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This is how people live. Not just the poor, but half of this country. The middle class is pretty much gone.
 
​A Federal Reserve Bank survey found increasing optimism among Americans but also this jarring fact: Forty-seven percent of the people surveyed said they could not cover an emergency expense costing $400 without selling something or borrowing money.
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Been there, done that. I have purchased used tires that don't match. I've probably forgotten more about how to be poor than many people will even know!
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+Google+ took away the link to G+ that used to be your name with a plus by it. Or I need to sign in again? They never tell you, it's just new stuff all the time. 

Usually I don't mind. I like change and new stuff. But I have NO clue how to organize my bookmarks now, and it's making me crabby. Shouldn't it be super intuitive at this point??!!!

#bookmark   #giveitarestforcrissakes  
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What do you guys think? This year, I've been pondering how old-fashioned our means of communicating on campus is. Even electronic newsletters are so yesterday's news. Stacks of the student newspaper sit unread. 

#schoolnewspaper   #twitter   #medium    +Sacramento City College +SCC Ambassadors +Don Button 
 
What happened when a college newspaper abandoned its website for +Medium and +Twitter

https://medium.com/sac-media #socmed
At Mt. San Antonio College, they've traded in print for distributed publishing, focusing on realtime reporting and distribution: "We're speaking the language of our generation."
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I have questions. Is Medium ADA accessible? Why do you have to sign in with Twitter or Facebook? I guess a single-use Twitter account is no big deal, but still.
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Look past his arrogant demeanor. David Brin is right about this.
 
Biometrics are advancing so fast that technology now allows the scanning of irises from a distance of up to 40 feet (12 metres) away… exactly as we saw in Steven Spielberg’s film Minority Report.  In fact, “Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in the US demonstrated they were able to use their iris recognition technology to identify drivers from an image of their eye captured from their vehicle’s side mirror.”
 
The good news… portrayed in both EARTH (1989) and EXISTENCE… is that: “By using measurements of physiological characteristics, people no longer need security tokens or cumbersome passwords to identify themselves.”  The harsh news is that every measure that you thought would conceal you is probably moot.
 
Nothing could be more stupid than trying to protect your freedom and safety by hiding and secrecy.  Only one endeavor will prevent this stuff from empowering Big Brother.  Sousveillance.  Looking back.
Biometric technologies are on the rise. By electronically recording data about individual’s physical attributes such as fingerprints or iris patterns, security and law enforcement services can quickly identify people with a high degree of accuracy.
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Clear and concise, with references. Simple enough even for tenured faculty to understand.

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A really helpful handout from +Michelle Pacansky-Brock on establishing online presence, engaging with online students.  Will be excellent for instructors new to the medium, especially.
A helpful list of behaviors and strategies for improving instructor presence in an online class.
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It would be so cool if this were a part of diversity training at schools and workplaces.
 
<quote> Some of the most powerful potential uses for VR are being studied at Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, where faculty and students are testing things like whether mimicking the act of cutting down a tree in VR makes participants want to use less paper (it does, they say). Other studies have put white male participants into the body of a woman of color, who is then discriminated against by a virtual prejudiced man, or young people in the body of a 60-something man, so that they might not be ageist if they ever are interviewing someone older than they are for a job — which is a very real possibility at Stanford.

Some of the most interesting research, as described by lab manager Shawnee Baughman when I visited the lab this week, put some participants in a virtual helicopter flying aimlessly over a city, while others were asked to fly over the same city as a superhero, trying to deliver medicine to a diabetic child. When Baughman “accidentally” spilled her pens after the study was “over,” the superheroes were more likely to help her pick up, and picked up more. </quote> 
The answer has important implications for journalism, documentaries and academic research.
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I'm feeling pleased that we are focusing on this much more as a campus, but we have some work cut out for us.
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This is going around. No idea if it matters, likely not.

What is notable is that you can't share the survey on G+. People, people, people...
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A poll about G+ that works fine in IE.
:::looking up "cognitive dissonance":::
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New #sketchnote: 10 Things Teachers Want for Professional Development 
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We have mandatory Pd, called "flex." But I was actually talking about K-12 this time...as told to me by my peers in the masters program I was in. Most of them were K-12 teachers, which was really useful in terms of my personal learning.

We iz seriose.
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Rupert and William live together at International Primate Rescue, and became the best of friends during the hand-rearing process when they were both young. After allowing Rupert to interact with another fennec fox for a time, he was reunited with William, and ever so glad to see him again!
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Exactly!
"You're embarrassing me."
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"We need to carefully examine why such every-thing-is-not-about rhetoric almost exclusively exists in terms of attacking, countering, or hoping to cease having conversation about race, racism, and racialization."
 
Everything is (not) about race.

An explanation of "every thing is not about race" and how misguided it is.
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Here's something that needs fixing: When people share from their mobile devices, I don't want to see the mobile page, I want to see the appropriate page for the machine I'm on, which is usually a computer.

Someone fix this? Please? it seems to have hit a tipping point in the last few weeks. Not liking it.

#dynamicwebdesign  
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And lazy web designers are just designing dynamic sites that are made first and foremost for mobile, without changing the design when it gets to a larger screen size. It's irritating as hell.
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