Monthly Archives: August 2011

free post-graduate education? sign me up.

Fantastic article on GOOD, as I think daily on the fact that my eleven years of on-the-job experience don’t quite measure up to a blind HR requirement of a masters degree. 
“People are finding more and more that students are gaining a wealth of information from their daily lives, from their experiences, from jobs,” says Smith. “There’s tremendous coursework that doesn’t happen in traditional classrooms anymore.”
Will Richardson gave a fantastic talk at TEDxNYED this past March and a longer version on the same themes at ISTE this past June on the reality that education does not — should not — be confined to schools in this day and age. As he said at ISTE, “It turns out that strangers have a lot go give us that’s worthwhile, and we to them,” and “Public is the new default.”

new name, same great taste!


i changed the name of my blog. mostly because i have another blog called self-explanatory that most of the entries in this blog get cross-posted to. but it was also a way to motivate me to think a little more critically about things, to post more reguarly, and to generally use online writing as a way to reflect more regularly about things i see, read, or otherwise come across.

also, i was surprised to find out that “another thing coming” isn’t correct, and that the expression is actually “another think coming.” someone tell judas priest


help me raise money to kick cancer’s ass


To those of you who really know me, the idea of me participating in a 5K is absolutely ridiculous. Well I’m participating in a 5K this Sunday, the Damon Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium. And I say participate because I’ll be totally honest with you: I’m walking it, not running it. Give me until next year to actually run the 5K. (Have I ever told you about the time I tried to do the Couch to 5K program? I ended up hurting my shoulders so badly on my first run that I never did it again. Yep, that’s right. My shoulders.)

Thanks to some very generous friends, I’m past the minimum fundraising requirements, but there’s still time to help raise money for a very worthy cause. Maybe you knew the folks in my familes who have been affected by cancer, or maybe (but hopefully not) you’ve been touched by it as well in some way. Or maybe you just want to donate money to inspire a fat guy to start running. Whatever your reason, if you want to donate money to kicking cancer’s ass, you can do so here.

The “victory lap” is the warning track of Yankee Stadium. Assuming I make it that far (which, come on, I’m walking… that’s gotta be doable, right?), I’ll post some great photos from inside Yankee Stadium and make sure to include my best Rocky impersonation.

Image credit: Damon Runyon 5K