get your thriller on

Sometimes the best use of technology can be for fun. For your Friday Fluff: a YouTube video of Lexington’s annual¬†Thriller Parade. If you’ve never seen it, the good choreography in this video starts about 4:15 into it. Anyone ever been in it? Looks like fun. ūüôā Enjoy your weekend!



Do check out ARTstor if you haven’t! Wow¬†the images available are terrific, whether you teach art or art history or whether you simply need illustration for another subject area. Although it’s not a comprehensive database, it is growing every day. Certainly the clarity with which you can see each piece and the detail you can get close to is amazing. UK Libraries makes the database available – just go to¬†and click on databases to find ARTstor alphabetically. You can set up your own account. If you need a faculty account with more permissions, contact Gail Kennedy in the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library. Excuse me – I need to go explore.

Harry’s fate

Blogs are helpful in so many ways. On a professional level, they can provide among other things¬†a way for students to interact with each other and an instructor on one or a variety of topics; an avenue for colleagues to comment on research findings; and a forum for readers to interact with publications. On the personal side, they are great for keeping families in touch with each other or sharing photos and adventures with family members or friends far away. One gentleman is using a blog to share his grandfather’s letters during WWI. Each letter is posted 90 years to the day from the date on the letter. I actually wrote about this once before, and the blog itself¬†is linked in the right column under “WWI: Experiences of an English Soldier.”

But here’s my point today: Armistice Day is Nov. 11. The war is almost over, but Harry is headed into some heavy action. Will he make it? I’ll keep reading to find out. If you haven’t checked out the blog, you’ll find it at

Educause interview

Educause is coming up next week. Here’s a Tech Therapy interview with Educause’s president, Diana Oblinger. She talks about challenges for college technology staff, where Educause is headed, and what to expect next week. If you’re not going to Educause, you will be able to find some of the sessions simulcast on the Web.

teaching with tech

The Chronicle of Higher Education has captured a brief but interesting video of professors explaining how they are using technology regularly in their courses – both online and face-to-face. Find out how these presenters for the League for Innovation in the Community College’s technology conference¬†use flip cameras, electronic “quiz show” games and wikis.

a real network

This is kind of a fun little video from the university libraries at my hometown u., Murray State. Enjoy, and stay dry this weekend!

does anybody really know what time it is?

If you believe the current articles that attempt to explain “digital natives” to us “digital immigrants,” then I had a very strange encounter yesterday. A passing student paused, asked me what time it was, and simultaneously tapped his wrist. I talk with my hands, too, so the whole words-and-action piece made for perfect communication with me. Unfortunately, I had left my watch at home that morning. So I started to say I didn’t … but wait! I had my cell phone. I pulled it out and looked, gave him the time of day, and moved along.

And then it hit me: He tapped his wrist. He tapped his wrist? I had just read an article not long ago telling me that digital natives don’t wear watches (it wasn’t this article, but this one is an example of what’s being said). They carry personal electronics with clocks built in. Hey, nobody wears watches anymore unless it is decorative. Really? Then why did this young man unconsciously tap his wrist? I tried to count watches as I walked across campus, and, sure enough, the younger people seemed to be wearing fewer watches, while people around my age and older almost to a person were wearing watches. (The ones who weren’t were probably, like me, cursing inwardly that they left theirs at home.) Not a scientific study by any means, but a pleasant enough way to spend an autumn afternoon.

Still, I think I shall remain skeptical regarding “what they say” about the labeled boxes we¬†live in.¬†After all, he tapped his wrist.