Question 344 of 365: Are we ripping the right information?

Image via Wikipedia A DVD was supposed to be one of the most encrypted physical media types to ever be created. It was supposed to have been the best form of Digital Rights Management, one that would stop pretty much everyone from copying software and movies. The days of dubbing …

Question 343 of 365: What can we learn from Carmen Sandiego?

We learn just how disposable magazines are. We learn that networking knows no bounds and people will find even the loosest connections in order to start a conversation. We learn that there is no substitute for clean silverware. We learn that skyping in-flight is not a good idea. We learn …

Question 342 of 365: Will we figure it out when we get there?

A lot of things are done for me. Other people give me soda on an airplane. Entire institutions hold onto my money until I need it. Lighted objects direct my traffic. I don’t have to worry about the logistics of getting up in the morning. My children see to that. …

Question 341 of 365: What are our values of community?

A community consists of trust and shared vision. In order to cultivate trust within the community, we must establish the following: The primary communities are always friends, family and vital organizations (schools, churches). We must never forget that. We do not know better than our users. We must listen to …

Question 340 of 365: Do we hate paper?

The yin: I can now print from my iPhone. The yang: Google Books is ready to serve up more free ebooks than I could ever hope to read in my lifetime. I printed something that wasn’t a contract to be signed for the first time in months. I did it …

Question 338 of 365: What becomes a tradition?

When working in a middle school that only serves 7th and 8th graders you can do something once and it is launched as a tradition. When the 7th graders become 8th graders, they will expect the major events to remain mostly unchanged and the new 7th graders will not know …

Question 336 of 365: What are we without deadlines?

The space between the statement of the task and the completion of that task is infinite. It is the one place where all of our fear and hopelessness exists. It is where we doubt ourselves and find ourselves inadequate. It the space that spits out our evenings as the waste …