Archive for October, 2015

Weekend funny – 6 second tutorial on how to use a selfie stick

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

There are many uses for selfie sticks and this video is certainly one.

selfie break

https://vine.co/v/eEVj3lKmD9r

It’s interesting how polarizing these (it has to be said, quite useful) items have become.

I’m trying to think of other recent items that have been used (usually unfairly) as indicators of a persons personality and values.

So here’s my list so far 🙂

  1. Hummers
  2. Over priced Polo shirts (LaCoste, Hilfigger insert your brand bias here)
  3. Blue Ribbon beer (and fixed wheel bikes – seriously guys, get some gears).
  4. Ponytails (on men), Mullets (either sex)
  5. Hats of any description (except on the beach)
  6. Persistent Bloggers (how 2006!)
  7. Emoji over users

Weekend Funny – 27 Professors Who Got The Last Laugh

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

I’m a big believer in using humour in our teaching.  Buzzfeed has collected a few examples.

This teacher's very effective anti-cheating method.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicamisener/professors-who-got-the-last-laugh#.icDrrgpwY

Shove Chrome extension – good for practical jokes but maybe also lectures.

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

shove

There’s an insane new Chrome extension called “Shove” that we’re sure nobody’s going to misuse. As spotted by Wired, it lets you drop a web page onto your friend’s browser, and vice-versa.  … however, it’s strictly opt-in. Once both parties agree, they can open up links in each others’ browsers anytime.”
http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/13/shove-chrome-browser-extension/

First, I would not use this app with my sons or either brother.  My younger brother occasionally calls friends during church or in the cinema just to see if they have left their ringtone on.  It’s funny when it’s not you.

But imagine you are running a live Q&A event.  It could be very useful to have an off-sider quickly hunting up answers or resources and posting them straight to your screen or the projector.

Tech enhanced narcissism is now more dangerous than sharks

Monday, October 5th, 2015

www.nypost.com
www.nypost.com

The death toll of officially recorded selfie-related deaths currently stands at 12, shark deaths are currently at 8.

http://mashable.com/2015/09/21/selfie-deaths/#xbqR1cMJskqm

Previous incidents this year include a man who was gored to death taking a picture during a bull run in a Spanish town, and two men who accidentally blew themselves up in the Russian Ural mountains when posing with a live grenade. The picture was discovered saved to the camera roll on one of the men’s phones.”

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/sep/22/live-grenades-bull-chases-clifftops-selfies-death-toll

It may be that the Darwin Awards will need a whole separate category for Selfie related deaths.  For those who aren’t aware of the Darwin Awards

“the Darwin Awards commemorate individuals who protect our gene pool by making the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives.   Darwin Award winners eliminate themselves in an extraordinarily idiotic manner, thereby improving our species’ chances of long-term survival.”

Something to think about before you buy a selfie stick.