• The Daily Dean: Taking a break

    I'm going on vacation for a week and won't be posting on The Daily Dean until July. I hope you all have a great Summer Solstice--nothing's better than a long summer day.
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  • The Daily Dean: In need of a name

    I like to try to keep my office pretty minimal--not too much stuff hanging on the walls or lying on the desk. Not too much stuff means things are organized, clean, and easy on the mind (due to the lack of visual stimu...
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  • The Daily Dean: How to Overcome the Fear of ‘Putting Yourself Out There’

    I'm an introvert, and I enjoy being an introvert. But introverts don't get a lot of affirmation for their introspective characteristics. That's why I'm a big fan of Susan Cain. I've read her book (which can be purchas...
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  • The Daily Dean: What's your blues name?

    My wife and kids took me out to Father's Day Brunch at The Smoke Shack. While waiting for our meal, we found a flyer on blues names. It turns out that my blues name is Old Bones Rivers. What's yours?
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  • The Daily Dean: 100 posts! Time to celebrate with sheet cake!

    This is the 100th post for the Daily Dean! The blog started back on January 23rd. That seems like a long time ago, because much has happened since then. Hopefully, the most salient thoughts and events have taken shape...
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  • The Daily Dean: Afraid of heights

    Do I love biking? You bet. Extreme biking? To a point. this video is crazy to watch. It puts the word "mountain" in mountain biking.
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  • The Daily Dean: The subtext of a good greeting card

    Sometimes, I'll go to a store just to look at cards. I prefer blank cards, simply because they carry the weight of the sentiment that the card conveys. The photo below is a picture I took of a blank card I found while...
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  • The Daily Dean: Dog bike

    I have a single-speed bike, a road bike, a triathlon bike, and a mountain bike. My daughter has 2 road bikes. My son has a road bike, a mountain bike, and a "going to school" bike. My wife has a road bike. And my dog ...
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  • The Daily Dean: 3 Things Every Students Must Know to Move Beyond Memory-based Learning

    I just read an article that talks about the 3 Things Every Students Must Know to Move Beyond Memory-based Learning. I appreciate the article because I was never good at memorizing information; sure, it makes its way i...
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  • The Daily Dean: 5 hours of HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA

    We were making dinner in our kitchen last night (burgers and asparagus), and while we were making dinner, we were dancing to the video HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA. It's pretty fun to dance to while you're putting burgers on ...
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  • The Daily Dean: TLAs and multi-syllabic whatnot

    What's a TLA? A "three letter acronym." I was introduced to TLAs when I started working at Microsoft (many moons ago). Everyone spoke in acronyms, so I had no idea what anyone was talking about for the first 6 months ...
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  • The Daily Dean: Student feedback and coffee follow-up

    Students have been providing some meaningful feedback via the Student Satisfaction Feedback form: http://msoe.edu/student-feedback. The statistics are starting to establish patterns in the overall data (you can rate e...
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  • The Daily Dean: Sumo City

    We do some fun stuff in Student Activities (as a way of providing students with good social, occupational, spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, diverse, and community-centric activities), and one of them is S...
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  • The Daily Dean: Slow motion

    Note: The Daily Dean won't publish tomorrow--hope you have a "good Friday" (pun intended). We're about to take a 3 day break at MSOE, and it's time to slow things down a bit. Life on campus can be chaotic. The data ...
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  • The Daily Dean: The cortado

    My favorite coffee beverage is a cortado pored into a cappuccino ceramic mug. What's a cortado? It's espresso (maybe 2 shots) cut with a small amount of warm milk. The ratio is 1 to 2, and the milk is added after the ...
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  • The Daily Dean: Student Satisfaction

    In the Student Life office, we talk a lot about student satisfaction. We work closely with students so we can best understand what they like about MSOE--as well as what we can improve about our university so we can th...
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  • The Daily Dean: Perspective

    I like to work on having an ongoing sense of perspective--that ability to see the big picture, to view the way things connect, to not get wrapped up in minutia. I believe that happiness is not a result of one's envir...
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  • The Daily Dean: Dreaming of Mountains

    I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, In Seattle, where the sun rises over the Cascade Mountains and sets over the Olympic Mountains. When I went on motorcycle rides, I always headed to the Sawtooth Mountains in  n...
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  • The Daily Dean: 30 Days of Biking Challenge

    Is it spring yet? I'm not sure--it still feels cold outside. I'm tired of complaining about it and am ready to act: I'm not going to let this cold weather stop me from doing what I want to do, and what I want to do is...
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  • The Daily Dean: Simple Cafe

    I love to exercise, in large part because I love to eat. Nothing's better than a good meal after a big workout, and for that big meal, I recommend Simple Cafe (located at 2124 N Farwell Ave,). They don't have a websit...
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