President Ahmadinejad Countdown

Quoted “A timer that counts down the number of days remaining in Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s term as President of Iran. Clicking on the countdown will show news of presidency.” Perhaps they could add Chavez of Venezuela.

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All of a sudden Harvard wakes up to the reality that the middle class is excluded. Today’s WSJ: “Harvard University sweetened its financial aid for middle-class and upper-middle-class families, responding to criticism that elite colleges have become unaffordable for ordinary Americans. Undergraduates whose families earn up to $180,000 would be asked to pay 10% or less of their incomes annually for the cost of Harvard. For example, a family making $120,000 will be asked to pay about $12,000, down from more than $19,000 under current student-aid policies.”

Ten years too late for us. In 1996, my oldest child was accepted to Harvard. The only people that could send their children to Harvard then were the very rich and the very poor.

Of course, there were other considerations. The English department was substituting readings of very questionable merit in place of the great works of western civilization. We weren’t so sure Harvard was the best choice anyway.

And now for the rest of the story: Things worked out for the better at Tulane and Imperial College London. After all, in his fourth year Tulane had three Goldwater scholars and Harvard maybe one. He was one of the three. Could have done worse. God always has a better plan.

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Every once in a while you find a video that kinda leaves you breathless. Here is one:

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The Real Project Management Institute

On 2007.12.05, in Society, by Greg

I have been a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) since January of 2001. I have served as a officer in the local chapter since 2002 including a term as president.

I am among many members that see that PMI is making some bad choices.  The leadership has become focused on survival rather than the interests of the members. This is very common among non profit organizations, as exemplified by the actions of such organizations as the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and the American Cancer Society. The leadership begins to think that the increase in donations is due to their work rather than the generosity of donors and the hours of time contributed by volunteers.

If you consider the services that Project Managers really want, it does not take deep analysis to figure out that PMI is not providing those services. Filling the void is pmforum.org. This website is run by PMI Fellow David Pells. Time will tell, but it looks like more and more project managers will find what they need in such alternatives.

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Medical Missions Video Working

On 2007.12.04, in Society, by Greg

I am an advisor for the New Orleans Medical Mission Services Foundation, Inc. I have been working on a Brightcove video for 2006 missions to Ecuador and Nicaragua. It’s working (beta)! Have a look.

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