A little rant, okay ? Just blowing off my anger

Source: A little rant, okay ? Just blowing off my anger

This person is a great blogger.  She expresses her emotions honestly.  Her raw way of putting things down is great.  I was moved by this post.  Read it above.

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Hatred of Muslims – Beginning of Genocide

Fear of the OTHER

Let me start this conversation by saying that I am appalled what the terrorists did in Paris. I am shocked and angry that this happened. HOWEVER

I am equally shocked and angry at some of the responses to this tragedy.  I was reading an article on Flipboard (a news app for various devices) and in this article a person in Texas said that ” They are living on a different wavelength that we do not understand. And they just have to be wiped out

What? Really? Wiped out… Gone… non-existent. Very similar to what the white settlers did to the Native Americans, or what the Spanish did to the Inca, or what the Germans did to the Jews.

Are we so incompetent that violence is the only way in which we can defeat ISIL? Just to be clear, where are they getting their money from. There must be banks that are allowing them to do transactions for selling oil. Why are we not decrying the banks to stop doing business with ISIL? Shut off the MONEY and you shut down ISIL. Why is Turkey buying Oil from ISIL? Why are we not undercutting ISIL’s oil price to make it harder for them to unload this oil?  Oh yes…  PROFITS.  Where did they get the weapons in the first place? America left behind literally thousands of pieces of equipment when we pulled out of Iraq. We funded and funneled the Free Syria Freedom fighters – a precursor to ISIL. The majority of ISIL comes from the FSFF that the American Military trained, that’s right we trained the Enemy that we are now complaining about

“Us and Them”

We all know that strife and war are profitable. The military industrial complex thrives on having a ready made enemy to use when the world gets a little peaceful.
Look there, they are the other, they are scary, they are the ones that will come for you in the dark. We must go to war to eliminate “them” to protect “us”


I would ask you to look at some perspective.  Yes 7 or 8 Muslims from ISIL killed approximately 130 Parisians. It was tragic.  I am sure they had help so lets say a 3 to 1 ratio helpers to henchmen so you would have about 32 total people carrying out this atrocity. Now, estimates are that there are 1.6 Billion Muslims in the world today – as a percentage that is .000002%. I am not saying that there are not radical Muslims in the world.  There are, but there are also radical Christians that bomb abortion clinics, go into black churches and kill people, go into theaters and kill people.  We don’t denounce Christianity when this happens.  I would remind us that Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people and injured 600 more, many of them women and children because of how the government handled a religious group in Waco, Texas. We didn’t round up all of the gulf war veterans and wipe them out because of the actions of one man.

Fall Out

I know that I am going to get grief about this. Publicly and Privately. My sister and her family is Jewish. My friends and family are Christian. I am not trying to excuse or make light of the tragedy that happened in Paris.  I am not saying that there are not bad Muslims in the world. I am not saying that we should just sit back and wait to be slaughtered.
I am saying that there are non-violent ways to deal with part of the problem. I am saying that we should not “wipe out” an entire segment of the population over the actions of a relatively small percentage of that population.

We have too many Genocides in our past, lets not add one more to the list.


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Charity Work

My wife participated in a volunteer cook book to help a young girl with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy).  She gave many recipes for this project that are near and dear to her heart.  Family favorites that she wrote herself and tested over time. The address for getting this cookbook is http://goo.gl/gLYria.  It is only 19.93 – 23% off list price.  Please take a look and give generously.

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Since July

I have not been blogging since July when I wrote about Second Life.  Although that was a great article and I really enjoyed it I am not playing as much as I was.  Why you might ask? The simple answer is there have been so many changes, I hardly recognize the culture any longer. I used to be able to go to a place and monitor the conversation in “local” chat, now everyone seems to use private messaging to talk.  For me that takes some of the fun out of it. The other big thing is the population has dropped dramatically. When I first joined the amount of people on line would number in the hundred thousand range, now you are lucky if it hits fifty thousand, more like thirty thousand most of the time.  I know that sounds like a lot but when you consider that the majority of the people are in small groups that are in a private area it actually makes the chance of meeting someone randomly small.
Another reason is, it seems that the online market place is geared toward women.  I know saying that seems lame but 9 out of 10 stores cater exclusively to women.  The first thing that happens when I say this is “More women like to shop than men” and I understand that. However after a while it gets a little boring.
I have kept my account only because I will check in every once in a while, and because I actually spent real money on some of the things that I have.  It would feel like throwing something away that is still useful.  You never know, the popularity of having an online second life might become popular again.

I could go on and on about work and other things but I think I will save that for another post.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by

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Second Life


Back in 2010 I joined Second Life (www.secondlife.com). At the time I was new to the educational field and was looking for new ways to integrate gaming into education.  I read an article about 3D virtual worlds being an innovative way to get students involved.  So I found a 3D virtual world – Second Life – and joined up to see what it was all about.  Now I like video games, they are an integral part of my life, but this was something that was beyond a video game.  It was my love of D&D and video game all rolled into one.

What did I find?

I found a whole world with a functioning economy and thriving social scene.  Unfortunately I had come a little late.  The peak of SL (Second Life) happened in 2008 and as the Real life economy dropped so did SL’s.  People didn’t have disposable income any longer and even though SL is a free download and you can play for free. There are enhancements that cost money, money that people didn’t have any longer.  I met some very interesting people, just as you do in real life.  I also met some very strange people, just like you do in real life. I guess the biggest difference was that I knew if I didn’t want to be around a person in SL I could block them or just not go where they were.  In real life it is not that easy.
It took a while to understand the the in & outs of the society but not that much.  In a couple weeks I no longer considered myself a NOOBIE.
I started to search out other schools that were on SL.  I found the Oregon Community College, Ball State, and many others.  (a lot have shut down at this writing) I wanted to see what they were doing and how.  I didn’t see a lot of students on-line with the schools I went to.  I decided that this wouldn’t be something that we would want to do as it would take a lot of development and time.  Time is precious to me.

I did however keep my SL account.  I went on to explore this virtual world and collect things.  I gave up my other video gaming time to explore this world.  I got a little addicted and spent way too much time going there, my wife complained and I finally gave it up.
I took about a year off.  Just last Saturday I went back just to see what had changed.


I was surprised that so many people have left SL.  The number of people on line was minimal compared to the first year I was on.  Some of the people that I had befriended were still there.  One in particular was Susan, she and her husband were early adopters and have been there forever.  She was happy to see me. We chatted and caught up.

I have decided to stay a little longer and play and visit.  For those of us geeks it is a fun environment.

Unfortunately there is a dark side of SL, and I stay away from that.  I will speak of that later.

Here’s a video about SL

Back in Real Life

I am going to be interviewed for an Instructor position at my school..YAY!  I am so excited. I have the qualifications, now I just need to wow the selection committee.  I know of three competitors and they are stiff competition.  I will certainly have to bring my A game.  If I get it, my salary will almost double.  Some of the stress from living pay check to pay check will be taken away.  When my previous job was eliminated back in 2009 I took about a 1/3 pay cut when I took this job. I stayed because it is a wonderful job. It was hard at first but we adjusted.  Now it is time (four years) for me to move up.  I am optimistic that I will prevail.

Well as always thank you for visiting and leave a comment should you wish to.

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Random Thoughts


About two years ago I went gluten free.  Since then  I have had to explain why I did it to many people.  It is not that I am sick, or will die if I eat gluten, I just did it to lose some weight and then I felt so good that I kept at it.  When you break away from the “norm” you are questioned about your motives. I find that interesting


My wife and I have been together since 1997 and have been married since 2005. I truly love her deeply.  That is not to say that we agree on everything, or don’t occasionally get on each others nerves. We work on our relationship constantly, ensuring we are on the right track. Aware that the other persons feelings matter and would we want to be treated that way.  I think a key to healthy relationships is thinking like the other person, being aware of their emotional state and acting accordingly.


When you are young and in love you cant seem to have sex enough.  There are not enough hours in the day to have sex.  As you grow older the number of times you have sex during the week decreases.  Not because you don’t want to have sex, but because the quality of the sex increases.  You are more aware of your partners needs and desires, more into pleasing them versus yourself. It makes for a wonderful experience.
At least that is how it should be……

Have a wonderful day to all of you who stop by…

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InstructureCon 2014

What is it?

As I mentioned in last years post on InstructurCon 2013.  I am the administrator for our campus’s LMS (Learning Management System) – Canvas. It is produced by a company called Instucture located in beautiful Salt Lake City in Utah. I adore the program for a number of reasons but first and foremost I like the idea behind the program. Make it easy for the student to use.

The Theme

The theme this year is “Calling all Hero’s”.  Educators can and should be hero’s.  They spend a lot of time and energy making curriculum current and interesting.

The format of the Conference

There were three of our staff that went to the conference this year.  Becki Clements, our incoming Canvas Administrator – Brendan Dalley, our Student Services Director and Me, the outgoing Canvas Administrator. Yes I am giving up the hat of Canvas Administrator, after several years doing it the Campus decided that they needed a more full time Administrator. Even though that is a very desirable job to me I am needed more in my current department.  Becki has been my Assistant Admin for about 2 years now and I have tried to teach her all I know.  She will be a great administrator. Back to the subject. So we get to Park City, Utah at the canyons resort Monday evening. I had thought my reservation was at the Grand Summit hotel when in actuality it was at the SunDial, not as good and through me for a loop for a minute but it was still a nice room and all.  Went to dinner at a great Chinese restaurant (see pictures of dinner). Tuesday: There were several pre-conference workshops that we went to.  One on the use of API (application program interface), another on the help desk system, and they were just fun to go to.  About noon it started raining and by the opening Keynote at 5:30 PM everything was soaked.  Normally the Keynote is outside but this year they had to move it inside. Dinner and a movie closed out the night Wednesday: Morning still snow on the ground but it warmed out considerably and quickly which made the whole place a soupy mess.  Breakfast was great with quiche and bacon, sausage, and fruit.  I couldn’t eat the quiche as I am gluten free but it smelled great. Off to the morning Keynote, a person talking about DIY Girls and what kinds of progress they have made getting girls interested in STEM. The rest of the day was filled with half hour break out sessions.  Food and fun was interspersed with the afternoon product session featuring a look at the Magic Marker app that makes grading outcomes easier. More breakouts, food and more fun wrapped up the evening. Thursday: More of the same. I am not trying to be trite but that is really what it was.  Until, that is, the evening festivities.  We had an 80’s party.  Yes I have pictures.  Remembering that it was “calling all hero’s” there were plenty of people in costume for the event.  Lots of fun.  Oh and the Gondola ride which you will see in the video I shot.

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Here we go again.

What now?

Here I am again, blogging about life in general.  I took about a year off as I thought I needed a little space from blogging.  I am not sure really why.  It does take a lot of time and I was concerned that if I started talking about things that were really important to me, I would somehow offend people.  I wanted to talk about politics, life in general, my views on the state of the world… etc. etc. etc.

What to do

So what do I do. I am about to turn 56 this year. I am not so sure I should be worried about offending people.  If you want to be offended by the things I say well I am sorry.  Please lambaste me in the comments section and I will try and clarify my thinking to you.
I also want to get back to writing about things I have done.  As an example the next article that I will be writing will be about InstructureCon 2014. There are pictures.  A week long event in Park city about Canvas by Instructure, an LMS that is very popular and growing all the time.

So there you have it

So there you go, I will try and write as often as I can and hope that those who look will like what you see.

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NSA Surveillance: Is your personal privacy a bigger issue than human rights?

NSA Surveillance: Is your personal privacy a bigger issue than human rights?.

Found this on freshly pressed.  Very thought provoking.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Goings on for July


Sometimes I wonder if I am getting anything useful done.  Then I look at all that I have completed and say “D@#N I got a lot done”

I started off the month with the fourth of July celebration here in St George Utah.  It was a fun time.  My very good friends, the Clements family, and I went up to the top of the mesa that used to be the airport for St George and watched the fireworks display.  Although the place was PACKED, we were able to get great seats because we had access to the actual runway of the old airport.  See the city donated a lot of land to the school that I work for that also includes the old terminal building.  I happen to have a master key to the school and that also opens the terminal building.  Don’t worry I asked permission (this time) to use if for our little party.  it was fun.  Next year I am thinking of organizing a actual BBQ and party for the School.  I think that would be fun.
My continuing studies for my A+ certification are going well.  I go in fits.  I really wanted to be done by the end of this month but that doesn’t look like it is going to happen.  Which is Okay, but I have increased the pace of what I am learning.  I am confident that I will be done by the end of August.  I also started my Java Class on the 17th.  We get two lessons a week, I am on lesson 4.  I just installed my Java Development Kit (JDK) yesterday.  I am pumped about that actually.  I have always wanted to learn how to “program” on a computer. When I was younger (1980) I had the opportunity to learn how to program in basic and C,  I decided not to because I believed the crap that PC’s would never catch on.  How dumb was that.  So here I am 30+ years later learning how.  It is fun to fulfill some early life dreams.  Here I am working in the educational field, I wanted to be a teacher in high school, I am learning how to be a computer technician, something I wanted to do in the early 80’s, and learning how to program.  How Cool is that.

New Desk

At work I have been occupying an office that, although is nice, is not as big as the desk that I originally had.  Two weeks ago, my boss (or one of them), came to me and said that we were going to move a desk that was in one building to another and I was going to move to the foyer of the building that we hold class in.  The upside to this is I get a really huge desk that I got to design myself.  We build the walls of my desk last week and they dry walled it yesterday.  I am waiting for it to be mudded and textured, I will then paint it and we will install the granite.  I will have to take pictures so I can post them here.  I am also hoping that I can move the IT office down to the other building so I can have that portion of my job closer also.  It means convincing them that there is a better office space for one of the executives than the space I want for my IT office.  I think I have one scooped out but I have some heavy negotiation to do to get that space…  We will see how good a negotiator I am.   I am pretty sure that I can get them to see that my solution is the best one.

Blogger extraordinaire

If you have not checked out Renxkyoko’s space at http://megaworthit.wordpress.com/.  I have it in my blog roll but I want to point it out here. She has written some very thoughtful articles lately.  I am hoping that she continues to speak her mind about subjects of today. Recently she wrote a piece on Obesity.  For me it was a great article because I have struggled with my weight for years now.  When I was young I had a very high metabolism, when I had my gall bladder out it seemed that it was harder for me to keep my weight under control.  I then got a desk job and sitting on my butt all day did not help me.  I still ate like I was working out in the field.  Calories in were way more than calories out and I got fat.  Not morbidly obese but fat enough to feel bad about me and how I looked.  I would try to lose some weight but it just seemed that I would put it right back on.  About a year and a half ago now I went Gluten free.  I went from a high of 284 to 247 now.  I still have a ways to go, but now I understand it is not about losing the weight it is about becoming healthy.  The weight is just a symptom of a larger problem.  If you address the lifestyle you are living the weight will come off.  I have chosen the slow method.  The problem before was that I would make drastic changes and then feel bad when I “failed”.  Now I make small changes and incorporate them into my life before I make another change.  Right now I am focusing on portion control.
Renxkyoko spoke about self control.  That is a huge part of it.  HUGE…  Understanding that you are in control of what you put in your mouth is so enlightening.  Is it still a struggle? Of course it is.  Am I winning because I have a better understanding of my control, you betcha.
The whole purpose of this portion of the blog is to let the world know that there are young people out there that have a great perception of the world. Who have something important to say.  We should listen.  Renxkyoko reads my blog sometimes and I hope she reads it this time.  Keep up the great work you are doing.  The world needs more young people like you.

Well folks that is all for this time.  As I get less busy (yeah, like that is going to happen) I will be back to add more to this journey…

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