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Today's "what's this company?" mystery: Safer Alco...

Losing classroom content

Cross pollinating outreach ideas

Equity versus equality

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11.22.2010

My niche is me?

Haven't read a ton of his stuff yet, but it looks like I might have a kindred spirit in Sam R. Hall (http://samrhall.com/) -- at least in terms of what he blogs about? (Hat tip to my new-found design model Ian for linking to him...)

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Successfully minimalist design

I love Ian P. Hines' site (http://ianhines.com/) as a clean, straightforward personal site. Not sure if I'd go with icons over text, but they sure are simple!

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If you name it, they will come...?

Just found the new (to me) term “Web-Based Lecture Technologies”, which I like, even if the WBLT acronym is a bit awkward:

“Web-based lecture technologies: Highlighting the changing nature of teaching and learning”

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11.19.2010

Fly, little butterfly!

Scan0009

When we spotted a little chrysalis hanging on Mom and Dad's porch railing in the late summer, we wondered if anything was alive in there.

This little guy (or gal?) emerged in... November!

Not sure if it made it down to Capistrano (or wherever Monarchs go?)... But we can hope!

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SMBMSP #31 de-brief

Not that anyone's interested in reading about me or my thoughts (that's not self-deprecating false humility; it's proof that I have a firm grasp on reality), but I figured I'd expand on a couple comments or lines-of-thought from this morning's Social Media Breakfast.

And, if nothing else, you can learn something about the grateful (but reserved when not on Twitter) guy who won the MixMobi give-away.

First, brief background: I've worked at the University of St. Thomas full-time since 1996 in one form or another of "academic technology support". When I finished my M.A. in Human Resource Development (a field that you can steer in the "career coaching" or "instructional design" directions -- I went with the latter) I moved over to the Web and Media Services department as a Business Analyst, where I first encountered the Social Media Breakfast (and attended meeting #3). I've attended off-and-on (mostly "on") ever since. I've dabbled in all-things-web ever since Gopher (how's that for an obscure reference?) which explains the odd Kari Byron references on this particular blog; I mentioned her in passing once and checked my stats only to find that there were lots of geeks desperate for information on her, so I figured I'd have some fun with it... and it's still my #1 search result.

I'm also a Capricorn and like long walks on the beach.

And long sentences.

Usually.

Anyway, my SMBMSP interest today was to see how we can move beyond (not "instead of" but "in addition to") the "typical" mobile conversation about retail sales and physical check-ins. I totally "get it" for that kind of business relationship... But what about using mobile technology to mediate relationships that aren't "sales" oriented?

And, I'd argue, "donations to non-profits" is really just a different spin on "sales".

But what about building relationships through the mobile side of "social media"? What about getting people more engaged in causes that they profess to value -- and probably do value, if only they can be nudged in the right way at the right time.
  • Churches and other communities of faith relating to their members?
  • Faculty connecting with their students... and students to each-other?
  • Charities who want people to engage with them using more than their checkbooks?
What does that look like? Once people check-in with Foursquare or scan their QR code... then what?

I'm the first to admit that maybe I'm asking the wrong question. Maybe the answer is, "Dude, you're talking about getting people to engage in relationships. The tools are irrelevant; once there's a relationship there, it will be 'brokered' through a variety of technology and non-technology means and people will figure that out just fine."

Maybe. But I don't think that's all there is to it; I think there's some sort of layer of "social engagement" that we (or, at least, "I") haven't yet fleshed out.

Ideas?

Differentiation in education

http://www.yoursocialmove.com/2010/10/26/social-media-is-a-valuable-tool-to-c...

Social Media is A Valuable Tool to Create Differentiation in a Commoditized Industry | Your Social Move

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11.18.2010

Building a dream...

That's not as profound as it sounds. A year or so ago I had a dream about skateboarding down a hill at Camp Sacajawea (sp?) here in Eagan (heading down Pilot Knob southbound toward McAndrews... but I digress) and ending up in a cabin at the bottom; there was what looked like an electrified oil lamp with a red cloth shade that was "flickering".

I wonder if something like that could be built with nitinol wires? A quick Googling from the Blackberry brought this up, and I'll need to ponder it some more...

Caroline Saint Romain: http://spottedspeedlion.com/senior_project.html

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Trickle-down thanks...

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For my coworkers Ruth and Tom...

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11.16.2010

Plagarism is bad

http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/16/congrats-self-righteous-internet-mob-you-kil...

I wonder if the incident did indeed deserve to kill the magazine...

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11.15.2010

Changing of the 'CCO guard

http://mobileentertainment.startribune.com/articles/202499291

Some of us (not many) remember when Don Shelby was "the new kid" on Ron Handberg's I-TEAM. Those were amazing times; the Twin Cities is better off because of their work.

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11.11.2010

The art of "thankfulness"

Tusen.Tk was born from one of those random collisions of ideas that form a "synergistic moment" of some kind: Having read of Joel Comm's Project Grateful I had that rattling around in the back of my mind when I discovered that the folks behind .TK domains gave them away for free.

A memory of a visit from Norwegian relatives in 1983 and the reminder that "tusen takk" means "thanks a lot" or "thank you very much" (translated literally as "a thousand thanks") triggered the inspiration for the site.

But what's Tusen.Tk actually going to be?  I don't know.  Any suggestions?

To keep the domain free, I need to generate some traffic to it.  (So "Cute Thankful Kittens!!!" could be an option?  Maybe not...)  And to "keep food on the family" (hat tip to a former president for that one) it would be great to "monetize the blog" as they say... but, to be blunt, I don't think there's much money to be made in the "gratitude niche".

So, what's my next step?

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11.04.2010

A mystery poem...

Years ago when Ruth and I were first married and eBay was in the realm of "somewhat popular," I bought a set of inexpensive vintage Haynes prints of Yellowstone National Park. They were very nice (four still hang framed in our living room) and arrived with their original envelope...

...on the back of which was written an old "poem" of sorts, in all capital letters, pencil on brown paper:

SMILE WITH ME
MERRILY
SING TO ME
DREAMILY
LOVE WITH ME THE COLOR OF HER EYES
AND ENJOY WITH ME THE SMELL OF HER THIGHS
AND GIVE TO HER THE SONGS OF A THOUSAND MINSTRELS
THE CHIRPING OF BIRDS
A SOFT BLUE LULLABY
SMILE WITH HER AND I'LL BE SMILING TOO

TASTE HER WARM LIPS
SMELL HER RADIANT HAIR
TOUCH HER SMOOTH WHITE SKIN
LISTEN TO HER WORDS +
       SHE'LL DANCE LIKE AN ENCHANTRESS
WITH HER HEAD IN A RAINBOW AND HER FEET
SURROUNDED WITH LILIES
     AMONGST

I'm no poet (though I'm pretty sure that lines like "smell her radiant hair" are... bad. Unless her hair was giving off those comic-strip "smell squiggles"?)

But, seriously, I wanted to capture this here (as I'm about to pop four more of the prints into frames I got free at Menards -- you new there had to be some sort of timely connection to this, didn't you?) to pay homage to some anonymous guy (we assume it was a guy?) who was moved to scratch out these thoughts a few decades ago.

11.01.2010

Planning for a good day?

Words to live by... I think; I haven't had time to read the full post:

patrickrhone / journal ?? Blog Archive ?? Good Day (A Recipe) http://patrickrhone.com/2010/11/01/good-day-a-recipe/

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"Strategic Tutoring"?

An interesting reference at ~18:00; I need to re-listen and ponder... Plus the later reference to "Highrise" and CRM because tutoring conversations are "out of band" and the data/knowledge there is being lost...

Podcast Title: EDUCAUSE | Podcasts
Episode: E10 Session Podcast: Openness, Data, and a Sustainable Future for Education
Media URL:

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Podcast feed URL:
http://www.educause.edu/podcast/30579/feed

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