Social media killed my blog

As in, I don’t post much here anymore.  My observations on the general state of the world have devolved into quick hits on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.  I don’t have too much use for Instagram or Snap, though I do aspire to experiment with Slack. If I have something more important to think about, something […]

Big news! Wikipedia matters in higher ed!

In case you need a reminder about the glacial pace of innovation in #highered, here’s a news story that some professors are learning to use Wikipedia. Wait, what?  This article should have appeared in 2006. Indeed, it is wonderful to read about enlightened faculty, such as Duke’s Susan Alberts, a biology professor who told Washington Post reporter […]

Early days of and how I made my first touchdown

OK, so it’s not all about NFL….but I found this today, while looking for something else, and it is a mostly accurate and fun account of how WE BUILT THE INTERNET.  For sports, anyway, move over Al Gore….

Stephen King, do a Taylor Swift on Apple books!

Last week, Taylor Swift stared down Apple and stood up for the artists.  Didn’t take long, Apple backed down.  Rather cheerfully, I thought.  So big win for Taylor Swift and artists, and two bits for Apple. I’ve written before about frustration with Apple watch and Audible…wish we were getting the books for free (as Apple […]

Nah, i’m not going to return the Apple watch. Here’s why.

I bought it with the dream of walking on the beach and listening to audiobooks. Well, it can’t do that. So I really thought about returning my now two-week-old Apple watch. But on balance, I have decided that its other tricks are sufficiently entertaining. And besides, it’s summer, and I enjoy having a lightweight replacement […]

The truth about Apple and audiobooks

This story does not (yet) end happily. I knew I’d buy an Apple watch…but my rationalization was that it would consolidate my other wearables for audiobooks and fitness. For books, I’d buy the watch so I could finally give up my ancient and beloved Apple Nano, which I had already replaced several times on Ebay. […]

Perfect pitch at Yankee Stadium

Dylan’s first baseball game. The weather was glorious. Got to shake hands and congratulate Manuel Espinoza, who rode American Pharaoh to Triple Crown victory the day before. Had the best hot dog ever. And oh yes, the Yankees won, 5 – 2! Expecting something profound from me? Nah, just celebrating a happy Sunday to remember. […]

Happy birthday, Sala of Sala’s Gift, Sala of Letters to Sala, and real Sala, my mom.

For those who know her as a character in a book or play, my mother is an idea and an inspiration. For my family and me, she’s our real SALA and our beloved mother and grandmother and greatgrandmother. All those Salas come together in notes from strangers who feel like family. In the photo below, students […]

Turns out, I’m addicted to Chrome. #needintervention

I did have a quick rebound relationship with Firefox.  (Got to change this analogy, it’s kinda creepy, I agree.) But it turns out that my iPad is more important than I realized.  If I made a piechart of my online usage, i’d now say that iPad/computer is about 50/50.  And I”m hooked on integration with […]

But-but-but Firefox is helpless on iPads. What now?

Turns out that Eric Limer and I must have been having the same Chrome moment.  (thanks, Carie, for pointing this out!).  As he put it on Gizmodo just this week, F* it, I’m going back to Firefox.  And that great graphic, see above! But he is entirely happy with his switch, while I’m still hung […]