Exploring the intersection of technology and the arts

2048 Game – The Daily Create

Well, I just learned about another addictive game that I don’t need to spend a lot of time playing right now. 2048. Thanks DS106! Well, today’s Daily Create challenge from the DS106 people is to invent your own version of a 2048 game. Here is mine.


Social Media Technology

Next week, a new semester begins and with it a new class I’m going to teach called Social Media Technology. I’m looking forward to this class because it is a topic I have been closely following for several years now. Because social media technologies are so embedded in our digital lives now, there is aContinue Reading

I have never seen this before

I have never seen this before. How many different times and in how many different ways have I heard this statement from a student? It is as if this statement somehow invalidates the legitimacy of what we are doing, or provides a free pass to accomplish little or nothing. It comes across as a complaint, butContinue Reading

A Lesson in Persistence

About two years ago, Katrina Lewis and I submitted a paper to a small, regional computer science conference held in my state on the subject of Halloween pumpkin carving as a design activity.  Here is what one of the reviewers had to say about our proposal: This would be an interesting presentation at a graphics/art pedagogy conference,Continue Reading

Star Wars Uncut: Empire Strikes Back

Around three years ago, my digital media students and I worked on scenes from Star Wars Uncut : Empire Strikes Back edition. I submitted a couple of scenes for consideration, and one with my son Thomas was accepted. You can see him eating ribs at around the 9:46 minute mark. I’m still waiting to learnContinue Reading

Inspire Her Mind

This video from Verizon suggests that the messages we are sending to girls push them away from math and sciences. I have a girl who is in middle school, and seems to have lost some of the love of learning in these areas, not because she’s been discouraged at home. I think it is muchContinue Reading

I Can See My House!

Evidently, a neighbor of mine purchased a new quadcopter and filmed our neighborhood this week. This video shows a pretty good view of the whole town where I live.. I think he’s planning to use it as part of his farming operation to inspect his crops. Recently, I spoke at the Arthur Capper Ag CooperativeContinue Reading

Manual Dexterity of Millenials

A couple of weeks ago I made a presentation to a group of agricultural cooperative CEOs about the implications of technology in rural communities along with implications for future employees. I talked about a number of things that I usually discuss, including the use of social media and the Internet as tools for doing businessContinue Reading

Life’s Paradoxes

I have been reading Viktor Frankl’s classic, Man’s Search For Meaning recently. My daughter, who is struggling with the novel assigned in her 6th grad reading class, asked my about the book I’m reading. I told her it was assigned for a class I took several years ago, but admitted that I never actually read itContinue Reading

The Contest Nobody Could Win

This is a mash-up of six songs, one second each. In the classic sitcom episode WKRP in Cincinnati: The Contest Nobody Could Win, disk jockey Dr Johnny Fever accidentally promotes the entire year’s prize budget as the prize, instead of the $50 it was supposed to be, so they had to come up with aContinue Reading