Monthly Archives: July 2009

San Jose State Gets Nuked

I’m sure I don’t need to tell anyone who attends CSU that the board of trustees has officially dropped an atom bomb on our state university system. But in case you’ve been living in a fallout shelter, the decision amounts to a 20 percent increase in tuition and a 25 percent reduction in enrollment, effective ASAP.

The financial crisis has hit CSU
The financial crisis has hit CSU

As a grad student at SJSU, I’ve received a steady stream of email from the SLIS administration and have highlighted the gory details in this post.

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Transitive Technology Lust

In the opening paragraphs of Chapter 1 of Ambient Findability, Peter Morville exhibits an unnatural fondness for his Palm Treo 600, which he uses to demonstrate that “findability serves as a useful lens for seeing where we’ve been and what lies ahead” on the “emerging shoreline that connects the land of atoms and the sea of bits.”

Modern masonry, courtesy of Palm, Inc.
Modern masonry, courtesy of Palm, Inc.
Which is great. And maybe even right. But at the risk of sounding shallow, using a soon-to-be outdated device is not the way to make a point about the future. To further Morville’s analogy, the Treo 600 is a marker at the edge of a riptide that has since sucked us in and out to sea. Today we are riding that wave of convergent technology like a modern-day Jeff Spicoli, using iPhone apps to order pizza at innappropriate moments.