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I think it's official: I'm addicted to Kathy Sierra's blog. Yesterday she made a great (if a tad long) summary of some pretty basic points she made earlier in the yearInstructional Design reminders

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 showA show too controversial to make it to production today...

Okay, that may be overstating it slightly, but comic book properties are getting a lot more attention in the last few years. The encouraging thing is that they are usuallyGraphic novels are all the rage - Tuesday TubeWatch

Creating Passionate Users: REAL motivation posters This is stuff I've talked about with co-workers years ago: the "fake-ness" of motivational posters. The examples Kathy created are hilarious and truthful. ThereCreating Passionate Users: REAL motivation posters

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

Warner will follow Marvel model to develop new superhero films : Slice of SciFi [caption id="attachment_488" align="alignright" width="288" caption="Superman Returns darker"][/caption] Ever since Superman Returns was released, rumors were flying about theSuperman Returns, but not as expected

Chain Factor Okay, this is the most addicting waste of time I've come across in quite a while. So far my high score is just short of 170,000. Waaaaaay too muchAs addicting as chain smoking...

My wife cheats. There is no way she's done this without cheating. See, it started out innocently enough. She started putting up cute little statuses on Facebook about the things our kidsCheater!

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 withShocking news! Distraction causes lack of focus!

I should have known. I made the mistake, and I paid for it (literally). I saw Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in the theater. One of the biggest wastes ofG.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra - Review

...there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying... Glory to God - Merry Christmas to everyone! (I've sung Handel's Messiah a few times,And suddenly...

Okay, I've been remiss in getting the Doctor Who news out lately. 'Cause I know you all depend on me alone to let you know what's going on with thatDoctor Who/Torchwood news

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

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

[caption id="attachment_893" align="alignright" width="253" caption="It's funnier when you hear the song."][/caption] Aquaman. Of all the Justice League characters, he is perhaps the most ignored. The most ridiculed. To be fair, he talks toAquaman: Lover, Fighter, or just all wet?

Bias in News Alerts?

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 consistently contain more information.

Some news came out today about an announcement of President Obama’s intention to give a speech. Here are the two alerts:

CNN:

President Barack Obama has sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid requesting the . . . → Read More: Bias in News Alerts?

The year Comcast stole Christmas

Okay, that’s a bit extreme, but sometimes it felt like Comcast stole my vacation, at least. This is also the story of my absence from this blog over the last week or so.

I save up most of my vacation time all year so I can use it for the week leading up to and following Christmas. This year, that meant taking off starting on 12/19. So on 12/17-18 I was trying to get everything . . . → Read More: The year Comcast stole Christmas

Tuesday TubeWatch: Social networking will eat your brain!

It’s a popular debate lately: are these social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) bad for us? Recently an Oxford professor, Baroness Susan Greenfield, made some rather provocative speculations about the cumulative effect frequent use of these sites can have on our physical brains. As reported by ars technica:

Greenfield said that sites like Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, and Twitter may be forcing kids’ brains back into an infant-like state, as infants need constant stimulation to . . . → Read More: Tuesday TubeWatch: Social networking will eat your brain!

Kids in the movie theater

What is wrong with parents?

Today, my wife and I went to see two vastly different films, Wall-E and The Dark Knight (reviews to follow). In both films, there were families in the audience that made me want to go up to the parents and say “What are you thinking?! You have an important role to play as a parent, and you’re screwing it up!”

For the family in Wall-E, that would have been a . . . → Read More: Kids in the movie theater

Limits of Responsibility – ASTD’s Big Question for March

The Learning Circuits Blog: Scope of Learning Responsibility

What is the Scope of our Responsibility as Learning Professionals?

That’s the question of the month, and it’s clarified a bit in the above linked post:

Do educational institutions and corporate learning & development departments have responsibility for supporting Long Tail Learning? Do they have responsibility for learning beyond what can be delivered through instruction? If so, what is their responsibility? Where is the edge of . . . → Read More: Limits of Responsibility – ASTD’s Big Question for March

I’m a casualty of war

My company has recently shut down all access to YouTube. I get that. I completely believe that many people are using company time and bandwidth to watch all sorts of inappropriate — or just plain time wasting — content. From a certain perspective, I can support the decision to prevent that from happening.

There is a war between those who would waste company time and resources, and those who are tasked with keeping that from . . . → Read More: I’m a casualty of war

Media and technology issues for learning and persuasion

The Tech Effect | LeadershipJournal.net

The issues of how – and whether – to integrate technology into training go beyond the borders of corporate training or academia. The same issues confront other professions as well, such as pastoring a church, as covered in the article linked above. I was struck, as I read through the article, at how similar the issues are, in fact. How do you reach the balance of visual vs. auditory vs. . . . → Read More: Media and technology issues for learning and persuasion

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?

Review: Crash

I finally got around to seeing Crash tonight. As you have probably heard, this is an excellent movie. A little hard to follow at times, but well worth the effort.

There is really no way to summarize this movie. There is no bad guy, no good guy (well… I’ll come back to that), no happy ending in the traditional sense, but neither is it a sad ending: life just continues with all of its problems. . . . → Read More: Review: Crash

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