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Raising Expectations (Week 31)

by on May.02, 2011, under Blog

In all cases of perception, from the most basic to the most sophisticated, the meaning of the experience is recognized by the observer according to a horizon of expectation within which the experience will be expected to fall.
— James Burke / The Day the Universe Changed

Do you understand what that means? If not…

Look the question in the eye, extract what’s make believed
Prism bends the lighted path, like notions preconceived
Skocko / Dream Yet Complete

Your own expectations can and will affect the outcome of your observations and experiences. But it’s not just a matter of what you expect to happen. When it comes to the challenges you face each day, the other variable is desire. What do you want to happen? Another way to look at this perceptual/experiential duo is explored in these lines from DYC:

Trust is time to ask yourself, to find the strength to ask
Questions free the answering, unbinding them our task
Faith is time spent wondering, what we’re meant to find
Imagine it’s your purpose, adventure by design
Belief is time to listen, but who has time for that?
Especially when the answers, knock expectations flat

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Domo Arigato (Week 27)

by on Mar.28, 2011, under Blog

The problem’s plain to see
Too much technology
Machines to save our lives
Machines de-humanize
Styx / Mr. Roboto

What’s this? Skocko complaining about technology?

Actually, no. It’s the mindless (mis)use of technology that grinds my gears. The Mac Lab video tutorials are created to help you become better digital artists. If you don’t like my video tutorials, today’s Tip of the Day will point you towards some that might better suit your needs. Mac Lab Mentors on the rise!

Darn. No Quick Tips today. 😛

Speaking of MLM: Mac Lab Mentor Week A short video describing the week to come. As promised, here’s the final cut of last week’s rough cut class video. (Look for the link to a higher quality version of the final cut on its page.)

Countdown to 1,000,000: For those of you who’ve yet to take a guess, we’ll pass 920,000 page views before second period today. I’ll post the current best guess list in the comments.

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Student Power (Week 26)

by on Mar.21, 2011, under Blog

To teach is to learn twice.
Joseph Joubert

Will you know what to say when the video camera rolls around the classroom and you’re asked: What does Mac Lab Mentors mean to you? Do you understand that whether you realize it or not, you’ve probably been a Mac Lab Mentor at some point during this year?

Please watch this short video and you’ll understand.

Note: Participation in the filming is 100% voluntary. You’re not required to voice your opinion.

Countdown to 1,000,000: We passed 900,000 page views on Friday. I’ve posted an updated best guess list in the comments (and will update it as you guess this week). When do you think we’ll hit a million page views? (No, you can’t change your guess if you’ve already taken your turn.)

A Dubious Milestone: It only took 75 days for us to eclipse last year’s record spam haul. Here’s a depressing look at the stats.

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