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I'm going to revisit a couple of topics discussed here recently and then we'll hit some new topics. Well, after my last post I finished watching The Event. I stick withRevisitation and new worlds

Bryce Zabel's FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH: Santa's 2007 Movie Smackdown! Bryce has put together a fun poll on which Christmas/holiday movies make the cut for annual viewing. Which ones can youThe Santa Smackdown!

Oh, great... another cause to spend our research money on. Duke Nukem Disease: Come Get Some! - Tuesday TubeWatch

How should I spend my economic stimulus rebate? Over at Gather Little by Little (link above), Glblguy reviews his decision with his wife about what to do with his economic stimulusMy economic stimulus rebate is going to...

[caption id="attachment_730" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The Dark is Rising sequence"][/caption] When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back; Three from the circle, three from the track; Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone; FiveThe Dark Is Rising, except on film (Review: The Seeker)

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

So our water company had a break in at one of their tanks recently and while they're checking to make sure the water hasn't been contaminated, they've issued a "DoFact checking the easy stuff

Michael Bay takes his crash, slam, bang frenzied filmmaking and applies it to Logan's Run. Okay, it's not quite that useless, but if I'm falling asleep during action sequences you knowReview: The Island

I just watched Disc Three of the Crusade series, written by J. Michael Straczynski (JMS). Luckily, I was apparently watching one of the early discs produced since it had hisCrusade: What would have happened

Cerado's Web 2.0 or Star Wars Quiz Sadly, I got a 38.Web 2.0 or Star Wars?

At first glance, Laws of Attraction is a typical romantic comedy. Guy and girl meet, they don't get along, then they're stuck together, then they fall in love. The differenceReview: Laws of Attraction

Literary characters - some obscure, some well known - abound in these graphic novels. The main players (Allan Quartermain, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man, andThe League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 and 2

H&R Block - Top 10 Overlooked Credits & Deductions Here's a good list to keep in mind as we get ready to pony up for Uncle Sam's benificence. [tags]US taxes, april 15th,H&R Block - Top 10 Overlooked Credits & Deductions

Today's my birthday. Woo hoo! I managed to not die again this year! (I'm really not sure where I'm going with this post, but I figured I might as well useBirthday ramblings

Okay, yeah, the day's almost over, but you know how it is... things got away from me. The dog ate my homework. And then he did this: So there you haveBetter late than never (maybe): Tuesday TubeWatch

Ohio Board Tells Students, “Thinking Isn’t Important”

Ohio Board Undoes Stand on Evolution – New York Times (free subscription required)

The Ohio Board of Education voted 11 to 4 Tuesday to toss out a mandate that 10th-grade biology classes include critical analysis of evolution and an accompanying model lesson plan…

Okay… this makes no sense to me. What is the problem with a critical analysis of evolution? Is the case for evolution so bad that it can’t withstand critical analysis?

What is . . . → Read More: Ohio Board Tells Students, “Thinking Isn’t Important”

Homeschooling and education

The Learning Circuits Blog: Homeschooling and the Creative Class Hm… Until a few years ago, I didn’t know much about homeschooling. Then I met my wife. Her brother and sister were homeschooled. Her family has unfortunately endured a certain amount of ridicule because of that. It became a topic of conversation between us, and though still not resolved completely, was important in the decision to marry.

I have absolutely nothing against homeschooling. I do still . . . → Read More: Homeschooling and education

Re-igniting passion

Creating Passionate Users: Re-igniting passion

We can’t expect passionate users, if we ourselves can’t hold (or rediscover) the passion we felt for the work we chose.

That is an excellent point. When the world is beating down on you with a sledgehammer, it’s easy to lose sight of the passion you had when you first began in your field. And for those responsible for providing training to others, that can really hurt effectiveness.

Passion is . . . → Read More: Re-igniting passion

Video games and simulations

To continue with the theme of my last post…

Clark Aldrich talked about the similarities of video games and training simulations in one of his blogs for ASTD’s Learning Circuits:

Computer games must teach skills that are actually used and improvised upon, not just parrotted back on a test, which turns out to be even harder than telling a complicated story.

He goes on to give a great example, taken from Half Life 2, of . . . → Read More: Video games and simulations

e-Learning Glitz: misunderstanding video games

Community Connections Forums – Bells and whistles (if you’re not a member, you get redirected to the home page… sorry.)

It’s a little unusual for me to quote from a discussion forum, but this really rang true for me. It’s a quote from the e-Learning Guild’s Community Connections (from the editor of their e-magazine) in response to a question about convincing stakeholders that all the noise and flash they want in their course is distracting . . . → Read More: e-Learning Glitz: misunderstanding video games

cell phones + driving = drunk driving

Driven to Distraction

I absolutely love it when I find research that backs up my position.

HANG UP YOUR CELL PHONES, DRIVERS!!!

Psychological research is showing that when drivers use cell phones, whether hand-held or hands-off, their attention to the road drops and driving skills become even worse than if they had too much to drink. Epidemiological research has found that cell-phone use is associated with a four-fold increase in the odds of getting into . . . → Read More: cell phones + driving = drunk driving

Risk aversion can hurt you

Creating Passionate Users

Risk aversion can take a good idea and make it useless. And risk aversion is rampant in corporations. That’s one of the points in Kathy’s post. It’s a long post, and it’s late, so I’m not going to go much into it, but here’s a quote:

. . . many of the “leaf nodes” (what Microsoft and Sun and others refer to as “individual contributors”) tend to be innovative and brave, but . . . → Read More: Risk aversion can hurt you