Rise of the Technology Class

These conversations are between students from Ecuador, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the US who see technology serving a higher purpose: A counter-culture to their predecessors. This is evidence of a new type of generative class who apply technology to their creativity with art, music, science and involvement within the community. Their activity is transparent and active to our evolving civility. These multinational students are socially conscious storytellers. The Moderator of this conversation, Michael Davis is an Executive MBA graduate of Steinbeis University Germany, The Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

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By Ryan – 1st Amendment is too complicated!

I found an article about a man who has been flying an American flag upside down, at his residence in Wisconsin. He has been doing this because he is likely to file bankruptcy because his village will not grant his restaurant a liquor licence after he has spent $200,000 renovating the place.

1st amendmentOn the 4th of July, this year, police took the flag down because it was upsetting some of the townspeople. The village president said, “If he wants to protest, let him protest but find a different way to do it.”

To me that seems like a violation of the 1st amendment of the U.S. Constitution (freedom of speech). Someone once told me that when we stop hearing what we don’t want to hear then we have some serious problems. In a nation built on protest and revolution, I think flying an American flag upside down on America’s birthday is one of the most American things to do.

Here’s a link to the article

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By Ryan – James Bond…a go-getter.

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I was watching the James Bond film, Dr. No, and I was thinking about all of the swank and swagger that Sean Connery had. All he does is walk around and look cool (this is a good thing). It made me think as many people probably do, “How can I be more like James Bond?” Then I realized that he wasn’t on his cell phone all the time, texting his friends about what he was doing. He wasn’t updating his status on facebook every two seconds so that everyone would think he is a chill guy. He just goes out and does work. He walks into a hotel and BAM! gets the hot receptionist sitting at the concierge. He lines up a putt on the golf course, wagers a couple grand and BAM! sinks the putt. At the end of the day he doesn’t sit down, log on to myspace and tell his pals about what a badass day he had because he doesn’t need to. He is content with what he has done and doesn’t need to gloat about it. At the end of the film I promised myself that I would be more like James Bond. I feel like this sentence should be something cool to follow up the last, but anything I think of sounds cliché so I wont say anything.

Ryan – Harry Potter = awesome and a bag of chips

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Wand waving adolescence is a connection that I share with the human race. At least in my little corner of the world most of the people can agree that the magical people rock!

What’s not to like about spells, castles, and exotic flavored jelly beans?  Harry Potter does not discriminate. you can be 5 or 95, as long as you’ve seen a film or read the book you’re in the club. The beauty of HP fans is that they are everywhere. It doesn’t matter where you are, in a train, on a plane, in the rain, or even in Spain (it rhymed) you can strike up a conversation with somebody about Harry Potter. I dare you to find a place where you cant talk about Harry Potter. Dare you. It cant be done because HP has found a place deep within the hearts of people and guess what…it’s staying there!

What would the world be like without a fear of “You-Know-Who” or a love of Dumbledore. On this day I raise my glass to J.K. Rowling. Thanks for making me a nerdy reader.

p.s. here’s a link to a HP montage to the music of Sarah McLaughlin. I think it’s pretty funny. I don’t know if it’s supposed to be funny, but I’m gonna go ahead and laugh.

Ryan – David Letterman v. Palin Family

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when i heard that the Palin family had released a statement attacking David Letterman for a joke he made on his show, i was a little frustrated. Late night talk shows are about comedy and jokes that you can’t say on the 5 o’clock news. I feel like the Palin family was just angry that they were the butt of another joke and used their “popularity” to share their anger. This is a prime example of how people are over sensitive to things in America. People can’t take a joke nowadays. Was it a joke in poor taste? Ahh yeah, but it’s late night T.V. its not like Letterman was making fliers with that joke on in and handing it out to kinds in grammar school. Aren’t we a little too sensitive?

MODERATOR NOTE:  Did you see the show or see all the hype on blogs, web news sites and YouTube? Great post, thank you.

Ryan – Calling phobia

The Good ol' Telephone

The Good ol' Telephone

Like millions of others, texting is something that has integrated itself into my daily life and i have no complaints. it’s such a simple form of communication and its a great way to correspond with a lot of people at once. but i think that it is bringing some people apart rather than together. i sometimes get annoyed with people who insist on texting over calling.

“What’s Steve doing?”

“I dunno call him.”

“I’ll text him.”

i realized that i text people so much that it is almost annoying to call someone, or get a call. other than my close friends, when i see an incoming call i almost think, uhh what do they want? something i’ve also realized is that my phone speaking skills have gone down. i get more tongue tied on the phone now than when i was 8. Am i alone on this or do other people feel like the quality of the phone conversation has greatly decreased?