About “To Talk Like This And Act Like That”

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What is this blog about?

This blog is about my various interests, but I also share my ideas and interests that do not necessarily fit a particular “brand” but does address issues and implications that impact education and development. It is highly personal and very diverse.

I suspect, for some, this will present a problem.

For example, I am a very serious thinker who loves science fiction, fantasy, action movies, and other aspects of popular culture. However, unless I explicitly connect-the-dots, it may be difficult for some readers to appreciate how some of the connections I make with my interests can lead to some important,  professional insights.

Another aspect that may dilute my brand is that for a part of my life, I was involved in the arts as a musician, artist, and writer of fiction (unpublished).  I have studied the martial art jiu jitsu, so can appreciate the effectiveness of technique over strength, and I have worked in a non-secure detention facility. I am an avid reader, and have learned how to “read as a writer” which is different from reading for information or for entertainment. But I also read to engage in ideas. This might be considered academic or intellectual; I sometimes can become pedantic in online discussions.

I also have a dangerous sense of humor and can be found to be viciously sarcastic, if not derisive. I don’t mean to be derisive. Other times, I may tend towards the silliness of wordplay. In dark times, I deliver the gallows’ humor. The point is, I find different levels of humor for various situations—often after the fact—but, I actually do look back on some of my experiences and laugh. Or I hear something that is just too cute, precious, naive, true, and indicative of such a specific (and narrow) perspective that I can’t help but burst out laughing…or to smile enigmatically.

In fact, I laugh every day.

So, for the blog, I intend to explore these main interests: creativity, leadership, knowledge and the Knowledge Era, learning and instruction (all aspects of education), futurism, science and technology, culture and society, food, music, and dance, as they relate to the building of knowledge.

For all of those reasons and more, I have titled this blog using a line from the U2 song “Acrobat” (lyrics included below).


Acrobat Lyrics

Artist: U2

Composer U2

Don’t believe what you hear, don’t believe what you see
If you just close your eyes you can feel the enemy.
When I first met you girl, you had fire in your soul.
What happened t’your face of melting snow
Now it looks like this!
And you can swallow or you can spit
You can throw it up, or choke on it
And you can dream, so dream out loud
You know that your time is coming round
So don’t let the bastards grind you down.

No, nothing makes sense, nothing seems to fit.
I know you’d hit out if you only knew who to hit.
And I’d join the movement
If there was one I could believe in
Yeah, I’d break bread and wine
If there was a church I could receive in.
‘Cause I need it now.
To take the cup
To fill it up, to drink it slow.
I can’t let you go.

And I must be an acrobat
To talk like this and act like that.
And you can dream, so dream out loud
And don’t let the bastards grind you down.

What are we going to do now it’s all been said?
No new ideas in the house, and every book’s been read.

And I must be an acrobat
To talk like this and act like that.
And you can dream, so dream out loud
And you can find your own way out.
And you can build, and I can will
And you can call, I can’t wait until
You can stash and you can seize
In dreams begin responsibilities
And I can love, and I can love
And I know that the tide is turning ’round
So don’t let the bastards grind you down.

  1. Ned's Blog says:

    Judging from your “about” page, I wish I’d had you as a teacher. The fact you like U2 doesn’t hurt, either. Keep laughing and educating — you are appreciated 😉


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