4 May 2012
It’s May 4th and my last posting was five days ago on April 29th. Summer break is approaching and I don’t know how much time this blog is going to get. Only time will tell (Duh! I know).
It’s graduation season. I’m excited about the future is a frequently encountered phrase and everytime I hear it I’d like to ask Why? I use the phrase frequently because I am excited about the future. Why? Because I’m a futurist and that’s exciting.
ChangeTheEquation.org has a posting titled “STEM Help Wanted”. The posting was about jobs, but again the STEM acronym sent me on a STEM, CSTEM, STEAM, CSTEAM, SCREAM detour.
STEM help wanted? Heck, yeah. I want stem cells to come to my rescue on an as needed basis. When I see STEM, I see the stock symbol for StemCells, Inc. [Note: I a nanoiota-sized STEM shareholder.]
Switch STEM to SCREAM and the CTEq headline morphs into SCREAM Help Wanted. SCREAM includes ‘Computing’ and ‘Robotics’. Scream “Help Wanted” and it morphs into a HELP WANTED scream.
25 March 2012
The following are notes from chapter 9 (“The Future of Education: Are We Ready?”) by will.i.am and Brian David Johnson in the The Tomorrow Project Anthology.
will.i.am says he is a “wannabe geek in the geek.” I’m sort of like this, too. Here is something that I posted to Facebook last month… I like being around geeks even though I’m just a pseudo-geek. Sometimes I experience geek envy.
Brian David Johnson (DBJ; an Intel Futurist) wrote that in 02011 “will made a big investment in education. […] Dean Kamen and will teamed up to make an hour-long documentary called i.am FIRST–Science is Rock and Roll.”
I added the following quote to GDT::Quotes (my quote collection)…
The planet is full of people who aren’t thinking about the future. Shouldn’t we all prepare? I think we should.
And I think Mr. am is spot on.
I liked the following exchange between BDJ and will.i.am…
will.i.am to BDJ: “You’re a futurist. […] Where are we going?”
BDJ: “For me the question is: Where do we want to go?”
will.i.am: “[…] there are two we’s. There’s the we that are all moving forward and passionate about the future. Then there’s the second we that is staying back and lagging behind.”
will.i.am speaking on the topic of education…
“My cousin is 12 years old now. When she’s 22 is she going to be intelligent because schools are going to change in the near future?”
I think it’s possible the answer to will’s question is no. The education system in the United States needs to be blown up and I don’t see that happening in the near future (i.e. by the end of this decade).
“Someone is going to have to think how to redefine education and mental stimulation to keep kids like her motivated and give her an idea of what she might be competing with.”
Of course “someone” is plural and i.am.hopeful that one of those someones will be will.i.am.
1 July 2010
On 28 June 02010, I read Report touts contribution of Science Foundation on page B7 of the Arizona Republic. In the article Ken Alltucker reported the following.
“Science Foundation Arizona has returned more than $3 for every $1 the state has invested in the group’s university and non-profit grant programs over the past three years, a new report indicates.”
I logged into my AzCentral.com account and posted the following comment to Alltucker’s article.
This story should be on page A1; not buried on B7. If the Arizona Republic was serious about helping Arizona be a leading CSTEM state, then this would be A1 news.
Side-bar: STEM is a buzz-acronym and I’m not a fan of using it. Observe that I use CSTEM instead of STEM because STEM advances don’t happen without computing and computing gets lost in the STEM.
On 30 June 02010 (two days later), State should back real moneymaker was one of the Arizona Republic’s editorials. The Republic’s editorial included the following.
“A new evaluation shows the payoff from this public-private partnership from fiscal 2007 to 2009: 1,151 new jobs, 16 new companies, 84 patents and 11 technology licenses. And this remarkable achievement occurred in a severe recession.”
Many people (mostly politicians) use the phrase “worst recession since the great depression” instead of the phrase “severe recession” and it has been in this environment that the Arizona Science Foundation has been able to help Arizona become a 21st century state.
[side-bar] These days I’ve seen people (mostly educators) using STEAM instead of STEM, where the ‘A’ stands for the arts. STEAM, if used, needs to be CSTEAM. In addition, some people (mostly educators) use iSTEM, where the ‘i’ stands for integrated (not iPhone-based STEM). iSTEM, if used, needs to be iCSTEM.
7 November 2009
SourceForge Inc. has changed its name to Geeknet Inc. The company changed its name to better “articulate” its business: serving the wants and needs of the expanding world-wide geekdom.
The following quote is from Scott Kauffman, CEO of Geeknet.
“The geek demographic is bigger than most people realize,
and it is growing every day in both scope and influence.
Its product appeal extends beyond servers and slide rules
to include video games, soft drinks, automobiles, fast food,
fashion, entertainment, consumer electronics and other goods.
We call this phenomenon the ‘geekification‘ of the world, and we believe that our network provides the best platform
for advertisers to reach this highly coveted audience.”
Geeknet “communities” consist of Slashdot, SourceForge.net,
ThinkGeek, Freshmeat, and Ohloh. In addition, they handle advertising for the Linux Foundation’s Linux.com. According to Geeknet, the company serves more than 40 million tech-savvy geeks each month,
Given I’m a shareholder in Geeknet Inc. (nasdaq: LNUX), I hope the company plays a key role in the geekification of the world.
5 November 2009
Tempe, Arizona, voters voted YES for the $77 million Tempe Elementary Schools bond. This came as no surprise, but I was surprised that less than 8000 Tempeans voted. I admit I was going to blow off voting, but I didn’t.
5359 Tempeans voted YES for the schools bond, but it would have taken only 2496 YES votes for passage. I have no data to support this claim, but I suspect a large percentage of the 5359 YES votes were from education workers (teachers, administrators, etc.).
7854 Tempeans voted on 3 November 02009. Tempe’s population (02006 est.): 169,712. Approximately 20% of Tempeans are under 18, which implies about 135,769 Tempeans are of voting age. I don’t know how many Tempeans are eligible voters; however, whatever the number is, it does appear as if voter apathy is alive and well in Tempe, Arizona.