Sunday, January 31, 2010

JJL has come to an end

Rosa Say has posted on the Joyful Jubilant Learning blog announcing that the site is ending.

I left the following as a comment on the last post (I added some formating and links here that I did not do there):

I must confess the thought, the fact, that JJL is ending is not doing down too well. As I just tweeted
RT @JJLhui Learning Healthy and Joyful Endings “game over” for JJL; for the site, yes, for learning, no!
When those of us together on the Team Synergy blog recognized the end, we had achieved synergy and it was enough for that time.
I have always felt JJL was different. The archives of posts and comments show proof of that. We have learned so much here, and yet we have so much more to learn. That JJL is ending, for the moment, is the lesson I will be struggling to understand.
I found that my good friend William Shakespeare did once compose a sherku:
Parting is
Such sweet sorrow
That I shall say
Good night till it be
I’ll see you all around. Good night, good night, good night…

Papyrus framed

When Carolyn returned from her semester of study in Greece, she brought back this lovely papyrus depicting "The tree of life"

To preserve and protect this, we had it framed by Jane's Frames in downtown Franklin, MA.

She did a wonderful job selecting just the right shading of matting to pick up the colors from the papyrus. The wooden frame itself helps to pick up the grain from the tree. We have this proudly hung in our family room.

Thank you Carolyn for bringing this back for us.
Thank you Jane for the wonderful framing work.

You too can have something framed by Jane. Especially as she has a 30-60% off sale to help clear out some stock that she has had for a while. Something on sale might just be perfect for what you are looking to frame.

Disclosure: Dolores and I paid for the frame taking advantage of the sale prices.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

job search notes: make an impression

The snow was light and only amounted to about an inch. As the wind and cold front arrived, the wind dried out the snow, picked it up and blew it away.

Except for where folks had a chance to walk while it was still new and in by walking pressed the snow down with their foot steps.

Such impressions can be lasting. The snow has been cleared from around the footprints to reveal just the footprints.


Think about what you do, how you behave, in your daily interactions with others?

Do you make a lasting impression?

Friday, January 29, 2010

Ralston not returning

There is major news for the New England Revolution with the release that Steve Ralston won't be returning to play this season.

This is not totally a surprise, he has had his share of injuries the past two seasons and his body is not getting any younger. It takes longer to recover from each injury. I can understand and appreciate where Steve is coming from.

With the news coming just before camp opens next week, this definitely puts a wrench in the planning the Steve Nicol, Mike Burns and others in the Rev's office were making to field the team this season.

Steve was a quality player with experience and savvy. The team played better with him on the field. Steve will be missed.

The soccer article can be found here

job search notes: giganomics

This week, I'll combine "5 for Friday" and this focus on job search notes to review giganomics.

One term that pretty much describes an approach to the slowly recovering economy is giganomics. The job recovery is not going to be quick, especially from the Fortune 500 where many of the jobs have been likely lost permanently. The recovery will come from the small to medium business and entrepreneurs. Hence, it will be a slowly more organic growth.

Some reading on giganomics

1 - From January 2009, a Newsweek article

2 - Credit apparently goes to Tina Brown for coining the term

3 - From Sep 2009, an article focusing on the impact for Information Technologists (IT)

4 - From earlier this month, an ABC video clip features one of my fellow contributors to the Joyful Jubilant Learning blog, Karen Swim.

5 - And finally, it is not just a term for the US as seen in this Sky News report
Sky News report on giganomics


Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Let us find a way to come together"

 The section on health care reform from President Obama's State of the Union speech:
And it is precisely to relieve the burden on middle-class families that we still need health insurance reform.  (Applause.)  Yes, we do.  (Applause.)

Now, let's clear a few things up.  (Laughter.)  I didn't choose to tackle this issue to get some legislative victory under my belt.  And by now it should be fairly obvious that I didn't take on health care because it was good politics.  (Laughter.)  I took on health care because of the stories I've heard from Americans with preexisting conditions whose lives depend on getting coverage; patients who've been denied coverage; families –- even those with insurance -– who are just one illness away from financial ruin.

After nearly a century of trying -- Democratic administrations, Republican administrations -- we are closer than ever to bringing more security to the lives of so many Americans.  The approach we've taken would protect every American from the worst practices of the insurance industry.  It would give small businesses and uninsured Americans a chance to choose an affordable health care plan in a competitive market.  It would require every insurance plan to cover preventive care.

And by the way, I want to acknowledge our First Lady, Michelle Obama, who this year is creating a national movement to tackle the epidemic of childhood obesity and make kids healthier. (Applause.)  Thank you.  She gets embarrassed.  (Laughter.)

Our approach would preserve the right of Americans who have insurance to keep their doctor and their plan.  It would reduce costs and premiums for millions of families and businesses.  And according to the Congressional Budget Office -– the independent organization that both parties have cited as the official scorekeeper for Congress –- our approach would bring down the deficit by as much as $1 trillion over the next two decades.  (Applause.)

Still, this is a complex issue, and the longer it was debated, the more skeptical people became.  I take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the American people.  And I know that with all the lobbying and horse-trading, the process left most Americans wondering, "What's in it for me?"

But I also know this problem is not going away.  By the time I'm finished speaking tonight, more Americans will have lost their health insurance.  Millions will lose it this year.  Our deficit will grow.  Premiums will go up.  Patients will be denied the care they need.  Small business owners will continue to drop coverage altogether.  I will not walk away from these Americans, and neither should the people in this chamber.  (Applause.)

So, as temperatures cool, I want everyone to take another look at the plan we've proposed.  There's a reason why many doctors, nurses, and health care experts who know our system best consider this approach a vast improvement over the status quo.  But if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors, and stop insurance company abuses, let me know.  (Applause.)  Let me know.  Let me know.  (Applause.)  I'm eager to see it.

Here's what I ask Congress, though:  Don't walk away from reform.  Not now.  Not when we are so close.  Let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the American people.  (Applause.)  Let's get it done.  Let's get it done.  (Applause.)
The closing section:

I campaigned on the promise of change –- change we can believe in, the slogan went.  And right now, I know there are many Americans who aren't sure if they still believe we can change –- or that I can deliver it.

But remember this –- I never suggested that change would be easy, or that I could do it alone.  Democracy in a nation of 300 million people can be noisy and messy and complicated.  And when you try to do big things and make big changes, it stirs passions and controversy.  That's just how it is.

Those of us in public office can respond to this reality by playing it safe and avoid telling hard truths and pointing fingers.  We can do what's necessary to keep our poll numbers high, and get through the next election instead of doing what's best for the next generation.

But I also know this:  If people had made that decision 50 years ago, or 100 years ago, or 200 years ago, we wouldn't be here tonight.  The only reason we are here is because generations of Americans were unafraid to do what was hard; to do what was needed even when success was uncertain; to do what it took to keep the dream of this nation alive for their children and their grandchildren.

Our administration has had some political setbacks this year, and some of them were deserved.  But I wake up every day knowing that they are nothing compared to the setbacks that families all across this country have faced this year.  And what keeps me going -– what keeps me fighting -– is that despite all these setbacks, that spirit of determination and optimism, that fundamental decency that has always been at the core of the American people, that lives on.  

It lives on in the struggling small business owner who wrote to me of his company, "None of us," he said, "…are willing to consider, even slightly, that we might fail."

It lives on in the woman who said that even though she and her neighbors have felt the pain of recession, "We are strong.  We are resilient.  We are American."

It lives on in the 8-year-old boy in Louisiana, who just sent me his allowance and asked if I would give it to the people of Haiti.

And it lives on in all the Americans who've dropped everything to go someplace they've never been and pull people they've never known from the rubble, prompting chants of "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!  U.S.A!" when another life was saved.

The spirit that has sustained this nation for more than two centuries lives on in you, its people.  We have finished a difficult year.  We have come through a difficult decade.  But a new year has come.  A new decade stretches before us.  We don't quit.  I don't quit.  (Applause.)  Let's seize this moment -- to start anew, to carry the dream forward, and to strengthen our union once more.  (Applause.)

Thank you.  God bless you.  And God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)

The complete text of the speech can be found here:

job search notes: two days behind the photos

On Tuesday, after the rain on Monday, the photo from the top of the stairs at the train station

It is actually from the light pole in the middle of the level between the two sets of stairs. Taking the photo from either actual "top of the stairs" gets the street lights too close to get a good one.

On Wednesday, from inside the train, looking to the Great Blue Hill as we round the corner at Readville and join the main line to run into Boston

Stop, take a look around. What do you see?
What do you make of it?

Refreshed, enlightened with a new insight, put a spring in your step and go forward!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Recap of Tuesday #the5

#The5 from Tuesday: another rail trail gets funding. #the5 are you working your levers? #the5 new job new you. although it probably should be new you, new job #the5 good run down on pending Apple announcement.#the5
(today, we'll find out which of the pundits was closest to what gets released!) starting a day with Seth is good.#the5 more on newspaper paywalls #the5

Yes, I can count. That really was six so you get a bonus for today. I also may want to count one of those for the next round as I think I only did four, oops.

There is lots going on, what can you share?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

What teachers make

Taylor Mali does a good job delivering his poem "What teachers make". This is a bit old coming from 2005 but still valid. There are other versions on YouTube that are not as edited for language.

This is using language judiciously and effectively. I approve of the content within this context.

Of note, Billy Collins (former poet laureate of the US) is also on the stage with Taylor when this was recorded.

Hat tip to

Friday, January 22, 2010

Opera everywhere

Some great opera and great improvisation to close out the week!

Opera en el Mercado from esoqueseconocecomolaopera on Vimeo.

Thanks to Bernie DeKoven writing at Deep Fun for the tip to this video


Revs trade Larentowicz, Thompson for Gibbs, Burpo

According to Frank Dell'Apa in the Boston Globe today and confirmed by some Rev player Twitter updates yesterday, the Revolution will announce a trade today:

The Revolution have acquired former US national team defender Cory Gibbs in a four-player trade with the Colorado Rapids, a team source confirmed yesterday.

The Revolution sent midfielders Jeff Larentowicz and Wells Thompson to Colorado for goalkeeper Preston Burpo and Gibbs, plus an undisclosed amount of allocation money and a draft pick.
The full article in the Globe is here

This breaks up the "Dred and Red" combo in the center that Shalrie Joseph and Jeff Larentowicz provided. The other red headed player, Pat Phelan would be a likely candidate to step in for Jeff and continue a "Dred and Red2" combo.

I'll miss Jeff, he played with intensity and skill.

Wells Thompson will be missed. He is developing and this may actually be a good chance for him to get a new start.

Acquiring Preston Burpo definitely fulfills the goal keeper need. Cory Gibbs is a quality defender to help out in back, especially with Heaps retirement and Albright's trade. We have some good young guys there (Barnes, Alston, Igwe, Tierney...) and keeping a mix of experience and youth is a good thing.

Getting close to the start of training camp. Getting closer to the start of the season. Who will be the starting eleven? Can hardly wait to find out.

5 for Friday

Seth Godin talks about too much data and not enough belief:

Also via Read Write Web, a group from the UK did a series of interviews on Open Government

Stephen Covey talks about the "Law of the Harvest", Chris Brogan talks about the social media farmer:

Steve Garfield of gets a video secret in this recording

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

FiberCamp Boston - slideshow

The write up of my experiences at FiberCamp Boston is still in draft but here are the photos in a slideshow:


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

PodCamp WesternMass - Feb 6, 2010

PodCamp WesternMass 2 is on the calendar for Feb 6. This year it will be held at Westfield State College. I thoroughly enjoyed last year and am looking forward to revisiting with some of the folks I met last year. I am also looking forward to meeting new folks there.

Will you be one?

Morris Partee put together this nice recap of last year:

You can register for PodCamp WesternMass on Eventbrite here

More information on the event can be found on the PodCamp website here

My recap of last year can be found here


5 for Friday

Oops - this was left in draft mode! Should have been published on 1/15/10...


Getting into a new rhythm this January. I am able to use my Droid Eris more on the train to/from Boston to help me stay up to date. Finding items to share via Twitter and then here coincidentally fill the 5 for Friday routine I have. I do feel the need to get into a pattern of selecting the best of what I share for the "5 for Friday". Maybe next week! - good case study on effective use of new media


Monday, January 18, 2010

"I have a dream..."

Martin Luther King's birthday and a national holiday. Time to watch once again "I have a dream".

Vote January 19th!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Help for Haiti

I have added a widget to enable an easy donation to Haiti through the Red Cross. When using it myself, the Red Cross site was slow to process the credit card transaction. Hopefully this slowness is a sign of the volume of support heading down to help.

I recognize that there are many ways to contribute. I trust you will find a way that is comfortable for you.

Wednesday's #the5

I spent some time on the commuter rail into Boston to review Wednesday morning to find #the5 to share. For those not Twitter enabled, here is what I shared:

gee this picture creates perspective; does it really matter how many twitter followers one has?

RT @J2BMarketing: The Power Of Keywords In Your Social Networking Profiles & Online Resumes #jobsearch

RT @davidzinger: Employee engagement: Organizational snakes and ladders. goof info on system patches this month good advice on leaving out 'but" from your conversation on writing, in particular poems that "want to be written"
Yes, there are more than five. Consider this to be a bonus.

What have your found that you would share?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The story behind the story

A new study just published provides data on where a story originates. 

I need to look closely at this. At first read, I think the study is flawed. What do you think?

Journalism twist

Paige Williams is looking for more than a tip. She is a journalist who has worked on a story that hasn't been picked up by any of the standard media outlets. Now, she is self publishing the story on the web and looking for reimbursement of her reporting expenses.

You can read about the story here

Be sure to click through to Paige's site to read the story itself.

What do you think about this method?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Job search notes: industry opportunities

A key part of your job search is to target a business or several businesses. Picking the business with some healthy growth is ideal.

Which ones are those these days?

There are not too many as this table from the Wall Street Journal points out:

Monday, January 11, 2010

First I ran, now I run FIRST

My entry for January's theme of health is up on the Joyful Jubilant Learning blog today.

I share my experiences with the FIRST Program. FIRST comes from the Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training. It is a great three day per week running program.

Read more about it in the post on JJL today

You can also find more about it on my Passionate Runner blog

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Fibercamp Boston - slideshow

reflections of the time at fibercamp are being gathered as the day and conversations roll along. Here is a slideshow of the photos accumulated thus far:


Friday, January 08, 2010

5 for Friday

#the5 is a good way to prepare for 5 for Friday. I'll have to decide if I pick from the entire week (like I have previously) or just take today's finds (as I will here). Either way, you get some good links to follow.

"LinkedIn is the Only “Network-Enabled” Hiring Solution" #the5

"adapting your style to meet the needs of others can be a substantial benefit " #the5

"helpful posts .. on getting started with goals, plans, intentions and new ways of doing things in 2010" #the5

"our 50th episode, our show is officially over the hill" #the5

"I blew up my to-do list completely, and started over" #the5

What can you share today?

Thursday, January 07, 2010


My good buddy Christopher S Penn has started a new hash tag this year, #the5. When you find good things to share, particularly at the start of the day, share them on Twitter with this tag. You can then search the tag and see all the items shared this way.

This reminds me of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Blogosphere that is now in hibernation and more interactive than the Very Short List.

My sharing for Wednesday:

@bethrobinson writes "take different perspectives into account to create a new whole" #the5

@pauldiamond writes "what keeps you going is a source with great potential for moral support" #the5
@rickhamrick writes "great change is more likely if you first drop everything and start again" #the5 @jjlhui
@mcleod shares "School is no longer constrained 2 how far bus can travel in AM. Schools will be last 2 notice." #the5
@anildash writes "Nobody has a million followers on Twitter" #the5
What have you found worthy of sharing?
Have you used the tag #the5?


MBTA getting 'real-time'

Yes, hard to believe but it just might work.

Apparently, the trains will be equipped with GPS devices and the status will be provided via a 'count-down' timer as the train approaches the station. Coming to the Franklin line sometime in February according to the write up here:

MBTA: Commuter Rail "Real-Time Arrival" Countdown

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Fiber Camp

Fiber Camp?

Well, PodCamp started to bring the unconference to bloggers, podcasters, video bloggers and expanded to include other aspects of social media.

NewBCamp started to bring the unconference format to those who were at the basic level of technical understanding.

HealthCamp took the unconference to the pharmaceutical and health care world.

LaidOff Camp took the unconference to the under and unemployed.

Why not bring the unconference to those knitters, crocheters and others in the fiber world?

Fiber Camp is coming to the Boston area this weekend. Registration is still open.

  • January 9 and 10, 2010
  • Arsenal Center For The Arts
  • 321 Arsenal Street
  • Watertown, MA 02472

If you'd like to learn to knit or crochet, this might be a place to meet someone who can provide some good advice.

BTW - I'll be at the registration desk on Saturday to welcome one and all.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year 2010

letter h nAntucket p21 letter P Y

n31 typewriter key letter E letter W

Letter Y letter E A R

Wishing all the best to all for 2010!

This is the year that is you are unemployed or underemployed, you can make it happen to obtain or create the job you want.