Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Since the Spring I have been involved in planning and creating an instructional video for an intelligence test. The video is simply an in-house affair to be used in training our students. We'll be able to put the video up on the secure server for the class, and students can watch the video online as an aid to learning how to administer the test. It's actually quite an involved project. We have had to break every aspect of the testing into its components and figure out how it should look inorder. I have been working with the folks from the Instructional Design Studio at UDM. Simply known as IDS, these folks help the faculty to integrate variou sforms of technology into teaching. The idea is to make the process useful and actually benefit education and not merely "bells and whistles". Today I brought some images over to IDS. We have already shot the footage, and I have done the voiceovers. They are editing the digital video. I plan to use it this semester. It has been a great learning experience to "direct" this video, and better understand how vidoe and films are put together.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Subtle Changes

This is a picture of one of the dorms at UDM that has just received new windows. I watched the workers put in the new windows for a few minutes a couple of weeks ago. The appearance of the building has been improved in a subtle, but nonetheless pleasing way. More importantly, this was an improvement which was promised at last year's convocation (August 2006). It was reassuing to see the change actually take place and is another sign that the university is investing in its infrastructure, which is sorely in need of upgrades at multiple places throughout the McNichols campus. I assume that otherr work is taking place inside the dorm as well. Let's hope that this is a sign of things to come.

Well, it's a start

See all my travel pages

I've filled out my travel map. I've been to a lot of states, but I still have a long way to go for world travel. Canada is not exactly an exotic country. A nice country, but not really very different. I hope over the next several years to add to this map quite a bit. (typo corrected)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Simpsonize Me!

Everyone has probably heard about it by now, but the link in the title takes you to the Simpsonize me site. You upload a photo of yourself and create a Simpsonized version of yourself. You've got a lot of options once the inital character comes up. I had to tweak the character a bit, but a great resemblence, no?

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Basic Motorcycle Riding

Well, I passed my Basic Motorcycle Riding Course and can head to the Secretary of State's office to take the written test and get a motorcycle endorsement on my license. Considering that I don't quickly learn new activities that require this kind of coordination, I felt pretty good about passing. Apparently one third of people who take the course don't pass it. Many of the "lessons" are similar to riding a bicycle, which I do every year. This year there was no MS ride for me, as I decided not to ride the MS after so many of the crew were not going to be doing it this year. Instead I took this course which ran the same weekend. Of course, riding a bicycle means all of your acceleration comes from your legs and all of your braking and shifting comes from your hands. With a motorcycle, acceleration comes from your hands, shifting is a comination of hands and feet and braking is a combination of hands and feet. Same goals, different means of executing them. I bought the bike from a priest at UDM. I have to get the title transferred and then pass the test. Then I can get insurance for the motorcycle and register it. Pictures when they become available.

The pictures above are mostly of other riders taking the range test for the course. My group went later in the day, so I got to observe them working on their test.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

A Sweltering July Sunday

We're supposed to hit 95 degrees today, so I got some sprinkling in this morning before I did stuff. The birds know the right places to land.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Tantalizing Times in Libraries

I have been able to check out which libraries have my book via the database we have access to at UDM. But I just found out that Google Books provides links to the WorldCat Database with this information. The link for my book is in the title of the post. As of now there are 72 libraries that have my book. WorldCat is a nice database for the public to have access to. It's worth checking out for lots of reference material.