1. Load Out

    In 2004 a physical therapist told me that my shoulders were askew and that I should use a traditional backpack. Hence, I would have to surrender my supply of single-strap conference schwag (free promotional merchandise) and return to the double straps of my boyhood. Fortunately, I found a backpack that …

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  2. Internet convinces women not to study CS?

    I recently encountered Beth Andres-Beck’s (2012) interesting note asking is reading the Internet convincing women not to study computer science? I find her affirmative conclusion compelling as she shows:

    1. an increasing gap in interest in C.S. between men and women post-Internet (1996) in the U.S.;
    2. a negative …
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  3. FIRST and Vine

    I’ve been surprised by the increasing dominance of customer reviews from the Amazon Vine; this program gives select customers free “new and pre-release items” from participating vendors. For instance, of the ten most helpful reviews (the default view) for this laser pointer six are Vine reviews. We might be …

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  4. When do we praise performance?

    As a teacher and researcher of feedback, I’ve long been fascinated by the popular discourse about feedback to children. The alleged praise-happy softness of American parents has been a target of scorn by George Will, the bow-tied conservative columnist, and held up as a competitive weakness relative to the …

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  5. Comment Culture Abstract

    A short abstract of my research on feedback and comment:

    Comment Culture: Feedback, ratings, and reviews in the age of the Web

    Our world today is permeated by comment: ratings, rankings, and reviews are inescapable, on-line and off. Granted, as long as humans have spoken, we’ve been commenting about …

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