I’m trying out a post on my relatively new mobile device.
I want to know how pretty it is, how the formatting translates, how easy it is to include photos, and if I can schedule the post (as opposed to posting it immediately).
I’m at a VISTA supervisor training in Dallas, and I completely forgot to blog. Sorry! I’ve met so many fascinating people and have lots to report.
One barrier to reporting this, besides full days of sessions and an evening out in Dallas was that Firefox was running funny, and I couldn’t understand why. I finally figured out thanks to Felipe that when I installed Skype, it automatically/sneakily included a buggy Firefox add-on. Shame on Skype for sliding that one under the table, and further shame for doing so with something that hurt my web-browsing.
The blog Dangerously Irrelevant compares the phrases “I’m not good at math” with “I’m not good at computers” and wonders why the second one is so much more acceptable. I concur.
I’m completely boggled when I meet fiercely intelligent, energetic, involved, interested, and interesting people and then hear them say something like “I don’t do computers.” Boggled.
When I hear something to the effect of, “I’m over 30, I’m not a computer person,” it translates into two messages:
The first says, “I make excuses,” and it’s disappointing.
The second says “I don’t value anything you say via computer or about computers,” and it’s insulting.
I’m smiling at the irony of posting this on my blog.
This is a place-holder just to let you know that I’m planning on blogging about Summer Institute, a major Minnesota conference in Adult Basic Education, that runs this afternoon through Friday afternoon.
It’s my first time ever at this annual conference, and I’m very excited about the people I’ll meet and the ideas I’ll come back with.
My plan is to type my notes, blog, and be on Twitter during the conference. I’ve never done this before either, but at other conferences I either sit there thinking about paying attention and therefore not really paying attention, or I take great notes and promptly lose them.
I’m planning to put links to related blog posts and other materials in this post for readers’ bookmarking convenience, and because I like information hubs.
Here’s to trying new things, and let’s get started!
I finally went through my Google Reader and unsubscribed from a bunch of feeds I either don’t read or don’t care about when I do read.
My intention was to limit the amount of content that went to my reader.
That lasted about 2 days, and then I started subscribing to other blogs, including Kalingo English and Dangerously Irrelevant. They’re blogs that I’m more likely to want to read and to comment on though, and are very shareable with colleagues, so I’m confident in my decisions to add them.
Reading my RSS feed is much more informative and enjoyable since I made the changes. I shouldn’t have waited so long to shake things up. I set up a quarterly reminder on my calendar, encouraging me to rethink and delete. I don’t think I’ll need much encouragement to add.
Maybe I should set up “clear off your desk” reminders also – the cat just jumped up and fell off.
Here’s an extremely mixed bag of reads I’ve found worthwhile:
Career Stuff: I recently had to update my resume because I’ll be supervising our next VISTA. While I was at it, I wish I’d seen this:
Productivity: Since on a slow day I’m interrupted 25 times, I’m constantly looking for tips and tricks to get back on task and not have days escape from me. This one fit my needs nicely:
Social Change: I’m pretty aware that I’m a person who’s white working in a community of color. In this post, Allison points toward a documentary she found worthwhile and has plenty of her own commentary about the importance of communities helping themselves.
On Attitude: Sometimes you need it. You just have to be able to stand up for yourself and your work. Chris Brogan does so briefly, strongly, and in his own words. We all need to be able to do this in our own words.
Humor: If you don’t read xkcd.com, you should.
I would pay more attention to Twitter if:
I would be happier with Twitter being part of the world if:
Things I’ve learned because of Twitter: