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Entries from April 2011

Change the World – 0.02 – Reading

April 28th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Work with someone who wants to learn to read. Would you like to change the world? Do this, Work with someone who wants to learn to read. Go to Barnes and Noble or Amazon or something online and order a complete set of the McGuffey Readers. Order two or three. Use these […]

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Tags: Change · Learning

Change the World 0.01 – Three People in a Room

April 25th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips This post begins a new series (of undetermined length) about changing the world. Sometimes, all it takes is three people in a crowded room who say, “let’s tell the truth.” The scene is a familiar one, especially if you work in government as people in government sit in more meetings than anyone […]

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Tags: Change · Communication · Meetings

The Tooth Fairy

April 21st, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The tooth fairy does not exist. No amount of wishing, hoping, dreaming, and whatever it is that children do when a baby tooth falls from their mouth, will change that fact. Sometimes – many times – adults at work wish there is a tooth fairy and we wish we can just jump […]

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Tags: Fable · Problems · Thinking · Work

A Couple of Thoughts about College

April 18th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Watch out for the coming college bubble where tuition at prestigious universities crashes. Maybe some of those universities will crash as well. I read a couple of things this week about college. They seemed to be related (in my mind at least). The first item was on TechCrunch and it discussed the […]

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Tags: Learning

Writing Just Because

April 14th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I like to write. I am rarely paid for writing, but that doesn’t stop me. There has been some chatter on the Internet recently about people churning out content for big web sites for zero pay. The post linked here is part of that chatter. Guess what? A lot of people write […]

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Tags: Writing

Knowledge Multipliers

April 11th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Knowledge multipliers are pieces of technology that allow for experiment and growth of knowledge. With each generation, they are more plentiful, powerful, and inexpensive. 1986 – I have finished three years of full-time graduate school. I earned an MS in EE and have completed all the course work towards a PhD. All […]

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Tags: Change · Computing · Learning · Technology

It is Still about the Input/Output

April 7th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Much has changed in computing since the mid-1970s when I first took a computing class. What hasn’t changed much is that the keyboard and the display remain the most important parts of the computer to the vast majority of computer users. In the mid-1970s, I walked into a computer class as a […]

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Tags: Computing · Technology

Becoming a Writer

April 4th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Here are some thoughts from the 1934 classic “Becoming a Writer” by Dorothea Brande. I recently read Ray Bradbury’s book on writing. In it, he referred to a book written by Dorothea Brande in 1934 titled “Becoming a Writer.” I bought a used copy ($5 with shipping) and finished reading it. Here […]

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Tags: Writing