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I've taken lessons from Patrick in the past.  I found him because I was searching for someone who could teach me slide techniques and blues riffs for the banjo.  I am excited for Patrick to get his Blues Project off the ground for a completely selfish reason.  I want that instructional DVD!
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This is so cool!
 
Laying eggs on a cliff?
Don't make them round. A seabird called the Common Murre, known in Britain as the Guillemot, has evolved conical eggs that are unlikely to roll off the bare seacliff ledges where they are laid.
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Interesting idea.
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Jesus, this would be refreshing.  I would much rather do this than to attend the actual meetings.
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I'm thinking of starting a "Fringe Day" at work where we take on the different personalities of our various counterparts from different dimensions. Subtle and not so subtle changes in how we act and behave based on events or lack of events from our multiple selves. One day I might be "Gimpy Al" from the universe where my dog Angel went demonic when I was 10 and bit off my toe. Gimpy Al has a chip on his shoulder, walks with a cane and calls everyone who doesn't agree with him "snooty". He isn't much fun to be around but surprisingly has good taste in shoes.
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Today is Not Tomorrow: An Analysis of Competitive Dynamics in Ebooks

"Interesting analogies between the collapse of the comic book market and what could happen to books without bookstores http://bit.ly/HPRFVr

I'm not sure I buy the analysis of Amazon's weaknesses (though they are food for thought, I believe that Amazon is not dependent on proprietary hardware for their lock-in. Their lock-in comes from the kindle format and the cross-platform availability of the kindle app.

But what I found most interesting was the notion that by wiping out the ecosystem that brings in new readers, Amazon's ebook business could end up in a downward spiral due to the lack of new readers. I quote:

"The analogy I’ve been using is the comic book’s direct market. This enabled comics publishers to cater to their expert readers, those with an intricate knowledge about past continuity and a burning passion for the medium.
But, nobody else went into comic book stores. Kids don’t grow up seeing comics on the newsstands or in bookstores anymore. Comics ceased in the late eighties, early nineties, to have a presence in our public spaces and renewal of the reader-base halted.

"Publishers discovered new ways of squeezing money out of their regulars, but put no thought to where future customers would come from.
So, today we have a situation where bestselling comics sell an order of magnitude fewer comics than bestsellers did in the nineties (100 000 copies versus a million versus millions, plural, in the eighties/seventies/sixties)....

"Novels could easily fall into the same trap. Publishers are raising prices to libraries and, in the UK, cutbacks are threatening their very existence. Bookstores are disappearing from malls, retail parks, and the high street. Retailers like WH Smiths focus more on stationary and general goods than they do books, and what few books they have are dominated by celebrity bios and churned non-fiction. Like comics before, novels are slowly disappearing from the public sphere."
Despite the linkbait title I don't intend this post to be an anti-Amazon screed, but a vision of a more dynamic ebook market.
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Patrick's youtube videos taught me how to play clawhammer style. Successfully. Because of those videos, I contacted him and took a few online lessons.  His help and advice helped me improve as a player. I'd pay $50 to get the instructional materials he is putting together for this project so am happy to contribute. Can you spare a few bucks help a banjo player out?
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Saw this young singer-songwriter last year. She and Danny Schmidt are worth going to see if they travel through your town.
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Gives me some ideas for summer reading....and re-reading.
 
At least I've (really!) read half of them.
Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books — from Asimov to Pynchon, there are some fantastic, ambitious works of genre fiction out there.
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Several infographics that my students and staff found interesting.
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Didn't find out that I was color blind until I was 18 during a routine physical for college. They required a color test in the paper work so my Doctor showed me the a book with those circles filled with colored dots. Everyone thought I was joking at first when I said I couldn't see some of the pictures. It did explain why I got in trouble sometimes during art classes for not "following directions".
 
Can You Pass The Color Test?

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I teach technology for the children. I read poetry for the soul. I play banjo for the fun.
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I teach technology classes at a High School located in a suburb north of Denver.  I've been a teacher off and on for close to thirty years.

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  • University of Northern Colorado
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