It’s been a long semester, but we’re finally at Christmas Break and we have sold a few more books than last year. We also have more pages done than ever before. And finally, last night I had a dream of more snow in Houston. Not likely I know, so I’ll have to deliver a blizzard of links.
1 – While 2009 may not have been a wonderful year for most, it was a great year for photography. The Boston Globe has a terrific slide show of more than 40 iconic photos of the year.
2 – Madatoms.com has a graphic that shows the past, present and future decline of journalism. As terrible as your worst post-apocalyptic science fiction nightmare.
3 – The Digital Photography School just keeps posting photo nuggets for us to all enjoy and use, like 10 Reasons to Turn Off Your Auto Focus.
4 – The whole post is being written using Google Chrome browser for OSX, but of course you can already get it for Windows (XP/Vista). Not sure why it is not available for Windows 7 yet? It’s fast and I’ve had few crashes. To me it is the best of Safari and Firefox.
5 – Next up is an 8 minute video of newspaper headlines that have appeared in The Simpsons. Funny.
6 – My Canadian friend, author of Notes From A Teacher, has an insightful list of 10 Things that His (journalism) Students Need To Keep In Mind. Best takeaway – 10. There are many more than 10 things that you need to keep in mind.
7 – Graphjam, always fun, but often insightful had this juicy nugget about where cable news is today.
8 – These are a cool Christmas gift (And if anyone wants to send me one I won’t complain) keyboard skins for applications. I’d love one for Final Cut Express.
9 – Thank you The Economist for putting teeth into the argument against pay-walls. I’ve been saying for the last two years that I would never buy an online news subscription or pay micropayments for news because I read TOO MANY newspapers online. The only way I’d ever consider paying, would be if I could pay a single small monthly fee ($5-7 US a month) that would allow me to read ALL the newspapers, or if they ALL joined one service where I could pay a small fee to read.
10 – Cyberdotnet blog says there will be journalists in the future. I agree. We just won’t work for “the man.” Journalists will have to be freelancers who work for many news organizations, plus produce content for their own branded site.
11 – The Teacher Chronicles puts forth 20 Ways You Can Upgrade to Become a Teacher 2.0. Best Takeaway – 16. Ask your students what they do on the web! Make a list of the websites they mention and make sure you check them out!
12 – I’ve been watching a thread on the Teachpaperless blog about the wonders of technology and what they can do to replace schools and even teachers. But The Teacher Chronicles has a list of Six Things Technology Can’t Do For You.
13 – I recently lamented the speed and capacity of the Internet service at my school, but in other ways we’ve done a good job at keeping up with technology. I really agree with this post from The Teacher Chronicles of 11 Ways To Upgrade Your School into School 2.0.
14 – I am a huge fan of Black and White Photography, here are 40 Beautiful Examples of why it rocks!
Hope this finds you and yours having a wonderful holiday season. I’m still at +/- zero.