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Gone are the heady, playful days of American Ninja, and Ninja III: The Domination. These days, Ninja movies are more serious business, focusing on the real historical Ninjas, like theNinjas in history

CommonCraft videos make me want to hurt myself. I can't help but think "why didn't I think of doing this?" Lee and Sachi have done a great job creating a successfulTuesday TubeWatch: CommonCraft

This is a great idea. Eddie Izzard's Dressed to Kill stand-up routine is hilarious (though profanity laced). Matching the bits with Lego stop-motion animation turns out to be really funnyTuesday TubeWatch: Lego Izzard - Cake or Death?

It's time for my annual(ish) list of movies I want to catch this year. Strap in and let the trailers wash over you like pure adrenalin. (Not that I know whatMovieWatch 2013

Human Brain Transplantation Protocol Approved To Reverse Nerve And Brain Damage This is one of the coolest science pieces I've come across ever. You know why brain injury is so bad? BecauseHuman Brain Regeneration

Through watching the Randy Pausch lecture (mentioned in my previous post) I discovered a great free tool for learning how to program, called Alice. What's different about Alice is thatAlice: Through the Monitor (or Creating new worlds for Novices)

Okay, that may very well be the longest title I've ever written on this blog. New milestone! Woo hoo! The Oatmeal, while not very old, has become an insanely popular site,Semicolons: the only grammar related poster I've ever been tempted to buy

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

These are my site hits over the last week. [caption id="attachment_1897" align="aligncenter" width="234" caption="Before and after"][/caption] See if you can figure out when my most popular post ceased showing up on theThe power of Google

Pennsylvania Gas Prices - Find Cheap Gas Prices in Pennsylvania Now this is a useful site (assuming you live in PA, anyway). Not only can you find the lowest (and highest) gasPennsylvania Gas Prices - Find Cheap Gas Prices in Pennsylvania

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!

Vanguard − The "Dilbert" guide to personal finance This list from Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, is about 2 years old, but I just saw it for the first time,Personal Finance advice from "Dilbert"

SCI FI Wire | The News Service of the SCI FI Channel SCI FI Channel's award-winning series Battlestar Galactica will move to a new timeslot starting Jan. 21, 2007: Sundays atBattlestar Galactica moves to Sundays

We've all wanted to take part in a big-budget movie, right? Sure we have. And now you have the opportunity to do just that! Sort of. The movie is Star Wars.Grab your 15 seconds of fame!

Poorly!  *rim shot* So I mentioned before that I'd been writing some music for the last several years and some of it may show up here from time to time. ThisHow I write music

Podcasting for learning Podcast

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 ideas in there. For example, around the 10 or 15 minute mark, they give some ideas for ways to use training podcasts. One example was a tour that a national park was giving. Tourists can download a tour that you stop and start as you drive around the park (in a prescribed direction). That’s not really a big change from yesterday’s technology: audio tours are not new, but using a podcast for the tour opens up a cheaper way to do it than the radio or cassette methods commonly used.

As I listen to this, the content is getting better, especially as the floor is opened for questions. Lots of good tactical stuff here. Give it a listen!

As an aside, I’m at the SkillSoft Perspectives conference this week, and Elliott Masie is the Keynote Speaker tomorrow. I’ve walked past him a couple of times, and made eye contact, but for some reason I haven’t talked to him yet. I didn’t really have anything to say to him beyond, “Hey, thanks for putting all this content and visibility out there for learning.” Seemed kind of lame to interrupt his pre-conference poolside relaxation for that (though now that I type it out, maybe it’s not so lame). Maybe I’ll catch him at the reception tonight. It’s interesting to me that I walked past him 5 minutes before I got the TRENDS email from him about the podcast above. He had sent it about an hour before. Nothing unusual about that, but I thought it was interesting.

[tags]elliott masie, podcasting, learning, education, corporate training[/tags]

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