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This is the home of Eric M. Larson's podcasts, from Ericast.com! Here you'll find a mix of philosophy and technology (perhaps "philosophizing about technology"?) with a little talk of religion, current events, and daily living thrown in. Add the occasion



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Ericast 280 - Loving Like Jesus

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 19:50:45 PDT

Every so often I go on a bit of a theological rant. This is one of those episodes.  But whether you like talking about God or you don't, I think you like this one. Here's your show.

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Today's date has a lot of meaning, and maybe we'll cover it another time.

A theological joke is, "I feel like Job!"  Because nothing compares to Job. #FirstDraftSineadSongs.

But some bad luck starting with a now-dead cricket, culminating with weird GoDaddy domain experiences. And I realized, "a) It's not about the money, and b) I don't need to deal with this."

That's relevant because a) the feed is still changing (how's it going?), and the Ericast is a personal podcast, and this week is a personal topic.

Ray Edwards is a copy-writer.  He writes advertising copy.  Very good at it. He now shares the podcast with his son Sean as he battles Parkinson's Disease.

They have a "Spiritual Foundations" segment that I really like.

If you don't know, there's a lot of discussion, sometimes debate, even dissension in the Christian community. And you'd think, "Can't they all just get along?"  But the topic is important, and not everyone agrees on everything. And this is documented in the Bible, though while some might be the result of "sin," not everything is. It's just that we don't have the full picture.

Episodes 245 and 246 of the Ray Edwards show had a discussion to which I said, "YES!"  So I share it here, in the spirit of, "Hey, it's not just me!  At least two other guys agree with me."  Take a listen... Then consider my observations on 1st Peter 2 and 1st Thessalonians 4.

Questions?  Ideas?  Call 701-645-3742 (a.k.a. 701-645-ERIC) or try emailing me (eric) at ericast.com and see if that email address still works after my GoDaddy excitement...

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Ericast 279 - Making Memphis Memories

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:44:35 PDT

The girls are at an age where we do at least one roadtrip adventure a year. This year, it was Memphis, Tennessee.  Wondering why?

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I almost named this "Walking in Memphis" but I'm in the middle of changing the feed and don't want a bunch of Marc Cohn fans flocking to the podcast and then getting confused and annoyed.
Topics this week:
  • Retired Navy Command Master Chief Evelyn (Vonn) Banks
  • Iowa City and Cyber Science 3D
  • ReUnion Brewery, featuring the "Grilled Salmon Salad" ($15 gets you mixed greens, lemon caper vinaigrette, caramelized onions, feta, and cucumbers)
  • Nauvoo temple, Mormon village and giant lilypads (American Lotus)
  • Peabody Duck March
  • Eating Catfish on Beale Street
  • National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel
  • Kudzu in Mississippi
  • Country Music on the drive north
Questions? Comments? Points of additional curiosity? Call 701-645-ERIC (a.k.a. 701-645-3742) and let me know what you think!

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Ericast 278 - Why 'Take Care'?

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:32:22 PDT

Some things become a habit or pattern, and sometimes that's good. Have you ever noticed that I've closed the podcast with the exact same pair or words for the past 277 episodes?  Here's your show.

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A month and a half after the last episode... again, it's (almost) early morning and raining here in the beautiful Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.  My biggest notice regarding this casual episode (you'll have to listen to learn the thinking behind my admonition to "take care") is that I'm going to be switching podcast hosts in the next week or two, so if your feed gets a bit strange, that's why.

Also, for the first time in forever, we've bumped up the quality of the Ericast file format and we're now at a whopping 64kbps -- still mono, though if a special stereo episode comes along it'll end up at 128kbps.  So, this file is double the "usual" size (sorry!) but it should sound slightly better if you listen through headphones or in a quiet environment.  If you were listening on the car/bus or while jogging/biking, you probably won't notice an improvement... but I'm curious if you do.  (Unfortunately, it might also make the background noise and microphone pops more clear...)

Do let me know how things are coming across on your side -- 701-645-3742 (a.k.a. 701-645-ERIC)(image)


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Ericast 277 - The Matt Show

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 05:42:46 PDT

"Listener Feedback" has been a part of the Ericast since the very first episode more than 11 years ago. So, let's celebrate one listener in particular. It might not be your show... but, here's your show.Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode!Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page!Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and commentIt's early morning and raining here in the beautiful Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.  So far, the July excitement has been cleaning and tidying and selling on eBay.  Thunderstorms, split-level homes, cars vs. semis. If the topics weren't somewhat random, it wouldn't be the Ericast!This episode might sound like a swan song and it's not.  I'm still here.What's the meaning of the ping?  It asks if anyone is out there.  (Are you?)Matt Beckwith - early caller after "Chloe's Lip Repair"If you go back in the archives, he's the only one of those early callers left. Rob, Paul, Dan are all gone.  Sure, I still stay in contact with them occasionally, but the days of copying files over to the iRiver MP3 player are gone.After all that... Matt still calls.Roger Thompson references "guys you can toss the keys of your life to." Matt is one of those people, even though we've never met in person. (Though I know he's been through the MSP airport, which is the closest we've been because I've never been to California.)His last call to our now-dead K7.net line was in February. Then, he did an e-mail interview with me for a series on his High Demand, Low Supply website, called "My Job Story".I was honor that he asked me, and it was probably because he knew I could reflect.  That was a good experience. Hard, and healthy, and good.Then, this spring, Matt's father passed away.  I wouldn't normally talk about someone else's personal life but he's published an outstanding tribute to his dad, Mel Beckwith.Then, we switched numbers, and Matt knows the value of podcasting and calling in, so we have a new generation of calls.Questions?  Problems? Worries? Concerns?  Comments?  Do you like sand? Do you know what that joke means?  Call 701-645-3742 (a.k.a. 701-645-ERIC) and let me know.[...]


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Ericast 276 - Motivating the Generations

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 08:16:19 PDT

If you're like I am, you say things like, "Someday, I need to..."  Last week, someday came for me and my daughter. What's your "someday"?

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Technical note: I still haven't gotten the iTunes podcast feed working yet, so if you're listening to this via a podcatcher, you've persevered and have manually added http://feeds.ericast.com/ericast to your application.  Thank you!  I'll let you know when that's working again.

Long story short, I took Candela to the Get Motivated seminar when they came back to Minneapolis this year.

Curious about my last Get Motivated experience(s)?  Check out my Iowa Gets Motivated episode from 2012. In fact, I apparently mentioned my first experience during the first year of the Ericast (October 2005) but the audio file is missing from the server; I'll need to go hunting for that somewhere.  Everything old is new again, right?(image)


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Ericast 275 - This is Sand!

Mon, 09 May 2016 21:41:19 PDT

You hear a lot of different things on the Ericast. This week's episode is really just random connections from Eric's brain.

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INTP Personality - weaving things together

Voice artists, including Casey Defranco from the Country Crock commercial.  (The Ericast exists today because of her!)

SNL in the 1980s.  Ad Council ad parody. Art Bell, late night radio, conspiracy theories. Lots of PSAs...  Including "At the Beach." I love the Mom voice in this one

I just love that voice. Not to lead a board meeting, maybe. But there's so much personality that carries through.

So, Ruth binge-watches TV shows. One was White Collar, which, it turns out, was based on Frank Abagnale.  If you don't know why that's interesting, listen to last week's episode.

Lately, it's been Person of Interest. And after lots of joking about it staring Jesus, and watching Finch so I could have hope that we geeks could have a life (even though I know they're just fake characters), they introduce... Root.
"Samantha Groves is a highly intelligent computer hacker and former contract killer known by her hacker name "Root". She has a special relationship with The Machine and is the only one to be in frequent and direct contact, acting as The Machine's 'Analog Interface'."
Root is played by Amy Acker.

1) I love my wife more than anything else.  2) I have two daughters, so I truly do understand the dangers of a society "objectifying" people and diminishing their full personhood over something that might even be complimentary. 3)  Amy Acker strikes me as the most beautiful human being on the planet.  (This leads to a tangent on the "Ginger vs. Mary Ann" application.  Because, why do I think this?)

This might have been just a passing interest, until I heard her speak.

I'm sure she's not... but she IS the "this is sand!" mom.

I now tease Ruth because whenever there's a dramatic moment in Person of Interest, I repeat her lines' inflection, but I say, "This is sand."  "This is sand, Finch. I like sand."

Do you like sand? Do you like Amy Acker?  Call 701-645-3742 (a.k.a. 701-645-ERIC) and let me know.



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Ericast 274 - Frank's Real Story

Fri, 06 May 2016 04:15:40 PDT

Sometimes you hear wisdom from the least expected place. Or, at least, of the least expected kind. Like marriage and parenting advice from a criminal turned security expert.

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Life lesson: Say "Yes" when offered things.  (I had to grow into that philosophy.)

This episode's topic: Frank Abagnale.  But not for the reason you might expect. More information about his security consulting is at www.abagnale.com.


Here's the full 2013 talk that I referenced in this show, via YouTube (http://youtu.be/iJIc16aqpO8)

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Questions? Comments? Objections? Call 701-645-ERIC (a.k.a. 701-645-3742) and let me know what you think!(image)


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Ericast 273 - Where's Your Ketchup?

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 23:05:48 PDT

Lately I've taken to saying, "Diversity is inherently good". Which you either respond with "Duh, Eric!" or you're... not quite sure you agree. Curious?  Here's your show.


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Yes, indeed, after 11 years we're switching over to our new feedback line, so call 701-645-3742, which conveniently spells out 701-645-ERIC.  Thanks to you who called, so we know it works!  So, let's go with that.

I'm sitting on a hiring committee at work, and we had this conversation, and I fell into the "Duh!" camp, but I couldn't point to why -- some sort of background info. I'd collected over the years in my degree program or whatever.

A colleague pointed out the Reply All podcast, Episode #52, and I listened to that and couldn't agree more.  Fascinating.  And we'll get to that.

And I thought, I should do a podcast on that!  And then life got in the way, including the K7 crisis that wasn't much of a crisis.  And then, while listening to MarketplaceTech (formerly Future Tense) on American Public Radio, I heard the March 24th episode.

So I decided that was spooky enough that I'd actually take a lesson from the Universe or God or the Hundredth Monkey or coincidence and I'd share the episode I'd planned to.  What follows is a clip from a spectacular piece by Alex Goldman.

Questions? Comments? Objections? call 701-645-ERIC (a.k.a. 701-645-3742) and let me know what you think!
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Ericast 272 - K7 is K.O.'ed!

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:47:23 PDT

All good things must come to an end. No, no, not this podcast! But a key part of it. What it is, you ask?  Here's your show.

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Things change!  But I'm still here.  Not quite "reeling," but definitely "dealing" with an email (which wasn't appealing, and not worth concealing)...

Kall8 Customer Service (k7cs@itltd.net) to ericast.com

Dear K7 User,

Thank you for being a valued K7 customer. We appreciate your business.  Unfortunately we regret to inform we will be discontinuing K7 service as of May 1st 2016.

On May 1st the website and all messages on it will be unavailable. We wanted to let you know as soon as possible so you can make other arrangements for your service and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Thank you again for being a loyal customer of K7.

Sincerely,

International Telcom LTD.


NOOOOO!  But, K7.net has been an outstanding company to me (and many other podcasters) for many years, so there are no hard feelings.  But I need a hand making sure that our brand new voicemail solution will work...


So... Let me know what you think, but in a slightly different way.  Leave a message at 701-645-3742 (a.k.a. 701-645-ERIC) and then get in touch by some other means -- Twitter, Facebook, carrier pidgeon, or email me (eric) at ericast.com -- and let me know you gave the new line a try.

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Ericast 271 - San Antonio Reflections

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 20:30:33 PDT

Where'd February go?!? Or, more accurately, where'd I go in February? It was kinda a big deal. Curious? Here's your show.Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode!Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page!Everyone: Call 206-339-ERIC (206-339-3742) and commentWelcome to the Ericast: The weekly podcast that comes out once a month if I'm lucky. (Half-kidding there.) Is anyone listening? (Besides Matt and Chad?)Discussing my trip to Texas for the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) conference.  (Anyone remember the Driving the Beam episode?)The conference was in San Antonio this year. Frankly, didn't want to go and leave the family behind; Minnesota gets snow in February! What are the chances? Turns out they were 100%.In the meantime, I was in San Antonio for the first time.  (First time in Texas, in fact.)Background: We ended up doing a poster session on a doctoral program, originally designed as a regular presentation.  The proposal reviews were split: "There's no market for this because everyone is doing it it already; it's old hat." ...and "There's no market for this because it's so unusual and radical that nobody wants to do it."Hmmm..So, it became a poster session.  And there are pragmatic elements of dealing with a poster.  (Flights, shipping, etc.)  More than a month later, I can still remember the experience like it was yesterday.San Antonio:  The riverwalk is beautiful.  I didn't understand it; now I do.Key topics:  OER (open educational resources) and digital analytics.There's a challenge of using analytics, even for good; some people are freaked out by them.And I was glad to come home, too.  So, here I am.  No longer Far From Home.Let me know what you think.  206-339-3742 (a.k.a. 206-339-ERIC)Kkmd at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons[...]


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Ericast 270 - Comfort with Failure

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:05:57 PST

2016 is one twelfth of the way finished already. I'm such a failure as a podcaster! But wait... is that bad? I have the answer. Here's your show.

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On the heels of a trip to Texas for the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) conference, here's an episode based on a monologue from Adam Savage.  An earlier version appeared on the web; it's quoted in the podcast, but here's the full clip (which helps because, amazingly, juggling is a visual art and an audio podcast doesn't do it full justice):

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Ericast 269 - One Last Walk

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 23:18:21 PST

I'm really tired.  And that's not an excuse; it's just a fact... Because I just got in from a 3.5 mile walk, in Minnesota, in December.  Want to know what I've been up to the past couple months?  Here's your show.

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This episode is not intended to be fatalistic; I assume I'll be walking outside next year. But I've been planning this episode since October, when there were nice fall days.  I love walking on nice fall days.  And I assumed that we'd get snow and be immersed in winter by now.

Tonight?  It's December 8, and after 10:00 at night, it was still 37 degrees.  (That's not normal!)  No ice on the sidewalks and trails, just little piles of snow here and there.

So, this becomes a catch-up episode.

Technical snippet for those of you inclined that way:  I had some hard drive issues.  A new 5TB under Windows 10 doesn't work well.  FYI.

November featured "Mythbusters: Adam and Jamie UNLEASHED" which was really cool (and a chance for the girls to see the TV stars they've grown up with).

"Guy's Retreat" up by Lake Mille Lacs. Stepping next door brought me back 15 months instantly, to when Utah and South Dakota adventures weren't even a glimmer of a concept. Memory is an odd thing.

Calls!  Been saving them up.  I know at least one is legit and we'll hear from Chad at the end.  I literally don't know what the others are.  Let's find out.   (They ended up being from Steve, Gerald and Chad)

Ideas? Input?  You know the drill!  Call
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Ericast 268 - Bias Toward Action

Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:49:46 PDT



I've talked off an on for a long time about a how a thing worth doing is worth doing badly (that's Chesterton) and how you just need to get up and act.  Looking for more detail on what that actually means? Here's your show.

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I've entered an era of lasts.  From the girls' first steps, to "last time together on the bus," etc. And this episode was recorded after the last summer walk of 2015.  (Or maybe not, but probably... this time of year with the sun as it is, it's hard for the earth to stay warm.  And it's getting dark early! That reminds me of the "Dark October Skies" episode...)

So, I was a little tired from three miles of walking on top of two hiking the day before... But, as I heard on a wise podcast the other day, "You... must act"


Randy Cantrell reminds us, "Don't confuse motion with action."

Michael Port is the author who was on Ray Edwards' podcast

I also discuss the concept of the "Minimum Viable Product" as outlined by Jussi Pasanen.  It's akin to Maslow's Hierarchy: Functional, Reliable, Usable, "Emotional Design"... and the idea of a minimum viable product is that you take a slice off the side, not across the bottom

That takes a bit more reflection, because it's hard to do; "covering the basics" is easier... I think?


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Ericast 267- You, Must Act!

Sat, 10 Oct 2015 07:24:32 PDT

If you've ever had one of those moments where someone tells you something that radically snaps your brain around into a different way of thinking.. here's your show.

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"So, Eric, what have you learned from this?"

"Yeah, I know I need to be less attached to things, let the past go, live in the present, value people over things..."

"No.  You have learned...  That you, must act!"

"...Okay?"

"If you had done this project of yours, when you first decided it was a good idea... would we be having this conversation right now?"

Wow.

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Ericast 266 - One Little Re-Tweet

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:13:27 PDT

I didn’t expect this past weekend to have as much activity as it did… but thanks to one little re-tweet, I found myself in the middle of a protest I wasn’t at and a controversy I didn’t start thanks to a media that doesn’t understand how Twitter works. Looking for what’s probably my most controversial episode ever?  Here’s your show.Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode!Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page!Everyone: Call 206-339-ERIC (206-339-3742) and comment! I really don’t want to do this show, but I really need to.  This is a rare episode where it’s scripted; we’ll see if I stick with that.  But writing this has been really cathartic.  Hang in there, give me a little extra grace, and make sure you call 206-339-3742 (a.k.a. 206-339-ERIC) with your thoughts and reactions.   The conversation isn’t over.This, by the way, is nota “work-safe, child-safe” podcast episode, unless you want to be explaining a lot to your kids and colleagues.  So, put on your headphones.First, a little background.  What you don’t know about me is that, as a kid, I was a huge anti-war protester.  At least, as huge as you can get as a scrawny 11-year-old.  And if you’re younger than I am, this will sound strange, because you don’t understand what it was like to live under the very real threat of nuclear annihilation by the Soviet Union triggered by selfish war-mongering hawk of a Republican like Ronald Reagan.  At least, that’s how I would’ve summarized it at the time.  So, I’m no stranger to protests, and to protests of the same political wing as Black Lives Matter.And, today I hold a politically impossible philosophy position of a “universal life ethic” – I don’t think people should intentionally kill people.  Not via abortion, not via the death penalty.  I think there are cases where it’s excused, and that’s different from calling it justified.  And that’s a topic for another podcast episode.So, I understand the slogan and the hashtag of “Black Lives Matter” and I don’t think it’s helpful to be belligerent and say, “No, all lives matter.”  Yes, all lives matter.  But in the same way, when I talk about the effects of legalized abortion on demand in this country, I don’t think it’s a reasonable counter-argument to say, “Don’t you care about the children who are already born?”  Yes, I do care.  But it’s not legal to kill them.  So the more pressing discussion at hand is abortion.  I think that’s a fair distinction.  And in the same way, since there’s a concern in this country over crime and punishment and police response to people of color, I have no problem with “Black Lives Matter” and I don’t hear that as saying, “To the exclusion of every other life.”In Minnesota, we have the Minnesota State Fair, and if you’re not from around here, it’s a really really really big deal.  We’ve joked about the few days of summer we have, but “the great Minnesota get-together” is sort of the “last hurrah” of Summer.  Local Black Lives Matters leaders – and we could argue about who “leads” what, but let’s go with it – announced that they were going to have a march and protest down the main traffic artery around the fairgrounds on Saturday the 29th, which is a really big day for the Fair.So, we’re not going to talk about whether that protest timing is good, bad or indifferent – just that it’s a fact, and it was a big deal.  Plenty of news stories covered it, if you’re not from around here and wan[...]


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Ericast 265 - Just Push Record

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:12:52 PDT

It's not really "podfading" if you come back, right? Let's see what I can publish tonight. Here's your show.

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I love Mark Mason and his Late Night Internet Marketing... but I don't want to be him.  His last episode was in April.  If it were an "I'm finishing the show" episode, that would be one thing... but it wasn't.

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Ericast 264 - Explore South Dakota!

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 05:20:06 PDT

I was on vacation - a good old fashioned American roadtrip. So this podcast episode is basically a travelog of the random highlights. Curious? Here's your show.

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Growing up, I didn't travel outside of Minnesota and Wisconsin. I did "Study Abroad" in Iowa and crossed to Illinois while visiting Dubuque, and did a side-trip to Thunder Bay, Canada while on a ski trip with Ruth and some of her friends. That is, until the RV road trip to Yellowstone through South Dakota, Wyoming, and touched just a bit of Montana.


So, that's what the family road trip was this year.  On the way out to Rapid City we encountered Rushmore Shadows - $39.95 for two nights in a "cabin" (single-wide 1/2 length).  Bear in mind that when we were first married, Ruth and I did time-share presentations for sport.  90 minutes was actually two hours, which threw a kink in our schedule, but that's part of the game.  Their offer is a great deal for someone; just not us.

Highlights:
  • Lead, SD (with impromptu tourguide Sky)
  • Devil's Tower
  • Wind Cave
  • Hot Springs and Evans Plunge
  • Badlands
  • Minuteman missile tour (at Ellsworth AFB) and museum


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Ericast 263 - Certificate vs. Certification

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:40:00 PDT

Is there a difference between recognition that you did something, and recognition that you're equipped to do something?  Here's your show.Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode!Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page!Everyone: Call 206-339-ERIC (206-339-3742) and comment! Yes, I realize I have lots of "vs" episodes, but "differentiation is good".  However, lawyers speak of a "distinction without a difference" so we have to make sure that we're not doing that.  And I don't think that's the case here.We were talking about faculty motivation.  Tangent: I don't view "motivation" as having connotations of a deficit, but some do.Badges vs. Awards.  In Eric's world...An award is for a past act; a medal or a ribbonA badge - think a sheriff in the Wild West - is something you actively wear in order to give authority to act moving into the futureBadging is a hot topic in academic technology:http://www.techlearning.com/news/0002/theres-a-badge-for-that/63725https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/value-problem-digital-badgingJeff Sanders had a great blog post entitled "How Playing an iPhone Game Made Me More Productive" and in it he summarized the key points of the Bunchball article, "What Is Gamification?"Fast Feedback: receiving immediate feedback or response to actions towards a goal.Transparency: always knowing where you stand in relationship to the desired end result.Goals: having short- and long-term goals to achieve.Badges: showing evidence of accomplishments through visual awards.Leveling Up: always knowing your status within your community.Onboarding: getting up to speed through engaging and compelling methods.Competition: knowing how you are doing compared to others.Collaboration: working with a group to accomplish a goal.Community: sharing the achievements of others to build group rapport.Points: using tangible and measurable evidence of accomplishments.Even here, note that "Badges" are equivocated with "Awards" and I think there's a difference.  The Bunchball summary is: Badges: Evidence of accomplishmentsAn indicator of accomplishment or mastery of a skill is especially meaningful within a community that understands its value. Often used to identify skills and expertise within a group.Again, while "mastery of a skill" is more "beneficial" to the community than merely commemorating an accomplishment, I think that we need to be clear that a "badge" means that you can and should act to improve your community with the skills you've acquired, and should be respected for those actions -- not merely for your accomplishments in the past.Thoughts?  Call 206-339-3742 and let me know what you think.[...]


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Ericast 262 - "Providing" isn't Purpose

Sat, 13 Jun 2015 21:04:41 PDT

"My purpose is to provide for my family!"  That sounds good.  But I'm not sure it's right. Intrigued?  Here's your show.


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Yes, I'm way behind each week, but I'm putting this in last week's queue, under-the-wire. Hang in there with me!

So....  What's my "purpose"?  Here's a quote:  "My purpose isn't to provide for my family. Insurance can do that."

(That was stolen from someone.  I hope you can tell me who!)

Here's the point: What are you uniquely qualified or positioned to do?

And... How do you evaluate that?

Could you just as easily say, "My purpose isn't to be a role model for my kids; the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization can do that!"

Sure, the question/framework isn't perfect.  But it's useful to break out of the mold.


By the way, I have an Evernote process.  But it failed me here.  I felt bad about this kind of thing until P. Desmond Adams said the same thing happened to him.  So, nobody's note-taking or memory is perfect.  Moving on...

Speaking of, check out "Hours" for time-tracking on iOS.  Free for a limited time!


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Ericast 261 - They Don't Care

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 21:24:44 PDT

Have you ever run in to a situation where you know something really important, and you're trying to convince someone - boss, family member, whatever -- that they really need to step up and pay attention to that issue?  Here's your show.Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode!Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page!Everyone: Call 206-339-ERIC (206-339-3742) and comment! Aside:  I love doing this show.  Studio A moved over the years… but the feeling of sitting down in front of the computer and recording an episode?  I love it.  It's work, but I'm a happier person every time I do it.Despite the show title, people do care; we close this show with a call from listener Chad, renewing the old tradition of "listener feedback in the last episode of the month".But that didn't motivate me; it was the thought that P. Desmond Adams from the once weekly Mental Mastery Moment, now daily podcast series might listen.May has been a busy month - when you work in higher-ed and your spouse teaches High School, that kind of thing happens.  There’s been a transition at work with a new CIO (the vice president of technology; Chief Information Officer is our industry term) which is why I kept running into "Listener Chad".And it was there that I was talking to another colleague, explaining this upcoming episode and noting it had nothing to do with work.Those who know me know that if I have an example, it's coming from Work or Church. Those are my two “leadership circles".  And this one doesn't come from work. Draw your own conclusions from that.Caveat: Pondering this episode is like parenting, in that I can't dump 30 years’ worth of knowledge into the girls' heads.  And I've told Candela and Chloe that directly, because that's how I roll.  I know what I know because I learned it by personal experience.  Learning from others' personal experience is great -- it's what all "education" is based on.  But I worry that it might short-circuit the learning process.So I say now that I wish someone had explained this to me -- that podcasts had been invented 15 years ago and I had listened to this one from someone else.  But now I'm that someone else, giving this message having learned it personally, and that might not have happened otherwise.The topic:  Not everyone has your passionate about an organization’s need.That's reality.Reasons: They don't understand. Or, they understand but don't care as much as you do. Throwing more data won't solve issue #2Caveat: Is it a moral or safety issue? (Be honest; is it really?)  If so, then you need to keep working ad making sure the right thing happens.  But is it, really?  Really?So, this is an episode encouraging mental stability, and letting go of the fight when you need to.  But if everyone in the your organization jumps to the casual acceptance, that's bad too.  Fight, but fight while accepting reality... maybe?[...]


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Ericast 260 - Living vs. Archiving

Fri, 08 May 2015 02:21:00 PDT

There's living in the past. Then there's living for the future. Somewhere between those is living in the moment.  But I think they all weave together. Wonder how?  So do I.  Here's your show.

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Part of me wants to live in the past.  Part of me wants to archive everything for the future.  Part of me wants to celebrate the concept of "mindfulness" and live in the moment.  How do we hold all those things together?

As a tangent off an already disjointed collection of reflections, how do we embrace/explore the concept of people outside of a particular generation adopting it as their own passion?  I think the late 1930s (epitomized by the New York World's Fair) is a fascinating example of the U.S. coming out of the Great Depression, on the brink of another world war, but (apparently) optimistic for the future.  Yet I wasn't alive in the 1930s. (My parents barely were.) In this episode we mention a young woman (I consider her "young," perhaps in part because I'm getting old) who has adopted the 1980s cyberpunk persona even though she was in single-digits at the time. My 1980s reminiscing, at least, is based in a reality I personally experienced. There's nothing wrong with either one, but they're different from each other.

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Ericast 259 - Experiencing Information Society

Sat, 10 Oct 2015 08:16:35 PDT

"I wanna know what you're thinking."  That's not just a reminder that we're doing a collaborative podcast here. For a certain generation - mine - that's a kind of anthem.  And 30 years later it's just as real as it was in the 1980s.  Recognize it? Here's your show.

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I'm not much of a concert person... but when the chance to re-live key 1980s memories comes along, you take it.  ("When you see a chance, take it.."  Wait.  Wrong artist.)  So this podcast touches on the experience of seeing Information Society back in their hometown this year.  Can you relate?  Or not?  Give a call (or reach out in other ways - I'm easy to find) and let me know what you think.
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Ericast 258 - The Southwest Adventure

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:27:59 PDT

I'm back!  Where'd I go? I was fulfilling a near-lifelong dream. Wonder what it was? Here's your show.Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode!Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page!Everyone: Call 206-339-ERIC (206-339-3742) and comment!So much for the good regular show-habit... but there's a good reason.When I was a kid I was a huge Road Runner cartoon fan; I loved the background scenery. So, for years, I've wanted to get down to the desert southwest and see if for myself. I decided this was the year: Stop dreaming and start doing!Ruth is back to teaching, in our same school district, so she and the girls have the same break. But, "break" for teachers doesn't mean "do nothing."So, how about a June road-trip, rather than to do Duluth?  But "Desert in Late March" is different from "Desert in Late June"So, how about I hop a cheap flight to Vegas and drive north to scout it out?  Good idea... and once you get a hotel and rent a car and are buying meals... for just the cost of one more plane ticket I could add Candela.So that's what I did.  It was spectacular.Sunday night it snowed in St. Paul -- 6" or 7".  (We needed the moisture in the ground!)Monday: Take off around 7:45 a.m., land at 9:00-something, get a car, stop at McDonalds, and head north!Virgin River gorge at the Arizona border - wow!Zion - shuttle buses because it's already the start of the busy season thereTuesday: Back into Zion, then out of Zion, north to Bryce CanyonTuesday night: Astronomy!Wednesday: Bryce Canyon itself. The surrounding area looks like northern Minnesota.  (It's here that Candela goes "splat" on her knee while admiring the view like I told her to.)Thursday: Out through Red Canyon, north end of Zion, St. George (tabernacle, temple, petroglyphs)Thursday night: Mesquite (and big comfy waterproof band-aids). Outdoor hot tubFriday: Out through Valley of Fire, a depressing Lake Mead, a few blocks of the stripEarly to the airport thanks to quick rental car return and TSA-pre treatment for some reasonRented a locker and wandered the terminal to kill timeFlight home at 11:55 p.m.  Candela managed to sleep a bit, but was asleep for the initial descent and hosed her earsPicked up around 5:30 a.m. SaturdayHome to sleep, then off to the circus at 2:30 p.m.Conclusions: Utah and Nevada (and Arizona) are beautiful.  But so is Minnesota, in a different way.Want to see the photos?  Here's the entire vacation album of Eric and Candela's 2015 Utah Trip...[...]


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Ericast 257 - A Million Hamsters

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:29:17 PST

Have you ever misheard a song lyric? Sure you have. Can you turn that into an entire podcast episode? Let's find out.  Here's your show.

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When is our birthday?  The first Ericast episode was March 7, 2005. So it's this week, or next. When you're this old, forgetting when your birthday is could be a "theme."  Next week might be a fairly deep-ish topic on "arrogance" lining up with Episode 2; we'll see.

Background:  I like "dance music" -- e.g. Ace of Base. (On Pandora, it's epitomized in my "Ace of Base Radio")  But my current Pandora favorite is Basshunter.  (Note that it's pronounced Base-hunter; it's not music related to fishing.)



"Tweets do not imply endorsement"...?  Pandora stations are somewhat the same for me.  But I can endorse these: My oldest is "Eric's Dance Radio" and you can also enjoy "Eric's WI Memories" from "the golden age of dance music - 1990, give or take a year or two."

So, that explains the music part.  You also need to know that when my wife and I were first married, we had a pet hamster.  (More than one, actually. But not at once.)


This episode topic crossed my mind.  And then I mentioned our hamster piterest in Jeff Goins' MOOC.  And then Paul Debeddings mentioned hamsters:

Paul DeBettignies | February 28 at 10:13pm · Minneapolis, MN

For the next 36 hours I am going to stay away from any topic that can turn into a debate. So I am only going to post hamster videos and Kenny Chesney videos. If you don't like hamster & Chesney videos, well... that's on you ‪#‎36HoursOfHamsterChesneyVideos‬


That clinches it.  I needed to do a podcast episode about this.

So, that brings us to "Paradise" by Sam La More, originally from Sydney Austraila. (He's almost exactly one year younger than I am, which means he's old.)

I know he's not talking about hamsters... but, you have to admit, it sure sounds like he's talking about hamsters!(image)


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Ericast 256 - The Choosatron Adventure

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 06:36:16 PST

Reminiscing is fine... but how 'bout we bring the next generation along for the ride down memory lane? In a modern way?  Here's your show.

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Featuring The Choosatron, which I fell in love with at the August 2013 MinneDemo in Minneapolis.

The Choosatron Deluxe Adventure Matrix is a Wi-Fi connected Choose Your Own Adventure®-inspired story printer, blending digital and analogue storytelling. It is designed to be easily assembled by kids into a small interactive fiction game box, and encourage social reading, learning, and play.

And I have one.  Now.


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Also... I have to admit, it's really weird seeing "256" as an episode number on the Ericast...
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