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The MASIE Center - Learning Lab & ThinkTank - PodCasting for Learning Call I'm listening right now to this podcast. It's got a slow start, but there are some good ideasPodcasting for learning Podcast

"Dude," (for some reason this conversation frequently begins with "dude") "you're the most technical person I know. How can you not even have a cell phone?" This conversation (orThe Neo-Luddite Geek Technologist

I'm curious what you all use for your RSS feed readers. How do you keep track of the blogs you read? If you choose "Other" leave a comment below and letNew poll on Feed Readers

Last week I showed you something embarrassing: my desk. [caption id="attachment_1463" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="My "Workstation""][/caption] I promised that I would show you a clean desk by Tuesday. Honestly, I wasn't sure itMiracles DO happen!

In general, as most people know, Google builds some pretty good apps, and they're mostly built with collaboration and ease-of-use in mind. As someone whose job involves figuring out howGoogle Wave - abridged

I had over 150 posts from LifeHacker in my Google Reader that I finally parsed through over the last 3 hours. There were a few that I may post aboutLinkList: LifeHacker edition

“Journeyman” Will Get Its 12 Episodes - Slice of SciFi Well, it sounds like saner heads have prevailed... for now. NBC has given the green light to the final two produced“Journeyman” Will Get Its 12 Episodes - Slice of SciFi

Catch Up to Season Four | Battlestar Galactica | SCIFI.COM Looking for a quick reminder after the two decade wait between season 3 and the finally about to debut season 43 years in 8 minutes - BSG

This is pretty funny if you've ever been addicted to Tetris. Mike, you should enjoy this. It doesn't really get funny until about the 1:00 mark, though. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/SYRLTF71Sow" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] [tags]YouTube,Tetris humor

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. WhenRe-igniting passion

I Googled my head off for help with this last night and couldn't come up with anything, so I thought I'd put this out there for those of you whoFixing published audio problems in Captivate 2

This is pretty old, but then the subject is even older! It's a fun look at the (mostly) 80s video games. How many video games can you identify? ThereJump through classic video games

In the last month or so, it seems like Murphy is camped on my front step. Computer - dead. Motherboard, presumably, is fried, based on research. Car inspection - over $500 moreUnexpected costs, things that have broken lately, and lessons learned

Is it the "training industry" or the "learning industry"? (Yeah, I know there are plenty of alternates to make this even more confusing, but let's stick to these two forTraining vs. Learning

I was one of the minority who didn't get out to see Night at the Museum in the theaters. I wish I would have. This is one movie I thinkReview: Night at the Museum

Heroes: Last minute notes!

Interviews & Features – NBC’s Heroes: The Show’s Secrets Unmasked! | TVGuide.com

The show finally premieres tonight at 9pm! I just ran across this TVGuide.com article with some interesting news. For one thing, there will be no “let’s get everyone together and form a team” moment (a la X-Men), and there will be no lack of action. Tim Kring has promised that things won’t be dragged out for 4 or 5 episodes without anything major . . . → Read More: Heroes: Last minute notes!

Elliott Masie & Josh Bersin: Learning Trends

Learning 2006 – Josh Bersin & Elliott Masie Dialogue

Josh and Elliot, two “thought leaders” in the learning industry, get together and talk about the things they’re seeing in the learning industry. It’s at least partially a teaser for Josh’s presentation at Elliott’s Learning 2006 conference, but there are some good things being said.

For example, Elliott, not for the first time, makes the beginning of a case to make a job in the learning . . . → Read More: Elliott Masie & Josh Bersin: Learning Trends

NBC’s Heroes pilot online

LiveDigital: NBC’s Heroes pilot

I don’t know how this got there, but if you want to watch the Heroes pilot episode in a really bad, small, flash video format, there you go. I’m not going to watch it until it airs on September 25th.

[tags]Heroes, NBC, TV, superheroes[/tags]

Heroes web comic

SCI FI Wire | The News Service of the SCI FI Channel

Tim Kring, creator and executive producer of NBC’s superhero drama Heroes, told SCI FI Wire that the the series will be accompanied by a Web comic at NBC.com that will become an integral part of the show itself. “Just to give a little spoiler to everybody, the audience should look for the idea of the comic book to play a huge part internally . . . → Read More: Heroes web comic

Harry Potter and the Paper-Cut Terrorist

Writer’s Blog: J.K. Rowling vs. Airport Security Somebody in the TSA has got to get a grip.

[tag]J.K. Rowling[/tag] tried to return home recently and had a run-in with [tag]airport security[/tag]:

Airport security tried to stop her from taking the unfinished, handwritten manuscript of the last Harry Potter book on board the plane as [tag]carry-on luggage[/tag].

What the heck is going on here?! What was she going to do, threaten to read the pilots to . . . → Read More: Harry Potter and the Paper-Cut Terrorist

Heroes – the dark side

SCI FI Wire | The News Service of the SCI FI Channel

The latest info coming out about Heroes just bolsters my impression that this is going to be a good show.

In particular, the show will explore the themes of temptation and the duality between good and evil. “It’s one of the things that we’re really fascinated with, … this idea that all of these people have free will,” Kring said. “They are just . . . → Read More: Heroes – the dark side

Are Google’s day’s numbered?

It’s time to reconsider Google | News.blog | CNET News.com

It really might be time for some people to reconsider Google – at least Google’s search and Google Maps. They are no longer so far ahead of the curve that it’s a no brainer to stick with them. The competition is picking up.

I’m not quite ready to switch myself, but if I lived in a region that was covered by online traffic updates, I’d . . . → Read More: Are Google’s day’s numbered?

Google Earth gets even cooler

Images: New visions from Google Earth | CNET News.com

This is really great! The already wildly cool Google Earth is getting additional information laid on top of it, so you can get information on selected locations from The Discovery Channel, US National Parks, a UN Environmental Agency, Jane Goodall’s institute, and more.

The new information will be available either as overlays (in the case of trails or ape roaming territories, for example) or clickable pop-up . . . → Read More: Google Earth gets even cooler

Podcasting for corporate training example – how I did it

I mentioned in a previous post that I was experimenting with [tag]Podcasting[/tag] for [tag]training[/tag] purposes at work. I thought it might be nice to share what I’ve learned so far, the process I went through, and for better or worse, the result.

The point of this exercise was two-fold: to experiment with the technology and tools, and to introduce potential uses of podcasting to a training industry audience focused in a [tag]manufacturing company[/tag]. The original . . . → Read More: Podcasting for corporate training example – how I did it

Review: The Aviator

I’m of two minds about this movie. On the one hand, it was extremely well done, especially the directing and acting, and the subject was enticing and kept my interest. Unlike many films, my “armchair directing” has failed me: I don’t know what I would have done differently.

On the other hand, it was freakin’ long. Too long. At just under 3 hours, it’s a huge investment to spend the time to watch this movie, . . . → Read More: Review: The Aviator