Experimental cyber attack destroyed a generator

I read this story on CNN and it really made me pause and think about how vast the world of possible terrorist targets really is. In a nutshell:

Researchers who launched an experimental cyber attack caused a generator to self-destruct, alarming the federal government and electrical industry about what might happen if such an attack were carried out on a larger scale, CNN has learned.

I suppose it is better to learn this in a test so we know what our vulnerabilities are. Suffice it to say, that I wonder the value of knowing the vulnerabilities if there are neither plans nor funding to fix them?

Engagement vs. PowerPoint

We finished our presentation at the NYSNA, and the same responses we received from the original work were the same ones our presentation attendees appeared to have:

People learn best when they are engaged and work in groups


People are most distanced when they are lectured at and overwhelmed with PowerPoint slides

Strange  how that is a lesson so many educators are afraid to believe and try. I suppose lecturing is much safer, since everything goes as prepared; everything except learning, that is.

Integrating critical thinking and EBP

I am co-presenting a session at the New York State Nurses’ Association convention in Atlantic City today entitled Integrating Critical Thinking and EBP into Novice Nurse Practice.

I am passionate about critical thinking (thank you, Stephen Brookfield), and with my colleague Rona Levin, we are speaking about some of the work we have done where we bring critical thinking and evidence-based practice together. We have some really interesting things to discuss and share, and I am looking forward to any insights we get from the audience.

Update on MT>WP

I have now been able to move all my posts from my old MoveableType blog to this new WordPress one. Of course, I noticed there are still a number of issues (the monthly pages do not load, there are some missing images, etc.), but I didn’t think this would be a piece of cake!

What surprises me is that I was able to do at least this much on my own nevertheless! Much more than I was ever able to do with MT!

Lifelist 101


Yesterday’s New York Times had an interesting article on the recent increase in lifelist literature, comprising books on the best seller list as well as upcoming movies. I have never really considered the places I should visit before I die (particularly since I no longer agree in the concept of “should”–it being a guilt-driven requirement demanded by another person or institution).

Regardless, if I had such a list, what would I want to do or accomplish? Let’s see:

  1. I want to live in France, especially in Provence where I can get inspired by the same colors and scenes that so affected Van Gogh.
  2. I want to finish my PhD. This is another story . . .
  3. Pay off my debt.
  4. ???

Hmm, this list is tougher than it seems. Like Hugh Hefner at the end of the NY Times, I can relate with his statement, “I honestly, can’t think of anything I don’t already have.”

I wonder what other people think about this?