Proposed Conference Code of Conduct (Technical or Otherwise)

Feeding off my earlier post on inappropriate behavior at conferences, and seeing that it has resonated with a lot of people, I threw together a proposed code of conduct for attendees of conferences. This doesn’t need to be technical conferences – it could be any type. Take it for what it’s worth, these are just the top 11 (this one goes …

Technical Conferences and (In)Appropriate Behavior

This past week there have been two major technical conferences in Las Vegas – EMCWorld and Interop. Both of these conferences have provided enormous highs for me in the form of technical whiz-bangery (I think I coined a word) and some incredible feedback from attendees to my presentations. (I’m truly humbled and grateful for the enthusiasm and feedback – thank …

Deeply Disturbing – The Troll or The Terrorist

Yesterday a blog post came across my Twitter stream from Leo Traynor, an Irish writer who blogged about why he left Twitter (and subsequently came back). The story, entitled “Meeting a Troll…“, is deeply, deeply disturbing and horrific. I read this blog post and felt physically ill for hours at the depth of depravity and darkest human psyche and motivations. …

The Chronicle of Highly Educated Whining

The Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) has been getting a lot of flak lately as some of the more conservative (read: Matt Drudge and Neal Boortz) have found some of the typical CHE leftist articles to be showing up on their radar. CHE has always, as far as I can tell from the time I was a professor, been rabidly leftist. …

Non-Linear Communication (a.k.a. Being Neil Postman’s Bitch)

Everyone has some brush with fame. In my life I’ve been fortunate (or cursed, depending on how you look at it) to have several moments where I have been exposed to either great, popular, or paradigm-shifting people. When I was a freshly-minted Ph.D in the 1990s, I was a rising star in the field of Media Ecology and found myself …

Review: Ch. 7 of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be an Atheist”

In this chapter the authors are on much more familiar ground, discussing Moral Law as it pertains to some of the arguments atheists (and relativists) make. However, the authors’ binary solution (absolutism vs. relativism) illustrates some of the weaknesses in their own stance as well.

Review: Ch. 5 of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be an Atheist”

For those people who are attempting to ask some serious questions about whether or not Christianity can provide answers that Atheism can not, this book professes to provide a guide to why Christianity requires less faith than Atheism. This is my response to Chapter 5 of that book, which deals with Evolution.

Review: Ch. 6 of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be an Atheist”

For those people who are attempting to ask some serious questions about whether or not Christianity can provide answers that Atheism can not, this book professes to provide a guide to why Christianity requires less faith than Atheism. However, as this chapter delves into Intelligent Design – and does so poorly – it leaves me wondering about the motivations and the manipulative nature of Christians, instead.