Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Jason Leaves

One of the problems with teaching is that, while orchestrating the class and kind of worrying about the discussion, you don't always get to listen as completely as you would like to everything being said. I wish I had been able to absorb more of the remarkable stuff we heard from Jason Scott last night in his impromptu visit. Maybe some of you who took good notes will -- without revealing that one secret thing -- blog a little about it Scott and Caitlin both have. And Caitlin heard back from Jason. Already. My guess is that Jason, like Aldon, will hang around with us a bit for the rest of the year.

Meanwhile, as I tried, fumblingly, to say at the end, not every collective effort on the internet is as all-encompassing as as Wikipedia. Some things are just mostly fun. Start with a long visit with MetaFilter, one of my favorite sites. As usual, poke around into rules and background and try to figure out what that human network thing is over on the right. Who is here? What is the code? What makes something appropriate content for this site?

Finally, what should we do about this? Class field trip? Jimmy Wales, the Founder of Wikipedia, will be lecturing at UH Wednesday, November 15 at 7;30 in Lincoln Theater. Free but you need tickets.

9 comments:

scottahb said...

he responded to mine, too.

slothsinabox said...

Whoa. UH meaning University of Hartford? COOL! I wanna go!

UH. Why isn't Trinity College's acronym that indicative of its true intellectual atmosphere?

Jason Scott said...

I stress heavily: Jimbo Wales is a great show.

Jason Scott said...

One of the postings to one of your weblogs was unfortunately deleted by the poster after I took the time to carefully respond and discuss. Luckily, the cache on my browser works just fine:

http://ascii.textfiles.com/promdate.html

Aldon Hynes said...

I was not at the class last night, and I've only read a little of what Jason has written, but I could resist writing my own thoughts here.

Jk said...

I'd be interested in attending, definitely

joeydee said...

Actually, Trinity College does have its own acronym indicative of its true intellectual atmosphere, but you have to tag "Hartford" on the end, so that it's Trinity College of Hartford, or "Tch". You know, that annoying sound Aunt Edna used to make while shaking her head after catching you wetting yourself in the backyard again...

Jason Scott said...

I'll respond to your post in your weblog, Mr. Hynes.

I don't know if it's likely I'll be here for the rest of the year, but I felt that since people had to listen to me during the class, the least I could do was listen and respond to what they had to say here; the class is about blogging, after all, and here's an opportunity to blog about something and have that something respond in some fashion.

When the topics drift away from Wikipedia and/or my appearance in class, I'll likely drift away myself and occasionally check later. Take this news with sadness or relief. :)

destiny's friend said...

Yes, I think it would be interesting to attend the lecture on 11/15.