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Jerk Phone

When you run into people who can’t ignore their phone for more than fifteen minutes, I do sort of assume they’re in an abusive relationship with their phone. ↓ TranscriptKLOWNUS: I downloaded a new app to help me lose weight. It searches social network site to find pictures of girls you had crushes on back in school. KLOWNUS: Then it ... Read More »

MOOC Justification

MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) are very trendy in higher education right now. Like most trends, the excitement will likely die down and they’ll eventually find a useful spot in education. Still, right now there’s an awful lot of people trying to justify their existence. ↓ TranscriptBEARD: A MOOC? How am I supposed to teach an online class to ten ... Read More »

The Simplicity of Email

Universities are very skilled at taking very simple technology and making it unbearably complicated. I’m not sure why, but I have my suspicions. ↓ TranscriptBEARD: Why does it take fifteen clicks to access our email through the web? HOBO: You'd think we could type in one address and be there. STEVE: Sir, faculty complaints have dropped by forty percent! CZAR: ... Read More »

Automatic Computer Logout

Sometime sit and watch a timed computer lab–even one that closes at a certain hour. It’s like a weird psychological experiment as the time counts down. ↓ TranscriptLIBRARIAN: We've set all the computers to auto log students out after an hour. LIBRARIAN: That way no single student monopolizes a computer all night. LIBRARIAN: Unfortunately, it's produced a Pavlovian response to ... Read More »

Bra Engineering

Smart people eventually figure out the path of least resistance. I think Trey and Billy are on their way. ↓ TranscriptBILLY: We've been working for months, but we finally finished our app that tells women if they're wearing the right size bra! TREY: We just need you to life your shirt so I scan you. AMANDA: I'm not that stupid! ... Read More »

Future Tense Email

One valid concern about a digital age is that everything we say and do while we’re young may forever be preserved. Without an ability to truly reinvent yourself, you may forever be stuck in the state of being you were at the end of high school. Then again, that was a problem for some people before the digital revolution. ↓ ... Read More »

Because It’s There

I love technology, but I feel like sometimes I lose sight of it serving me and I begin serving it. I set up elaborate schemes just to prove to myself that I can, instead of it actually serving any real world purpose. I do this too often. ↓ TranscriptMEGAN: Trey, why are you always the first person to comment on ... Read More »

My Phone Is Bigger

There is certainly some appeal in variety of phone sizes. Still, the market has gone a little loopy with people carrying around seven inch phones. I’m not really sure of the appeal. I think I’d prefer an old fashioned flip phone and a tablet at that point, but maybe I’m missing something. ↓ TranscriptRICK: Check it, I got another new ... Read More »

Crash and Burn

The world needs more optimists. Mole and Troll always look on the sunny side. Unfortunately, I think too many people in real life also take this perspective toward doing their jobs poorly. ↓ TranscriptCZAR: We spent millions buying new computers and they're all crashing! CZAR: Even when they work, the Wi-Fi is down! What does I.T. have to say for ... Read More »

A Spoonful of Preparation

I love technology, but sometimes I find myself spending more time setting up technology and doing neat things with it as tech, than actually using it for something practical. I also notice students do this. ↓ TranscriptRICK: Megan, check it! I digitized all my notes and synched them up with the audio lectures from class! RICK: I've even got them ... Read More »