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So this past weekend I got together with my brother and a bunch of college friends for a night of poker in Philadelphia. It was the first time this groupPoker night!

Why Collaborative Storyboard Technology Is Mission Critical This is an excellent article extolling the virtues of collaboration for storyboarding your courses (and a little push for storyboarding itself). It doesn't specificallyCollaborative Storyboarding

Comcast.net TV - Colbert Raises $171,000 for Charity Okay, it's cool that he raised that much money, and it's funny how he did it, but this is what I love: Since returningStephen Colbert found hung between bathrooms

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Well, we finally got 10 votes on the first poll, and after a close race between "Good" and "For the sake of Humanity, make it stop!" it looks like thePoll: The Fifth Cylon

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 wanted to follow up on a couple of posts I made (long ago) about web conferencing. Figured it was about time I got back to it. I had the occasionFree web conferencing - ups and downs

[caption id="attachment_1656" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This is funny, but not what I'm after."][/caption] I saw an article today stating that the BBC ran a survey and received results showing it was "anti-Christian"Christianity on TV

Wizard Entertainment The "New York Jedi" are making a stop at the "Wizard World" convention in Philadelphia this coming weekend. They'll even train people on sword choreography! Sounds like a funJedi training in Philly

I managed to get to David Snowden's talk this morning about, essentially, the nature of learning. What does science say about how we learn? Is that different from the wayCorporate Learning conference: Day 3

"Can you tie this to my eyebrow?" [referring to a balloon] After throwing a blanket over her own head: "POOF! She was gone." 3-yr old: "You can't tell me that!" 2-yr old: "Why?" 3-yrThings overheard in my house lately

Free business cards! That's pretty cool. Via the excellent Parent Hacks site (see below) I've now found two online printing companies that will print business cards for free. You have"Free" business cards

I can't believe this didn't occur to me before. I've been trying to come up with a good system of sharing gift ideas with my family for quite a while.Keep gift ideas on del.icio.us

Robert Downey Jr. has been touted as the perfect choice to play Tony Stark. When I first saw the trailer I was doubtful about that choice. I always pictured StarkReview: Iron Man

Diabetes breakthrough Before you get too excited, let me say this: from my read of the article, it's a long time before humans could benefit, and even when they can, you'llA cure for Type I diabetes?

A show too controversial to make it to production today…

This show, loved by millions, and seen every year since it originally aired in 1965, would never be produced today in our politically correct world. It’s just too controversial.

This show has it all: small children berating each other every few minutes; greed; self-centeredness; exclusionary behavior; insensitivity…

None of these things are really the problem that would prevent this show from being created today.

The problem is a couple of minutes from the end of the show. The single act, so expected in its time, and yet in the eyes of many so bold and offensive today, is the reading of Luke 2:9-14. Six verses in the Bible, covering the birth of Jesus, delivered with all seriousness as “what Christmas is all about.”

Not a single other Christmas special I can think of airing today even mentions Jesus. It’s always all about peace, love, and togetherness; sharing, kindness, and forgiveness. All of those things are great and important, but what Christmas is really all about is exactly what Linus said: thanking God for the gift of his son to us. Everything else is gravy.

I can’t even conceive of a show that espouses that same message getting produced today for a major network. In fact, when I think about it, I’m even surprised they still air this one.

Though, seriously, you can’t beat the Vince Guaraldi soundtrack

Skating – Vince Guaraldi

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2 comments to A show too controversial to make it to production today…

  • That is a lovely scene.

    Our local shopping centre has always had a big nativity scene out at Christmas time. It used to be put in the middle of centre stage. Then one year it got moved to the side so a new massive Christmas tree could go on centre stage. Then a few years later Santa expanded to take over both sides of centre stage and the nativity went between the escalators, still a highly visible spot. Finally this year it has been pushed into a dark corner at the far side of the food court. I expect in a couple of years time they wont bring it out at all.

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    Jeff says:

    That’s a shame, and I think you’re probably right. It’s funny how the theme of that Charlie Brown Christmas – overemphasis on commercialism – is even more relevant today than it was then. At least back then a nativity scene wasn’t something to be hidden.

    I predict it’s going to get to the point where people will be complaining about neighbors having a nativity scene on their own property – if that hasn’t happened already.

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