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I've felt like I've been neglecting this blog lately, and wanted to get focused on it again. As it happens, I ran across the 7 day Challenge from Andrew Emmett'sIdentity: 7 day challenge

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 useCEOs - taking more than their share?

There was a time when I was really into The Planet of the Apes series. I watched all the movies and the TV show, multiple times. I still enjoy theReview: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Star Wars: Community | ILM's Greenscreen Challenge Entry Stephen Colbert, of the Comedy Central's Colbert Report, issued a challenge to the public at large to put his lightsaber antics in frontStephen Colbert, a Greenscreen, and ILM

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

NASA - Titan Descent Data Movie with Bells and Whistles - Movie Okay, this is by far the best movie I've seen of a probe landing. Really puts the events inHuygens probe lands on Titan - movies

This is probably my favorite short film to date. I'm sure that says something about me. This really is an amazing job. My favorite is the Tetris demolition. Frogger was a niceNew York destroyed by Pixels!

So, today's my birthday. 40th, if you're wondering. I'm feeling slightly more like looking back and seeing how things have gone to this point than I have for previous birthdays,Birthday pimpin'

I couldn't think of a good category here. Sue me. Do you know? Great little tidbits of thought-provoking information about the state of the world and the rate of change, set toLinkList: Generic edition

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

What follows is a guest post from my wife, who has had a bit of a difficult week so far. I have come upstairs to ... get AWAY from our 2It's Not Fair!

[caption id="attachment_1745" align="alignleft" width="224" caption="From last year, but the same pose."][/caption] It's "rest time" at our house.  It used to be "nap time" but the naps have given way to justMy daughter gives concerts to no-one

Oh, great... another cause to spend our research money on. Duke Nukem Disease: Come Get Some! - Tuesday TubeWatch

What is the fascination people have with completely non-descriptive buzzwords? And buzzwords with version numbers?! What the heck is the point of that? That is completely faddish and just plainLearning 2.0: useless buzzword

Hey... just a quick note to anyone following this blog in a feedreader or email that if you don't get any more posts from me by Tuesday, you might wantMigrating feeds

Poker face

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, Paul?). One game is with guys I’ve known since my school years. The other is with the guys from my Bible study. In one we play for cash (only a few bucks, but still, real legal tender). In one we play for a Hillary Clinton . . . → Read More: Poker face

Poker night!

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 group had been together in 4 years. I can’t speak for everybody else, but I had a great time (though I think everybody else did). Four of the six of us were the group gathered for my best gaming experience ever years ago. Two of . . . → Read More: Poker night!

Shocking news! Distraction causes lack of focus!

Recently a study looked at students who had Facebook on (even in the background) while studying vs. those without Facebook use, and compared their grades. Facebook users came out with 20% lower grades.

As stated on MSNBC:

The psychologist said the study wasn’t about whether Facebook’s good or bad, but goes more to the stereotype that younger people are fluid multi-taskers —sending text message, listening to music, reading a book, all at the same time, . . . → Read More: Shocking news! Distraction causes lack of focus!

The myth of the solitary gamer

Over on The COA we’ve been talking about gaming experiences. To us geeks, that typically means video games, in case there’s any confusion. Though this wasn’t planned, throughout the articles and comments there has been a thread about the social aspect of gaming, and a sense that the rest of the world sees gaming geeks as hunkered down in their parent’s basements eating Cheetos with only their computer for company.

Sure, there are times when . . . → Read More: The myth of the solitary gamer

ESPN goes for the heart – Tuesday TubeWatch

This thing has “inspiring Disney movie” written all over it.

Two guys grow up in Cleveland with disabilities, both physical and environmental, join the wrestling team, and become inseparable friends. There’s even a Hollywood ending. The friend who introduced this to me said, “I dare you not to get choked up.” I almost made it.

There’s a little more in the related article (which, to me, was slightly more affecting).

I said it was . . . → Read More: ESPN goes for the heart – Tuesday TubeWatch

When you’re being an idiot…

…it helps to have good friends to let you know.

Earlier today I was sitting at my work computer doing a seemingly endless series of mind-numbingly boring, repetitive tasks. I was annoyed that I couldn’t figure out a better way to do them, I was annoyed that the system wasn’t flexible, and I was annoyed that I even had these tasks to begin with. Both hands were bothering me a bit as a warning to . . . → Read More: When you’re being an idiot…

Facebook points to the past, and I consider the future

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve recently reconnected with a lot of friends from my high school youth group through the wonders of Facebook. It’s been a lot of fun. There are now over 40 of us, and over 150 pictures, many of which are proof that the 80′s should never return.

But all of those pictures are of teenagers having fun – even the couple that show us in serious mode in . . . → Read More: Facebook points to the past, and I consider the future

I have a problem with Facebook, and it’s Walt’s fault

I joined Facebook almost a year ago, if I remember correctly. I joined as an exercise for work. I was hearing a lot about how Facebook and similar social networking tools could be used within a corporation as a learning and collaboration tool. I understood the theory, but I wanted to see how well it was implemented. Could I really figure out some way to bend it to fit our corporate environment? The answer, I . . . → Read More: I have a problem with Facebook, and it’s Walt’s fault