Well, after almost a year and a half of solid publishing and more than 30,000 posts, UMW Blogs has finally got frontpage link real estate on the UMW Homepage. I guess we’re kind of official, now if we could just get the homepage to feed in posts from the UMW Blogs community so that it wouldn’t be so painful to look at. A recent post on Reefer Madness on UMW Blogs would provide a much needed boost for the brochure logic of our site.
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Generations from now, they won't call it the Internet anymore. They'll just say, "I logged on to the Jim Groom this morning.
Everything Jim Groom touches is gold. He's like King Midas, but with the Internet.
My understanding is that an essential requirement of the internet is to do whatever Jim Groom asks of you while you're online.
-James D. Calder
@jimgroom is the Billy Martin of edtech.
My 3yr old son is VERY intrigued by @jimgroom's avatar. "Is he a superhero?" "Well, yes, son, to many he is."
Jim Groom is a fiery man.
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“Reverend” Jim “The Bava” Groom, alias “Snake Pliskin” is a charlatan and a fraud, a self-confessed “used car salesman” clawing his way into the glamour of the education technology keynote circuit via the efforts of his oppressed minions at the University of Mary Washington’s DTLT and beyond. The monster behind educational time-sink ds106 and still recovering from his bid for hipster stardom with “Edupunk”, Jim spends his days using his dwindling credibility to sell cheap webhosting to gullible undergraduates and getting banned from YouTube for gross piracy.
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Congrats Jim. Your model is one I am trying to push at my institution. Your work and success will benefit us all greatly.
I, too, referred by university to UMW Blogs and to you in hopes that there will be agreement to move forward with something similar.
Glad to hear it may be of use, you may want to edit out my sarcasm, however, I do’;t think I am always the best spokesman 🙂
Let us know if we can help you in any way. Also, glad to have found your blog through the link, consider me subscribed.
uh-oh. Does this make you THE MAN??!!
Awesome to hear! When I went there, I didn’t even know about them, and it would have been great to know. So glad that you all are doing some amazing things, and pushing the tech envelope.
Is there any collaboration with the CompSci department, or outside people? I think that would be really neat, and get students working on real projects.
Jim, I enjoy your sarcasm almost as much as your angst … but yea, my institution gets the “Jim sure cleans up well” version. 🙂
We have always been the MAN! And now we just have the huge stick to swat people with!
I agree, and after seeing the awesome work you are doing with Django, not to mention your post a day for a month in November, I wish you were still at UMW. But you see to be an alumni making good by making the most of these tools and applications, congratulations!
I think Brian Lamb owns me in the angst department 🙂
After researching WordPress MU today, all links lead to Jim! We are looking to implement this at our school, the style and grace of UMW blogs is definitely a goal to shoot for.
btw that edit timer is intense!
You may be in luck. Some of the software that I’m planning is going to be really useful for communities of any kind; planned for tech communities, but UMW is a fine candidate as well.
Also, I have been wanting to do a good Fredericksburg/UMW event calendar (it’s severely lacking) for a while, and I’m a good designer away from launching one. I’m not in Va anymore, but I still want to create some cool stuff for the Community there, because it was lacking, and I know it can be a great one.
We should talk more about that calendar, for you are so on the mark with that. Would you be using the ical spec? We need something that can feed calendar events, Jon Udell has been working on something like this at http://elmcity.info/events, which as a calendar/events engine has some real potential, if you don;t know his stuff, check out http://blog.jonudell.net
All that shows is that I have gamed google! Also, the comments editing plugin is here: http://www.raproject.com/ajax-edit-comments-20/
@Jim I’m not sure on your progress on gaming Google, I found you from the post on http://wpmututorials.com. It came full circle when I found the contact for the UMW blogs. I’ll keep an eye out on some gaming Google tweets in the future though. 🙂
Congrats. Real punks ship… and this is shipping with style!
Damn, I can’t even do that right 🙂 And andrea_r (proprietor of WPMu Tutorials) is the real go to person for WPMu, I can’t count the times she has helped me out of a jam on the forums. She rules.
Thanks, it means a lot coming from you, your work is a constant inspiration for thinking though these tools. So a huge hat tip to you for your consistency, rigor, and refusal to compromise, all traits I admire and do my best to emulate in my own work with widely varying degrees of success 🙂
This is really great news! Way to change things — your way!