Thursday, January 29, 2009
Testing is always a part of any instructional design process, but this is being done before the instruction has been developed. This is a great idea because with 600 or so individual scripts, which will eventually be turned into training materials by a team of instructional designers that includes me, testing the training and the scripts at the same time would be a nightmare.
My part in all of this is getting the scripts together by business process. As with other parts of the shakedown cruise this also got better as we went along. The initial script pull did not go smoothly. One major reason for that is people do not follow naming conventions.
Even though all the scripts are stored in one place, manually searching through hundreds of them is pretty tedious if the search function does not return any results. It gets even worse if people tell you that the script is there and it turns out that a single misplaced digit kept you from finding it.
Tomorrow we will conclude the first week of integrated testing. The first cycle of testing won't be done for another week or so, but I am very curious to see the results. I especially can't wait to see how the training materials turn out, but that's another post entirely.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Hello,This brought two questions to mind: 1)where did she find my profile and 2)did she ever read my blog which is riddled with stories about my wife and daughter. After reading this I have to say I prefer to get the Nigerian scam letters. At least then I know it's complete crap.
My name is Veronica I saw your profile and get interested in you. I will like to have a good relationship with you. I am down to earth, and I like natural things. My way of life is simple and ideal.
I am an outgoing person, and a very romantic woman who loves Romantic Challenges. never dies for it is lust that fades away. Love bonds for a lifetime but lust just pushes away. If true love, kindly reply me through my personal email address.
I Cherish You.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
And this President brings with him a new chapter in American history. He is not only the first African-American President, he is also the first first generation American to become President.
As an immigrant father of an American born child this fills me with pride in my country and knowledge that I live in an America where my daughter can be anything she wants. Even if, at two years old, she just wants to sit on my lap playing with a spoon as I write this.
There is no guarantee that Barack Obama will solve all the problems that the country faces and it is impossible to say that any one person can. But history has been made and there is no turning back now. We live in a new America.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
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Saturday, January 10, 2009
Even though Spring brings rebirth, Summer brings moments of perfect stillness when you can watch hot air rising from the road, and Fall brings amazing multicolored beauty, none of them can compare to a snowy day.
On a snowy day the world seems to slow down to a crawl, not just because the cars move slower, but because the infinite sky becomes smaller and you are no longer insignificant by comparison.
So, as the song says, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Let the world stand still and the time stand still with it. A perfect Winter stillness, covered in snow.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Sept. 11 is the excuse for many of the Bush Administration's failures and disappointments. It is also the basis for the one great claim made on George W. Bush's behalf: At least he has protected us from terrorism. In the seven years since that day, there has not been another foreign-terrorist attack on the American homeland. The trouble is that there were no foreign-terrorist attacks on the American homeland in the seven years before 9/11 either.If you wish to read the rest of this essay, it was published in the current issue dated January 12th, 2009. I suggest that you check it out before Bush leaves office and joins the ranks of thousands of Americans who no longer have jobs.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
A corrupt state governor isn't a new idea in American politics. Seats have been bought and sold since before this country broke away from England. Some times corruption remained hidden from the prying eyes of History, but it has been running, like the Gulf-stream, through the ocean of politics. John F. Kennedy, arguably the greatest 20th Century President, would not have been elected if it were not for the help of his father's friends from the Mafia.
But, like his assassination, this fact is now a part of American history which has many interesting chapters. The Burris situation, however, it is not one of the brighter chapters. He was turned away from the seat that was previously occupied by Barack Obama. He wasn't elected to replace Obama, he was simply appointed to hold the seat until the next election.
The question that lingers in the air is: was he appointed based on merit or based on money. This is something only he and Blagojevich can answer and neither of them is talking. But, despite Blagojevich's corruption investigation, Burris did not deserve to be turned away at the door like an unwanted guest. The Senate should have notified him that they have no intention of letting him into the building to take Obama's old seat.
After all, the only Black member of the Senate being blocked from entering the Senate looks really bad in the wake of Obama's election. It looks like we are taking two steps back after taking a step forward.
Monday, January 05, 2009
I have been thinking about opening up this blog to other people to post on topics they have had an experience with. This is not because I do not have the desire or the time to write something myself, but because I want to offer my readers, in the word of Monty Python, something completely different.
Currently I am negotiating with a couple of people to write guest posts. I hope that these will prove as interesting and insightful as I think they will. So stay tuned for future developments.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Books, despite being available in a digital format, are still an experience. In order to really appreciate a book you have to go to a bookstore, pick it up, and hold it in your hands. There is a feeling you get from holding a new book in your hands.
I am not quite sure how to describe this feeling, but I think it might be akin to first love and borders on the sublime. To me it is one of the reasons I keep going to my local Barnes and Noble, or any other bookstore, over and over.
Centuries ago books belonged to the nobility since they were expensive to reproduce and only the nobility and the clergy knew how to read. Then Gutenberg invented the printing press and the literacy revolution began.
Now there are more books on more topics than you have time to read, but the value of books has not diminished along with their cost. Books are as important today as they were in medieval times when monks painstakingly reproduced them by hand.
Magazines have more in common with newspaper than with books. Their message, however, is less time sensitive. A newspaper that was printed yesterday is old news, but a magazine that came out last week still makes for a good read.
Another reason magazines are superior to newspapers lies in their publication frequency. Since magazines are published less often, the magazine writers have more time to work on their stories. This results in better researched and better written articles.
Unlike newspapers, magazines have built-in content for their websites. Magazines can put their past issues online, providing their readers with a centralized archive which might not be available otherwise.
Books and magazines can exist in both printed and digital format. This, however, does not diminish them in any way. The experience of opening a book or of getting the new issue of a magazine in the mail can not be duplicated in the digital world.
So, books and magazines are safe in the Internet age because they offer something that can not be easily replaced by online publications.
Friday, January 02, 2009
When Stan Yann asked me to write about the Internet and the newspaper business, I jumped at the chance. But to explore the topic fully would take far more words than anyone wants to read in one sitting, so I'll try to paint with a broad stroke.
The Internet is the ultimate enigma for newspapers: At the same time its enemy and its savior.
Daily newspapers struggle to keep readers who are logged on all day and get a constant news feed, if they want it. A recent study found that the only demographic that still relies on newspapers for most of their news are 50-years old or older. A Pew report, released on Dec. 23, 2008, says that for the first time, "Internet has surpassed all other media except television for national and international news."
And while newsmen and newswomen should hate the Internet for taking away the readers, the online realm is our only future. The most frustrating aspect, and the one that shook me to the core when I realized it a few months ago, is how untimely the printed medium is.
Even more startling, reporters and editors seem completely comfortable continuing to work in this way.
Let's talk untimely:
- Half of the stories run in newspapers are not news anymore: A big story at 8 a.m. on a Tuesday is played out by the get it .
- Newspapers are not for breaking news. TV, Internet and radio are much better at getting the latest news out first. Even if there was a publication hourly, the paper is still potentially 58 minutes behind any breaking story. Despite using recycled newsprint and ink, the gas, ink and paper wasted daily already makes newspapers very ungreen, let alone what it would take for multiple publications per day.
Now, this is not to say newspapers, news sources, have no place in this world. Newspapers will always be here in some way. Hopefully there is an evolution into a newsmachine that uses the Internet for up-to-the-second news, and the paper for more in-depth and investigative local stories.
There are many questions that need to be answered and tough decisions that need to be made before any of this takes place. But it can work, and newspapers cannot be afraid to try.
Eric Pehowic is the assistant managing editor of The fantasy football online at www.chinstrapninjas.com and about video games and other wastes of time at blogs.sloppypotatoes.com.. A news and sports journalist since 1997, he writes about