Thursday, April 24, 2008

If I Ruled the World......

If I Ruled the World or this campus, whichever came first.

I would make departments share photographs. Every department with someone who takes pphotographs at events would need a private Flickr account and then we would connect and share our pictures.

That dream gets better way of Photophlow (you know I love some TechCrunch).

Let's imagine there is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer on your campus and he shoots your orientation. He uploads the pictures to Flickr. Then, you go online with Marketing and your boss and you check out the photos together. As you browse through photos, you go click on one, it pops up for everyone. You agree that it's THE shot. It goes on the website or in an updated brochure.

How easy is that? How much time have you saved?

I am going to investigate if this works that easy.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day

I had no idea today was Earth Day, well that was I had no idea before I experienced the 'Tree Jam.'

Seriously, if I walked up to some students and said, "Hey, will you climb that tree and play your instruments so I can take your picture?" I'm sure they would think I was crazy. Sometimes, this is too easy.

Flickr, Where you at?

I just tried sending a pic over and it didn't work.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

When is it Time to Call in a Pro?

I saw a video that semi-featured Andrew Keen on TechCrunch and this is after seeing him on the Colbert Report. So, he has made the rounds with his 'Cult of the Amateur' shtick.

As someone who wants to have a voice yet recognizes very clearly his limits, I have argued both sides in my head for weeks.

The main area is photography.

I am old school. 14 years ago, I was one of those geeky guys taking the pictures of all the cool kids for my high school yearbook (my apologies to the yearbook photographers who were actually cool). I had my used Canon AE-1 and shot/developed my own black and white 35mm prints. When I needed a picture for an article I was writing , I'd just go and take it.

After my adviser persuaded me against a Social Work/Photography double major. I took a couple of classes in college and ended up working in the technical side of publishing for a newspaper and two publishing companies. So, I've clearly been around the block. I know what I like.

Now, I take pictures of the kiddo and mostly to document events that would normally never be covered. This year I finally forked over the cash for a DSLR and the enjoyment of photography is all back for me (without the frustration of buying film, waiting to see what your pics look like, printing test strips, and the cost of paper).

I am however in no way a professional! I don't even play one on TV. I feel like I walk a narrow line between "Consumer Guru" and "Wannabe Photog."

I love a lot about Web 2.0. There are students doing videos that are outstandingly creative. I am able to achieve things that would take (me) weeks to do in Final Cut Pro in minutes. And, I still believe you get what you pay for. I just don't know.

But, does blogging make you a wannabe writer?

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


This is the second best time of year to work on a college campus (I'm a sucker for Fall and all the newbies). Yesterday was the warmest it's been in months and that seemed to bring everyone outside.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Does Higher Ed have a Role in this?

Well, my hometown (and current locale) of Indianapolis made top 3 on a list of largest cities with graduation rates under 35%. You can see the report here.

The article touched me in two ways. I went to Indianapolis Public Schools [the inner city school district of Indianapolis and perennially abused by the local media] from kindergarten - sixth grade and would have graduated from an IPS school if not for desegregation and busing.

Secondly, I see every SAT and ACT score report sent to my school. And, I see the trend with my own eyes that of the students that we attract from some of these schools may have good GPAs but not a corresponding test score.

So, I just wonder where do the students go even if they graduate?

It seems like back in my day there was a school for everyone despite your academic achievement (or lack there of). Almost every school wants to raise their USNews profile, wants to bring in a smarter class and who doesn't want to spend their travel dollars better.

What happens to low performing school districts when you aren't the most academically talented, when admissions counselors don't visit your school, and when the price of college goes up much faster than inflation?

I remember turning down a GA position because the school had open enrollment. I was horrified thinking of the students that had been admitted to my previous highly slective institution. So, even if there were more schools that opened their doors (and pocketbooks) would you want to work there?

I'm not sure.