Viewing posts from September, 2007
Kevin Maher is one of the funniest people I have ever met. At Vassar College, he was in the now-defunct Laughing Stock comedy group. When we were at Metuchen High School together, I remember him making these bizarre radio shows on tape before I went away to Europe. When we were on the YMCA swim team together in third grade... well, he was hilariously young.
It recently came to my attention that a video camera has been set up at Vassar College to be streamed into SecondLife.I first encountered the device when I went to the Vassar island in SL. It took some significant software sleuthing to uncover the URI of the offending and offensive device. I find the undocumented practice of surveilling a public space at Vassar College extremely disturbing. Have the students and faculty who walk across the Library Lawn every day been told that they are being filmed and broadcast to the world? My research into the matter indicates that this has not been discussed in any public manner. How does this filming enhance the teaching, learning, and research that happens at Vassar? I do not think filming and streaming into SL has any academic merit.
So the blogosphere is abuzz about the hostess on The View who demonstrated tremendous ignorance with regard to the shape of the earth. You can watch the full clip here.
On Sunday, September 16, I worked for Shaun Cox of Northeast Adventure Company as a kayak guide for the National MS Society 2007 Swim the Hudson for MS event. With 75 swimmers and 25 kayakers in the waters off of Croton Point, I had my hands full one and a half miles from shore. The weather and currents cooperated, though, and Westchester County Sheriffs Department and Croton Fire Department, along with about 15 pleasure craft, helped ensure that everyone stayed safe and had a great day. I paddled close to six miles, and escorted the final swimmer back from the 1.5 mile mark to shore.
At the request of friends and family, and to clarify a conversation I recently had with Swerdloff (btw, you know how important content is. You used to rule with content. Your site is all 2.oh, but there isn't a there there. Photos are cool. Events are nice. Prose and poetry are better! I have spent the last four years teaching that concept, which I feel I learned from you.) I present below my The Story of π: A Prose Formula for Naming My Dog (Show Your Work).