The Mad Men Round Up
by Brian Michael Foote
That’s a misnomer. I’m actually going to have to avoid all media this week in a futile effort to not hear spoilers about Mad Men. I’m in Boston and it just felt a little, I don’t know, wrong to watch it here. My Mad Men crew has selflessly agreed not to watch it until I get into New York Thursday so keep it down and don’t ruin anything for me.
Some weeks I feel like I really have to hunt to find some news to mention and other weeks these little gems practically fall right into my hand. In case you missed it Dick Cheney has finally had his entire heart replaced. Yes – the man who shot his friend in the face has managed to kidnap a stranger’s heart and have it put in his chest. I feel bad for the heart. Can you imagine? One minute you’re there pumping blood, hanging out with your friends in the neighborhood and then suddenly you’re in a vast cavern of bats, darkness and ghosts. Eeeesh. Elsewhere around the internet I stumbled across LessWrong and their community-compiled list of the best textbooks on everything. (Special thanks to Metafilter for that one!)
Here on the Commons there was plenty to catch up on. I’m sure many of you saw the PSC/Pathways email that went out. Tony Picciano posted PSC President Barbara Bowen’s email on the Commons outlining why the Union has taken CUNY to court over Pathways. Court! It’s about to get real.
Mari Watanabe-Rose threw down a challenge over at Math Matters: Can you recognize the sidewalks? The Cairo Tessellation post from last month had Mari seeing patterns everywhere. She makes a great point at the end too - Do math folks go crazy seeing math everywhere? I am admittedly math-phobic but I know that when the kerning is off on fonts I tend to go a little mad. That’s close right? I feel like the quotidian answer to Mari’s question is going to let me down a little so would the math-gifted just pretend like everything they see has formulas swirling around it with Phillip Glass playing? Awesome.
Over at ‘Did We Break It’ Scott Voth posted a phenomenal list of tools to take your good blog all the way to amazing. So. Much. Hyperbole. I know, I know, but the list really is superb and there’s so much you could be doing to your blog that you just haven’t found yet. Many thanks to Scott for pulling together so many resources.
Speaking of amazing blogs – check out ‘Collaborative Seeing Studio,’ a new blog on the Commons with an emphasis on visual research.
Finally this week on the Commons Joseph Ugoretz rolls up his sleeves and solves the headache of sorting through digital submissions of all kinds. Be sure to check out the demo version of the reviewing site and then head over to the comments for feedback! Thanks for sharing Joe and building this out!
Till next week!