The Death of a Great Cat – #RIPColonelMeow

I know you’ve reached your saturation point of pop culture knowledge this week – between the constant, blaring headlines over Justin Bieber’s purposefully bad behavior, Pharrell’s hat at the Grammy awards, Super Bowl ad speculation, and Vin Diesel’s viral dance video – but let’s talk internet meme here. I was terribly saddened today to learn…

A MOOC-ish Experiment

For some time now, I’ve been following with interest and excitement the development of new online tools for teaching and learning. I’ve had visions of being able to learn just about anything of interest in my spare time; creative writing, world history, Eastern philosophy, or simply a refresher on my high school linear functions class….

The Doge – A Canine Meme

Have you recently encountered a Shiba Inu with shiny eyes, glossy fur, and an almost unreal perfection? Then perhaps you’ve met the current internet meme known as┬ádoge. As I have previously written about Grumpy Cat, a feline of great online notoriety, I thought it only fair to showcase a canine equivalent/ rival. The doge meme…

How to Tell if You’re Being Tracked Online

Last night, I had a disturbing experience online. My partner found a website called BlueKai, which deals in big data for marketing companies and offers customers with a registry so that they can see what information data companies collect and distribute about them. The blurb on BlueKai explains that your preferences “may be used anonymously…

From Ugly Cat to Super Cat Extraordinare

Given that I someday aspire to be the local ‘crazy cat lady’ and enrich the lives of felines everywhere, I spend a fair-to-moderate amount of my leisure time looking at pictures of cats doing funny and/or cute and/or silly things. Don’t get me wrong – I’m a big dog lover, too. I just find them…