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Sun, 11 Sep 2016 19:50:45 PDTEvery 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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Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:44:35 PDTThe girls are at an age where we do at least one roadtrip adventure a year. This year, it was Memphis, Tennessee. Wondering why?
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:32:22 PDTSome 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.
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.[...]
Sat, 02 Jul 2016 08:16:19 PDTIf 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"?
Mon, 09 May 2016 21:41:19 PDTYou hear a lot of different things on the Ericast. This week's episode is really just random connections from Eric's brain.
"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.
Fri, 06 May 2016 04:15:40 PDTSometimes 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.
Mon, 04 Apr 2016 23:05:48 PDTLately 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.
Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:47:23 PDTAll 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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Sun, 13 Mar 2016 20:30:33 PDTWhere'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[...]
Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:05:57 PST2016 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.
Tue, 08 Dec 2015 23:18:21 PSTI'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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Sat, 10 Oct 2015 07:24:32 PDTIf 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.
"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!"
"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?"
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:13:27 PDTI 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[...]
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:12:52 PDTIt's not really "podfading" if you come back, right? Let's see what I can publish tonight. Here's your show.
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 05:20:06 PDTI 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.
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:40:00 PDTIs 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.[...]
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.
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 21:24:44 PDTHave 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?[...]
Fri, 08 May 2015 02:21:00 PDTThere'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.
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.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:27:59 PDTI'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...[...]
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:29:17 PSTHave 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.
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
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 06:36:16 PSTReminiscing 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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