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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Franklin: Welcome

Originally uploaded by shersteve
There is a new welcome sign downtown.

How inviting is your front porch?

Friday, June 29, 2007

7 Wonders of Learning

The countdown begins!

Join us in our big, hairy, audacious goal to Saturday, 07-07-07 and

Listen, Laugh, Learn, Link, Love, Live, and Leap to Wonder

  • Listen — welcome new ideas and every teacher, listening fully opened
  • Laugh — with the positive and uplifting joy others are ready to give you
  • Learn — with childlike curiosity and in a collaboratively jubilant way
  • Link — use others’ lessons learned as a springboard for your own, sharing your knowledge freely
  • Love — tap into your passion for learning, and be of loving heart in your new bonds with others
  • Live — be a shining example of the Lifelong Learner; “Be the learner you want to see in the world”
  • Leap — to a new experience, stretching past the familiar, accepting leaps of higher intuition.
    Allow learning to transform you, and to bring you to Wonder.

This is the BHAG we are leaping toward:

On 07-07-07 we are determined to collect at least 777 Learning Links, possibly more.

This is a shout-out to all Joyful and Jubilant Learners, readers and writers alike. Will you help us reach our goal? This is what you do:

1. Between now and Saturday, July 07, 2007 take your personal leaps of wonder:

- Listen, Laugh, and Learn as much as you can from the collective wisdom online.
- Link to this post and spread the good word for us!
- If you blog, feel free to grab the smaller banners in our right sidebar to promote the event on your own site, and proclaim yourself as a JJL Contributor.

You will be Loving, Living, and Leaping to wonder as you take these first steps!

2. On (or before) Saturday, July 07, 2007 return here, and enter your favorite 7 Learning Links in the comments. They can be from your own site, or from others. Along with each link, designate which of our JJL Learning categories you feel they best fit into, for we will be compiling them on this master page by category:

Compilation: 7 Wonders of Joyful Jubilant Learning

Our only rule: Keep it positive and clean, in the spirit of our 7 Wonders of Learning, and the aloha spirit this site was founded on by the Ho‘ohana Community. This will be a Learning List for all ages.

We only need 111 comments to achieve our goal ... think we could push for 777 contributions? WOW! That would be 5,439 Learning Links; 5,439 leaps to wonder...

Let’s go for it!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Podcasting Info

I get asked from time to time about what I use and how I do my podcast. This is an updated attempt to describe what I use and how I do it.


I use one of two devices for my recordings.

1 - I obtained an MP3 at PodCamp Boston from Adam Weiss who was making podcasting starter kits available. It is an iRiver MP3 player with a mic and an instruction booklet that Adam wrote to walk you through the set up of the iRiver device.

Adam blogs and podcasts at Boston Behind the Scenes and at Adam Weiss Podcast Consultant

Adam has a good posting on mic placement

The kit details can be found here

2 - I also have a headset for the computer which I use to make the Skype phone calls that also records very nicely directly with Audacity. I use a Plantronics DSP-400

Audacity is open source “free” software that manages the audio creation and allows for editing with far more capability that I currently know how to utilize.

You can also use your phone. It will work nicely to create the "in the moment" environment.

Adam has a good posting on mic placement

Other sources of podcast info

Online MediaTips

The PodCamp Boston wiki has information from the sessions held last year

Check the schedule to see if there is a PodCamp coming to your area

Podcast Content

An overview of all that I use to blog can be found here

As an update to this posting from November 2006. I have created a formal pod cast for Passionate Runner. It is registered with a couple of pod cast directories including iTunes.

I started an oral history project recording my father telling the stories of his life; Jerry's Story. This is not yet registered with iTunes but it is due to be.

I have a poetry podcast also in the works. I'll update this when that is ready for prime time.

Visit the podcast directories listed below

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Rapid Fire Learning for June

School's out, the summer is upon us. My oh, my! Phil Gerbyshak has kicked off this month's collection at the Joyful Jubilant Learning blog.

What did I learn this month?

1 - Harvard students like to have fun too!

2 - The Golden Compass movie is coming. It is also a good time to start re-reading Harry Potter 1 through 6 to get ready for #7 due in July.

3 - I need to be more timely about celebrating my blogversaries. Yes, I do have a few of them but that is no excuse.

4 - The override is behind us but the real problems still remain ahead of us.

5 - I am putting my podcasting to good use and recording my father's oral history. You can hear him talk at Jerry's Story.

What did you do this month?

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Birth order raised again

The findings suggested that the mechanism behind the birth-order effect is not biological but related to social interactions within families.

He surmised that older children are showered with attention early in life and treated as leaders in the family. They are handed more responsibility after younger siblings are born and live with higher expectations from their parents.

The recent study on birth order will spark more discussion. The key points in the article I read are boldened for emphasis.

"Surmised", the researcher is making sense of the data in his own terms.

"live with higher expectations", would it hurt to have great expectations of someone?

What do you think?

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Face time

TomsTavern_70621 010
Originally uploaded by shersteve
Storm clouds on the horizon
Bring them on
Nothing gets in the way

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

How do you portray beauty?

Follow the link to the wonderfully mesmerizing transitions of feminine portraits through the years.

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Commencement everyday! Happy blogversary (belatedly)

from the archives: in belated recognition of one year here

Welcome to Tertiary Education, a new venture for me.

I have been writing since college. My public writing (blogging) began in 2004 as a culmination of three influences: Tom Peters, Stephen Covey and Mark Hurst. There were other influences along the way but these three stick out.

Steve had published The 8th Habit.
Tom had published Reimagine.
Mark was publishing his Good Experience newsletter.

I found my voice to add my 2 cents to the blogosphere. The writing there spun off the Hitchhiker's guide as I found other good blogs and wanted to share them. My running spawned its own forum and then my work related passion around creating a good customer experience generated its own forum.

The network provided an opportunity to explore a virtual team and how we could work together to explore our common interests in synergy. One idea that grew from that group is Blogidarity.

So why another blog?

The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman is the latest influence. There are a number of connections coming together here. I started to be the world's greatest teacher of English but while I was able to work for six years as a coach and substitute teacher, finding a permanent position at the time was not in the cards. I switched to the "real world" and began my introduction into technology and support. Multiple positions with two companies have lead me to where I am today. My paths have confirmed the logical process that Tom follows in his book. I do believe the world is flattening. I do believe change will continue to be a way of life. I do believe there is no longer "business as usual".

Change is difficult for the unprepared but easy for those who are prepared.

The writing here will focus around what is needed to adapt to the new evolving world. I believe the approach that a process of life long learning, collaborative learning, working in virtual teams across miles, countries, oceans, and space eventually will allow one to succeed.

This is the commencement we need to make each day.
The commitment we need to make.

If you are interested, please subscribe with one of the several options provided. Comment as you may. Drop me an email to further a discussion.

I look forward to doing this together.

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Originally posted here on June 6, 2006

The updates one year later would be to acknowledge that

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Connecting the dots

I posted earlier that Danny Meyer advocates "always be collecting data", when you collect the data, you can connect the dots and get to use the information to your advantage.

Sometimes that advantage is to someone wanting to do evil as indicated with this InformationWeek story where a bug in Yahoo IM software was described in such detail, it provided the last clue for the hacker to figure it out and develop an exploit.

Clearly a single instance of this type of connecting the dots for malice but the concept works!

How do you learn?

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Collaboration is easy with music

This live sample of the reactable in Berlin highlights for me how easy it is to collaborate with music.

Stage actors, especially those in improv, do it with ideas, words and action.

Writers do it well with something like wikipedia. The outcome is understood, but the collaboration effort to get there is missing (yes, you can look into the history pages).

Online we are trying to make it a good experience at the Joyful Jubilant Learning blog.

Are there other places to view collaboration in action?

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Lane Courtesy Month

June is Lane Courtesy Month!

One of the things I love to do is drive along the right lane. It is generally empty as most folks are trying to get along in the middle and left lanes. Of course, those that are moving appropriately in those lanes are fine. Those moving slowly in those middle and left lanes are the ones being targeted by Lane Courtesy Month.

I hope you are doing your part!

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Search results

Go to Google, type "sherku" and search.

Did you mean: shark

No, I did not mean shark.

But I will swim in the deep waters of the internet doing my thing.
Always forward, with intensity and passion for the good things in life.

Family, friends, and the ability to create more from collaboration than one could alone.

sherku is progress in that direction.
It may be someone else's name.
I will make it my word.

What is a sherku?

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Bad dream lesson

Sitting at a table downtown Franklin. Maybe a parade today, no it is a special fair like gathering. They have closed a section of Main St. There are other tables along the sidewalk. Not sure what my table is for. I did work at a table like this in the past for the Norfolk County Pacers. Or is the table just for me?

I did have my laptop out. My bag was by the chair. It is time to get ready to leave. I get up put my laptop on the chair. Reach for the bag and notice it is gone. I step back to look around. Too many people around. I can see the bag.

I look back to the chair and it's empty. The laptop is gone. I turn around to see but there are too many people. Some are arriving to take over at my table. I barely have time to fold up the chair before someone takes it.

I start walking away with the chair bemoaning the loss of my laptop. It is protected but I should still change account passwords, etc. What a hassle. How could it just go and I not know. Then I realize that everything for my podcast is in the bag and it is gone. It is harder to replace those iRiver MP3 players.

Why this dream? Why today?

It is a relief to be fully awake and realize the loss of the laptop and podcast kit is only a dream. Yet it was so real.

I had ordered and received my new microphone to complete my podcast kit with a backup microphone. They were delivered today and work wonderfully. I will begin a new project to record my father's story. The idea has been germinating for some time and is ready to be executed. I had talked with Dad last night to confirm some details about how we would do this.

What do I learn from this? I need to take care of the laptop and my podcast kit if I go to some public place.

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Friday, June 08, 2007


Originally uploaded by shersteve
Is that all you get from Harvard? No, not really. The network created by attending and completing this program is immense.

Connections are important. But with all due respect, Harvard is not the only place to make connections.

Do you leverage your connections?

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No tire swing today

No tire swing today
Originally uploaded by shersteve
The tire swing at Winthrop House, Harvard University, was pulled up and out of the way to layout the tent for the commencement activities for the Class of 2007.

It is good to see that even a "stuffy" institution like Harvard allows their students to have some fun.

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Care about healthcare

In the end, both men lack courage to break the stranglehold the corporatocracy has on healthcare in the U.S. by openly endorsing a switch to universal coverage as soon as it can be implemented.

What these two men tell us about themselves in their half-baked, half-private plans is that they are timid, too much politics-as-usual kind of people to fix America’s broken healthcare system. Two men who, as senator and former senator, have no stake in fixing healthcare for the rest of us because both have the best health coverage in the country guaranteed for life by the federal government.

Because people 65 and older have Medicare, which works pretty well, perhaps some elders haven’t noticed that American healthcare is in crisis. One-sixth of all Americans are without health coverage. Millions of children go without basic checkups and dental care. Every day, people die because hospitals can’t afford to treat them.

As part of our everyday learning, we need to stay on top of the political scene for the major issues of which healthcare is certainly one that will reach out and touch every one of us, sooner or later.

If you don't already check in with Ronni Bennett, it would be a very good thing to do.

Read the remainder of her posting for the current candidates position on healthcare.

Something we all need to care more about!

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Hospitality ... is a dialogue

Understanding the distinction between service and hospitality has been at the foundation of our success. Service is the technical delivery of a product. Hospitality is how the delivery of that product makes its recipients feel. Service is a monologue--- we decide how we want to do things and set our own standards for service. Hospitality, on the other hand, is a dialogue. To be on a guest's side requires listening to that person with every sense, and following up with a thoughtful, gracious, appropriate response. It takes both great service and great hospitality to rise to the top.
From Danny Meyer's Setting the Table

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Saturday, June 02, 2007

The Golden Compass coming!

has the trailer for the Golden Compass which is due for release later this year.

What is the Golden Compass? The first book of a trilogy that other than the Lord of the Rings, tops anything I have read.

Why does it top anything I have read? For all the years riding the commuter rail into Boston and back, there has only been two times where I was so engrossed into my book that I nearly missed getting off at my stop. Both times, I was reading the Golden Compass. And if you have read much of what I have written here and elsewhere, you know I read a lot.

I can't wait to see it. The trailer is a good teaser!

If you have not read The Golden Compass, I heartily endorse it. Then of course, you'll get hooked to read the Subtle Knife and the finale, Amber Spyglass.

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