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Happy New Year 2016!

It’s been a great year, albeit a short one. As time continues, it seems days and hours are shorter, and the kids grow up faster. How do we slow it down? Or do we even want to? Yes, this post will be a bit different…

The most important lesson

"There's nothing I can't do, dad!" says Emelie while coding with @codeorg and @Minecraft #awesome — Andreas Johansson (@mr_johansson) December 20, …

The Art of Shaving

I’ve shaved for a while now (20+ years), and up until this year, did it all wrong. Just like you, I swooned over the multiple blade cartridges from Gillette. The more the better, right? Wrong! Read on, my friend!

5 Real Benefits of Waking Up at 5 AM

Waking up at 5 AM has some real benefits. Yes, it may be quite the chore to get up, but lots of us do it, and benefit from it in ways that may not be obvious. Here are 5 reasons I like to get up a bit early…

How to Recognize Phishing Attacks

Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. It happens a lot, and it’s worthwhile to stay vigilant. Not all phishing attempts will be via email, as some occur over the phone, or in other formats. Here’s how spot and recognize phishing.

Orienteering – The Trick-O-Treat at North Chagrin

It was off to one last orienteering event with NEOOC this fall (too bad there aren’t more…), this time in the unbelievably beautiful North Chagrin Reservation. Just driving there was a treat, with road names like Strawberry Lane, and Buttermilk Falls Pkwy. And the autumn leaves were on full display, a last hurrah before winter’s grip in a few weeks. Read on for more…

Google Classroom: An Introduction

I was asked to present about Google Classroom for the GCCTM Fall Mini-Conference this weekend, and of course I obliged. I have never done a Google Classroom presentation before, but have used it plenty, and felt fully ready to highlight the main features, answer any questions, and make it a worthwhile session. Read on, for slides and links…

Orienteering – The Goat @ Kendall Lake

A few weeks back I volunteered to help run the Goat event with NEOOC (my orienteering club) as a starter. Turned out we were doing a mass start either way, so I found myself busy with registration, helping folks get ready, starting a few white course runners, and explaining the format. And then it was my turn…

Control Pickup as Training Session

I volunteered to pick up a few controls after the Python Goat event a few weekend’s ago, and got my assignment for which controls to grab. They happened to be controls on the part of the course I didn’t run, so I took my time in navigating to each one, paying particular attention to the finer details of the map, or micro-orienteering, that I normally would during a race.