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If who pays you makes a difference,
You should find a new career.

Lynn Turner


Great quote from former President Jimmy Carter: ... accommodate changing times, but cling to unchanging principles ... He attributed this saying to his teacher, growing up in Plains, GA.

Interesting places in TN

  • Turnip Green Creative Reuse at 535 4th Ave. South. in Nashville. Described in The Tennessee Conservationist, September/October 2015, Nashville’s nonprofit Turnip Green Creative Reuse Center diverts usable materials from the landfill for creative endeavors through workshops, a retail store, community education and a “green” art gallery featuring art made from reusable materials. In this issue of The Tennessee Conservationist, Paula Larson, an environmental scientist with the state of Tennessee, writes about “Reuse with a Creative Flair.” Since forming, TGCR has served hundreds of artists and other members of the community with materials, workshops and more. All of these art supplies come from donations.
  • Big Swan Creek in Hickman County and Lewis County of Tennessee. The Swan Conservation Trust has protected more than 1,000 acres. Located near The Farm Community, Summertown, TN

Reflection and progress tracking

Interesting - as a reflection practice and communication tool among team members. Snippets.

Write down what you did last week and what you plan to do in the upcoming week.

Replies get compiled in a public space and distributed automatically the following day by email.

The Power of Slow

Interesting book!

Chapter 4 - Just Say No

  • Use tools such as voice mail and text reuse (see Outlook Stored Responses )
  • Office Hours for availability.
  • Office Hours / Email Check-in times -- set and keep a schedule
  • My addition: Schedule your own time. Plan it. Do the most critical first (Important is the key, not merely urgent)
  • Say No with kindness. Many of these occur via email. See Outlook Stored Responses for a plan.
  • Be your word. Make commitments that you can and will keep.

Clean slate ? (From Gretchen Rubin Better Than Before; and the YouTube 3 minute version; expanded text

Convert Student Email Addresses From Banner To Individual Rows

Banner is a great resource for storing student information. However, extracting the information from a screen by scrapping (i.e. copy and paste) requires a few extra steps for the email addresses.

Email addresses are dumped to a new Outlook email form in the Bcc section. Converting this blob of email addresses into an Excel list takes a couple of steps.

  1. Copy the list from the Outlook email form
  2. Paste into NotePad++
  ... more ...


Student Lists from Blackboard

Capture a list of student IDs, first and last name, and email address directly from Blackboard. Easy to copy and paste into Excel with a minimal bit of clean-up.

  1. Blackboard: Users and Groups section: select Users
  2. At the bottom of the page "Show All" to display all students in the section
  3. Highlight the column headings and all rows of students. Copy and
  4. paste into Excel as text ... more ...



See Qualtrics University Support and Training for extensive details. But the online Qualtrics survey building user interface is very straightforward. Qualtrics eBooks in PDF or Kindle mode.

  1. Integration into Blackboard
    • Open access is easy with a URL embedded within Blackboard
    • To control access by student requires security. See survey options: Survey protection - by invitation only. Requires upload of CSV with email address.
    • Password protection is also a security option all by itself. Note that this could be used with the open access method.
    ... more ...


USB drives and annoying error messages in Windows 7

  • My work computer with Win 7 gives annoying messages about file properties every time I copy files to a USB drive. It seems that the problem is the USB drive uses FAT32 and Win 7 is NTFS. My experiment today is reformatting a 4GB usb drive to NTFS. I'll see if the file properties become a thing of the past.
  • Choosing NTFS will limit where my usb can be used. MAC can read only. But running only Win 7 and Win 8.1 won't be a problem.
  • Excellent information source on FAT32, NTFS, and even exFAT for USB: MAC native file system is HFS+.


See also Formatting USB drives

Photography thoughts


  • The best place on the web to display a photograph? Today at least!
    • Ello (link is to my page). Wow - full size on a big monitor, just show the photograph big and bold!!

Cardiovascular Research

saving some thoughts here - see also Heart Healthy

  1. Dr. Mark Houston, Nashville.
  2. Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet

New site within a site for AIS

Setup Articles page on a new AIS wikigroup


Art is making the strange familiar and the familiar strange.

Paul Klee

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