Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde statue in Merrion Park, taken in Dublin, Ireland in 2016. 

 

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The Chronicles of Dollywood, Episode 1

I arrived in Pigeon Forge, TN last evening, intent on riding as many coasters as possible today. I hate coasters, but my friend, Chrissy, loves them. She usually gets me to go to Cedar Fair parks with the promise of seeing Snoopy (Cedar Fair parks’ mascot). I collect all things Snoopy (but I won’t get in to that here, as I’ll save that for a future post).

Well, I tried. I got most of the coasters, there was only one I couldn’t do. I got locked in to one coaster with an overhead restraint, and it freaked me out. The overhead restraints tend to close in tight when the coaster is moving and when it stops, you can’t move at all. Sends me in to panic mode.

But that’s ok, because I’m here and accomplished my goal!!

Anyone out there like coasters?

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States, consumer groups sue DeVos over delay of student loan protections

An interesting article about an interesting turn of events…

via 18 states, consumer groups sue DeVos over delay of student loan protections – POLITICO

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LIT Conference

While my professional passion lies in communications and marketing, I am also fascinated by the science of learning. For me, the learning sciences tie together nicely with communications. Communications professionals look for unique ways to reach their targeted audiences much like educators do with their efforts to engage students. Communicators are “teaching” people, while teachers are “communicating” with their students. So how do people learn about specific products and topics? The possibilities are almost endless.

Toward that end, I’m attending the learning with innovative technology conference in Saratoga Springs, NY today. Here’s a link to the conference program, which includes a great list of expert presenters. I encourage anyone interested in learning and communications to check out the details and contact anyone on the list.

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The Rise and Fall of the Mall

Here’s an interesting story about the rise and fall of the American Mall from PBS News Hour. This short video shows how things have changed for retail in this country. Many malls are reinventing themselves, but will this trend continue? Could this type of creativety save Sears, JCPenney, and others, or will in force them in to a deeper, downward spiral?

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My Interpretation

Here is my interpretation of the poem “Dreams” by Langston Hughes. I created this video for a digital video course using a collection of photos of the Old First Ward in Buffalo, NY. Many of the photos are mine, but others were taken from various sources around the web.

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March 28, 2013 · 2:35 pm

Washington Post: Facebook Hockey Sticks, MySpace Languishes

Interesting choice of terms for this article: Facebook Hockey Sticks, MySpace Languishes.

Ultimately, this suggests that MySpace is a “novel concept” and that Facebook is the next generation in the ongoing evolution of  social media. I agree.

Enjoy!

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