Abstract Concrete Works

2010 March 8, Monday


Filed under: Abstract Concrete Works — Max @ 11:27 pm

Abstract Concrete Works got started when I started teaching distance education courses in the late 1980s, before my college had a web presence. To register a domain I had to come up with a name, and the first thing that popped into my head was “AbstractConcrete”– –probably because it seemed funny, being a self-contradiction. (Academics tend to get preoccupied with abstractions and concretions.) But it was long and silly, so I tried to find something more appropriate. Nothing else amused me as much, so in the end I gave up and typed it in. Then it occurred to me that for the site to be a place the address needed a noun and that sticking “Works” at the end would be even sillier.  Now you know.

Then I tried to get students to post their bios on the site so we could get acquainted.  But they wouldn’t do it–said “YOU don’t have a bio there.”  So that’s how the site began, and it expanded messily for about a dozen years, until I retired from teaching at the end of 2001. It has just more or less sat here until recently, when I got interested in it again.

I hope you’ll find some fun here.  There are two sections to this blog: this one about the site in general and another about teaching and learning.

Please let me know what you think about anything you find here–or anything else that’s on your mind.

(You’ll need to register before posting a comment. Sorry! That’s to keep spammers at bay. It only takes a minute or two.) Unfortunately, spammers have made it necessary that I’ll have to approve your comment before it will appear here. That might take a day or so.

= Don Maxwell


  1. OK, here is your comment. I hope others do better helping you test than I have. ;-)

    Comment by Chris — 2010 March 14, Sunday @ 8:00 pm

  2. Thanks, Chris. It seems to have worked predictably for you.

    The problem with Wordpress is that each page (like this one) can have only one level of responses, so it’s harder to get a discussion going than with a real web forum like php.

    Comment by Max — 2010 March 14, Sunday @ 8:08 pm

  3. On the other hand, php got spammed so badly and so regularly that I had to disable it completely.

    Comment by Max — 2010 March 21, Sunday @ 3:35 pm

  4. Don,

    In my search for a cheap way to scan slides to digital images, up came your page. I read with interest your experiments and the final product. I printed the template, cut, creased and stapled the triangle together and was ready to have a go at some scanning.

    At first I had trouble with slide placement on the scanner bed, but worked out the right spot. The gadget worked as advertised. The image had to be manipulated a great deal in PhotoShop, but all told, it came out alright. It was at that point that I realized it would take forever to do the plethora of slides. So I will still be looking for an attachment of some sort or a low cost stand alone product.

    I enjoyed browsing your page and reading your various adventures. I am also recently retired and now find time to do lots of things for which I never had time.
    Martinsburg WV

    When the pupil is ready, the teacher will come.

    Comment by Bernie — 2010 October 4, Monday @ 2:12 pm

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