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Internet

Distance learning

Eric Langhorst is a history teacher in Liberty, Missouri. He’s been specializing in ways of using the internet in order to aid in the teaching of history, and has posted conference notes about his research for the MidWest Education Technology conference here in St. Louis.

It’s a nice presentation, but it does demonstrate the growing importance of global broadband coverage. Our community is looking at wide-area wireless for the county, and all the public library system now provides free wireless, as does the downtown St. Louis area.

Lee at Black River News mentions the new Missouri Virtual School program, which lets kids take classes over the internet. This would be particularly valuable for rural areas, especially within school systems struggling with funding. It’s unfortunate that there’s no plan for providing the internet coverage into those areas more likely to benefit from such.

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Internet

Distance learning

Eric Langhorst is a history teacher in Liberty, Missouri. He’s been specializing in ways of using the internet in order to aid in the teaching of history, and has posted conference notes about his research for the MidWest Education Technology conference here in St. Louis.

It’s a nice presentation, but it does demonstrate the growing importance of global broadband coverage. Our community is looking at wide-area wireless for the county, and all the public library system now provides free wireless, as does the downtown St. Louis area.

Lee at Black River News mentions the new Missouri Virtual School program, which lets kids take classes over the internet. This would be particularly valuable for rural areas, especially within school systems struggling with funding. It’s unfortunate that there’s no plan for providing the internet coverage into those areas more likely to benefit from such.

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Just Shelley

Breaka de web

I finally uploaded chapter 7 for the reviewers, and was it a difficult chapter to do. The topic has to do with breaking the web with Ajax, putting it back together again, and what are known as ‘single-page’ applications.

After thinking on it for days, and looking at some extraordinarily torturous ways of patching together kludgey fixes, I finally realized that either you create pages that do well when scripting is disabled, and then add the bits; or you just accept that the application breaks the web and accept the consequences. Personally, I believe that 99.999% of Ajax applications have no justification for completely breaking the web. But, I’m a stick in the mud.

Tired stick in the mud. All I have left is the remaining portions of the last few chapters and then I’ll be done with the draft. I have a wonderful group of reviewers who will then help me see the many errors of my ways, and I’m looking forward to their efforts. When we’re finished, I’ll list out the folks who are helping, who will also get effusive thanks in the book.

Once the editing is done, my god I’ll be able to turn off my computers. Get out of my chair. I want to hit the trails for three months solid.

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Stuff

Serendipitous find of the day

I was testing out a humongous mashup of Flickr, RSS, Google, Technorati that I created for Chapter 9 of “Adding Ajax”, when I clicked through on the tags for a Flickr photo of Chihuly glass, which led to a weblog post that features a video of the MBG Chihuly exhibit closing; accompanied by an interview with a smart young man who seems to know more about greenhouse gases than most of Washington DC; interspersed with quotes from famous people read by a safari-hat wearing Dickson Beall; ragtime jazz playing the background.

The site is WaterSANA, a site dedicated to environmentalism, featuring the Green TV Guide: eclectic videos combining tours of sites from throughout St. Louis, political commentary, interviews, music, and quotes, all packaged up into bite size pieces about two minutes long. If the above video I described doesn’t grab you, then may I also recommend Tiger, Bach, Lincoln, TwainA tiger answers the call of nature during the week that George W. Bush (the ungrateful biped) had an urge for a surge toward success in Iraq. Or Pony Express, Cars, Stars, and Fools.