It's the last Friday of finals' week and my stack of grading has reached imaginable proportions. So, there's plenty of time for a Friday varia and quick hits. Plus, it's sunny for the first time in weeks.
- I succumbed to peer pressure and have an academia.edu page. I'm not sure what it will do for me, but I have it. Two people follow me.
- I'm pretty amused by all these "lost" Apple 4th generation iPhones. I am not sure why it is taking so long for people to figure out that it's a viral marketing campaign. Do you think that they might have learned to appreciate these tactics from the sustained pre-iPad buzz which surely contributed to the significant sales bounce in the first few weeks of its release?
- Home grown tech 'n' teaching blogger Mark Grabe writes a bit about and on Posterous this week.
- I received my Second Edition of Matthew Johnson's Archaeological Theory today. Weekend reading.
- I like messed around a bit with the new Zotero mapping plug-in (yep, even plug-ins have plug-ins) and I like what Shawn Graham observes regarding the potential to map things from, say, an OpenContext.org or Omeka database.
- I spent a few hours a day over the last few days playing around with RapidMiner. It's pretty cool.
- If you haven't checked out our series of reflection from first year faculty at the University of North Dakota, you need to hop over the Teaching Thursday.
- I ordered a new Macbook Pro. I'm going down to 15 inches. With cheap and large monitors these days, I no longer see the need for the 17 inch laptop.
- Australia v. Pakistan in the World T20 Final Four, and England looms on the horizon, and Monte Carlo. A good weekend for sport.
That's all I can think of off the top of my head this sunny Friday morning. The prospects of finishing grading, cleaning up my office, and taking a week to reflect and prepare for Cyprus are amazingly appealing right now.