Thursday, April 28, 2005


I found this website and thought maybe you'd find it interesting


Monday, April 25, 2005

Professor Peevish

First off, tomorrow looks to be pretty enjoyable. The reading from Smart Mobs is Chapter Four, "The Era of Sentient Things," some of which dovetails in interesting ways with one of the in-class presentations, on David Brin's piece, "Three Cheers for the Surveillance Society." The next presentation is Nick Rombes' "Professor DVD" which is short, but packs a lot of punch and ties in to a number of discussions we have had all along about how the availability of information on digital networks alters the credentializing role of professional criticism.

I was "expecting" to see short essays from several of you on the blog this week (remember those diagnostics you never got around to?), and there are in fact several outstanding writing assignments from some of you. I want to stress now as the term winds down that it is crucial that everybody hand in all the assigned work from the class if they expect to receive a passing grade in the course. I will not be accepting late work after next Tuesday, because at that point I have to devote myself to grading final papers.

Everybody in our little community can easily do well in the course, and I want you to do well, but you simply must do the work to do well.

Since a couple of you have attended the last classes only sporadically, I'm blogging this to all in the hopes that everybody will see the entry here or that in the spirit of civic mindedness you knock some sense into slack classmates if you stumble into any of them on campus over the course of the week. Questions, problems, comments contact me or talk to me after class or schedule an appointment to talk to me.

Pursuit of Equality

I documented the SF film festival openning for the film "Pursuit of Equality," which covered the events that transpired around the civil rights issue of same sex marriage. More information can be found here: website
And stills from the event, here: my blog

Friday, April 22, 2005

Thursday, April 21, 2005

4.26 presentation

hello all-
I'm going to be presenting "Professor DVD" by Nick Rombes next class. See you there.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Presentation 4/19

Sorry for the lagging post of the presentation for Tuesday, I decided to present Jeron Lanier's “Why Gordian Software Has Convinced Me to Believe in the Reality of Cats and Apples.” Again, sorry for the late posting-Joe


here are some articles to look at for tomorows leapfrogging discussion-
they are all from the world changing site and relatively short.
I arranged them in a order which hopefully will introduce the idea logically. sorry i don't know how to automatically link, you gotta copy and paste.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Samurai for Hire

(click image to go to Ebay listing, this guy is serious)
One question: Is that a fishing rod he's using?

Monday, April 11, 2005


Actually, I'm thinking there won't be a student presentation tomorrow. If I'm wrong about that, and you are planning to deliver one, please let everybody know asap so we can find and read the paper you mean to present on. Otherwise, it looks like we'll be catching up on Smart Mobs. We can devote a section of class to Chapter One, and then the next section to Chapter Two. It would be great if everybody came to class with a claim from the text that they were willing to defend as the thesis of each of these chapters, and at least one problem or perplexity they found in each chapter. In order to be sure everybody has a chance to do their presentations in class we may need to double up next week. Anyone who isn't clear about presentations or other assignments due to this point should talk to me tomorrow or e-mail me. See you all tomorrow.

apr.12 cyber syllabi

i do not know what article from the virtual reader is going to be presented on tomorrow.
can anyone help me?

Friday, April 08, 2005

CL in space

Found this compelling while looking at job postings. Leave it to the folks at to be interested in this very san francisco-tech savvy-pseudoscientific-romaticism. It seems, CL is beaming postings into space for potential extraterrestrial interception. Check it.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

technical issue

i am having problems getting pictures onto the blog, i have them on and everything i try to do looks like this:

any suggestions?

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Might be like chain letters, though

Reversal speech website, pseudo-legitimate in appearance. I am on the fence about it, though I was still too creeped out to actually listen to any of the samples.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Howard Reingold quote

Found this on his personal site :

"I fell into the computer realm from the typewriter dimension, then plugged my computer into my telephone and got sucked into the net."

I found this quote to be foretelling, and a potential cause for concern, as the generations that did NOT live in the typewriter dimension, are having to rewrite what those that did have said about computing.

Anyways, we will be discussing more of his compelling linkages in class tomorrow.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Up For Next Class

We'll be talking about Chapter One of Smart Mobs, so be sure to remember we're switching from the Lunenfeld volume to the Rheingold book. We've got two in-class presentations coming up, one on Valerie Solanas' SCUM Manifesto, and the other on James Boyle's essay, "Enclosing the Genome." Also, be sure to read "The Four Habits of Argumentative Writing," and be prepared to ask me what I mean by it, because my expectations for the final paper will be defined by the guidelines you'll find there and we should talk about them in the weeks to come as you begin to think about what you'll be writing next. Looks like another jam-packed Tuesday morning coming up.


I think that I'm gonna be presenting on the leapfrogging article in the virtual reader on april 19th