RateMyProfessors.com

September 15, 2006

My partner (yuka to the rest of you in the know) just found the entry on me: Jason Nolan – Ryerson University at RateMyProfessors.com and seems somewhat upset by it. As you can imagine, I’m not rated that highly for a myriad of sound reasons. I think that RateMyProfessors.com is great as it allows students […]

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Puppy smoothies: collaborative wikis

September 14, 2006

From First Monday:Puppy smoothies: Improving the reliability of open, collaborative wikis, via Jeremy The reliability of information collected from at large Internet users by open collaborative wikis such as Wikipedia has been a subject of widespread debate. This paper provides a practical proposal for improving user confidence in wiki information by coloring the text of […]

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Amazon order

September 14, 2006

Ordered some movies: 1 of: Purple Noon 1 of: Blood And Donuts 1 of: Rocky Horror Picture Show (Widescreen) 1 of: Sahara (Widescreen) 1 of: Petrified Forest 1 of: Delicatessen 1 of: From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter (Widescreen) And some CDs… 1 of: Ha! Ha! Ha! (Rm) (Expanded) (2 [Original recording remastered] […]

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Catspaw’s Guide to Banned Books

September 14, 2006

I was about to post on this, cause i read it on /. but then I realized that everyone was doing it, so I’d just point to someone who had more spare time than I do… like Catspaw! Nearly half of Radcliffe Publishing Course’s “top 100 novels of the 20th century” were banned at some […]

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Professor Sells Lectures Online

September 14, 2006

Slashdot | Professor Sells Lectures Online “Students at NCSU have the option of purchasing the lectures of a professor online. The Professor did this as a way to help those that missed class, didn’t take good notes, or from another country and have trouble understanding an English speaking Professor. The reactions on campus were mixed […]

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The Usenet Oracle

September 11, 2006

This is my favorite UseNet Oracle post from I don’t remember how long ago. It predates the WWW for me, so probably late 80s. It is archived at http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~reich/DATA/oracle.html and is something I think useful for reflecting on critical thinking. This question was posed to the Usenet Oracle: > If you drop a buttered piece […]

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Puppy smoothies: Improving the reliability of open, collaborative wikis

September 11, 2006

From First Monday:Puppy smoothies: Improving the reliability of open, collaborative wikis, via Jeremy The reliability of information collected from at large Internet users by open collaborative wikis such as Wikipedia has been a subject of widespread debate. This paper provides a practical proposal for improving user confidence in wiki information by coloring the text of […]

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If the fool…

September 11, 2006

William Blake, in the The Marriage of Heaven and Hell3 write: “If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.” But the funny thing is that I thought that Nietzsche said it…

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Are beautiful people more intelligent?

September 10, 2006

Mind Hacks: “There’s a curious article from The Guardian on the work of two researchers who are investigating the link between beauty and intelligence, and who argue that a genuine link exists…. It seems the research is largely on the link between beauty and intelligence in females, however.”

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Cameron sayeth: Wikipedia to overtake porn

September 10, 2006

Overstated: Wikipedia to overtake porn: “It’s a well-known fact that pornography drives the development of technology. Whether you’re talking about the Internet, VHS, or papyrus, porn pushed the envelope and paid the way for the development of the underlying media. Well, I hate to admit it, but it appears that pr0n is moving on”

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