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Pics from empyrean coffeehouse

Whilst waiting for my boy to finish his skateboarding this fine sunday afternoon, I noticed a grasshopper suctioned to the exterior window, moved up close, and snapped a pic. I twittered it with the caption, "Lieutenant Grasven! Convey to the rest of the party that I have finally located the mothership!" There is just something about the AT&T building, affectionately dubbed by locals the "Batman Building," that makes this work. Thought I'd share it with you! Happy long weekend, if you're in the States. If you're not, I hope that your country celebrates hard work in its own way :)

You'll have to click the pic to see the whole work of art (lol).

Kevin, oh, Kevin, is at it again!

He's one of my several idols.

Yes, I confess: I idolize educators who can manage to contribute in an ongoing way to the understanding of our profession as a positive force in the world.

Kevin Jarrett's blog post today is thought-provoking and reflective, just what I need as I work to rebound from a nasty cold. Not only that, he took the time to send me an email (interrupting my grant-writing work, but happily) to say "Smile! Your on my blog," referring to the great little pic of me with some of my new friends, posed in the midst of the Second Life Lounge at NECC2008. I'm crouching behind, from left to right, Megan Deana, Jeremy Koester, Peggy Sheehy, and Claudia L'Amoreaeux (Coreina Grace, Jeremy Braver, Maggie Marat, and Claudia Linden if you're looking for them in Second Life).

Amidst all life's changes, friends endure. Kev, I'm also looking forward to the summer of 2009. Speaking of which, I'd better get back to my grant-writing!

Cheers fro…


I called my brother-in-law, Jim, last night to whine about how I'm laid low with a nasty cold, and he told me how his day had gone.

"This'll make you feel better about yours," he said.

He was running in his neighborhood and had just about finished his two-mile or so run, when he inhaled and something flew up his nose. It was a yellowjacket.


The thing started stinging him "on the fleshy part of the inside of the nostril" and he stopped, uttering a few ill-considered curse words, and started digging inside his nostril with his finger. It came out in pieces, and luckily, he got the stinger out. But, he said, "about half hour later I blew my nose and out came the thing's head."


Now, he informed me, he was looking at himself in a mirror, his lip swollen horribly and the side of his face looking like someone had hit him with a baseball bat.


I feel better (yellowjacket image from, republished here und…

Google's Lively "Surprisingly Lifeless"

In an an online article from the print version of The Economist, the editors lampoon Google's efforts to create a novel, browser-based 3-dimensional virtual world. It's a good, quick read with a quote by friend Kathy Schrock, and it makes some very good points, especially about there basically being "nothing to do in Lively unless you're talking to someone." The article's lead-line says it all: "Lively, Google’s virtual world, has been a flop..."

Is there hope for Lively? I'm not sure, and my crystal ball is not responding today, but if you want to learn more about it go visit the Lively website and download the application to play with. My own little Lively build is here. But you have to call a friend to ask them to join you there, unless you are happy just dangling your feet off the dock...



Daniel Pink in Nashville

Hey ya'll.

I set up a CoverItLive blog post this a.m. in the hopes that I would be able to use it during Daniel Pink's talk to teachers at the Ensworth School inservice kick-off this a.m. I had the best of intentions.

After arriving at the Ensworth High School campus to learn I was mistaken about the location (the inservice keynote for both schools was held at the K-8 school, duh) I trucked on in toward downtown and got into the talk just about 8 minutes into the presentation. There, before me, in the Ensworth School "Frist Hall," were a few hundred teachers in rows of chairs with Pink dwarfed by a good sized projector screen bearing his powerpoint. There was--I promise I'm not making this up--a single seat left at the far right of the backmost row. I sat.

As far as I could see, there was not a laptop open in the room. That discouraged me from pulling mine out, as well as the educated guess that if there were a wireless internet connection connecting to it would be …

Understand the Shift in 21st Century Learning?

Twitter friend Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach dropped a url to her tweets just a few minutes ago, and I took it as a sign that I needed a break from my repetitive data entry for our school's new SIS database and went to view her blogpost at 21st Century Learning. Yes, YouTube has valuable video, and her observations about this one's relationship to the profound changes we're going through as teachers and learners are, as the Brits say, "spot-on."

Any teacher can tell you that when teaching something is the best way to master knowledge about it and the requisite skills involved in its application. Sheryl shares out three impressive exhibits to support her closing charge:

Let's quit talking about it and roll up our sleeves and change our classrooms and schools into meaningful learning nodes in our students' network of learning choices.

Whatever you're doing, take your own break and go watch, listen, and reflect...

The Way It Works

Tonight I sat down to dinner with my lovely family, all four of us; and that is not unusual. We intentionally do so, have always done so, much more often, at dinnertime, than not. My wife had found a fine shrimp recipe in Bobby Flay's grilling cookbook, and had, as usual, cooked dinner to perfection. On a bed of viniagrette-embued fresh spinach, stove-topped grilled slices of zuccini lay topped with little cubes of the fresh tomatoes we bought last weekend at the Nashville Farmers Market. We chatted, joked, and ate, sharing about our day and at the end of the meal Lee Ann looked at me and asked, "Should we give it to her?" and I said "Yes."

The beautiful quilt, laid out lovingly by my wife and her much loved sister, crafted by a family friend from gorgeous pink material interspersed with memorable tee-shirt images and slogans from our girl's 18 years, she'll take to college in a couple weeks. One of my favorite images on the quilt is her, Miranda, runnin…

Epic 2015

David Warlick and Kevin Jarrett put together what must've been a stellar experience for "mostly ed administrators" built around a 2005 video from the Museum of Media History. I saw this video at an Ian Jukes presentation a couple years ago at a NECC, I believe in San Diego, and lost its location. It's so thought provoking, as is David's blogpost here, as well as Kevin's collection of them here, that I just have to share it all out. To get you into your weekend, or whatever day it is (thanks to the asynchronous magic of blogs:), give it a watch. What do you think?

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