Thailand Journal: Days 1 & 2

tl;dr version: We spent our first 2 days in Bangkok, eating food and visiting the Jim Thompson House.

Day 1

Despite having vowed not to sleep past noon, we awoke the next day around 1:30 or so. Right as we climbed out of bed, we heard someone trying to enter the apartment with keys. Assuming it was the maid, I cracked the door a bit, and I was greeted by an affable British fellow. Steven, one of Robert’s fiends, was stopping by to drop off milk and fruit for us. I put some clothes on, introduced myself, and thanked him for the food. Black coffee suits no one. (more…)

Thailand Journal: Arrival

tl;dr version: We arrived in Thailand without any problems.

We did a good job packing the night before,  which is surprising for anyone who knows me, so the morning of the flight we just had to tie up a few loose ends before we departed. We had plenty of time to make it to the airport, and we managed to arrive, check in, and pass through security with a full hour and a half to kill before the flight departed. We waited patiently, listening to the alternating Chinese and English announcements of the preceding flights as we sipped our coffees and read. (more…)

Reconsidering Windows 8 on the Desktop

The other day, I did one of the things that is killing big box stores: I went to Best Buy to look at computers with no intention of purchasing anything from the store (well, not entirely true – I went to pick up a birthday gift for my girlfriend). Given the recent #IBTTalks discussion I had with some of my coworkers last Wednesday, I was curious to take a look at some of the new Windows 8 PCs.

During that conversation, Dave and I were both really harsh on the interface’s usability on the desktop. (more…)

So I Built a Hackintosh (Why Would You Do Such A Thing?!)

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been building and tweaking a Hackintosh.  To be fair, I was mostly tweaking – the “building” part only took a day.  The whole process has been extremely interesting and enlightening, and I’m going to go back and document the whole process here because I think there’s a lot of steps I went though which could be helpful for other future Hackintosh-ers.

But for me, the most interesting part was why build a Mac. (more…)

But the demand that public schools market themselves in order to compete for precious government dollars has reached a fever pitch. As a consultant who has worked with dozens of school districts, I’m convinced that if schools want to improve their image with taxpayers, they must begin to use social media.  The benefits are just too great, and as more of the taxpaying community ties into social media through mobile devices, “traditional” public schools have to become non-traditional, and join the conversation.

While I’m always supportive of teachers and principals using social media, either in the classroom or to engage with their community, when we start framing social media use (and school operations in general) as a business decision, we’ve already lost.  When you’re forced to consider the usage of tools in school as if that school was a business, no longer are those schools being run as a public service but as a private enterprise, competing with other private enterprises for the eyes (and ultimately, the dollars) of parents and students.

Not really the best way to build a community school.

Social Media is Not Solely the Domain of the Young…

…says the young man.

I’m 25, so I’m at the borderline of being “too old” to be your Social Media Manager, according to this article in NextGen Journal.

She makes some allusions to having lived through the early days of social, from remembering early Facebook layouts (originally called TheFacebook, remember?) and texting 40404 to post to Twitter (on my feature phone, I do recall). But what does any of this have to do with using social for marketing? (more…)

Content vs. Reflection in the Common Core Standards

Regardless of how you feel about the Common Core State Standards, they’re coming, and while the debate over the necessity of a national curriculum is important, I want to focus on one of the controversies within the Common Core: the shift in focus on fiction texts (and the personal narrative relating to those texts) to a focus on non-fiction and content knowledge. While I agree that it is difficult to impossible to properly grapple with a text without an understanding of the content behind it, Common Core Architect David Coleman’s assertion that “[a]s you grow up in this world you realize people really don’t give a shit about what you feel or what you think” misses out on what grappling with a personal narrative does for you as a growing person. (more…)

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LinkedIn Has a Vision for Big Data – What’s Facebook’s? Twitter’s?

Forbes wrote this really interesting cover story on LinkedIn. I definitely recommend reading the whole thing, but I wanted to specifically pull one quote from it that really struck me [SPOILER ALERT: this is the last paragraph from the piece]:

“This may be five to ten years away,” Weiner says. “But there could be data on every economic opportunity, every skill required to get those jobs and every company offering those roles. There could be a professional profile for every member of the 3.3 billion people in the global workforce. If that economic graph existed, imagine all the friction coming out of the system as those connections are forged.” (more…)