Social bookmarking

I checked out both Delicious and Magnolia today, trying to find a way to organize my disparate bookmarks in a way that might help others also.

It’s a bizarre idea, social bookmarking, but it makes some sense to use any means necessary to pare down the vast library of the internet.

I also used Google’s blog search for the first time.What shocked me was clicking on links to blogs on my chosen topic (“online teaching”) and finding lists that were obviously connected to ads for other things entirely.

I also noticed there are already sites containing feeds from several social bookmarking sites, trying to compile them, like popurls. Man there was a lot of junk there.

None of this is helping organize my multiple sets of bookmarks in three different browsers on three different computers — it’s just helping me add to them!

A 2001 video at MCC library

In this case, of a Dallas Tele conference on the challenge of retaining online students (2001). Enchanted by the ideas of Joyce Bishop of Golden West, who had great ideas about multiple intelligences in online learning. I’m following her advice and have changed the first week’s discussion in all my online classes to have students take a Multiple Intelligences Assessment and discuss their results and what they need to make the class a successful experience for them.

Sex and Marriage — connections to Victorianism

<![CDATA[In a recent review in Atlantic Monthly, Christina Nehring criticizes the premise of Esther Perel’s book “Mating in Captivity”. Although she agrees with Perel’s basic premise that everyday life kills eroticism, her suggestion opposes Perel’s view that sex must be further worked on between couples. Rather, Nehring claims it is time to remystify rather than demystify sex, to make it more mysterious.

I find this interesting because in one of my favorite books, When Passion Reigned: Sex and the Victorians (Patricia Anderson 1996), it is argued that this is exactly what the Victorians were doing. All the nonsense about strict sexual morality and covering up table limbs and such was an intentionally mystifying veneer, not a cover-up for the fringe activities of Victorian brothels.

So I suppose the call is to reVictorianize sexuality. ]]>