Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bye Blackberry

This weekend I let my Blackberry go. After years of wating for better options where Apple (iOS) & Google (Android) had passed them by, I finally stopped waiting.

I loved having the biggest screen on my monochrome Blackberry 6200. It was cool when the RIM team gave me color. I went to the little Pearl & back to a full QWERTY keyboard. However, the dominant team in the early 2000s slowed down as the new guys came to market. As I got older, and I wanted a larger screen. Apple & Google responded with bigger screens. RIM finally put a large, touch screen Blackberry into play with Verizon, but at that time I was on a contract with another...and all the major carriers had non-RIM, large screen options.

CNET does a great job showing Blackberry through the years.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Debate Kids Need Your Help

Atlanta Urban Debate League

I have found debate to be one of the most diverse, powerful, learning experiences that students can have.

I volunteer as a middle school debate judge for the Atlanta Urban Debate League (AUDL - When I started, I had zero experience with debate. The AUDL needs more adults to volunteer as judges for their monthly debates. That means you, your alumni group, fraternity, sorority, and friends.

AUDL debates are on these dates
(2011) November 12 (Tri Cities HS), December 3 (McEachern HS)
(2012) January 21 (South Cobb HS) , February 11 (Tri Cities HS), March 3 (Tri Cities HS)

We will have a judge training session at 8:45 a.m. to help along any of the reluctant potential judges acclimate themselves to the activity.

Interested parties should email


You can also find the AUDL on Facebook.