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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

Review: Collaboration Uncovered: The Forgotten, the Assumed, and the Unexamined in Collaborative Education

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Collaboration Uncovered: The Forgotten, the Assumed, and the Unexamined in Collaborative Education Collaboration Uncovered: The Forgotten, the Assumed, and the Unexamined in Collaborative Education by Merle Richards
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quite an interesting collection of perspectives (and stories) about person-to-person collaboration in higher education. I think that you are looking for a book that deals with collaboration at the lower levels (i.e. not institution-to-institution) this might be a good book to read. I think the authors do a good job with the book in that it focuses on people, not technology, so it doesn't feel dated. This book actually gave me a few more solid leads to pursue for my literature review (as if I need any more solid leads...the pile of reading seems to be endless :p)

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Max Payne - 16 years later

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Hard to believe that 16 years have passed since this game kicked off! Yes, even though I just finished this series of games (recently...within the last 6 months?) it's interesting to hear a retrospective :-)


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Sev TNG: Where are the toilets on this ship

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The joke works only as a double-entendre (probably doesn't translate well either). I think my two favorite alteranates are: " Does it matter? These uniforms have no zippers." and " You heard me back at Starbase 5: "Does anybody need to go? I'm not stopping once we go to warp...""

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Insanity over nintendo...

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I came across last week's gamercat and it made me laugh, and ponder, a bit.  Why are nintendo titles generally not available at launch, under-stocked, and over-priced? Even old games for the DS are not cheap (sometimes they are cheaper on ebay used, but not always).  What gives?


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Review: Collaboration and Networking in Education

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Collaboration and Networking in Education Collaboration and Networking in Education by Daniel Muijs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting book on collaboration in education. I was expecting it to focus more on the specific of collaboration, and less on the inter-organizational aspects. As such I found it to be a bit high level for my purposes. Still, this was an interesting book to read, even if I did end up skimming through sections because they weren't as applicable to my own research.

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Audioboom: I guess the free ride is over :o

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I was logging into audiobook today to setup some short welcome notes for a workshop I am facilitating this coming week when I saw the attached notice... I guess the free ride for Audioboom (formerly audioboo) is over.  Luckily my workshop ends before the deadline for me to start paying, so here's to one last free ride...


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Sev TNG: space cats!

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It's funny, but I had never thought of Spot's gender on the series. The alternate punchline that I would prefer is: THAT cat was a stunt double.

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Για όσους έχουν γάτους

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Από το κόμικ the gamercat, της περασμένη εβδομάδας ;-) Έτσι για να γελάσουμε λίγο με τους μικρούς μας "φίλους" :p


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Halo Wars | Done!

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This past weekend (and after about 20 hours of playtime) I finished Halo Wars on the xbox 360. I've been kind of avoiding Halo Wars because it's an RTS game (real time strategy) and I haven't really gotten very much into an RTS since Warcraft II: The tides of darkness (which I played back in 1996 on my Performa 635).  In this game, unlike most other Halo games, your protagonist is just a regular Joe Grunt, named Sgt. Forge.  Not an ODST, and certainly not a Spartan.  While there are Spartans (and ODSTs) in the game, the person that is pulling it all together is a regular marine.

The basic gist of the story is that the carrier vessel called the Spirit of Fire, is sent to a couple of planets that are under covenant attack.  They clean house and evacuate civilians, and fight back some of the covenant, but their scientist (who can decipher Forerunner code) gets abducted by the covenant so that they can get access to the Forerunner's arsenal of weapons (big ships that can blow away humanity).  So, the Spirit of Fire and with it Sgt. Forge try to head them off and stop this. In the end (of course) you are successful in blowing up the Forerunner facility (well, you blow up the sun in the middle of that Dyson sphere, which annihilated everything in it) so you save the day.  The thing that rubbed me the wrong way was that your main character (Forge) actually sacrifices himself for this.  Argh.  Not again! Same thing happened in Halo: Reach.  Why kill of the protagonist?

The game play seems pretty standard RTS (at least from what I remember from the last time I played an RTS).  Build a base, improve the base, make some soldiers (of different classes), defend you base, and dominate over the enemy faction by destroying their bases.  The game play was pretty good, and I think the team did a pretty good job of making an RTS work with a game controller.  The only thing I really didn't like about the game mechanics was the amnesia that the game has from stage to stage.  In each stage you need to "research" things like being able to have more troops, or having a higher yield on your missile strikes, or being able to train ODSTs.  Perhaps "research" was a poor choice of wording in the game.  Maybe having a different level of base would allow you to accommodate some of these things better than a lower level base, but in reality once you've researched ODST training in an earlier level, it should be available from the start of the next level.

In terms of achievements: 7 achievements earned, making for 250/1200 points, or 21% of the total.  I was mostly interested in the story, and not the grind to earn more achievements.  Maybe in about 10 years I'll come back to this :p  Overall, the game was a solid 8/10 for me.


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Review: The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary

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The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary by Eric S. Raymond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quite an interesting collection of essays on open source programming and culture. GoodReads tells me I've read this before, but I wonder if I just read the essay with the same name rather than the whole book (I didn't remember it, or perhaps I see it now in a different light).  I think that we need to adapt these points of view, or ethos, of the Bazzar to higher education :-) One might say that we are already there, but I'd say "yes, but with an asterisk" next to that statement. It certainly reminded me a little of my own collaborative working experiences.

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