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More brilliance from Professor Michael Wesch of KSU

This time Professor Wesch calls it Information R/evolution.

I've decided the embedded video is unacceptably slow here on my site, so click here to go to YouTube and watch it there. Like his previous video, it will be worth the effort because it illuminates and educates as it entertains. Here is what he says about it at the YouTube site:

This video explores the changes in the way we find, store, create, critique, and share information. This video was created as a conversation starter, and works especially well when brainstorming with people about the near future and the skills needed in order to harness, evaluate, and create information effectively.

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Lunch at Koko's

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The War

The phrase «television worth watching» is almost an oxymoron nowadays, but this week PBS is airing «The War,» a documentary about World War II co-produced by the team of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.  Last night, I saw the first of the seven installments and that was enough to convince me that it is worth my time to watch this documentary.  If you'll visit this link you can click on «PBS Previews: The War» to see a 26:49 minute overview of the series, giving a glimpse of its goals and some insights about the making of the documentary, and if you bother to watch that 26+ minutes worth of introduction, I'm confident you too will be inspired to watch the series.  The next installment is presented here in the Eastern Daylight Saving Time Zone tonight at 8 PM on the local Public Broadcasting Station.  For more information about the series, you can check this PBS web site.

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If you built it I would come

I've already given this idea to the on-duty manager of the grocery store where I shop but she probably filed it under looney ideas gleaned from talkative old men in the checkout line and did little or nothing else with it, so I'm offering it to any of my programmer friends who might want to make a name for themselves and in the process create a useful tool for crazies like me who look for innovative ways to use our Internet connection.  I, like most everybody else and maybe even you, dutifully hand the cashier my «value card» as he or she is about to ring up my purchases so that I can get the discounts that accrue from having given them my name and address and having allowed them to tag me with a unique Customer ID.  They use it, among other things, to print out a listing of the items I have purchased that day, neatly categorized into sections like Produce, Package Meat, Grocery, Frozen Food, Dairy, Candy/Gum, etc., and at the conclusion of that listing they announce that Your Savings Today was $7.48 on my most recent (9/16/07) expenditure of $56.66.  I walk away, informed and satisfied that it could have been at least $7.48 worse.

Now I'm reasonably sure that's not all they do with the information gathered from scanning the bar codes of my purchases and pairing them with my unique Customer ID.  Quite likely, they use the information to update their records that I made off with one bottle of Tide laundry detergent, thus depleting their supply, and conclude they should replenish that item at that particular store.  And throughout their supply chain they use my data to inform their business partners of my shopping behavior.  But as far as I am concerned, my data is lost forever in the supply chain.  It's not available for me to use any more.

So here's my idea.  Let me see the accumulated information the store collects on me.  Many of my purchases are cyclical.  For instance, I buy deodorant, shampoo, shaving cream, milk, and laundry detergent on some regular interval.  How often?  I don't know, but I'll bet the store knows, if they wanted to look.  They have a web site, and I'm pleased to report they do offer a way for me to look up weekly specials on that web site and create a shopping list from them.  But if I were able to log into their web site with my unique Customer ID (and a password I chose), I could discover it was about time for me to buy more shampoo or deodorant, and creating a shopping list on their web site would be enhanced by becoming a simple matter of checking off items and specific brands that I normally buy. 

To me, it seems there must be a database that contains all that information and it can't be all that difficult to make access to the data available on the web to the customer who helped to create it.  Or said in another way in the hypothetical words of Moses Schwartz, my local mythical grocer, «Let my data go.»  Make it easier for me to spend my money with you! And if you build it on the web, I promise you I will come.

Finals are DONE!

Always a cause for celebration ... my finals are done for yet another semester in school. Yay!

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Spotted at Target

My home state had a back-to-school tax-free weekend this past weekend and although I was at work for most of it, I did manage to sneak in a little bit of shopping. I tried to temper myself since the discount really doesn't amount to much despite our sales tax being ungodly high.

Really, I only hit up Target, but I found some great stuff. I so wanted to SHOW you all this stuff, but f^@%!#& Blogger is having some widespread image uploading issues (though they've yet to acknowledge it). So, until that's fixed check out the links. UPDATE: Fixed.

I may have bought this grey sweater one size too large because the neckline plunges waaaaay more than is shown on the model (necessitating layering) and it hits me well below my hips. But, I happen to like it this way.

These aren't the exact cropped jeans I bought, but close enough. Mine are a much darker wash and don't hit quite so high at the waist.

This Isaac Mizrahi dress is super-cute in its sorta retro kind of style, though as with all tailored Isaac Mizrahi clothes the fit is really funny. But not so funny that I'm not going to wear it.

Ok. I know this sweatshirt is kind of youngish for me, but it's completely intended to slum around in on the weekends. I love the idea of a short sleeved AND pullover sweatshirt. The print was the least Hollister-ish one I found.

And lastly this t-shirt is much cuter in person than it is on this model. Still, I'm probably going to take it back because I went over on my clothes budget FOR THE WHOLE MONTH in this trip and eliminating this top would put me back within my budget. Plus, I have a whole closet full of green tops. ... Of course they do have this in a plum. Decisions, decisions.

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If you can't make fun of yourself

This website has a nursery rhymed tutorial to the internetz, and it does a great job of poking fun at the ridiculous online culture. Modern Moms, I'm sure if you share this with your little ones, they'll be blogging in no time.

Podcast Appalachia: "Mountain Religion"

The latest episode of Podcast Appalachia is now available! In this episode I discuss the role of religion in shaping Appalachian culture and examine some of the most prominent churches in Appalachia. You can listen here or view a transcript here.

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The latest episode of Podcast Appalachia is now available! In this episode, I examine the contributions Appalachian writers have made to American literature. You may listen here or view a transcript here.

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The latest episode of Podcast Appalachia is now available! In this episode I look at coal. No rock has been more influential or more controversial in Appalachian society than coal; while helping fuel unprecedented economic growth in America and employment for generations of mountain people, it is also very dangerous to mine and has done much damage to the environment. In this episode I present a history of coal mining, as well as discuss the advantages and disadvantages associated with it. You may listen here or view a transcript here.