Monday, September 28, 2009

The Zombie Home Page Chronicles - Part 3: Backtalk of the Unbelievers

Houston, we have a problem.

Actually, our problem is that we don't have a response plan for a zombie attack like the University of Florida does (highly recommended reading!). They are so much more prepared for this than we are... we suck at everything.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

TFRL HighEdWeb T-Shirts!

Continuing last year's tradition of bringing TFRL T-Shirts to HighEdWeb, I will once again be... uh bringing, uh, TFRL T-Shirts to HighEdWeb.

These are custom shirts, designed specifically for the conference and available only at the conference. If you want one, the only way to get one is to get it at HighEdWeb.

Sadily, the rising cost of CafePress has forced me to charge $25 per T-shirt... and trust me, I'm not making any money on the deal. I wish I could give them away, but that's just not realistic is these times of budget cuts and furloughs.

There are two designs:


To this point, I've ordered 2 medium, 4 large, and 4 extra large of each T-shirt. If you want one, let me know ASAP. Tweet me, email me, leave a comment. If I have to order more, I need to know soon.

You can have a shirt for the price of a lunch or dinner at the conference (at the restaurant of my choice), but one dinner is already taken.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Zombie Home Page Chronicles - Part 2: Attack of the Zombie Home Page

Nobody likes to be told "I told you so!"

And if you don't understand the cricket bats, I suggest that you go forth immediately and rent Shaun of the Dead

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Zombie Home Page Chronicles - Part 1: Rise of the Zombie Home Page


This all started when I read this post (or more precisely, listened to the presentation). According to Paul Boag's presentation (which, BTW, you really should listen to), the number one harshest truth about higher education Web sites is "Politics are killing your site". I commented to Prophead that in our case, you can't kill something that's already dead. We both laughed at the idea of an unkillable zombie home page.

We're not laughing now.

P.S. Apologies to Brown University. I had to steal some university's design for this cartoon, and 4 out of 5 discerning design thieves prefer the Brown University design over other university designs. Who am I to argue?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Are Viruses Trying to Tell Me Something?

As with everything else in TFRL that never happened, this actually happened. And how embarrassing - I got a virus while doing a Google image search for my presentation for HighEdWeb that totally infected my computer with spyware crap and made it crash every time I tried to do anything. And no, I wasn't searching for or looking at porn (I'm smart enough to do that at home), but some site I went to infected my computer. Great job preventing that McAfee!

So now my computer - and my presentation - are in the loving, caring, healing hands of our User Services department, who sadly already have many reasons to hate me.

So, if I'm using an overhead projector and a grease pencil (Google it if you don't know what those are) next month, you'll know why.