Fathers

GeekPress posted a few interesting links about dads teaching kids:

Feynman’s Father – teaching to think
Man taught his son Klingon – teaching to listen
The worst swearword – teaching to swear

OK, some lessons are more useful than others.


Ersatz Sushi

That sushi you’re enjoying – you may not be eating what you think. A recent study found:

“A piece of tuna sushi has the potential to be an endangered species, a fraud or a health hazard.”

Or it might be Lego.


One A Day (Part 2)

The other project I’ve been working on every day is Momentile. This one is a bit easier – post one picture every day. Mostly, I just take a picture with my iPhone using Camera Genius (steadies the camera), fix it a little with Photogene (adjusts the levels slightly), and then upload it with the Momentile app. Some of the pictures– like this one (David), this one (David), and this one (Cassandra) — were taken by kids who have somehow gotten a hold of one of my cameras/iPhones. I kind of like those best.


One A Day (Part 1)

So things have been quite busy on my little blog lately (well, busy for me). Instead of posting a few times a week (or maybe a few times a month), I’ve been posting every day. Why? November is NaBloPoMo – National Blog Posting Month. Thirty days, thirty posts. That’s it. All I have to do is find 30 links to iPhone apps, YouTube videos, LOL cats, and other Internet randomness, and we’re all set.

Much easier than writing an entire novel.


Cute, but not quite Cute Overload

I’m a bit distracted today, so I don’t have much to share. Seems that Bioware has gone and released a new game – darn them. Here, how about some nice pictures of a Baby Coelacanth? Pretty cute for a living fossil.


A fortune in fur?

Got extra gold? Want some more feline company? Then be sure to check out Catsforgold.com! They’ll take your old gold and turn it into new cats. “Lose the treasure, get the cheshire!”


Words

The Word of the Day is “exegesis:”

Exposition; explanation; especially, a critical explanation of a text.

The Oxford Word of the Year is “unfriend:”

To remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook.

Runners up included:

Zombie bank – a financial institution whose liabilities are greater than its assets, but which continues to operate because of government support

Teabagger – a person, who protests President Obama’s tax policies and stimulus package, often through local demonstrations known as “Tea Party” protests (in allusion to the Boston Tea Party of 1773)

Deleb – a dead celebrity

I think the Oxford editors had a bad year financially and on social networks, perhaps.


Cat House

This is great: Cat-friendly House Design from Japan. This house has everything a cat — or many cats — could want. Secret nooks, special space in the bathroom for a litter box, a cat-friendly porch, open air walks, and more. I guess I’ll have to apologize to my guys who will only ever get a few scratching posts and romps in the garden.


It’s not (just) the technology

Articles like this drive me up a wall: Reduce the Technology, Rescue Your Job. He’s got some good points, the best of which was a warning about those using technology in universities:

Too few of them, however, were monitoring costs.

But this point –that it’s easy to embrace technological (and other) tools without factoring in obscure but still relevant costs — as well as some interesting ideas for curriculum reform, are all tied up in a bunch of weird logic and side paths. Like there’s a lot of venom aimed towards the beleaguered Second Life, venom which seems wasted now (I haven’t seen too many people working with it lately at all).

Then poor libraries get nailed for digital content:

Campus libraries jumped on the bandwidth bandwagon, too. Once the body and soul of the university, libraries and their archives divested paper holdings in return for pricey data feeds of digital journals and e-books.

Yes, that’s why libraries going digital. Because we librarians are merely “jumping on the technology bandwagon.” Never mind access issues, ever-changing pricing structures, and the real costs of maintaining a print collection (speaking of real costs).

Then there’s the cliche nostalgia:

In the past, classroom engagement implied deep critical thinking and inspired commitment. Somehow that metamorphosed into convenience, which technology provides, for a fee.

This reads like another claim that “students were so much better in my day.” And yet classroom engagement is always difficult to achieve, no matter what technological tools are available. Technology tools are just that – a selection of ideas and resources faculty can use to work with their students. And when faculty do not attempt to engage their students, too many classes end up like this:


Great iPhone Apps: Part 2 – GroceryIQ

It’s a good piece of advice: always shop with a shopping list. You won’t forget stuff you wanted and you won’t buy things you don’t need. Great idea, harder to put in practice. Too often I’d start a list only to leave it at home later, either by accident or because I don’t always know when I’ll find the time to go shopping

Enter GroceryIQ (version 1.5). This iPhone app can easily make a list from the 100K+ items in its database. Add generic items when you don’t about who made them (“Stewed tomatoes”) or include specific brands when you do (“Cascade Dishwasher Detergent”). You can even provide more details if needed. To add an item to your list, just start typing and select the best match. No match? Add any item to the database you want.

Now that I have this app, I can see my list wherever I go. I can add new items whenever I remember I need them, rather than wait until I can get to my list. I can even review my past history and add items directly from that. My list is always with me at the store, arranged by aisle (another feature of the program). And if I can’t get to the store myself? No problem – GroceryIQ will email the list to someone else.

There are a few features I’d like to see added, but all seem to be planned for a future release: shared lists, coupons, and barcode scanning. Also, it would be great if it were free. Right now, it’s $.99 — maybe Version 2.0 will be here soon?