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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 mentioned last week that I was a guest on a podcast over at Lee and Dan's Midnight Movie Club. The show has now been released so head over andGreetings, Program!

Hicks Picks 9 - Slice of Scifi AUGH! This is annoying. “Stargate” movies delayed The direct-to-home-theater “Stargate” movies are coming–but it’s going to take a bit longer than expected. 20th Century Fox toldStargate SG-1 DVD movies delayed

Murder in the First, based on a true story, tells the tale of Henry Young (Kevin Bacon) and his attorney (Christian Slater) as they expose the brutality of the AlcatrazReview: Murder in the First

I knew a few phrases from maybe 3 or 4 Johnny Cash songs before I saw this movie. I knew he had gone to prison (though I wasn't sure why),Review: Walk the Line

What kind of a movie can you make with $5000 and some talented friends? If you choose wisely, apparently a pretty good one. Trailer 2 - The Hunt For Gollum [2] by HuntForGollum ThisA return to Middle Earth: The Hunt for Gollum - Tuesday TubeWatch

Could Mastering the Ego Be a Learning Executive Solution? The article covers how ego can help and hinder a business. I think that's important to actively consider. As the article states,Humility

I subscribe to news alerts from both CNN and the New York Times. I find the differences in their content interesting at times. The New York Times alerts pretty consistentlyBias in News Alerts?

Where would we be without the internet? How would we ever know this kind of amazingly useful information? Toilet facts: The average person spends three years of their life on the “john”. TheYour toilet probably flushes in E-flat

I've got one year to make up my mind. Maybe it won't seem like as big of a deal then. But for right now? I must have it. I haven't beenCould this be the one?

At my house we have a bit of a push-and-pull relationship with time. My wife pushes, and I pull. Call me crazy, but I don't think we need to leave aRules for showing up

To review: I’m talking about an article on ZDNet that tries to make the case for streaming first-run movies to a home theater. In the first part, I laid out the argument theyMovie Theater vs. Home Theater (part 3)

Narnia Sequel In the Works - Slice of SciFi Looks like the next movie in the series will be Prince Caspian (which, interestingly, is not the second book in the series). AndrewNarnia Sequel In the Works - Slice of SciFi

In my last post I asked for some help coming up with films for my annual New Years Eve triple feature. I got some great responses (though very few actuallyReview: New Years Eve triple feature

Official Google Reader Blog: There's a feed for that?! I've never actually used Craig's List, but the article linked above points out that you can use feeds from that site andJob Search via RSS

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