It’s sundae and the day of attending services for most of the christianist sects in Greater Metropolitan Arab. That sorta makes it Shabat for those denominations. Of course they still do work and even gossip so it’s not really?
Anyway, for me, it is time to prune tabs which is not as onerous as it should be since I am operating off a small lapbox rather than one of my deskboxes – still too much sensitivity to too much emitting area and too much white space in email and browser windows.
The first tab/article is a stern criticism of Megahard.[Link] Seems that Winders Ate has been annointed as an utter disaster by some gaming guru,
“a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space”
using a pronouncement that the tile gui will drive some OEMs out of business. I have to admit that between not being a gaming type – I’m too old and the games that are out there aren’t what I want to play being an old miniatures gamer, Modern Armor and WW1 naval, transitioned to EMPIRE and PERFECT GENERAL when I got volunteered for the Yankee Army War College – and the reportage, which is turgid at least, but the implication is that the MegaHard Mafia is leaving the gaming fanatics behind in their rush to replicate Canonical’s catastrophe and become just another player in the cellular telephone/tablet market.
The article is semi-couched in this is good for Linux but I am not sure I get that unless this is one of those folks who still think Android is really a distro and not a mutation. From my parochial and heartland viewpoint Android is the new gaming OS because the gaming industry continues to seek the bottom of what’s under the Marianas Trench.
Next, there are a couple of articles: one from Marketplace Tech [Link] about how FaceScroll is going to push out more advertisements; and another [Link] by our esteemed colleague Matt Asay in the Register about FaceScroll following MySpace into the infamous accumulating Markov state of gone. Matt’s azimuth is the grail quest for a safe archive for information (in the technical sense) of personal importance – i.e., where do I stash all my photos and poetry? Since I haven’t drunk the cloud bladder lemonade his concerns are peripheral to mine. I used to have a cloud, called my house, that an act of deity put poof to and disposed of most of FD SCP and my personal importance information. You learn from such experiences, mostly to view any effort to stash stuff as temporary and hope that the destruction comes after you discorporate. Between that and a grave distrust of the shoddy state of encryption in the cloud, spiced with a bit of paranoia over the expansion of warrantless Big Brother, and I am going to keep my personal value information on many pieces of matter, redundantly.
But that is not the azimuth I wanted to pursue about FaceScroll. I put pictures on FaceScroll for sharing, not archiving. And yes, I am aware that the young are departing FaceScroll as fast (or faster) than ORFs are arriving. But I think is FaceScroll collapses it will be from economic pipe clogging rather than fashion. First of all, I am not concerned about the ads thing. There are add-ins for browsers to squash the most execrable of them. It is amusing to remind the FaceScroll suits that it is not Gooey; that I am not looking for a source of stuff but to interact with other humans. Advertisements are orthogonal to that experience. There, plain and simple. Advertisements don’t work well on FaceScroll because they aren’t relevant to its functionality. In fact, I will go out on a limb and offer the hypothesis that advertisement effect is a constant and adding additional advertisements will only dilute things.
Nor am I worried about humans abandoning FaceScroll. No one is going to go develop a new social site (that works) for ORFs. It’s been tried and failed. More than once. Contrary to the picture of market pundits, ORFs do talk to their children and grandchildren and they do have younger friends. And FaceScroll may be a hemorrhoid with all the disruptive “improvements” but it’s still order of magnitude better than Gooey(minus). Selah.
And lastly, there is a rather odious little article [Link] in SmartPlanet about how colleges need to convert sine die to internet presentation. The only factoid that I saw of concrete nature was a claim that undergrads are not learning very much. The concrete of that statement was that in my experience undergrads have never learned very much, mostly because of distractions, hormones, and absence of discipline. Yes, I learned a great deal as an undergrad but I mostly attribute that to making my own way in deciding what courses to take and consistently evading/avoiding/ignoring some rules that I don’t think most undergrads can do, especially the bogs.
That, of course, is the crux of why this lemming rush to the internet is farcical. Yes, it may work for the bogs, taking their majors in business or literature or humanities or some other fluff discipline. They can not learn in a web lecture or structured learning site just as easily as they can not learn in a human presence lecture. Of course, the down side of the whole thing is that this web shift eliminates the option of cutting lecture and learning it on your own which is what the smart bogs used to do and I suspect still do.
But the crux of the matter is that internet presentation flat does not work for nerd courses and nerds. Nerds already have a good, arms length, medium for learning course material. It’s called a book. And the eBook readers of today do not support nerd books – absence of equations and graphs and such – and likely won’t in future. But the crux of nerd courses is problem solving and that needs to be done in small sized classes where students can watch a senior (professor or grad student) work an actual problem and ask questions like “What the heck was that you just did?”and “Why did you do that?” And no matter how good the senior is, he/she can’t anticipate all the critical questions.
This is one of the primary reasons we are turning into a third world nation. It’s because we are not teaching our nerds right. That is, we aren’t teaching how they learn. We aren’t writing and drawing ad hoc and responsively on a blackboard. We’re using canned stuff that isn’t really providing what is needed, because only the student can tell you what is needed and usually only after the fact. So responsiveness and freedom are the watchwords of nerd education and that is what all of this internet presentation is doing away with. So we aren’t teaching nerds and as a result our society is being drug down to the level of bogs. Third world level.