TED Talk: Taryn Simon

My favorite quote from Taryn is, “Photography threatens fantasy.” Disney uses intricate interior design, photography, and video to construct fantasy. Advertisements, magazines, weddings, and portraits are about showing others the ideal instead of the reality. Have you seen the Dove Evolution video? (This one has music and singing by a Baha’i musician Devon Gundry.) What about… Continue reading TED Talk: Taryn Simon

Facebook Usernames

If you cannot find me, then you are not looking. If you search on Facebook for Ezra Freelove, then I am the only result at the moment. Maybe all you knew was Ezra and the city where I lived? Facebook search is not so great you could find me through my first name plus something… Continue reading Facebook Usernames

Information Should Be Free

Mark Guzdial makes the point teachers add value to the learning process. Normally, I would agree. However, I got hung up on a misquote from a Walter Isaacson article How to Save Your Newspaper in TIME offering micropayments as the solution to newspapers finding a working model to survive since advertisements are not the right one. Mark said it… Continue reading Information Should Be Free

Nature Photography Day

June 15th is Nature Photography Day (and Father’s Day). Take your kids and grandkids on a nature trek and give them a single-use camera to use. Then print some of their photos and present them, in a mat or frame, to those young photographers. Pick something in nature that you’ve never photographed before, and then… Continue reading Nature Photography Day

Trust and Transparency

One of the books I am reading, Gut Feelings, made a statement: Transparency and trust are two sides of the same coin. without much elaboration. To place the statement in context, Gerd Gigerenzer was writing about moral systems. Specifically, how the Ten Commandments was so effective because it they are so simple. The American tax… Continue reading Trust and Transparency

Tricky Quotes

Archilochus (Greek lyric poet and soldier, 675-635bc) The fox has many tricks, and the hedgehog only one, but that is the best of all. Ingrid Bergman A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. Ray Bradbury We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is,… Continue reading Tricky Quotes

The Golden Compass

I didn’t have any interest in this book (or the His Dark Materials trilogy books of which TGC is the first book) or the movie. Then I heard about Vatican objection to the movie despite the references to the Church being removed. This kind of objection made me curious. Does being an atheist make Phillip… Continue reading The Golden Compass

links for 2007-11-23

Can you take a compliment? | Ms. JD (tags: communication conversation) Babies prefer good Samaritans | Science Blog (tags: Psychology) Binary to Text (ASCII) Conversion (tags: javascript nerd tools converter) MSU – Learning Management Systems Evaluation Committee 2006-07 (tags: lms) The Big Juicy Twitter Guide | Caroline Middlebrook (tags: web2.0 guide blogs) the Idea Shower… Continue reading links for 2007-11-23

links for 2007-10-31

Hope, loss, and bicycles in Zambia – World Blog – msnbc.com (tags: charity) National Geographic News Photo Gallery: Ten Endangered U.S. Beach Towns Named (tags: science geography) ADL Community: Supporting the Global Advancement of Distributed Learning (tags: standards community collaboration learning education) How to kill or close all running programs in Windows quickly (tags: software.microsoft.windows)… Continue reading links for 2007-10-31