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What contributes to this misconception (that the Internet is chaotic rather than highly controlled), I suggest, is that protocol is based on a contradiction between two opposing machines: One machine radically distributes control into autonomous locales, the other machine focuses

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getting started with github and prose.io

This is a cross-posted piece from the blog for my Digital History seminar. While I wrote it specifically for my students in that class, I figure it might have slightly larger appeal to other professors out there considering using GitHub

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breaking bad and the cancer of neoliberalism

People certainly have written too much about Breaking Bad. And, no I don’t ever write about these kinds of things on this blog. But Breaking Bad holds a dear place in my Albuquerque-missing heart. Our house in Albuquerque was scouted

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forget the MOOA, how about admin by algorithm

Benjamin Ginsberg has made the completely reasonable suggestion that we forget the MOOC, and instead turn to Massively Open Online Administrations (MOOA). After all, administrative positions (and costs) have far outpaced growth in full time faculty positions, and all those

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charting my archive

I have a very short hiatus between the end of the Spring Semester and the onset of a May Term, during which I’ll be teaching a three-week course on the Spanish Conquest. (As an aside, I’m hoping in that May

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matplotlib on OSX Mountain Lion with virtualenv

I have been struggling to get matplotlib working ever since upgrading to OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion. It’s necessary for a number of different graphing/plotting things I want to do with NLTK and Pandas. It’s very frustrating. The solutions I’ve found

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assessment, accreditation, taxonomy: bloom’s picker!

UT Knoxville is approaching its date with the destiny that is SACS re-accreditation. We’re due to submit our campus-wide application in September 2014. That means we’re getting in to full gear now for the hoop jumping that is this process.

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