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.
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
by mobile device)
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-
A poor farmer plows-
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
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.
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...
The American Squalor
By making technology secondary, students and teachers can render the experience of