Category Archives: Discussion

We can all help prevent suicides

Posted on November 3, 2015 by

Having lost two people I know in the past two weeks to suicide, I found it particularly well-timed that this article from Upworthy flew past my news feed:

9 risk factors for suicide and 1 important question you can ask to hopefully know for sure

There is no such thing as a simple suicide that does not affect anyone, they all resonate outward and impact other people.

And suicide is a permanent solution to what is far too often only a temporary problem.

It is incumbent upon all of us to be aware of our family and friends – particularly those who are experiencing difficulties, provide them with support, and be willing to listen and help them.

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Do you go big or small for your social media needs?

Posted on September 24, 2013 by

In a recent white paper (brochure?), Big Blue has essentially written a reader’s digest version of how social media impacts business…
(http://public.dhe.ibm.com/common/ssi/ecm/en/ytw03168usen/YTW03168USEN.PDF)

It’s essentially a sales pitch for business customers of IBM in which they use publicly available statistics to convince you they can help your business with social.

And maybe they can, but in truth, there are a lot of smaller, much more agile companies out there I would look to for social media analytics and guidance before I would chase Big Blue.

Here’s my analogy:
Would you ask a police detective or a local kid to find the thief who stole your bicycle? The detective would have all the ‘big picture’ answers on crime rates, lots of paperwork on the case, and sound like he is working on it. And yes, maybe he will eventually find the bicycle. Meanwhile, the local kid will give you a name and show you where the thief lives in about 15 minutes if you give him an ice cream… 🙂

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How to Trick Your Taste Buds Into Enjoying More Healthy Foods

Posted on March 16, 2012 by

A friend of mine posted this article from theatlantic.com (@TheAtlantic) on Facebook:

How to Trick Your Taste Buds Into Enjoying More Healthy Foods

Image from www.theatlantic.com

It makes great arguments about how we have evolved to eat certain types of foods (crunchy, sweet, and salty) based on survival instincts, and how we must use those instincts to replace processed foods with healthier choices.

While I agree with this article, particularly with regards to the “crunch” (chips are my Achilles heel…), it omits another – and potentially the biggest – “crunch” to which processed/junk foods appeal – the “time crunch“.

The processed food machines have also spent billions selling their “quick fix” meals to a society that, whether real or perceived, is also addicted to a time crunch. They have convinced us that time spent preparing meals is wasted, rather than time that can be enjoyed. As a result, many people would rather plunk their fat a$$ down in front of the TV with a pre-processed dinner cooking in the oven or microwave rather than take a little extra time to prepare a healthy meal. That needs to be addressed as well.

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Mandatory census change will hurt survey #nbpoli #canpoli

Posted on December 30, 2010 by

telegraphjournal.com – Census change will hurt survey | New Brunswick, Canada.

“The information collected by this form is playing a critical role in mobilizing citizens and organizations to tackle issues in their local communities – bringing philanthropic, voluntary and corporate resources to the table to address some of our communities’ most pressing problems,” the letter said.
Mr. Harper’s Conservatives have ideas that seem to pander to their core supporters they would like to implement. Unfortunately, these ideas are based on ideology that is not backed up by statistics (i.e. increase in prisons while overall crime rate is actually dropping). By removing the mandatory census, it allows them to cast doubt on the statistics they already don’t (can’t?) read…
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Windows 7 vs. Mac OS X Leopard

Posted on June 4, 2009 by

Interesting overview and initial, though not complete, comparison of the upcoming Windows 7 (Due out in October 2009) compared to Mac OS X Leopard. Of course, to be fair, as the author notes, the comparisons should really be between Windows 7 and the upcoming Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, since they are both the ‘new release’ operating systems.

There has been no ‘official’ release date for Snow Leopard, but it is expected to be announced next week at the Worldwide Developers Conference at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Rumours are for Fall 2009, likely before Windows 7!

Lifehacker- Windows 7 vs. Mac OS X Leopard: The Show Down

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Teachers acting as Students in Online courses

Posted on June 1, 2009 by

I recently read this post/article on About.com’s Distance Learning site.

It discusses the ethics of professors who are teaching online courses creating student accounts and interacting with the other students in cognito to see what is going on.

The article states the following:

Experimenting teachers have found that they can decrease dropouts by sparking
conversation and encouraging fellow students in disguise. However, after
learning about this tactic, many students feel betrayed and deceived.

Is it ethical for teachers to pose as online students? Are the results worth the
deception? Post your thoughts in the comments section.

Interesting question…

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