Earth and produced an image on Polaroid film. Perhaps some of the first "hybrid" photography!

    More recent images of these ...

    Updated 03-08-2012 at 07:25 PM by keithwms

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  4. DIY Paper Roll Film Inserts for Sheet Holders

    by , 02-19-2012 at 09:57 AM
    My first on-topic blog post in a while

    After recently acquiring quite a lot of aerial roll film of 9.5", 5", and 70mm widths, I wondered how to shoot the stuff in my 11x14".

    You could of course make a modified back and holders etc, but a much simpler and less costly solution occurred to me: a simple paper sleeve. This is illustrated in the attached cellphone pictures. It works very well and costs almost nothing.

    What you ...
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  5. The American Squalor

    by , 01-31-2012 at 08:35 AM
    Apologies for another somewhat off-topic blog post; this is on the subject of the modern American scholar and is reposted (with slight edits) from a newspaper article published here. The brief summary is that I advocate experiential, experimental learning, to buttress the American higher education against the online culture of download and parrot...

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    The American Squalor
    By making technology secondary, students and teachers can render the experience of ...
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