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Phrase of the Day: “Heart or Health”

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This Halloween, we should not forget that October is also National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. And, scientific evidence shows that not only is sugar extremely bad for our teeth, but it is also a contributor to obesity, which directly is correlated with heart disease and sudden cardiac arrest.

In other words, the bag of Halloween candy our kids get tonight will have thousands of calories, of both sugar and fat.  And while one night alone would not lead to obesity, for many kids, as can be seen by their lust for sweets, it is another step towards obesity or another stage of their obesity. And of the most concern, for some of these kids this will mean they will die when they are in their thirties, not in their nineties.

So while the traditional phrase of the day is “Trick or Treat”, we should instead think “Heart or Health”… In other words, do we want to contribute to heart attacks or to the improved health of our humanity.  I hope you will think about this openly and non-defensively when you give things to trick or treaters tonight, or take kids trick or treating.   A little less candy won’t hurt them, and in fact, it may save their life.

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October 31st, 2013 at 8:31 am

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Quote of the Day: “The more we know, the more we know we don’t know.”

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The more we know, the more we know we don’t know.

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October 30th, 2013 at 6:50 am

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Quote of the Day: “Education is man’s going forward from cocksure ignorance to thoughtful uncertainty.”

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Education is man’s going forward from cocksure ignorance to thoughtful uncertainty.

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October 29th, 2013 at 6:01 am

Quote of the Day: “We see the world not as it is, but as we are.”

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We see the world not as it is, but as we are.

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October 28th, 2013 at 5:40 am

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How to Organize a Large Personal Library

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The Problem:

My wife got me a t-shirt that says “I got 99 problems, but my books ain’t one”, and while there is some debate on whether that is true or not…  one thing that has been a problem is the organization of my books.   With around 1,000 books in our house, I had struggled for years to find a paradigm to use to organize them, such that I could quickly get a book on a particular topic when I wanted it.

Like Aristotle, my first thought was to have a philosophy of ontology, such that everything would have a clear hierarchical category.   And in fact, I developed the A to Z Framework for Formal Education Systems based upon my attempt to have a clear method of categorization of my books related to education (which now are predominant in my library).  But, as prototype theory is showing, classic views of ontology are psychologically false.  And even if hierarchical categorization of entities didn’t have innate problems, there would still be a problem with organizing books, because no book only covers one topic.  So, every manner I attempted to layout my books, whether one dimensionally or even two dimensionally on my bookshelf, just didn’t work.

To first try and solve this problem, I read several webpages about  organizing personal libraries, and I also looked at what library science had developed, including the categorization of the Dewey Decimal System, the Library of Congress, and other systems.  All of them had the same inherent issues that I had discovered, and were pragmatically worse for my personal use, than my classification system.

The Solution:

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October 27th, 2013 at 9:19 am

Quote of the Day: “If you think education is expensive — try ignorance.”

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If you think education is expensive — try ignorance.

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October 27th, 2013 at 7:09 am

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Quote of the Day: “Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment exactly proportional to my skill to deal with it. Tomorrow, when I know more, I recall that piece of knowledge and use it better.”

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Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment exactly proportional to my skill to deal with it. Tomorrow, when I know more, I recall that piece of knowledge and use it better.

This quote is attributed to Mark Van Doren, which I found when I was reading an article on Forbes’ website. I could not verify the authenticity of the quote, although it was referenced by Forbes in 1979, but it only has been cited in a handful of books.

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October 26th, 2013 at 7:26 am

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Re-entering the World of Social Media

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Around 1989 I first entered the world of electronic social media…  Although at the time it wasn’t called that, and it was mostly the nerds of the world that were connected.  It was the age of the BBS (Bulletin Board System), and I had received a 2400 baud modem (0.0024 Mbps) as a gift.  But it had many features of the social media of today, including posting of public messages (although generally in forums), private emails, and games (called doors).

I can pinpoint that event of entering the proto-world of social media that led me to where I am now.  It was from meeting several good friends on the BBS systems, that would lead me to meeting most of my other friends.   It was from becoming a young computer nerd, that would lead me to my career first as a technician, then to becoming a teacher of technology, and from there to where I am with my work to improve education in general.   It was even from these early experiences that probably helped lead me to OKCupid which helped me to meet my wife.

And while I just got a Facebook account yesterday, I never really left the social media world.  I just had gone on sabbatical for a while. 🙂

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October 26th, 2013 at 6:35 am

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Quote of the Day: “Teaching is the highest form of understanding”

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Teaching is the highest form of understanding

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October 22nd, 2013 at 7:03 am

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Cross Posting Blog Articles

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A while back I started to use my blog primarily for professional and academic purposes, and also migrated it to use WordPress.  But with the diversity of social media sites that people use, I have also wanted to cross post what I’ve written to some of those sites.  So I just installed the plug-in “Social Media Auto Publish” and if all works right, this blog article will get posted to my Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts.  I may add Google+ and possibly even Live Journal in the future (since I started a long time ago on Live Journal).

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October 21st, 2013 at 8:47 pm

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