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Doctor Who To Return For Fifth Season In 2010 - Slice of Scifi I can't say I really understand why they are doing this. Does everyone really need a full years'Doctor Who Takes a Vacation

This time I followed the directions to delete (almost) all the WordPress files on the server before uploading the new versions. That seems to work much better than overwriting them. SoUpgrade successful!

The preview makes it look like Roslin is the last Cylon, but is that just trailer-trickery? Get your vote in now, before all is revealed next week! (A few names onBSG: The Last Cylon Revealed!

Well, I was on the live session tonight (read about my experience with last week's recorded session). For the most part, as I expected, the experiences were the same. ThereOprah's Online Training - live experience review

Stardust looked great from the trailers. Some really big names added to the attraction (Claire Danes, Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfieffer, Peter O'Toole, Ricky Gervais). Neil Gaiman as the writer ofReview: Stardust

My daughters and I are enjoying my new Hadrian's Walk Buff. They love the balaclava mode. I'm partial to the pirate configuration, myself. Unfortunately an eye patch is not included, but evenBuff/Not So Buff

Slice of Scifi - Science Fiction TV & Movie News, Interviews & more » BREAKING Stargate SG-1 News This is both great and disappointing. On the one hand, we get to seeStargate SG-1 ends its run on Direct-to-DVD

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 corporationsWiki's in a corporate environment

Magneto, Professor X, Mystique, Beast, Banshee, Darwin, Angel, Emma Frost, Havoc, Azazel, Sebastian Shaw, and... um... tornado dude. That's a lot of characters to pull together in one movie. They didReview: X-Men: First Class

Yeah, I know it's January, but I just saw this and couldn't pass it up. Wow. I appreciate the sentiment, but this is someone with WAAAAY too much time (and money)A late Christmas overload

Generally speaking, women are nuts for Valentines Day. Generally speaking, men don't get it. We participate, frequently against our will, but we don't really get it. Why is there a specificValentines Day!

(Okay, there is a lot of YouTube in this post. I got a little carried away. If you're not seeing it 'cause your IT department is lame, come back whenMTV Yearbook - where does it take you?

Long-distance callers have some money coming - MarketWatch Make any long distance calls in the last three years? Claim your cash in 2007! The repeal of the Federal excise tax (initiated inClaim some long-distance cash!

Way back in the distant past... I had an idea for a short web comic. Unfortunately, I have ZERO skill at drawing. Luckily, I know someone who has that skill inTime Travel Is Tricky

First, sorry about the absence of new posts lately. Plenty has been going on, I've just been too tired to write about it. Anyway... on to the review! The Rocky seriesReview: Rocky II

Grilled cheese and the science of successive approximation

Were you paying attention in those psychology classes?

Do you remember the experiments where a rat was trained to press a lever to get food?

It’s amazing how relevant experiments on rats can be to parenting.

In pursuing my psychology degree, I took a lab where I had to perform that experiment myself. I had a rat of my own, which I named – very appropriately, I thought – Rat (hey, if it’s good enough . . . → Read More: Grilled cheese and the science of successive approximation

Woman grows onto toilet seat

Woman Has Two Year Relationship From Boyfriend’s Bathroom – Slice of SciFi

I don’t even know what to say about this. I’m sickened and saddened at the same time.

Apparently a 35-year old woman had a phobia that kept her in the bathroom 100% of every day for an undetermined period of time. And her boyfriend never called for help until she started acting “groggy.”

Emphasis added:

The case drew nationwide attention after Ness . . . → Read More: Woman grows onto toilet seat

Whatever you do…

In the spirit of ParentHacks, here’s a trick we’ve used to get our kids to do many things they otherwise wouldn’t.

We came up with it in the car on a long trip when the whining reached an all-time high. My wife, in hidden frustration, looked back and said, “Whatever you do, no smiling!” to our grouchy kids. Of course, they immediately smiled. Then it became a game: “Whatever you do, no laughing!” “Whatever you . . . → Read More: Whatever you do…

Corporate Learning conference: Day 3

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 way we, as trainers, try to make people learn?

It seems that we are trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. And what we’re ending up doing is, sometimes painfully, reshaping the hole (the trainees) to become square, rather than filing our peg . . . → Read More: Corporate Learning conference: Day 3

cell phones + driving = drunk driving

Driven to Distraction

I absolutely love it when I find research that backs up my position.

HANG UP YOUR CELL PHONES, DRIVERS!!!

Psychological research is showing that when drivers use cell phones, whether hand-held or hands-off, their attention to the road drops and driving skills become even worse than if they had too much to drink. Epidemiological research has found that cell-phone use is associated with a four-fold increase in the odds of getting into . . . → Read More: cell phones + driving = drunk driving