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I can calculate the movement of the stars, but not the madness of men. (After losing a bundle in the South Sea Bubble)

Sir Isaac Newton

Psychology of assigning preparation work

Quoted from Essentials of Processes, Systems, and Information with SAP Tutorials by Earl McKinney; David M. Kroenke

Question-Based Pedagogy Research by Marilla Svinicki at the University of Texas Psychology Department indicates that today’s students need help managing their time. She asserts that we should never give homework assignments to read a prescribed amount of text, such as pages 75–95. The problem, she says, is that students will fiddle with those pages for 30 minutes but will not know when they’re done accomplishing the objectives of the assignment. Instead, she recommends that we give a list of questions; when the student can successfully answer all the questions, the assignment is complete, and the student is done studying. ... Hence, we have organized each chapter as a list of questions.


TEDx video from July 2014 Why write? Penmanship for the 21st Century | Jake Weidmann | TEDxMileHigh. Jake Weidmann's website has great examples of writing and drawing.

International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH)

Interesting to see that the 2015 convention is in Franklin, TN IAMPETH 2015. July 13-18, 2015 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs

Examples from masters of penmanship. The website,, is chock full of penmanship resources.

Photography utilities

  • check out [[|Diffractor] for enhanced working with photos and possibly even editing the EXIF data.
  • {Maybe Not} Edit EXIF data in photos ... I'll try Exif Pilot But it only works on one photo at a time unless you pay $79.99 for the batch processing version.
  • {Maybe Not} This looks like fun for my Canon S100 with geo tracking: GeoSetter But not updated since 2011
  • GUI that interfaces with a command line version EXIF Tool and open source jhead software Exifpilot GUI


  1. Downloaded the executable version ( version from today: Dec. 13, 2014 - Version 9.78)
    1. Extract the exiftool(-k).exe file to the desktop
    2. rename to exiftool.exe
    3. drag to Windows directory
  2. Download the ExifToolGUI
    1. Extract the files to Data drive E:\D\UTILITY\EXIF Tools
    2. Create a shortcut to E:\D\UTILITY\EXIF Tools\exiftoolgui
  3. BUT it still doesn't quite do what I want or need ... grr!! Maybe have to try a bit harder in Lightroom.

Great Google doodle today, 12/16/14

Wassily Kandinsky

More examples of his art at

The Frist in Nashville, Kandinsky exhibit page: And the Kandinsky gallery guide.

Disk space utility

Space Sniffer appears to be a good tool with a treemap for analyzing disk space usage.


Health Spending Account

one important detail from the IRS instructions for Form 8889 regarding when the additional catch-up contribution can be made:

  • If you are age 55 or older at the end of your tax year, you can make an additional contribution of $1,000. and
  • If, at the end of 2014, you were age 55 or older and unmarried or married with self-only HDHP coverage for the entire year, you can increase the amount determined in (3) or (4) by $1,000 (the additional contribution amount). For (5), the additional contribution amount is taken into account for each month you are an eligible individual.

Interesting set of online calculations from Minneapolis: Dinkytown Calculators

Project management and planning tools

User maps, drawn with post-it notes, are both simple and elegant methods of visually creating a multi layer plan. Great visual explanation at

great questions for evaluating performance

Accounting Case Database

I have thought for several years that this would be a great idea and faculty at Notre Dame University have done the heavy lifting to create it! Accounting Case Search is an online resource: organized by undergraduate vs graduate, type of course, and accounting topic keywords. Links are to citations and online abstracts where available.

Google scholar links might be an improvement!

Currently, the only journals included are:

  • Journal of Accounting Education,
  • Issues in Accounting Education, and
  • IMA Educational Case Journal

Future additions are planned to include: Accounting Perspectives and its predecessor journal, the Journal of Accounting Case Research.

A great start!

Photography quote

You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn't waste either. Thom Hogan in Magic Moment on

Quotes from Fight Club

The things you own end up owning you.

You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet.

Thinking by Marvin Minsky

Quote from an article in Scientific American, October 1994 by Marvin Minsky, Will Robots Inherit the Earth? and available from Minsky at MIT.

If you understand something in only one way, then you don't really understand it at all. This is because, if something goes wrong, you get stuck with a thought that just sits in your mind with nowhere to go. The secret of what anything means to us depends on how we've connected it to all the other things we know. This is why, when someone learns 'by rote,' we say that they don't really understand. However, if you have several different representations then, when one approach fails you can try another. Of course, making too many indiscriminate connections will turn a mind to mush. But well-connected representations let you turn ideas around in your mind, to envision things from many perspectives until you find one that works for you. And that's what we mean by thinking!

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Wrap-up and summarize 2014


focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

Steve Jobs

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