Archive for October, 2008
Wow. It’s cold down here. The temp waking up this morning was 42 in Orlando.
Interesting day picked. Educause is kind of ripping off a few of the good ideas of other conferences I’ve seen or heard about lately. There are some ‘informal learning spaces’ where people have directed conversation, ‘Lightning rounds’ which are short presentations in blocks (I’ve not liked these in the past because the lack of content), and point/counterpoint sessions.
My schedule for the day:
There’s a general session, a session on managing macs in a lab, a session on virtualizing labs, Clemson’s presenting their hybrid support model, a talk on a group’s redo of their datacenter, a possible talk on flexible learning ‘spaces’. University of Virginia is doing a talk on their emergency response system. There’s a late afternoon talk on supporting Community sourced teaching and, if I’m up for it, the Business Schools Roundtable.
Video will be up on youtube tonight, but you cats with facebook accounts can see it there now.
She’s a cutie. We passed court and we’ll be traveling three weeks from now. Woo hoo!!!!
Recently on the way home from work I heard an NPR story on the Irish economy and that the ‘Celtic Tiger’ of the 1990s has turned into the ‘Celtic Garfield’ (their words) of this decade. Up until winter of 2006 when Ethiopia became the direction of our next five years, we were planning on eventually moving to Ireland (it may not be out of the question yet, but it was interesting for me because as I round third on the whole process of adoption, it was affirming, oddly enough, that we are on the right path. I suspect that these moments, these next few weeks as we travel, get our daughter, and come home will be huge moments for me for understanding calling and obedience and, as a Christian, God’s faithfulness.
I’m looking forward to them because I know that more than a few of the ways I see life are about to change.
I’m traveling to a yearly conference this week in Orlando and I thought about my flight home; I’ll be traveling through Hartsfield in Atlanta and three weeks following we will be in that airport again with our new daughter. It’ll be interesting to think about as I come home on Friday.
Hopefully, too, this week we might be able to share pictures of her. Our suspicion is that we may have our court date this week. When we pass court Iona will be officially ours and we will be legally able to share pictures online at that point. If you think about us this week, pray for a successful court date.
Also, if you’re looking for information on the adoption as we travel, check out our blog http://talk.bearla.com for up to date information, pictures, and (hopefully) video of our trip.
Recently, Amy turned us on to evilmadscientist.com and, specifically, the bristlebot. So, we decided to take the task on. This morning, Aidan and I crafted our Bristlebot:
Here it is in action…