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I just caught up on my JMSNews reading and found a few items I thought I'd point out. First, we have a tentative release time for Babylon 5: The Lost TalesBabylon 5 / JMS updates

GateWorld - Cooper: SG-1 will go on On the heels of the long-running series' landmark 200th episode, the Sci-Fi Channel has chosen not to renew Stargate SG-1 for an 11th season.Stargate SG-1: Over and Out?

Well... "reviews" might be pushing the definition of the word. It's more like a couple of self-proclaimed geeks talking about the movie, which, as it turns out, is kinda fun. IfOld movies, new reviews

"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

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

It's been quite a while since I found some worthy Babylon 5 geeking. Check this out. An impressive job. He fits a huge number of major points from the show intoFive years in two minutes, 27 seconds

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

Once or twice a year I get the opportunity to play poker with some friends. Supposedly, one of those opportunities is coming up in the next couple of months (right,Poker face

National Sex Offender Registry Familywatchdog.us is a pretty impressive site. Not only does it provide an extremely important service, but it is a great use of technology. It also shows howDoes a sex offender live near you?

New season, new Doctor, new show runner, new companions... lots of change this year. How'd it turn out? (as with the reviews of previous years, I'm going to try toReview: Doctor Who 2010

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?

For a story about a groundbreaking mathematical proof, Proof had virtually zero math in it. If you ask me, that's a good thing. Let me put my review in the form ofReview: Proof

In the e-Learning Guild's discussion community, the concept of using stories for training is being covered. At one point, Christy Tucker noted that at a previous job she had workedInterviewing for creativity

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 biologyOhio Board Tells Students, "Thinking Isn't Important"

Battlestar Galactica is returning for the second half of its fourth and final season tonight (NOTE for those recording... the first new episode is extended and will go about 4Battlestar blitz - be prepared

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

Corporate Learning Forum – why?

Corporate Training & e-Learning Blog: Corporate Learning Forum is HERE!

In the blog above, Jenna Sweeney talks about a new listserv for corporate training professionals – the Corporate Learning Forum.

I received an “invitation” to this forum at work. Maybe I’m being dense, but I don’t get it. Why would I want to pay $50 a year to be a member on a listserv? Why should I pay for the privilege of being bombarded by . . . → Read More: Corporate Learning Forum – why?

CEOs – taking more than their share?

Corporate Training & e-Learning Blog: BIG for 2006: LCMSs, Podcasting, and Outsourcing I ran across this quote while looking for something totally unrelated – examples of podcasts as currently in use for internal corporate training – but it blew me away. I knew the split had grown, but holy cow…

The ratio of average CEO pay to average production worker pay: 1982 – 42:1 1990 – 107:1 2001 – 525:1 2004 – 431:1 At least . . . → Read More: CEOs – taking more than their share?

Fight trolls with math!

Timez Attack

I am really impressed with this game. It’s engaging, the graphics are great, it has a cool adventure environment, and it teaches math. Seriously cool.

As you (a small monster) run through the world, you meet up with puzzles that teach you multiplication. For example, you have to get the question right in order to open a door. It’s not timed, it’s not threatening, and you have a sense of achievement when you . . . → Read More: Fight trolls with math!

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

America’s schools ineffective? Challenges for corporate learning

Parkin’s Lot: Stupid in America

Godfrey Parkin takes the notion (supported by a study) that America’s public schools, on average, produce substandard education, and applies it to corporate environments.

As he says, the condemnation of America’s school system is nothing new. I’ve heard it all my life. In fact, my friends even joke about understanding things “despite our public school education.” The study lists the usual reasons: lack of funding, teacher-student ratios, lack of teacher . . . → Read More: America’s schools ineffective? Challenges for corporate learning

Wiki’s in a corporate environment

Informal Learning » Blog Archive » The Weirdness of Wiki Wiki’s are full of potential for learning and communication, and yet for the most part they aren’t being used within corporations (that I can tell, anyway). Jay reports a big reason for that (emphasis added):

The moderator asked people to introduce themselves and say three words about wiki. The positives were terms like exciting, linked, and important. On the downside, people said confusing, disorienting, and . . . → Read More: Wiki’s in a corporate environment