Innumeracy and Generosity – Don’t be deceived by big numbers

Just a quick note here.  Lots of people today, especially the media, are making a big deal out of Jeff Bezos and his wife's donation of $33 million for a scholarship fund for DACA Dreamers. For example there's this CNN article.  Lots of tweets. It's a nice gesture. It's definitely a worthy cause - although … Continue reading Innumeracy and Generosity – Don’t be deceived by big numbers

Blockchain in Higher Ed: Guided Pathways and Bitcoins

Both blockchain and bitcoin (I know they're not the same, but they're related) enthusiasts are, shall we say, "passionate".  They're true believers. It's a cult.  For proof, I would suggest you read the comments for any post/ article that's even just skeptical of blockchain-based manias, but I value our friendship and I don't want you … Continue reading Blockchain in Higher Ed: Guided Pathways and Bitcoins

Make Connections

WordPress makes a lot of dreams come true.  But it's not the magic bullet. The WordPress community is. Yesterday, the ever-inspiring Sue-Anne Sweeney (@MadonnaUAging) showed me this Tedx video by Barbara Sher.  She makes a powerful point. It's not bad attitude or some other supposed personal character weakness that keeps you from your dreams. It's … Continue reading Make Connections

Don’t Call It a Resolution

So it's a new year, the traditional time for resolutions. For some reason I don't like the idea of resolutions, so I'm gonna say I made a few "promises to myself".  My friend Chris Gillard (@hypervisible) self-describes himself in his Twitter profile as "I spend a lot of time thinking (and not enough time writing)...".  … Continue reading Don’t Call It a Resolution

A New Year. Auspicious loneliness.

So much. So much. It's a New Year.  It's an arbitrary day out of the year, but culturally we use the Gregorian calendar and select it for new beginnings. Resolutions. New determination. Where I live north of the equator, we're 12 days past the winter solstice. Days are getting longer (finally). There's a trickle of … Continue reading A New Year. Auspicious loneliness.