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|Jenny follows the rules|
"I had a big desk in the middle of departures, with a screen showing what I was typing and most people didn't bat an eyelid as they walked past. Others quickly assumed that it was very normal that there should be a guy writing a book by the check-in desks and came to tell me how I could improve my book and what anecdotes I would be a complete fool for not including. Then there was also a minority of people who just saw me as a useful conduit to information about the location of the restrooms."Here's another pithy reply to a questioner's implication that airport research must be boring:
"I was delighted not to be going anywhere and therefore, to be free to actually observe where I was. Part of the problem of airports is that we only go to them when we are off somewhere else, and therefore don't see them as a legitimate destination."Yep, I've added A Week at the Airport to my wish list.
"95 percent of students bring their phones to class every day and 91 percent have used their phones to text message during class time. Almost half of all respondents indicated that it is easy to text in class without their instructor being aware. In fact, students frequently commented on the survey that their professors would be 'shocked' if they knew how much texting went on in class."I certainly remember taking a community college refresher course last year and observing that roughly one third of my fellow students seemed more interested in updating their Facebook pages than in focusing on the topic at hand.
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|Detroit Metro Airport (2006)|
"We took advantage of many principles of casual gaming (sometimes called the [gamification] movement) to create a reward system for completing these quizzes. Several levels of “mastery” were created, with increasingly difficult bars to reach in order to achieve them. But when a student achieved a new rank (which they could never lose), a badge would appear next to their name in class discussion areas to provide a social reward for doing well. For example, if the aforementioned student completed the social psychology quiz enough times to reach Mastery Level 3, a little blue ribbon would appear next to their name when they chatted in that classroom. This system was ridiculously well-received. Across those 400 students, 113 (28%!) willingly chose to take optional multiple choice quizzes that would never have an effect on their grades." (emphasis in original)Gotta follow up on this stuff...
"Why do we give up our sacred space so easily? Because space is scary. During these temporary voids of distraction, our minds return to the uncertainty and fears that plague all of us. To escape this chasm of self-doubt and unanswered questions, you tune into all of the activity and data for reassurance... Knowing that we cannot rely on spaces that force us to unplug to survive much longer, we must be proactive in creating these spaces for ourselves. "Read the whole piece: What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking & Sacred Space
|Waiting to enter Expo 2010|
|Expo 2010's ubiquitous mascot, Haibao|
|Who said Andy doesn't have a heart?|
|Our "saucer": just after being first built in the living room|
|We couldn't find a thin black tie for our "Man in Black," so we improvised.|
|This survivor didn't last long after the crash.|
|Behind the Scenes: The LCD needed to be|
covered so that our strobe lights would work.
|Area 51 signs|
|Andy points at the flying saucers hovering outside our window|
|Jenny takes a break with our baby alien|
|The crashed saucer made quite a mess!|
|Doonesbury © G.B. Trudeau and Universal Press Syndicate|
|Yes. This is exactly what you think it is.|
Image from Time Out Chicago.