Monthly Archives: April 2009

Update on the zombie apocalypse: newspapers won’t survive either

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

Beavers do it loaded

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.

In a letter to the MIT community, Costantino … Read more

sleeping alone and starting out early renamed! …kind of.

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

What would a fireside moonbat do?

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

the sleeping alone film review: State of Play

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in further proof of how relevant print publications were in, say, 1996, you can watch State of Play, a hopelessly outdated rocking-chair thriller rollicking new action film about a hard-bitten newspaper journalist pounding the pavement for the big breaking story that will save his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

awesome: social media classroom

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 hereRead more

the sleeping alone review of books: Opening Up Education (Part 2)

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