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To Be Badged, Badge Yourself, and As Good as the Paper it’s…

cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo shared by andyp uk While I am intrigued by the technology and promise of open badges, and respect people who are part of the movement, it’s one of those things that Might Be Important But I Don’t Get All That Excited About. Or it’s like forms of art I know I should appreciate but just do not get. And it’s just too easy to take a cheap shot and invoke Gold Hat. Before you think I am going to bark and growl about badges, I am not. I am intrigued to see how they develop. What’s been swirling around in the back corners of my cortex is the idea of relying on external entities validation of who we are, what we can do, etc. And this goes further back than the digital era. That’s the story below. As Ira Glass says, “Stay […]

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Notes from the Road: Thoughts to Chop By

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog On this new leg of my wayward life, I’m trying to pay attention to those gems of small conversations that happen when I get curious. I call ‘em “Notes from the Road” While tucked away today at the Virginia Tech campus, I wandered over to Gillie’s for lunch. This was a place David Carter-Tod introduced me to on a prior visit (David! I will ping ya while I am here). I find that counters are good places to sit where the potential is higher for conversing. Tables say “I want to be alone with my book/phone/soul.” So I am watching a guy sporting a black “86” t-shirt chop tomatoes, then onions, then red peppers, then mushrooms, the a roasted turkey. Chop chop chop. More efficiently than I have ever done. The cook came out and said hello. He made some […]

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