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Home office meme

Christian Long at think:lab is encouraging a "home office" meme. I have two home offices.





Hey, I thought the whole idea behind wi-fi and laptops was that you didn't have to be tied to a desk. I already sit at a desk way too much at work. I don't need to be chained to one at home - even if I am working.

Christians writes, "Wondered what it [the office] said -- and didn't say -- about me, my working/thinking/learning style..."

Whenever I see another person's computer desktop I always think I get a snapshot of his/her brain. Do you keep every file out there or is everything tucked away in neat folders out of view? As long as you are putting up a picture of your home office, share a screen shot of your computer's desk top too! If you dare.




No more Bat Boy with the bananas

ht_cheney04_070724_ssv.jpgOne could always count on the Weekly World News to make the checkout line in the supermarket just a little bit more fun. The wait to pay for the milk and bananas almost wasn't long enough - if one wished to catch up with the saga of Bigfoot, Bat Boy and Hillary's extraterrestrial lover.

I picked up a copy of the Weekly World News whenever I taught students about evaluating the credibility of sources. Even the densest of 7th graders usually smelled something suspicious about the pope being Elvis in disguise. Once one realizes that one print resource is not credible, one views every print resource with some suspicion.

It was recently announced that WWN will not longer be publishe in print format and only be available online. I am saddened. The WWN was never anything I would seek out, but it was always wonderful to encounter when doing something else. Now that it has moved to its "convenient" web space, I doubt I will see it again.

The likelihood of serendipitous discovery has always seem greater in the physical world. The impulse gift found by the checkout counter. The odd news story hidden below the fold in Section C. The just-right book just above the one you were looking for in the stacks of the library or bookstore. The casual encounter at the coffee shop. The majestic old barn glimpsed while lost on a back road.

Amazon doesn't lend itself to the happy accidental discovery. Once it gets to know I am a sci-fi reader, the chances of it putting a historical novel in front of one's eyeballs is poor. At the public library and the Barnes & Noble, I look at all sorts of books before I get to the sci-fi shelves. If I load my RSS feed aggregator with tech and education what are my chances of reading news about medicine or stock car racing or the plight of drought victims in Africa?

Might the Web be narrowing our world rather than expanding it?

If anyone sees the face of Satan in the smoke from an explosion, be sure and get a picture to send to me. I won't have the reports at the Weekly World News to keep me informed anymore.

And good luck Elvis and Amelia Earhart's love child and all the aliens in San Francisco! 



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