Myth busted – The Golden Ratio

5d1c4952-47e9-49f5-b0b0-429f5f5c50c7-largeI am sharing an good article that looks at the design rule called The Golden Ratio. I have always felt that where there is a rule there is an exception. When it comes to design I think it’s always good to know the rules, accept them as starting points or guidelines then follow your gut. Lets face it what people find aesthetically appealing is subjective anyways.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder right? enjoy,

~mojo

Here is the article on fastcodesign.com
The Golden Ratio: Design’s Biggest Myth

Paying it forward

13Last night my wife and I watched the movie pay it forward again. What a simple concept yet so powerful. What do you think would happen to the world if we truly started a movement like that? If we treated others with love, kindness and compassion. What if we helped others and lifted them up when they needed it?

If there was ever a time when we needed a movement like this it’s now. The fact the we have to question who’s lives matter should be a big red flag. There are so may problems in the world that need our attention it can be overwhelming at times.

I believe the only way to get past this is to focus on ourselves. You can’t change others. Not even by calling them out on Facebook (sarcasm). We can’t blame republicans, we can blame the democrats and if you think it all comes down to who’s president then god help us. It’s about you! How do you treat others? Are you showing those around you how we should treat others? Who matters to you?

A Student Explains What’s Wrong With Our School System And Why We Mistrust Teachers. Nails It.

nclb-cartoonI am sure most of us would agree that the education system could use some major re-work. Many of the teachers I have talked to have expressed their frustrations to me about the focus on testing and some of the curriculum they are asked to teach. Good teachers spend a lot of time trying to comply with what they have to do and attempting to rise above this adding what they should be teaching as they can. The system is really making it tough on them not to mention the students. Most of them know what is needed and yet they have little to say in what we are doing. We need to stop basing our education systems on funding and start basing it on learning and inspiring you people to become there very best.

 

This post was inspired by the following article:

A Student Explains What’s Wrong With Our School System And Why We Mistrust Teachers. Nails It..

Lyrics of the week – Fake Plastic Trees

Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees

Her green plastic watering can
For her fake Chinese rubber plant
In the fake plastic earth
That she bought from a rubber man
In a town full of rubber plans
To get rid of itself

It wears her out, it wears her out
It wears her out, it wears her out

She lives with a broken man
A cracked polystyrene man
Who just crumbles and burns
He used to do surgery
For girls in the eighties
But gravity always wins

It wears him out, it wears him out
It wears him out, it wears…

She looks like the real thing
She tastes like the real thing
My fake plastic love
But I can’t help the feeling
I could blow through the ceiling
If I just turn and run

And It wears me out, it wears me out
It wears me out, it wears me out

And If I could be who you wanted
If I could be who you wanted all the time

AWP 2013: That Genre Thing Again

Interesting Blog from Kathleen Stone. I totally see her points!

BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog

A guest blog from Kathleen Stone:

Fiction/nonfiction: what’s the difference?  If there’s a difference, does it matter?  And eiawp2013dther way, what responsibility does the author have to readers and subjects? 

By the third day of AWP, I thought I couldn’t bear to hear these questions discussed.  I thought Lawrence Weschler’s observation about narrative voice and the division of the world between those who know it’s a fiction and those who don’t had been chewed over enough to last me a lifetime.  But still, something drew me to the WhyGenre Matters panel.  Maybe the names of the panelists, or something about the blurb in the conference book drew me in, but whatever it was, I grabbed another cup of coffee and soldiered on.

Nonfictionist and moderator Dinah Lenney led off with her own strong point of view.  An author and reader are like two people on a see-saw, with…

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Eradicating extreme poverty doesn’t have to be a dream: Bono at TED2013

TED Blog

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In 2005, the TED Prize was given to Bono. Eight years later, Chris Anderson asks, has there been any progress? The U2 frontman is here to tell us. But first, some good-natured Anglo-Irish joshing. “Chris Anderson asked me if I could put the last 25 years of of anti-poverty campaigning into 10 minutes. That’s an Englishman asking an Irishman to be succinct?” Bono is incredulous; the audience seems happy to laugh at both nations.

Bono’s passion: countering what Nelson Mandela refers to as “that most awful offense to humanity, extreme poverty.” His weapon of choice? Facts. “Forget the rock opera, forget the bombast, my usual tricks,” he says. “The only thing singing today will be the facts. I have truly embraced my inner nerd. Exit the rock star.” He removes his trademark sunglasses. “Enter the evidence-based activist.” He puts his glasses back on upside down. Bono is now a “factivist.” And he has the…

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Interview with Michael Allen on his book Leaving ADDIE for SAM

For some time now I have been of the opinion that ADDIE needs to be broken in order to work properly in most organizations. I have been part of many water cooler conversations on this subject. We create written documents, host team meetings talking about our ADDIE process and believe we are following it. The reality is we are often frustrated about how projects just are not going the way they should be. In the end our training falls short. We have rapid deadlines and company dynamics such as how other parts of our organizations work to consider. So in order to get things accomplished we have to bend or sometimes break our processes. Much of this can be attributed to the fact that the speed of business is more rapid today. Companies change direction on a dime, launch products continually and time to market is compacted on order to stay competitive. The bottom line is businesses just do not function they way they did in the past. So why to we approach our training projects using the same linear process that we used 20 or 30 years ago? We are just not in-sync with our partners, SMEs and stakeholders.

We should also look at how much the technologies that we create and deliver training have changed. We use rapid development tools so we can crank out learning like a fast food restaurant. Would you like fries with that eLearning? We also have so many more options for delivering training that we did not have before. Lets face it how we train people is really different now. I know there are arguments over whether or not our training is any better today. I believe we are still figuring out how to properly leverage these new tools and technologies. There are some big opportunities here in my opinion but that is another conversation.

If you look at how the software development community has changed their process and workflows so that they might meet the demands of today’s business we may get an idea of how we could improve what we do. Most developers today follow and iterative process called Agile. It allows for a better workflow enabling a project to evolve and improve as needed all they way to launch and even post launch. This model has been a very successful approach for the high paced software development environment. I think it is time to look at how we can borrow from this.

Several years ago Allen Interactions left the ADDIE process behind for a more iterative process so that they could better server their customers and improve their workflows. It must be working for them because they continually produce award-winning learning for their clients.

I caught up with Michael at DevLearn 2012 to talk about his new book Leaving ADDIE for SAM.

Michael Allen CEO at Allen Interactions Inc.

Here is a great article by Richard Sites, vice president – client services for Allen Interactions titled It’s an ICE Time to Leave ADDIE Behind

Be sure and pickup a copy of Michaels book at ASTD.org

An adventure with Geaff Stead and John Polaschek at mLearnCon 2012 – we partied like geeks!

Geoff Stead and I hanging with the Qualcomm gang. Great night we took the limo to several tech companies and snapped photos in front of them. I think most of them would agree the highlight was riding around on the Google bikes.

John Polaschek

Here is my interview with Geoff Stead at mLearnCon 2012

Check out the blog and video on the Float Mobile Learning’s Blog and for more of my interviews other great content!