Archive for September, 2012

Weekend Funny – Grad School Scam

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

grade school scam

Presenting Stats Gangnam Style

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Gangnam Style vs Call Me Maybe: A Popularity Comparison

maybevs gangnamI’m a bit torn by this item.  Is it an example of how to make stats more interesting, or a way to make something contemporary and fun, a bit dull and wrong (like when your 60 year old lecturer uses ‘so random’ in totally the wrong context).

Obsessed with privacy? Got a massive block of free time? I have list for you.

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

LLRX “Law and technology resources for legal professionals” has over 200 hundred links to privacy related sites.

It also demonstrates that when it comes to content, more can be LESS.   It may be incredibly valuable, but definitely falls victim to TLDNR.  For us as educators it provides an object lesson.  Content is freely available, our job is not to serve it up up but to help students make meaning from it.

Good example of mixed media about maddness.

Monday, September 17th, 2012

This TED talk demonstrates an excellent use of animation, audio and narration to deliver a message.

The speaker has some interesting things to say about mental illness and how we tend to define people by their maddest edges rather than their sum total.  It is worth watching through to the end.


As a person in a Business and Economics faculty I found this quote interesting.  “Capitalism at its most ruthless rewards psychopathic behaviour…..capitalism perhaps at its most remorseless is a physical manifestation of psychopathy”

Who said accountants don’t live on the edge.

Do you read online Terms of Service

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Not all terms of service are created equal.  They are not ‘boiler plate’ documents.

Even if access to a .com site is ‘free’ the people running it, in general, want to make money.

On the other hand all your friends are using the platform and the TOS is just too long too read.

So what do you do?  You go to  Terms of Service Didn’t Read (which is a play on TLDNR – To Long Did Not Read)*


It’s a work in progress but definitely a site worth bookmarking for future reference.

*TLDNR – This most commonly pops up on online forums as a reply to long (usually impassioned) rants.  I have also seen it in student descriptions of recommended texts.

Daniel Pink: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Thursday, September 6th, 2012