Favreau

A Sci-Fi channel rumors wire has an article about the forthcoming Iron Man movie’s potential ties to The Avengers. Hulk was awful, but this one looks okay. What especially caught my eye was Jon Favreau, the director, talking about the ties….

And your girlfriend’s not going to know what you’re so interested in in certain scenes. It’s just going to fly by for certain people.

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Wow… Just wow.

Persuasion

When I present my ideas, my intent is just to provide what I know or think without bias. The information just… is. The good, the bad, and the ugly all need to be in front of the decision maker(s) to have a chance at a quality decision. From my perspective, the information I provide belongs to the group or individual making the decision not myself. This is based on principles of Baha’i consultation which I have used for years.

Trying to force agreement by influencing a decision through information control, I think has the opposite effect. People may sense the agenda and resist being manipulated. Anything said forward from that point would be suspect and minimized and possibly outright ignored. People can handle the truth.

Tweets for Today

  • 09:32 why do group chats have to be so hard? #
  • 09:48 Why to people think flashing messages are the only way people will see something? #
  • 10:48 Been listening to "How is x doing?" to different campuses for it seems like forever. So… you twitterers… "How are you doing?" #
  • 10:58 which clock is right? VOIP phone says 11:01am, Windows says 10:58am, and cell phone says 10:58am? #
  • 15:37 My friends at Valdosta State all fell offline abt the same time. "The fiber has been struck by lightning…" Bzzzzt!! No alternate route. 🙁 #

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Blackboard Won Suit Against D2L

Blackboard acquired patent ‘138 and brought a lawsuit against Desire2Learn. I would say 80-90% of the commentary about this case has been from anti-Blackboard crowd with about 90% of the rest from the let’s-wait-and-see crowd. Blackboard very much has been mum on the subject. I do not recall a blog of a single Blackboard supporter saying how great it will be for them to win this case. All I have seen are assurances from Bb they do not intend to sue into the ground open source (after EDUCAUSE got on Bb’s case).

I understand motivations for filing a patent request. I understand why they started the lawsuit after getting the patent. What I don’t understand is the reasoning for why the patent was awarded. Also, I don’t understand why Blackboard won the lawsuit. In truth, I probably both have more and less information.

  1. Examiner’s notes would describe the other bases of information about the decision.
  2. Transcripts of the trial would describe what information the jury heard.

Lacking, this information, I cannot really put myself in the shoes of the people who made these decisions to understand why they were made.

In the realm of public opinion, Blackboard certainly has given its vocal detractors very strong ammunition. Mainly the complaints are about using lawsuits to suppress smaller companies and establish dominance rather than innovation to win over new customers. It is about fear and uncertainty.

Drink the Kool-Aid!!

Tweets for Today

  • 08:25 Happy drunks are quaint. Apparently I radiate (explosive aura?) goodness when I walk into a room. Singls & dbles cricket wins. thx @tehomot #
  • 10:44 Muppets are all puppets, but not all puppets are Muppets. 🙂 #
  • 11:04 @tehomot don't be jealous 🙂 #
  • 13:28 MC: "maybe you are the science experiment for God." touche, touche #
  • 14:31 Need to work on 1,2,3 yr growth predictions… content, user activity, school sizes, etc. #
  • 16:57 There was a change in the schedule after the semester started? Checking the wiki to determine who is confused. Us DBAs or the clients. #
  • 21:57 Cons outweigh the pros. Of course, I stacked the cons so I would be sure to have the outcome I wanted. #

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Tweets for Today

  • 08:25 Have a feeling these updates are going to require a restart. 🙁 #
  • 10:11 Purdue to fac in upgrade from Vista3 to Vista4. 1) rebuild, 2) delete, 3) migrated by someone else (aka no in place upgrade). #
  • 13:01 Normally telework on Wed. Came into the office for a "Brown Bag" which work's calendar did not alert to the event. So I missed it. Oh well. #
  • 14:00 *headdesk* There is no problem becauee it has not been tested yet. #

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