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Gladwell

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Malcolm Gladwell at NECC 2009

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06/28/2009 at 10:25 pm

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Toys to Tools

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Yours truly with author Liz Kolb at NECC 2009

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06/28/2009 at 8:09 pm

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ISTE NECC 2009

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ISTE Conference 2009

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06/28/2009 at 7:05 pm

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ISTE conference

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06/28/2009 at 5:22 pm

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Coffee Places: Lola

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Stayin’ up late and gettin’ up early these days. Coffee is my friend. Here’s one of the places nearby… it’s only three blocks to Lola’s… I said L-O-L-A Lola …. lalalala Lola (apologies to The Kinks).

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06/26/2009 at 8:11 pm

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One Shot, Own It, Never Let It Go

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Look, if you had one shot or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?

Eminem
Lose Yourself

This rivals the theme from Rocky for getting me pumped up.

The moment you own it you better never let it go, oh
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
Cuz opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo.

Awesome!

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06/23/2009 at 8:28 pm

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Happy New Year

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Yesterday was Summer Solstice, and as the stars have aligned this year, it was also Father’s Day. I like when the stars align…. it’s harmonic convergence that the calendar allows to happen too few times.

My son marked the occasion by giving me (of all things) a watch. A way to mark time. For me, I get a cheap Timex each year, so the gift marks my “New Year” of watch-wearing. It’s an innocent gift, and very practical, and to me, poignant. Giving your old man a watch seems like such a grown-up thing to do, as if time matters more now. For sixteen years, I’ve watched him grow, and the second hands on my watches now feel like they are ticking faster.

Ahh. Time and innocence. It’s remarkable how my son reminds me of me when I was younger. He’s discovering his passions while seeing the world as his oyster. What else can I do as his father but to help him to continue on that journey?

If I could have one Dad superpower, it would be the ability to align the stars for him now and as often as needed to feed his passions. That second hand will tick a finite number of times, the days will get shorter, and pretty soon it will be snowing outside. It’s his passions that will be timeless…and will help him achieve a little harmonic convergence. Yup. Aligning those stars would be my little innocent superpower dad gift of time to him.

Today I’ll drink a toast to innocence and I’ll drink a toast to time… another auld lang syne (with apologies to Dan Fogelberg).

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06/22/2009 at 9:57 pm