Storytelling in Research and Practice

12 Jan 2006 (Thu)

Two of Sat in a very interesting module, “Storytelling in Research and Practice”, last night. We started by watching the recording of an excellent stage play called “Handle with Care”. An ethnographical performance based on qualitative research among women with metastatic breast cancer.

The theme seems to be “Fear blocks people’s ears”: Fear in the patient and fear among the patient’s relatives and friends. So marvellously executed. Constantly bombarding the audience with multiple points of views — a young woman, a middle-aged one, an elderly one; the whiner, the “never-say-dier”; the the mother, the daughter/son, the husband, the neighbour, the doctor(s); how others’ apparent concern and advice could be “smothering” or “just wanting to know ‘You’re feeling fine’ “; becoming “invisible” once perceived as sick; issues of “control” versus “no control”; “hope” for cure, less pain, longer life, emotional support…. Truly thought-provoking and ever so witty. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Winning Ways of FOSS

4 Jan 2006 (Wed)

“The advances in all of the arts and sciences, indeed the sum total of human knowledge, is the result of the open sharing of ideas, theories, studies and research.” — Terry Vessels

The most popular web server over the past 10 years has always been FOSS-based, according to Netcraft’s statistics from Aug 1995 – Dec 2005. Apache is the #1 web server, currently with over three times the market share of its next-ranked (proprietary) competitor. Netcraft’s Aug 1995 - Dec 2005 statistics. Read the rest of this entry »

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Virtual Conferencing Not Here Yet?

7 Dec 2005 (Wed)

Attended the International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE) 2005 at NIE last week, from Wednesday (20 Nov) to Friday (2 Dec).

Useful, informative and great for meeting people. Also had a great physical workout — climbing flights of stairs to LT1A (at NTU) for the 9am and 1.30pm keynotes, striding quickly every one or two hours from LT to LT (lecture theatre) at one end of the NIE cluster of buildings to the other, lugging along (among other things) a notebook PC, an iPod (with iTalk), a small digital camera and brochures from the exhibitors. By the second day, I’d left the hardcopy 985-page proceedings at home and started referring to the softcopy CDs instead.

One great pity though — 10 concurrent tracks full of interesting information and there’s only one me. If only I could easily switch channels… if only the conference organizer had made use of 10 virtual rooms in addition to the 10 physical rooms for the speakers to present their papers! Read the rest of this entry »

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Top 10 Weblog Design Mistakes

27 Nov 2005 (Sun)

Top 10 Weblog Design Mistakes according to usability guru Jakob Nielsen:

  1. No Author Biographies (trust: add a descriptive ‘About’ page)
  2. No Author Photo (credibility, recognition)
  3. Nondescript Posting Titles (time: create microcontent)
  4. Links Don’t Say Where They Go (anticipation: use link titles)
  5. Classic Hits are Buried (time: add highlights)
  6. The Calendar is the Only Navigation (time: use categories)
  7. Irregular Publishing Frequency (anticipation)
  8. Mixing Topics (recognition: carve niche)
  9. Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss (future value)
  10. Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service (future value: readership, links, search engine ranking)

Looks like i’d better do something about points 1., 2. and 5. ;-)

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