Internet—forever but not permanent

Feb 18, 2009 in Creativity, Personality, Philosophy, Productivity, Strategy, Technology

When I saw The Other Coast (image) comic strip in the paper this morning, I had to laugh. So much of today’s communications media: phone, text/SMS/MMS, email, TV, online publishing—are only available as long as there is enough storage to keep them. The Way-Back Machine on the Internet Archive helped me recover my Tablet PC Blogs posts in a jam, but if all the hard drives in the universe were full, what would have happened then?

In contrast to my post about what happens on the Internet living forever, I present the alternative view. My friend Wayne Radford, the self-proclaimed “King of Poco”, put this bug in my ear over lunch one rainy afternoon. The short version is that our online publishing efforts, though wide reaching, are only temporal.

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How much do your kids know about sex?

Sep 23, 2008 in Personality, Strategy

Tonight I was put into an unusual predicament. The local elementary school plans to host presentations to discuss sexuality and sexual health with students from Kindergarten to grade five. My kids—my little babies, will be told about “all the different holes” in their bodies, what they are and how they work. Not completely sure if I was okay with this idea, I joined my wife to listen to the speaker, Saleema Noon, give the skinny on all the ideas with which she planned to fill our kids’ heads. Apparently I was only one of the 60 concerned parents who questioned what our kids would be learning, and above all, why are kids will be learning it.

Saleema Noon is an attractive, 30-something, sexual health and family life educator with a wide range of experience working with children, teens, and adults. I lifted part of that statement right from her website. She has a B.A. in Family Sciences, and later completed a M.A. in sexual health education, a decision she says that was provoked by her counseling grade 10 boys and pregnant teenage girls with little or no factual sexual knowledge. The teenagers she counseled were vulnerable to peer pressure, due to their ignorance of sexual responsibility.

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