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Where have I been?!

August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Here is the update.

I have been blogging…just not here. Twitter has been active and amongst other things, life has gotten crazy.

Here is where I’ve been:

Shout out in the Washington Post.

Guest post on TheInternAdvocate.

Published SABlog post.

It’s been a busy time. Oh and this happened:

From Brian McCoy, Ed.D – VP for Student Affairs & Dean

Dear Nichols Community –

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Mr. Joseph (Joe) Ginese has accepted the position of Director of Student Activities & Orientation.

There will be more idea of the day posts coming…be patient and enjoy the end of the summer.
I’ll be back.
Joe

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I’ll Be Back!

August 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Life has gotten the best of me these past few days (week) but I will be back to my normal daily post soon!

Sorry for the lapse.

Rock on,

Joe

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Shake me, charge me, brush you!

August 24, 2010 Leave a comment

I realize the ideas have been slow but I will fill you in on that later.

An avid user of a rechargeable toothbrush, I’m often disappointed after a long weekend of not charging it that it turns into…well a normal toothbrush.

Here is the idea of the day, kinetic toothbrush.

Simple and easy. You brush, it uses your energy to charge.

Get with it Colgate. I’m looking at you oral b.

Make it happen.

Thats my idea of the day, who says it couldn’t happen?

Rock on,
Joe

Posted from my Droid Incredible.

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Reflect: Not something only a mirror can do.

August 19, 2010 1 comment

Do you practice reflection? The art of stopping and smelling the roses? The action of not doing anything else in a moment but living in that moment?

When’s the last time you walked outside in the midst of Orientation/Welcome Week and just observed the madness behind the method of starting up the school year?

Watching that Mother try to sneak the tissue our of her purse to wipe away a tear before her student sees it.

The Dad eying the other males in the building up and down as he puts the massive pink hamper and pink comforter on his daughter’s bed.

The siblings holding a folder that announces who they belong to, shouting out, “Hurry up! This thing says you have to meet the President in 5 minutes at the Auditorium!”

The Orientation Leaders smiling and running around on minimal hours of sleep and not wanting it any other way.

The Residence Life staff handing out keys, answering questions, and responding to roommate conflicts exactly 40 minutes into the operation.

The campus custodial staff, quietly, and unnoticed, emptying trashes, and maintaining a bright and shiny veneer of campus on day 1. They go along with the campus grounds staff who sit in the shade and watch their perfectly manicured lawns, mulch, and walk ways get trampled by the egress of 400 anxious teenagers heading to their next session.

And then there is you. The master of your domain whether it be handing out keys, hot dogs, t-shirts, lanyards, folders, name tags, hugs, or handshakes. You own your responsibility, you watch others do take charge of theirs. Whether you are a cog in the machine, or the operator of the machine take a step back and watch the production that you get to play a part in.

Realize the act of the welcoming hundreds to thousands of new members of your community. Reflect on how you may become part of their story while they are learning at your institution.

Orientation/Welcome week is a busy time in student affairs. Don’t let it pass you by without having a moment in the middle of the madness to realize the value in what is it that you do, and are doing in that moment.

I ask again…

Do you practice reflection? The art of stopping and smelling the roses? The action of not doing anything else in a moment but living in that moment?

Try it right now. It doesn’t take long. In fact, it can be as short or as long as an experience that you want.

Take a deep breath. Shut your monitor off. Go outside. Walk outside and don’t look at your watch, phone, or the ground. Look up. Listen to the birds (or the stampede of new students heading your way). Feel the wind and the sun. Realize what it is you do that will make an impact on your campus community and those within it.

That’s my idea for the day – and I say it CAN happen.

Rock on,
Joe

Blind + DualShock + Nike = No more cane

August 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Here is the idea.

You have people who are vision impaired walking around with a walking cane/stick that they wave side to side to help judge where and what objects might be in their way.

Seriously? Is this the best we can do with all of our technology, innovation, and wits? A stick?!

No. Here is what I think, let’s get Nike and (or whatever tech company) to pair up (since they have in the past) and create a shoe that is equipped with a sort of sonar mechanism.

The shoe would be able to sense incoming obstacles, changes in elevation, texture, what have you. Basically what the stick can do and then some.

The DualShock (found in your Playstation controllers) would then come into play when the sonar senses a change or something approaching. A little rumble would make the vision-impaired person aware, and they can react/act accordingly. Rumble at the toes means a step is approaching. Rumble on the ball of your foot means a wall. Rumble on the arch means texture has changed. So on and so forth…

This requires an increase to the sensitivity on the soles of one’s feet but I think overall, this would be a great idea to incorporate types of technology we have to finally replace a technology we’ve had since cave man times.

Let the shoes tell the wearer what is coming, no different than when your Volvo let’s you know that you are about to rear-end someone.

This could work.

That’s my idea for the day – who says it couldn’t happen?

Rock on,

Joe

It parks itself but it can’t….

August 17, 2010 Leave a comment

We have cars that can parallel park themselves. We have cars that can be shut down via internet. Heck, we have cars that can turn themselves into mobile hot spots, movie theaters, and dinner tables.

We have cars that have 7, 8, 9 gear transmissions. Cars that run on electricity, hydrogen, and natural gas.

We have cars that can alert you if you feel drowsy. We have cars that will automatically turn on your wipers if it senses rain.

With all this innovation and all this technology what we don’t have is a car that is equipped with something to keep the annoying, sight inhibiting, foggy film that gets on the inside of your windshield!

You can wipe it, you can wash it, you can spray it with ArmorAll and any other product…this stuff keeps coming back.

And who really has the time to fuss with this? You know who you are. The culprits who when you get in their car, you can’t see 2 feet in front of the car but they have the perfect little porthole wiped out for them to be able to see. Understandably so of course, you would want them to see.

So here is the idea of the day, equip cars with either a fog resistance glass film that doesn’t ever diminish or create a mechanism in the car that automatically wipes down the windshield.

The latter one requires some mechanical and engineering prowess. I am thinking perhaps of a big cloth-like wiper that either comes from the bottom up and is stored near the vents on the dash or perhaps one that goes left to right. I honestly don’t care what it looks like I just want to be able to get in my car throughout the year without wondering why all of sudden everything looks dimmer and grayer than before.

That’s my idea for the day – who say’s it couldn’t happen?

Rock on,
Joe

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Your cell phone is rated NC-17.

August 13, 2010 2 comments

Young people (see preteens/teenagers) are now being equipped by parents with smart phones and mobile devices equipped with WiFi or 3G service. They use these devices to update Facebook, play games, and more importantly, look at websites.

Most would suffice to look at ESPN.com or perhaps Seventeen Magazine, Abercrombie & Fitch, or perhaps their blogs and Flckr accounts. However those no including in the “most” category are using these mobile devices to look at things that if their parents would see on a computer screen, would be grounded.

Mobile pornography. This never really came to my mind until I realized what the capability these devices have in that sense of applicability and what that means for a 14 year old boy.

You can put up firewalls, you can secure websites on your laptops and personal computers, you can even block channels on your cable but have you ever thought of what you kids might be looking at, reading, or watching on their phones or iTouches?

I can remember when I was growing up that video games were unrated until, Mortal Kombat hit arcades in 1994. This game unleashed a whole new type of violence that wasn’t mainstream to the public but was slowly making its way in (thank you DOOM).

Now when I purchased my Droid Incredible, I had to register this device with a Gmail account to access the phone and get it to start working.

So here is my idea…

Why don’t mobile phone suppliers and cellular phone service providers build into the software a registration page that requires you to enter in the date of birth of the main user of the device? This setting will then set up automatic protection features that will not allow users of the phone to access certain sites or even use certain words (why would a 13 year old need to type a curse word?). Set the bars at 13 and 18 years of age and viola perhaps you have made the device just a little bit safer for your child to use.

We have these ratings on video games and we have them on movies. Two things that these mobile devices can now access without any such rating system to worry about.

It seems like a simple solution to a problem that society may not know we have yet, but I can tell you, these kids aren’t just making phone calls with these devices.

That’s my idea for the day – who says it couldn’t happen?

Rock on,

Joe