Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hulu.com

So some people have been complaining about how NBC has pulled the plug on iTunes and YouTube.

Well, I guess that's their right, isn't it? Isn't it the capitalistic way to have competition and protect what's yours? Now, I'm not saying that I necessarily like it, but I am saying that I like it.

Let me explain--clear pictures, TONS of content, and, um . . . FREE.

To see what my favorite thing I've found so far is, take the jump.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Today's not been good . . .

You know, it's just been one of those days. It's raining (though I like rain, but today it seems like a downer), and my car died. Not just quit working, DIED. I haven't had a car payment in years, and now it looks like I will. And just like everyone else, things are tight. I've got to finish getting ready for AECT, and I'm stressed about third-year review.

As I scanned my reader today, I saw a link to this video:



It kind of puts it all in perspective, doesn't it?When we lived in Idaho, we went to Church with a man named Gene Jeppesen. Gene had who knows how many bouts with cancer, but he was the cheeriest guy I've ever known. When you'd see him and give a half-hearted, "How's it going, Gene?" He'd always reply the same, "Great, but it's going to get better."

So tell me, what do I have to be down about?

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Which blogs do I look forward to reading?

Right now my Google Reader has a total of 132 subscriptions. Some are news sites, some are sports sites, some blogs of family or friends, but mostly they are blogs dealing some way with Educational Technology. Some blogs are ones that post sporadically, others have information that I find tangentially applicable to what I do, and yet others are ones that I just like. But which ones are the one that I look forward to reading? Which ones are the ones that I get giddy as I go through my RSS feeds and get closer to them? Here they are:

HIT: Hokanson's Instructional Technology -- nice mixture of tools, work, and life
LifeHacker -- Just what it says: how to hack life. It's sweet.
Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day -- Cool tools.
Stephen's Web ~ OLD Daily -- Wanna think? Read here.

These are all work-related, but I seriously look forward to reading these every day.

What the Bible taught me about my job . . .

A few days ago, I was studying the creation of the world. As I did, I said a prayer that I normally do when I study the gospel. I asked the Lord to help me learn something applicable to my life. I don't know what I was expecting, but I got something.

As I pondered the creation, it hit me. It's all about ORGANIZATION. Lately I've been worried about going up for third year review here at Oklahoma State University, and I've been trying to get some articles out. Quite frankly, it's been overwhelming. I can't seem to focus long enough to get ANYTHING done, much less the articles. And the other day one of my former graduate students, Chris Duke (who writes EdTechatouille and MUVE Forward), called me about how you go about getting things done. I told him I didn't know, but when he found out he should let me know. Well, as I read about the creation, I began to think about how HUGE of a task it must be to create a world. Bear with me here: It would be too much to think I have to create the world today, but if you think: today I have to separate light from darkness, it isn't so bad. Organization will help take the overwhelming out of it all.

Do you feel my pain?!?

You know, I'm always there before the game to watch my team warm up, and I'm always the guy who stays until the end to cheer my team--no matter what.

Well, last night my Dallas Cowboys played the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. And after Dallas drove to come within a two-point conversion (only to miss said conversion with :20 left in the game), I turned off the TV and did the dishes. When I came to work this morning and logged onto ESPN, I saw that they recovered the onside kick and kicked the game winning field goal with :02 left.

YEAH! for them, but UGH! for me. I can't believe I didn't watch the last twenty seconds. See the comeback and interviews after the jump.

Monday, October 8, 2007

My Top Ten Episodes of Angel

About a year ago, I wrote about my top ten episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I've been meaning to write about my top ten episodes of Angel as well. You know, it's really wierd, but I think I like Angel better as a series--especially season 5. To me that, from top to bottom, was an incredible season of television. At any rate, I like the character development on Angel much more. We get to see the most vicious of all vampires, Angelus, in all his glory in this series, as opposed to an emasculated wimp in Buffy seasons 1 and 3 (we get to see Angelus in season 2). Now granted, Angel wasn't Angelus in all of this series, but we did get to see him kick some serious rear. With that said, see my top ten after the jump.