Searching the web without Google (gasp!)

The topic of search engines came up during a recent  conversation with Tony Karrer.  I told him I use Google some (Google News is actually my browser start page), but that I’ve set the default in the Firefox search engine list to GoodSearch. “Why use something other than Google?”, he asked. “When do you use […]

Building on our strengths

All too often I see people focusing on their own personal weaknesses or shortcomings.  Worse still, many parents do the same thing with their kids and many employers with their employees.   I’ve often wondered why this is, why the focus on negativity when we, and the people around us, all have such incredible strengths to […]

Of Ita and Theors: Anathem – my favorite read of 2008

Like many others, I gave myself a 50 book challenge for 2008.  (Actually my personal challenge went from 1 Dec 07 to 30 Nov 08, but that’s a minor detail.)  Unfortunately, I only got through 40 books in the past 12 months (though some were as long as several books); fortunately, most of those 40 […]

Recommended Reading – Personal Learning and Mastery

Tony Karrer recently asked for recommendations of books for learning professionals (see #38 of his 100 Conversation Topics.)  There are many good books in this category, but for the purposes of this conversation I have 4 recommendations. How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day by Michael Gelb. Mastery: The […]

A War on the Unexpected

In November 2007, security consultant Bruce Schneier wrote an article for Wired.com entitled The War on the Unexpected, which he opened with the following paragraph: We’ve opened up a new front on the war on terror. It’s an attack on the unique, the unorthodox, the unexpected; it’s a war on different. If you act different, […]

Gen Y says, “Take me as I am”

I wrote my recent post Take Me As I Am with a specific, and intentional, slant towards autism and autistic individuals.  However, the feelings expressed are not limited to those with autism, as any young teenage rebel can attest. In Generation Y in the Workplace Explained, guest poster Teresa Wu gives a Gen Y perspective […]