Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Desire2Learn Fusion and Unconference

The D2L Unconference was held in Chicago, coordinated by Kyle Mackie. A fun-filled social event with lightning presentations (mine was "Barbecued Twitter Sandwich), Karaoke PowerPoint, and Kyle leading a sing-a-long on ukulele. Antonio Garcia @a_m_garcia was the guest speaker sharing inspiring words to take time to be creative, it's OK to make mistakes, Life is Beta http://amgarcia.com/

Desire2Learn's Users Conference was excellent. Keynote speaker Joel Coen, writer producer for the Simpsons was a highlight. I was proud to help those I supervise develop and submit proposals to present with success.
This video shares about the conference experience better than I can (I'm in it too!).

Monday, November 8, 2010

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX

Thankful I was able to visit the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX in Feb. of 2010.

The other side of the building makes it appear to be sitting right in the water.

I am always interested in the chance to see works of art in person (the actual physical view) instead of only from reproductions. I have never been much into Anselm Kiefer's work but seeing it person does help. Because of the large size I was able to make out that this is a picture of a room and then all covered with stuff (emulsion, ash, paint..stuff).

Here is a sculpture made only out of tens of thousands of wintermint, plastic wrapped, hard candy.

There was also a very nice exhibit of Andy Warhol's work from the last part of his life.
The walk back to the hotel was very long. I encountered the longest extension cord plug in I have ever seen-it went on for a few blocks, I still do not understand but here are some pics.