Whenever I put together a new WordPress blog, or clean up a pre-existing one, there are a number of plugins that I always make sure are added or which I make sure to keep following the purge. This is the list, as much for my own records as it is for any passerby looking for a second opinion.
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Sometimes, I get really annoyed when people say a movement like “Occupy Wall Street” doesn’t have a purpose or its just the anarchic activities of a bunch of ne’er-do-wells. Perhaps it is those things, but that doesn’t mean that it has no political effect.
So, the point of this post is not to take a stand on the movement either way, but to articulate in clear terms, with supporting evidence, that a movement without an easily perceptible agenda can have both discursive and material effects on political activity in a nation.
Continue reading Discursive and Material Effects of a Movement: OWS as a case study
This semester, I have a lot of work, but it’s all going to have to be self-structured. So I took a strategy from a Noah Kagan blog post, “Daily Accountability Marketing Metrics“, in which he asks those working for him to fill out a daily form that asks them what specific work they’ve done as part of their duties for that day. What I like about the forms he uses is that they are both metric and reminder.
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Since the entire world apparently has an opinion on the new collaborative effort by Kanye and Jay-Z, “H.A.M”, which previews their album Watch the Throne due out in a few months, I thought I’d share mine as well.
Kanye’s trying to get bigger and bigger, but I think it’s about time he tried going smaller–the (melo)dramatic overtones are starting to become a bit much, and I don’t think his thematic material can keep up with his big head (which I was already worried about when his album came out last year). Jigga actually sounds pretty darn hard here, and I’m down with that: a grown-ass man gets to strut a bit from time to time.
Lex Luger’s production is okay. The ‘Ye influence makes it a little too schizophonic with the digital stuff alongside, but not really meshing with, the booming strings and voices. I would have preferred a little more griminess instead to match the verses.
All-in-all, I don’t think this is going to sway anybody or give any insight into what Watch the Throne will be like overall.
So I’m trying to be more proactive with some of my MCAT students, getting them to make realistic, tangible goals that will drive them to succeed on the test and into their medical careers. (Folks who recognize my abilities of procrastination will find the fact that I am giving this advice greatly ironic and you are welcome to laugh at me.)
Anyway, I want them to (1) email me one tangible goal at the beginning of the week, and (2) reflect on that goal at the end of the week. However, if you know college students, that’s actually FOUR emails from me. The first one to tell them to send me the goal, the second to remind them about it, the third to tell them to send the reflection, and the fourth to remind them to send the reflection. I’m envisioning this as a weekly thing, so I don’t want to take out 4 times a week to remember to do that. But I can do it all at once by scheduling emails for the future!
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If you’ve kept up with web news, then you might have heard about the hack of the Gawker website, which exposed a ton of user’s password information to unsavory elements. Such an isolated incident wouldn’t be a big deal–except people tend to use the same password everywhere. We’ve all done it. You might be using the same password for your sensitive email as your Facebook. It’s convenient, and with so many web services and applications to work with, it is impractical to have a unique one for each site. On top of that, those folks working on corporate or otherwise sensitive sites might be used to changing your password every month or so. How to be secure while not creating a hassle?
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