Making fun of PowerPoint

PowerPoint can be a great tool when it’s used correctly. It seldom is, of course. I think that’s one of the reasons the current crop of college students absolutely hate being subjected to PowerPoint presentations, generally. It has been used on them so badly for so long, they tend to react negatively to any PowerPoint presentation.

Comedian Don McMillan doesn’t teach you how to use PPT correctly, but through his comedy about “How NOT to Use Powerpoint,” he at least sensitizes PPT abusers to be aware of their sins.

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Just about ready to ride again

This blog has been relatively quiet this summer. For one thing, we’ve been on “summer break.” That doesn’t mean much, except that I wasn’t physically on campus as much. Other things had more of an effect.

  • I had two (really, three or four) major PHP projects for which I was committed.
  • I taught an online speech course.
  • My youngest daughter wound up in the hospital again, her 18th hospitalization.

We’re not back in regular session yet, and Hannah isn’t home from the hospital yet. But I’ve turned in summer grades, and I have a connection from the hospital, so this is as good a time as any to crank it up.

I need to do something. I have bookmarked 33 pages that I had intended to tell you about, and that I haven’t had time to get to yet. I hope some of them still mean something by the time I get it all taken care of.

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First Amendment once again under fire

I have not heard of this case before, a fact which helps to illustrate why we must keep a watch for abuses of freedom of expression. Josh Wolf is apparently being prosecuted for the crime of committing journalism. It’s hard to believe that a country founded on the ideals of freedom continues to slide inexorably down the chute into totalitarianism, and it’s happening the way you boil a frog, i.e., but degrees so gradual that we don’t notice. I don’t care what his politics are; the fact that he was jailed for so long for this is a travesty.

My realization comes in the wake of a story about France’s attempt to make it illegal for anyone other than a “professional” journalist (which, I suspect, will mean a licensed one, which means the government decides who is a journalist) to video record a violent crime. Obviously, that’s not First Amendment—after all, France isn’t the U.S. It is, nevertheless, chilling to recognize that another supposedly free nation is moving in this direction.

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Thoughts on bicameral brain, sliced differently

43 Folders is a really good blog however you look at it. Today, though, I’m impressed by the post on “Life hacks: Smarty Pants v. Dumbass.” It’s one of those insights that will make you say, “Of course!” and it explains so much of what we all deal with.

P.S. It’s worth looking at just for the graphic that illustrates the dichotomy.

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