Thank You EU Privacy Rule: General Data Collection Regulation

Have you wondered why you’re getting all of these “We’ve changed our terms of service” emails? Well, I have the answer for you. For all of Fox News’ bluster about how the US is number one, we have certainly fallen far behind the other democracies of the world as we slip into irrelevant oblivion. Here’s the latest example: the European… Continue reading

My First Week Without Facebook (#DeleteFacebook)

One week ago today I deleted my Facebook account as a gift to myself. I must be honest and say I was a bit apprehensive about going through with deleting my account—permanently deleting my account. I had been building up to the idea for months. So I’ve had 2 questions about it. 1. How did you go about doing it?… Continue reading
Yes indeed! Tomorrow is the day! Tim unplugs from Facebook! Permanently. So, this is it! Today is my last day on the Facebook platform. I’m not saying goodbye to my friends and family. I’m saying goodbye to the Facebook platform. Remember, there is a difference, a very important difference! You are not your Facebook account, and I’m not mine either.… Continue reading

Even though I’m Deleting Facebook, Let’s Keep in Touch!

As I’ve mentioned on my blog and on Facebook, I’m deleting my Facebook account on my birthday in a matter of days. But I want to keep in touch with everyone, and I want you to be able to easily keep in touch with me. So, here are some easy ways for us to stay in touch. Ways to Keep… Continue reading

Why I’ve Decided It’s Time to Go

About 15 years ago, I was invited to speak to graduate students at Emory University and at Kennesaw State University (then Kennesaw College) about technology innovation. At the time, I was a huge advocate for exploring how technology could advance education. And while I had some significant concerns about technology, those took a rather distant backseat to the exciting potential… Continue reading

Occupied (Norwegian TV Series and beyond…)

TV Series If you haven’t watched Occupied (Season one is on Netflix.), you are missing a great Norwegian TV series! In the storyline, Norway has invented an abundant, clean, renewable energy source they are willing to share freely with the world. So, as responsible world citizens, they stopped their oil production. Russia, determined to have the European Union dependent on… Continue reading

The New Patriotism

My post is not intended to anger anybody. I’m the one who is angry. I literally grow angrier every week. In this post I share my perspective: some of what makes me angry. You see, I sense the careful crafting of a new idea I’m calling The New Patriotism. The New Patriotism is being born as our democracy, our representative… Continue reading

Cutting the Cord: Update

Smartphone Use I read a short article about reducing the impact of the digital world over my world. This article focused on the smartphone. The author recommended: Don’t charge it by your bed. (I have to because it controls the lights, sound, thermostats, etc.) Kill all notifications. (Done!) Delete Facebook, Twitter, Insta and other “attention loop” apps. (Done) Switch to… Continue reading

Important Announcement for Relatives, Friends, and Colleagues

Like many people, I have grappled with finding a way to use Facebook that keeps me connected to people I love and care about, without compromising my personal serenity or security. I have personally found Facebook less and less satisfying to reach my objective. I have found the platform increasingly ugly. In fact, after experimenting with a variety of use… Continue reading

Memories from an Educator (Part 1)

Yesterday I unexpectedly reconnected (on Facebook) with a student, a working musician now for 20 years, from my last year as a music teacher over 25 years ago. He messaged me out of the blue: “Hello, were you a middle school chorus teacher in Georgia?” I replied: “Well, yes. But I’m thinking that was about 245 years ago now.” The… Continue reading