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One of my favorite expressions when I’m dealing with difficult situations is “Always remember the fundamentally cool thing about being you!” Whenever you deal with trying times you go back to the skills, knowledge, and personal characteristics that you should take pride in.

That said, every once and awhile its nice to have some external things that provide a nice prop. These life experiences and mementos act as little touch points on which to hang your hat. Well this week my external props got added to.

Several years ago, I had the chance to attend a reception with Stephen Hawking as a Physics teacher that was a pretty neat moment. I wrote about that in an article “A brush with Greatness” – which would have been a blog post if we had blogs then. In 2002, I attended a Cisco conference where Chuck Yeager was giving a talk and got him to sign my logbook. As a pilot that was a pretty cool feeling. Last Month, I attended a CFL game to watch my Edmonton Eskimos a team I have cheered on for 30 years. I took a picture of one of my favorite Eskimos Dan Kepley who is now a coach. That picture along with Coach Kepley’s signature sits framed on the Wall of my den.

I may not be a Nobel Laureate, broken the sound barrier, or won a Grey Cup, but I’ve gone out an experience life and got to meet the people that have. And that’s more than good enough for me. In the end it is the memory of the experience not the photo on the wall that makes it cool.

The football game was with my Dad, the Hawking reception was with my friend Wayne. Both pretty cool people in their own right. And this is three of a couple hundred experiences I think about, when I think about what’s cool about being me.

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  • #victoriatweetup in Sooke and #vicocc downtown both this morning, choices, choices – looks like vicocc will win #
  • Police and yellow tape. Head and Esquimalt road. Coming Down roads ok #yyj #
  • Box says Bread, fresh. That's just wrong. http://twitpic.com/ecrjx #
  • LHR vs Hell A)LHR bigger, B) Hell better signage C)Hell staff politer, D)line thru security to Hell shorter http://icio.us/3cbdds #
  • RT @kevinpollak: It's true: Two kinds of people in the world: "Morning ppl" and those who want them to die in the middle of the night. #
  • Under the title: they don't make them like the used to "WWII bomb found in field exploded" http://bit.ly/oUHFP #
  • Hey remember thy sunny and warm thing? It's back! #yyj this has been a PSA for all you geek shut-ins #
  • How about tougher penalties for actual Pirates? "Lord Mandelson demands tougher penalties for online pirates" -… http://ff.im/6NqP1 #
  • This explains the yellow tape:RT @VictoriaNews: Man stabbed in Esquimalt: Police search for attacker http://bit.ly/FPc6G #
  • RT @lacouvee: Announcing the first family friendly #victoriatweetup Sun Sept 13 1pm @ Witty's Lagoon. #yyj pls RT. Can you come? #
  • RT @victoriatweetup: MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Fri Sept 25th @ Christie's 7pm for Girls Night #victoriatweetup. (via @lacouvee) (via @GDgeek) #
  • New Merlincast: I’m Writing a Book. | Inbox Zero http://bit.ly/RkzHm #yeah #
  • After a rough couple days there is nothing more enjoyable than intelligent conversation. Thanks @piers_hollott @jenn #vicocc #
  • #victoriatweetup Smackdown, its the Boys against the Girls next month, C'mon guys we can do this! #smirk #
  • @lacouvee I enjoyed it, all this twitter-connecting is really helping find great people and good conversation in reply to lacouvee #
  • Play spot the irony: "Why ATT Killed Google Voice: .. time for .. policy that encourages innovation." WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] #

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  • in place of sanity, I'm just planning to have more coffee. #
  • RT @freshleafdesign Reminder: #victoriatweetup in Sooke tomorrow (Aug 18) 9:30 at the "Stick in the Mud"- @discoversooke gallery after! #
  • Didn't see any other tweets on this. Mike MacDonald show this weekend. Hilarious. http://www.standupformentalhealth.com/ benefit #yyj #
  • contrib data moved to sites folder in current #drupal 7 dev – #yeah #
  • Do Altoids exist just to sell little metal tins? http://icio.us/bylov3 #
  • RT @lacouvee: #Victoriatweetup Fri Aug 28 – 6pm Veneto for dinner & drinks 8pm Free B Movie in Beacon Hill – American Graffiti #yyj #
  • Dear #cfl twitterverse, please help teach @glensuitor how to use hastags #
  • RT @Ihnatko: (Sigh)-Installation of "TomTom US/Canada" is stalled somewhere between the "a" and the "n" (which would be Edmonton, Alberta?) #
  • @dbarefoot I see dates in user profiles while using Twitteriffic must be in UI (you 3-19-07) in reply to dbarefoot #
  • Blogging before there was blogging, RT me (c.1990) "new technology will fail unless you understand the culture" http://bit.ly/yhqO6 #
  • Actually needed to break out the copy of MacLink to open some old files – almost creaks when you run it #
  • RT @vicocc: Victoria OpenCoffee Club meets tomorrow morning at 8-9:30am at Serious Coffee -1280 Broad St. http://is.gd/2m3iQ #vicocc #

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A friend asked about my Master’s Thesis the other day. I was hunting through old computer files (c.1990) and found quotes that still seem to have a ring of reality.

My paper in 1990 barely considered networked computing, internet or anything like that. In fact it was sparked by a Presidential Commission on Instructional Technology that goes back 20 years before that (1970). In reviewing all the 1950s and 1960s era ‘technology’ that was applied to education.

In part it found:

1. Indifference or Antipathy toward Using Technology in Education
2. Poor Programs
3. Inadequate Equipment
4. Inaccessibility
5. Teachers Not Trained in Instructional Technology
6. Media Specialists Excluded from Central Planning
(Commission on Instructional Technology, 1970, 78-81)

“Today technology touches only a small fraction of instruction. Colleges, universities, and schools have been using television, films, computers, or programmed texts in instruction, but to a limited extent. The results are mixed, with some institutions making a creative and sustained use of the new media while others, after an initial burst of enthusiasm, quickly losing interest.” (Commission on Instructional Technology, 1970, p8)

As is was summarized in a presenation I heard in the late 1980s, “any technology will fail if it doesn’t tak into account the culture of the classroom”.

In the world of ‘social networking’ the message of understanding culture is more important than ever.

  • Parking at a premium downtown. Still hiking over formu favorite coffee #yyj guess it's #dragonboat #
  • Worth the trip downtown. Mr Shawn is back, Looking a little too scrawny #
  • #toptip helps when you configure your shared hosting with the same user you ftp'ed the #drupal install #mybad #kickinthebutt #
  • Had another 'why do I bother' moments at work #crap #
  • After a good start, a downer afternoon, I need a little pickup this afternoon hope the #sriders can make it enjoyable #cfl #
  • How much of a #geek moment is it, if my success for the afternoon is getting my multi-site #drupal 7 config working, well that and laundry #
  • turnover #sriders – John Chick – feeling a little better now #
  • thanks @mysty , that is my next step. Trying to decouple the code, config, and non-drupal content in reply to mysty #
  • #yyj #dragonboat at Victoria Daily Photo http://is.gd/2khhb #
  • I guess I gotta believe now! RT @CFLca: Riders lead Ticats 23-0 at haftime. Anyone think the Cats can come back? #CFL #
  • What I thought was a bad db update turned out to be am obsolete module and some bad menu links #drupal #yeah #
  • Once again website problems are made complicated by over thinking the problem. #mybad #
  • #sriders another stop, need more guys named Bagg(s) in this league #cfl #
  • Used to be, all you needed was to do a mob boss a favor RT @dlnorman: impressive in its douchebaggery http://myblackcard.ca/ #
  • RT @B_West: RT @smcvictoria Next Social Media Club Meeting – August 25, 6:45pm at UVic – Please RSVP on Facebook – http://tweeting.ca/1bf #
  • bonus pts 4 a K.Bell Jersey RT @shayman: Curious 2 C how many ppl come 2 2morrow's session in Sacramento Gold Miners gear. (thats 3) #

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