Where’s Neil Postman When You Need Him?

I’m contemplating teaching Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death in my Introduction to Humanities class this semester, particularly Chapter 4 (“The Typographic Mind”). I don’t feel like scanning the chapter and I couldn’t find a pdf or doc online to use. Then it occurred to me that my students in all likelihood won’t read anything anyway, so why waste time…

Ten Tech Gratitudes for 2010

(In no particular order) 1. Droid I bought my Droid in November 2009 and it has changed how I interact with people, sometime for the worse, but usually for the better. On the one hand, even though I’m a technophile, I really don’t like the 24/7 culture of new communication technology. When I first got a cell phone, I only…

New Year’s Resolution for 2011

New Year’s Resolutions: A year in review I only remember one of my 2010 resolutions: Do a better job of staying in contact with friends. On a scale of  1 – 10, I think I managed about a 3, unless you count Facebook, which we really shouldn’t. One resolution only. That’s pretty bad. I checked my last year’s blog entry…

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Tokyo Metro

Trains provide an excellent location to study a culture. They are at the nexus of so many life patterns: work, play, family time, doctor’s visits, shopping. In a city like Tokyo, people from all walks of life take trains, unlike in the US where there’s a distinct distaste for mass transportation in all but the largest cities.  You can learn…

Droid Does – The Tokyo Episode

We have arrived in Tokyo and time-wise I can’t tell if I’m coming or going because I still haven’t adjusted to the time.  The logistics have been much smoother than I predicted. All the little things that you take for granted are up for grabs when traveling in a non-English speaking country and I was predicting doom and disaster for…

Cut and Paste for Your Troops

On this Veteran’s Day, stop fake supporting your troops. Today is Veteran’s Day, a day that spawns a number of cut and paste micro-memes on Facebook.  After last month’s screed on pinkwashing, I feel compelled to repeat my rant preemptively as the first posts start to trickle in. People see the “Support our Troops Cut and Paste” and they dutifully…