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Camera Fun   

Rock Pigeon

Those of us who feel stuck at home right now should be spinning our situations as safe at home. People like me, who can comfortably get by without being scared about money, at least for the duration, are luckiest of all. I do all my writing, photo processing, and radio production at home. Little of that is for pay—most of the money I earn each year comes from my spring speaking gigs, which all were canceled this year, but my own income usually barely covers my travel, camera equipment, and computer costs. I clearly won’t be buying much of anything new this year or going anywhere anyway. I’m reasonably secure, and fully understand and appreciate how lucky that makes me. 

Of course, all that security comes from my husband’s income. He is safely working from home, but he’s not used to that and gets frustrated by all the distractions. My son Joe, who works for Disney, is temporarily working from his apartment in Orlando, but he'll be furloughed at the end of next week. Disney promises to keep the furloughed employees on healthcare and to give them their jobs back when this nightmare is over. Florida is notorious for providing the paltriest unemployment benefits in the nation, and negotiating their system has been a nightmare for Joe as he stays hunkered down. 

Many of the people leaving home to go to work right now are in a much greater nightmare. I think of all the people caring for highly infectious patients with insufficient and sub-par personal protection equipment, the people working in stores, making deliveries, providing police and fire protection, servicing utilities—so many essential people who are so much more vulnerable when the rest of us don’t follow simple social distancing rules.

So although I feel very guilty having the time and equipment to be playing with bird photography when so many people are out of jobs, and when so many of the people who are working are at such a heightened risk of infection, I also feel obligated to do what I can to help other people stuck at home. I’ve been very gratified hearing from radio and podcast listeners who are enjoying their own backyard birds, and from a few homeschooling parents and children with questions about the birds they’re seeing. Right now, we’re all in this together, each of us getting through as best we can. If we can be safe at home, we’re not only protecting ourselves but all the people without that luxury.

I got a new camera this year that just happened to arrive the day I had my heart attack. Russ brought me to the bog two weeks later for my first outing so I could see the Barn Owl that turned up, and I went on a couple of other birding jaunts before the virus put the kibosh on everything. But with all the junco activity in my yard this weekend, Sunday I decided I might as well learn a new trick, and I hooked up my camera to my computer via wifi. Now I can be writing at my desk treadmill, where I can’t see out the window, and notice on my monitor whenever a bird comes into camera range to click away.

It took me the whole day to figure it out. The default setting sent the photos via the wifi to my computer, hanging up the whole system for well over an hour for just a few shots at a pigeon, and of those, only one turned out. Once I worked it out so the photos stay in the camera, it took me a while to figure out how to focus remotely. And when I was finally starting to get the hang of that, something scared off the birds and they didn’t return for almost an hour. So at the end of the day, I ended up with just one passable pigeon and one passable junco photo, but if I keep playing with it, by the time hummingbirds come back in May, I’ll be able to get flight shots when the birds aren’t seeing me at all. That’s my plan, anyway. I’ll share my progress on my blog.

Let me know how your backyard birding is going. Meanwhile, stay safe and well, dear reader.

Dark-eyed Junco


Cuteness alert: Zoo Miami welcomes endangered clouded leopard kittens - FOX 35 Orlando   

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USCIS Efforts Lead to Guilty Convictions in Florida Marriage Fraud Ring   

Orlando, Fla.  – U.S.

Complaints/ EO Team Lead 2 | Wells Fargo   

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The amount of time that smartphone users in Orlando, San Jose and San Francisco spend connected to Wifi has risen by more than 17%   


Hardik Khatri (Technical Analyst), Sam Fenwick (Senior Analyst)

The amount of time that smartphone users spend on Wifi connections has increased in many of the U.S.’s top fifty metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs).

The U.S., like many other countries around the world, is now facing a COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, with an array of medical, social and economic challenges. Opensignal is analyzing the changes in mobile user behavior and network experience that are happening during this crisis. We plan to share our data and findings to help mobile operators, telecom regulators and governments to prepare for, and respond to, the challenges the virus presents in these exceptional times.

An early indicator of change is the average percentage of time smartphone users spend connected to Wifi (Time on Wifi). As people are spending more and more time at home, this is increasing. Normally, people spend more of their time connected to Wifi on weekends and during public holidays — demonstrating that it is a good indicator of increased time spent at home. We also saw it rise in many Italian northern provinces during the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak, even before official quarantine measures were imposed. 

In this analysis, we look at how both Time on Wifi and 4G Download Speeds have changed in the fifty largest MSAs by population in the U.S. on a weekly basis between the second week of January and the third week of March. In the vast majority of MSAs, we observed a significant week-on-week increase in the percentage of time smartphones users spent on Wifi in the third week of March (starting March 16).

However, we detected a significant increase above the median value one week earlier in six MSAs:

  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
  • Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
  • San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

The MSAs where we observed the largest percentage week-on-week change in the third week of March were:

  • Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL – 18.2%
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA – 17.4%
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA – 17.1%
  • New Orleans-Metairie, LA – 16.9%
  • Austin-Round Rock, TX – 16.2%

Smartphone users in the New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA MSA, which is one of the worst hit areas in the U.S. affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, increased the average amount of time they spent connected to a Wifi network from 53.4% to 60.1% between the second and third weeks of March — an increase of 12.4%

To see how the amount of time that smartphones users spend connected to Wifi has increased at the national level and how it compares to users in other countries, see our previous analysis on this topic here.

We have also been monitoring these same 50 MSAs in terms of their average 4G download speeds. Our users have observed little change in this regard across these MSAs between the last week of February and the third week of March. They include some of the areas that have been worst hit by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, such as Los Angeles and as previously mentioned, New York.


Chamber Member GP Consulting is Awarded OCPS Business Partner of the Year   


On March 6th, Trish Eakin, a West Orange Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, and Gaby Speller, of GP Consulting Orlando, were awarded OCPS Business partner of the year. With less than 1 year in business, GP Consulting has helped 6 of our local schools raise funds through discounted pricing and easy ordering platforms of custom designed t-shirts, awards and promotional products.

“We have spent countless hours volunteering in these schools and understand every school is unique in its needs. We both feel very strongly about giving back.”

From accounting firms, to car dealerships, restaurants, medical offices and construction companies, GP Consulting works closely with their owners to help them market themselves uniquely, and effectively, through targeted promo products, branded apparel and strategic event managment.

“We are just so thrilled with our first year in business and attribute a lot of our success to the West Orange Chamber of Commerce for the contacts, resources and support. “

Gaby and Trish also volunteer for American Cancer Society, and sit on the advisory board of a local non Profit school for Autistic young adults.\






ORLANDO, Fla. (April 3, 2020) – Due to limited hours and staffing, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida is encouraging donors to hold donations until the stores return to normal operating hours. For those who would still like to donate items in the interim, the nonprofit has modified its donation drop-off protocol and is currently accepting items only at its Donation Xpress locations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Large items and truck-load donations will only be accepted at the Taft-Vineland Warehouse.


Out of an abundance of caution for employees and shoppers, and in accordance with increased restrictions and guidance from the state, counties and Center for Disease Control, Goodwill’s 29 retail stores are temporarily closed. The nonprofit is asking that donors refrain from leaving donations unattended outside its retail stores.


“Donations are a foundational component of our mission to build lives that work,” said Kim Praniewicz, senior director of marketing and communications of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. “We are incredibly grateful to donors who are still thinking of us at this challenging time – especially because their donations will be needed more than ever as we continue our mission of creating jobs in our local community. That said, while we are still accepting donations at our Donation Xpress locations, we are encouraging donors to hold items until we return to normal operating hours. Most importantly, we ask that donors not leave items unattended outside our temporarily closed retail stores, as they may be damaged by the elements.”


For a list of Donation Xpress locations or more information about donations accepted by Goodwill, visit


Jennifer Lopez cancela su boda con Álex Rodríguez   

Siguiendo la estela de otras celebrities como Katy Perry y Orlando Bloom, a Jennifer Lopez (50 años) no le ha quedado más remedio que cancelar su boda con Álex Rodríguez (44) hasta que la emergencia sanitaria que se vive a nivel mundial se resuelva. La pandemia del coronavirus ha trastocado la vida de millones de personas y los famosos no son la excepción. Así lo ha contado la propia artista en una entrevista con Ellen DeGeneres, en la que asegura que este virus ha trastocado sus planes y, que por el momento, no hay boda. «Ya iremos viendo qué pasa. La verdad es que no tengo idea de qué va a suceder en lo que respecta a las fechas y todo lo demás», dice Jennifer Lopez. La pareja se comprometió hace tan solo unos meses después de dos años de relación. 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The best is yet to come... and what a dream it all is and will always be... Te amo Amor #1yearagothishappened ... One year ago on a beach in the Bahamas…. I was a nervous wreck, more nervous than my entire playing career, I got down on one knee and asked you a question… you said yes ❤️ . . Jennifer, every moment with you is a blessing. You are my best friend, my inspiration, an amazing mother, and a role model to all. . Macha, I am so lucky to be with you. Thank you for making my life better. I can’t wait to make more memories with you. . I love you. #HappyAnniversary ❤️</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">Una publicación compartida de <a href=";utm_campaign=loading" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px;" target="_blank"> Jennifer Lopez</a> (@jlo) el <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2020-03-10T12:42:32+00:00">10 Mar, 2020 a las 5:42 PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async src="//"></script> Será el cuarto matrimonio para Jennifer Lopez después de su fracasado matrimonio con el cantante Marc Anthony, padre de sus gemelos. La cantante ha tenido un sinfín de relaciones fallidas. Su primer «sí, quiero» fue en 1997 con el cubano Ojani Noa, pero su relación solo duró un año. Tras este llegó el bailarín Chris Judd, pero se divorciaron tras otro año y unos pocos meses. En 2004 fue cuando llegó su matrimonio más duradero. Con Marc Anthony, que fue quien le ayudó a sobrellevar su ruptura con Ben Affleck. Su paño de lágrimas se acabó convirtiendo en su marido y en el padre de sus dos hijos: Emme Muñiz y Maximilian David Anthony. A la espera de que toda esta pesadille se termine, la cantante se encuentra confinada en su casa junto a sus hijos y su prometido. Desde que terminó la Super Bowl, el deseo de Jennifer Lopez era tomarse un descanso para estar con los suyos.

The imagineering story - Sognando Disneyland da casa   


Come tutti sappiamo l’emergenza Coronavirus ha costretto gran parte dei parchi del mondo a posticipare la propria apertura di stagione. La magia dei parchi a tema, però, non si ferma e arriva direttamente a casa. Quale miglior modo di trascorrere la quarantena se non quello di colmarla di magia?

Una docu-serie perfetta

Dal 24 marzo è disponibile anche in Italia, il nuovo servizio streaming targato Disney. Disney+, al costo di 6,99 euro al mese o 69,99 all'anno, mette a disposizione un catalogo ricco di prodotti Disney, Marvel, National Geographic, Pixar e Star Wars e Fox.
Tra le tantissime proposte d’intrattenimento sono reperibili anche una serie di documentari e docu-serie riguardanti proprio i parchi a tema Disney. "The imagineering story" è un documentario in sei puntate diretto dalla regista Leslie Iwerks e narrata nella versione originale da Angela Bassett. L’uscita degli episodi avviene a cadenza settimanale ogni venerdì.
"The imagineering story permette una visione dettagliata e approfondita di come si è e si sta realizzando l'ambizioso sogno di Walt Disney, ovvero la costruzione, l'aggiornamento e la manutenzione di parchi a tema che possano far tornare bambini anche gli adulti. Ogni episodio è auto-conclusivo e analizza una specifica tematica.

Il posto più felice della terra

Il primo episodio è incentrato sulla nascita del primo parco Disneyland in California e sul suo sviluppo fino alla morte di Walt Disney. Walt Disney fu il creatore nel 1928 dell’azienda di intrattenimento che porta il suo stesso cognome. Dopo aver rivoluzionato il mondo dell’animazione con la creazione di Topolino e i suoi amici, la Disney iniziò a produrre live action e documentari, fino ad arrivare a esplorale il mondo dell’amusement. L’idea venne concepita dallo stesso Walt, ispirato sia dalla ferrovia giocattolo che aveva in casa, sia dai pomeriggi che passava con le due figlie in un piccolo luna-park nelle vicinanze della sua abitazione. La realizzazione effettiva del primo Disneyland non fu molto semplice: la prima bozza del parco venne rifiutata a causa della cattiva reputazione che si trascinavano dietro i lunpark. Attorno agli anni 50, infatti, non esistevano grandi parchi a tema, bensì piccoli luna-park conosciuti per gli scarsi standard igienici e per la scortesia dei dipendenti. Nel 1952, con la creazione dell'azienda associata Disney "WED Enterprises" nacquero quelli che oggi conosciamo come Imagineers.
Il termine deriva dall'unione delle parole inglesi imagination e engineers tradotto letteralmente come “ingegneri dell’immaginazione”. Gli Imagineers sono dunque architetti e direttori artistici che progettano l’esperienza all'interno dei parchi Disney. I lavori per la costruzione del parco californiano Disneyland vennero portati a termine il 17 luglio 1975 e la giornata d'inaugurazione fu un vero e proprio evento per gli Stati Uniti, tanto che l’apertura venne trasmessa in diretta e, anticipata da una serie tv dedicata. Il parco era ed è ancora composto da quattro aree tematiche che riflettono gli interessi di Walt: Tomorrowland -l’area del futuro, Adventureland - l’area della natura, Frontierland - l’area dell’avventura e Fantasyland - l’area che accoglieva i protagonisti dei classici Disney. E' inoltre presente una main street ispirata a Marceline, città natale di Walt Disney.
Nonostante le grandiose promesse, l’apertura fu un disastro e passò alla storia come “Domenica nera”. Il grande malcontento da parte del pubblico derivò dalla chiusura di molte attrazioni e dal malfunzionamento delle stesse. In aggiunta, si registrarono un numero troppo consistente di ingressi a causa di alcuni falsi biglietti, il parco poi non era ancora del tutto ultimato.
Nei successivi anni gli imagineers e lo stesso Walt continuarono a perfezionare la loro creazione, fino a raggiungere standard alti e rivoluzionari. L'esposizione universale di New York servì al parco per farsi pubblicità: Disneyland costruì l'iconica “It’s a small world” successivamente ricollocata nel parco e iniziò a progettare audio-animatronics. Questi ultimi vennero utilizzati nell'altrettanto iconica ride “Pirati dei Caraibi” narrata da Xavier Atencio.
Di lì in poi la strada per il successo era spianata e l'idea di aprire un parco anche in un'altra zona degli USA si compì. Walt Disney, però, morì il 13 dicembre 1966, prima che il progetto fosse concluso.

Cosa farebbe Walt?

Dopo la morte di Walt Disney l’azienda attraversà un periodo di insicurezza, tutto passa nelle mani del fratello di Walt, Roy Disney. Alcuni progetti vennero definitivamente accantonati, mentre altri vennero realizzati, come la famosa “Haunted Mansion”. In questo secondo episodio vengono spiegati alcuni trucchi dell’attrazione, la stretching room e l’incantevole scena di ballo dei fantasmi. L’attrazione è arricchita da numerose proiezioni, animatronics ed effetti che utilizzano il fumo e le luci per creare situazioni sovrannaturali. Viene inoltre mostrata anche la città sotterranea fatta di tunnel, utilizzata esclusivamente dai dipendenti del parco. La narrazione prosegue poi con fatti riguardanti l'inizio dell'espansione Disney in Florida.
Il primo ottobre 1971 apre un secondo Magic Kingdom ad Orlando. Il parco seppur completamente identico sul piano dell’offerta attrattiva, era più grande e aveva un’area esclusiva chiamata “Liberty Square” all'interno della quale erano presenti i busti di 36 presidenti americani. L’inaugurazione fu problematica: delle cinquecentomila persone previste, se ne presentarono solamente diecimila. Divenne evidente che la mancanza di attrazioni thrill rendesse il parco poco appetibile. Per ovviare al problema gli imagineers progettarono e costruirono Space Mountain, un coaster che catapultava i più coraggiosi nelle profondità dello spazio. A qualche mese di distanza non solo aprì Epcot - l’espansione di Magic Kingdom - ma anche il primo parco Disney al di fuori degli USA: Tokyo Disneyland. Dopo la morte del fratello di Walt, inoltre, l’azienda spostò l'attenzione verso gli studios cinematografici. Questo procurò un arresto delle innovazioni nel settore dei parchi a tema e numerosi tagli effettuati al personale della WED enterprises.

Il tocco di Re Mida

Il terzo episodio è, probabilmente, il migliore tra i primi: viene abbandonata quella vena malinconica legata alla morte di Walt e del fratello Roy, e vengono mostrate le attrazioni più famose e apprezzate dei parchi Disney. Nel 1984 la compagnia passa sotto la dirigenza di Michael Eisner e Frank Wells che mettono subito mano al settore dei parchi, ormai immobile da anni. La WED enterprises diventa Walt Disney imagineering e in Florida apre Star Tours. Questa attrazione rappresenta la prima collaborazione della Disney con un’azienda esterna, ovvero la Lucasarts di George Lucas. In quegli anni si inaugura la rivoluzionaria Splash Mountain. E' la volta, poi, dell'inaugurazione degli studios cinematografici Disney realizzati insieme alla MGM. In Europa prende vita il progetto Euro Disneyland realizzato in Francia e successivamente rinominato Disneyland Paris. Questo parco doveva rappresentare al meglio il cambiamento apportato dalla nuova dirigenza. Vennero impiegati talmente tanti soldi nella realizzazione dei dettagli del Magic Kingdom parigino, che il parco si avvicinò al fallimento.
Nel frattempo in Florida vengono realizzate due attrazioni capostipite dei parchi Disney: negli studios apre le sue porte la tenebrosa Tower of Terror, mentre in Adventureland si installa Indiana Jones Adventure.


I primi tre episodi di questa docu-serie soddisfano al massimo le aspettative del pubblico. La narrazione è impostata in maniera molto semplice e intuibile da tutti e anche il ritmo è ben calibrato. Dal punto di vista tecnico la serie risulta molto ben curata. Notevoli le numerosissime riprese aeree del parco o quelle che mostrano i dettagli, da rilevare anche la sigla e l’apparato grafico.
The imagineering story è arricchita da bellissime foto, interviste e video di repertorio originali. Unico grosso neo è riscontrabile nella traduzione italiana della parola giostra invece che attrazione. Il quarto episodio è in arrivo.

Altri contenuti interessanti

La magia non finisce qui: per uno sguardo a 360 gradi delle varie aziende possedute dalla Disney si consiglia “Un giorno in Disney”, documentario dalla durata di circa un’ora dove vengono interamente esplorate le aziende e le varie forme d’intrattenimento del colosso. Dai classici cartoni animati ai parchi, dall’animazione pixar agli spettacoli teatrali. Per i più romantici c'è inoltre “Disney’s matrimoni da favola” una serie di 6 episodi che fornisce una visione dietro le quinte dei più spettacolari matrimoni organizzati nei parchi Disney.

Articolo redatto da: Matteo Volpes, supervisione Deborah Begali


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Episode 324: Mousealanious the Quarantine edition.   


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Coronavirus, muore anziana di Capo d'Orlando: era ospite della rsa di San Marco d'Alunzio   

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STEVE RILEY's Version Of L.A. GUNS To Release 'Renegades' Album   

Steve Riley's version of L.A. GUNS has set "Renegades" as the title of its debut album, due later in the year via Golden Robot Records. The disc's first single, "Crawl", will arrive on April 20. This version of L.A. GUNS made its live debut last May at the M3 Rock Festival. The drummer is joined in the group by Orlando, Florida-based guitarist/vocalist Kurt Frohlich, bassist Kelly Nickels (a member of L.A. GUNS' "classic" incarnation) and guitarist Scott Griffin (who played bass for the band from 2007 until 2009, and then again from 2011 to 2014). In a new interview with Talking Metal, Nickels stated about "Crawl" (hear audio below): "It's a cool tune, man… It was done pretty quickly but really methodically, and I feel like it has a really good energy about it. So that's what I'm digging." Regarding how the rest of "Renegades" sounds, Kelly said: "It's definitely upbeat. There are two slow songs on it, and the rest are pretty much all rockers. So that's one thing we wanted to make sure that we did was rock. It rocks from the beginning, and it just keeps rocking… I feel like it's the old energy but with a fresh coat of paint on it." This past January, Riley was sued by L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns and vocalist Phil Lewis in California District Court. Joining Riley as defendants in the case are the three musicians who perform in his recently launched rival version of L.A. GUNS; that group's manager, booking agent and merchandiser; and Golden Robot Records. The complaint, which requests a trial by jury, alleges that Riley's version of L.A. GUNS (referred to in the case docket as "the infringing L.A. GUNS") is creating "unfair competition" through its unauthorized usage of the L.A. GUNS trademark. In addition, Guns and Lewis are seeking relief from and/or against false advertising, breach of contract and unauthorized usage of their likenesses. Asked by Talking Metal if there is anything legally stopping Riley from using the L.A. GUNS name for his new band, Nickels said: "They're trying, but there's nothing. 'Cause there's nothing that we can do to stop them, so there's nothing they can do to stop us. "Steve legally owns half the name," he continued. "It was Phil and Steve [who were there at the end of the previous version of L.A. GUNS], and Tracii was out. It was L.A. GUNS, and then Phil left and he took the name with him. But he left. The name stays with the last guy in the band, man. That was the deal in the contract. Last guy using the name. Steve's the only guy who never quit. He just feels like he's earned it, man, and he has. He's the one that's run the whole show for the last 30 years — playing every night, doing all the business every night. They never helped him at all. So he's put a lot of work into it. I asked him if he wanted to change the name. And [he said], 'No, man. [I put] too much work into it.'" Kelly went on to say that he is "doing everything" he can to "differentiate" the Riley version of L.A. GUNS from Guns and Lewis's latest collaboration. "First thing we did is we designed the badge logo," Nickels explained. "Everything has our names on it, trying to make it as crystal clear for people to get it. This is just the way it is. It's a rock and roll soap opera. It's a drag." At its core, Guns and Lewis's complaint calls into question Riley's claim of partial ownership of the L.A. GUNS name and logo and alleges that his usage of both has been unauthorized. In addition, Guns and Lewis claim — as Guns has done publicly in the past — that Riley has embezzled much of the group's publishing proceeds over the past two decades. Despite leaving the band soon after the release of 2002's "Waking The Dead" to focus on BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION (his short-lived supergroup with MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx), Guns "is the owner of common law trademark righs" for the L.A. GUNS name and logo, the complaint claims. It notes that Guns founded the band in 1983, four years before Riley joined, and that Riley did not perform on the group's 1984 debut EP and contributed to just a single track on their 1987 self-titled full-length debut. According to the complaint, Guns "has been injured by Defendants' unfair competition," while he and Lewis have "suffered harm including damages and and irreparable injury to their goodwill." It also claims that Riley's L.A. GUNS was formed "with the intent of tricking and confusing consumers into believing that the infringing L.A. GUNS band is the original [Tracii] Guns version" of the group. In addition to actual and punitive damages, Guns and Lewis are seeking a "permanent injunction" that restrains all of the named defendants from using the L.A. GUNS name, logo and likeness, as well as "a declaration that Guns is the sole owner of the common law trademark rights" for the L.A. GUNS moniker "and any related design marks." For much of the 21st Century, there have been two competing versions of L.A. GUNS — one featuring Riley (which, until 2016, also included Lewis), and another featuring Guns. After Guns and Lewis reunited in 2016, Riley's version of the group disbanded, but the former W.A.S.P. drummer relaunched his version last year with Nickels, Griffin and Frohlich.
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Orlando Shooting – American Muslim Hero Muhammad Ali   

In this Episode, we'll discuss the Orlando Shooting with a look at the life of everyone's American Muslim Hero Muhammad Ali and Islam. Some highlights -everyone s American Muslim Hero Muhammad Ali -What was hot book purchase of the radicals -A great book recommendation for the "Idiots" -Cheif Jewish Rabbi representing American Jews stands with Muslims and warns politicians and bigots against bullying Muslims -Bernie Sanders don't blame Islam -Muslim leaders condemn Orlando shooting -What the double standard -everyone should condemn all gun violence not just Muslims -Only 36 hours after Muhammad Ali funeral Janaza -wife said he was mentally disturbed, the father said he didn't have a beard so he couldn't be radical -Hear what Christian Preachers have to say about Orlando Shooting and the double standard, imagine if Muslims said this why no 24 hours media coverage on them? -Muhammad Ali's advice to Hana Ali and all women -Club shooter was a homosexual wasn't living Islam -Islam has nothing to do with this -Do all Americans have to apologize for every America who commits a crime -The only Hollywood Star Muhammad Ali on the wall and not under people's feet -We should equally all condemn senseless acts of violence -Why are they always trying to connect it to Islam such an obvious agenda -Fear is being used to push their agenda -Muhammad Ali would sign his name and pass these out to thousands of people how you can do the same -Muhammad Ali dropping common sense on Atheists calling people to think -Muhammad Ali says I'm not going to go kill those people just take me to jail -Muhammad Ali "I think people should know the real Truth about ISLAM -Islam and Muslims are not a threat at all this is False Hype a lie -Story of how our Jewish friend Andrew was defending Muslims and Islam against a bigot who watches fox news -The real injustices that cause some people to lose it, a real look "why they're doing what they're doing" -Myth busting Prof.Robert Pape a political science and terrorism expert says Islam not responsible for suicide bombings and Terrorism but it's our foreign policy that creates terrorists, not ISLAM All this and much more on this week's show with Dr.Sabeel ! If you still have questions or if the Media would like to invite Dr.Sabeel on to discuss please call us at 1-800-662-ISLAM(4752)

Dieron de alta al loco Gatti   

Dieron de alta al loco Gatti

El ex arquero argentino Hugo Orlando Gatti, internado desde el 24 de marzo en Madrid por coronavirus, recibió este miércoles el alta y ya está en su casa, informó su hijo Lucas.

"Les escribo para darles la buena noticia de que han dado de alta a mi padre. Ya se encuentra en su casa y ahora vienen días en los cuáles deberá estar tranquilo, recuperándose completamente y siguiendo todas las indicaciones y controles que los médicos le han solicitado", escribió Lucas Gatti en su cuenta de Twitter.

"Queremos agradecer especialmente al equipo médico que lo ha tratado y a todas las personas que nos han ayudado en este difícil momento considerando la situación mundial actual, los bloqueos y las distancias", añadió.

El exarquero de 75 años había ingresado "por un cuadro de neumonía bilateral que se confirmó que es causado por este virus", según explicó su hijo.

Lucas Gatti agradeció "todas las muestras de cariño", el "apoyo" y el "respeto" que recibió.

Considerado uno de los mejores porteros de la historia del fútbol argentino, Gatti nació el 19 de agosto de 1944 y su primer equipo, a comienzos de la década de 1960, fue Atlanta, desde donde fue transferido a River Plate.

Posteriormente recaló en Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, Unión de Santa Fe y Boca Juniors, donde jugó entre 1976 a 1988 y desarrolló su etapa más gloriosa.

Con la Albiceleste participó en 18 partidos y se retiró como jugador a los 44 años.

Desde hace años participa como comentarista en programas deportivos en Madrid.


Orlando Pirates lock horns with Esperance de Tunis in eSports club friendly - Yahoo Sports   

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Episode 069 | October 13th, 2011: Seth Vogt   

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A Guide to Florida Tourism   


Everybody loves Florida, and why shouldn’t they? The weather is better than any other state in the country. The beaches are up for countless awards every year. The ocean is calm and salty on the West side and cold and wavy to the east. At all times of the year, you can walk outside and catch a sunburn. The huge state is home to the southernmost point in the continental United States, a beautiful place named the Florida Keys. Due to these upsides of living in Florida, it is a life goal for many people to move here. Because of that, the population of the state is now more than 23 million people. If Florida was a country all on its own, it would be the 16th largest economy in the world and the 58th most populous.

There’s a rich history here in Florida -one of Spanish conquistadors, palm trees, and alligators. Florida has a deep Cuban lineage that relates back to the booming tobacco industry in the 1800’s. There is no place like it in the United States. In the south, you can find swamps teeming with wildlife, and in the north, you’ll see hilly flatlands covered with lakes and miles of orange groves. Golf courses line nearly every major plot of land and retirement villages line those golf courses. It’s a diverse place in which millions of people of all ethnicities come to. With all the positives Florida has to offer, the state would be nothing without its tourists.

History of the Sunshine State

Joining the union in 1845 as the 27th state, Florida was named in tribute to Spain’s Easter celebration which is known as “Pascua Florida”, or the Feast of Flowers. Its population is the third most in the nation, behind only Texas and California. The massive state covers more than 65,000 square miles. Interestingly enough, it is one of the largest peninsulas on the planet. Thanks to the constant sunshine and warm weather, fruit grows like wildfire in Florida. More than 80% of the United States’ citrus is grown in Florida.

In 1565, Spanish conquistador Pedro Menendez de Aviles established the first permanent European settlement in the U.S., which he named St. Augustine. Sitting on the East coast, the Spanish forts that protected the settlement are still standing today.

Currently, Florida is home to the Kennedy Space Center, Disney World and the Amusement Capital of the World in Orlando, South Beach in Miami, and countless other attractions that make it one of the most visited places in the country.

Tourism by the Numbers

A trend that started in the late 19th century when residents in northern states started coming in droves to avoid harsh winters, later, in the 20th century, tourism became the state’s leading industry. It has now expanded into a trillion-dollar business in Florida that creates more jobs, drives more small businesses, and feeds major metropolitan cities.

Both U.S. and Canadian travelers flock to Florida in the wintertime. In 2018, Florida set a new record for tourism: 127 million people. That number marks the eighth straight year in which the previous year’s record has been broken. An estimated 3 million of those people were traveling from Canada. In just the first six months of the year, close to 5.2 million people traveled to Florida from overseas.

VisitFlorida said that Florida’s airports saw a 7.6% rise in air travelers in 2018. Each year, Florida has been taking on more and more visitors. Though the numbers have not been crunched yet, 2019 undoubtedly set a new record.

The Good & The Bad

With a $1 trillion GDP, the most influential factor on Florida’s outstanding economy is tourism. Following that it is agriculture and transportation. The state is one of America’s largest economic powerhouses. Standing alone, the state could easily operate as its own country. However, with all the positives that tourism brings, there are always some negatives.

- Traffic

Florida piled up an enormous 403,626 crashes in 2018. There are 7.7 million licensed drivers in the state. However, that number does not account for tourism. During the winter months, a possible 20 million drivers could be on the road. This creates an astounding amount of traffic that results in severe accidents every hour. Though tourism is important, many Florida residents believe the main metropolitans are being overrun during the winter months.

If you’ve been in an accident that was no fault of your own in the state of Florida, Dennis Hernandez & Associates could help you receive the compensation you may be entitled to. Personal injury claims are complicated; turn to our experienced accident attorneys to help you get through the process. With law offices in Tampa, Orlando, and Miami, it could not be more convenient.

- Climate Change

Whether you believe in global warming or not, you cannot deny that the climate is changing. In general, the world is a hotter place than it once was. Due to this, sea levels are rising, which creates an issue for Florida tourism. With most of the major tourist areas residing just a few feet from the ocean, rising sea levels could prove costly in the future.

Warmer climates also mean more natural disasters. Though this hurricane season was forgiving, Florida’s coastal tourist spots are always on high alert. Losing cities and towns due to climate change consequences could result in a lesser economy for the state.

Best Places to Visit

Florida is peppered with fun and exciting places to visit. Everybody knows of the major tourist traps like Clearwater Beach, Miami, and Daytona, but here are some of our favorite places you should visit next time you travel to the sunshine state. No, Disney will not be on this list. We’ve put together some of the lesser known places to visit to let the tourism spread its wings a little bit.

Tarpon Springs

On the west coast of Florida sits a small fishing town, only 45 minutes away from downtown Tampa, that many tourists have never heard of. It is home to the largest population of Greeks in the United States. It is also the sponge capital of the world. Filled with breweries, delicious eateries, and a heavy heaping of festivals, it is a part of Florida that many have overlooked.

Crystal River

In the heart of Citrus County in Central Florida is a winding stream called Crystal River. It is home to some of the clearest and cleanest saltwater in the world. The river is filled with wildlife from manatees to game fish. If you love the water and want to experience “Old Florida”, this is the best place you can find.

Boca Grande

Boca Grande is a small fishing community located on Gasparilla Island. It may be considered a small fishing town, but the oceans off its coast are home to some of the largest fishing competitions in the country. Fish called Tarpon roll all along the coast of Boca Grande. These amazing fish have scales that are 3 inches long, weigh up to 200 pounds, and jump clean out of the water. If you’re looking for a fishing expedition of a lifetime, Boca Grande will be it. For some reason, it is still widely unknown.

Ocala National Forest

Located about an hour north of Orlando, the Ocala National Forest is the southernmost forest in the continental United states. The forest is home to campgrounds, crystal-clear rivers, and over 600 lakes. If you’re an outdoorsman looking to explore Florida, this spot should be on your list.

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Dennis started practicing law at just 23 years old. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Duke University and continued to earn law degrees from Florida State University College of Law and Harvard Law School. Blessed with multiple associations, memberships and awards, Dennis graduated from the Trial Lawyers College. Mr. Hernandez is one of only 1,378 attorneys who claim this distinction. ​ In 1996, he founded firm Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., which concentrates in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability. Dennis is admitted to practice law in all State of Florida courts, The Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh District, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Dennis can be reached via LinkedIn, Twitter, or at 855-LAW-DENNIS.


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Concessions Workers at Orlando International Airport File Complaint With OSHA Against Employer HMSHost   

Concessions workers at Orlando International Airport have filed a federal complaint with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration against their employer. HMSHost employs more than 800 workers at 27 food outlets in the airport. 

N-95 Masks Have Arrived at Orlando International Airport, But Are There Enough?   

A union leader representing TSA officers at the Orlando International Airport is calling on the agency to provide more protective gear. That’s as another officer has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of officers with the virus to eleven.

'The New Pope' llegará a Latinoamérica por Fox Premium   


'The New Pope', la esperada y controversial secuela de 'The Young pope' inspirada en el Vaticano y el papado moderno, llegará este 10 de abril a Latinoamérica a través de Fox Premium, según adelantó la cadena de televisión.

Bajo las riendas del oscarizado director italiano Paolo Sorrentino, esta serie protagonizada por Jude Law y John Malkovich será transmitida en la región -con un capítulo nuevo cada viernes- por esa plataforma de suscripción, informó Fox en un comunicado.

'The New Pope', que fue creada originalmente para Sky Atlantic, HBO y Canal+, retoma en nueve episodios de una hora la polémica vida del papa Pío XIII, el primer pontífice estadounidense y el más joven en la historia, llamado Lenny Belardo.

Esta nueva y 'pintoresca visión de apasionadas idiosincrasias' la completan apariciones especiales de estrellas como Sharon Stone y Marilyn Manson, todo bajo un argumento que recupera el debate sobre el fanatismo religioso, el límite entre lo sagrado y lo profano, los misterios de la fe y los escándalos reales de la Iglesia.

En la primera entrega de esta ficción, el impredecible Pío XIII (Law) navegó entre las disputas de poder del Vaticano, cuestionando la honestidad de sus cardenales y declarando abiertamente su deseo de revolución.

'The Young Pope' concluyó con el papa desplomándose por un ataque cardíaco frente a una plaza colmada de fieles en Venecia, después de creer ver a sus padres, quienes lo abandonaron cuando era niño y cuya pérdida nunca superó.

Ahora, 'The New Pope' comienza varios meses después de ese trágico episodio con el pontífice en coma y con el crítico secretario de Estado, Angelo Voiello (Silvio Orlando), listo para convocar a una nueva elección papal.

'Mientras, la Iglesia se enfrenta a escándalos sexuales, idólatras y posibles ataques terroristas que amenazan con devastar las jerarquías de manera irreversible y a peligros externos que golpean los símbolos del Cristianismo', completa la nota.

El elenco de 'The New Pope' incluye, además de los dos veces nominados al Óscar -Law ('The Talented Mr. Ripley') y Malkovich ('In the Line of Fire')-, a Maurizio Lombardi, Javier Cámara, Cécile de France, Ludivine Sagnier, Henry Goodman, Ulrich Thomsen, Mark Ivanir, Yuliya Snigir y Massimo Ghini.

Esta historia, que ya fue estrenada en enero pasado en EE.UU. y ha sido aclamada por la crítica, cuenta con guion de Sorrentino, acompañado por Umberto Contarello y Stefano Bises.


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Video: Se desmaya 3 veces en una montaña rusa   

El juego se llama Sling Shot , se encuentra en el  Magical Midway Thrill Park de Orlando y consiste en caer verticalmente de 50 metros de altura. Esto fue lo que le pasó a un joven y su amigo.

WWE Will Tape Upcoming TV Episodes Very Soon From Orlando   


Fightful is reporting that WWE informed talent on Monday night that they plan to film upcoming episodes of Raw, SmackDown, and NXT this week from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. The plan right now is to film from Friday through until next Thursday with three episodes each of Raw

Walgreens expanding drive-thru coronavirus testing to Kentucky - WLKY Louisville   

  1. Walgreens expanding drive-thru coronavirus testing to Kentucky  WLKY Louisville
  2. Walgreens to open 15 drive-thru testing sites for the coronavirus across 7 states  CNBC
  3. Drive-thru COVID-19 testing site opens in Brevard County  WKMG News 6 ClickOrlando
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"Nessa situação em que estamos vivendo, ganhamos a oportunidade de ver beleza e graça nas coisas mais simples da vida. Eu, pelo menos, tenho mudado meu olhar sobre as coisas. A Sophia, minha filha, me veio com a ideia perfeita para nos unir, nos proteger e nos divertir. Junto a uma amiga, criou uma campanha para nos motivar a passar esse momento da forma mais lúdica e limpa possível. Quer saber como participar, é só se filmar sozinho ou com quem você quiser lavando aos mãos ao cantar um trecho da música de Caetano Veloso, Desde que o Samba é Samba, e mandar para o e-mail Não é uma delícia? E não é pra ter vergonha, não. Cantem com o coração. A ideia é conscientizar as pessoas de manter as mãos higienizadas durante a pandemia. E, claro, colorir um pouco nossos dias cinzentos com arte", esclareceu.

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Facing The Coronavirus Crisis, Musicians Take To Teaching Online   

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Musicians and other professional performers are among those who have already been hit hard by the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. For many, most of their regular income opportunities have been canceled, or have been delayed indefinitely. So many musicians are trying their hand at teaching online.

Bassist Steve Whipple has played with everyone from Lady Gaga to NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi to his own group.

As soon as the coronavirus started making its way across the United States, Whipple saw that musicians were getting in trouble. Tours were shut down. Venues started closing left and right.

"A lot of people are stuck at home," Whipple says. "So I thought if we could connect those two populations, you know, we'd help employ the musicians who don't have work."

So he and a couple of friends set up a website called Maestro Match to pair up teachers with prospective students around the globe — both kids and adults. Within days, hundreds of musicians had signed up to teach, from emerging artists to world-famous professionals.

"Some of my heroes are signing up to teach," he says, noting that he has been "blown away" by the likes of jazz trumpet virtuoso Ralph Alessi and renowned opera singer Isabel Leonard becoming part of his site.

While some musicians are racing to play catch-up — learning how to use videoconferencing apps and figuring out how to accept payment electronically, for example — others are old hands, like flutist and educator Barbara Siesel.

Siesel has been teaching online for years. Coincidentally, most of her students are from one country that's already been deeply affected by the coronavirus crisis. "I teach a lot of students from China because there are a lot of students, high- level students, who want to go to American universities and graduate schools," she explains.

Siesel says she's learned that while there are some drawbacks to interacting with her students online, she's mostly found the experience to be really positive.

"Working with somebody online is really focused," she says. "I can see everything that they're doing because they're right in front of my face, and I can't get distracted, and they can't either. So every minute is accounted for."

Other musicians worry that there's simply too much competition right now to really make any money through virtual teaching.

Chris King is a trumpet player from Orlando, Florida. He says, "It's a flooded market with online teaching at the moment, and we haven't necessarily seen any increase in prospective students."

He gigs around the city, and also works at the Disney theme parks, as do many of his local colleagues. Orlando's amusement parks and tourist attractions are, of course, closed now. So he's telling his colleagues to look outside of music to make their monthly nuts.

"Whatever skill you have, by all means, this is probably the time to try and cash in a little bit on it," King says, like landscaping or repairing instruments — whatever keeps the money coming in.

But singer-songwriter Amy Speace says that making music online is exactly the right thing to be doing, for both teachers and students.

"I know one thing that heals people is working on the thing that they love, even if it's not their job," Speace observes. "And if you're stuck at home, why not work on songs? Why not work on songwriting?"

Speace lives in Nashville, which suffered a devastating tornado in early March. Speace says people were already anxious before COVID-19 spread, and they're already getting stir-crazy. So she's been offering group songwriting workshops online. They've been filling up — and not just with professional musicians.

"Waiters, bartenders, service people who are stuck at home, wondering," she observes. "They want to create something because they've got to put their feeling somewhere, because if you're feeling stay in your head, what are you going to do? Do you drink, take drugs? You know, just sit in misery and become suicidal?"

"So I feel like that's my job as an artist and now as a teacher," Speace continues, "to help those who want to express this and give them some tools and allow them a space that there's a community around them that can support them."

Speace says that making art and music together — even virtually — is exactly the balm people need right now.

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An interview with JD Dillon about continuous learning   


In this interview, Robin talks with JD Dillon about continuous learning and how it links with personalised learning.

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Hi, it's Robin here, the host of the Learning While Working podcast and the founder of Sprout Labs. Last time I talked about a few new formats for the podcast. In actual fact, I'm going to starting a new podcast with the other Principals from LearnD. There's going to be a mixture of interviews and us discussing topics. Like the Learning While Working podcast, it should be fortnightly.

In this podcast, I'm talking with JD Dillon on continuous learning. We explore personalisation a bit, and touch on his framework of personalisation and adaptive learning.

There's been a trend for quite a while that consumer technology is driving how technology is being used. We're now starting to see, as consumers, that we're our experiences to be personalised. Recommendations on Amazon is just one small example of this. This sort of smart technology and smart content and smart experiences hasn't really started moving back into learning and development yet. 

JD touches on some really nice ideas around self-directed learning and problem-solving as well.

Now I thought I had moved on from talking about xAPI and learning data, but it's a topic that we touch on again, and I feel it's going to be one of the sub-themes for the Learning While Working podcast this year as well.

JD, welcome to the Learning While Working podcast.

Thank you very much for having me.

What sort of trends are you seeing in the continuous learning ecosystem environment?

Sure. I think there's a couple of different kinds of big conversation points or trends that people are exploring that all kind of tie into this idea of learning as a continuous reality in the workplace. So the shift that I refer to is kind of stepping away from place and time learning, and training is the only thing that we do to help people to something that fits into how learning actually works: which is it's constant, but our support tends not to be. So I think that a couple things you see are the big micro-learning conversations, so the concept of being more targeted, more focused, more again integrated into the work as well.

I think that performance support conversation fits right alongside that, in terms of being there in the moment of need and everything that Bob Mosher talks about. Then I think that the entire conversation around self-directed learning, so the idea of giving the employee greater agency, and greater autonomy. Sometimes I think that conversation slides a little bit too far to the pull side, and there's the expectation that people are going to go and get everything they ever need.

I think it's a little bit more of a balancing act between push and pull, but obviously the pendulum tends to swing pretty hard before we correct. But those ideas, and them bleeding into the concept of personalisation and adapting by using data, are now kind of coming all together to really start to reshape what the learning and support experience can look like for an employee in today's workplace.

I'm just going to go pick up, first of all, on the self directed learning piece. It's a really interesting one, because essentially it's quite hard to be a really good self-directed learner in modern workplaces.

So much is pushed back out from an organisation, rather than people being given the spot where they need to take more responsibility. I sit there and say, "How can you expect your learners to be self-directed if you control their navigation in an elearning module?" They have no ability to be able to navigate; there's no control, just subtle messages that you're giving people all the time about control and power.

Personally what do you think some of the keys are to helping build that environment for self-direction?

I think there's an interesting contradiction in play where - obviously this is different based on every organisation and the roles that are played inside of organisations, and everyone is obviously a different performer, different professional. I think there's the side of the conversation where we want to just give people portals, and we want to aggregate content, we want to curate a bunch of stuff, and they'll figure it out on their own.

Then there's the other side of the fence where we don't trust people to not complete everything; they have to do all the slides, they have to click next to continue, and these types of facts. And we forget about the fact I often point out - that people have pretty solid problem solving skills.

And you can tell that because they manage to get to work alive. And they're there and they have a job. So there's things happening that in everyday life - this tremendous ability to solve problems, to utilise resources; everything on the internet, the Youtube and the Google story, in order to do amazing things and overcome tremendous challenges in our everyday lives.

But that type of setup, what would kind of be a workplace version of that, doesn't exist and the support structure is missing. Or we assume that it's a learning problem. I don't see the idea of self-directed learning really being about learning. I see it being more about problem solving, and problem solving can be unpacked into a lot of different things.

It can be, "I'm in front of a customer right now and they have a question, and I can't answer it." It could be, "I can't figure out what their vacation policy is in this place." Or it can be, "I want to become that role, how do I become that role?"

All of those are different types of problems that require different types of solutions and support. So for me, it's about providing a mechanism and a structure, and a way to access resources whether it be content, whether it be other people, whatever that means.

Having the resources like I have in the real world, but applying them inside the workplace and inside that context in that situation, and then enabling people to be able to solve problems, to be able to drive their own behaviour, to drive their own development when it's the right thing, but then at the same time balancing that with the fact that businesses have priorities; that compliance and regulations exist; that not every person knows what they want to become, or where they are good and where they are bad.

People tend to overstate their own abilities. We all have blind spots; we can't tell if there's something that we need to be working on, and that's where things like data can come in to help us. But for me it's really a balancing act to enable people's problem solving abilities, give them agency on autonomy when it's the right thing to do and people want to take the ball and run with it.

But when there is a need for scaffolding and structure, be also able to provide that at the right times for the people who need that or when the business needs that to be provided.

Yes. There are some layers to that problem solving and being self guided. The way I think about it is whole industries are being transformed through digital technologies. Quite often through start-ups doing small things very quickly in a mode where they're real, true learning organisations, and that transfers down to the people on the ground floor, the developers, whose essential job role every day is to solve problems; to learn to do things that have never been done before.

They're quite often really good self-guided learners, but what they're doing is solving problems constantly. There's no separation, there's no notion of, "Oh, I have to go off and learn how to do something." Learning's a constant stream of things.

It's interesting because we've been doing some recruitment for a developer at Sprout Labs, and, "How do you learn?" was one of the defining questions about whether or not they would be great in our environment.

Completely. I think it's that in a traditional business environment you see people on kind of both sides of that fence. In my background I came out operational management as we discussed earlier; I live in Orlando right behind the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World because I spent about ten years working for Disney.

Even in that environment there are people who needed structure, they needed to go to classes. They needed to have more scaffolded conversations in order to develop their skills.

And then you had people like me. I had a management background coming in to Disney, and this is before I'm formally in learning and development. I'm the type who is going to go digging and find resources. I'm going to find the people that I need to talk to who have been there before, and can share the experience.

I'm the type of person who likes to take the ball and run with it. Not everyone behaves like me, so I think we have to figure out that certain types of roles require certain types of people to be able to run with that, especially if you're a smaller organisation. If you do work for - my current company is 140 people. We're obviously not going to provide a structured learning experience for all 140 people because we have one internal learning and development person dedicated.

So it's more about having people who can lean in, and go where they need to go, and raise their hand when they do need support, and then are looking for the right places where we can provide structure and more pushed experiences because it's the right thing to do for the business.

That more structured and pushed experience is leading into the personalisation that you talked about before. And we're now seeing, as consumers, we expect Amazon to be personalised to what our interests are, and where we are and what we did with the last thing.

One really nice moment was when I downloaded one of your presentations from Slideshare, JD, and LinkedIn within two or three minutes was sending me a message saying, "You might also be interested in ... ". It was a really sweet moment to sit there and go, "Yes, in the rest of our lives we've got these really complicated systems that are giving us recommendations and personalising things." Quite often from a marketing point of view, and sales as well.

But in learning we're not quite there yet.

Yes, and I think that there's this glut of content, right? And I mean, imagine the internet without recommendations. Imagine the internet without Google's search capability, and its ability to add relevance based on everything that it knows about you.

I think in the workplace we've got similar challenges today, because there's a difference between search ability and findability. Even if you've got a great knowledge database and a decent search engine behind it, how do I necessarily know what's there? One of the biggest projects of my career was building a giant Wiki for one of my former employers, and by the time I left the company we had built this thing that had 70,000 pieces of content in it. I ran it, and I couldn't tell you what's in there, at that point because we had just scaled beyond a certain point.

My estimation was always that we had 40 percent of institutional knowledge, somehow touched at that point, by that scale. So we were nowhere near done. You'll never be done, but we were nowhere near comprehensive for that organisation given it was a global company. So how do you overcome that?

I think that's where the sheer volume of data that we have inside of our organisations, not necessarily all in the same place and not necessarily being used effectively, is going to open a door to us in terms of solving business problems and developing people and providing opportunity in similar ways that, over the last 15 years have swung the door open for marketing. To be able to attribute and target and focus on what works for them, as opposed to throwing spaghetti at a wall and hoping something sticks, and say we did a good job.

So I think that same type of transition is happening, because of these other conversations we're having in workplace learning, are setting the stage for meaningful personalisation and adaptive experiences that fit the workplace today.

I did a really great podcast with Lori Hoffman around her notion, the way she's working with data-driven learning design. I've been thinking quite often about the reasons why L&D is not more data driven.First of all people need to be in a spot where they can collect the data to start with, and then they need to be able to think and contemplate about understanding it. I'm wondering whether or not being actually data-driven is the right word, JD? Whether that's too complicated for most learning and development people more interested in learning?

I think we've historically, as a profession, been curious about measurement, right? I mean, have you gone to a class that didn't have a survey? Did you do the survey, is a whole other question. But we've tried, we've been looking for ways. One of maybe five things that everyone in this profession has heard of and/or can recite is the Kirkpatrick model. Everyone knows what adding is, everyone knows what Kirkpatrick is, and then after that I couldn't tell you where consistency is in this field, because there's no one regulating it and we all come from different places.

But within that, we've always had limitations to what we can do in order to design to and collect data, so we've been able to do surveys, we can do tests, but usually we can only do tests when we have access to the employee, and that's usually a very limited amount of time. In order to do any type of level 3 behavioural activity, we need someone else to help us or we need a lot of project resources. We have a hard time getting there.

In order to get to level 4, we need access to business data, which in some cases is just hard to get, because maybe the business hasn't really figured out that whole data conversation yet and if they have, are they willing to share? Because L&D historically hasn't been involved in that conversation, or maybe been known how to have that conversation in a very targeted and meaningful value added way.

I think the limitations in terms of our ability to partner with the right people, and in order to get access to the employee consistently, so that we're consistently gathering data just like marketing engines are on us every time we touch the internet - that changes things.

So, when we re-look at how we support people, the experience we provide, and the ability to get access to increase the number of touchpoints and to use those touchpoints in meaningful ways in order to grow a robust data profile on our organisation and on individuals; that changes the conversation around how we can design for and meaningfully use data.

So I think it's an evolution; I agree that not everyone in this field is going to be able to jump into this tomorrow. I have done presentations on things like data, and I've been involved in conversations around the xAPI and whatnot, where people in the audience have said, "We can't make effective use of what we've got right now, how can I possibly go down this path you're talking about?"

So I completely recognise that. I think it's, again, an incremental evolution, and I think people also have to partner up and bring in people who can have these conversations. So whether that's inside your organisation, you have a BI function; someone who plays in data, someone's a data scientist that can help you evolve and learn this, but I don't think you need to be a data scientist to make better use of data.

I just think it's having the right conversations, reading some of the right material, following some of the right people in terms of social networking and building a professional network. That can really help bring you along the journey to a point where you can start to integrate some of this stuff into the work you're doing every day.

Yes, and that's a really nice sentiment: not every learning person needs to be a data scientist. It's quite often about accessing those people. You talked very quickly about the notion or idea that data can be collected and analysed and then used for personalisation.

You're probably the first person I've come across who seems to have a framework for personalisation in learning. There was data curriculum, and was there something else?

Sure. So I made a couple presentations recently breaking down the different elements that you have to take into account when we're talking about things like personalisation and adaptive learning, and the four elements I tend to speak to are data, because one without the right type of data and what you'd call a multidimensional data profile, you can only go so far, so what are the different types of data we can acquire?

Two, we have to change the way that we design content in order to match this world, because if we're still locked in these ideas, bloated long form courses, that doesn't match up with our ability to use data to pivot an experience that really fits the employee and helps them solve their problem. So there's the content consideration.

Technology, because technology's required to scale that type of idea, so if you're a team of 30 supporting 300,000 employees, in order to personalise you're going to need to leverage a technology that can take advantage of these types of ideas. Whether it be 'learning technology' or whether it be business technology, and the tools and complexities for doing our jobs every day.

And then the fourth piece that I always highlight specifically is the person themself. One thing I don't want them to get lost on is saying that this is just a data conversation, or just a technology conversation. At the end of the day it's about an experience that we provide for people, and I see this type of an idea and personalisation as a way of making us that much more human in the work that we do, and the choices we make, because we can knock away some of the things that get in our way, whether it be content we never needed to consume.

But we're doing one size fits all stuff and it's getting in our way, and it doesn't provide value, or it helps us solve some of our foundation problems, and it helps us aspire to bigger roles, bigger challenges, these types of ideas. I think it's critical to keep a person at the centre of this conversation, and then using those other elements in order to boost that individual and make their experience that much better, just like different services are trying to do for us in the consumer experience when it comes to personalisation.

That's a really sweet idea. Essentially, when I talk about learning ecosystems and design I sit there and go, "So the first thing is you put the employee learner at the centre, and then you give them options to be able to do things and give them guidance about where they need to go, but you let them have some freedom." And that freedom then helps with problem solving, and self guiding learning skills, but it's also naturally personalised isn't it? Compared to the whole first reaction about making it data driven.

It might be data-augmented, but essentially it's a different way of thinking through that continuous learning experience - so if someone's in a spot where it's expected that they're learning. It's also interesting to think about how collecting data can be used as a reflective learning experience for employees as well. That's another thing I'm starting to see happen a little bit as well.

It doesn't always have to be automatic data collection. Does that make sense?

Yes, completely. There are so many simple things that we could be doing to create more personal experiences when it comes to the kind of continuous nature of learning.

So the idea of embedding reflective activity, or having those conversations that can really help a person focus down on what they're doing and how they can do better the next time, is something that just came naturally and I think it's something that we miss the opportunity to do, that doesn't require a lot of mechanisms or things like that.

Then the more complicated conversations when we get into data and content and automation can further help to boost those moments. In some cases it could be as easy as reminding someone to take a moment, to think about the last customer interaction they had, to think about the last time they had a challenging situation, or a safety incident took place in the workplace, just because we tend to get so busy.

Everyone tells me the same things: "We're in highly regulated organisations, and a results-focused company. So we don't have time. People are overburdened. We can't take them off the floor." All these things.

And we forget about all those moments to say, "Well if you pull back and think about it that's how you learn, by assessing the mistakes of the past and moving forward past them."

So I agree, there's kind of a dual nature to this, and again it comes back to the person, in some of the simple things we can do as well as some of the more complex and innovative future-focused ways that we can also support them, in ways they haven't seen before.

It's a loop-back to something else you said before. You made it sort of a binary thing between having a set of content curated resources that people pull in when they need them, and then the push back out of that highly regulated process.

Did you make that binary because in some ways you're not seeing that either end of those tools, that they're able to, from a digital learning point of view, really help people do what you're talking about?

Whenever I talk about the concept of support within a modern ecosystem, these types of ideas, I always start the conversation with access to information on demand and performance support. Because I, as a practitioner, have experienced the change that when you make information available to people, and they can light up that Google reflex, start to solve problems on their own, start to share information in meaningful ways, everything else changes.

So the rest of the equation in terms of the push-pull balance, anything that you have to make in learning and development, anything that we have to provide completely shifts when that happens. So for me that's always the starting point, is the pull side of the conversation, because once you've enabled pull that works for the people you're trying to support, the push conversation shifts and you can target that more strategically.

So I kind of separate the two considerations. But in execution they blend together, right? When I worked at Kaplan I had one simple rule for anything we built as a training team. Before we could build anything, people had to be able to look up that information. Because no one goes back into the elearning 6 months later to find that one thing they forgot, right?

That's also not how the internet works. I'm sure everyone here has had that moment where you were looking up something real quick, and then you slammed into a video. And you didn't want it to be a video, because you didn't want to watch a video. You wanted control of your screen and find the one thing you needed. So you went looking somewhere else.

It's that idea. So for me, all of the unstructured types of shared knowledge performance support ultimately support the more formal structured stuff when it's necessary, and they flow together. So the framework I tend to talk about around the idea of ecosystems, fits all about these topics we're talking about, but it really goes from working with unstructured content to the people who can try and solve their own problems, up to when we do need to get involved with a more formal structured, created experience because that's what's necessary for whatever reason.

Yes, it's one of the sad things that sometimes the only way to actually access that organisational knowledge because it hasn't been put into performance supports, or learning portals, or on the intranet; it's actually a training experience. And they're becoming information dumps where people could be pulling those when they're needed; it's just a really subtle change.

Yes, it's an interesting version of that in our own profession, with the concept that - if you've done any presentation in the industry, you know what I'm talking about. The first question that audiences asks you is will the slides be made available? And I'm a solid example of this.

My slide deck without me is useless, because I put big pictures on screen so I can talk in front of a visualisation of whatever I'm saying. You have no idea what I said when that picture of a sunset was on screen, but I was demonstrating some type of point. So to that end, I've started to annotate my own slides, so if you've pulled any of my slide decks you'll see there's more text on screen than there would have been in a real delivery of that, because that happens so often.

But it's a great example of: my slide decks should not be a reference material. There should be other assets that you can Google, look up all this information in a way that's more compelling and useful to you than trying to decipher a slide deck presentation that I built for a very specific reason.

I tend to build my own stuff that way, so most of what is in my slide decks is also living inside of my blog, or I wrote articles somewhere for it, because the slide deck is a natural evolution of the bigger story that I'm trying to develop.

It's funny to see us do the same thing that we shouldn't be doing to people, which is making people reliant on a training material as opposed to some type of reference support or performance support to help them overcome some type of challenge or grow their knowledge on their own.

Robin: Yes. Sprout Labs webinars are interactive experiences, which is lots of whiteboard activities and we limit the numbers because of that sometimes. People are shocked all of a sudden when they turn up to a webinar and they have to do things. But the slide decks are terrible, because half the content that happens during the session is missing.


I've had a senior L&D person say, "Oh, could you write that out for me?" And it's like, "Turn up to the webinar, have the experience, do the thing, be active. It's not about the resources." It's interesting because then I'm in a spot where I hardly ever turn up to a webinar. If it's not going to be a real experience then I might as well just get the recording and listen to it on the way to work.

It is interesting how we confuse that sense. I think it's Jane Hart - one of her strong messages is as an L&D team you have to be the change you want to see. We have to role model that as well.

JD, we've covered a lot of ground, and I think this whole area of personalisation and continuous learning is a really complicated area. If people want to dive into it more, what are your thoughts on where to start? What are some good resources?

Sure. Particularly with adaptive learning and personalisation, I think we're still so early in the conversation there aren't a lot of great straight recommendations I would have. I'm still writing a lot on this topic, I'm leaning hard into this conversation right now, so if you ever go to my website, which is, I'm blogging on this concept. The organisation I work with, Axonify, has been in this space for quite a while and we're curating additional assets. I'm in the process right now of outlining and starting to write an ebook on the topic, that'll help people navigate through the noise and try to figure out the different types of personalisation, the different tactics they can use to start going down this path.

The other places I would recommend is really starting to look at different components of this conversation, data being a huge consideration. The xAPI conversation is obviously something great to pay attention to, and see how it's evolving and how people are designing for and making use of data. Megan Torrence tends to be the person that I recommend people take a look at and follow. I tend to refer to her as the queen of xAPI conversations, so she's great. Melissa Milloway is another person who works for Amazon, who is doing a lot of hands on work with designing for data and the Experience API.

The other thing that I always recommend for any topic really, especially this one, is looking outside of our space. I had a conversation with Trish Yule recently around the concept of analytics, how she's evolving her thoughts around these types of ideas. A lot of what she's referencing has nothing to do with learning and development. It's more about the business side of data and decision making.

I'm currently reading a book that she recommended called Behind Every Good Decision: How Anyone Can Use Business Analytics To Turn Data Into Profitable Insight. Like we referenced earlier, marketing has been through this conversation about personalisation and the effective use of data to improve results of their work.

I think that we have to look outside our space to those influences and not necessarily do exactly what they're doing, but take what they're doing, apply those principles to the types of challenges we face, and see how we can take advantage of it.

I suggest to everyone to get outside the L&D space if you can. Follow the L&D practitioners who are obviously addressing these types of topics, like the folks I mentioned, but go looking for people who have been successful in applying these principles in their fields, and take away what you can.

Great series of resources JD. For anyone who is new to the Learning While Working podcast, there's one of my favourite interviews with Megan Torrence the archive, as well as one about data- driven learning design. Thank you so much for joining me today JD, it was great. Might even have another conversation about this at some time in the future as well.

My pleasure, happy to do it.


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