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Equality for All: A WWII Vet talks about Gay Marriage

My friend Sally posted this to Facebook, and I feel it’s worth posting again. This man’s testimony warms my heart and gives me great hope. I think this is the first time that I’ve heard a WWII veteran apply the sacrifices that he (and others like h im) made in war to the rights of all to be able to marry. What a spokesman for the gay rights movement! Definitely worth watching.

Ralph Lauren threatens to sue over criticism

BoingBoing reports that a recent critique of a Ralph Lauren ad–one that portrays an obviously altered image of a model whose head is larger than her torso–has resulted in threats of a lawsuit and a DMCA infringement notice for publishing the image. This is not, of course, a new story. DMCA infringement notices and lawsuit threats have been received by others who’ve published copyrighted images for the purpose of critique. As Cory Doctorow, author of the blog entry on BoingBoing, points out: “This is classic fair use: a reproduction ‘for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting,’ etc”. The best part of this story is not so much the critique (though as a feminist I am pleased to see that someone noticed this outrageous example of body image distortion) but the fact that Boing Boing and their internet provider have responded by thumbing their nose at Ralph Lauren. Rather than fold under the pressure of a possible lawsuit, they’ve challenged the company to make good on their threats. I, for one, hope that they do engage in this frivolous legal action as that response will draw further attention to their damaging advertising strategies and their clumsy attempts to hide them.

A Tech Blog for Teachers

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education today discusses a blog set up by two professors, Jason B. Jones, a professor at Central Connecticut State University, and George H. Williams, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina Upstate.  The article includes an interview with Professor Jones.  Their blog, ProfHacker, which includes posts from a variety of contributors, discusses the use of technology in higher education. The most significant aspect of this blog, in my opinion, is that it discusses more than the tools and their uses; the writers also discuss the relevance of these tools to pedagogical goals. Ultimately, the site provides links, reviews, and tutorials for using technology in higher education.  As someone who integrates technology in the classroom and is careful to ensure that these technologies meet pedagogical goals rather than just fueling my excitement over new technologies, I believe this site will be a useful tool to those who already use technology in the classroom, helping them to keep up to date on new tools.  Even more importantly I think this site is a good starting point for instructors less familiar with the integration of technology in the classroom. The tutorials and information provided by the site contributors provide a great introduction to the tools and ideas for successful integration. Kudos to ProfHacker!

Multi-purpose drug helps diabetics and cancer patients

Good news– a recent study found that a common diabetic medication actually kills cancer stem cells. A much better development than the discovery that Viagra helps more than just the heart. Check it out on slashdot.