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Alan Levine aka CogDog

From Snowberry to Dad, Leveling In

May 2 is but one the 365 days per year, another block on the calendar, but also it is World Tuna Day. Who knew? Skip on by if you, rare reader, are looking for something difference for me recycling family memories. It’s my blog! This day for me is the marking of my Dad’s birthday, […]

Whispers and a Telephone

Not that it’s that blog worthy that as maybe the most frequent SPLOT user, “I Did It Again”, but I thought this concept was nifty. Timely. Perhaps even resonating. And I am also going to violate the rules I set out by blogging it, but I think the site as crested (as in a tiny […]

Doh! WordPress

It was just shy of 16 years ago (Homer’s math was wrong) that I dove into WordPress on this here blog. I still make Homer head-slapping type mistakes. Here’s today’s edition. Maybe you do not know this. but WordPress does it’s best to connect the name for a post if there is not an exact […]

So *That* is What Was Inside the Wix Box?

Flatter me and offer to ship a mystery box? At some level I was intrigued, but at the next level down, skeptical. Choose one – curiousity or caution? I went with the latter. In January I got an unsolicited email message from someone at Wix. (I respect their privacy, and changed the name). Hi Alan, […]

It’s the Picture of Reusable Open Content

I bristle slightly when I reads something that seems to conflate Open Textbooks and Open Educational Resources (OER). Only slightly. The success of open textbooks, not only for what they are providing and creating benefits to students, is that it finally is something the wider swath of academia has awakened to. So the bristling matters […]


There is a look in the encounter, from the unmasked to the masked. This is that unstated message, as so, is totally inferred, perhaps imagined? Yet. I feel it each time in encounter with ay service person, pumping gas, or in an encounter outside our bubble home. When I am masked or first to mask, […]

Web Handicraft

Might the antidote to some future/present sense of powerless miasma to an algorithmic fueled inescapable AI matrix be just human created quirkiness? Join me (or click away quickly now) for another rummaging in an old hard drive of 1990s website files for a taste of the uncharted freedom when we created digital content without platforms […]


Are there really neat lines of cause/effect action in the possibility place the internet, 2021 warts and all, still provides? My best experiences there are ones that could never be anticipated. The antidote to artificial intelligence and algorithmic forces are the human especially the quirky ones, that cannot be GANned or blockchained or predicted. An […]

Tock, Tick, The Daily Trick

Most likely I mangled my attempt at wordplay in that title. I’m writing again about my belief/obsession with small acts of daily creativity. I have no real research, no data to back my hypothesis, but I will make up something that applying Curly’s Law to doing something small, new, micro challenging on a regular basis […]

Strawberry Crossfade

A wavering of the flux capacitor of pandemic time left this post lingering a long time, not even as a draft in WordPress (I almost never leave drafts), but in my mind. In November of Covid-19 Year Zero (aka 2020) I sold the little house in Strawberry Arizona that was my home from 2008 to […]