Weekend Reading: First Week Exhaustion Edition

snowAs a quick followup to Kathleen’s post yesterday from Apple’s textbook/iTunesU event, I wanted to point to two additional commentaries: Audrey Watters’s post on the “Digital Textbook Counter-Revolution”, which explains all the ways that this approach amounts to old chains dressed up in multitouch veneer, and Kieran Healy’s suggestion that by focusing on digital textbooks, Apple strangely misses the potential of its own device.

On to this week’s links!

  • At Profology, Daniel Kaczmarek explains “How I Became an adjunctHuman”: It all changed a few weeks into the semester when I was offered to pick up some classes at yet another college for a teacher that was hospitalized.  Under normal circumstances, I would say no, but this school offered health insurance to their adjuncts that taught two classes.  It had been four years since I last had health insurance.  I needed a physical.  I needed new glasses.  I needed the emotional stability provided by not having to worry that random illness would ruin my financial life. 
  • Gina Trapani lists some downsides to being internet famous: When you have a big audience, you’re the 1% of the web, and that means your view of the world is skewed. You get paranoid about privacy, cynical about requests from friends, and impatient about misunderstandings. I spent two years building an app that helps people organize and archive hundreds of tweet replies, solving a problem that basically no one else has.
  • Zen Faulkes on “Failing in games and classes”: When you play many video games, it is impossible to succeed in a lot of tasks on the first go. You walk into a room, press a button to open the door,and suddenly you have monsters released from hidden candles in every section of the room completely surrounding you, and you’re dead before you have a chance to react.
  • Mathias Klang and Åsa Larsson lay out “The Seven Deadly Sins of Academia”: What’s worse than procrastination? Apparently Perendination: To put off until the day after tomorrow.
  • Academic Jungle‘s GMP guest-blogs at Scientopia about the extent to which you can take projects to a new job: the question of the day is: when a person leaves to start his or her new faculty position, how do you decide what is OK for them to take along? Do you have a talk about non-competing, where you as senior prof stop working on some of the projects on which the new lab/group is planning to embark?

In this week’s video, Warren Ellis addresses the Cognitive Cities conference (via Ellis’s own blog) on ghosts and ghosthunters:

Warren Ellis at Cognitive Cities Conference from Cognitive Cities on Vimeo.

Have a great weekend!

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