I just read an review of “the Monuments Men” in the Up & Coming Weekly Magazine. Sounds like this should have gone straight to Historical Movie Preservation and the reels left in a corner until they had deteriorated beyond repair. I know they are probably stored on everything but reels now, but one can hope.
There are people living under the Rowan Street bridge that goes over Hillsboro Street. Apparently, they have been living there for at least a couple of years. It’s not that the City of Fayetteville, or the new mayor are unaware of this. How can he be? I emailed him about this and he responded that he would pass this along to the correct department.
If I wasn’t already living in Fayetteville, I would prefer to live in the 300 Hay section of town. I see that one of those units is currently listed at $375K. But, if I was down and out, it would be nice to know that just a couple of blocks away (a little closer to the Airborne Museum and the Fayetteville Train Depot), I could lay down a bed mattress, find some blankets or used clothing, and stay for free under the Rowan Street bridge. It boggles my mind that the City of Fayetteville finds it unnecessary to do anything about this!
A few days ago, I received a call from a woman that said she was with Time Warner (or perhaps doing a survey representing them). She was polite and asked if I would take the survey. I said, “yes.”
She asked if I was using a cell phone or a land line. I told her I was on a cell phone.
She asked if I was driving or operating some other machinery, to which I said, “no.”
She made a comment about my Time Warner service having recently changed, and I affirmed that was true. (A few days before the Super Bowl.)
She asked what services I had dropped. I said I had dropped TV.
She asked which services I had kept or added. I said, “Internet.”
She then thanked me for taking the survey and the call ended.
What was up with that? She only verified what she should have already known. Could I have answered differently to receive more questions?
Mellon Foundation Awards Davidson $800,000 to Expand Digital Studies
Among these initiatives is "Davidson Domains," which will provide every Davidson student a unique domain name and access to an open-source platform like WordPress. The Web domain will serve as a foundation for students' online presence
at Davidson and beyond. As students progress through the Davidson curriculum, they will learn how to add content to the domain from any aspect of their experience. Students might use it to display outstanding assignments, samples of internship work or research
experience, and more.
I like the idea that they are giving their students a unique domain name. I love WordPress as an eportfolio. It should be interesting to see if eportfolios at Davidson are any more successful than they have been elsewhere.
I think that a good deal of faculty time and effort would be needed to help students determine which examples of their works and experience should be included in the eportfolio.
It would seem that if you (the Institution) were recruiting a higher percentage of incoming students that would need remedial courses, and that because of this you would have a higher percentage of students failing to complete college in 4.5 or 5 years… that you would help them start preparing before they ever arrived on campus. You would also get them in as cheaply, at least for the first two years, so that if they did indeed fail, they would leave the institution with a minimal post-college bill.
Having said that, I am a technician, and as such here are three suggestions:
· Provide incoming Freshmen with a Chromebook and make all courses during the first two years Chromebook friendly. That means storing their documents in the Cloud, and using an LMS (or LMSes) that work well on a Chromebook. Google Docs
· Establish an ongoing relationship with possible candidates as early as possible, and establish whether they will need remedial activities. If so, why not have them work online in some remedial activity. Use WordPress for a development eportfolio.
· Reduce per course costs by attempting to eliminate book fees. Students don’t have to purchase or rent books for their courses.
o Wherever possible use free online course materials.
o Faculty become adept at student “touch”.
§ “Touches” are the personal, intimate, communication between professors and students which can be found nowhere else, and that make the learning process special.
“… You get a free Chromebook, and are not required, for the first two years, to purchase or rent any textbooks, and we will provide you with a personal financial advisor.“
I see that we’ve been told that a client was able to use two different passwords to login to their single account. Now, we know this cannot be. Well, if it is then something is horribly wrong!
But, years ago when I had an Apple IIe, I did come across one of those “Twilight Zone” experiences while developing a spreadsheet application.
It was probably a budget I was developing in a spreadsheet and I was putting in all ones (1) in each field and seeing if they all totaled up at the end. And then it happened, they did not add up correctly. Let’s say there were 10 items, each field having a 1 in it and the total did not equal 10. I removed the numbers and tried again. Still an incorrect total was displayed. I pored over the mathematical logic in the different fields and it all “seemed” correct. I reviewed it some more. It didn’t just seem correct, the logic was correct. Finally, I copied the whole budget and moved it to another location in the spreadsheet, and amazingly, the ten 1’s totaled to 10.
This was before the Web was easy to google and see if anyone else had experienced a similar problem, but what it came down to was that the computer chips, or at least one of them had been faultily created. I guess all the twists and turns and connections hadn’t been made on the microscopic level. If you placed the mathematical logic and fields in one area of this spreadsheet, they worked fine, but if you happened to find this Twilight Zone area, you were sent to the Bermuda Triangle.
I haven’t seen this problem since, but knowing it happened once means that it could happen again.
I think I watched the first episode (not the first season), and quickly decided I had no interest in an old department store. ”Are You Being Served,” was all that I needed of that genre. I then waited patiently wondering how many episodes I would have to get past, without watching. Now I see that there is a second season coming up. Oh, goody! Take this crap off.
And, I had started watching “House of Cards” and was several episodes into it when one of the main characters did something I considered so vile and unforgivable that I finished watching that episode and decided never to come back. I seriously doubt that anything has so offended my senses, that even though it was a scripted tale, I immediately felt unclean for watching something like that.
I was scanning the “Who’s Who in Fayetteville” publication (City View) and came across the article entitled, “Top Three Mistakes Most Business Owners Make (And How to Overcome Them)”. One of the call outs included the following wisdom, “My goal in every business I have ever run was to be the dumbest person in the organization.”
This may work for small businesses, but I have found a problem with using that logic, especially when, as a manager, hiring someone to fill a position under your guidance. I’ll admit that I always tried to hire the best qualified person for the job. Qualifying that statement, I would hire the most intelligent, educated, experienced person that came through the hiring process. But, the problem with that was I should have tried to hire someone that could do the job, but wouldn’t be looking for or preparing for their next position as soon as they were in the position I had just hired them for.
Repeatedly, well, two out of three times, I hired “over qualified” persons to fill the positions. I figured that I didn’t want to have to do their work and have them get paid for it. But, immediately they were preparing for the next job, which in at least two cases meant that they either stopped doing what I had hired them to do, or they spent less than half their work time doing the tasks they had been hired to do.
I even recall one of my subordinates telling a recent hire that they had been planning for their next position for over a year. And, they respected me so little that they actually said this in my presence without so much as a stutter or hesitation.
I’ll admit that I was a poor manager. One reason being that I really did not want to be confrontational. In hindsight, if I had enjoyed being a manager, and wanted to be a better manager, I would have more than once “written up” an insubordinate employee. That would have either made them respect the position I was filling, or made them uncomfortable enough to “move on”.
I did not instill loyalty in the people I hired and I am sure that says a lot about me, more than them. But, if I hired you, it seems that you shouldn’t try to stab me in the back, or climb over me to get ahead… and that didn’t happen, more than once.
For the first time on our waters, we have the melancholy task of recording a steam boat explosion, attended by the loss of three lives. The following are the particulars, as hastily stated by the Advertiser extra, of Friday last:
STEAM BOAT EXPLOSION! — After our paper went to press, an accident of a most melancholy character occurred. The Steam Boat John Walker, owned by Doyle O’Hanlon, Esq. was, this morning, about daylight, blown up, and made a complete wreck.
It appears that she had raised a head of steam and run down along side the Brig Roque, lying at anchor in the stream, for the purpose of towing her down over the shoals. Soon after making her fast to the brig and while in the act of heaving up the anchor, the boilers burst, — simultaneously blowing out the bow and stern of the boat, which, in a few minutes, sunk; and is now almost entirely under water. Capt. A. G. Dickson, who was standing on the engine house, by the side of the engineer, was blown over the stern of the brig, and has not been recovered. Damon, a black fireman, who was in the hold; and Purdie Jacobs, the pilot, were also killed. Isaac, the Engineer, a black man, was blown on board the brig, and is dangerously wounded. Prince, a black man, was also slightly wounded. The boat had on board some goods for the interior; but we are not informed who are the owners. The Steamboats Clarendon and Henrietta, are about towing the wreck into the dock, where she may be got on shore if possible.
[ Fayetteville Observer - Fayetteville, NC - Thursday, June 16, 1836 ]