tools on a workbench

Posting in a New and Yet Familiar Place

A blog post. No apologies for time elapsed since the last one. No promises of when the next one will come. However, this post ushers in an exciting (to me) new tool to refresh the look and feel of my site (and others), but also to explore some of the design possibilities for University of

The Last Frame of ‘Every Frame a Painting’

There are many good video essay channels out there, but one that was particularly instructive to me was Every Frame a Painting. Sadly, they will cease to produce content. A tip of the hat to Alex4D for alerting me, as he points out that the Postmortem includes tips for making videos of this type. The key

Old Time film projector

All Those Years Ago

It’s been so long, I don’t know the exact date. However, today being the last day in October, I can say unequivocally that I have been an Instructional Technologist now for 25 years!

Bike Lane A1A

The Lengths I Go to Ride

One week ago (5-6-17) I had a dilemma. I woke up to a warm and hazy morning, but it wasn’t hazy because of humidity. It was the haze of smoke – from the West Mims fire in the Okeefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, to be exact. There was a strong smell, and occasionally small flecks of

Drone in Flight

License to Fly

Quick update (long overdue) about just one of the things I’ve been working on. Actually, it’s been done for a while, but today this card arrived in my mailbox – my official FAA issued UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) Remote Pilot’s license. I thought about doing a whole “I believe I can fly” thing, but I

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Ordering Clarify

Happy Monday morning! Getting in to work today I checked my Feedly (RSS reader – yep, I still use RSS every day) and discovered that Tim Owens at Reclaim Hosting had written a post about using Clarify for documentation. Clarify is a piece of software I am familiar with, but I had forgotten about. I will be

Andy Deep in Thought

World, Hello.

When I worked at the University of Mary Washington, I always got a kick out of a new semester and hence new websites from a new group of students using WordPress. Whether it was UMWBlogs or a new Domain of One’s Own project site, “Hello World” posts would dominate the UMW landscape. As I continue

Chains break by the weakest link

WordPress and Its Amazing Longevity

I’m realizing now that I could write several posts that start with the title, “WordPress and Its Amazing …” However, this post tells a funny story about broken web links. I use a plugin on many WordPress sites, including this one, called Broken Link Checker. I get emails that notify me of any broken links

Amazing Openness

WordPress and Its Amazing Openness

Several years ago, I got tagged as the “media guy” while I was working at the University of Mary Washington, which meant I was the resource for all things video and audio in DTLT (UMW’s Teaching and Learning Division). We all at one time were wildly experimenting in WordPress and sharing out what we were

Narrated Slides on Laptop

Variation on Narrated Slides

The Center for Instruction & Research Technology (CIRT) recently held its Open House for UNF faculty. One of the popular stops on the tour was the video studio. With the help from one of the CIRT Techs, Veronica, we talked to faculty about what a studio with a green screen (wall, actually) can do. I’ve talked

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