I spent much of this fall semester diving back into drones, drone technology, and policies related to drones. This was, in large part, because I had agreed to take on leading this cohort of undergrads through an internship regarding drones starting next month, and it’s about all things drones. I have a solid background in drones – well, I tell myself that – but I really needed to bear down and ensure I had maintained my subject matter expertise in the whole of the subject. Nobody wants a professor who sort of knows the material. I don’t want to
One of the key requirements for reflection is coming to terms with your mistakes. It’s not enough to look back at what has happened and just see the past, it’s taking the time to more than recognize the mistake, but accept them for what they are. I try to do this, and often. Reflection has been a part of my own continued personal and professional development, in the Army and now in education, since my 20’s when I had Army leaders talk with me about the need to include reflection and our open and honest embracing of mistakes as
Just over a year ago, my buddy Tom arrived in Portland. I had been following his journey, as he rode his motorcycle up out of the deep South, blogging about his adventures, and headed this way to see family and possibly spend the holidays in the Portland area. I was excited at the prospects of getting the chance to see him, if only for a little bit, before his plans had him heading East and on to other parts unknown. He had just closed one large chapter of his life, and he was free – or adrift – to go
I say all the time, model the behavior you want to see in others. Some of the time, I am talking to or with students, about the challenges in growing up. But often, I am talking with teachers and other educators about the struggles we ourselves face, in continuing our own personal and professional development. We can sit around, and wait for the world to come to us with what it thinks should happen to us or for us. Or we can start to have the effect we want to see. That’s especially true with mentoring. In K-12 education,
I tell people that, once upon a time, I had moved to and lived in Bosnia and Herzegovina. That I had gone there not all that long after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords, and that I had spent a winter there. And that it had been cold. Really cold.
About two weeks ago, I shelved my Pokémon Go account and created a new one. With my friend Josh, I will be speaking about Pokémon Go in December at the TIES conference, and there was a number of things about the game I wanted to re-look – things that I thought I was not, and would not, see, given the status of my current account. So, I started over. I shelved a Level 25 account, with well more than a half-million experience points, in order to start fresh. A giant part of it is a relearn the game, but part of
It’s an unusual event, having a non-politician as the presidential candidate for one of American’s two main political parties in the election this year. Donald Trump has never held office. He’s from a wealthy family, he started his business career with a loan from his father, and he has had his financial ups and downs over the years, to include 4 instances of filing for bankruptcy. But in his first run for office, he’s swinging for the fence – with some backing from the Republican party, he’s running for President of the United States. In reading today his posted
Back in July, I read with great interest the statement from James B. Comey, the Director of the FBI, regarding the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, their cyber analysis in support of their investigation, and his ultimate decision to not recommend that she or others involved in this series of events be brought up on charges or prosecutes. I read this with interest because, unlike others, I am not a self-described political blogger. I am a retired intelligence officer. I spent a lifetime living, eating, breathing these exact types of classified information, for 25
One of the most important things I did was seek out and have a great internship with the US Department of State, between my junior and senior year in college. Here, I go into detail about internship programs for agencies within the Intelligence Community for 2017, and talk about the importance internships can play in finding your career path.
Sellwood Riverfront Park is an open dog run park, with a great walking path around it, that features more than half a dozen Pokestops know for dispensing a high rate of various balls. Oh, and it’s the local nesting place for Pikachu. What do I mean by nest? I mean you can very likely catch 4 of a specific but uncommon Pokemon in a 60 minute period. That is what I mean by a nest.
For my friends and colleagues still in the business, it might be worth the time to read the newly released report from the Congressional Joint Task Force that looked into allegations that CENTCOM senior officials and senior intelligence analysts slanted intelligence analysis and the intelligence process. This is good reading, and key to understanding – and remembering – so many of the things that led to the debacle of the poor intelligence support to policy and decision makers in 2002. This speaks to the role analysts play in supporting policy and decision makers; to analysts vs those
The Laurelhurst Park in NE Portland is a Scyther nest. Spanning from the Pokestop where SE 33rd meets SE Pine streets, across the park to where SE Cesar Chavez Blvd crosses SE Ash St., those little buggers can be found just about everywhere in the park, north of SE Oak Street. What do I mean by nest? I mean you can very likely catch 4 of a specific but uncommon Pokemon in a 60 minute period. That is what I mean by a nest.
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.