This is a cool time-lapse photo video by Michael Black on the blizzard up in the northeast. Note how the clock keeps getting buried, then uncovered again by a dutiful photographer.
December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse from Michael Black on Vimeo.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The Twin Cities in Motion people like running, but they don't like the cold (sounds like a Silly Willy statement, doesn't it?). They asked, on Facebook, for the statements that help motivate cold weather runners get out and onto the road. Their list? Here it is, with the contributors:
TEN: Running tights hide your farmer's tan and skinny legs. Cassi Dermody
NINE: Because you don't need to "ice down" sore muscles after a run! Gysler Castelino
EIGHT: Anything beats a treadmill. Ben Neeser
SEVEN: For the fun of having people ask, in sheer disbelief, "You're running...OUTSIDE?!" Sabrina Marthaler Hoppe
SIX: Because sometimes it's better not to be able to feel your toes. Shannon Hart
FIVE: Nature's bling: icicle eyelashes! Kelly Hanneman
FOUR: Because it gives people who shovel their sidewalks a reason to do so. Bryan Corbett
THREE: Because no matter who you are, someone falling down is always funny. Seth Schroeder
TWO: No mosquitoes! Heather Priolo
AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON TO KEEP RUNNING THROUGH A MINNESOTA WINTER IS...Because fat, pale and slow looks horrible in shorts and a singlet in Spring! George A. Fulp
Posted by John Nelson at 3:42 PM
Monday, December 20, 2010
|Moon photo: NPR and Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images.|
Tonight: A slight chance of snow before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8. South wind 7 to 16 mph becoming west northwest. Chance of precipitation is 20%.But maybe we'll have a red tinge to the cloud cover. In any case, maybe it's worth a little lost sleep.
Posted by John Nelson at 9:45 AM
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Suppose you get that bone-headed email from an angry student who's unhappy with the result of their decision to skip studying, go party, and sleep through the final. Perhaps written with a lingering hangover. You might be tempted to fire back with force, venting your irritation with the students' apparent sense of entitlement. You know you can't send that ranting email! So, here's a remedy, a gentle reminder, much like spell check, that watches for tone in your email messages in Outlook. It's ToneCheck, one of the concepts featured in the NYTimes Magazine's review of some of the most interesting ideas from 2010. The list includes such things as the "bra mask" and a guitar that stays in tune.
Friday, December 17, 2010
a new tool for free use by scholars or anyone with an interest in searching through thousands of books from 1800 to 2000 for words and phrases of interest to them. The image here is my comparison of the words "memory" and "imagination" over those 200 years. Note the rise of memory! It's worth noting that interest rises in an item as it appears that it is fading from use or the culture. Goodbye, memory!
Posted by John Nelson at 10:18 AM
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The guys at CNET are touting a free software package, iCare Data Recovery Software 4.0, that offers a robust data recovery package for all types of data storage devices. Here's what their own statement is:
iCare Data Recovery Software is dedicated in hard disk data recovery like hard disk failure, formatted hard drive, MBR (Mast Boot Record) corrupted, bad boot sector, drive inaccessible, partition unreadable, partition deleted, software operation failure like Partition Magic caused data loss, Ghost failure, virus attacked, etc.And here's what CNET says about the deal:
But move on it. The software, usually priced at $69.95, is only free until December 25.
Posted by John Nelson at 8:31 AM
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
|A Website with Student Video Essays|
Posted by John Nelson at 10:40 PM
Monday, December 13, 2010
|Look at the curves on those rear quarter-panels!|
Posted by John Nelson at 3:37 PM
Sunday, December 12, 2010
|The sun comes up after our snowstorm|
Saturday, December 11, 2010
|Winter arrives in full.|
Posted by John Nelson at 10:48 AM
Thursday, December 09, 2010
|My sailor-knit hat, courtesy of the wife.|
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
The news this morning from China would serve as a wake-up call if enough people aren't groggy enough from checking the new Facebook layout to see what that third-grade pal had for breakfast. These Shanghainese kids are staking their claim to be the best-educated students in the world, according to a test, the Program for International Student Assessment, that was first administered there this year, following its use in countries across the world. An article on the NYTimes describes how these 15 year old students topped the list in reading, math, and science scores by a significant margin. Response from American officials was clear:
What next? More cuts in education for South Dakotans and other states throughout the country.“We have to see this as a wake-up call,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in an interview on Monday.“I know skeptics will want to argue with the results, but we consider them to be accurate and reliable, and we have to see them as a challenge to get better,” he added. “The United States came in 23rd or 24th in most subjects. We can quibble, or we can face the brutal truth that we’re being out-educated.”
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
So here's an interesting idea: Take a book, the paper kind, that someone else has written, and then cut away words from the pages of that book to leave another story, your own story. That's the concept behind Jonathan Safran Foer's book, Tree of Codes, which uses the novel The Street of Crocodiles, by Bruno Schultz. Here's a video of Foer talking about, and showing, his creation. Double-click for full screen.
My students are working on multimedia presentations of an essay they're writing. My email brought me a message from Poets and Writers Magazine, and this video, not of an essay but a poem, is a powerful reminder of what the combination of effective words and telling images can do. Double-click for full screen.
Saturday, December 04, 2010
|That's one big snowman!|
It's about that time when a person has to drive around in the evening a bit to see just what sort of extreme craziness some folks have about decorating their yards, houses, and selves for the Christmas season. Here, so far, is the winner of Madison's most extreme home make over, complete with audio soundtrack. Yes, we tuned in and watched from our auto, even as Madison's law enforcement cruised by, keeping the impulse to riot in check.
Friday, December 03, 2010
I was reminded of that by a story this morning in The New York Times, heralding a young woman, Holland Reynolds, who crawled across the finish line after collapsing five yards from the tape. She wasn't in first, but her team needed her to finish in order to win the championship. She did. See the race and the finish here.
Posted by John Nelson at 7:16 AM