A different blog for a week

I am fortunate to be asked to travel with the college choir where I work over spring break and blog/photograph/video their trip. If you want to follow along on our adventures next week in Germany, check us out here: http://blogs.pstcc.edu/variations2012.

Nerdy Chicks Rule

Some of my best summers were spent at Lutheridge, a summer camp outside of Asheville, North Carolina. I went there as a camper and then worked several summers while in college and when I was teaching high school. It was a great, creative and energetic time in my life. One of my friends from that time is Kami Kinard, who is now a published author. (Check out her book, The Boy Project).  She also has a blog called Nerdy Chicks Rule. I was surprised and honored when she asked me to be interviewed on her blog. So, I got to… Read More »Nerdy Chicks Rule

Things to watch in 2012

Since I found this last year, I was curious to see what the latest presentation from JWT would bring. From a T-F perspective, these entries caught my eye: BYOD – Bring Your Own Device. I actually have been using this phrase for a while now at my work because we have been experimenting with checking out iPads to faculty and students and my take on the results is that they are truly “personal” computers and don’t share well with others. We need to expect to bring our own devices, customized as we want, to all kinds of locations and get… Read More »Things to watch in 2012

Random Gifts

As I plan to start taking piano lessons again tomorrow, I found this oldish video of an amazing musician turning a standard piano into a multitude of instruments. Hauschka at NPR: Random Gifts on Vimeo

We all have baggage

Having just finished a holiday trip, I thought this video of a bag’s trip through an airport was interesting. Delta airlines ad nonwithstanding. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocbxS5aWUSo&sns=em

CheerLights

I totally love this idea. Connecting people via social networking AND spreading lovely holiday lights all over the place in sync.  Fantastic. Visit CheerLights for the details. And, if you don’t have a strand of the CheerLights (like me), then get the Android App! (I will soon) Maybe I need to learn how to build one of the actual strands…..

And, boom

Since one of the many nicknames for my dog is Boom-Boom because of how hard she wags her tail against furniture and other objects, I thought this video montage of Steve Jobs was appropriate.

RIP Steve

I have really only cried when two celebrities died: Roberto Clemente and Jim Croce. I was much younger then, of course, but while I have been saddened by the loss of a favorite singer, actor or other celebrity, I have not really been moved to tears in a long time until I heard this morning about the death of Steve Jobs. I am an unabashed Apple fangirl and I have been since my first experiences with the Apple II during undergraduate school and the time that a friend brought over this new computer called a Macintosh..it was cute. Small. “Portable”.… Read More »RIP Steve

Free Range Social Media and Linking to Others

I am continually inspired the more I read and learn from Brene Brown’s work on vunerability and whole-hearted living. Then, the other day, I was visiting her blog and noticed this badge: I was intrigued. In a nutshell, Free-Range Social Media encourages you to share yourself openly, use others for inspiration but not for wholesale copying and not to hide behind the easy to use anonymity that many social media/networking sites allow you to do. You can read more at her FRSM page. I have shared her TED talk earlier here and I just re-watched it yesterday. It really speaks to me… Read More »Free Range Social Media and Linking to Others

Sharing Your Technical Talents

I was quite taken by a story I heard while driving home this week. On National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, they shared a story about photo retouchers working on damaged photographs rescued from the tsunami that hit northern Japan earlier this year. The sentiment by the main person profiled in the story really struck me: “There’s always someone who’s got something to say about how thin someone is made or how flawless someone’s skin is and the effect it has on young women,” says Manson. “So when I set up the project, it was nice to think we could… Read More »Sharing Your Technical Talents