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First get your facts, then distort them at your leisure.

Mark Twain

Teaching ideas

  1. Teach 100 Education blogs ranked and scored
  2. Tell a story, give the big picture to set the context, and have some fun before getting to the extreme precision details. TED talk illustrats the concept. Tyler DeWitt: Hey science teachers -- make it fun

(:youtube 6OaIdwUdSxE:)

Saturday 7-13-13

  1. Passwords -- Secure it ALL started using a password manager, going with LastPass. ... change the password to a new, machine-generated password. I also started storing fake answers to security questions alongside each password in a special notes field the manager provides. Now every site I log into has a long, hard-to-crack, and unique password with security questions that no one could answer.
  2. Go Programming Language Go is an open source programming environment that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software.
  3. Code Academy Learn to code interactively, for free.

Monday 7-15-2013

  1. Laramie, WY and the Univ of WY captured by Jamie Todd Rubin attending Launchpad. Nice photo's! I'll have to post my own on Flickr/Google+.

Wednesday 7-17-2013

  1. Listening to the Beatles
    • The Beatles discography starting with Please Please Me from March 1963 and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band from June 1967
  2. Photography tools - check out automated software fixup for digital photos, Perfectly Clear. I'll be testing the 30 day trial and maybe even the iPad version. Lightroom is great ... but, I'm not sure I want to spend that much time at the computer.
    • This will be quick, NO. Uninstalled within 24 hours after testing it and not finding much difference. People photos were better straight out of the camera. One shadowing shot with green and blue sky was better (at least in the sky). But I'll pass ... not impressed. Certainly no big POP like a blogger or two reported for people photos.
  3. Photomatix Pro ... testing with my early AM photos of a dump truck this morning. Tutorials are at: http://www.stuckincustoms.com/hdr-tutorial/.
    • worked great and was lots of fun.
    • Ok, a bit of a disclaimer on the install: Not so great as the install to Lightroom plugins was into the administrator account, but I use Lightroom on another non-admin account. Moving the Lightroom profile folders from the roaming nest/mess works ... but took longer than it should have. I guess that a 60% discount (academic) will help!
Automatic Exposure Bracketing starting position
AEB = 0 (3 shots +/- 2 full stops)

Thurs 7-18-2013

  1. Photo backup by synchronizing across a LAN to another computer. Trying to do this with SyncBack (free) http://www.2brightsparks.com/index.html. (SyncBackFree V6.4.3.8) Eventually, I want to check out Amazon Glacier http://aws.amazon.com/glacier/ for long term archival storage of photos. The key is adding content to permanent storage.

Mon 7-22

  1. Organization Monday morning - checking on file and folder organization tools
    • [[http://zabkat.com/x2lite.htm|xplorer² — free] All the shell goodies from windows explorer — none of the hassle! The free lightweight version of xplorer² offers dual panes and folder tabs for efficient and trouble-free desktop file management. Browse everywhere (all shell namespace); Preview documents, pictures, music, video

Side by side views for easy file management; Filter and select with wildcards; Synchronize folders. But it looks like there is reduced functionality (critical items?) in the free version.

Wed 7-24

Quotes from Julia Cameron, The Creative Life:

  • It’s late in the day to start writing. I consider waiting until tomorrow, and then I think, No. I’ll grab a few sentences. Over the years, I have learned to grab tidbits of time. The tidbits add up. It is an “easy does it” approach to creativity. Small tidbits add up to a larger whole.
  • I learned to let myself write freely, allowing the higher powers to write through me. I became less the self-conscious author and more the conduit. Instead of thinking something up, I learned to take something down. The direction was important.

HDR photos - final results with licensed version of Photomatix Pro at

Kustoms by Kent, the new website (good work Heather!), and the YouTube videos of his mechanical creations (http://www.youtube.com/user/kent323is)

(:youtube BJiwwMhexbE :)

Fri 7-26

  1. Circles as a Commonplace Book In early modern Europe, commonplace books (or commonplaces) were used to compile knowledge. They were essentially scrapbooks filled with everything educated writers didn’t want to forget:
    • Circles of Innovation an evolution of work done at Valencia College as part of The Great Teachers Colloquium, and it is driven by a few underlying philosophies of learning, innovation, and professional development.
    • Where Good Ideas Come From - 2 videos related to Steven Johnson’s Talk regarding “Where Good Ideas Come From”

Sun 7-28

  1. Wild Dutchman sunflower seeds ... I think that I've found an even better alternative to Dakota Style sunflower seeds. From Mound City, near the Missouri River and the northern border of SD. Has about 1/2 the salt, and reported to use a bit of sugar.

Wed 7-31

  1. Photo integration from Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/badge.gne
  2. Setup 3 different methods at http://devriesonline.net/photos/

Self-care is never a selfish act — it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.

Parker Palmer

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