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The difference between success and achievement

A few months ago I was invited to be the guest speaker at the Academic Awards Banquet for my hometown’s school district. I had twenty minutes to talk to the top 10% of the graduating seniors for all four of the district’s high schools. So what do you say to a group of students about … Continue reading »

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Science, Technology, Engineering, Math… and Scouting?

Scouting is outdoor adventure like camping, backpacking, climbing and canoeing, right? Does that leave the technology-heavy learning to a realm outside of Scouting? Not exactly. This video from has been making the rounds of the internet, and it got me thinking about how we teach kids about programming. Take a look… Teamwork is essential? … Continue reading »

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Philmont Leadership Challenge

“Why are you here and what do you expect to get out of this course?” That’s a pretty different way to kick off a BSA training course. Truth is, I signed up for the Philmont Leadership Challenge after learning these five things: It was at Philmont It builds upon the training you receive during Wood … Continue reading »

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Nothing New Under The Sun

I remember seeing a South Park episode where Butters was trying to take over the world, but every idea was shot down as something that had already been tried on the Simpsons. A filmmaker named Kirby Ferguson has put together an excellent set of four videos on the role of using other peoples creativity (or … Continue reading »

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…and on to 2012!

Last year at this time I ended a blog post with this: I wish each of you health and happiness for you and your families as we start off in 2011, and when we look back on it a year from now I hope we will all see it as time well spent. Time well … Continue reading »

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Day 32: The Virtual Cubmaster

How did people run packs before e-mail? For that matter, how did they do it before text messages, cell phones, the internet, and social media? Case in point: a few days ago I got an e-mail (on my phone) from one of our Den Leaders. It said “I think the Tiger Picnic is scheduled for … Continue reading »

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Days 28, 29, 30 and 31: Zoooooom!

If I waited one more day I could just write this as a weekly update. But then again, 14 2/7 weeks of scouting doesn’t sound nearly as cool as 100 days. I have been crazy swamped with work and scout related things. I haven’t had a chance to put it down here. Lets see if … Continue reading »

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Engineering Problems vs. Marketing Problems

Spinal Tap Engineering. Today’s XKCD made me laugh out loud. Some problems are marketing and sales problems, not engineering problems. Units of measure are sooooo unnecessary.

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Street-Fighting Mathematics

The first rule of street-fighting mathematics is… Math is always portrayed as exacting and calculating, but there is a great need for those that deal with numbers on a regular basis to also have a sense for approximate answers. Throughout engineering school it is often referred to as “back of the envelope” calculation. Quick and … Continue reading »

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The Last Lecture

I see that a book based on the Last Lecture of Randy Pausch was released a while ago. While it something that I would not mind reading some day, I really only mention it so that I can link to the YouTube video of the lecture Pausch gave for the Last Lecture “Achieving Your Childhood … Continue reading »

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