Foundation and Earth and Alpha

Wired Science has a post about a newly found Earth-sized planet around our closest star system neighbor: The Alpha Centauri system — composed of three stars orbiting one another — is only 4.4 light-years away, a cosmic stone’s throw from us. Though the newly discovered planet has about the same mass as our own, its… Continue reading Foundation and Earth and Alpha

Global Higher Education Trends

According to Trends in Global Higher Education (PDF), we should pay attention to globalization, massification, Globalization is an interesting trend. As a college student, I enjoyed hanging out with international students and as an employer of student workers, half were international students. Exposure to different cultures, meaning values and perspectives and rituals and (the best) food was… Continue reading Global Higher Education Trends

Impressive Information Load

Last week I finished the Power Searching With Google MOOC. A month ago a coworker pointed out Google now offers the software used by this MOOC. As a Desire2Learn database and application administrator, I was curious. So I signed up. And actually finished! On my emotional high, I signed up for Current/Future State of Education shortly before… Continue reading Impressive Information Load

TED Talk: 3 ways to (usefully) lose control of your brand

This talk reminds me of The Cluetrain Manifesto. Attempting to control the message, aka the brand, backfires. Employees doing good things builds the brand. It is especially the small things that count. Therefore, empowering employees to do good, altruistic things is really good for the brand. And those things may not even have to be… Continue reading TED Talk: 3 ways to (usefully) lose control of your brand

Undercounting Stats

Michael Feldstein posted on Twitter: Seeing signs that Google Analytics significantly undercounts. Any recommendation for easy, reliable db-based WordPress analytics? I knew Google Analytics relies on JavaScript to measure what users are doing. Bots typically do not execute JS, so go undercounted. That is OK, probably even great depending on how much they annoy me.… Continue reading Undercounting Stats

TED Talk: The currency of the new economy is trust

How would you describe my reputation in three words? My judgment, knowledge, and behaviors in various situations? Back in the 1990s, the beauty of the Internet was we could disappear and be whomever we wanted. Wherever we went, almost no one knew who we were. Then web sites started providing accounts to sites and tracking… Continue reading TED Talk: The currency of the new economy is trust

Resolution Progress 2012: Third Quarter

Today is the 274th day or third-quarter of the year, so where am I with those goals? Reading goals should be at 75%: Complete unfinished novel series. 21.6 of 28 done or 77%. So slightly ahead. American History and Decision Making. 7.5 of 10 done or 75%. Should be 7.5. Science. 10 of 13 done or 76%. So slightly ahead.… Continue reading Resolution Progress 2012: Third Quarter

IFTTT Twitter Triggers

Because of Twitter’s impending API terms changes (how third parties can access their service), third parties like If-This-Then-That are dropping Twitter. Ugh. I only had two recipes using Twitter. Post any tweets I tag #ln to LinkedIn. I don’t even think I triggered it once. Copy my tweets to Dropbox. I deleted both, but decided I needed… Continue reading IFTTT Twitter Triggers