Rice Cookers and the Apocalypse

Roger Ebert uses new media well (he’s a voracious Twitterer) and always has something interesting to say, even if he can come off a bit curmudgeonly. He’s certainly earned that right. We both share a hatred for 3D movies and a love for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Roger Ebert on Rice Pot cooking and the apocalypse:
More Thoughts from Roger Ebert

… In the case of a truly grim situation, like months in a bomb shelter, I would lay in: bags of brown rice; dried onions, garlic and other vegetables; dried raisins; prunes and other fruits; TVP (textured vegetable protein); bottles of soy sauce, hot sauce or Tabasco, Thai red sauce, anything like Saigon Sizzle Sauce; and dried meats or fish. You’re going to have a problem with vitamins C and D, and in this dire situation vitamin pills may be the best survival technique. Also a chess set, a deck of cards and an extremely well-loaded iPad or Kindle. I’m assuming you have electrical power, at least from a generator, or else your rice cooker won’t work very well.

How much are your memories worth?

I’m not much of a blogger but I cherish my memories and experiences, and, like many people enjoy sharing and preserving mementos of things I’ve done and places I’ve been. The internet has seemed a possible repository for scans of these tid-bits of life so I was naturally drawn to wikis, cms engines and weblogs. I’ve tried out most popular social sharing sites, but it wasn’t until I reluctantly signed up for Facebook, that I felt I was using a site that could aggregate my memories and experiences to the audience who actually cared while hiding them from Google’s roving bots if I chose to. There was an immediacy and ease to it that made me want to jump on board where earlier social tools had failed. Since reluctantly signing up in April 2009,  I have visited it almost everyday and have posted many images while my site, and some of the other sites I manage, lay un-touched, unvisited and unloved. No matter how many times I changed the skin, I’d never get around to wanting to keep up with the content. Continue reading

Digication and other e-portfolios

Working with setting up a gallery space at Digication as part of this semester’s exploration in online portfolios, learning tools and collaborations. The MSAE grads have been using it. It’s pretty clean and geared toward education. Also, upgrades on the CAC Moodle. Looking at Mahara, an open source e-portfolio system.

Lots of great tools, getting better and more integrated all the time!!  Beware of overly cloudy weather, however!

New Media Art – a few links

Dreams in High Fidelity
A massively authored painting that evolves, a cyborg mind composed of 50,000 interconnected computers and people “mediated by a genetic algorithm” powered by Scott Draves’ Electric Sheep

Uncontrol: Interactive Digital Art by Manny Tan

BodyTag: web programming explorations

Rhizome: Resource for exploring the current state of New Media Art

Many more links at my Delicious Bookmarks.
Links tagged nature_science_art

education and research

I am interested in discovering ways to constructively use new media in education, both in the classroom, and as a communication tool for educators. My thesis, Reflections in the Screen, explored new media’s role in the classroom and examined the virtual worlds of the graphical interface and ways it has become integrated into our visual literacy. In addition, I believe, it is also fundamentally changing the way we learn and remember.

Some of my older research and coursepages are located at

finding mp3s

Sort of a crap shoot, but fun to see what’s out there.

Paste the following into the Google search with the name of whatever artist you are looking for:

“artist” last modified mp3 “index of” -html -htm -php -asp

pretty cool.

social tagging and sharing

Social Networking, tagging and feeds, oh my

The Internet has created instant access to a staggering array of information and experiences. From this, a culture of Internet collectors has emerged (of links, downloads, friends, virtual currency in online worlds). An interesting example of a collaborative weblinking site is del.icio.us. I have been using it to store and tag my web finds since early 2004. Users create a web-based links account and tag links however they choose. Over time, a pattern of interests (yours and others) will emerge. One can easily make RSS feeds from tags and serve the links on other web pages or share with other del.icio.us members. I have not been exploring the social aspects of this site much, but find the community to be an excellent resource for information on a wide range of topics.

My account home: http://del.icio.us/elr
Links tagged education: http://del.icio.us/elr/education
Links tagged art: http://del.icio.us/elr/art