Archive for March, 2009

March 25th 2009

2009 Toady Award

2009 Toady Award

Winner of the 2009 TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) Award:  Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Barbie.  The Toady is sponsored by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.

Rated by Mattel as appropriate for children age six and up, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Doll comes with the shortest of short shorts, stiletto boots, and a revealing halter top.  The preposterously skimpy outfit allows children to get a better view of Barbie’s impossibly long legs and dangerously thin body.

“When you combine two classic symbols of gendered stereotypes – the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader and Barbie – you get one terrible toy,” said CCFC Steering Committee member Joe Kelly, of www.dadsanddaughters.com.  “Do we really want to teach our young daughters that they belong on the sidelines, not in the game, and the way to get noticed is show a lot of skin?”

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March 24th 2009

Aviary

Aviary

Aviary is an online alternative to Photoshop and other bloated image-manipulating software.

Aviary is on a mission to make creation accessible to artists of all genres, from graphic design to audio editing. We’re a privately held company currently headquartered in Long Island, NY, with team members around the world. Our founders also created Worth1000.com, a talented community of 500,000 digital artists that participate in amazing daily contests.

Portrait.egg by mpeutz on Aviary

http://aviary.com/home

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March 23rd 2009

Jing

Jing

Here’s a new app that allows you to not only save screencaptures, but to animate onscreen activities as well.  It’s called Jing and I have yet to try it, but it seems interesting.

A few ways to use Jing:

  • collaborateCollaborate on a design project
  • share snapshotShare a snapshot of a document
  • speechNarrate your vacation photos
  • bugCapture that pesky bug in action
  • family tech supportShow Dad how to use iTunes
  • homeworkComment verbally on students’ homework
  • smileyCollect cool web designs or funny ads
  • tidbitsPost tidbits from your life on Twitter or Facebook

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March 22nd 2009

Academic Earth

Academic Earth

Academic Earth is an organization founded with the goal of giving everyone on earth access to a world class education.

Interesting site with a lot of lectures/information on many topics.  Needs more English topics!

As more and more high quality educational content becomes available online for free, we ask ourselves, what are the real barriers to achieving a world class education?  At Academic Earth, we are working to identify these barriers and find innovative ways to use technology to increase the ease of learning.

We are building a user-friendly educational ecosystem that will give internet users around the world the ability to easily find, interact with, and learn from full video courses and lectures from the world’s leading scholars.  Our goal is to bring the best content together in one place and create an environment that in which that content is remarkably easy to use and in which user contributions make existing content increasingly valuable.

http://academicearth.org/

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March 18th 2009

Pope’s Condom Stance

Pope's Condom Stance

The headline on the BBC news site obviously means something other than what I’m thinking. Didn’t Larry Craig have a “wide stance” in that bathroom in Idaho? Now the Pope has a condom stance. What’s next?

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March 17th 2009

March Madness, sorta

March Madness, sorta

Inside Higher Ed has its own take on March Madness with the 4th Annual Academic Performance Tournament.

As in years past, we have broken down the entire men’s tournament bracket and advanced those teams with the better performance in the classroom.  To select the winners, we used the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate — a nationally comparable score that gives points to teams whose athletes stay in good standing academically and stay enrolled from semester to semester….  Often, this method selects some unlikely teams as national champions.

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