Yearly Archives: 2011

Fred Meijer dies. Relatedly, Meijer was my first employer.

I just read that Frederik Meijer, the chair of the Meijer retail chain that stretches across a cluster of five Midwestern states, has died at age 91.

When I was 16, I got a job working as a bagger at my local Meijer store. I moved to cashiering at 18 and stuck with Meijer into my early twenties. A big piece of my current work ethic is a product of those Meijer years. Here’s what I learned:

1. Capitalism disproportionately Read more

bob hicok, “Happy Hour”

A rabbi, priest, and belly dancer walk into a bar.
Everyone turns their way, recognizing a joke
when they’re in one. The belly dancer, for all the swivel
in her hips, is modest, and asks the rabbi and priest
to go to another bar, but the rabbi and priest agree
that whatever bar they enter, they’ll face the expectation
of a punch line. By the time they order beers,
people have gathered as they would around a burning house.
The … Read more

why I’ll be firing Network Solutions

If you’re looking for my recent posts on the badges-focused Digital Media and Learning Competition, they are currently unavailable. Why? Because the web host that I am in the process of firing has temporarily “lost” those posts.

<frustration><anger>I’ve been using Network Solutions as my hosting service for the last year and a half. I’ve been extremely unhappy with the service they provide: My site loads extremely slowly; customer support, while available around the clock, is poor and generally unhelpful; and, … Read more

{cached} Ok, #DMLdudes: I have something else to say about badges.

My soon-to-be-former server host, Network Solutions, has “lost” several of my most recent updates. It has been three days and the data has not been retrieved. Until it is, I’m re-posting the content that Network Solutions lost.

 

Here’s something Cornel West wrote:

In our own time it is becoming extremely difficult for non-market values to gain a foothold. Parenting is a non market activity; so much sacrifice and service go into it without any assurance that the providers will

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{cached} notes on and concerns about this year’s Digital Media & Learning Competition

My soon-to-be-former server host, Network Solutions, has “lost” several of my most recent updates. It has been three days and the data has not been retrieved. Until it is, I’m re-posting the content that Network Solutions lost.

 

I am a #DMLdude all the way to my core. I believe, deeply, in the importance of supporting the emerging field of Digital Media and Learning, and I believe in the importance of making funds available for people doing good, innovative work … Read more

bisexuality: we’re doing it wrong.

am I bisexual?There’s an interesting post on Feministe from an excellent writer named Shoshie on the dilemma of how to be bisexual when you’re in a committed, monogamous relationship. Shoshie writes that she’s liked girls for as long as she’s liked boys, even though she didn’t come out as bisexual (“well, actually,” she writes, “pansexual”) until she was in her early twenties. And by the time she had gotten comfortable with her orientation, she was already dating the man who would … Read more