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Monday, May 09, 2016

Ericast 275 - This is Sand!

You hear a lot of different things on the Ericast. This week's episode is really just random connections from Eric's brain.

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INTP Personality - weaving things together

Voice artists, including Casey Defranco from the Country Crock commercial.  (The Ericast exists today because of her!)

SNL in the 1980s.  Ad Council ad parody. Art Bell, late night radio, conspiracy theories. Lots of PSAs...  Including "At the Beach." I love the Mom voice in this one

I just love that voice. Not to lead a board meeting, maybe. But there's so much personality that carries through.

So, Ruth binge-watches TV shows. One was White Collar, which, it turns out, was based on Frank Abagnale.  If you don't know why that's interesting, listen to last week's episode.

Lately, it's been Person of Interest. And after lots of joking about it staring Jesus, and watching Finch so I could have hope that we geeks could have a life (even though I know they're just fake characters), they introduce... Root.
"Samantha Groves is a highly intelligent computer hacker and former contract killer known by her hacker name "Root". She has a special relationship with The Machine and is the only one to be in frequent and direct contact, acting as The Machine's 'Analog Interface'."
Root is played by Amy Acker.

1) I love my wife more than anything else.  2) I have two daughters, so I truly do understand the dangers of a society "objectifying" people and diminishing their full personhood over something that might even be complimentary. 3)  Amy Acker strikes me as the most beautiful human being on the planet.  (This leads to a tangent on the "Ginger vs. Mary Ann" application.  Because, why do I think this?)

This might have been just a passing interest, until I heard her speak.

I'm sure she's not... but she IS the "this is sand!" mom.

I now tease Ruth because whenever there's a dramatic moment in Person of Interest, I repeat her lines' inflection, but I say, "This is sand."  "This is sand, Finch. I like sand."

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Friday, May 06, 2016

Ericast 274 - Frank's Real Story

Sometimes you hear wisdom from the least expected place. Or, at least, of the least expected kind. Like marriage and parenting advice from a criminal turned security expert.

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Life lesson: Say "Yes" when offered things.  (I had to grow into that philosophy.)

This episode's topic: Frank Abagnale.  But not for the reason you might expect. More information about his security consulting is at www.abagnale.com.


Here's the full 2013 talk that I referenced in this show, via YouTube (http://youtu.be/iJIc16aqpO8)


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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Ericast 273 - Where's Your Ketchup?

Lately I've taken to saying, "Diversity is inherently good". Which you either respond with "Duh, Eric!" or you're... not quite sure you agree. Curious?  Here's your show.


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Yes, indeed, after 11 years we're switching over to our new feedback line, so call 701-645-3742, which conveniently spells out 701-645-ERIC.  Thanks to you who called, so we know it works!  So, let's go with that.

I'm sitting on a hiring committee at work, and we had this conversation, and I fell into the "Duh!" camp, but I couldn't point to why -- some sort of background info. I'd collected over the years in my degree program or whatever.

A colleague pointed out the Reply All podcast, Episode #52, and I listened to that and couldn't agree more.  Fascinating.  And we'll get to that.

And I thought, I should do a podcast on that!  And then life got in the way, including the K7 crisis that wasn't much of a crisis.  And then, while listening to MarketplaceTech (formerly Future Tense) on American Public Radio, I heard the March 24th episode.

So I decided that was spooky enough that I'd actually take a lesson from the Universe or God or the Hundredth Monkey or coincidence and I'd share the episode I'd planned to.  What follows is a clip from a spectacular piece by Alex Goldman.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Ericast 272 - K7 is K.O.'ed!

All good things must come to an end. No, no, not this podcast! But a key part of it. What it is, you ask?  Here's your show.

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Things change!  But I'm still here.  Not quite "reeling," but definitely "dealing" with an email (which wasn't appealing, and not worth concealing)...

Kall8 Customer Service (k7cs@itltd.net) to ericast.com

Dear K7 User,

Thank you for being a valued K7 customer. We appreciate your business.  Unfortunately we regret to inform we will be discontinuing K7 service as of May 1st 2016.

On May 1st the website and all messages on it will be unavailable. We wanted to let you know as soon as possible so you can make other arrangements for your service and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Thank you again for being a loyal customer of K7.

Sincerely,

International Telcom LTD.


NOOOOO!  But, K7.net has been an outstanding company to me (and many other podcasters) for many years, so there are no hard feelings.  But I need a hand making sure that our brand new voicemail solution will work...


So... Let me know what you think, but in a slightly different way.  Leave a message at 701-645-3742 (a.k.a. 701-645-ERIC) and then get in touch by some other means -- Twitter, Facebook, carrier pidgeon, or email me (eric) at ericast.com -- and let me know you gave the new line a try.

P.S.  I think this episode wins the award for "most punctuation in a show title"....?

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Ericast 271 - San Antonio Reflections

Where'd February go?!? Or, more accurately, where'd I go in February? It was kinda a big deal. Curious? Here's your show.

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Welcome to the Ericast: The weekly podcast that comes out once a month if I'm lucky. (Half-kidding there.) Is anyone listening? (Besides Matt and Chad?)


Discussing my trip to Texas for the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) conference.  (Anyone remember the Driving the Beam episode?)

The conference was in San Antonio this year. Frankly, didn't want to go and leave the family behind; Minnesota gets snow in February! What are the chances? Turns out they were 100%.

In the meantime, I was in San Antonio for the first time.  (First time in Texas, in fact.)



Background: We ended up doing a poster session on a doctoral program, originally designed as a regular presentation.  The proposal reviews were split: "There's no market for this because everyone is doing it it already; it's old hat." ...and "There's no market for this because it's so unusual and radical that nobody wants to do it."

Hmmm..

So, it became a poster session.  And there are pragmatic elements of dealing with a poster.  (Flights, shipping, etc.)  More than a month later, I can still remember the experience like it was yesterday.
  • San Antonio:  The riverwalk is beautiful.  I didn't understand it; now I do.
  • Key topics:  OER (open educational resources) and digital analytics.
  • There's a challenge of using analytics, even for good; some people are freaked out by them.
  • And I was glad to come home, too.  So, here I am.  No longer Far From Home.

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