Friday, 4 December 2009

Weather forecast –

Partly sunny. Cooler with highs in the mid 50s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.
Cloudy. Rain likely after midnight. Lows around 40. North winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Picture of the Day — Why is this man smiling?Because he’s ready for another day of science and education at our school, Jordan!!!

Notes from the Collaboratory

Yesterday, in class, I made a noise — Ning! — and told you that this could be a neat place to set up your collaboratories. Now, on a more serious note (no pun intended) what was that noise: Ning? Shear borborygmi? No. Think about it. What is a Wikipedia? Eight years ago when Wikipedia first appeared —  on 10 January 2001 — it sounded like just one more ridiculous word emanating from dot-com land. But it wasn’t, and neither is a Ning. Nings debuted way back in October 2005. That’s more than four years ago! How old were you then? It’s no wonder you missed out on Ning’s launch into the cloud of Web 2.0. So let me end the mystery. A Ning, as defined by Wikipedia, is:

“…an online platform for people to create their own social networks….[2] [1] Ning was co-founded by Marc Andreessen and Gina Bianchini. Ning is Andreessen’s third company (after Netscape and Opsware).

The word “Ning” is Chinese for “peace” (simplified Chinese: 宁; traditional Chinese: 寧; pinyin: níng), as explained by Gina Bianchini on the company blog.”[3]

Note the name in the definition: Marc Andreessen. Who might he be? He be a guy who I will ask you about on our test next Thursday!

Back to Nings. You should check them out as a possible platform for your collaboratory. You’ll be able to size up your Ning at

For Monday — I will want to know where you stand with regard to your collaboratory, most especially the platform you’ve chosen to use for collaboration, as well as the responces you’ve gotten thus far from your facebook efforts to recruit collaborators.


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