Paper Planes and The Game-ification of Technical Writing

I’m starting a reflection on a series of activities I just did with my English 313: Technical Writing students over the last two weeks. I will be adding to this as time goes by, and I will likely present it soon in a venue near you (ATTW, computers and writing).  It illustrates one of the Read more about Paper Planes and The Game-ification of Technical Writing[…]

CM Punk and Kairos — the potential seeds for a deeper discussion

Again, originally offered to a class as an example, I am considering expanding on my reflections on CM Punk. This one starts from a Wikipedia definition of Kairos and goes weird places.   The first is Kairos. I could give you a book definition, but the one on Wikipedia is surprisingly well written (go figure), so Read more about CM Punk and Kairos — the potential seeds for a deeper discussion[…]

The “Myth” of Online Authenticity or Phill Engages Billie’s Post

My friend (I hope she’d consider me such) and colleague Billie Hara recently posted this spot on blog entry about digital identity on her personal blog. I wish to applaud her, and I encourage any scholars in our field who aren’t thinking about digital identity to make sure they turn their attention there, at least Read more about The “Myth” of Online Authenticity or Phill Engages Billie’s Post[…]

Killing Games: or How Weird is it to Virtually Fire the Killshot?

While eating dinner with my mother, we were watching Wolf Blitzer in ye olde Situation Room on CNN. This flashed across the bottom of the screen while Wolf discussed the viability of Donald Trump as a Presidential candidate. I then did a little Googling and found this site, which boasts, among other things, an Osamagotchi, Read more about Killing Games: or How Weird is it to Virtually Fire the Killshot?[…]

Things fall apart, Patton: or Phill Plays a Lot of Mortal Kombat

A while back I read an essay by one of my favorite comics, Patton Oswalt, in Wired, one of my favorite publications. In it, Oswalt laments the death of the geek and the emergence of a sort of “commonplace nerd.” He then resolves that the solution to our problems with pop culture are to destroy Read more about Things fall apart, Patton: or Phill Plays a Lot of Mortal Kombat[…]

The 2011 AT&T Faculty Award for Exemplary Uses of Technology in Teaching and Learning: or: “My Award, plz to look?”

Today I officially received my 2011 AT&T Faculty Award for exemplary uses of technology in teaching and learning for the CMS I designed for my WRA 210 class (and my WRA 110 from the fall semester). I’ve taken a few iPhone photo shots of the award, but they don’t really do it justice. It’s a Read more about The 2011 AT&T Faculty Award for Exemplary Uses of Technology in Teaching and Learning: or: “My Award, plz to look?”[…]

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