Playing with Google Wave…

By now you’ve probably heard of Google Wave. It’s a new “collaboration tool” from Google designed to replace email some day… or something like that. Right now, to me, it just feels like a cross between threaded instant messaging, a multi-user forum, email, twitter, a chat room… I’ve used instant messaging (IM) for years and years now, since 1996 when ICQ was your internet pager and AOL was just opening AIM up to people outside of the AOL network. Then came Yahoo IM. Now I use IM inside of Gmail with Google-Talk and AIM buddies only. My phone uses BeeJive to connect to AIM, Yahoo and Google-Talk. I use Twitter to chat with people too, many of them I don’t know very well, and I think an advantage of Twitter is...

More about work and motivation

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation | Video on TED.com I love the talks at TED.com.  Not only do they have subtitles in multiple languages on I think ALL videos, they are recorded in such a perfectly clear and high quality way that I can understand them without the subtitles.  Even on my tiny laptop speakers I understood a large part of this talk just now. I wish I had watched this when I first found the link to it a few weeks ago, but I’m glad I watched it now. The part that starts around 15 minutes talks about ROWE – a results only work environment.  It’s a very quick summary but very effective in the example he calls out.

The future culture of work

The future culture of work

This is a very long presentation about work policies at Netflix but you can skim through it pretty fast. I’d love it if I could get my company to adopt some of the freedoms seen here.  80% of my job is done on the computer (reports, CAD, reports, planning tests) and I can work on it anywhere.  But I’m not allowed to.  Once I even got yelled at for working from home for an afternoon.  The reasoning? “That isn’t allowed because then everyone would want to do it.” I tend to get “PMS” about my job, but overall I enjoy the work a lot.  I just know I’d be a lot more efficient if I didn’t feel trapped in a cubicle all day long (not to mention constant interruptions). Culture View more presentations from Reed...

Thoughts on improving education in the US

First note, this topic isn’t aimed at education of kids with a hearing loss, it’s just about education in the US in general. Last week I saw someone post an article on Twitter about all the funding towards increasing technology for schools. Computers, networks, infrastructure, educational software programs, etc, etc. Billions of dollars each year. (That article is here: http://www.citejournal.org/vol1/iss1/currentissues/general/article1.htm but that isn’t the topic I’m posting on here, it’s just what inspired thought on the topic). A discussion about this with Don got us talking about how the problem with education in this country is two fold. 1. Our society (at large) doesn’t value education. This is further emphasized by...

Tweets from Hi_Dan, A Twitter Troll

A month or so ago I was contacted randomly on Twitter by a guy named Dan Schwartz. We chatted a bit and it was a somewhat interesting conversation but the guy was obviously closed minded, ignorant and opinionated. When he called someone a cu*t I un-followed him. When he started going off on someone about Deaf culture, I blocked him. I figured that would be the end of it, but he’s still bothering me and a lot of other people.  I feel like it’s my duty to at least try to warn them… or something.  I know, I know, Don’t feed the troll… but when something bother’s me, I’m likely to blog about, and who knows, maybe someone else will appreciate it too. My biggest problem with this guy is that he searches for ANY person on...

Raining, sunshine and birds

Raining, sunshine and birds

We were covered in pollen which coated the new patio furniture no matter how often you brushed it off. When it started raining four days ago we were relieved. Everything was now so fresh, green, cleaned off. Today was the fifth morning to wake up to gray skies. It poured last night. A huge thunderstorm. I heard the thunder, a low beepy sound that I didn’t place until my friend asked if I had heard it. I heard the rain on the roof too. About an hour ago the sun came out. The deck chairs are soggy and dripping but the boards of the deck are already dry from the sun. Birds. They were what I told people who insisted on knowing what I wanted to hear with my implant. Well folks, complete success here. They might be robotic birds or synthesized birds, but they are...

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