I apologize for the sporadic nature of my posts lately. The first couple of weeks of classes have been utterly exhausting. Add to that the fact that I have somehow become the unofficial support person for Macromedia Dreamweaver on my campus (even though phone support isn’t really part of my job description). The productivity-sapping interruptions got so bad today, I unplugged my phone for a couple of hours just so I could get some work done and leave before 7 PM.
Add to that the trials and tribulations of coming to grips with all of the Content Management Systems that are cropping up on campus. This week alone I have dealt with a conference site running WordPress, a chemistry class whose students are using Movable Type, a couple of sites that are using Mambo, and my least favorite of the bunch—Roxen CMS, which powers our main University site and is supposed to end up powering most of the other departmental sites on campus.
A bit of sad news—a few days ago my department lost a third person to unexpected death within the past five months. He really wasn’t that old (62), but began his retirement just last month. He had been a popular speaker at quite a few higher ed tech conferences and a prolific contributer to a number of publications, including Campus Technology (Syllabus). I remember when he asked me to take his headshot for that column and also when he returned from a conference to find his e-mail account overflowing because one of his articles created quite a controversial stir.
It seems like only yesterday that I had worked with him to create some silly Star Wars-themed nametags for a Bring Your Child to Work Day that he had organized with his infectious enthusiasm.
It was kind of weird using Google to explore a bit of his legacy, reading some of the things he had written. I will miss you, Howard.