In a precise exercise in timeliness, two days ago I explained on this blog how humankind might survive a zombie apocalypse. In that post, I explained that offering strategies for self-defense against zombies was the wrong conversation, and that instead, we need to focus on strategies for mass coordination using social tools. I wrote that “too much control of information in government hands can lead to mass information and, ultimately, disaster” and that the people can mobilize and coordinate … Read more
but new media platforms offer a tiny glimmer of hope, if we can find a way to use them
In a recent post detailing how to survive a variety of extreme disasters, I explained that there is no way to survive a zombie invasion. Now, from David Hambling, comes a Wired article on how to survive a zombie apocalypse.
Enough already. The information Hambling offers is sound, but his premise–that careful planning and the right weaponry can help … Read more
MIT’s pistol team, 7 other sports, eliminated
It turns out that my employer, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, not only has varsity sports teams, it has 41 of them. Well, it used to have 41, until pressure to cut spending across the institute led to the elimination of eight different sports teams.
The eliminated sports are: Alpine skiing, golf, men’s and women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s ice hockey, pistol, and wrestling.
They’re still losing.
For the first time in American history, someone has been convicted under a state hate crime statute for the murder of a transgendered person.
Allen Andrade, 32, was convicted today in a Denver court of first-degree murder and a bias-motivated crime for killing Angie Zapata, 18, in 2008. Andrate met Zapata, a transgendered woman who was biologically male, online and spent three days with her in Zapata’s Greeley apartment prior to bludgeoning her to death with … Read more
Originally, the one-liner I attached to describe this blog was: “an occasional blog on culture, education, new media, and crocheting.” I have officially removed crocheting from the subhead and replaced it with “the social revolution.”
I suppose this is an early sign that I’m starting to take myself more seriously. On the other hand, look at this tag cloud I made of all of my posts so far:
Whether it’s time for me to get serious about myself or not, … Read more
I just caught the last several minutes (I was going to say “the tail end” and thought better of it) of the 2008 film “Zombie Strippers!” starring Jenna Jameson and Robert Englund. If you haven’t figured out the plot yet, then there’s no point explaining it to you. I only want to focus on a scene late in the movie where the Army commandos have shot the heads off of the zombie strippers and walk into a room where two … Read more
Summary: I liked it better when it was called The Pelican Brief, had a relevant storyline, and wasn’t a caricature of itself.
If you’re interested in further proof of how relevant print publications were in, say, 1996, you can watch State of Play, a
hopelessly outdated rocking-chair thriller rollicking new action film about a hard-bitten newspaper journalist pounding the pavement for the big breaking story that will save his paper from tumbling into obscurity–that is, if he can … Read more
A letter of support for Howard Rheingold’s Open-Source Education Project
I’ve been participating in a pair of hosted communities at Social Media Classroom (SMC), an open-source web service that offers social media tools for educators and students. If you’ve been following my posts on sleeping alone and starting out early, you probably already know that if it’s open source, I’m gonna be on it like Henry Jenkins on fan practices. (For proof of my open sourceness, see here… Read more
In a recent post, I reviewed parts of an important new book called Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge (2008, Toru Iiyoshi and M.S. Vijay Kumar, eds.). In that review, I focused mainly on a broad overview of the book and on the final chapter, which considered the future of the open knowledge movement. Today I want to focus on a chapter in “Open Educational Technology,” the first section … Read more