Saturday, March 15, 2003

Daily Photos - A New Challenge

Posting a photo and text. Daily. Sounds easy enough. Not quite so easily done. At least not today.

Fairmont Aquatic Center, 03/15/2003, 6:42 p.m.

"Solving problems is a practical art, like swimming, or skiing, or playing the piano: you learn it only by imitation and practice. ... if you wish to learn swimming you have to go into the water, and if you wish to become a problem solver you have to solve problems." --George Polya

Found while looking for something else: This American Life


Friday, March 14, 2003


Pioneer, Utah's Online Library is getting some media attention. Lea Ann Lobb of KUTV interviewed Pioneer Chair Wayne Peay for her Fresh Ideas feature. Here's a transcript of the story. We've also produced a new Pioneer TV spot. It will be airing soon on KULC and perhaps other stations, but you can see it now online. It took quite a team from KUED Media Solutions to produce this little gem. Here are the credits:

Gordon Jones - Director
Eric Carlson - Editor, Associate Producer
Gary Turnier - Videography
Kevin Sweet - Audio
Al Cutler - Lighting
Dave Krummenacher - Writer, Storyboards, Animation

"The library is not a shrine for the worship of books. It is not a temple where literary incense must be burned or where one's devotion to the bound book is expressed in ritual. A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas - a place where history comes to life." --Norman Cousins

Found while looking for something else: Albert Einstein - Image and Impact (note: Einstein was born on this day in 1879.)


Caption: First RU-Blog photo. Looking west from the roof
of the Eccles Broadcast Center, 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, March 13, 2003

Freedom and Captivity

I slept better last night. I awakened more refreshed. My wife's voice sounded sweeter this morning. When I dropped my daughter off at school I said, "I love you," with more warmth. The air seems crisper, the sky a different quality of blue. Yes, it's great weather, but it's more than that.

Perhaps we're more connected than it sometimes seems. Perhaps only after we're freed, do we begin to comprehend the abuse former captors have perpetrated.

"When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!" --Martin Luther King, Jr.

Related links: Why did she not escape? - Stockholm Syndrome - Societal Stockholm Syndrome - No Safe Place: Violence Against Women, A KUED production and website including an online Teacher's Study Guide.

Found while looking for something else: Science Friday



Wednesday, March 12, 2003


One month and one day ago I started blogging, however I didn't start using a tracking system until February 17, so the following highlighted stats are all under-reported.

-Unique Visitors-
total: 432
average per day: 17
highest day: 41 (2/27/03, day Fred Rogers died)

-Website Referrers-
total: 52 sites

-Top Referrers I Know - Unique Visitors Referred - Percentage-
Jim Stewart - 37 - 14.62%
Dave Fletcher - 36 - 14.22%
Pete Kruckenberg - 17 - 6.71 %
(thanks guys!)

"The product of an arithmetical computation is the answer to an equation; it is not the solution to a problem."
- Ashley-Perry Statistical Axioms

Found while looking for something else: photoblog blog


p.s. A few of the above visitors have chosen to take my exercise poll. Why not join them and see what a hearty group of fitness seekers read this blog. (Or is it that only those who are interested in the topic take the poll? Or, as one respondent told me, "Of course I exercise daily. I get out of bed everyday, don't I?)

How much do you exercise in wintertime?

Current Results

Tuesday, March 11, 2003


Sometimes I take my loved-ones for granted. I need to tell 'em more often I love 'em -- in words and in actions. We just don't know what may be ahead for any of us. On Sunday a wonderful friend I've known since high school received word that his missionary son had died in Argentina while trying to save a kid from drowning. Both boys were electrocuted. What an incredible loss for their families and communities. What a sobering reminder that life is fragile.

I held a Jewel in my fingers --
And went to sleep --
The day was warm, and winds were prosy --
I said "`Twill keep" --

I woke -- and chid my honest fingers,
The Gem was gone --
And now, an Amethyst remembrance
Is all I own --

--Emily Dickinson


Monday, March 10, 2003

Verbs - A Call to Action

Couldn't get by without nouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and pronouns, but verbs are my favorite part of speech. Here are a few I've been thinking about lately as I've considered the myriad ways UEN ties people, services and technologies together to foster education.

awaken articlulate approve
build boost balance
connect create collaborate
discern debate direct
express encourage empower
frame function fufill
guide group grant
handle harmonize harvest
inquire instruct improve
jet join journey
lead learn lift
network negotiate nurture
guide group grant
handle harmonize harvest
inquire instruct improve
jet join journey
lead learn lift
network negotiate nurture
open outline organize
prepare prioritize perform
question quote qualify
read reflect recognize
speak stimulate strengthen
think teach transform
use unify understand
verify vocalize validate
watch witness welcome

What would you add to the list?

The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between the 'lightning' and the 'lightning-bug'." --Mark Twain

Found while looking for something else: Utah Schools Map Search


Sunday, March 09, 2003

Roots and Wings

Stupid networks beat more intelligent systems? Hint: Would you ever call your health insurance provider just because you're curious about something and you know they'd have fast and accurate information even though you're not exactly sure what your looking for? More on the concept from Pete Kruckenberg and in this great little gem, World of Ends -- What the Internet Is and How to Spot Mistaking It for Something Else.

Once again we're in the realm of paradox. We encounter concepts like roots and wings and learn anew that while we are neither redwoods nor hawks, our ability to soar is essential to our being well grounded.

"In every seed is the promise of thousands of forests." --Deepak Chopra

Found while looking for something else: Freedom: A History of US, Paper Sky Animation and The 50 Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books of the Last 50 Years, 1953-2002