All posts by Jason B. Jones

by

Four Chemistry-Approved Ways to Stay Awake Without Caffeine

5420516454_2fbf10dc40_b

Now that the fall semester has either started, or is looming ominously, there’s a pretty good chance that you’lll occasionally find yourself in need of a pick-me-up. And while coffee/tea are great, sometimes, you need something a little less shocking to your system. Fortunately, the American Chemical Society has you covered, and they bring amazing news (via Lifehacker):

That’s right: You’re not procrastinating by watching viral cat or puppy videos: you’re improving your alertness and attention…

by

Move Easily Among Browsers with Browser Fairy

Cosmic Fairy Lights

It used to be so easy to answer the question, “Which browser should I use?” First, the answer was always “not Internet Explorer.” Firefox and Chrome were great, but they got real bloated and crufty. (And Chrome is murder on battery life for MacBook users.) Safari isn’t bad, at least on the Mac side–but it uses the keyboard shortcut “CMD-number” (CMD–1, CMD–2, etc.) to open a bookmark, instead of shifting among your open tabs–and, really, who wants to live like that?

In the interest of battery l…

by

Browse More Privately with the Privacy Badger

9476835808_aa61793e33_z

Do you like privacy online? Do you like adorable–if fierce–animals? Of course you do! So you will probably be interested in the fact that, earlier this month, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (previously) announced that Privacy Badger, their anti-tracking browser extension, has officially reached 1.0 status, and is now available in a stable release for Chrome and Firefox users.

Privacy Badger differs from adblockers in that it does not block ads as such; instead, it blocks a specific behavior…

by

Weekend Reading: Almost Back Edition

8277060216_fb6ab7fceb_z

Mid-late August is an odd time in the higher ed calendar, as some schools have already started their semesters, while at other places, people are either clinging to the last two weeks of summer or franticly working to finish things before everything begins again. Whichever applies to you, I hope that your weekend is a great one, and that it contains absolutely no beet salad. (Unless it turns out to be delicious? But that seems like a stretch, right?)

  • It turns out we don’t just choose bad pass…
by

Weekend Reading: Summer Camp Edition

3150914914_7acc83ebf8_b

What with all the news from Wisconsin and North Carolina and, let’s face it, the whole world of public higher education, it can seem legitimately overwhelming/despairing. One concrete thing to do would be to improve one’s faculty activism skills, and the best place to do that is the AAUP’s Summer Institute. It’s a three-day boot-camp in organizing one’s colleagues, talking to the media, pressuring senior administrators, and much else. It’s also a good way to keep up with news about the legal co…

by

A Bill of Rights for Student Collaborators

14856280116_59dfa2a84d_k

One exciting aspect of digital humanities work is its openness to collaboration, including collaboration with students. As someone who used to coordinate an undergraduate research program, I’ve always been particularly excited about opportunities to involve students in meaningful research–and participating actively in an ongoing research project certainly counts!

But undergraduate participation in research also raises a whole host of thorny questions–around compensation, around acknowledgment, …

by

Schedule Meetings Anywhere with Meet

5404341093_0327d35ac9_b

In May, Amy wrote suggested Sunrise as an interesting cross-platform calendar option, right before it was bought by Microsoft. I don’t use Sunrise myself (Fantastical for life), but their most recent version does have a feature that led me to install it: The ability to send invitations via any iOS or Android app that accepts text input.

This happens via a 3rd-party keyboard, which is called Meet. (This is ever-so-slightly confusing, as Meet is part of the Sunrise app, not a separate installat…

by

Weekend Reading: The End Is Near

6105964322_fb53f77f5c_b

The splashy news here at the tail end of the week is edX & ASU’s announcement that they are going to offer a first year of college. Not for free, or even for “as inexpensively as many community colleges,” but since it’s pass, *then* pay, there’s still a somewhat innovative approach to the business model. Jonathan Rees has described the offering of MOOCs for credit as “weaponized” education technology,” and I’m not sure he’…

by

Procrastination, Our Old Frenemy

A few years back, Natalie observed that “an expectation of procrastination seems almost built into the campus landscape,” an observation which hasn’t lost its accuracy since then. Heck, a non-trivial amount of modern internet and app culture often seems on a dialectic of enabling, and then overcoming, procrastination.

Two weeks ago, Shawn Blanc wrote a splendid essay describing procrastination as, fundamentally, an offense against personal integrity–against, that is, one’s commitments to onesel…

by

Google Earth Pro Is Now Free

9356417279_da989794af_z

Who doesn’t love Google Earth? The basic version has done a lot to lower the barriers to entry to basic ways of visualizing spatial data. Prior ProfHacker posts on Google Earth include Konrad’s explanation of how to add an image to Earth to look at historical changes, and Erin Sells’s assignment for mapping novels.

In case you missed it, on Friday Google announced that they have reduced the price of their professional-grade version, Google Earth Pro, from USD$399/year to free. Google Earth Pro …