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About Me…

Posted: August 25, 2013 in Education, Introduction
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What is this blog about?

I plan for this blog to be about my professional interests, but I also want to share my ideas and interests that do not necessarily fit the “professional educator brand”. I know that 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.

Another aspect that may dilute my brand is that for a part of my life, I was involved in the arts as a musician, drawing, and writing fiction (unpublished).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 entertainment. But I also read to engage in ideas. This might be considered academic or intellectual, and I sometimes can become pedantic in online discussions.

I also have a dangerous sense of humor and can be found to be viciously sarcastic. Other times, I may tend towards the silliness of wordplay. In dark times, I deliver the gallows’ humor. I find many levels of humor for various situations…often after the fact. I actually do look back on my experiences and laugh. Or I hear something that is just too cute, precious, naïve, but pure, true, and indicative of such a specific 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.

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

http://www.u2.com/discography/lyrics/lyric/song/9/

Acrobat

Artist

U2

Composer

U2

Lyrics

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.

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Posted: September 11, 2012 in Introduction
Tags: , , , , ,

What is this blog about?

I plan for this blog to be about my professional interests, but I also want to share my ideas and interests that do not necessarily fit the “professional educator brand”. I know that 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.

Another aspect that may dilute my brand is that for a part of my life, I was involved in the arts as a musician, drawing, and writing 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 entertainment. But I also read to engage in ideas. This might be considered academic or intellectual, and I sometimes can become pedantic in online discussions.

I also have a dangerous sense of humor and can be found to be viciously sarcastic. Other times, I may tend towards the silliness of wordplay. In dark times, I deliver the gallows’ humor. I find many different levels of humor for various situations…often after the fact. I actually do look back on my experiences and laugh. Or I hear something that is just too cute, precious, naïve, but pure, true, and indicative of such a specific 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.

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

http://www.u2.com/discography/lyrics/lyric/song/9/

Acrobat

Artist

U2

Composer

U2

Lyrics

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.