12 hours with a Chromebook

The most obvious use-case for a chromebook to me is for travelling, and I can imagine recommending it to the faculty I support who travel as well. This past summer, for example, Robert Siegel took a dozen students to Madagascar, and in order to free up space on their cameras and back up a copy of their SD cards he bought a 400$+  Netbook and a couple 2TB travel drives.  Its also very useful to be able to view media on a full screen to see if their are problems with focus, white balance, image stabilization, audio levels, etc. and I lent the students my old iPad 1 for this purpose.  With an adapter an iPad can injest SD media, but you can’t add an external USB drive to it so only the photos from the beginning of the trip were on it.

Nine ways scientists demonstrate they don’t understand journalism

Ananyo Bhattacharya, the chief online editor of Nature, reviews nine persistent criticisms by scientists of journalists, and argues that the scientists are wrong. His article is probably more fun to read if you completely disagree with him, but more interesting if you agree. The gist is that scientists don't recognize science journalism's genre constraints and audience expectations. One can't expect journalists to faithfully cover in full detail one's research any more than one can expect the public to read one's books and publications. As a sample of his pointed wit, Ananyo takes it even further and says most scientists don't even read these:

“All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace”

This summer I am going to make an effort to think about our relationship to technology, rather than review how it can be used.  So for the first post in this series I am reviewing not a tool, but a documentary by Adam Curtis, which is being broadcast right now on the BBC in the UK.  I am grateful to Matteo Bittanti for leading me to Curtis’ body of work and pointing out the first two episodes of “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace” on youtube: