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Simon Pegg is on the Graham Norton show tonight but not a word said about the new script being too Star Trek-y.

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See, it's things like this that make me miss having TV. Sometimes.
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Legendary bassist Louis Johnson, one-half of the Brothers Johnson, has passed away at the age of 60.
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The World Is Flat? Mine may be, but yours looks kind of like a sinkhole...
 
Dean Baker uses a column by Thomas Friedman to make an excellent point. (The statistic Baker uses -- that about half of our current jobs are at risk of being automated away in the next two decades -- has been quoted in various places. Actually, that's a very conservative estimate.)

Suppose that half of the "at risk" jobs disappear over the next two decades. This would translate into a 1.3 percent annual rate of productivity growth. That would be slower than the U.S. has experienced for any sustained period since World War II. We should indeed be worried about the slow pace of technological progress in this case. ...

Suppose that [even] all the "at risk" jobs ... are eliminated over the next two decades. This translates in a 3.1 percent rate of annual productivity growth, roughly the same pace as during the Golden Age from 1947-73. This should be good news. Workers should be able to enjoy higher pay, shorter hours, and longer vacations.

The real risk as Baker sees it is that most of the benefits of technology will be appropriated by a tiny minority. That was not exactly Friedman's point, but it certainly is an issue that deserves attention.
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It only appears flat locally
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I share this from a position of extreme comfort and omniscience.

#mansplain

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It must be odd coming from a people-who-know-better profession to deride, well, people-who-know-better attitudes. ;-)
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Reported by Victor O. HotStop.com, a navigation service founded by Nigerian entrepreneur Chinedu Echeruo, has reportedly been acquired by Apple Inc. for $1 billion as part of the tech giant’s efforts to improve its web and mobile mapping infrastructure. The HotStop.com acquisition deal was first reported by The Wall Street Journal blog, “All Things Digital.” …
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#MemorialDay musings: Nice intro by +Mark Thomas
 
Weekly Theme - Branding Memorial Day

The origins of what we Americans celebrate  today as Memorial Day are many. But almost since the first person decorated the grave of a Civil War dead soldier, the meaning behind the war veteran's death has been branded in such a way as to erase a common understanding of what it is we're honoring.

The closest common answer likely to be heard today is we're honoring the ultimate sacrifice of those Americans who died in combat. But as at least a dozen or more states officially honor Confederate war dead, we can't accurately say the federal holiday honors those who died fighting for our country.

Despite one of the more notable points of origin for Memorial Day, the May 1865 ceremony by Charleston's African-American community honoring more than 150 Union troops who died, the theme of justice overcoming the evil of slavery was soon eclipsed by Grand Army of the Republic's increasingly political image of Memorial Day honoring the lives of Union soldiers who died to preserve the union. Period. 

As wars in which American's died became decidedly undemocratic in the makeup of not only those who died, but those who sacrificed by paying for wars, (let alone sending a family member to fight), Memorial Day" has been re-branded as an extension of the hollow cliche, *thank you for your service, or the equally meaningless bumper sticker, we support our troops. 

It's trite, I believe, to focus on the Monday off from work or the family cookout as the real concern as to *Memorial Day's meaning. What I believe should be the focus is what it is we're really honoring as we remember our war dead. 

If we, as Americans, can't honor something even greater than the ultimate sacrifice of war veterans, I believe the meaning of this day will further lost to nothing more than the marketing of endless wars.

What are your thoughts on Memorial Day?
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Interesting final assignment.
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Oh, AT&T. Probably not what this veteran will be doing this weekend.

#MemorialDay #marketingfail

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This article covers some ways that students can use the power of social media for research projects.
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You know them as actresses, but did you know they are also scientists?
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Using technology to teach children about important things with social media. Courtesy of Dumas family album. ; A few months ago, my husband and I had a personal discussion about my use of social media. Not too long before that,...
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  • Cal State Monterey Bay
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • United States Naval Academy
  • And yes, Howard Rheingold University
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Aboard the higher education ocean liner in a sea of changing affordances, and... wait, what is that? Looks kind of like a big white mountain, only...
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Seeking conversations about education, teaching & learning, and edtech. Also into classic TV, movies, sci-fi, and comics. I talk a little about politics and a little about race, because education and pop culture are full of both. But I try not to repeat conversations I had online back in the '90s or face-to-face before that. You'll figure it out.

I'm a college lecturer (adjunct) using real name for most activities, and several screen names that arose because of multiple accounts in different spaces that said to pick a user name. A couple of those names stuck and it's easier just to keep them. I live in "unremitting beta" around teaching, learning, and technology. Overall, I also seem to be "awaiting moderation" (thanks to +Meg Tufano for the phrase as it applies to humans). I continue to learn a lot (one hopes) from Howard Rheingold's own study of social media. He shares most of it and you could do worse. You may want to read Howard's book Net Smart for more, or just take an online class with him.

In the fall, I teach a first-year transition course that seems to go through a top-down, significant change every couple of years. Current theme for my class is Technology & Society, go figure. My life lesson so far: Happy classes of freshmen are all alike. Each unhappy class is unhappy in its own way. (Thank you, Mr. Tolstoy!)

I have also taught an intro technology class, basic computer architecture, and a 200-level class called Cyberdemocracy that is a work in progress, but strives to have participants "become their own historians" as they consider the US political process over time, through various technology lenses.

My social media time & emphasis:
  • Google+: Most time, most emphasis, most in-depth conversations. "Best" PLN for my edtech & social media interests. This is the online space that feeds & fulfills me. I have a G+ academic presence too (campus logo & no hoodie in that profile image) that is more for support of my classes and less about my personal interests.
  • Facebook: Real-life friends & family who may not be using other social media. It's FB or no contact with some of them. They know what a phone is but they don't use it to talk. ;-) Also, I like to observe what some businesses & education types think they should be doing on FB. (Lookin' at you, ISTE and New Media Consortium.)
  • Twitter: Second-best for my edtech & social media interests. Best for short exchanges. PLN overlaps but is not the same as G+ PLN. Some tweeps don't like G+ and some G+ers don't like Twitter.
  • Blog writing/commenting: Sigh... Can I use the "writer's block" excuse? I do comment frequently under a screen name (so I can have a life elsewhere) but rarely write full posts anymore.

I have other interests. My positions on most issues will be apparent if I've posted more than one item. (Sometimes I just share a stand-alone item to generate conversation.) Most of what I share here is "Public" with a smattering of "Private."

Credit to +Gregor McNish for the phrase "a sea of changing affordances" in my tagline.

Update, May 22, 2014: Meg (see above) has inspired a metaphor adjustment because we educators may be like the classic frog in the slowly heating pot: Boiling the Titanic.
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