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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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Kkmd at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ericast 270 - Comfort with Failure

2016 is one twelfth of the way finished already. I'm such a failure as a podcaster! But wait... is that bad? I have the answer. Here's your show.

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On the heels of a trip to Texas for the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) conference, here's an episode based on a monologue from Adam Savage.  An earlier version appeared on the web; it's quoted in the podcast, but here's the full clip (which helps because, amazingly, juggling is a visual art and an audio podcast doesn't do it full justice):


Adam Savage, Mythbuster (EG9) from e.g. on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Ericast 269 - One Last Walk

I'm really tired.  And that's not an excuse; it's just a fact... Because I just got in from a 3.5 mile walk, in Minnesota, in December.  Want to know what I've been up to the past couple months?  Here's your show.

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This episode is not intended to be fatalistic; I assume I'll be walking outside next year. But I've been planning this episode since October, when there were nice fall days.  I love walking on nice fall days.  And I assumed that we'd get snow and be immersed in winter by now.

Tonight?  It's December 8, and after 10:00 at night, it was still 37 degrees.  (That's not normal!)  No ice on the sidewalks and trails, just little piles of snow here and there.

So, this becomes a catch-up episode.

Technical snippet for those of you inclined that way:  I had some hard drive issues.  A new 5TB under Windows 10 doesn't work well.  FYI.

November featured "Mythbusters: Adam and Jamie UNLEASHED" which was really cool (and a chance for the girls to see the TV stars they've grown up with).

"Guy's Retreat" up by Lake Mille Lacs. Stepping next door brought me back 15 months instantly, to when Utah and South Dakota adventures weren't even a glimmer of a concept. Memory is an odd thing.

Calls!  Been saving them up.  I know at least one is legit and we'll hear from Chad at the end.  I literally don't know what the others are.  Let's find out.   (They ended up being from Steve, Gerald and Chad)

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