We often have this discussion, my friends and I, about the reflective nature of summer for teachers. The great myth is that teachers run from the classroom as soon as the last bell rings, but in truth, the spend the summer months reflecting on their prior year and preparing for the next. For many, it’s a chance to embrace time spent with those who will coach them in their personal and professional development, and to soak up time with mentors, as they move forward in the long journey of their lives. On Twitter tonight, I asked three of my
One of the neat things about Pokémon Go is that the it’s built upon the game Ingress. For Ingress, players nominated public places of interest – statues, buildings, fountains, public buildings, artwork, etc – to be portals to be used in the game, and that dataset carried over to become gyms and pokestops in Pokémon Go. And this includes a lot of schools. And a lot of things of school campuses – art murals, statues and the like. School principals are this week discovering that people – and kids – are coming to school voluntarily, to play Pokémon Go. What to do
It’s no surprised to anyone who plays Pokémon Go that the game is brutal on battery life. Lots of apps that are GPS intensive are like this – Apple’s own map program, Google Maps, running and walking tracking programs, etc. all suffer this fate. It’s the nature of the beast – and it’s something that programmers wrestle with, trying to fine-tune their code in order to have as little impact as possible on as users battery life as possible. But battery life is a great conversation to have with students and kids – one of two. Phones are, after
Update: There’s an iOS update for the app out, resolving the Google-all-access coding problem. 7/12/2016 Noon PST. Schools and school administrators will still want to talk about the implications of having students use their own accounts to play this game, if they want to have it be a part of a school’s learning program, or in using school Google-based accounts. Those a entirely different and policy-based issued unrelated to this coding issue. Since its launch this week, Pokémon Go has achieved a level of popularity on par with chocolate and bacon. In two days, users installed it on 5% of
Professionally, I do a lot of work on the decision to go to war with Iraq. That involved a lot of work with now-declassified documents pertaining to Iraq, its alleged nuclear, biological and chemical programs in the 1990s, efforts to procure something called yellowcake, alleged connections to al-Qaeda, and so on. I read books, I watch videos, I study memoirs, and I swim through history. This morning, the British government finished and posted to its website (here) a 6505 page, 6.5 million word report summarizing British involvement in Iraq, from the run-up and decision to invade, to the withdrawal
In his statement to the press today (here), FBI Director James Comey laid out what he described as the background of the FBI efforts associated with their investigation of the emails on and security for the email server maintained by and for Bill and Hillary Clinton, primarily while she served as Secretary of State. As background, it seems that Clinton wanted to be able to use a Blackberry as her primary means of communications – for voice and email – and both the Department of State and the National Security Agency were against this, specifically on the basis of
I am in Denver, attending the annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, known as ISTE2016. It’s a tech conference, through and through. But with 18,000 educators – mostly teachers – important to not overlook one key part of events like ISTE2016 – the needs to network and make connections as a part of personal and professional development, in lieu of looking for a gadget or widget as being some magic bullet.
The ways in which the argument for BRexit is like the argument for invading Iraq.
I’ll be honest – I was pleasantly surprised to see that the good folks at Huffington Post had, um, convinced someone to let them post one of an article about Iran and Iranian support to the “civil war” in Yemen, right there on the Huffington Post website. They convinced Dr. Majid Rafizideh, president of the International American Council of the Middle East (it doesn’t have a Wikipedia page – so…) to write an article, Six Reasons Why Iran Will Not Leave Yemen, presumably for free. I’ll skip linking to the original post – not just because it’s on Huffington, but
Sigh. All of my friends are outside playing, and I’m stuck inside, doing homework. That’s not entirely true. It just feels like it sometimes.
I need some used books. Yes, used is fine. New would be wonderful, but really, good used books will be just fine. There’s a great list of books on cyber security, here.
It is good to see organizations like PBS take on the history of ISIS, with their piece this week, The Secret History of ISIS. It’s not horrible, and it’s good to see that they were able to interview some of the key players – original sources matter. You should make time to watch it; it’s about 45 minutes in length, and it will stream on just about any device. Three things, though, after you watch it. 1) Frontline does a good job of pointing out that Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) / Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) had been
I teach college. My classes involve a lot of writing; there’s no getting around there. I read and grade a lot of writing. Midterms and finals are often essays, and they’re often in the 4 to 12 page range. And I often hear from my students, after the fact, comments like this. “I didn’t get the grade I was expecting.” “I usually do much better than this.” “This grade was disappointing.” “For the amount of effort I put into this, I was expecting a higher grade.” Let’s talk about this. I’ll use my recent round of midterms as a
On Monday, the State Department finished their review of the 30,300 work-related emails and attachments that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had kept on her “private” email server at her house, and released to the public the last of the ones that the were able to release. Of those 30,000, all but 2093 were released. Those 2093 could not be released because they were determined to contain classified information.  The standard for this is, of course, zero. None. As someone with access to classified information, Hillary Clinton – and those who worked for her – are required by
Now that I am back in the business of reading and using a lot of PDF files, I have a nice system in place. I thought it time to share it. Some of the PDF files are ones that I already have on my hard drive. Others are ones I need to pull from the internet. Others, still, are ones I make by “printing” a web page and saving it as a PDF files. In all of these cases, the end result is a PDF file that is saved to my hard drive (well, to the Google Drive account
The FBI has asked Apple to develop the means to unencrypt the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the participants in the 02 December 2015 shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. Farook had a county-issued iPhone 5C, with which he used the iOS included advanced encryption options available to every user meant to serve as a safeguard to the data physically on the phone. Farook also backed up some of his data to an iCloud account – typically address, calendar, to-do list types of information – but the FBI asserts that it cannot access all of
I stitched together a few oddities today, regarding Bob Levinson – things I just hadn’t realized. His cases is getting weirder and weirder. I remember when he went missing in 2007. It was news then. An ex-FBI agent, no longer working with the US Government, working on his own they said, looking into cigarette smuuggling., I remember when he went missing in 2007. It was news then. An ex-FBI agent, no longer working with the US Government, working on his own they said, looking into cigarette smuggling. They said he had traveled to the Iranian island of Kish –
Geoff Arnold pointed me towards a great article in The American Conservative, The Pentagon Fights Back. I’m going to plan to use it in future iterations of one of the classes I teach, ISSA 3302, Fundamentals of Intelligence Analysis, specifically during the section about the perils of politicization. Giraldi makes a good point, comparing current American actions and apparent strategy to a thinking of that of 1938 in Munich. I don’t think it’s just Rwanda that hangs over the head of this Democratic administration (Bill Clinton regrets how he handled it), but other atrocities and acts of genocide, to
I just created another Google Search today. I thought I would share with you what I used and how. As background, I have an ongoing interest in the Shia (and Sunni) militias in Iraq. The Shia ones have a long history of being supported by Iran, directly and indirectly. In 2014, the Iraqi government rolled many of the Shia ones into an umbrella organization, in response to the fall of Mosul and the need to officially bring these groups – armed – into the fight. Think of that action as mobilizing a well armed militia, in accordance with the US’s
I’m using November 2015 to participated in #NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. It’s suppose to be a month in which to bang out 50k words towards a novel, using a lot of great tools and formulas from this great and structured program, but I’m a rebel – I’m going to try and put down 50k (or more) words about my time in the Army. Stories I Should Tell, I’m calling it. So, here’s the question to you: what are you favorite Art in the Army stories, that just have to be included?