Technical Writing Video

Let’s skip to the fun stuff. Here’s a video of me explaining technical writing to an eight-grade audience:

Now some backstory.

Back at the beginning of the summer, a former AmeriCorps member posted on Facebook asking for people to make videos to explain their careers to eighth graders. These videos replace an in-person career fair that, like everything else, has gone entirely online this year.

I volunteered to provide a video about technical writing, if she wanted one on a topic that boring; she accepted (desperate times, I guess) and sent me the information. I didn’t have time to really get started on it for a while, although pretty early on I roped in a very generous e-learning colleague to do the video editing. Continue Reading >>

What I Am Listening To

Day’s Verse:
Sing praise-songs to God. He’s done it all!
Let the whole earth know what he’s done!
Raise the roof! Sing your hearts out, O Zion!

Isaiah 12:5-6ish

Here’s a group and song I’ve been enjoying lately.

I tend to be a sucker for classic rock songs reinterpreted by string quartets (for example, Hampton String Quartet), classical songs reinterpreted as techno songs (for example, Bond), or other similar musical genre mashups. Songs with words don’t tend to interest me as much these days, although I do enjoy this one.

Words in a non-musical context, though, are on my mind. I’m thinking about NaNoWriMo plots — it’s never too early — and updating the cookbook. Expect a new Home on the Range PDF to be posted…oh…eventually.

Video of RAMROD

Day’s Verse:
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles…

Isaiah 40:27-31

One of the other riders in our group, Blake, brought a video camera along on RAMROD. Here’s his compilation video, which runs 3 minutes and does an excellent job capturing the feel of the ride. I make a few appearances. Look for black & white kit and helmet streamers.

Edited to add: There was another course photographer on the way. Here’s a (fairly dramatically overexposed) picture he got of me.