I only wrote three blog posts on this blog in 2018 and not much elsewhere. Last year was a good year but also stressful in many aspects of work and life. I keep telling my students to learn to say “no” to requests and I thought that I had learned that years ago. I still need to improve on that, blogging took a back seat to focus on many other activities.

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Hey, Wait

Yes, the previous post declared that summer is here but I refuse to follow the crowd. End of the January-May semester signals summer but it also signals my spring cleaning of my office space which includes the physical accumulation of papers as well as the digital.

Back to Linux

I have my first non-Mac laptop since 2005.  I truly enjoyed the quality of the Mac hardware and there were are software applications that I will miss but I wanted to push back to Linux as my mobile computing platform. My main workspace at home has always been Linux (currently an install of Kubuntu), I have been promoting Linux for use by students and colleagues since the 90s.

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Puerto Vallarta - August 2005 flickr photo by dpdixon shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license

Summer Weather, Summer Plans

Today I submitted the last manilla envelope with grading material. My teacher’s day present to myself as today is “Día del Maestro” here in México.

I always have a full summer without giving classes. I have some invitations to talk about Flipped Learning to a few locations and I’m working on being a more active chair of the board of the Flipped Learning Network. I also want to write the draft of a book for introduction to programming (Python and C++ in same book as that is what I am using lately for two courses).

And I plan to blog more.

So yeah, busy. But I do plan to make it to the beach for at least a few days.

<a title="Puerto Vallarta - August 2005" href="https://flickr.com/photos/dpdixon/60580478">Puerto Vallarta - August 2005</a> flickr photo by <a href="https://flickr.com/people/dpdixon">dpdixon</a> shared under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license</a> </small>
Puerto Vallarta – August 2005 flickr photo by dpdixon shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license

 

 

An Eventful 2014

This has been an incredible year filled with many great events and advances professionally. I thank my family, my colleagues and friends for making this such a great year.

Stats Monkey Says

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 660 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 11 trips to carry that many people.

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focus courtesy http://marklipinskisblog.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/mark-on-creative-focus/

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Trying to Focus

We are getting into the heart of our semester here at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara and the students are writing their “first partial” exams this week and next. I mentioned on Facebook that my writing dropped off while trying to kick off two of my main projects for this year.

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Over 1000.

Over 1000.
Over 1000.

One Thousand Views

I started this working year with a plan to write close to one post per day. Secretly, I also set a goal of breaking 1000 page views in a month sometime in this first semester.

Stick to the Plan

This is my 14th post since Monday January 6th which is 14 for 19 calendar days or we can view it as 14 for 15 work  days. That seems close to my goal so far this month.

One could also say that is also 14 for 24 so far and the truth is I would like to average close to one post per calendar day.  If we include 3 posts so far this month on my blog at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara, the numbers look closer to that goal.

Achievement Unlocked

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