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Orange County eLearning designer whose portfolio includes webinar, leader-led, and blended learning programs. 2015 Recipient of the LearnX Gold Award for Rapid Authoring.
Orange County eLearning designer whose portfolio includes webinar, leader-led, and blended learning programs. 2015 Recipient of the LearnX Gold Award for Rapid Authoring.

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This Is the Kind of Idiot That Congress Puts in Charge of Technology
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Just going to the Adobe Learning Summit part this year.
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Another reason why we ought to invest more in space technology, or deep sea exploration.

Right now, we're so focused on doing more with less - a valuable challenge - that we're limiting ourselves to inward advancement.

The things that expand our horizons trigger grander innovation. Activate manifest destiny, and watch the world come alive!
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Standardization as a tool for radical transformation

' “If the public needs to relearn what to do every time they approach a bin, then they’ll treat each bin like a trash can,” she says. '

We've been "taught" about recycling -- to separate our papers and plastics and aluminium from our trash. But over the past years, confusion of what we can recycle has made the process inefficient and more costly than beneficial.

I posit this article as a case study for when training is not the appropriate option -- yes, people need to learn, but they don't need training.
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Important observations about the risk to our civil liberties. For those of you who were vocal about the FBI's request for Apple to create code that would break the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, consider...
I’m a stockholder, but I deem this invention patented by Apple — allowing remote control or shut down of the camera on your phone — to be an Orwellian nightmare.There are some possible compromises - e.g. letting venue owners set up a zone wherein phone cams degrade down to “Citizen Mode” at say 1 megapixel. But no, I don’t want anything at all.

Dig this well. I have called it the most important civil liberties matter in our lifetimes -- certainly in thirty years -- even though it was hardly covered by the press. In 2013 both the U.S. courts and the Obama Administration declared it to be "settled law" that a citizen has the right to record his or her interactions with police in public places.

No single matter could have been more important because it established the most basic right of "sousveillance" or looking-back at power, that The Transparent Society is all about. It is also fundamental to freedom, for in altercations with authority, what other recourse can a citizen turn to, than the Truth?

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/01/cops-and-us-keeping-eye-on-each-other.html

One of the chants at Black Lives Matter rallies should be “Give Us More Tech!” Which is short for: “Oh so NOW you believe us, now that we can take pictures of what we went through for generations?” Well, yes. Then become nerds! Use cameras to fight back, a lot safer and more effective and modern than guns.

But none of that will be possible when elites - like the state - can shut down our phone-cams. So make a habit of keeping some old fashioned cameras around! And count on technology to give us so many eyes that this trick will sink into obscurity.
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Perhaps this explains why the suburbs can be so drab and depressing.
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My response to a writing prompt (linked). 
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ANNA

She looked down on the village that had been her home until she was eighteen years old. It hadn't really changed much over the years -  it was still a small collection of two and three-room cottages nestled in a little valley with a small, flat school to the east and a church dominating the center. Steam rose off the rooftops to mingle with smoke drifting lazily from chimneys. She could almost make out a few people in their yards, turning over the soil in preparation for winter.

When she'd written her parents that she wanted to come back home for a visit, the response had been terse: "That would be fine." Sixteen years of absence had done little to mellow her mother's feelings. Her father...

The last thing she'd heard from her father had been shouted after her as she dove into Franz' rusted VW Beetle with nothing more than a stuffed backpack and two layers of clothing. "No good will come of this!" he had warned. "You'll be back full of remorse and a swollen belly!" Her mother had stood behind him, voicing her agreement through loud, gulping sobs.

She'd tried to explain her dreams to them - to all of them - but it had been a disaster.  Only Franz had understood.  Hadn't he had the same dreams of doing more in the world? Of cities and countries and far-off places where there was more to life than trees and the mill and whomever God was going to smite next? 

Anna had been so sure she’d never return, but..

"For God's sake, Mom, you've been out here for ten minutes!  Can we just go? I'm freezing!"
Anna looked back at her daughter, 14 years old and ready to fly with fledgling dreams of her own. It seemed to Anna that she had spent a lifetime helping her grow, but now all her efforts were to pull her back from the flimsy boundaries that separated her from the dangerous outside world.

That's why she was coming back home today - to let her parents know that she understood. 
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