Hap Aziz, To a Certain Degree

This episode was recorded September 26, 2016. Listen to the whole conversation in the player above, or click on the links below to go to a specific segment of the show!

This is a great show. I feel like I say that a lot, but when you have a national speaker like Hap Aziz, someone at the intersection of tech, education, and software, it’s an opportunity to learn more. The more you know! Just like they say!

Hap has a lot of irons in the proverbial fire, and he may have a blacksmith working on one of them in his Historical Williamsburg Living Narrative project. As he develops this educational game, he shares that the narrative – the story – is the most important element.

If you want to keep up with Hap, follow him on Twitter and make sure you bookmark his blog. Here are a couple of my favorite posts:

0:00Our guest plays a round of Live or Learn. Because living is better than learning?

10:07 – “Spicy jerky is very problematic if you’re going to be talking to anyone.”

18:32 – Taking the wheel on driverless cars. There are some things we have to plan for, are we asking the right questions?

25:32 – “The statistics don’t speak to compassion.”

29:35 – Pop culture/current event quiz! Telescopes, Halloween capitals, and Snapchat’s cool new glasses. Which are not cool.

34:16 – “If I’m looking at something and I want to film it, or maybe I’m doing something super exciting, or maybe it’s racy.”

36:19 – Digging into privacy in a world of drones.

43:12 – “I’m not going to do well in any of these scenarios. I’m just going down.”

45:21 – It’s time for the patent pending Bad Business Ideas®. Save the animals or fix your binge-watching.

50:44 – “What’s the cost on this? It’s priceless right? Because you’re saving an animal’s life. But it’s really around $500.”

54:28 – “I’m picking up what you’re putting down, Hap.”

59:56 – Let’s go back in time…to Colonial Williamsburg. We dive into Hap’s project to gamify history.

1:09:02 – “In order to move forward, you have to have a sense of what that good enough is. You don’t want the perfect to be the enemy of the good.”

1:10:06 – We discuss how to learn effectively, and what science fiction story gets it right. Hint: It’s a Star Trek.

1:17:41A segue into Hap’s college experiences, and where that has taken him.

1:22:17 – “My father came here from Bangladesh on the strength of a scholarship. Education for him was a way out of poverty.”

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