Enjoy Your Persistence of Vision
On this date in 1891, Thomas Edison filed patents for the first motion picture camera and viewer. He called the camera the Kinetograph, and dubbed the viewer the Kinetoscope. The camera contained a spool that held a 50-foot-long continuous roll of 35-millimeter film. The image was recorded by means of a revolving cylinder with a narrow slit that allowed light in to expose the film at regular...
Poetry On Video →
A number of people have created videos to accompany poems. Not everyone gets the opportunities to go to festivals, workshops and reading and hear poets live, so sometimes video is the only…
College Open Textbooks Winner for Most Open →
Education-Portal.com has announced the winners of their first annual OCW People’s Choice Awards, which honor the best of the Open Education Movement. Over 4000 people voted for their best…
In the ordinary weather of summer with storms rumbling from west to east like so many freight trains hauling their cargo of heat and rain, the dogs sprawl on the back steps, panting, insects assemble at every window, and we quarrel again, bombarding each other with small grievances, our tempers flashing on and off in bursts of heat lightning. In the cooler air of morning, we drink our...
I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.– William Carlos Williams
Research and Information Literacy →
The headline “Students Lack Basic Research Skills, Study Finds” in a Wired Campus post had caught my attention last year and I printed it to use in a workshop. Information literacy is one of the…
Writers end up writing stories—or rather, stories’ shadows—and...– Joy Williams
Today is the birthday of science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. Born in Waukegan, Illinois in 1920, he is the author of many books of science fiction, including The Martian Chronicles (1950) and Fahrenheit 451 (1953). As a boy, he loved reading, especially Edgar Allan Poe and The Wizard of Oz. When he was 12, a traveling carnival came to town, and he met a magician named Mr. Electrico. The...
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with...– Galileo Galilei 1564-1642