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Sunday Open Thread: LightRail

Lightrail – Making mass transit more magical from michelebaggio on Vimeo.

Adult Learners: Facilitating Social Learning Experiences

Aside: This blog entry started out as a blend of old and new ideas for facilitating online learning--building on an article I wrote in 2009, but has been fun to write as an exploration of neat tools (mostly, Google) that have emerged since then. Show More Summary

The Reliability Of The Eugene Stoner Design

BBC: Things were just starting to improve when the firm was hit by Western sanctions. With Russian military stores full of the famously durable Kalashnikovs, and dwindling orders from abroad, the company had turned its attention to civilian firearms markets. In January it finally secured a foothold in the biggest of them, sealing a lucrative […]

The Claus Conspiracy

There's a rumour afoot that Santa Claus, that benevolent supplier of presents to children worldwide, doesn't just use his reindeer-powered sled to deliver presents. One man - Craig Waarheid - is convinced the jolly old elf gets help from a huge, diesel-powered entity.None other than... Show More Summary

Good Ideas, Lean Ideas, Keep Crossing the Pacific

The ideas, principles, and methods that we’d recognize as “Lean” aren’t exclusively of Japanese origin. Many of us, myself included, draw inspiration from Toyota, reading books about them and visiting their factories. For me, I’ve had a chance to visit Toyota plants in Japan, California, and Texas, and the story is very consistent. As Masaaki […]

Supporting Nonprofit Leadership: A Pre-Flight Briefing

Three tips to help foundations supporting leadership development prepare for a successful journey.

With great power comes great… opportunity

The oft-quoted line from the Spider-Man movie is, “With great power comes great responsibility.” But maybe instead it should be, “With great power comes great opportunity.” Now that mobile computing devices connected to the Internet are becoming ubiquitous, we have unprecedented power at our educator fingertips. How many of us have stepped up to the [...]

Stephen Colbert Explains Why The Controversial New 'Star Wars' Lightsaber Is 'Perfect'

When the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” teaser trailer premiered it showed off a new three-pronged lightsaber, igniting a flurry of fans to equally defend and denounce the design. Star Wars trailer was neato but that lightsaber looked dumb. Show More Summary

ESPN’s Keith Olbermann Call For NFL Commish Roger Goodell’s Job… Again

ESPN’s Keith Olbermann has attacked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on a regular basis since the league botched the handling of Ray Rice‘s domestic abuse situation. Since the NFL and ESPN are partners, and the league will do anythingShow More Summary

Today in Media History: 10 years ago, Brian Williams succeeded Tom Brokaw as anchor of NBC Nightly News

3 weeks agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

Only a few TV anchors have sat behind the NBC evening news desk during the past 65 years. On December 2, 2004, a new person took a seat at the desk, when Brian Williams succeeded Tom Brokaw as anchor of NBC Nightly News. (View: 10thShow More Summary

DailyDirt: Does Anyone Really Want A Modular Smartphone?

3 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The US smartphone market is currently dominated by Apple and Samsung for hardware, but that could change pretty quickly if consumers were offered something a bit more innovative than a bigger phablet. One concept that's been floating...Show More Summary

Dr. Rudd and the Planned Assisted Suicide of the College of Education at U of Memphis

University of Memphis Faculty Senate meeting: December 2, 2:40 PM, Rm. 261 University Center Be There to Protest The University of Memphis Faculty Senate will hear details of CorpEd's teacher miseducation plan tomorrow, which will divide...Show More Summary

Next Generation Railway Communications Highlighted by Alcatel-Lucent at InnoTrans 2014

From original posting on Alcatel-Lucent TRACKTalk Blog InnoTrans might have been and gone for another two years but Alcatel-Lucent’s highlights from the world’s largest railway exhibition live on in three videos which are now available...Show More Summary

The Guy Who Hired Amy Poehler to Make Content "Snackable"

Setting aside the recent controversy about charging higher prices for plus-size women's jeans, Old Navy has been getting its share of good press lately. Celebrating its 20th birthday at the end of last month, the Gap-owned clothing brand set up ginormous machines in New York and Los Angeles that rendered selfies into balloon portraits. Show More Summary

Fun with meat puppets

3 weeks agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

What if a troupe of famous puppets rose up in rebellion and turned the tables on their human masters? You might see The Human Show. The Muppets, after years of oppression, invite you to a night filled with song dance...

Australian ATC didn’t know Melbourne flights were at risk for two years

A disturbing dossier of evidence as to the unsatisfactory and abjectly incompetent state of public administration of air safety in Australia is being assembled by the hard core membership of the Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport. On Friday afternoon one of its key members, Senator Nick Xenophon (Independent SA) took [...]

This Guitarist's YouTube Video Was So Unique It Caught The Attention Of Prince

In 2006 former guitar teacher, Andy Mckee, uploaded a video of himself playing his song "Drifting". The video garnerened over 50 million views, and even caught the attention of Prince who flew Mckee out to Austrailia to join him for a few shows. Produced by Devan Joseph. Video courtesy of Associated Press. Follow BI Video: On Facebook Join the conversation about this story »

Unconsented-to Phone Call Recording + Unresponded-to Inquiry = $35,000 Penalty

Former TV licensee cops plea to violating telephone rule, ignoring Enforcement Bureau Ah, the telephone call rule. Section 73.1206. The fact that we’ve written about it at all is surprising – surprising because the rule is so clear and so simple that any violation of it comes as something of a surprise. Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Cutting Up Your Food...

4 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Those of us in the US will be thankful tomorrow for a bunch of things, and we'll probably be eating unusually large meals. For those of us who aren't accustomed to entertaining guests, the timing of cooking a big meal often gets hung up in the food preparation -- taking too long to chop vegetables and such. Show More Summary

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