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Traveling across the 'net as part of this commentluv contest, I ran across this really interesting site that went around to different cities asking 50 random people on the street:What's your wish for today?

free wi-fi hotspots wifi cafes coffee shops hotels airports RV Parks (Okay, so I'm slipping in one more post before the new year...) If you're looking for free wi-fi connection anywhere inFree wi-fi hotspots

This excites me on many levels. It's so simple, and yet so cool. It's not at all new either. In fact, there's a multi-award winning film that uses something very similarA colorful cavalcade of classical coolness

Slice of Scifi - Science Fiction TV & Movie News, Interviews & more » “The Dead Zone” Breaking News According to the shows creator/producer, Shawn Piller, the season starting next SundayThe Dead Zone: Back from the dead

This is one of a series of articles I wrote for The Coalition of Awesomeness blog some time ago. The blog has since gone to an unfortunate (but very awesome)Who do you serve, and who do you trust?

I find a lot of stuff that I want to share, but that doesn't make it into a blog post of its own, for whatever reason (usually a lack ofLinkList: Sci-fi edition

The Simple Dollar » Everything You Ever Really Needed to Know About Personal Finance on the Back of Five Business Cards Lately I've felt like Trent was recycling the same advicePersonal Finance on 5 business cards

I'll be jotting down my initial thoughts of the shows I watch that premiere this week. Tonight, I intended to watch the NBC shows Chuck, Heroes, and Journeyman. I missed Chuck,Initial thoughts - Premiere week pt 1

It's a popular debate lately: are these social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) bad for us? Recently an Oxford professor, Baroness Susan Greenfield, made some rather provocative speculations aboutTuesday TubeWatch: Social networking will eat your brain!

Well... "reviews" might be pushing the definition of the word. It's more like a couple of self-proclaimed geeks talking about the movie, which, as it turns out, is kinda fun. IfOld movies, new reviews

I recently experienced one of the things on this list. See if you can figure out which one it is: Things that don't go together easily: Oil and water Drinking and driving Fine wineThings that don't go together easily

I knew that I knew it from somewhere. It sounded familiar, but I couldn't place it. Now I know. The Olympics stole their theme song from the opening credits ofWhat do Bruce Campbell and the Olympics have in common? - Tuesday TubeWatch

I've felt like I've been neglecting this blog lately, and wanted to get focused on it again. As it happens, I ran across the 7 day Challenge from Andrew Emmett'sIdentity: 7 day challenge

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH | Bryce Zabel: Koppel on Iran I don't plan to get into politics too much on this blog, but I do agree with Zabel that this isTed Koppel on Iran & US involvement in Middle East

Yeah, I got this from a chain mail, but it's the first one to make me laugh out loud in a few years, so here you go...   A Lawyer and aHow to make $490

Learning 2.0: useless buzzword

What is the fascination people have with completely non-descriptive buzzwords? And buzzwords with version numbers?! What the heck is the point of that? That is completely faddish and just plain lazy.

Learning 2.0; Web 2.0 . . . I don’t have clue 1.0 what those are about without going and doing research. Something new about learning? Something new about the web? That’s the most I can get out of those.

At least older buzzwords . . . → Read More: Learning 2.0: useless buzzword

24: the movie?

Movies.com: Industry buzz and movie information on the most talked-about upcoming movies

Here’s a movie rumor.

24 Bewitching Prediction Here’s a TV spinoff that should actually make a decent movie. Of course, I liked Starsky and Hutch and Dukes of Hazzard, so my credibility is pretty much shot in this department.

While I like the idea, if they’re going to keep with the Real Time aspect of the show, wouldn’t they have to rename it . . . → Read More: 24: the movie?

Nowhere Man on DVD

SciFi.com: Science Fiction Movie and TV Reviews Oh, man … I loved this show when it aired in UPN’s fledgling season (kind of ironic that it would be released at the same time UPN is closing its doors and joining with the WB to become the CW network).

I still can’t believe they cancelled this one. If this had been on an established network, this show would have been a hit, instead of killed off . . . → Read More: Nowhere Man on DVD

“Bible bill” sponsored by Democrats

Democrats in 2 Southern States Push Bills on Bible Study – New York Times

A couple of Democrats are endorsing a Bible class in public schools—but only if it’s based on a specific textbook about the Bible (“The Bible and Its Influence”) and not the Bible itself (or, for that matter, any other textbook, apparently).

This has stirred up some ill-will among Republicans who have been pushing for Bible classes for years (which the same . . . → Read More: “Bible bill” sponsored by Democrats

Corporate ethics

Survey: Unethical Corporate Behavior Stems From Unrealistic Objectives and Deadlines

First of all, the fact that this even warranted study is a heck of a condemnation of the corporate world. That, in itself, bothers me.

On a grander scale, this is also a condemnation (or perhaps a revelation) of our human natures: many of us will cheat to get things done, given the opportunity and a bit of motive (which could be as simple as . . . → Read More: Corporate ethics

America’s schools ineffective? Challenges for corporate learning

Parkin’s Lot: Stupid in America

Godfrey Parkin takes the notion (supported by a study) that America’s public schools, on average, produce substandard education, and applies it to corporate environments.

As he says, the condemnation of America’s school system is nothing new. I’ve heard it all my life. In fact, my friends even joke about understanding things “despite our public school education.” The study lists the usual reasons: lack of funding, teacher-student ratios, lack of teacher . . . → Read More: America’s schools ineffective? Challenges for corporate learning

Training Mistakes

Learning2005 learningwiki.com – Mistakes Elliot Masie’s Learning Wiki has a page for common mistakes trainers/instructional designers make, as reported by subscribers to his newsletter. He received over 700 responses — the wiki page is just an ‘executive summary’.

Some of the quotes, I can relate to completely. The ones that ring my gong the loudest are quoted below:

Skill Level/Needs Analysis Mistakes: – Responding to ‘crisis’ situations with quick-fix training – invariably, it doesn’t work . . . → Read More: Training Mistakes

Wiki’s in a corporate environment

Informal Learning » Blog Archive » The Weirdness of Wiki Wiki’s are full of potential for learning and communication, and yet for the most part they aren’t being used within corporations (that I can tell, anyway). Jay reports a big reason for that (emphasis added):

The moderator asked people to introduce themselves and say three words about wiki. The positives were terms like exciting, linked, and important. On the downside, people said confusing, disorienting, and . . . → Read More: Wiki’s in a corporate environment

What’s the Difference Between Learning and Training?

What’s the Difference Between Learning and Training?

Don’t worry. I’m not going off on another long post about this. I’m really just linking in here because it validates that I’m not the only person thinking about this.

The article from CLO magazine is much better than what I wrote, of course. I’ll just do a quick quote here from Maureen McCormick, director of learning and development, University of Iowa:

Training for a lot of people . . . → Read More: What’s the Difference Between Learning and Training?

Internet Time Blog » Blog Archive » Jaron Lanier

Internet Time Blog » Blog Archive » Jaron Lanier

When Jaron was speaking at the dedication of the Gates Computer Center at Stanford, he said “Naming a computer science building after Bill Gates is like naming a medical school after Typhoid Mary.” That line didn’t make it through to the live audio feed in Redmond.

heh heh.

Also interesting in that post is the claim that no one knows how a khaen (Laotian instrument) works. . . . → Read More: Internet Time Blog » Blog Archive » Jaron Lanier