Author Archives: Bryan Alexander

Why do people still disdain science fiction and fantasy?

In 2016, why do so many people disdain the science fiction and fantasy genres*? This is a question my daughter often asks me.  She’s 21 now (a fact which feel like both science fiction and fantasy, some days) and has … Continue reading

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More Fairpoint failure follies, phone edition

Recently I’ve been writing about how local internet service provider Fairpoint has been fouling up our home and business broadband.  Things haven’t gotten better.  Indeed, they’ve gotten worse, as Fairpoint now messed up our phone line. A little context: we … Continue reading

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Two more 21st-century technologies appear

Sometimes something appears and you experience that “science fiction becoming everyday life” feeling.  I track these, as they are fine signals of the future. Here are two from this week. First, from the realm of 3d printing, an octopus-thing has been … Continue reading

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Redoing my social media ecosystem for 2016: mostly the consumption side

It’s the time of year when green leaves start to anticipate their plummeting deaths, and I’m thinking about what I’m doing on the web. During this late summer there’s been a lot of reflection concerning where the web has lurched to … Continue reading

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Into the middle of _Ready Player One_

Our online reading of near-future science fiction continues, as we work through Ernst Cline’s Ready Player One (previous posts).  With the post I’m 60% of the way along my reread. As before I’ll offer a short plot sketch, some observations … Continue reading

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Portrait of a technology-using professor in 2016

Derek Bruff just launched a podcast about teaching with technology, called Leading Lines (and if you don’t know Derek, you should.  He’s brilliant, thoughtful, and the world’s guru for teaching effectively with clickers).  Leading Lines is aimed at present-day teaching, … Continue reading

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Another Fairpoint internet failure; the struggle continues

I would really not prefer to blog about this.  Honestly, I have many, many other topics that excite and interest me, and which are probably of greater interest to you, my readers.  But America’s lame broadband situation is, alas, of … Continue reading

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