Death by Maintenance

One of the dangerous things about watching the shows my son likes to watch is that many of them aren't what they appear to be.  He likes complexity, and there are few things on TV these days as complex as Rick & Morty (if it is ever on TV again...).  Like a…

Management Expertise

WIRED: http://ift.tt/2rOSGKP This is a WIRED story about tech software startups in the Denver area.  In it a man who has an idea about buying insurance online has become a 'TECH CEO' even though he has no idea of what it is he is actually building.  With no background in technology…

Data Starvation

Last summer we went to England and picked up a SIM card and an astonishing 30gigs of data for about $38.  We currently pay about $35 a month for 0.5gigs/month in Canada - prior to that we were paying over $80 a month for a gig each as part of…

The Centre Cannot Hold

I stumbled across this interesting article on curiosity and the neuroscience associated with  it: "Encourage students to chase their own interests, cultivate curiosity.  It fires up brains and makes them better at remembering new information.  It also engages students in the best possible way." "When we’re hungry for answers, our…

The End of Google Plus

I was an early adopter into G+.  I was already getting the willies about Facebook back in 2011 and was looking for a way to curate links to thinkers and artists that wasn't designed around monetizing my existing relationships.  Facebook serves a purpose - keeping you in touch with extended friends and…

Forcing An Apple To Become An Orange

We emigrated to Canada in 1977.  Unfortunately, my parents weren't really paying attention and moved us (an English speaking family from England) into Lasalle in Montreal, Quebec.  If you don't know what was going on in Quebec in 1977, it wasn't good for an eight year old English kid.  While…

Framing Mathematics

We had a numeracy PD day a few weeks ago.  This filled me with trepidation having barely survived high school mathematics.  It began with a warning about how we frame mathematics: Fair enough.  Evidently I'm not the only one who treats mathematics with caution, but I can see the point about…

Victory Lapping Like You Mean It

I've always struggled with the idea of victory lapping in Ontario high schools.  As someone who returned to high school to finish his final year in his early 20s, I understand the need.  Had I not been able to do that, I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing now and…