Were you to ask, I think a lot of learning and education professionals would tell you that they’re at war with entropy. They’d probably call it “forgetting,” or “failed knowledge transfer,” or the like, but the word would indicate the same thing: the general tendency for things to achieve an...

A few weeks ago, Adam Kotsko hypothesized a connection between privilege and austerity that relies on the grounding idea that a privilege is a possession rather than a feature - “something extra” that can be lost or taken away. By that definition, he questions whether a privilege is in fact...

I have always loved the word “spalling,” ever since I first heard it in my youth. It’s the word for the process by which a large chunk of stone, concrete, ice, or some other solid material breaks down, shedding smaller fragments along fault lines and fissures, at impact points and...

It’s a well-established truth that the easiest way to get attention is to get in the way. Crashing the seamless background against which our lives play out will do it. If you’re lucky, you get incorporated into the foreground for a little while. Otherwise, you’re a problem; you’ll get fixed...

That door was always different somehow. I think it started with the doorknob. Different lock than all the other doors on the house, different style of hardware. And they treated it differently, since it was the only one that would lock them out of the house if they weren’t careful....

One time I was traveling for business, and I decided to list the separate data streams that the company that I currently work for could use for our operations and strategy. Final count was about fifteen, everything from what the servers show to third-party data sets about the universities and...

Except for the small slice that you could vouch for yourself, the rest of the Internet might as well be bots. We already know that they exist out there, driving up those follower counts. How deep does it go? Because human action on the internet is always digitally mediated, is...

Maybe you’ll be surprised to hear it, but one can end up in the same position with both a poem and a career: simultaneously overwhelmed and unmoved. I’ve seen university students stymied by John Keats and Ode on a Grecian Urn. I’ve seen adult learners – professionals of great experience...

If you have an audience–especially a client-audience or a customer-audience–you have to talk to them. Unless you’re in the business of taking advantage of your audience, you need to find a way to open lines of communication with them that allow for reality checks and feedback along the way. Most...