I just discovered that the complete discography for Led Zeppelin is on Rhapsody, and probably on the other streaming services. I have never been a huge Zeppelin fan, but as I listened to the music nostalgic emotions flowed into my heart. I was surprised how many of the songs I recognized. There is something about their music that makes me see bell-bottom pants, the feel of a polyester shirt against my skin and somewhere in the distance I can see a muscle car cruising the highway. I don’t think anything can bring back the 70’s quite like a little Zeppelin. Rock on!
Late last month I was given the opportunity to be an adjunct professor at Salt Lake Community College. I looked up the definition of Adjunct once before; it means unnecessary. I like being the unnecessary professor. I’ve been an adjunct once before at Dixie State University. I taught digital art classes there. I taught classes on how to use Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. I enjoyed teaching. I like the tools they give professors to teach college. Both Dixie and SLCC use the Canvas LMS(
I’ve been an adjunct once before at Dixie State University. I taught digital art classes there. I taught classes on how to use Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. I enjoyed teaching. I like the tools they give professors to teach college. Both Dixie and SLCC use the Canvas LMS(
I’ve been an adjunct once before at Dixie State University. I taught digital art classes there. I taught classes on how to use Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. I enjoyed teaching. I really like the tools they give professors to teach college. Both Dixie and SLCC use the Canvas LMS(learning Management system). All of the assignments are in Canvas and that is where the students turn in their work. The students don’t have to turn in any paper.
The class I am teaching now is Foundations for Business – The class objective is to teach the students Critical Thinking. The way critical thinking is defined, in the text I am using, is the ability to detect error. Or in other words, The process of finding the truth. The readings for the class include writings from Adam Smith, Henry David Through, Karl Marx, Carnegie, Moi, Ghandi, and others. All of the readings so far, we’ve only studied, three try to through religion under the bus for getting in the way of progress. What is good about critical thinking is that it suggests that everything be questioned, using scientific methods, to prove the truth.
One of the paradoxes of the religious right in this country is this, Christian religions teach us that greed is bad, where on the other hand greed is the fuel of capitalism. I know greed is supposed to be controlled, though shalt not covet. However, capitalism seems to condone wanting more than you have and only real growth is going to come for trying to get more than you need. One of the reasons the founding fathers wanted a separation of church and state is to keep traditional religious views of wealth, the accumulation of wealth and property ownership out of the government. Adam Smith argues that Christianity was the really reason for the fall of Rome because Christianity taught that the accumulation of wealth was evil and that stopped the government from encouraging people to be greedy.
I am sure I will have more to write about this later. . . . to be continued
Here it is the 8th of January and this is only the second time writing. Well, who cares! because no one is reading this thing anyway but me.
Tomorrow I will reach out to two companies that I might want to buy.
I will reach out two one person and try to setup a meeting to talk about my consulting services.
I will talk to one person tomorrow about getting my software company started.
I also have a new goal. My brother Mike finished his “How to Make a Skimboard” Video so we are trying push skimboard making to the scouting communitee. So I am going to try and spend 30 minutes a day pushing that.
I just read a quote.
“People overestimate what they can do in the short term and underestimate what they can do in the long term.”
The quote was attributed to Bill Gates. The point is to set a goal and then do something everyday to accomplish that goal. so I am going to try and do that this year. writing in this blog is going to be one of those things I am going to try and do everyday. I should put at least some of the goals I am going to try and accomplish this year.
1. Buy a business
2. Implement Pay for Value at that business.
3. Start software company.
4. lose 52 lbs.
As part of this process I will report everyday what I did the previous day to accomplish those goals.
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Education throughout the world is on the precipice of quantum leap in education. We are starting to seeing the magma being spewed from the fiery depths of the volcano. The earthquake has already happened the crashing waves of the internet have engulfed an already beleaguered education system. As with all catastrophes there will be casualties, but more exciting is the great opportunity to reach out and help others and build a better and much more grand future.
Here is how I got started thinking about this;
I read an article today about a teacher feeling overwhelmed that there was never enough time, resources or help to get everything done that he needed. I can understand the feeling. Back a couple of years ago I taught a couple of college classes. Both of them required me to teach them graphics arts software. Just as the teacher in the article I felt I didn’t have the resources to give them the experience they were going to need in the real world. I felt I was just barely staying ahead and felt I cold do a much better job. Then I was given the opportunity to make a lot more money working for a company and so I didn’t get the opportunity to continue my teaching. Then I got into an MBA program that was all online. After going through that program I realized that there are tons and tons of resources that teachers can use to help each student have a better learning experience.
Instead of complaining that we don’t have enough we need to be looking to the resources that can give us a much better opportunity to learn than was ever available in the past. There is way more than enough on the internet to go around.
The future is now. The abundant education is upon us. We need to be rejoicing because of the wonderful innovative age in which we live.
Here are a couple of examples of things that can help kids learn.
Here is the article. that started the discussion.
Here are few things that are bouncing around in my brain.
First: It’s super cool the US men’s national soccer team was able to beat Ghana yesterday. It looked like a win by the skin of their teeth. Even though they played well, I don’t hold out much hope for them getting out of the group stage.
Second: Cold weather. Over the last couple of days the weather has gotten colder. In the 50’s which is reminding me I would like to move somewhere warmer.
Third: Is the scripture from Acts 5:15
15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.
I was surprised at the power that Peter had acquired in the short time since Jesus Christ ascended to heaven. I would like to have that type of faith and power.
Fourth: surprising new music from Willie nelson.
There’s a guitar in the corner
That used to have a song
I would hold it while it played me
And I would sing along . . . Willie Nelson
You may not like Willie’s style or sound, but at 81 he is still a poet.
Normally I am not a Willie fan. I don’t like his style or sound. However, If you’re looking for a break from your normal music playlist give his new album a listen; maybe you’ll find something that speaks to you.
Today is my one year anniversary of buying my Nissan Leaf. So I thought I would do some math to figure out how much money it cost me to drive this year with my EV. On average it cost me about $0.84 cents a day to drive my car. The gas price at 3.50 a gallon would have cost me $4.37 day.
It would be cool to get solar to power my car, but at $10,000 dollars it would take over 30 years to recoup the cost.
I read some advice that suggested one of the things I might try each day is writing for 10 minutes. They said just to let it flow.
The last couple of nights Kate has been waking up a couple of times a night, I think because she is growing and hungry. It has been difficult for me because I have been getting to bed later than I should and then we I am awakened it is difficult to go back to sleep. Saturday into Sunday morning was bad. Kate woke up sometime after 1:30 and by 3:00 am I still wasn’t asleep so I took a couple of ibuprofen for my head ache. After 30 minutes I still had a headache so I thought I would take a shot at driving to Park city. I’ve always been affaid to make the attempt because it’s mostly uphill. I had let me car get a full charge and so I headed up. I was surprised to see my car, a Nissan Leaf, made it all the way to Park city with only draining half a charge. I was pushing the car and I went over the speed limit a couple of times. I really was not try to conserve any electricity going up. Once arriving on the main street in Park City, I then reset my miles per Kilowatt hour meter and started down. I didn’t realize how much I had heated up the battery, because the two hills I charged up on the way back really drained my battery and kept my average to 7.7 by the time I arrived home. I will try the drive again, but I am going to let the car rest a bit before coming back down.
It was fun to see th potential distance for a full charge at 117 the next morning.
I read an extremely hopeless article today in the New York Times 50 Years Into the War on Poverty, Hardship Hits Back. While reading the article I was thinking that education, and especially religious education will help change the lives of these people.
It was interesting to read a comment from an author titled “Scared Academic” This person said they believed;
If the people of a region have nothing of value to trade, poverty reigns. Those that have the means to physically escape do so at the earliest opportunity; the rest engage in the only other means of escapism that is available to them – crime, drugs, alcohol, sex, hypersomnia, overeating, religious faith.
Subtly this person throughs “Religious Faith” in the list with crime, drugs, alcohol, sex and over eating.
They conclude with;
Education can in time eliminate ignorance and racism, however the gradual transfer of our nations wealth into the hands of the richest 1%, guarantee that these poor regions will not only remain poor, but that other regions will likewise suffer similar fates as they too are similarly robbed.
I believe Education is the key to overcoming poverty. However, to throw “Religious Faith” in with same categories of drugs, alcohol, sex and overeating?
Religion, and more specifically Christianity, are the principles for which the United States of America was built. Every large Christian organization encourages education. If people seek power they are going to discourage people to be educated, especially religious education. Look at all the people throughout the world, that are much worse off than the poorest of Americans, that live in countries that discourage education and freedom of religion.
Education is the difference between poverty and abundance. Freedom for religious education is one of the things that made the United States great and will keep people free, empowered and prosperous.