The End of Two Eras: Losing Sports Illustrated and Pitchfork

This past week delivered a double gut punch to my longtime passions – sports and music journalism. Within days of each other, storied publications Sports Illustrated and Pitchfork essentially ceased operations as we’ve known them. As a child of the 80s and 90s, Sports Illustrated was synonymous with sports writing for me. I eagerly awaited…

Unlock AI: A Beginner’s Guide to Practical AI for Everyday Life

 In my new class, Practical AI for Everyday Life, I’ll pull back the curtain on how AI tools help enhance productivity, creativity, and more in my personal and professional worlds.  My idea is to make it less scary for those who never use it and may even be afraid of it. We’ll explore leading AI…

How AI is Transforming Education: Engaging Students while Empowering Teachers

Across the US, AI fears have rendered knee-jerk AI bans in some schools. Fortunately, many of those schools have reversed their decisions. Many schools have embraced AI and have included the tech in their curriculum. This is the correct answer. Obviously, generative AI is raising valid concerns among educators about plagiarism. That’s the first thing…

Ending 2023 on a Positive

The year of the lord 2023 personally would fall in the bottom five of worst in my 48 years around the globe.  I’m actively planning on 2024 ending the 1 year losing street.  Even so 2023 had hundreds if not thousands of amazing moments. In the last week, we spent some time in New Jersey…

Opportunity Awaits: Why Downtown Burlington is Primed for Retail Renaissance

If you read  Reddit or talk to someone “who hasn’t been to Church Street in years” you may think they are confusing 1980s Bogata to present-day Burlington Vermont. However, if you go on Spotify Wrapped Sound Town you’ll learn you may already live in Burlington.  While the hand-wringing about crime and vacant storefronts makes splashy…

Kickstarter Funded – Karaoke Support Group

I am so thrilled little Kickstarter campaign to fund a mockumentary about a karaoke support group was successfully funded! In terms of an update, post-production is well underway! We have hours of raw improv footage from our “support group” sessions which we are sorting through now to shape into a story arc. The plan is…

Longer Movies vs. Shorter Attention Spans

Why does it seem many of the movies you want to see are nearly 3 hours or more? Key drivers seem to be big-budget franchise installments indulging in extended world-building and streaming films optimized not for strict runtime but for total viewing hours. Films want you to live in the worlds they built in the…

What I used for Every Science Project – Kenner’s Iconic Girder and Panel Building Sets

If you were a kid in the 70s or 80s, you probably remember Kenner’s iconic Girder and Panel building sets. These classic toys consisted of plastic girders, panels, wheels and other parts that could be slotted together to construct elaborate imaginative structures.

In their heyday, Girder and Panel sets were a hugely popular toy, advertised on TV and allowing kids an engaging, open-ended building experience. But by the mid-80s, the sets were discontinued as video games and Lego emerged as hot new toys.

While Kenner no longer makes them, the creative spirit of Girder and Panel lives on through modern compatible pieces and building sets. In this post, we take a nostalgic look back at the history and legacy of these fondly remembered construction toys. Relive the magic of slots and beams!