2nd Annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium Was a Great Success

With nearly 100 registered attendees and more unregistered, the 2nd Annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium on Extrapolation, Interdisciplinarity, and Learning on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 was a great success! We were honored to have Samuel R. Delany give the event’s keynote address, and we had excellent presentations and panel discussions from scholars, graduate students,Continue reading “2nd Annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium Was a Great Success”

On Reading J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Books

I read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books over the winter break. All of them: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1997), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003), HarryContinue reading “On Reading J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Books”

Spring 2013 ENGL1101 Project 2, “Maximizing the Brain’s Potential,” Final Videos

For the second major project in my ENGL1101 class at Georgia Tech titled, “Maximizing the Brain’s Potential,” students work in teams of several students each to produce collaboratively an entertaining and educational video based on a single chapter from John Medina’s Brain Rules. Building on the success of my students’ work on this assignment in FallContinue reading “Spring 2013 ENGL1101 Project 2, “Maximizing the Brain’s Potential,” Final Videos”

A Selection of Videos to Review with My ENGL1101 Classes on Oct 17, 2012

During today’s class, I would like us to watch these videos and discuss what these videos attempt to accomplish rhetorically using WOVEN (written, oral, visual, electronic, and nonverbal) modes of communication. 10 Amazing Facts About the Brain: Interesting Facts About the Human Brain: NOVA – Inside Oliver Sack’s Brain on Music:

A Prime Example Why SOPA Will Endanger the Internet: Spiteful Big Corporations

The other big news this past week besides SOPA was MegaUpload.com’s MegaUpload Song on YouTube: Universal Music Group (UMG) had a conniption fit, because some of their signed artists provided testimonials for MegaUpload, a file sharing site that makes it easy to share files with others. Despite MegaUpload having every right to use the testimonialsContinue reading “A Prime Example Why SOPA Will Endanger the Internet: Spiteful Big Corporations”

George Lucas Strikes Back, Trailer on Youtube

I found this gem on BoingBoing yesterday morning. “George Lucas Strikes Back” is an over-the-top movie idea presented in the form of a movie trailer without a movie. These types of trailers are created by fans and filmmakers as a way to pitch an idea or present a “what if” scenario. They can also beContinue reading “George Lucas Strikes Back, Trailer on Youtube”

Ollie Klublershturf vs. The Nazis, an Outrageous Science Fiction Short Film

Originally spied on the outstanding blog SFSignal here, I cannot recommend the above short science fiction film enough! Called “Ollie Klublershturf vs. The Nazis” and written by Damon Lindelof of LOST and Star Trek fame, it is about a young prodigy who uses his recently invented time machine to thwart the evil plans of post-WWII Nazis.Continue reading “Ollie Klublershturf vs. The Nazis, an Outrageous Science Fiction Short Film”

Blog Made to Suffer

That right–I’m a blog S&M junkie.  Not that I’m into S&M blogs, but I derive a certain amount of pleasure ignoring my blog while pursuing other, arguably more important, matters.  So it goes. I’m currently pulling double duty on papers.  I’m knee deep in tank books describing their development and first battles.  I believe thereContinue reading “Blog Made to Suffer”