Review: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Saturday, Oct 28 2017 12:15 | Books, ebooks, goodreads, review, Social Networking, Social Networks, Work
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal NewportMy rating: 3 of 5 stars I've gone back and forth with this book. While listening to it some parts were just 2-stars and others were 4-stars. Perhaps the 4-star part was confirmation bias on my part. That said, some things in this book are just causes to roll your eyes, and other parts make a ton of sense. Over the
Review: Collaboration in Distance Education: International Case Studies
Wednesday, Aug 16 2017 01:30 | Books, dissertation, DistanceEducation, goodreads, PhD, review, School, Social Networking, Work
Collaboration in Distance Education: International Case Studies by Louise MoranMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Even though it's a little dated at this point, it was an interesting view into cross-organizational collaborations in distance education. I started reading this thinking that it was more about person-to-person collaboration, not necessarily institution-to-institution initiatives.
Work Jeopardy (for programmers)
I saw this on facebook the other day. The first thing that came to mind was "What is the UNIX command you run when you quit your job?" hahaha :-)
Swarm year in review
Wednesday, Jan 4 2017 02:30 | review, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Networks, travel, Work
Well, 2016 is done, and one more social media app sent me my comings and going from last year. This time around it was the Swarm app - formerly known as foursquare before the rebranding.It's not surprising that my most checked-in places are train stations (spent quite a lot of time in them last year, not just going to and from work, but also on our trip to Spain in October). It's
3D printing...a mild success...
The other day I decided to test out my university's maker space where they have a varied assortment of 3D printer sizes. I've always wanted to 3D print something...well...since I saw one at a conference, but I didn't have the opportunity up until recently. We've had the maker space for a while, but it hasn't been high on my priorities.So, now that the semester is coming to an end,
Linguistics humor - phonemes
This past week I was looking on the web for interesting news, research, and funny humor, relating to language and linguistics for my department's social media presence (here, here, and here are some places - if you are interested). I came across this Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic strip which made me chuckle, but it seemed inappropriate for work...so here it is :-)
Schoolwork while on vacation...
Monday, Oct 10 2016 03:00 | access, Education, Internet, PhD, School, Technology, university, vacation, Work
It's amazing how much access to the internet is really woven into our daily lives. For the past 2 weeks I've been away on vacation in Spain. Before we left home I tried to be proactive, I scanned some of the book chapters that were due for my class while I was away, I got Assignment 1 done before I left, and I downloaded articles onto my Surface Pro so that I had reading material to go
Biking to work
About a month ago, after quite a long time of not owning a bicycle, I ended up purchasing a folding commuter bike - the Gotham 24/7 Model from Citizen Bike to be more precise. The price wasn't bad (as far as bikes go) and the wheels were "normal sized" which means that I can use the bike in more versatile ways (instead of just shorter commuting distances).In the month since I've had the bike,
Perfectly exemplefies this weekend...
Something from a recent PhD comics. From my part... I am working on the research methods section of my dissertation proposal. Working on motivation to finish this draft so I can submit it by Monday...
이정현 - 아리아리 (Lee Jung Huyn - Ari Ari)
I think to start my #musicrewind tag I'll go with the theme of KPOP. Back when I was working for Media Services (1999ish) many of my co-workers (and later employees) were Vietnamese. Music that they played came from Vietnam, and a lot of the music they listened to was Vietnamese ballad-y type of music. However, some of them did listed to music that I tended to listen to (dance,
A convention is a convention...
I came across this last week. I know it's portraying a more geeky convention (something I haven't been to in ages), but this is how I feel when I am at the vendor floor at an EdTech conference and I am looking to find colleagues ;-)
Adieu Pearson LMS...
Well... that was... interesting to say the least!Just yesterday I was writing about Lore going away...it seems that Pearson is also getting out of the LMS business as well. I noticed this on Pearson's OpenClass website:OpenClass will retire on January 1, 2018On January 1, 2018, OpenClass will no longer be available to faculty, students, or administrators, and as of today, no new accounts will
Lore no more! | Adieu Lore
Well, I guess the free LMS/social network Lore is going away soon! I just got this email message the other day from the folks at Lore:I had joined Lore back in the days when it was called CourseKit. The product, and the company, was created by a bunch of undergraduate students who wanted their face to face professors to use technology in the classroom - at least that's what the lore is...
Some days in the office...
Some days in the office, computer waits for you...
Well...this was a tool I forgot that I had signed up for! I guess it's goodbye for a free screen-casting tool (which apparently I rarely used). Here is the note I received the other day from the crew at Screenr:Sadly, we’re retiring Screenr on November 11, 2015.As you might already know, Screenr’s recording capability is based on Java RE (Runtime Environment), which is rapidly becoming
Are job titles passé?
This is a cross-post from my other blog. Seemed like a topic I'd also talk about here. I was reading this post on InsideHigherEd the other day by Joshua Kim. The post, A plague of directors, which was a bit comical; the mental image that came to mind was one of plague carrying zombies with name tags that said "director" - yeah, I know, sometimes my imagination runs wild and comical video games
Another apple keynote? When did that happen?
Saturday, Sep 26 2015 10:29 | Android, Apple, AppleWatch, Google, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, macAddict, MacOS, MacUser, MacWorld, magazines, Microsoft, Smartwatch, Sony, Technology, university, Work
When I was younger I used to inhale Apple Keynotes. I think part of it was Steve Job's presentation style that really drew me in. I was also a big Apple fan (well, I still am), so I really wanted to know what products came out and get all the related specs and dirt as soon as possible Early on this meant buying MacAddict, and heading to the Boston Public library to read the most
My most recent ubuntu experiment
Tuesday, May 12 2015 04:00 | Computing, Internet, Linux, Mac, MacOS, MacOS 9, OS, programming, School, Technology, Windows, Work
I've been experimenting with Linux on and off since 1999. I was first introduced to linux when I was working at Barnes and Noble and I was working on the textbook floor with a number of other computer geeks. I think the first distro that I heard of was Slackware, but I don't think I have actually ever actually installed slackware. I remember seeing their software boxes at stores like MicroCenter
Adieu Library Books!
I can't believe I missed this bit of news last February! I was checking to see if there are any updates to one of my favorite applications - library books - when I saw a note from the author that the software would not longer be updated. Too bad, because this was quite a useful application, both on the Mac originally, and then on iOS. This app allowed you to log into your local academic
On Social Networking...
Wednesday, Dec 12 2012 19:30 | Academia, employment, Facebook, LinkedIn, research, Social Networking, Social Networks, Work
The other day one of my long time friends and colleague posted on Facebook a quick pondering: is LinkedIn the right place for academics? The underlying thought is that LinkedIn is very instrumentalist and positivist in how it represents someone. Essentially what this means is that we setup profiles that represent a reality that we want to market to others, and we want to pass on that reality (our reality)
Windows 8, 3 Weeks in, initial thoughts
It's been three weeks since I got the Enterprise edition from our friendly help desk (those guys rock!) and I installed it on my work computer, and aging Dell Optiplex GX620, which runs on a 3.4Ghz P4, 2GB of RAM built-in graphics and 500MB of hard drive space.Yes, I know, you must be wondering how I can get work done. The truth is that this is my backup machine where I undertake specific tasks,
I came across this last week on YouTube, a fictitious (and very humorous) newscast about the happenings of a flat (apartment). Now imagine how much fun we could have if we had a "insertYourDepartment News" or "Cubicle News" ;-)
Would you like a Latte with your Occupy?
Free Lodging?Perhaps voting Republican on Super Tuesday has rubbed off on me giving me a "get off my lawn" attitude, or perhaps it's the ineffectiveness of Occupy UMass Boston that's just getting to me. Don't get me wrong, I support affordable education for everyone, especially at State Schools like UMass Boston, and I support affordable textbooks and an equal opportunity for everyone - but it
Yesterday I got a notice that VisualCV will be closing down shop at the end of this month. The interesting thing is that I thought that I had erased my profile from VisualCV back in the summer (or in the early autumn). It's nice that they will be completely destroying all the data from their servers and destroying all their backups.I had started using VisualCV when it first came out, mostly because
I downloaded the mobile version of blackboard for my iPhone this past weekend since the instance of blackboard that we have for testing has mobile enabled. This would be a good opportunity, I thought, to test the mobile elements of the blackboard learn 9 platform.When I opened the app and tried to connect to our instance I was greeted with the message in the image - must connect to wifi in order to
Professional Angst - the MLIS vs. the PhD
I haven't paid much attention to the library world in the past couple of weeks while I get acclimated to my new job, and while I've been playing around with various learning management systems (since we're moving from WebCT Vista to something else). I came across a blog post in the ACRLog the other day but didn't have much of an opportunity to read it until now. Its title "Why all the fuss over
Mixed thoughts on the 4-hour workweek
A long while ago I got a promotional copy of the 4-hour work week by Tim Ferriss on Audible. Now that I have the audible app on my iPhone I had rediscovered that I had purchased (for nothing) this book and I thought I would give it a try. My first encounter with this book was through a classmate's wall on Facebook - he had written a rave review of the book. Personally, back then,
More Personal Brand Bullsh*t
Happy week-between-xmas-and-new-years everyone! I hope all is well, at work and at home (and for those of you awaiting your fall semester grades - good luck there as well!). OK, so here is is a comment I've been wanting to make on this story on the Brazen Careerist Network: 10 ways to get fired for building your personal brand. Now I've harped on and on about how I believe that this term (Personal
Should I become a librarian?
Aaahhh... End of the semester backlog clearing!I saw this image (flowchart really) over at the.effing.librarian a week or so ago (even though this seems longer than one week) and I have to say that I found it pretty funny!Now, my personal experiences with working in a library don't reflect how this flowchart depicts librarianship - it does however seem to resonate with everything that I've heard about
Over the weekend I was reading this article on Inside Higher Ed (maybe I should be posting over at multiliterratus, but oh well...)In any case, the author of this post talks about how how Wired's "The good enough revolution" pertains to academia. Personally I agree that some of what the author writes are quite valid arguments - but I would like to play devil's advocate for a moment from an IT management
I was reading this article on Mashable over the weekened and this little statistical tidbit raised an eyebrow. According to a new study by Proofpoint, an Internet security firm, of companies with 1,000 or more employees, 17 percent report having issues with employee’s use of social media. And, 8 percent of those companies report having actually dismissed someone for their behavior on sites like Facebook
Should Everyone Go to College?
I saw this on NPR the other day - I starred it and forgot about it - but Byline reminded me of it :-)The title is "should everyone go to college?"... Perhaps this is a better post for my multilitteratus blog, perhaps not. The answer of course it "it depends". It really depends on what one's definition of college is. Is college anything after high school? If so, then yes, everyone should go to college.If
UMass Boston Class of 69
It's always interesting to hear about the first of anything. Usually those are individuals who brave the cold storm, go uphill both ways, to accomplish something extraordinary.When I was a Senior in high school and I was thinking about which schools to attend, I chose UMass Boston because of the great vibe that I got from it despite its need for certain aesthetic and structural repairs. I came across
Librarians without Libraries?
I read this article today in the incoming section of my Google Reader.// Begin quote //One particularly revealing moment in his discussion is his day 60 post in which he describes a series of questions that he poses to his graduate students to get at the "fundamental things we do."The Question and ConclusionsCan doctor still be a doctor without a hospital? They usually answer -- of course. Can you
To be certified, or not to be certified...
I've been thinking about certification lately. You know, the kind of certification bestowed upon you by a professional organization like ICIA, ASTD or the PMI to name a few.Many of my classmates have been certified, or are in the process of getting their certification, and they all swear by it. Having been certified by ICIA, I kind of wonder the relative value of certification. Now in order to get
The society of librarians who say *bleep*
Wednesday, Jul 23 2008 08:35 | Work
Recently Google reader recommended an RSS feed for me. This blog is about the everyday frustrations of librarians and library patrons and it’s called the society of librarians who say mofo. I have to say that initially I was skeptical about the site, but I find humor in the every day absurdities that occur in the lives of these individuals mostly because I’ve seen or heard something in
Web4lib – tensions rise!
Monday, Jul 21 2008 08:33 | Work
I was reading on LISnews a short time ago about a critique on web4lib regarding the future or libraries (and librarians). I’ve noticed that every time there is critique of the profession (or the MLIS degree requirement to be a librarian), it’s like someone spills blood in shark infested waters. This isn’t the first debate of this kind that I’ve seen (or read through) and probably
The cost of going to work…
Well, today was sticker shock day! I knew it cost me a pretty penny just to show up to work, but the costs are going up! In 2007 it costs me under $50 per week to drive into work. Today I went to get gasoline ($3.70/gallon), it cost me $47 to fill up my Beetle.So I started pondering the updated costs.$18.00 in tolls per week$47.00 in gasoline per week$35.00 in Parking costs per weekGrand total: $99Now…
I too am a Librarian!
No, I don’t have an MLIS, but does it matter? I know that this comment might inflame some people, especially MLS-holding librarians, but my response is ‘m-eh’. (No I am not trying to be a fire starter, I am just a little irked)I have been following the comments on the Liminal Librarian’s blog (which I like by the way and I subscribe to). There are two blog posts, one entitled “if it quacks
The changing library
Friday, May 2 2008 07:00 | Work
Earlier this week I witnessed a library customer “loudly” (for old school library standards) complaining that there was inadequate “quiet space” on the floor he was on and that it was inappropriate for people to be so audible in a library (the floor he was on had a lot of people on computers, and working jointly in groups). The reference staff kindly told him that there was
Living in my Second Life…
In February of 2007 I signed up for a Second Life account. I spent some time in the world, but I frequented populated areas and my computer’s graphics card bit the dust, so it was really choppy! In addition to that I left the orientation island, did not know how to get back (and the sluggishness did not encourage me to find my way back either), so I was stuck naked in second life with no way
School Starts Again!!!
School has started again, and with the commencement of classes we are finally seeing life in the library: students, professors, and yes, even some parents coming to see what they are paying for. It’s all quite invigorating.More importantly (for completely selfish reasons of course) I have started classes for the two Master Degrees that I have started pursuing. One in Instructional Design, and
MBLC Jobs page hacked?
Sunday, Jan 27 2008 09:32 | Work
As someone who works in a library I have the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) job listings website on my RSS reader. This morning as I was sipping my hot coffee and reading the headlines from the BBC (and other RSS feeds I subscribe to) I saw a bizzare 'job' on the MBLC site. "Surely my RSS reader malfunctioned somewhere" I thought to myself, but I went to the MBLC website anyway
Evaluation & Communication
Friday, Aug 31 2007 16:49 | Work
Recently I finished going through Evaluating Performance (pictured on the left) and Communicating Effectively - both of which I found at my public library. Just like the books I read before (Motivating Employees and Managing People) the content in these two books is not rocker science, and it is not meant to be read quickly from cover to cover. Rather, it is meant to be used as a guide and to be consulted
Managing & Motivating employees
Sunday, Aug 12 2007 10:39 | Work
A couple of weeks ago I was at my local public library and I was browsing through the new books that had come in. Two books stood out, both by Barry Silverstein. One was Best Practices: Motivating Employees: Bringing Out the Best in Your People (Best Practices)(pictured on the left) and the other was Best Practices: Managing People: Secrets to Leading for New Managers (Best Practices). These books
Work Dislikes: Assuming everyone else is using outlook calendar
Sunday, Jun 17 2007 10:42 | Work
I've been spending a lot of time lately reading various management books, how to cope with a difficult work place, crazy bosses, assholes, and a bunch of workplace etiquette books. I've been thinking of things, from quite some time ago, that really rubbed me the wrong way, and one of them was relating to the outlook calendar.I generally use iCal on my mac (at home) to keep track of personal things
Thursday, May 31 2007 10:51 | Work
I was at my public library last week, when I noticed a book called "Send - the essential guide to email for office and home." I thought to myself, eh, why not get it? After all it seemed like light reading, and like something that I would enjoy. I am glad I borrowed this book from the library, because not only did it give me insight into some aspects of email (and other non-verbal, electronic forms
No Assholes Need Apply
Thursday, May 17 2007 11:17 | Work
It has been a rough year at work maybe I will elaborate further in another post - but maybe this post is sufficient to underscore certain tones and themes. Anyway, about a month ago, one of my colleagues sent me an email, after I told him of a few of my work-woes, suggesting that our place of employment should purchase the book called the no asshole rule. I smiled at the title, given that the place
Find you Niche!
Wednesday, Apr 11 2007 17:11 | Work
...or rather find someone who will pay you for what you want to do ;-)Finding one's niche might be a gargantuan task in and of itself, determining what you 'want to be when you group up' can be challenging as you don't know what you might like doing. When you do find out though, the next hurdle comes onto the scene: finding someone who will pay you to do what you want to do for a living. I posted my
signs of a disfunctional organization
Sunday, Apr 1 2007 10:28 | Work
digg_url = 'http://www.digg.com/business_finance/Signs_of_a_Dysfunctional_Organization';I should be working on my object-oriented homework, however I can't get out of my mind how dysfunctional certain organizations are. With this theme in mind, I have given myself leave for a few hours to work on the subject of organizational dysfunction, more specifically the signs of a disfuctional organization:First,
12 quick IT Productivity Wins
Wednesday, Feb 14 2007 20:45 | Work
some people need to read this article and this articleHere are some excerpts of use:Free up your help deskHelp desk techs spend a lot of time fixing the same obvious problems. The more no-brainer stuff you take off their plates, the more time they can spend on real dilemmas. For example, every two weeks, Richard Casselberry, director of IT operations for networking vendor Enterasys, meets with his
Don't move this podium!
Wednesday, Feb 14 2007 10:39 | Work
Back in October I setup the Apreso Classroom Capture System with a little help from an anystream consultant, and a little advice from my friend Jeff (the media guru) from Media Services. The technology enhanced classroom that I setup the Apreso system in was really poorly implemented to begin with, so I did my best to frankenstein the Apreso system in as best as I could with the resources I had. Not
Almost no takers...
Tuesday, Feb 13 2007 14:13 | Work
I was about to post that no one commented on my two library specific blog posts:1. it it looks like a duck....2. "10 positions I would like to see"but Jeremy saved the day - I look forward to more debate and views to come forth :-)
If it looks like a duck...
Saturday, Feb 10 2007 11:01 | Work
...and it quacks like a duck, and walks like a duck....is it a duck?I am glad that Laura from Library 2.0 responded to my previous library related post.What I would like to bring up next as a conversation topic is the topic of what is it that constitutes a librarian. If you know people with an opinion and cogent arguments on the subject, please invite them to read my previous post, and this one, and
We're getting audited!
Thursday, Jan 11 2007 20:10 | Work
yay!!! (lol)The auditors are looking for things that were purchased in 1987, like IBM 286 PCs (that are looooong gone)The funny thing is that we might be audited by someone that I took a class with that is a state auditor :-) - my my! it is a small world!Now we are frantically taking inventory to make sure that we have everything we say we have.....aaahhhhhhhh! never a dull day! ;-)
Sunday, Jan 7 2007 18:53 | Work
I had a moment of clarity today!I have pinpointed why I am feeling extreme work dissatisfaction the last few months! If you had asked me:"why do you feel dissatisfied at work?" I might have said responded with something like This bureaucracy is driving me nuts! It has been 4 months since I submitted upgrade paperwork, and 6 months since we've been talking about it, but Human Resources STILL have not
Stop Killing Trees (and save some money!)
Wednesday, Nov 22 2006 15:14 | Work
Yesterday I get a "ticket" (what people send in when there is a problem that they need me to fix).I headed straight to department X, looked at the printer - the object of concern - and I saw "toner low".Hmmm....I think to myself, didn't I just change this toner?!Go into the diagnostic mode, print out a status report...and lo and behold, I had just replaced the toner! Well, it was a month ago, but still!In
2003 Active Directory training over
Friday, Sep 15 2006 19:31 | Work
Wow!This was a tiring week! All week long I had AD training, which I enjoyed but was very tiring none the less since I had classes at night too.13 more weeks of classes left - yes I know that the semester just started, but I can see the end...errr...somewhat blurry....and in the distance...but it's there!Active directory was fun - I look forward to messing up helping to fix our AD infrastructure ;-)
Parking closed permanelty!
Saturday, Aug 12 2006 11:26 | Work
I got a broadcast message in my inbox yesterday (from the higher ups in the University food chain) and they said that in order to rehabilitate the indoor garages will be more than $150 billion dollars. - yes your read right - $150 BILLION ! So to fix the garages so that they are suitable for parking and human use would be fiscally impossible and irresponsible, instead they will spend the money to make
Can't have your cake and eat it too!
Wednesday, Aug 9 2006 12:43 | Work
Last week we learned that because of the parking closings when the fall semester comes it will be mayhem! As you had seen in the article that I posted in a previous entry UMass Boston lost about 1800 parking spots with these garage closures. Now the parking situation was not ideal to begin with, depending on when you came to campus you might be driving around for a while before you found parking, image
The sky is falling!
Saturday, Jul 22 2006 11:06 | Work
Things like this make me laugh out loud at the stupidity of people. Sweeping things under the rug NEVER works! Well it works if you intend on coming back to pick up the trash relatively soon We knnow the sky is falling...the big question is whether or not the floor will disappear from under our feet because of this. Anyway - for your reading pleasure: UMass closes big garage in BostonBy Cristina Silva,
Drama! days of our lives: Work Edition
Thursday, Jun 29 2006 15:02 | Work
The CIO was canned resigned. Time to send out the rumor patrol to get some juicy news ;-)
Change is hard
Monday, Jun 19 2006 15:31 | Work
In my Organizational Diagnosis and Change class we said "change is hard". I would like to take this wonderful opportunity (at the time that we are upgrading our servers and clients) to say "Change is not hard, change is a pain in the @$$" Thank you
The future of librarianship
Every now and again I look at the Massachusetts Bay Library Commissioners website to see what new and exciting librarian jobs there are. I don’t have an MLIS (Master’s of Library & Information Science) degree, but that does not deter me, since there are jobs that don’t require the degree.Many library jobs do require an MLIS degree though, jobs that I would not have thought needed an MLIS
Is it time for an LIS CAGS?
In the last year or so I’ve been following library blogs to see what other libraries are doing, both public and academic, and how they are evolving as a service point to their constituents. I’ve also looked at librarian jobs in the past, but most jobs with “librarian” in their title require a Master of Library (and Information) Science degree that it accredited by the ALA (American Library
I don’t want to be an academiyawn!
Like the pun? academian + yawn =… oh never mind!I never said I was a comedian ;-)Anyway, in the past couple of years I’ve been thinking of a doctorate. I have discovered that I like to teach, so I thought that I may be able to do it for a living at a college level, which requires a PhD (or some doctorate thereof). I’ve been frustrated with PhD programs though. Most are full time, which means
Proposals for LIS CAGS curriculum
The State of Massachusetts requires Professional or Sub-Professional certification of library directors in order to receive state aid. For the Professional certification all you need is your MLIS diploma. For a SubProfessional you need to complete the following classes (termed Basic Library Techniques), and you do not need an MLIS. Of course the caveat for the subprofessional is that you can only be