Personal Updates

Doctor Geno’s personal updates… if he wants to share them.

Mid-Semester Musings…

Mid-Semester Musings…

Hurricane Sandy is, ironically, providing a short respite… the power is still on, classes are cancelled for two days, I have a moment to make updates on the sites I’m administering, and I can finally reorganize my winter clothes… well, while there’s still power and light…

Since September, I’ve learned and accomplished far more than I expected. For starters, statistical mathematics is much harder than I thought… but much more powerful than I imagined. Probability is a way of envisioning the separation of one potential event into all of its possible actualities, and the defining attributes of the players in this universe of events are definable “after the fact.” It’s actually quite incredible. I now understand why financial analysts think they’re smarter than everyone else, but I still can’t fathom the arrogance that usurps their morality. But to be honest, the difficulty of using these statistical algorithms to make good predictions are far more valuable than any public sector salary… so any true nationalist needs to do some introspection about their tax investment if they want smart people to assist in the reformation of this country. It’s no wonder that analysts would rather make 6 times more money for easier work. (Easier you ask? Yes… because statistical research for social science and psychology is still developing out of its infancy, but the research for finance is 45 years ahead.)

The election is almost over, thank heavens. I’m, admittedly, a politically vested person. I believe in the common good, the general welfare, prevention of warfare, promotion of education and healthcare… and it’s very sad that we can’t be sure that either candidate will push these efforts. What’s even worse is the insane amount of money that runs the PACs that support these two political parties that have a duopoly on our political system… and it seems that our population is far too immature and short-sighted, ignoring the tremendous oligarchical structure that holds our pensions, municipal bonds, college funding, mortgage banking, and our news organizations. Most believe third party candidates to be impractically naive personalities. They may actually be our only way to reform a broken government.

On a personal note, the edits for our book on Model UN Education and Social Intelligence for high school students is complete and finished. The website is ready for media content and our videos from the upcoming RUMUN and HMUN workshops will be available to members, as well as my upcoming presentation on “Presentation Skills: An Application of Social Intelligence” that I’ll be giving to the Rutgers Education Psychology faculty and graduate students. The youtube channel is up and running, the copyright is initiated, and the affiliates are being notified of their ability to make commissions. If you want to help sell our book for online commissions, let me know!

My wife is also beginning her work on her little website adventure. She will be launching her site called the Uneasy Yogini within the next two months. She’ll be promoting her classes, good products, healthy food and exercise, and some nice local spots. One day she’s hoping to have her second career take over her primary… but that is several years away, and we’ve got some parental basics to get through first.


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This day is usually filled with brooding…

Strolling back into a high school after a 2 month vacation and seeing your coworkers is a happy occasion that gets quickly thrown to the side as socially ardent teenagers quickly smash through the doors and shout to their supporting cast of boisterous pseudo-hooligans while we make our opening speeches. Teaching is honorable… and our abilities of crowd control are rarely acknowledged.

Today, for me, began with a text from my coworkers… cursing me from their annual re-insertion into public sector protocol while I lay in bed thinking about how best to mentally prepare for my 6:30-9:30pm graduate class on Probability. My daily stress level during the “school year” has officially plummeted from an 60/100 to a 20/100. My advisor has even shunned my overzealous work ethic and told me to “settle in” to my schedule. Wanna know my schedule that needs settling into? M 4:30-7:30pm, T 6:30-9:30pm, W 4:30-7:30pm, & Th 4:30-7:30pm. I think I’ll hit the gym during the days that I work on my comfort level.

Now, it’s not all easy. Specifically, I have very little experience with this new form of statistical mathematical notation. The language of math of physics is much more visual and robust. We don’t randomly insert a vector term unless there is a physical property that includes direction… whereas, statisticians can randomly insert and fit an extra nominal term within a model that has no physical interpretation; it’s just data. It is data that may or may not be important. Rarely do physicists do anything “extra.” We are barebones, brute force mathematicians that learn the elegant tricks when we have to. So my prediction is that this change in philosophy is going to carry my forehead into the figurative brick wall as I glean the nuances of Item Response Theory and Hierarchical Multilevel Analysis.

On another note, my fourth class in “Teacher Evaluation” is going to require a great deal of empathy. Subjective/Qualitative Evaluation is farthest thing I’ve ever witnessed from a hard science that attempts to portray itself as an evolved, structured analysis. I have a feeling that I’ll be making hand waving arguments and laughing at the false pretenses of administrators. Nearly every paper on teacher evaluation that I have ever seen, shows that local administrators show extreme bias in their evaluations… so much so that third-party university professionals are usually called in to “correct” for the skew in qualitative data. Sadly, qualitative data is still the only evaluation method my former colleagues and I have ever been subjected to.


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A week of preparation, culmination, and avoiding the RU Screw…

A week of preparation, culmination, and avoiding the RU Screw…

Virtual Classroom 1.0

The MUNIVERSITY officially opened this week. Although it is still an evolving project, the structure of the site is finally robust for members to join, and the content will continually evolve. We’ll be posting videos of our first workshop on the Inner Game techniques of Social Intelligence.

In the course of developing this SI framework, I had finally begun researching Social Intelligence experts… and it just so turns out that they began teaching Social Intelligence strategies to business leaders 14 years ago! A man named Daniel Goleman wrote about it in the Harvard Business Review in 1998 and even billionaire Karl Albrecht had written a book on its relationship to Leadership. Strangely, I also just discovered that there are some pioneers in SI Education in the Psychology department at Rutgers! Woohoo! Maybe there is a reason for all of this…


Rutgers 2.0

Transitioning into the fellowship at Rutgers is also an endeavor in and of itself. I’m discovering the new registration process (no more dialup…), they retained my email from 1996, “genotype” Rutgers University also had their Graduate Student Orientation on Monday. I learned that as a fellow, I am considered “Faculty/Staff,” my health insurance is covered, and my access to the University’s resources is greater than I remember.

Having been through 4 years of RU undergrad and 6 years of grad school already, obviously I was very prepared for my re-entrance into Rutgers. I called every person who had something important to do with handling my information, e.g. Payroll Account, Professors, RU Connection, Financial Aid, Health Insurance, Parking… etc. Needless to say, I was still “forgotten.”

Despite being in the system on every other measure, my Health Insurance almost slipped through the cracks. I called to ask pertinent questions about my term bill and the options for Health Insurance. Apparently, I was not on her “list.” I could tell that there was some immediate sympathy because she suggested coming in to talk to her. There were about 4 or 5 things on my checklist to complete on campus and there is no substitute for facetime, so I showed up to the heart of graduate operations, 25 Bishop Pl.

Simona welcomed me, told me the deal, confirmed my existence, and allowed me to log in and complete 75% of my on campus checklist through her computer! She guided me through the health insurance waiver and the printing of my term bill. She gave me a bag to keep my “Bible” of RU Literature that had accumulated since admission. Then she said her father’s name was Eugene, too. Needless to say, I have found an administrative ally.



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Business Project = Internet Deconstruction = Brain Overload…

Business Project = Internet Deconstruction = Brain Overload…

So the idea starts with Model UN kids who use high level social skills and dominate their competitors who don’t. I saw these skills as the most practical lesson that any student can learn… so I got Mr. Anthony White to write an entire book with me on these skills as they apply to Model UN.

fast forward a few months…

How will we sell the book? Online… & at bookstores (eventually)

Who will print it? We will… and later we’ll get some Print-On-Demand company to help (AMAZON)

Ebook? Yup… Kindle (formatting SUCKS), PDF, Nook…

then I started thinking about all these online content sites…

So the next idea was to promote a website that is not only a book advertisement, but what if we were actually TEACHING the material from the book like a tutor? An online tutor!

So we need video (scripts, workshops, info, lessons, cameras, software, stock footage, plugins, Tube Mogul account)

We need a membership site (WordPress with sexy Theme, Digital Access Pass [DAP], vBulletin Forum)

We need to make all the software recognize each other’s databases (Twitter, Facebook, DAP config, WP config, vB config, repeat), take payments (PayPal), start email marketing (DAP’s Autoresponder), create capture pages (Weebly, Wix), use SEO practices (Google Keyword Tool), and finally… make it look pretty (Not quite there yet…).

Lastly, there might actually be an upcoming Mobile App for iPads, iPhones, and the Android Market.

For the past 3 weeks, I’ve worked myself into headaches and/or physical numbness

I’m in too deep to give up now…

By the way, two months ago I didn’t know how to do any of this shit. And now, for some reason I want to try heroin.

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Video Editing w Sony Vegas

Video Editing w Sony Vegas

I get myself into more than I bargain for… And today was no different.

Small elements of my projects can fill an entire day because I have to learn whatever the hell I’m doing while in the process of getting things done…

This is a screenshot of the rendering process… 11 tracks, stock footage, recorded video, and 3 hours of tutorials… And after 6 hours of playing with software, here’s my first Sony Vegas video.

By the way, we’re still figuring out our video posting capabilities… A gallery is coming soon! MP4 followed by Flash links below…

High Bandwidth 720

Low Bandwidth 320 and iPhone!

Low Bandwidth 240 and iPhone!

If you have flash, these are the two videos (high and low bandwidth) in flash format!
720×480 High Bandwidth

320×240 Low Bandwidth

…And I have a headache.

Btw, rendering 16:9 is a pain in the ass! Video in the project is 720×480. I try and render it with the same pixel resolution and it comes out 4:3… Kind of annoying… Does anyone know why mp4 video has to be rendered differently on the way out? It also doesn’t read in QuickTime videos unless you have version 7.6… Anything from 7.6.6 and higher makes Vegas blind to the composite.

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Updates Socially Networked…

Updates Socially Networked…

Testing 1, 2, 3, …Test.

My summer of web development projects means that this process should become more rhythmic which each new website…

I’ve decided to base each website in WordPress, which is actually a software package that links with all of these cute Plugins that work together to turn websites into a full media machine.

Each time I activate Sharepress, I link Twitter, Facebook, and even into one complete posting package. I’m making this update in wordpress and the little menu on the right asks me whether I want my post shared. I say ‘yes’ …then it wraps up my title, truncates the description, and fires a quick message to an easily created app in Facebook and another easily created app in Twitter. The LONG link to my post is scrambled into a smaller one to save whitespace, and it even appends a hashtag if I so choose.

Once this final piece of the “sharing” puzzle is complete, the website exists as a living, breathing, blogging platform that needs very little “maintenance” attention.

The next step, if you wanted a full entourage of followers, comes in the form of continually updating every day or two …and optimizing the SEO keywords (using Google’s Keyword Tool), making your site as exploitative as possible. “Capture pages” and email lists then become your marketing campaign; you create multiple websites that act as video promotional campaigns in order to get people to fill in those two little boxes, “name” & “email.”

Don’t be afraid to comment and ask questions if you’re curious about how to do what I’m talking about here. I can teach it… or you can just contract me to get it done. Just click that little “contact me” button.


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