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Star-gazing (the old-fashioned kind)

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I went out star-gazing last night with some astronomical binoculars I purchased a month and a half ago. We’ve been having the most incredible beautiful clear sunny days here … and clear sunny days mean clear night skies – an amateur astronomer’s delight. I made my way down to McDonald Park, a nice reasonably-dark-sky site

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Great Dilbert Quote

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I ran across this Dilbert quote in the coursework for my ETEC (education technology) 510 course today: Change is good – you go first – Dilbert Love it!

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True Christians Respect and Love Jews

I pop my name into Google from time to time to see where my blog comes up, among other things, and I always find something interesting. Such as this article on the movie “The Passion of the Christ, to which I responded almost exactly one year ago. Click the link under Insider Letters on the

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Doing research at Amazon: Search inside the book

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I’m currently in the Master of Educational Technology program at UBC, and was doing some research on a paper tonight. And I just found a nice new method ….

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Canadian hockey players on Viagra, apparently

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Forbes had a very good story on the cancellation (boo, hiss) of the NHL season today, in which Michael Ozanian correctly blames Bettman – not for being a poor negotiator or lousy boss – but for greedily following expansion money and losing the league in the process. This particular quote is very interesting, particularly for

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Thanks for doing the right thing, Apple

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It looks like Apple is dropping its lawsuits against Think Secret and other Mac-oriented websites. Thanks for doing the right thing!

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D’Orbitz

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Apparently, Orbitz does not allow deep linking, or linking to pages on their site other than the home page. Umm, do we really need more reasons to string up all the laywers? How dumb can people get? So, you should not go to this site. They don’t want your business.

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Eschew nothing but food, please

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I just ran across another annoying use of the word “eschew” on Slashdot. On Slashdot, of all places! OK. Once more, for the record: Everyone, everywhere, everywhen, should seriously and definitely eschew the usage of the word eschew. It’s silly and annoying and obnoxious, and it sounds all puffed up and nose-in-the-air and hoity-toity. You

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Apple: Drop the Think Secret lawsuit

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It’s clearly time for Apple to re-think the Think Secret lawsuit, in which Apple is suing a small independent website for posting news stories about upcoming products. With the addition of the Electronic Frontier Foundation to the case on the side of Think Secret, it’s increasingly clear that Apple is doing itself massive public relations

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‘Nother site update …

A new sidebar … woohoo … honoring my recent Florida trip, and the flora and fauna (but mostly sand) of Cocoa Beach.

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Incredibly stupid really awful mind-numbingly boneheaded cereal name

Ummm … dunno if you’ve seen this yet, but coming soon to a store near you (and a TV screen too) is this monstrosity of branding: Kellogg’s Disney-Pixar Finding Nemo Cereal. Yup, you’ve got it – that’s the name. Oh, but I forgot a couple important elements: (© Disney/Pixar).

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Minor style update

I’ve updated the look of this site in a very minor way. It’s nowhere near what I’d like it to be, but it’s wider, text is bigger, the image at the top is mine (shot at a Florida beach), and the site actually tells you what it is now. Minor improvements, but I hope they

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Get Free Movies at the Hilton

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Flipping through the channels at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club in Orlando, I came acoss this interesting screen that would warm the hearts of any Microsoft-hating Linux fanatic worth his salt: Oddly enough, ‘mtiltree’ does not turn up any Google results at all, but it’s obviously an info screen for the movies-on-demand system they’re running,

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All things Apple at FETC

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Apple was very visible at 2005 FETC … and that was just the people carrying the laptops …

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I hate my crappy Cavalier

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I’ve been renting a 2005 Cavalier for the past 4-5 days, and I am not impressed. In fact, I am seriously unimpressed. Why? Read on …

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Beautiful sewer covers (and more)

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Beautify manhole covers and a couple of others things I noticed in and around the 2005 FETC conference in Orlando ….

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Funky Florida Grass

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Grass in Florida is very odd for someone from the west coast of Canada. It’s thick, big, chunky … very different from the smaller-bladed, delicate stuff we have near Vancouver. I feel like sitting down beside and yelling “FORK! SPOON! FORK! SPOON!” That won’t be funny if you haven’t see the appropriate ad for Campell’s

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Cocoa Beach

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I’m in Orlando for the Florida Educational Technology Conference, and am staying over the weekend for some client visits. So on Saturday I decided to drive to Cocoa Beach on the west side of Florida, just south of Cape Canaveral ….

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FETC: Fact Fluency: The Phonics of Mathematics

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I took in an excellent eye-opening session by Ted Hasselbring from the University of Kentucky today on Fact Fluency: The Phonics of Mathematics. He argued very persuasively from many research projects that he and his colleagues have conducted that, just as we have phonics in reading to develop literacy fluency, we need a similar program

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FETC: Strategies for Successful Presentations

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I attented a GREAT session at FETC on Thursday: Stategies for Successful Presentations. The speaker, Lynnell Burmark, was witty and insightful … and, as you might anticipate given the title, the visuals were really, really good.

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Apple close to winning 60,000 laptop deal in Atlanta

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I’m in Orlando at FETC. Apple has a decent-sized booth here, and I spoke to one of the senior people at the booth. According to the source, Apple is very close to winning a deal with Cobb County in Atlanta, which has been negotiating with Apple, IBM, and Dell.

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Gathering of the faithful: all Apple all the time

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It was very interesting to be in the free wireless area at FETC: almost all the people there were Mac users. I had to get a shot of three guys that I started talking with … that’s my laptop in the foreground. The middle guy works for Apple, and he didn’t like it that in

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Is it really that bad, Sun?

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I know Sun Microsystems has been having a bad day for the past few years, but is it really this bad?

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Cool stuff at FETC

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Whenever I see something cool at FETC, I snap a picture of it. Here’s four products that I was impressed with, for varying reasons ….

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Orange County Convention Center

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I’m attending the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) this week, and took just a couple snaps of the Orange County Convention center …

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Sad news; amazing miracle

While attending FETC in Orlando, I heard at about 2:00 today that my wife’s grandfather had passed away in the night. This was shocking and saddening and …. all the other things that a death in the family can be, but there was a miracle involved, too.

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Words from the wise

If you get half a chance, check this out. It’s a speech given to graduates … I wish I had heard that when I was graduating. I tallked to some students today about education and jobs – too bad I couldn’t have been quite this good!

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Orlando Moon

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I’m in Orlando, Florida for some client meetings and the Florida Educational Technology Conference, or FETC for short.

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Free Nick!

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I’ve started a Free Nick petition. Please go sign it and put some pressure on Steve to drop this silly suit against Think Secret. Full text of the petition follows …

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Skating on Mill Lake

It’s not often those of us in the lower mainland (bottom left corner of British Columbia) get to skate outdoors. And, given the monsoon conditions we have now, it won’t happen anytime soon. But since over the previous two weeks we had a very sharp cold spell, I thought last week Saturday that Milll Lake

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