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Learning to Use a Mac While Eating Humble Pie

So, you think it's a weekend, and TGIF . . . yeah, yeah. Well, I'm thrilled. And I'm gritting my teeth. In fact, I'm here expressing delight through gritted teeth. You will laugh, the self-annointed goddess of HASTAC is (gritted teeth) learning to use a Mac this weekend. The incomparable Jason Doty (HASTAC designer extraordinaire and, by day, one of the Franklin Center's brilliant tech team) set me up with a whole new Mac system after my Lenovo started going "Pop!" just like a comic book, and then shutting down. Sometimes it would go a week without the "Pop!" and sometimes it would happen (as it did last Sunday) six times in one day. Not good. So it seemed like a time to see if I wanted to go the way of all Mac's. No, this is not a product endorsement. It's just a reminder that, during this year when I am learning about learning, maybe even writing a book about cognition and how we learn and what we mean by learning, planning courses where I make my students learn all kinds of things beyond their normal range of intellectual preferences, during THIS year, well, it is humbling not to know how the heck you get to Flickr or YouTube without erasing your Cat in the Stack HASTAC blog (this has happened more than once now). Oh, and my lovely Google Home Page. Gone, gone. And my del.icio.us account---I know it is still there. Somewhere. And my bookmarks. My cookies for passwords. And Leopard? What is that? Four ways of visualizing my documents. It's supposed to be intuitive, right? And I know from Antonio Damascio that intuition is really a quick judgment reinforced by many past cognitions that, with reflection, have turned out to be true. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I'll check back after the weekend and let you know how this is faring. For now, learning is tough. Anyone who writes a book about learning needs to remember that it's not always a picnic.  Truly.  Before I blather on about how fabulous it is to be stretched and challenged, to move outside of one's comfort zone, I better remember this moment, this day and say that learning is humbling and humbling is only fun and wonderful when you are on the other side of it, having mastered that humbling lesson, and able to brag about what a wonderful experience it was. Note the past tense. Humility is best savored in retrospect. Now there's an adage for you. In the midst, well, being a humble learner isn't always great, isn't always a soaring fabulous exhilirating experience. Sometimes it's about not being able to figure out how to use the spell checker without erasing your blog posting. Ah. If it is a choice, no spellchecker today. The joy of learning. I believe in that. In principle. In retrospect. In the humbling midst, not so much. Wish me luck as I try, once again, to upload some photos and videos. . . . The second one is especially adorable ("if only they could see me now . . . .") And happy weekend, everyone!

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