About this time four years ago, I was in a full-blown panic. It pretty much started from when I opened my eyes in the morning, and lastest until I passed out from exhaustion around 20 hours later. Why? Well, I was coordinating the site visit for the NCATE accreditation team, and the site visit was … Continue reading A blast from the Past!
Sometimes, in the zeal of trying to be helpful, people help others the way they think they should be helped instead of the way requested. For example, let's say a person is building a house. His friend comes over to help, and the home builder says "Use these nails to attach these home numbers to … Continue reading Just trying to be helpful
[Ed: OK, not a huge Prince fan, but watch this, and pay special attention from 3:25 to the end.] Ok, are you back? Two things. At 4:40, he leaned backwards into the pit in front of the stage and needed a roadie to help him stand back up. Also, notice the look of pure joy … Continue reading While my Guitar Gently Weeps
I've kept a paper-based notebook since around 2005. I know that I had one in the hospital when my daughter was born, in any event. I'm not the first person to use a paper-based notebook for professional reasons, nor am I the first person to advocate others to use them. At a certain point in … Continue reading Learning to Trust a System: Notebooks
First off, apologies to Ernest Hemingway for the title there... Recently, I took the opportunity to contact a news reporter about a comment she made thanking technical sources for their willingness to try educating the public. (Here: https://twitter.com/jkenton/status/1009424184525672450) My comment was: Sometimes, despite adequate sourcing, a misused word or oversimplification can undo any potential educative benefit. … Continue reading Walking the Walk. Or: Do sober what you boasted about drunk, and you’ll learn to keep your mouth shut.
I like the idea of blogs. I read quite a few. I catch myself thinking that I have lots of cool things to share. If it were me giving advice to another person, I would say "Go ahead! Write what you've got!" Yet, I can't. I think I know why. Some of my stories involve … Continue reading A Conundrum
As I've mentioned, I spent a year as an exchange student in Switzerland. I had just turned 18, and was done with High School. I had a semester of college under my belt, and everything was good. Upon arriving in Switzerland, my host mom outfitted me with some stuff I was going to need as … Continue reading The Swiss Pencil Bag