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Yes, I have moved my Blog to a hosted site. This gives me more freedom to add items and to try to turn it into a more commercial venture.

Hopefully you will be able to make relevant high quality purchases through my new site.

I plan to keep it interesting and varied with ever-more sophisticated content. It will still be powered by WordPress, which I have been using for almost two years now. I really like the interface and flexibility it offers.

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Fairport Convention

May 16, 2008

Fairport Convention – Come All Ye (Audio)

Ok, guess I was having a Hippie Flashback.The year was 1969. Where were you?
This is part of my tradition of presenting an occasional eclectic music break.

Lost Generation

May 11, 2008

Lost Generation

I found this on someone else’s blog, but don’t we all gather from others.
Watch this one all the way through. It may not be what you think.

Beyond Magic

For those of you who have not visited a virtual world this is a beautiful introduction to the best it can be.
For those of us who are familiar with them, what a nice visual treat that reiterates the many possibilities inherent in these platforms.

What drives me…

April 21, 2008

I was remembering an old quote that had impressed me in my younger years. I searched for it on Google and found it. What a nice tool to have available. Here it is:

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them”.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

This thought frightened me when I was a college student, and it has been my motivation for all of my adult life. I refuse to go to the grave with my song still in me. While it’s taking a lifetime to realize the potential inside, I try as hard as I can to be open to it and honest about it. Whenever I can, I follow my passion. That has brought me to the study of media and society and the relationship between the two. It’s really just a new outgrowth of my long-time interest in Cognitive Psychology.

So I embrace the new, and explore with my mind and my heart. We can’t forget to have passion in our lives.

I had a very interesting experience yesterday. One of the groups I am a part of in Second Life sent out a group notice with an Amber alert. It described the vehicle, the license plate number, and where it was suspected to be heading to. I was somewhat taken aback by this and didn’t know what to think. It almost seemed inappropriate at first. Then I realized it was a wonderful social use of a virtual world. While many of us in-world don’t want intrusions from the outside, “real world”, how could we not want to be a part of the community and help out with a suspected kidnapping? We then got a report that it was resolved and the children are safe and the perpetrator has been arrested.  So, what if I hadn’t been in-world; would it still have been of any value? Well, I wasn’t in, I was checking my regular email – I have my notices from in-world forwarded to my real life email. So this makes SL a potential vehicle for real world community awareness.

Design Coding Rapped Up

April 4, 2008

Design Coding

Wow! All you need to know about designing a web site! Hey, maybe this guy should be doing online education.
You could teach anything this way.