Category Archives: Editorial

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Open Thread Wednesday: Breathe


For many of us, it’s the time of semester when everything seems to be piling up at once: committee reports, grading, planning for the summer, planning for the fall, book orders for upcoming classes, last-minute student advising, as well as all of the regular responsibilities that are a part of our personal lives.

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve often encouraged our readers to remember to take a break. In this week’s open thread, we’d like to hear your best suggestions for how to go about doing just t…

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Weekend Reading: Here Comes Peter Cottontail Edition

This weekend marks the return of one of my favorite contests: The Washington Post’s annual Peeps Diorama contest. Here are the winners and finalists for 2014. Also sharing in the Peeps love, Slate asks, “What happens when you throw a Peep out an airlock?” This experiment builds on the research done by the Peeps peeps themselves, who document various scientific results on their website. If you would prefer to eat your peeps, you can find a variety of recipes online.

Tuesday, April 15 was the one…

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Weekend Reading: When Pollen Attacks Edition

Happy Friday ProfHackers! A disclaimer: I’m writing this week’s weekend reading through pollen-induced haze thanks to a triple whammy of tree pollen here in the Southeast that has sent allergen counts through the roof from Virginia through parts of Florida.

Last week, I included the news of David Letterman’s retirement. Yesterday, it was announced that Stephen Colbert will be his replacementThe LA Times argues that “Colbert is not a conservative choice.” Apparently Rush Limbaugh and other pol…

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Weekend Reading: April is the Cruelest Edition

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Happy Friday ProfHackers! Here’s to hoping that your April is off to a better start than T. S. Eliot’s. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, now might be the time to double-down on your allergy meds and any other preventative measures that you can find. According to the Washington Post, the mid-Atlantic, may be facing “a tidal wave of pollen” thanks to the lengthy and quixotic winter that we’ve enjoyed.

A story broke earlier this week that Harvard had a trio of books bound in human skin. More…

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From the Archives: All About Games

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From playing games, to teaching with games, making your own games, and even gamifying your email — the ProfHacker archives have a lot to offer when thinking about games.

Games in the Classroom
Anastasia has written a very thorough series of posts on Games in the Classroom:

  1. Part 1 explains that games can help students through exploring content through new or multiple points of view, learning through making, and collaboration.

  2. Part 2 explains how and where to discover games that you might wan…

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Weekend Reading: Hoping for Spring Edition

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Temperatures are finally rising above freezing on a regular basis in New England, which means that—despite everything—spring may finally be coming. That doesn’t have anything in particular to do with this weekend’s reading, but I do hope you can read in some warmth and spring-like comfort.

  • Let’s start with some fun and stimulating reading. First, if you don’t subscribe to the RSS feed of Rebecca Onion’s The Vault blog at Slate, do so now (and if you don’t know how to subscribe to an RSS feed,
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Weekend Reading: Shall We Dance? Edition

Happy Friday ProfHackers, and happy March Madness for those of you enjoying the tournaments! If basketball isn’t your thing, you can still get in on the fun. This year Out of Print clothing has a Book Madness tournament–their bracket pits heroes vs villains so Moby Dick takes on Humbert Humbert; can Tom Buchanan best Lady MacBeth? Is Voldemort the big bad? Over Satan? For the hero team, can Bilbo Baggins beat Natty Bumpo? Does Scarlett O’Hare stand a chance against Katniss Everdeen? And what’s …

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Weekend Reading: Pi(e) Edition

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Happy Pi(e) Day, ProfHackers! If you are wondering about Pi Day, check out this piece on Slate.

Before you celebrate Pi(e) day too enthusiastically, however, you might check out this piece on Salon, which lists 5 reasons behind the obesity epidemic in the United States. Hint: none of them are french fries.

As many of you have undoubtedly already heard, Amazon announced yesterday that they will be raising the price of their Prime membership from $79 to $99 on April 17. GigaOM reports this news a…

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Lego and Making Things

I’ve been thinking about making things as a way to “do” scholarship for a while now. There’s an unsurprising obsession among many of those at the border of digital studies and the “digital humanities” with bridging the gap between what we study and what we publish. But there’s always risk involved in making something weird. It’s easy to know what to do with a rejected essay for a journal: there’s always another venue, and revising, while painful, is manageable. Making things is a lot less certa…

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Weekend Reading: In Like a Lion Edition

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Happy Friday ProfHackers! And for those of you embarking on your Spring Break (gulp!)–ENJOY! For the rest of you, hang in there!

First things first: if you haven’t already updated your iWhatever, Do. It. Now. And then read this article from the NY Times about the security issues.

It’s Oscar Weekend. The 86th annual Academy Awards will air this weekend–Sunday. The Examiner has published this primer to get you up to speed on the nominees, the presenters, and more. This post on Buzzfeed ranks all …