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Just had a fascinating conversation with a fellow air traveler. The guy's a long-time Marine veteran, with repeated tours of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq, North Africa, the Balkans. He was happy to chat.
Very proud of his service and accomplishments. Doesn't want to see war ever again.

Deeply Southern, with Texan roots. Spoke of good times there and in Mississippi, North Carolina. Didn't mention the north.

He's a fourth generation veteran, with brothers also serving, their father in Vietnam, grandfather in WWII, g-g in WWI, and so on.

A serious hunter, with many stories and a lot of satisfaction.
Furious about the conduct of the war on terror, enraged that Bush screwed up the Iraq and Afghan wars, and equally mad at Obama for same.

I asked about how colleges should support veterans as students. First he thought schools should treat them as anyone else. Then he expressed concerns about recent student activism. "All lives matter," he insisted, which means something distinct when a combat veteran says it.

He was surprised and pleased that I, an academic, took an interest in his words. He expected ignorance and disdain.

Very physically fit, and often referred to other people's physical prowess.

...Consider this a glimpse into American life at a certain point in time.
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Common veteran response from all wars and conflicts since Vietnam....we have rarely been on the side of the angels, usually on the side of 'resource allocation to drive our failing economy', but, hey, that's just the old 60's me still griping...

Anyhow, they pledge to serve and obey....they can only question it when they get out....I mean give themselves the headspace to respond truly. While in service, they do exactly that, 'serve'...I think it is a fundamental misunderstanding to think that those in "service" actually agree with what they are tasked to do....they simply do it, that's what they are trained for, that's what they committed to when they enlisted, and that is a point of honor for them....Later, see the shrink, take the meds, try and readjust...welcome to the new frontier.
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A fascinating 1970s post-apocalyptic survival game, delivered via audiotape + role-playing:
via @BernieDeKoven
http://www.aplayfulpath.com/humanus/
Humanus is a "simulation game" (what we call "serious games" nowadays) - it's kind of a reverse escape room.
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Glad to help.
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#Vermont headline:
"Fair Haven man denies threatening bystanders with chain saw"
http://www.wcax.com/story/31888261/fair-haven-man-denies-threatening-bystanders-with-chain-saw
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It's harder to do concealed carry for a gas-powered chainsaw.
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It's the first week of May, which is when Bram Stoker's Dracula begins.

We've been blogging the novel for years, each year posting every bit of the text according to its internal date. So far Jonathan Harker has arrived in the Balkans, and is traveling towards the mysterious Count...
Bram Stoker's vampire novel, published by its own calendar
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Ohio State University is looking for  a new Assistant / Associate Director for Information Technology:
https://library.osu.edu/document-registry/docs/736/stream
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Scenes from this week's metal show up in South Burlington.
Exmortus and EntombedAD opened for Amon Amarth.
Fun bands, good crowd energy, VERY LOUD music.
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"In the long run, I think we will evolve in computing from a mobile-first to an AI-first world"
-Sundar Pichai
http://avc.com/2016/04/an-ai-first-world/
That statement got a lot of pickup and attention and deservedly so. It explains how the CEO of one of the most important tech companies thinks about where tech is heading and where his company is heading. What does an AI first world look like? It was easier to think about a mobile first world.
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@IthakaSR is looking for a Program Manager for their Library and Scholarly Communication Program:
http://www.ithaka.org/jobs/program-manager-library-and-scholarly-communication-program
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Is global identity rising?
A fascinating BBC poll finds that a growing number of developing nations' inhabitants see themselves as citizens of the world, rather than of their nation. Not so much in OECD countries.
http://www.globescan.com/news-and-analysis/press-releases/press-releases-2016/383-global-citizenship-a-growing-sentiment-among-citizens-of-emerging-economies-global-poll.html
Findings from a BBC World Service global survey conducted by GlobeSCan
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What a fine upbringing, +Peter Feltham .
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Sundown yesterday:
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Interesting twist on campus speech and politics at some California campuses:
David Horowitz's campaign -- posters with names of students and professors backing Israel boycott -- condemned as intimidation and leads to students blocking car carrying president of San Diego State U.
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He's a character, +George Station , and often a dark one.

Thanks, +Peter Feltham !
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    researcher, 2015
  • Centenary College of Louisiana
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Researcher, futurist, speaker, writer, consultant, educator, homesteader. Author of THE NEW DIGITAL STORYTELLING.
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Now: I research emerging technologies for teaching and learning.  Social media, mobile devices, gaming, digital storytelling - I write, speak, teach, blog, tweet, get interviewed, and consult about these, then write some more.

Home: I live in Vermont, up in the mountains, half off the grid, with my splendid family: Ceredwyn (wife), Gwynneth (daughter), Owain (son), and a bunch of animals.

Then: born in NYC.  Childhood and first schooling on Long Island.  Later schooling in Michigan.  English professor in Louisiana.

Always: geek.  Love books.  Lift weights.
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  • University of Michigan
  • Lahser High School
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