Wednesday, December 31, 2003
Sunday, December 28, 2003
Tuesday, December 23, 2003
people don't stop to give thanks for the half billion second mark. maybe we should?
Monday, December 22, 2003
Sunday, December 21, 2003
Why not? : how to use everyday ingenuity to solve problems big and small /
Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business School, c2003.
Zaid, Gabriel. So many books : reading and publishing in an age of abundance ; translated by Natasha Wimmer. Paul Dry Books ed., 2003
Heffner, Richard D. A conversational history of modern America / Richard D. Heffner ; edited by Marc Jaffe. New York, N.Y. : Carroll & Graf, c2003
If you read any of these, thanks for sending me an email telling me what you think of the book(s). If your comments are revealing, I'll post them to this blog.
Saturday, December 20, 2003
Thursday, December 18, 2003
to be truly concise, a poem ought to have a single line. 4 words in the line is do-able, but lazy. 3 words are better. 2 words are best -- although it's admittedly tough to write two words poems.
Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Sunday, December 14, 2003
Saturday, December 13, 2003
Undeterred, the salesperson tried to sell me a USB 2 cable for a printer that has USB capabilities only. "Did you know our gold printer cable is faster than our other cables?" My friendly response, delivered very politely with a smile, "Thank you, but the speed of the printer output of this printer does not increase due to the speed capabilities of the cable." Salesperson's response: Blank stare.
Pregnant pause. I think things over and decide this situation does merit a friendly and very polite scold. "You know, a person who is not technically trained might be led into thinking that the faster printer cable you tried to sell me would lead to faster printer output on this printer, and this is just not true."
Blank stare. "I happen to work in the field of technology and thus I am able to understand that I don't need the faster printer cable you were trying to sell me."
I also didn't need the ink the salesperson was trying to sell me. The implication was that this printer doesn't come with ink, when it does.
Staples is one of my favorite stores and remains so, despite this incident. I'm posting this story to Slashdot to get input from others on whether the above-mentioned sales techniques was as sleazy as it appeared to me. And if so, is this something we geeks can continue to tolerate?
If a Staples saleperson tries to sell you something you very clearly don't need -- and represents that you do neeed it, an appropriate response to: "You'll need a cable with that," is "No thanks, you'll need some integrity with that."
Thursday, December 11, 2003
She achieved success in sending email on this day. Folks need to always be ready to measure success in lots of different ways. Here is the email she sent me. (Her name is left off the end of her email to protect her privacy.)
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associated with a special safety system."
- from a report by a line manager at the Pickering A nuclear power
plant in Ontario. The report describes how, 14 minutes into a
risky repair job, the staff performing the work were laid off. The
workers began leaving the site and had to be asked back to tighten
a plug they had loosened in the plant's radioactive-containment
system. (Reported in the December 10, 2003 Globe and Mail.)
Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Sunday, December 07, 2003
Saturday, December 06, 2003
bicycle helmets are 85 to 88 percent effective in preventing brain injuries during bicycle accidents. bicycle accidents happen for a host of different reasons, including dogs that run after and dart in front of bicyclists.
i know you'd much prefer brain injury to the slight discomfort of wearing a helmet. each of us need to choose our priorities, though. when you're done preferring brain injuries, thanks for putting on a helmet.
don't do it for yourself. do it for your students. you'd be cheating them if you didn't.
Monday, November 24, 2003
Sunday, November 23, 2003
Friday, November 21, 2003
religious houses, and have children who play with our children, to
mention just a few ordinary daily contacts. We share a common
humanity and participate together in the social contract that is the
foundation of our Commonwealth. Simple principles of decency dictate
that we extend to the plaintiffs, and to their new status, full
acceptance, tolerance and respect. We should do it because it is the
right thing to do."
- Justice John M. Greaney, in a concurring opinion in the Supreme
Judicial Court of Massachusetts's decision on same-sex marriage.
Wednesday, November 19, 2003
"OneCleveland recently gained rights to nearly 400 miles of fiber optic cable that extends from Garfield Heights to Westlake and from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to Lake Erie. About 200 miles of fiber was donated to Case Western Reserve University, which in turn gave it to OneCleveland, by City Signal Communications, a company in Malvern, Pa., that owns five fiber rings in Greater Cleveland. OneCleveland bought from City Signal the rights to the remaining fiber for an undisclosed amount."
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Sunday, November 16, 2003
Thursday, November 13, 2003
Wednesday, November 05, 2003
Monday, November 03, 2003
Thursday, October 30, 2003
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Sunday, October 26, 2003
Friday, October 17, 2003
it's moving hearing that kind of feedback. i need to figure out ways of getting such learning/teaching onto video and other media to reach learners not able to make it to class.
Thursday, October 16, 2003
He's a great guy and I'm lucky to have him as a brother. Just don't let him get close to any of your toys if there is a nearby open window.
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
the publisher describes it in this way: "Flashpoint is a low cost yet versatile tool to create eye-catching presentations with streaming audio for playback over the web or directly from your PC, laptop or handheld. The output format is standard HTML and Flash."
this software lets you scan in images or drag and drop them in. you can import mp3 audio files. you can add links to any object or picture. you can add gradients to your presentations. the download includes a program named "flashpoint audio" that converts wav files to mp3 audio files.
flashpoint reminds me of hyperstudio in its ease of use. here's a sample flashpoint file i made in just a few minutes. the navigation arrows were added by flashpoint without my evening having to ask for them.
i intentionally created mp3 audio files with a very high sound quality, as most of the web multimedia i make is intended for viewing/hearing with broadband. when i have enough free time, i make the same multimedia geared for dial-up users.
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
-Sun Tzu Chinese Warrior, Philosopher 100 B.C.
Sunday, October 12, 2003
You can find out the steps you need to make an audio annotated jpeg in a QuickTime I made over here. Steve Ronan, if you have a moment, let's try out Skype sometime.
Saturday, October 11, 2003
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The Merchants of Cool. You can watch the entire
documentary online at PBS's web site. (What? No QuickTime version? Mon dieu!) Doug has written
a couple of books on cyberculture worth checking out.
Friday, May 23, 2003
Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Friday, May 16, 2003
is the 7-year-old coalition of adult literacy organizations in Washington DC. One of the high points
of last night's meeting were the awards given to adult literacy volunteers and adult learners.
If you don't have time to watch the full 60-minute archive, check out the 2-minutes that describe Tom Brown
from Academy of Hope. You'll need the free RealPlayer software and a high speed internet connection to view this.
For other "Hometown Heroes" in the Washington DC area, visit the Hometown Heroes section of the WETA web site.