Archive for the 'My Writing' Category

Illinois’ World Wide Web of Spiders on the Collaboratory

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008



Adobe posted my article on the IDNR Illinois Biodiversity Spider Study. I’m most happy that it shines a light on the work of everyone involved and how the project worked. Hopefully we’ll have more participants this year!

Remembering Gary

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Last Wednesday, NUIT came together to remember my former boss, and my eternal mentor Gary Greenberg. It was a really nice memorial service. Here’s my speech, which is probably easier to read than listening to me say it with my voice cracking all over the place.

Get ‘Em While They’re Hot

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Comic BookIn case you’re dying to know more about my first job, you

can now read about it in the second volume of Working Nine to Five in Marianne Petit’s Participatory Book Series. All of the books in the series are a measly $3, which is a super deal, considering what a great job Marianne did.

Dollar Storeys

Friday, August 31st, 2007


Dollar Store

With a lot of help from the fantastic Shiow-Jiau Yung, I have submitted a Dollar Storey (#57) to The Third Coast Festival’s Dollar Storeys. Due to my novice status, it’s frankly one of the weakest ones on there … there are some amazing submissions. Without Shiow’s production help, my story would have been unlistenable (is that a word?). You might want to skip mine, but I definitely suggest you listen to the other ones on there (especially the one by Megan Stielstra and Shiow (#55)).

The Concession Stand

Monday, June 25th, 2007

This weekend was the MoCCA Artfest. The incredibly talented Marianne Petit had her Participatory Book Series on display at the fest, including Working Nine to Five: Volume 2, which features a story I wrote, “The

Concession Stand,” about my very first job, which was at a movie theater concession stand. Marianne did a brilliant job illustrating my and other people’s stories, so as soon as she puts them online, I’ll link to them.

Toasting Love

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

So, this weekend, my good friend Laura (a.k.a. Swirdo) got married. Laura and I go all the way back to high school, so this was a big deal. Her (now) husband, Shoji, totally rocks … literally. He is the bass player in Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater’s band. They performed at the wedding, along with a duet by Laura and Shoji. A pretty awesome wedding.

My toast was pretty well received, as well, which made me quite happy. Shoji’s dad, who does not speak English, took my copy home to Japan to translate it and see what all the laughing was about. It is as follows:

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

I’ve got an article published in this quarter’s Modern Language Journal. Captivating stuff, all about the Collaboratory and LexiTown. Check it out.

    Hadad, R. (2005). “Northwestern University’s ‘Collaboratory Project’ and ‘LexiTown.’” Modern Language Journal 89, 3, 462-463.

Captivating an Audience for A Day in Illinois 05/05/05

Monday, August 15th, 2005

If anything has helped me reach new and more spread out audiences for Collaboratory sponsored projects, it’s Captivate. I realize that makes me sound like an Adobe plant or something, but I really do [heart] it. You can read more about my undying love for Captivate in the article I wrote for Adobe.

I’m published!

Monday, July 18th, 2005

I have an article in this quarter’s National Network for Early Language Learning about teaching foreign language using collaborative technology.

In case you want to read fascinating literature about online collaborative foreign language learning, here’s the source:

    Hadad, R. (2005). “Teaching with Technology—Lexitown: An Illinois Online Foreign Language Learning Initiative.” Learning Languages, 10(2), 33-34.