Life is a Mystery

30 October 2011 . Comments Off

Tweets of the Week

23 October 2011 . Comments Off

Tweets of the Week

16 October 2011 . Comments Off

Tweets of the Week

  • Been putting crazy amounts of time into #emidsos since August. Check out our new media page: http://t.co/veX24KNo 2011-10-10
  • Hands-on review of Kindle library loans… http://t.co/Xi00oJLF #fb 2011-10-10
  • Just added a "reviews" page to EMID Families, #emidsos folks should check out http://t.co/fGCARMKG and leave some reviews! #fb 2011-10-10
  • love the free icons, wallpapers, and pro themes at http://t.co/r88555jM, nicely done! #fb 2011-10-10
  • @methodofaction Screen: 7, tracking: 106,213,230,294,362 (the t and e look lonely in yours) 2011-10-10
  • This was a fun kerning game http://t.co/kDGpHtjU (I got 88/100) #fb 2011-10-10
  • Compare EMID official minutes http://t.co/k0MxbRlw to our record http://t.co/TmckHAyf... why can't board record own meetings? #emidsos 2011-10-11
  • "Computer? Computer!" Do you remember that scene in Star Trek? … http://t.co/VDWLXnmb … Siri looks exciting. #fb 2011-10-11
  • Makes me wish I had a daughter… missrepresentation.org …we need some new pilots! Looking forward to seeing the whole film. #fb 2011-10-12
  • @CheesegirlLiz Ha, Alex is updating his iPhone right now. I'm waiting till after my meeting tonight, just in case. in reply to CheesegirlLiz 2011-10-12
  • Isn't it remarkable that Apple set a record for iPhone sales in a week when its website has hardly a hint of product on it? apple.com #fb 2011-10-12
  • Amazing, supers white paper consistently misspells Harambee! #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Supers say "nine of this is decided." what have they been doing, then, and why moving so fast? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • These #emidsos posts are from the EMID board work session tonight. Sorry about the frequent posts to regular friends. #fb #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Not a thing exists today from when collaborative started, Dee says. I guess there is no racism any longer. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Calling their first presentation "the power of ten" with strategy of "identify the goals". Wow, so thoughtful. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Interesting slide of timeline, I hope we get this presentation. #emidsos saying that supers have been talking about this since 2007. 2011-10-12
  • Sorry, that is Wells, who is also known as Dr. D (I think). #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Wells just said we should "use up" the $60k of DMC funds. but we already have done that! #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Off into the weeds, this presentation has no coherence and does not suggest any actual direction. All buzzwords. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Does she even realize that EMID is already running AVID and a magnet school keeps kids from running hither and yon? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Ooh, Wells notes that some of her ideas are "not competitive" and "don't steal students from your districts." So choice==stealing? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Suburbs clearly hope to focus on literacy without any focus on white privilege or racism. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • I think we are listening to Wells, super of IGH, but could be wrong. First of two presentations that seem designed to blow smoke. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Q&A now, Gelbmann talks about his two kids of color and a summer program by EMID that went away. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • G asks how we would get from present to future Wells identified as quickly as proposed. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Wells: I will volunteer to make it happen. #emidsos (Then where have you been?) 2011-10-12
  • Hoeppner: why would it be necessary to close to schools to accomplish what you recommend? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Wells: so we can focus and use resources well. Schools distract, keep us from focussing. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Why does the EMID board resent the 120 students from 622 that it INVITED to stay in EMID? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Right now we just "dabble" in shared services. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Now moved on to presentation by John Thein, super of Roseville. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thein: Change is coming, we need to prepare, plan, and take time for families and students. 2011-10-12
  • Thein: EMID not just schools, also integration services and shared services. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thein now presenting budget numbers. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thein contrasting 2003/04 with 2011/12 funding models. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thein now presenting a supers proposal that EMID lower the $ to EMID to $30 from $52. A stool with three legs. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Leg one: earmark all money exclusively for shared services. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Have EMID run schools with backpack money and some other funding. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • How to fund the gap for operating schools? Send along some referendum money. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • This is a return to something more like the 2003 funding model. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • EMID could also dip into the fund balance (our reserves) with board permission. Notes that grandfathered students' districts paid. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Note, Thein's proposal would keep the schools open. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • FYI, don't miss our emidfamilies.org web site. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thein noting all the shared services already being offered by EMID, and opportunities to expand. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Sorry, Thien, not Thein. Darn iPad! #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thien: stay the course for 2012/13, but with new funding model. Consider task force recommendation in Feb 2012. next step 2013 #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Now Q&A for Thien. 2011-10-12
  • Now Q&A for Thien. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thien: these are ALL our kids, let's not pit EMID district kids against home district kids. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Question: would responsibility for school shift to one member district? Thien: wise to work together while we have find balance. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thien: EMID schools could be lab schools for all of us. We can learn from them, they can learn from us. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Heoppner notes that to be valid lab schools EMID schools must lower cost to similar dollar per student as home districts. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thien notes that most home districts do benefit from greater efficiency of scale. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thien praises the strong honeycomb design of Wells and says that we can work together. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gelbmann asks which option the supers are recommending, closure or not? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thien: we can count votes, we are giving you an option. We need to change. EMID schools have to come into line. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Porter of sowashco says that closure is the preferred option, but reforming funding is an alternative for the board. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Porter: current funding model creates "intolerable differentiation." 2011-10-12
  • Porter: current funding model creates "intolerable differentiation." #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gelbmann: I am on the fence. But I don't close schools lightly. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gelbmann: I also have to consider the students of color from sowashco who are supposed to be benefiting from integration funding. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Note, Thien model does not spend integration funds on the schools at all. Only backpack and levy $ go to schools. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Morehead says that second option is attractive because it gives us time to review the task force and legislative actions. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Goggins appreciates the creativity of a second option. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • V heartened by the second option, looking for a win win option. Change is coming and a lot of great things will happen. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Brodrick thanks everyone for a second option. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • P asks who will lead the district if we don't shut it down? Who will lead the district? #emidsos (How about KG?) 2011-10-12
  • Thien takes a stab, reminds that 2012 will change the board game. Asks for Jerry to stay. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Porter notes there is no ideal option. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • P asks for a mechanism to guarantee that by June of next year these issues are resolved. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • P asks who will build the bridge to the future? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Porter says he can support the second recommendation, with some reluctance, because it could maintain the collaborative. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • I wonder if the Perpich option really scared them? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gillette takes step back to strategic planning process. Now studying and narrowing options. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • And #emidsos needs to be counting votes. 2011-10-12
  • Feels like meeting may wrap soon, for those of you looking to get here for the end. Not sure. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gillette suggest focus on visions and goals, then set plan in place, set parameters for administrators. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Robicheau: respect to supers who looked beyond closing schools. Notes the schools will look different a year from now, even if open #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Bill P says option 2 is asking the board to spend reserves to keep these schools open in hopes that something special develops. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Note, I think I misunderstood… Backpack plus reserves, no levy money in the deal. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gillette points out that we can "be creative with the fund balance" and put it toward shared services, not just the schools. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Foresberg wonders if reliance on the fund balance is just kicking the cans down the road like the legislature. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Brodrick responds that it is a fairness issue. Embedded in option two will be less money for these schools, simple as that. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Brodrick notes the board may have to be more hands on during the next few months and years given the drop in per pupil funding. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Board is under illusion that EMID spends more per pupil now, but there are currently home districts that spend more than EMID! #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Swanson has question of expectations for board. What are our expectations for November meeting? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gelbmann ores decision is not in Nov but actually next week. Closing the schools would need to start next week. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gelbmann notes option 2 would not require a public meeting, but board would have to rule out closing next week. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Morehead: Compliments to the staff for putting up with so much change and disruption over and over in the last few years. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gillette again stresses that if they want to close the schools they have to act on that next week. Vote on option 2 will be on agda #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Both options will b on the agenda next week. Closure and restructuring funding. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • My hero this evening? Shari Thompson! #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gelbmann does not see votes for closure. Let's save them a week of grief. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Back from a brief recess. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Swanson has question about option 2, more clarification of structure of backpack aid and how fund balance would be used. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Wells says board would decide. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Swanson also asked if this requires change to joint powers agreement. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Robicheau notes that the fund balance can't dispurse back to the member districts. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gillette suggesting a teamworks (?) guiding change document for the board. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Phil P says that he does not need any additional information about option 1 since it is probably not going to go through. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • P suggests putting two action items on the agenda and put them each to an up or down vote. Option 1 may not even be moved and 2nd. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • P: the strategic plan is so far off the table. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gillette calls for any remaining questions about the option to close the schools. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gillette notes the distinction between 3 DMC options and 2 super options. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Foresberg suggests plan for closing after 2013 with no new K or 6th graders in 2012/13. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gelbmann also likes concept of certainty, but politics is the art of compromise and supers support it. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gelbmann notes that delayed closing after 2013 closure would lead to staff flight and poor quality results for students remaining. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gillette asks for questions and info needs about option 2. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gelbmann has a lot of questions about option 2 but does not want supers working on this until after board action. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gillette moves forward with "preparing for planning." #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • I wonder what this teamworks guiding change document is? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Oops, EMID tweeting has resulted in a tweet neck injury. Ouch! #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Board member suggests that, for example, no use of integration funding for the schools would be a part of the document. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Goggins wants supers to help fill in the guiding change parameters. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Tensions among board members starting to show. Looks like time for this meeting to end. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • The meetings closes. Whew! Next week's 10/19 board meeting is at 5:30 at Crosswinds. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • A googled illuminates the gulf between products and platforms… http://t.co/144eKhTw …very insightful and a big challenge to google. 2011-10-13
  • Who says computers can't have a sense of humor… http://t.co/TzWqhvF8 …is Siri related to Glados? 2011-10-13
  • Interesting finding that an autistic person may behave more consistently with and without an observer present… http://t.co/oAlXcoaW #fb 2011-10-13
  • Stillwater/EMID board member Hoeppner says he will support keeping EMID schools open! http://t.co/zGOwEfV3 #emidsos 2011-10-14

13 October 2011 . Comments Off

Goodbye, World

As the luminaries of the computer world leave us, we will recognize more and more of those who live on in our machines. Dennis Ritchie created the C programming language. This was work first done with his partner Brian Kernighan from 1969 to 1973. Along with Ken Thompson and a number of others, Dennis also gets credit for creating Unix at Bell Labs during this same period. C and Unix lie at the heart of almost every electronic device you carry today. Whether it’s your iPhone with Apple’s iOS flavor of Unix or your Android phone based on a flavor of Linux. Most software on your computer or phone or pad is written in a derivative of C still today. Ritchie died this past weekend.

I learned to write code for my first Mac with the book he and Kernighan wrote: “The C Programming Language” often called K&R C. I still refer to it when writing iPad apps, the first edition, no less. It is still relevant. The first example code in the book is a charming model that virtually every programming language since has used since, the “hello, world” program. Here is my variation for Dennis today:

main()
{
    printf("goodbye, world\n");
}

Thank you, Dennis, for all you gave us.

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11 October 2011 . Comments Off

Remembering Steve’s Visit

Last week I wrote about a visit by Steve Jobs to the Governor’s Residence. A couple people wondered about the source of the story, so I thought to search my email and I dug up the 2006 message that has a few more details. Here it is “for the grandkids.”

Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 13:41:56 -0500
From: Eric Celeste
To: [various family members]
Subject: Remembering Steve’s Visit

I just got a call from an associate of a 15 years back, Deac Manross, who ran into Dick in New York this week. Deac had a story to tell about Steve Jobs’ visit to the Governor’s Residence that I thought you might appreciate.

Some of you may recall that Steve visited us for just one brief evening while Dick was Governor. I was a bit starstruck, so I don’t remember much more that Steve at dinner and Steve shooting hoops in the driveway, maybe some of you remember more. This was in the NeXT days before Steve’s return to Apple.

Anyway, Deac (who was a regional sales rep for NeXT) and Bob Longo (another NeXT muckity muck, though I don’t recall his title at the time) picked Steve up the morning after his stay. Steve apparently started talking about the “most incredible” experience he’d just had. He described how at dinner and then again at breakfast the family he’d just visited actually gathered around and talked with each other. Talked about what was going on in the world and in their lives in a way that was, I guess, novel for Steve. He then got quiet, and as Deac describes, got a bit of an “engineering” look on his face. Then he turned to Bob and said, “Bob, how did you find your wife?” Within six months Steve was married! (Note, he had a child earlier in his life, but not been married before.)

As Deac put it… “It would be a crime if your family wasn’t aware of how your ‘family values’ changed the heart of a Silicon Valley icon !! :-) Who knows, maybe that’s what got Steve to do such great family films with Pixar !!………….and almost become chairman of Disney!! All because of the Celeste family ………gives you something to tell the grandkids, eh?” A bit overstated, but it does make you think, eh?

So, I just wanted to share that story. As warped and twisted as life gets sometimes, and as much as our family has journeyed since then, we may have had a butterfly wing of effect on at least one life back then. Kinda nice!

Love,
…Eric

Stevewalking

9 October 2011 . Comments Off

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5 October 2011 . Comments Off

Goodbye, Steve

I’ve followed Steve since 1977, maybe I’ll write about that soon. But right now I’m sad to see he’s left us. I’m trying to say goodbye. I was lucky enough to meet Steve a few times, but there is really only one time. One night Steve stayed at our house.

“House” is a bit of an understatement. At the time my dad was Governor of Ohio and we lived in the Governor’s Residence. It was probably 1989, though I’ve lost track of the actual date, and Steve was visiting Ohio for reasons of his own. I had been an Apple fan since there was an Apple, and at the time I was a Campus Consultant for NeXT, Steve’s new venture. I think that was part of why my dad found a way to invite Steve to spend the night while he was in town.

I have a terrible memory, even for things like this. But I do remember learning that Steve’s diet was quite different from mine, full of nuts and fruit, very specific. Yet he did sit at the table with us, and we were our usual fairly chaotic bunch. I have five brothers and sisters and our table could be somewhat unorthodox, full of politics, argument, and inside jokes. That night, though, I remember being in awe. I’d experience my share of celebrity and was pretty nonchalant around Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul, and Mary, or Jimmy Carter, but this was Steve Jobs. I suddenly felt starstruck, unable to think clearly, unable to speak. After dinner, I remember shooting hoops in the driveway with Steve. How odd, normal, and calm it all was. It was a precious moment for me.

What I didn’t learn until much later was that it was a moment that may have had an impact on Steve as well. A story eventually came back to me that Steve had once had this great evening with the Governor of Ohio and his family. Steve, who had been totally focussed on his businesses to that point, the story went, realized that evening that even a high pressure life of denting the universe could have room in it for family. He began to look for a way to let family into his life. A few years later he was married. Much more recently he watched his son graduate from high school.

I have no idea how close to the truth that story lies. God knows, our cauldron of a family on the fires of public life had severe flaws, but we did have fun too. Getting to have Steve over for the night was fun. If our joy helped nudge him toward opening his life to his own family, I am even more grateful for that night.

I expect his family was around him today. I pray, even though none could follow him where he went, that they gathered close to assure him that all was well, that he could let go, that we would all remember him. I am grateful that he had a chance to build more than a business.

Steve Jobs at NeXT

2 October 2011 . Comments Off

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Eric Celeste / Saint Paul, Minnesota / 651.323.2009 / efc@clst.org