students involved with technology 2014

January 24th Mr. Chuck D was on the Arsenio Hall show.  Arsenio was discussing his old show "We talk about my old show…I fought for groups like you and NWA and one situation I lost a fight with Paramount because your song was called 'By the Time I Get To Arizona'." "Tell young people what that song was…

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what teachers make, kiwanis and GIVE

Taylor Mali has inspired 1,000 teachers through his poetry and 12 year quest.  Although he reached the goal, it will be interesting to see how many more will be influenced through those 1,000 and his books, poetry and performances.  My wife Eva just finished her presidency as DeKalb Kiwanis President.  She had a saying that…

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brian regan is coming to town!!!

i have only been waiting 20 years for this – brian regan, my favorite comedian, is performing in dekalb, il on april 29th!  we have seen brian regan so many times in so many comedy clubs and theaters i have lost count.  we used to go to see brian multiple times in one weekend because…

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be different–what i learned from steve jobs

this is likely my tribute to steve jobs post.  it originally was going to be a post about acting and thinking differently, but based upon the events of this week and some reflection, it seems more appropriate to also serve as a what i learned from steve jobs post.  my mom and steve jobs could…

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it gets better

tonight i watched oprah’s show about the freedom riders in the early 1960s and watching from the vantage point of 50 years later with our first african american president in office it seems unreal what those brave men and women endured 50 years ago.  i noticed a google chrome commercial during american idol but didn’t…

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mrs. farley

mrs. farley taught math and she was one of the most influential teachers i had in high school. i remember her making entrances on roller skates and making almost every day in her classroom entertaining and unpredictable. she gave me extra points on senior skip day (my dad was on the school board at the…

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top ten april fools pranks at home, around town and on the web

yesterday was april fools day (or the beginning of my wife’s birthday month) and the pranks were flying online.  here are 10 of my favorite this year.  0. my wife woke up to say there was snow on the ground – she forgot i had already been outside to take out the trash #fail.  later…

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ONLY CAPITALS

I’VE BEEN BLOGGING FOR A WHILE AND HAVE RECEIVED A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY I ALWAYS POST IN LOWER CASE.  IN HIGH SCHOOL WE READ POEMS BY E E CUMMINGS AND THE IDEA THAT YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO CAPITALIZE THE FIRST LETTER OF A SENTENCE STUCK WITH ME.  TO MAKE UP FOR ALL THE LOWER…

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hobbies

it’s friday afternoon and seems like an appropriate time to post a couple paragraphs about things i’ve been doing in my spare time both computer and non computer-related.  a couple of things i’ve been doing on the computer include learning the dvorak keyboard (i’m downloading mavis beacon software right now for a weekend of practice)…

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25 apps for christmas–microsoft tag and word lens

in the first month of this blog (back in april 2008) i blogged about ice cube.  it’s now two and a half years later and i’m blogging about diddy.  he’s #9 on klout’s twitter influence list (the top 20 is interesting – included below) and microsoft is working with him to promote microsoft tag (which…

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