Friday, August 31, 2007

Why is it so hard...?

Why is it so hard for me to get a podcast out? I have had the outline/script written for 2 weeks. I want to do it. Am I really that busy? I can't be that busy. Do I need more peace and quiet to do it? Yeah, good luck with that one. Well I will get one out by Tuesday morning. No more excuses...but what about that BBQ on Monday...?
See You in a Few!
No this time I really mean it!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

8 Things

This has been around awhile, and I was actually tagged a couple of weeks ago, but am just getting to it. This is another meme experiment: 1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts. 2. Players start with eight random facts / habits about themselves. 3. People who are tagged need to write in their own blog about their eight things and include these rules in the post. 4. At the end of your post, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. 5. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog.
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eight facts / habits about me: 1. My favourite food is lobster, but I don't have it very often. 2. My Great-Grandfather loaned J.C. Penney money to help start his first store. Instead of taking an interest in the venture he opted for his money back with a little interest. 3. My first computer was an Atari 800 XL. 4. The town where my parents lived when I was born no longer exists. 5. My first Mac was an emulator for the Atari ST. 6. I drive a car that looks like someone took a can opener to on the right side. 7. I am a comic book fan. 8. I worked at Computer City/CompUSA for 6 months while working on my Master's. Thought it would be a good way to earn tuition. Ha, Ha, Ha.
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Most everyone I read has already participated, but if you want go ahead and consider yourself tagged.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Homes on the Online Range

I must be feeling loquacious these days. Maybe my mind is coming out of a fog. For the first time in awhile thoughts seem to be actually coalescing in my brain. One thing that has struck me in particular late is thoughts of home. Having done some traveling this summer, I have been away from home more than usual. While away I have found myself thinking more about home than usual. Could be the old age creeping in. Anyway those thoughts of home always lead to peaceful, comfortable feelings. One thing that I have noticed about being home though is I seem to be shutting out more of the outside influences when I am home. This may be good or bad.

Along those same lines I have been thinking about online homes. I have places online that evoke the same feelings that being at home does. For me those homes include the Twitterverse, Google Reader, and the ADE forum pages. I also notice that when in these online home environment I tend again to shut out more of the outside influences. I am not sure this even makes sense, but let me give an example.

On Monday it was thought that a small to moderate earthquake struck in central Utah about 100 miles to the Southeast of my home. This "earthquake" caused a mine collapse trapping 6 miners. It is now being reported that actually the collapse caused the seismic readings not the other way around. Anyway, through my online homes I was aware that this had occurred except I didn't know it had happened here in Utah until about 6 hours later.

It makes me wonder if I have let myself get too comfortable in both my real world and online homes.

See You in a Few!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

About the Guest Casts

I just have to say that I feel like a proud father. The 3 Guest casts that were posted today were the final projects for the Podcasting PD class I taught the last two days. These 13 fantastic teachers far exceeded my expectations for their projects. Congratulations to all of you.

To the listeners, if you feel so inclined, please leave comments on the Guest Casts, Thank You.

Guest Cast #3–The Four Square Mulitplication Method by The 4 Squares

Click here to listen to the podcast
Produced by teachers taking a Podcasting professional development class in Jordan School District.
Show Notes
This podcast is about multiplication using the four square method.

Guest Cast #2-Communication by The 5 T's

Click here to listen to the podcast Produced by teachers taking a Podcasting professional development class in Jordan School District. Show Notes In our podcast, we discuss different kinds of communication and how they can be used in the classroom. Math, Science, and Storytelling as well as Humor, Reviews, and Group Activities are discussed. This podcast will help people see the importance of good communication and how it helps in culture and the community.

Guest Cast #1–Check it Out! by the Book Lovers

Click here to listen to the podcast Produced by teachers taking a Podcasting professional development class in Jordan School District. Show Notes A discussion of three best-selling books by Stephanie Meyer: Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse, with excerpts and reviews for each book.

Monday, August 06, 2007