So I was up way to late Thursday night studying for differential equations. I finally have recovered..

Lawrence Lessig hits everything we have talked about right on the head.

I love the Bush mashup lip reading is hillarious by the way. The Jesus Christ one is a bit…insensitive, however still funny.

Lessig’s example of the airplane case makes this just seem rediculous. We need a legitimate course case to decide this once and for all.

I would argue that without a case to set presidence, there is no chance that we will ever get a straight answer. I also like that Lessig believes that the web can be a RW community and not a RO community. We just need to teach future generations how to write/create content.

My kids will have their own blogs/domains. Of course they will be strictly monitered, but they will learn to contribute to an online community.

So, Groom says that cell phones make us soft. I would beg to differ.

My younger sister has usually been the more dependent of us.

This past month she moved out to California to take courses and become a missionary.

Without being able to connect with us 24/7, she probably would not have gone.

While you could say that it just makes her more soft, I would say it empowers her.

Knowing that wherever she goes, for the most part, she can get ahold of one of us (even if just for a quick chat, or to hear a familiar voice) and get motivation to continue on the path she has chosen.

My sister and I have always had a close relationship, with her being so far away, it is difficult and by missing people back home, she might come home. Because she can get ahold of any of her friends or family at any point, she has more confidence and strength in that.

My final statement: Cell phones empower us through the confidence they establish that our loved ones are within reach, even if we do not actually call them we always have that ability.

I just stopped in the see Groom this afternoon. He was bitter about a project that he didn’t get to be a part of. I got to sneak peek the project.

Our classroom was transformed to a multi-media room. It was set up a with way too many cameras and screens. There were only three desks.

Each desk had a raspberry pi. This is a small computer that holds the basics of a machine. There’s a processor, memory, ram, all of that good stuff on a board about the size two iPhone 6 plus stacked on top of each other.

So what do you get in a raspberry pi? You get a computer you can muck around with for about 50 bucks.

I found it ironic that the main focus of the room were the three PIs. However to do the demo or discussion on the PIs, the set up involved 3 screens, 3 cameras, some kind of computer, and a server. This all probably cost about 100 times the amount paid for the single raspberry PI.

At what point did the world of sharing become more expensive than what was being shared??

I could not figure out the HTML way to get my cmap to work.

I discussed with Groom that while my links worked, I could not easily dig back up some of my sources on the library.  I decided to just leave links out this go around and export and image.  I will work on links and html for the future.

for Creation / Consumption

for Creation / Consumption

for Digital Identity

for Digital Identity



AirMedia is totally awesome everyone!

You should definitely Google it and learn some more about it, however it is quite simple.

You need to be on UMW WiFi.

Then make sure the screen is set to one of the IP addresses that starts with a 10.###.###.###

Next type in the link displayed on the screen you want. With that done, just follow the instruction on the site!

Mark Warschaur


5 Human Resources: Literacy and Education


This chapter outlines the pros and cons of mass education across the internet.  It describes positively the ease of access and furthering of our society.  It describes negatively the lack of traditional instruction.  Sine the student can only learn exactly what one defines in an internet based course, one needs to be precise with exactly which information they do and which information they don’t share with the student.  They want them to understand enough not to need to ask questions, but not too much where they are overwhelmed and need to ask questions.  While questions can be answered in an online course, the student cannot access direct conversations the same way as a traditional learning environment.

Melissa Foster

This article describes the lack of proper judgement by authors utilizing self-publishing.  Foster rants that while they can sell their books for cheap, most of them are not making any sort of living by self-publishing.  The few author’s who have had success self-publishing are either pre-established by being traditionally published (and thus already having a following) or are the exception to the rule.  Rarely are self-published authors successful.  They are also ruining the market with books that are cheap and often offered free or as bonuses.