I was all set to note that my sabbatical ends this weekend, which feels not unlike the arrival of the storm pictured above. (I love teaching, and even am pretty fond of service, but still.) But then the good people at the Center for History and New Media announced the release of the alpha version of Zotero Everywhere, a standalone version of the popular, successful, and good-for-your-soul citation manager.
Given that Zotero Everywhere is one of the only things that ProfHacker has *ever* covered in advance of its existence, let me suggest that readers with a high tolerance for early-release software should click immediately and start downloading. While you might not want to store your most mission-critical files/references in it, it’s definitely worth exploring.
While that’s downloading, then . . . here are the weekend’s links:
- The care and feeding of your smartphone’s battery. There’s a lot of interesting discussion, but the takeaway is key: the best advice I can offer is to stop paying such close attention to your battery gauge and to just use your phone. Charge it whenever you can, and then stop obsessing over the exact numbers.
- Dr. Crazy has an outstanding post on “Teaching after a Sabbatical”: What I feel right now is interested, excited, and intrigued by possibility, and that possibility is not so much the possibility of my scholarship – it’s the possibility of myself as a scholar-teacher, as a person who has a forum for and the expertise to make 85 students see the world in a new way through literature.
- Thinking of leaving academe? Gone already, but not sure what to do next? Here are “10 essential non-academic blogs to watch in 2011.”
- McSweeney’s publishes a shocking exposé of faculty approaches to flirting: “Hey, Ladies: Check Out My Faculty ID.”
- Sherry Turkle’s new book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less from Each Other, looks really interesting: I hate the metaphor of addiction: it implies we have to get it away, give it away, wean off. This [technology] is great stuff. It’s not heroin. It’s just something we need to learn to use when most appropriate, powerful, and in our best interest.
In December, Dan Cohen gave the closing plenary at the Coalition for Networked Information membership meeting. That talk, called “The Ivory Tower and the Open Web,” is now available in its entirety online:
Have a great weekend!
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