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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.

Sev TNG: Parallel Universes

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I guess this one is a riff from that episode where all the enterprises (from different realities) were converging on the same space. I did find this punchline to be the best, other ones submitted were a little m'eh.

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Adieu Klout

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Well, I guess another one bite the dust.  Over the weekend I saw an announcement that Klout - the social media influence measurement tool - had gone to the great binary cloud in the sky.  Klout, whose logo reminded me of a Cyrillic "Zhe" (maybe they were russian spies? ;-) ), took all of your social profile information, it collated the likes, reblogs, retweets, comments, thumbs up (etc?) that you got an from that it calculated an aggregate score  of your influence.

A profile of what this looked like is below (I should have snapped a photo of what I used when I used it so that it wasn't so generic).  Anyway,  This wasn't such a great loss. For my own profiles I once made it to 60 (out of 100?) briefly, but most of my "klout" hovered around  50-55.  The same is true for the social media accounts at work that I manage.  Now, granted, I don't go crazy with them because it's not my job, and I don't have that much time to devote to social media marketing (wish I could devote more time, but more pressing matters need my time and attention), but still, for curating stories about language from the web, a score of around 50ish isn't bad.

So, what will replace klout?  Who knows!  I don't know how social influence is even measured these days (maybe something to explore after the doctorate is done), so I won't even bother with it until later.  So, adieu Klout - I guess I hardly knew ye.



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Review: Collaborating Online: Learning Together in Community

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Collaborating Online: Learning Together in Community Collaborating Online: Learning Together in Community by Rena M. Palloff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting book. It's more geared toward practitioners than researchers. I'd recommend this as a a design "cookbook" companion. The thing that has really struck me with this book is that the authors use the term 'collaboration' to refer to anything that involves multiple people working together.  Collaboration as a distinct meaning, and there is quite a spectrum of terms available for people working together.  I don't think all of the use-cases and approaches described are necessarily 'collaborative' but they can be.  I guess the optimist would see all of this as collaboration.

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Review: Learning Together: Peer Tutoring in Higher Education

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Learning Together: Peer Tutoring in Higher Education Learning Together: Peer Tutoring in Higher Education by Nancy Falchikov
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not a bad book. "Tutoring" in this book means anything between an the work that an "more knowledgeable other" (Vygotsky) does, to teaching assistants. There is quite a broad range to work with, and an interesting book to consult when thinking both about course design and program-level design. Even though this wasn't really all that useful for my dissertation review (as in I can't really cite anything from this :p ), it was a worthwhile read - even though it was a whirlwind read.

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Sev TNG: Galactic Relatives

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From the episode with the forerunners (or was it precursors?) where we find out that we're all related in the milky way galaxy (or at least this quadrant of the galaxy). I do like this alternate punchline too: "Well get ready for another round of family feud!"

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Review: The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon - The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World

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The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon - The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon - The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World by Steven L. Kent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not a bad book. I always expect something with the word "ultimate" in the title to be the one definitive source for all things for that topic, but that isn't always the case. Lots of good early history of companies (Coleco = Connecticut leather company?! wow). Too bad they didn't cover the xbox360/ps3/wii era of gaming. I also didn't see xbox represented as much as Sony in this history.  It was good to read more about Sega history, which I didn't know a ton about before this. Still a worthwhile book to read if you are into video games.

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Review: Star Trek Romulans Schism - 2009

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Star Trek Romulans Schism - 2009 Star Trek Romulans Schism - 2009 by John Byrne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting short story with Koloth and Kor as some of the main cast (along with the original "#1") about the federation and a cloaking device, and a feud of a romulan with Kirk that leads to the dissolution (some might say "schism" ;-) ) between the romulan and klingon empires. Now...why do the Klingons have an emperor in this story? I thought it had been ruled by a council even before this time. As far as the art style goes...it was fine.  I did find it interesting that they were mixing classic TOS klingon faces with movie-Klingon faces, but never bother to explain it.

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Sev TNG: Finding Data's Head

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A riff of Data's time traveling head ;-)  My favorite alternative is "I knew he had a screw loose."

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What do electric sheep dream of?

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I guess the answer is "androids" :-) .  A little humor from this weekend's Kotaku Sunday Comics (and an obvious take on "do androids dream of electric sheep?" by Philip K. Dick.


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Loaded with Latinum!

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Man...after close to 6 years of play this accolade is finally complete!  The other day I had the Dabo table going at DS9 on STO while having my iPad read back articles to me (some supplemental readings for the dissertation).  It's pretty mindless to click and bet on Dabo, so while reading I just kept hitting 'play'.  Well - finally I hit the 1,000,000 mark!  I've won 1,000,000 bars of gold-pressed latinum at the dabo tables! Not that big of a deal of an accolade - but this grind is now done! :-)


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