Saturday, May 30, 2015

A "Musical Interlude" For the Week-End: Keiko Matsui Plays Dreamwalk

We hope all enjoy this that our team chose for your listening enjoyment on this Week-End in #Outsiders:

Friday, May 29, 2015

View of the Week: On Internet Trends

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tip of the Week (II) : Deleting Old Files (Courtesy: Techlicious)


Computers house all sorts of personal information—account numbers, addresses and phone numbers, medical and prescription information, tax returns—that you would rather not fall into the wrong hands. So it's important to completely delete sensitive files when the time comes, especially if you're recycling or selling your computer.

Simply moving sensitive files to the trash can and emptying it isn't good enough. Even if a file name doesn’t show up on the list of available files, the old file data is still there until it is overwritten and others can use a data recovery program to retrieve it.

So what can you do? Follow our six simple steps to safely deleting your data. We've got you covered for both PCs and Macs in our story on Techlicious.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thought 4 the Week: On Why Education is Important

For this edition of "Thought 4 the week" we wanted to share this that a former Iranian Prime Minister Amir Kabir, noted over 200 years ago.     What he said is worth noting:

  • If you have plans for one year, plant grain
  • If you have plans for ten years, plant a tree
  • If you have plans for one hundred years, educate

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Notations For the Week-End (II) : On MERLOT

For this edition of "Notations For the Week-End", we wanted to share the latest from the MERLOT Organizaiton which we view as a vital and engaging organizaiton contributing to the betterment of Education today and for which we here @ #Outsiders have done periodic contributions for and are proud to support:

 *   Emerging Technologies for Online Learning 2015 Conference<>
 *   MERLOT Awards<>
 *   MERLOT and Africa Network<>
 *   American Kinesiology Association and MERLOT<>

 *   Update on the MERLOT Community<>
 *   GRAPE Camp 2015<>

 *   What's New in MERLOT Technology?<>
 *   Social Networking and MERLOT<>

 *   International Conference on Technology in Higher Education<>
 *   OLC Blended Learning Conference and Workshop<>
 *   OLC International Conference<>
 *   Quality Matters Conference<>

 *   Who Uses MERLOT?<>

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Notations For the Week-End: On Keepod

One of the initiatives we've worked on here @ #Outsiders has been on Keepod.   Keepod is a "Android Computer" on a stick that injects new life into older Laptops.    We have been testing it using an old Netbook which has had its' share of challenges--but the idea of resurrecting older machines and expanding digital footprint is fascinating to pursue.

It was welcome to see such coverage by the +The Sydney Morning Herald  that we reviewed earlier this week:

Hands on review: Keepod Android stick

The Android-powered Keepod makes it easier for communities to share computers.
ADAM TURNER 8:48am | Running Android on a old Windows PC, the Keepod keeps your desktop in your pocket.

We look forward to on-going commentary on Keepod.

Monday, May 18, 2015

On the Prowl w/a "Musical Interlude": Watching the World

For this week's "Musical Interlude" we hope all enjoy "Watching the World" which is an implicit mission of #thedailyoutsider network:

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Thought For the Week : On Wisdom & Making a Difference....

“We are not provided with wisdom,
we must discover it for ourselves,
after a journey through the wilderness
which no one else can take for us,
an effort which no one can spare us.”
~ Marcel Proust

“No matter what people tell you,
words and ideas can change the world.”
~ Robin Williams

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend 
~ Bruce Lee

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Notations For the Week-End: A Brief "window" on Our World (Courtesy of the BBC)

We here @ #outsiders are inspired by all that the BBC does. This clip underscores their commitment to our World and how we hope to help perpetuate it. We hope all enjoy this beautiful clip:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thought 4 the Week

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Notations From the Grid: A Tip of the Week

View of the Week: On #Iran

As Iran and the United States with other of the powers continue their discussions on the nuclear question (which we comment on in the "ordinary faces" channel) it must be underscored how Iran's history is so rich and so powerful.    During the on-going research on the Grid, we saw examples of the beauty and the majesty of Iran.   The powerful role of Women in Ancient Persia is just example of it.   These are just two examples: 

  • Azad Delyami: She was a Persian Guerilla Commander Fighting the Arab Invaders of the Persian Empire which we will feature soon as part of our on-going deliberations on the "Education Road"

  •  Artimis:  She was "Admiral of the Fleet" of the Persian Empire during one of the major battles with Greece and the late Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, named the flagshiop of the Imperial Iranian Navy in her honor.     Her beauty and her courage is legendary which we also hope to underscore in future editions of the "View of the Week".
It is this heritage that is fascinating to study and research--one of the intiaitives we will be pursuing here in the "Education Road" #Outsider Channel   

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Notations From the Grid: On Open Government

For those who are interested in research and access to data, this very interesting development from California is worth mentioning:
It will be quite useful and engaging for the all researchers in this endeavor.

Monday, May 11, 2015

View of the Week: On the Beauty of Life

As a new week dawns throughout #Outsiders, our team felt that this was quite appropriate courtesy of the team @Ted that underscores the beauty, hope and possiblities of life.   It is not quite easy especially in the aftermath of the natural disasters we've been witness to.


Life is beautiful

These talks will make your heart ache in the best of ways. Each is a wonderful reminder of the beautiful poignancy of life. Watch »
10 TED Talks • Total run time 2:53:00

Saturday, May 9, 2015

On This Mothers' Day Week-End In the United States.....

As we go "dark" here in #Outsiders, we wanted to wish all the Mothers a wonderful Mothers' Day Week_End and not forget how blessed we all are.  This simple yet profound image from #bing says it all:


As we hope all also enjoy this courtesy of the team at Guide Posts available by clickin here, from all of us here @ #Outsiders:
Happy Mother's Day!!!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Thought 4 the Week: On #NationalTeacherAppreciationWeek 2015

In honor of all teachers who make such a profound difference, we wanted to feature this:

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We salute them all and wish that the Almighty continues to be bless and keep them all.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Notations From the Grid: An Opportunity For Start-ups Courtesy of Verizon

In our daily "roundup" on the Grid, we saw this on Twitter.    It is a fantastic opportunity for some of the emerging hot trends today:

View of the Week: On Choices

Fo this editon of "View of the Week" we wanted to feature a talk from +TED that we view as a critical challenge especially as the United States was witness to the riots in Baltimore which we commented on here in #Outsiders.

The challenge she lays out is daunting especially as the debate has begun throughout the United States on changes in the Criminal Justice System:

In the United States, two institutions guide teenagers on the journey to adulthood: college and prison. Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood and saw first-hand how teenagers of African-American and Latino backgrounds are funneled down the path to prison — sometimes starting with relatively minor infractions. In an impassioned talk she asks, “Why are we offering only handcuffs and jail time?” Watch »

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The "Job Corner" (II): #rue21 is hiring

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The "Job Corner": An Opportunity To Join Organizaing For Action

Organizing for Action
We're looking to train the change makers of tomorrow.

Does that sound like someone you know? If so, send them here to apply to be an OFA Summer Organizing Fellow.

"Learn by doing" is a time-tested way to train future grassroots leaders. It's what our amazing class of spring fellows is doing right now. These folks are spreading the word in their communities about issues like climate change and immigration reform, working with community leaders, setting up events, and recruiting volunteers to make real progress locally through legislative action.

Those are valuable skills every great organizer needs. And that's how we build a movement that's capable of winning change for decades to come.

We pride ourselves on extending our training resources at no cost to organizers across the country. That includes our bilingual fellowship, our campus organizing program, and our women's leadership program.

In fact, when we surveyed our fellows last year, we found that 61 percent are women, and 56 percent are people of color.

OFA's signature fellowship program is one of the best ways out there to get involved in progressive grassroots organizing, so pass this application along -- or apply yourself:



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National Training Director
Organizing for Action

Notations From the Grid: Saluting Teachers On Teacher Appreciation Day

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day.    It is a day to remember all who have made such a profound difference in our lives.     For today's edition of "Notations From the Grid", we hope all enjoy this "Daily Mojo" courtesy of our Founder as he directed us to release it here in the "Education Channel" which +DARREN HARDY of +SUCCESS Magazine released earlier on his Facebook Page:

It's National Teacher Appreciation Day!Who has been a significant teacher in your life? Show your appreciation by sharing a story of this person and tagging him or her below!#TeacherAppreciationDay
Posted by Darren Hardy on Tuesday, May 5, 

We hope all will have the opportunity to share their reflections on their teacher.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Notations For the Week-End (II): A Virtual Token of Thanks

As we launch a new month, we here @ #Outsiders wanted to share this courtesy of the Independent of London on a different way to look at life and be transformational as another "Virtual Token" of thanks. Onward...

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Notations For the Week-End: #Thoughts On The Here & Now & Not Ever Being Bitter....

On the dawn of the new month, we wanted to share this series of thoughts we received as ever so eloquently put together by +Jonathan Huie  and his team that underscores and reinforces what we are trying to work throughout the channels of #Outsiders:


Be Here Now
- Ram Dass

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious
privilege it is to be alive -
to breathe,
to think, to enjoy, to love.
- Marcus Aurelius

He who can give thanks for little
will always find he has enough.
- Anonymous

Fully experience THIS moment -
breathe in, breathe out - nothing more.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light,
for your life, for your strength.
Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason to give thanks,
the fault lies in yourself.
- Tecumseh

The world will persist in exhibiting before you
what you persist in affirming the world is.
- Emma Curtis Hopkins

Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Complaining only makes you miserable.
Either plan and take effective action,
or gracefully accept the circumstances you are called upon to bear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friday, May 1, 2015

Notation For the Day: Potential Employment Opportunities

As part of the new feature for this channel, we wanted to report on this opportunity for all to potentially consider  courtesy of +NIAC:

Looking to make a difference in U.S.-Iran relations? Seeking a chance to help the Iranian community become an...
Post by NIAC.

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