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      The Future of Education & A Great New Service. 
I signed up for a new free service today called Cojourneo.
In short: “This little band of optimists have set up a service, the intent of which is to make it possible for even more people to get the support they need on their journeys. We call it Cojourneo. The vision is a platform that will allow people to come together in a safe and intimate way (much like offline support groups) to share their experiences and get peer advice, while being supported by a guide like myself or Ann or another “elder” who’s traveled the path before.”
What an incredible execution of this concept; with the right set of values behind it.
I’m really excited to experience this type of internet forum and social collaboration. Visit Jerry Colonna’s blog post to read more about the service. Their company values statement alone will get you jazzed. 
If your interested, you can join the Beta group by going to the Cojourneo homepage.
From what I’ve seen on the site, this format is the future of online education. 
Combine this with an interactive ibook and you’ve really got something that can catch fire for other applications. 
It would be amazing if a student could piecemeal their college education courses together and receive a degree by choosing accredited professors from across the globe to teach them. The students could choose professors that have expertise most applicable to what the student wants to do in life AND use the professor’s custom created interactive textbook made specifically for their course. 
Do you think online education degrees will gain the same respect as the campus experience? What aspects of education should we change?

      The Future of Education & A Great New Service.

I signed up for a new free service today called Cojourneo.

In short: “This little band of optimists have set up a service, the intent of which is to make it possible for even more people to get the support they need on their journeys. We call it Cojourneo. The vision is a platform that will allow people to come together in a safe and intimate way (much like offline support groups) to share their experiences and get peer advice, while being supported by a guide like myself or Ann or another “elder” who’s traveled the path before.”

What an incredible execution of this concept; with the right set of values behind it.

I’m really excited to experience this type of internet forum and social collaboration. Visit Jerry Colonna’s blog post to read more about the service. Their company values statement alone will get you jazzed. 

If your interested, you can join the Beta group by going to the Cojourneo homepage.

From what I’ve seen on the site, this format is the future of online education. 

Combine this with an interactive ibook and you’ve really got something that can catch fire for other applications. 

It would be amazing if a student could piecemeal their college education courses together and receive a degree by choosing accredited professors from across the globe to teach them. The students could choose professors that have expertise most applicable to what the student wants to do in life AND use the professor’s custom created interactive textbook made specifically for their course. 

Do you think online education degrees will gain the same respect as the campus experience? What aspects of education should we change?

(Source: themattsmith, via fred-wilson)

CISPA Resources On The Web
There has been plenty of articles written about this eleven page proposal, so I’ll spare you the summary. However, I’d like to share some of things I noticed along my quest for understanding. 
Finding articles in favor of this legislation using Google search is surprisingly difficult. If your like me, you like your news balanced. You like to understand what both sides are thinking. You expect to gain perspective. 
If your interested in this legislation the four most representative articles of the debate I found (when read together) were: Eweek, PC World, CNET, and Techdirt
I’m impressed with lawmakers response to the public’s distaste for the bill. Their proposed addendum makes the legislation more descriptive and therefore more limited in its grandiose applications. Their addendum effectively took out their back door mentioning of IP theft in the bill, which is what reminded us so much of SOPA. 
It’s clear now after the unsuccessful SOPA & PIPA bills that any legislation regarding the internet is not a one-way conversation. The internet is organized, the internet is informed, and the internet wants to be free. 
Addendum:
Previously, the definition of cybersecurity and cyber threat information was:
(A) efforts to degrade, disrupt, or destroy such system or network; or (B) theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property, or personally identifiable information.
While the first part remains unchanged, the second part is now much narrower:
(B) efforts to gain unauthorized access to a system or network, including efforts to gain such unauthorized access to steal or misappropriate private or government information
For a list of companies that publicly support CISPA visit Intelligence.House.Gov
To stay informed you can read the legislation (which is surprisingly short) and receive email alerts about its progress through the legal process here: Govtrack.us
Follow the money. See how much Congresspeople are getting paid to sway their vote on the bill, and how often they vote with the money! SOPAtrack
Don’t Like CISPA? Take Effective Action.
Email your congressman here: Demand Progress
Sign a petition to be sent to congress. Currently 657,000 signatures strong.
CISPA petition
What do you think about CISPA, or about this blog post?

CISPA Resources On The Web

There has been plenty of articles written about this eleven page proposal, so I’ll spare you the summary. However, I’d like to share some of things I noticed along my quest for understanding. 

Finding articles in favor of this legislation using Google search is surprisingly difficult. If your like me, you like your news balanced. You like to understand what both sides are thinking. You expect to gain perspective. 

If your interested in this legislation the four most representative articles of the debate I found (when read together) were: EweekPC World, CNET, and Techdirt

I’m impressed with lawmakers response to the public’s distaste for the bill. Their proposed addendum makes the legislation more descriptive and therefore more limited in its grandiose applications. Their addendum effectively took out their back door mentioning of IP theft in the bill, which is what reminded us so much of SOPA. 

It’s clear now after the unsuccessful SOPA & PIPA bills that any legislation regarding the internet is not a one-way conversation. The internet is organized, the internet is informed, and the internet wants to be free. 

Addendum:

Previously, the definition of cybersecurity and cyber threat information was:

(A) efforts to degrade, disrupt, or destroy such system or network; or 

(B) theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property, or personally identifiable information.

While the first part remains unchanged, the second part is now much narrower:

(B) efforts to gain unauthorized access to a system or network, including efforts to gain such unauthorized access to steal or misappropriate private or government information

For a list of companies that publicly support CISPA visit Intelligence.House.Gov

To stay informed you can read the legislation (which is surprisingly short) and receive email alerts about its progress through the legal process here: Govtrack.us

Follow the money. See how much Congresspeople are getting paid to sway their vote on the bill, and how often they vote with the money! SOPAtrack

Don’t Like CISPA? Take Effective Action.

Email your congressman here: Demand Progress

Sign a petition to be sent to congress. Currently 657,000 signatures strong.

CISPA petition

What do you think about CISPA, or about this blog post?

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                                            A Taste of Peter Lik 

His photos will fill you with disbelief, desire, awe, and amazement.

I visited his gallery in Miami, Florida on Lincoln road this past weekend. What an experience.

Click on the photos to enlarge.

I definitely can’t paint. But I can take a picture…..hmm… which SLR to get?


                                                                      Manifestos

I collect things that inspire me. Quotes, pictures, music… can all be empowering.

There are a few gems in here that make these worth revisiting from time to time.

These in particular speak to me.

"If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you START DOING THE THINGS YOU LOVE."

"Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them. Live your dream and SHARE YOUR PASSION"

"Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do. APPLE. Think Different." 

#1 “The greatest innovations appear to come from those that are self-reliant. Individuals who go right to the edge and do something worth talking about. Not solo, of course, but as instigators of a team. In two words: don’t settle.”

I get the sense that Steve Jobs builds products for himself. The way HE thinks they SHOULD be made. Even if its never been made that way before. This strong sense of brand identity, and commitment to uncompromising excellence is extremely attractive.

#5  ”There really isn’t much a of ‘short run’. It quickly becomes yesterday. The long run, on the other hand, sticks around for quite a while.”

My Favorite: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In those choices lie our growth and our happiness.” 

― Steven Covey

What inspires you?

Experiment - 30 Days

The Stimulus                                       

I recently watched a TED Talk given by Matt Cutts about setting goals for yourself, and creating transformation in your life. In the spirit of his talk, despite already not having enough hours in the day, I challenge myself to 30 days of blog posts. 

I’ve been inspired a few times before to start a blog. After meeting Chris Brogan, following Fred Wilson’s blog, and attending a seminar at school on personal branding. But finally, to grow and continue to challenge myself I’m going for it. The 30 day challenge begins now.                                 

What’s it all about?

This blog is about observations, ideas, learning, technology, projects at school, and anything else the world wide web at large may enjoy. 

Ideally over time this blog will attract its own community, connecting people and ideas, and be place for discussion and expression.

Introductions

I’ll introduce myself to you briefly. I’m Brandon. I am a student at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. I’m in my senior year majoring in finance and minoring in entrepreneurship and Chinese language. I mainly read about finance, strategy, VC, personal growth and new technology; the blog will most likely reflect this.  

Re-creation breeds refinement?

Similar to the challenge of simplifying and describing the complex while teaching or mentoring; the more we write about our ideas and opinions the more clarity we develop about them.

With that in mind, I look forward to exercising my writing skills, clarifying my thinking, connecting with others, and leaving a paper trail behind me. A trail for others, and for myself to look back on and reflect.

Coming soon: An archive of past school projects & presentations.

1 down, 29 to go!

AHHH! Even though I consider blogging at 2am as the same day, the calendar doesn’t! Missed my second post (technically)!