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The Cloud over Higher Education

by keithwms on 06-09-2012 at 08:39 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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Disconnected

by keithwms on 03-28-2012 at 10:44 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

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Updated 03-29-2012 at 10:11 AM by keithwms

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Coronal Mass Ejections Recorded by Film

by keithwms on 03-08-2012 at 07:18 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

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

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DIY Paper Roll Film Inserts for Sheet Holders

by keithwms on 02-19-2012 at 10:57 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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The American Squalor

by keithwms on 01-31-2012 at 09:35 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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