Friday, May 29, 2009

Yesterday was a full day in the conference room on 17th in DC. I wrote at length about it at Bridging Differences.

At the end of the day, I asked an official if the School District of Philadelphia should exist. His feeling, as mine, is that it should be a dozen or so districts, which would solve a lot of problems.

Meanwhile, Daily Grind in Front Royal is a lovely spot to work from!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Firefox web browser | Help us test the latest beta
Wow, I should read /. more these days. I think I knew a major upgrade was in Alpha; who knew they were jumping to 3.5 and it was already at Beta 4.

I'm pretty excited about the idea of a liketysplit faster Javascript Engine. Guess I should give it a try. (I've survived much more premature releases).

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Where Ed Is Not this Week
Well, just about everywhere, but not six feet under and not in Sudan, so that counts for something.

On the other hand, here is where I might be:
- I could have dropped in on Fordham staff, the Office of Education Innovation, and a cast of experts on International Lessons About National Standards. This is an easy one-day bit, and it'd be good to renew some aquaintences and hear about assessment as its done elsewhere.
- I could have been the same day to AEI for the much shorter but surely stimulating (hee) Stimulating Excellence: Unleashing the Power of Innovation in Education. The incredibly hot Michelle Rhee was expected, I just love here energy, smarts, focus, and determination. I wonder if Larry Berger ever got funding?
- RAILSConf would have been great. Maybe I could have met a programmer or fellow enthusiast for fixing one little corner of education via Web 3.0 and a dash of entrepreneurship. Or at least boosted my brain about how to program, about which I am not well talented.
- Of course, there are plenty of people I could be out talking to somewhere in or near Ohio.
- And, I could be punting it all and begging people to put me back to work placing steel on target, at the Navy League's Sea Air Space exposition.

Not being any of those places, I wish I could say I was either raking in the profits from computer services or quietly programming as fast as possible here in beautiful Appalachia. Neither of these are the case, either.

Allegedly I'm not stupid. Its harder some days to defend that case.