Best Advice I’ve Received

“Dear phone, it’s not you…it’s me. I love you, but I need you to leave my bedroom.” ~Arianna Huffington

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Why Do I Get Dolls and Boys Get Action Figures?

Why do girls play with dolls while boys get to play with action figures?

The difference is subtle but powerful.



The words we use shape our thoughts, dreams, and our reality:

Belinda Parmar, founder of Little Miss Geek, shared this graphic during her closing keynote speech at DevLearn 2014.

Belinda Parmar, founder of Little Miss Geek, shared this graphic during her closing keynote speech at DevLearn 2014.


According to

A doll is a small figure representing a baby or other human being, especially for use as a child’s toy.

Doll is slang for: (a)  a pretty but expressionless or unintelligent woman; (b) a girl or woman, especially one who is considered attractive; (c) a boy or man who is considered attractive; (d) an affectionate term of address, as to a child or romantic partner (sometimes offensive when used to subordinates, especially by a male to a female).

An action figure is a toy figure with jointed, movable limbs, representing a character in a cartoon, movie, etc., or a real person or animal, often one known for exciting action or extraordinary powers.

From Neil deGrasse Tyson's keynote speech at DevLearn 2014.

From Neil deGrasse Tyson’s keynote speech at DevLearn 2014.


These words are the invisible molds that shape how we see ourselves and others.

Links to videos:
Neil deGrasse Tyson:
Belinda Parmer:


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Mobile Informal Learning: Sis-in-Law Needs Help Please

Hi everyone,

My sister-in-law Allison…well, she and my brother divorced, but it was an amicable …is getting her PhD in Human Resource Development from the University of Illinois.

She’s at the dissertation stage, and interested in informal mobile learning in the workplace, and she needs your help. In her own words:

I want to do my dissertation on mobile learning. There are a lot of avenues to pursue, but right now I’m leaning toward mobile, informal learning in the workplace. Evaluation is an interest and it would be really cool to know how organizations are accessing / tracking formal and informal m-learning.
But here is the catch: I really don’t know that many people working for companies that are doing much in this area. If they have m-learning, it’s very limited and their focus is all formal (like a responsive course that also runs on tablets). You have a crazy big network of L&D people, so I’m wondering if you know anyone who is doing anything in this space. I’d like to talk to them just to see what kinds of things they are doing and what challenges they grapple with.
Do you know people that you can put me in touch with? I would be forever grateful.

Can you help Allison? Please?

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