What Time is it?

12 05 2012

 

 

I had a very interesting couple of conversations with some friends of mine about clocks this past week. The first was with Michael, a Vietnam Vet I know who owns a little store. He gets teenagers in there constantly and they will ask him what time it is. He tells them the clock is over the door and they stare at it. He said sometimes they stare for 5 minutes before they ask him again, “What time is it?” It seems that they can’t tell time on anything that isn’t digital. I found that hard to believe. I mean granted I’ve reached my 40’s but I distinctly remember being a kid and having to do all sorts of worksheets with clocks on them.

 

Sometimes I had to draw the hands of the clocks to represent the time given. Other times I had to write down what time the clock was showing me. I had a digital watch and couldn’t understand why I needed to know that stuff (it turns out I was right about a lot of the stuff being useless and outdated but I’m still glad I learned it).

 

That led to my second conversation with Joy a 4th grade teacher. I asked her if they still had the clock worksheets. Joy has taught every grade from 1-6 so I thought she ought to know. She said that she hasn’t used those sheets for 20 years at least. It seems that learning how to tell time on a standard clock is no longer considered a necessary still. This despite the fact that standard clocks are still in use…oh everywhere!

 

As a result, many kids today cannot tell time unless it’s digital. No wonder so many of them are chronically late…..all those clocks and no one can read them…..

 

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Beginning of a New Week

23 04 2012

I love Mondays! Must be a geek thing. When I was a kid I couldn’t wait for the start of the summer holidays but within a week I was wanting to go back to school. I think this is a feeling that only geeks really had (we used to be called nerds…sheesh). I was lucky in that I was a math/science geek and my parents encouraged that. My friends well remember the chemistry and microscopes I had as a kid. They were adult grade (back in the days when chemistry sets had real chemicals in them!) and I had a blast all summer with my various projects (Think Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory….without homeland security butting into matters).
Now I look forward to the start of the work week. Because I work for myself, I spend Mondays looking for new projects to start. I love the thrill of it. Building websites, writing articles. It’s great fun and I get paid for it as well! Yay me!
Sunday wouldn’t be Sunday if I didn’t spend at least a part of it on Facebook and Twitter. If you are looking for new friends for:
Gardens of Time
Blackwood and Bell
Astrogarden
Flowershop
Then find me on Facebook at: facebook.com/accer70
You can find me on Twitter at: ACCER





Welcome 2012

3 01 2012

Happy New Year Everyone!

So, has anyone else made resolutions? I prefer to set goals for the year. Here are a few of mine. If you have any you want to share, please do so.

  • Get rid of the rest of the books. 

I’ve gotten my book collection down to a manageable level but I still have far too many. My goal is to have only one bookshelf full by the end of the year. I have a digital copy of every single book I possible could have and have stored copies on a hard drive so my Kindle isn’t overloaded. As it is, if I live to be 150 I will never get through all the new books I have yet to read….and that is if I stop today. Oh well, I can think of worse problems to have.

  • Improve my health.

I know I’m a geek but running through Azaroth and killing Orcs does NOT equal a fitness program. I need to actually step away from the computer (shudder) every now and then and actually venture outside. I actually live in a really cool place. I’m not out on my porch for 5 minutes before I see other humans actually walking around. Kids play, pets roam. The last place I lived I never ever saw that. In 20 years I never saw kids playing outside. Spooky. Anyway, my goal is to get in a walk at least every other day. Outside. I’ll take my phone. LOL. Me without technology is NOT pretty.

  • Go to church more often

Bet you didn’t see THAT coming, did you? Yes, the resident Techno-Geek, holder of advance science degrees is a Christian. It’s okay; I’m Catholic. That means I’m from the branch that believes in Evolution, Medicine and all of the other advantages of the 21 century. I’m also a firm believer that a healthy spiritual life is as important as a healthy body and education. It’s all about balance my friends.

  • Read more books

Again, it’s about balance. A little less time sitting in front of the computer screen and a little more time sitting and…oh, wait. Anyway, reading on my Kindle is a good break from the instant communication world of the Internet. Oh, heck, who am I kidding? I just need to get some of the books read so I can buy more.

Well that’s it for now. See you all soon!





A Great Site For Information on Healthcare

28 08 2008

Hey gang, not a techno post today but one that relates to a prior post. I posted a week or so ago about the Alzheimer Walk. Well I found another site that is really great for getting more information about alzheimers and in general for caring about your older parents and loved ones. It has a great layout and tons of information. It’s called Springfield homecare and this site is really outstanding. It has information about everything from illness, choosing a home health care provider and even advice for talking to your elderly family members about various topics. That can be the most difficult, talking. It’s hard to talk to someone you love about the fact they are getting older and what services or help that they may need without them feeling attacked or diminished as responsible adults. This site can certainly help with that. I strongly urge all of my Techno-Geek buddies with older family members to look into this site. A little information now can help a lot in the future.





Open Cisco Certification

28 07 2008

Ok, you people know how I am. If it’s about computers or the internet, I’m ready to listen. If it’s done ON Computers and the internet, sign me up! I needed some up to date, absolutely the latest training in security and wireless LAN. The Cisco Learning Network provided that and more. My VPN was good…now it’s great! I learned enough through Cisco to be classified as an expert. They even have a virtual library of constantly updated material to go with their incredible list of specializations and certifications.

Talk about certifications, everyone knows that often it’s not what you can do but what you can prove you can do. Certification does that. It proves to potential employers why you should be hired. Cisco is also highly thought of, so that is an added bonus.

But certification is never more important than when you work for yourself. Being able to prove that you know what you are talking about to a potential client who is about to entrust their multi-million dollar network to you is often what will make or break the deal.

The above pyramid shows how you can build from entry level all the way to being an expert, all through Cisco. They take what you already know and build on it. They continue to add layer after layer of the most current information available. That is where they come out above the rest. They are constantly adapting to a changing environment.

If you are working in any aspect of the IT arena, do yourself a favor and check out The Cisco Learning Network. Improve your business and your life.

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