I am proud to have been a teacher…


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When I was seventeen I wanted to be a writer more than anything on earth. To share my ideas with the world and know that at least one other person read them (spit them out and said yuck in the worst case loved them in the best case). That is not a very lucrative career choice and both my father and my grandfather told me to get a degree. My grandfather said it was a backup plan.

So I got a degree as a teacher. It was my backup plan. To quote the play “Little Shop of Horrors” (in the voice of Levi Stubbs of course) “Mama said you have a habit for causing things pain so be a” teacher. In the play the profession is dentist but you get the idea. To be honest I never wanted to be a teacher. My father was a phenomenal teacher and I didn’t want to be “the other Andersen.” In the end I just hope I lived up to the name.

Personally I think that two years in a classroom should be mandatory for everyone. I love my career and where it has gone but frankly everyone should have to be a volunteer coach, or teach for a few years to remember how things were and help others move forward. It’s the same with military service. I think the world would be a better place if we implemented universal service and teaching, military service and construction were the three options (we probably need more than 3 but you get the idea).

I wrote a book (long out of print now) called “There are days you just want to go home.” It was a year in the life of a teacher. As a teacher there were many days I wanted to go home more than the kids did.

During an interview I had right out of college I was told by a superintendent that I wasn’t long for teaching. He didn’t mean it in a bad way only that in the end I wouldn’t be a teacher for many years. He was right in the end. I was only there for a total of 7 years. I have friends, some while I was teaching and others that graduated with me that had then spent 20 or 30 years as teachers. Some of those fellow students have spent most of the last 24 years teaching. I respect that. My father spent 40 as an educator. He loved the concept and processing of teaching more than anything.

Don’t get me wrong I love teaching. I don’t like the politics of school.

Many years ago (1988) I founded a teaching society called The Society of Dead Teachers (also DTS-L for the on-line version). We at one point had a forum on virtually every major on-line system (AOL, Compuserv, Listserv DTS-L, bitnet DTS-L,  and of course STEPS!!!) We had thousands of readers and basic members. We talked about the issues of being an educator in a world where education isn’t always valued.

Truly if you want to make the world a fair and equitable place, educate all children equally. Don’t bring the highest systems down, bring the lowest systems up. Education is the great equalizer. If we are all speaking the same language and all start with the same basic facts and understanding it is in the end a lot harder to misunderstand each other.

There is no greater light in this world that shines than the eyes of a child that suddenly understands. What would the world look like tomorrow if every child n the world understood today?

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Random thoughts…


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A few random thoughts:

  • Is it bad when your dog takes over your massage chair?
  • If you pull in front of someone on the highway cutting them off, its your responsibility NOT TO BRAKE TO DO SO
  • Is the Internet of things (iOT) just more things to lose?
  • I’ve half a mind to, wait I forgot what I was going to say.
  • I miss cellular dead spots. The range of my cellular phone is now directly proportional to the number of hours I work and the number of people I talk to during that work day.
  • Why call it Mayonnaise?
  • While we are on it, why television?
  • why not Visiontele? After all its about seeing first rather than what you are seeing.
  • I am addicted to Pawn Stars. That is the first step towards getting better acknowledging I have a problem.

Just a few random thoughts and questions to start off a Thursday morning. Not sure where they all come from but I do know where a couple come from. It is in the end one of my long term themes, Washington DC traffic. Time to build another bridge guys. Oh, and to enforce aggressive driving and HOV lanes. Really.

I have a couple of Kickstarter and Indiegogo programs I am watching right now. I will post my initial endorsements this weekend if anyone is interested. I had moved those over to my professional blog and am moving them back to my personal blog.

I’ve been working with two campaigns that are about to be launched on their overall marketing and potential. I feel like the oldest person in the room when I have those conversations. Most of the campaign people I work with are I their 20’s. I was almost in my second 20’s when some of them were born. It makes me feel old.

Happy Thursday – only three work days left in the week!

PS – Labradors and screens don’t mix. Last night Raven when through the front screen of the front window. What a crazy dog. Now we have to leave the windows closed facing the street. Geez.

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What will we do with 250,000 pictures?


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For those of you who know me, the picture could be from any age. In this particular case it is a picture my father took when I was somewhere between 9-11 years old. I do not recognize the building behind me so I can’t pin point it more than that.

We’ve scanned roughly 1000 of the 9000 slides. Between that and the nearly 2000 digital pictures of dad’s we found I have to say the project is a lot bigger than original estimated.

I suspect the scope creep is my fault.

The more I look at that picture the more it looks like the dark object in the back is a door.

It does however bring a non-family but family topic to bear. How do you organize a digital life? My father left between 8500 and 9300 slides (plus or minus based on courting and a few slides that are dudes). He left another 2500 to 4000 digital pictures. Once our project is done I am back to my problem of four years ago now – The Syncverse.

I will fold those 11,000 to as many as 13,000 digital pictures into a collection of more than 90,000 digital pictures and another 200 or more videos (not counting the 40 compiled video’s now on DVD of family events). How do you organize a fully digital life? At the rate I am going I will be well past 100,000 pictures. With Flickr, Photo bucket and Facebook being the only places I really heavily display things (the occasional Washington DC traffic photo appears on instagram by me).

In the concept I developed (The Syncverse) there is a nice compilation of your digital life organized by professional and personal. Many of my traveling pictures are professional but taken to share with my family. It was never real, the cool things I saw until I got to share them with my family. They make the travel real – because I traveled for work and work was to keep my family happy and safe.

It will take us between 150 and 200 hours of work to actually scan all the slides. In the end well worth the expended time. But what happens when you get to a place where someone has 250,000 pictures or more. Thousands of hours of video. Or they have the sixty second camera on their life for a year (it takes a picture of what you are doing every 60 seconds).

What do you do with a vast digital archive?

In the end the Myverse, Syncverse software cannot come fast enough.

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Washington Traffic….


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Note to the driver who dropped out of the congestion to pull into the clear merging right lane and jump ahead of me by 14 cars. You gained 1 minute of real time and a bunch of people who think you are a not nice person. I hope that was your goal. When I passed you about 10 minutes later at your congested turn off you were stuck just like the rest of us. In the end you did something you probably don’t remember. I do but only because sitting there I had time to try and sort out the what and why of the action. To quote “in the end it signifies nothing.” W.F and W.S.

I think I understand the foundation of road rage. Or at least severe road frustration. Well how about road annoyance? Without a doubt its annoying when people drive like that.

The traffic in DC is bad this time of year (well anytime of year). It’s a struggle to find the right time to go. I think I have to start getting up even earlier to miss the initial blast of traffic.

Brake lights beckon and like sirens call us to doom. Each one connected to the next starting almost in a line. First one, then the next and then the third a little faster than the second and the speed picks up as a the lights light up. Perhaps we throw in the screech of tires for the last couple, pulling their cars hard to the left or right to avoid touching the brake lights.

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RAGE against the passing of the light…


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The clock in my office says 11:41 but in fact it has said that time for more than 15 years. It used to be in Barb’s office in Cincinnati Ohio and we’ve taken it wish us since then everywhere. Barb left her job as a video producer in Cincinnati around August 1996. Nearly 20 years ago. It seems funny now to look back at my life and have multiple decades to call from. Things and time to consider that stretch back into the previous century and nearly to the middle of that century as well.

  • I watched Neil Armstrong live with my father at 2:30 am EDT.
  • I remember when Dr. King was shot.
  • I remember when Bobby Kennedy was shot.
  • I remember rushing home every day hoping the astronauts of Apollo 13 would still be alive and that they would eventually make it home.
  • I watched the Berlin Wall fall.
  • I have lived through earthquakes, tornadoes and Hurricanes.
  • I once lived in Thailand. During the rainy season the streets filled with water more than ankle deep. I remember the look of horror in my mothers eyes as we watched a snake swim in the parking lot of our apartment complex, we were on the way to the slightly higher ground in the complex where the pool was.
  • I watched Richard Nixon resign. It bothered my Grandfather a lot so I didn’t cheer as he walked away from the podium.
  • I applied for the teacher in space program. I had my entire class watching that launch that day. I was in the back of the room and ran to the front of the room trying to turn off the horror.
  • I used to launch model rockets with second grade students.
  • I was in an airplane early morning of September 11, 2001. I had a rental car and drove into Chicago with my old boss. Half way there one of his direct reports called and said they flew a plane into the Twin Towers (tower 1). He was a practical joker so we didn’t believe him at first. Then we turned on the radio and listened to the horror the rest of the way into the city.
  • I was at ground zero five years later. Then four years beyond that riding the PATH train into what once was the bathtub of the great buildings.

Its amazing when you think about not only the events that shaped you as a person but of the events that occurred. There are so many more, moments of life and death that surround all of us.

I end this waltz down memory lane with the words of the immortal Dylan Thomas “Do not go gentle into that good night. RAGE! RAGE! against the passing of the light”

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Things I struggle to understand…


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Five sayings I’ve never understood:

  • Throw caution to the wind.
    • (so the wind isn’t cautious? Or by nature wind consumes caution?)
  • Sow what ye reap
    • (I know, I heard it one time, a reverse of the traditional reap what you sow but the person said it)
  • Failure is never an option
    • (well, humm not sure I buy that ever)
  • He could go all the way
    • (isn’t that the goal when a player touches the ball? Don’t they want to go all the way on every play?)
  • The nearest restaurant is 4 miles South
    • (Siri says that all the time – I am heading South – where is the restaurant? Off the road a mile, so 3 miles from me, exit highway and then go another mile? Or is it 3.9 miles South and then right there)

I’ve always liked the adage look before you leap. My grandfather said that one to me all the time. Never because I was standing at the edge of a cliff preparing to dive into the water below. Rather he used that as a model for “Stop, think about what you are about to do and then do it right.” It helps me sometimes to remember that. Sometimes, like everyone else I have the tendency to shoot, ready aim.

Winter is finally over – time to get rolling on spring!!!!

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Lots of random stuff


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T +5 days (the waiting is killing me)

I’ve been a fan of a Livescribe pens for a long time. As stated on this blog I am a pen and paper guy. I wrote the first poem I ever sold (and first story I ever sold) on an old Royal Manual typewriter (it was my father’s). My first foray’s into writing were an extension of paper, ink and whiteout. Sometimes, the paper was twice as thick because of all the whiteout.

The reality of technology moves us further and further away from the pen, Apple doesn’t really even acknowledge that you need a pen in its touch reality. You can certainly add a pen but in the end it isn’t as needed. The new Livescribe does a nice integration – having the pen connected to the iPad so you can store the handwritten notes on the iPad and then sync with Evernote or some other tool.

And now for something completely different…

I’ve been advocating the segregation of home networks for a long time. Having devices on different networks based on what they are doing helps in the long run as far as the total in house bandwidth. You are still limited by the pipe to the Internet just like any company or organization would be.

After a couple of weeks I am loving the Samsung NotePro tablet. The S pen is very handy and being able to draw on a screen shot of anything is amazing. I was thinking it’s a really cool personal telestrator – I am going to try that this weekend, doing a screen capture of a video playing on the NotePro and then using the S pen to draw on it.

Add to that the Dropbox expansion for two years and it becomes an interesting device. I had literally based on all the things shared with me, run out of Dropbox space – now I have tons.

Anyway – today is project day so I am back to all my projects. Got one done yesterday hoping to finish up two more today.

Random Thought:

Why is it confusing when you take your foot off the accelerator? Shouldn’t slowing down make things easier?

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Scott Andersen

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