Thinking Allowed

A blog to detail my work at QU.

One Step Closer

admin | October 27, 2009

My teammates – The World Through My Eyes and Well Comm – spent several hours Saturday discussing the benchmark assignment for our project. It was a rather interesting meeting as we worked through the tools that Professor Halavais suggested to use in his blog post.
Some of the competitive research sites did not seem appropriate [...]

The Political Power of the Internet

admin | October 19, 2009

“Were it not for the Internet, Barack Obama would not be president. Were it not for the Internet, Barack Obama would not have been the nominee,” said Arianna Huffington, editor in chief of The Huffington Post.
While Barack Obama’s campaign for the Presidency of the United States may not have been the first time the Internet [...]

Fun With Food

admin | October 14, 2009

My esteemed classmate Well Comm posted the abstract of our final project for 501a on his blog. We will be working with The World Through My Eyes. As you can read on Well Comm’s site, the website we are proposing is It is a sister-site to How cute is [...]

My Second Life Experience

admin | October 7, 2009

Meeting in Second Life was more interested than I expected. The scavenger hunt was a good way to get acclimated to the game. Much more so than when I logged on to create my character and to make my way to the meeting spot.
My partners for this were Wellcomm and m8rxgrl. It [...]

The Religion Game

admin | October 5, 2009

I have been mulling over a thought for the past two weeks after reading the excerpt from C.C. Abt’s Serious Games in which he writes about the origins of games. In it he mentions that “political and social situations can often be viewed as games” — including religion. Being raised Roman Catholic; I [...]

How Short is Google’s Memory?

admin | October 3, 2009

Google’s memory is apparently 18 months long, according to an interview on NPR.* Google CEO Eric Schmidt spoke with host Robert Siegel about Google searches.
“The information is not available to anybody unless it’s under a court order,” Schmidt said.
“We use it in anonymous form internally and then after about 18 months we forget [...]

It’s all a Game

admin | September 28, 2009

I am a gamer. It has taken me a while to be comfortable with admitting that, but after years of playing the online game Puzzle Pirates, I now can embrace this label.
As I mentioned before in this blog, Puzzle Pirates is great because it is very social. I have friends that I hang [...]

Is Television Dying?

admin | September 21, 2009

Anyone watching the Emmy Awards on Sunday night might have sensed a change in the climate of the television industry. From the beginning to the end, host Neil Patrick Harris and others made references to the decline of network television in this internet age. That makes one wonder, is broadcast television on the [...]

Not Immediately Delicious

admin | September 19, 2009

So, I poked around Delicious a little bit tonight and will admit I wasn’t really taken with the site. I know that one coworker uses it to promote his stuff, but I hadn’t really looked at it until tonight. Partly because I don’t like the name – Delicious. Seriously. Could someone have [...]

A Random Blog Response

admin | September 12, 2009

As part of the coursework for this next module in 501a we have to post a comment on a blog outside of the class blogs.  My guess is it is to make us comfortable using our “voice” out in the blogosphere, but I could be wrong.  I am sure my professor will explain this exercise [...]