Saturday, February 26, 2011

Stupid ship

The transporter beam's on the fritz and the holodeck keeps generating this dark, cramped basement room filled with bike crap. What kind of fantasy is that? So...after having some fun with the natives last night,

I again ventured out on the planet's surface, selecting the trusty single-speed Waterford as my conveyance.

The area outside the ship was rather quiet when I left.

And there was practically no one out and about in the country.

Stopped briefly at the Brown Outpost near Bennet to refuel and warm up, then returned to the city. Was a good way to spend about 4 hours.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What's this NuVal thing?

The other night, Marc and I went to Hy-Vee and we saw prominent display of a new nutritional guide for shoppers called "NuVal."  In fact, the Hy-Vee chain is hiring dietitians to help customers shop. In short, the system uses a 1-100 rating system where a higher score means better nutrition. The score is generated by an algorithm that puts a value into the numerator for foods which are research supported to have beneficial effects on overall health. If a food has been generally determined to have negative impact, its value is placed into the denominator.

numerator/denominator=NuVal score

This sounds promising to me. It's simple. Buying bread? Pick the bread with the highest NuVal score.

Previously, packaging would tout "Low Fat!" only to laden the product with sugar. And, who's not familiar with the technique of making what realistically is a single-serving packaging mislabeled as multiple serving in order to highlight the lower calorie count.

Check out the site and learn more about the NuVal system.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Attentional direction

Image linked to from: faceupstudio
Jump to the section on attention, but really, the whole thing is more interesting than the title conveys.  In fact, it made me pause and consider how it may impact the instructional designs I recommend to both online and classroom faculty -- most especially in terms of attention direction. That really is the challenge. and depending on where you spend your time online, you'll see that over the last 2-3 years, there's been a surge of activity, advice, methods and practically social movements (e.g. GTD & Minimalism), addressing the problem of attention fragmentation and the problems it leads to at work, in learning and in one's personal life. In fact, I would go so far as to say that having the power to direct and maintain focus at will is currently a huge competitive advantage.