DJ got us falling in love again WP

Here is a version the Usher song “DJ Got Us Falling In Love.”  One of the things that I really love about this song is that it introduces two notes to the guitar student: The Bb and the Eb.  The Bb is played on the 3rd fret of the 3rd string(G) and the Eb is played on the 1st fret of the 4th string(D).


I’ve also put the riff in 3 different levels: Level One is a single note version of the song; Level Two introduces the student to an interval that is repeated and prepares the student for the final Usher version…enjoy and feed back is always appreciated!

Dylan Brock


Hall, D. (May 2010). Don’t move to a Luddite commune. Learning & Leading with Technology, 37, 7. p.13(1).

In Don Hall’s academic journal article Don’t move to a Luddite commune (As I See “IT”), he writes about reluctantly joining Facebook and his surprisingly positive experience in connecting with old business and college friends.  In the academic journal article Don recognized the duality of the social network experience: he acknowledged the security concerns over privacy but also saw the usefulness in creating writing skills for unmotivated writers and in the networking capabilities.

As Don moved from his previous Luddite stance and grew more excited about the possibilities of social networking he had a personal confrontation with his wife. His wife was upset about the family pictures that he had posted because it felt like her privacy had been violated.  While discussing this with his wife he realized that even if some adults don’t like the new “social networking” experience (which he felt included IM and texting) there is no stopping it.  I really like the idea of the author moving forward and trying out technology and in exploring its tremendous capabilities to create, build something new while at the same time reconnecting with others from the past.

In the article The ongoing web revolution by Michael Stephens, he quotes Darlene Fitcher’s definition of the modern library in a equation entitled Library 2:0=(books ‘n stuff +people +radical trust) X participation. What Fitcher is saying in that quote is that libraries have always had books and people. But to be a prevalent force in the modern world Libraries must move into the ideology of Web 2.0.  They must create an atmosphere that allows participation and contribution with patrons and other’s working in the library.

Stephen states that the key to creating this new realm is through trust; or simply stated “Trust Drives Change.”  By allowing patrons access to blog forums where they can commute with one another, review books, and communicate with librarians and other library patrons the library can break from its traditional role into new territory.  I really loved this part of the article because I felt that this was new territory for libraries.  People want to communicate and work/share their ideas with one another on some level and social network sites allows people to do that.

One aspect that I would like to see added that I just learned about in Libr 203 is the incorporation of the Second Life technology into public, private and even school libraries.  I’m completely new to Second Life but I really enjoyed prancing around the SJSU Island and going into all of the different areas. The Second Life world could be another move away from the traditional place and into one where patrons could be trusted to really be a part of the building of way we see and use the library system.

“Eighty percent of success is showing up”

-Woody Allen

Like most people going back to school, I’m incredibly busy trying to balance my personal life, my career, my student life, my mental, physical and my spiritual well being.  I do know that it is impossible to try and give an equal balance to all those areas in my life.   But with some effective time management, patience and commitment one can find time for them.

One of the things that I do to keep my personal panic demons from paralyzing me and stopping me from doing any type of work is I ride my bike. In fact my bike is my pretty much my sole means of transportation in San Francisco; yes the hills are intimidating or impossible and yes I do almost get hit everyday by an automobile.  But what I do get while riding my bike is a time of clarity to work out my up coming projects, check in with myself over my interactions throughout the day with others and finally I get the beauty of San Francisco: from it’s gothic industrial Dogpatch to the buffalos in Golden Gate Park.

I do have some apprehension to my upcoming class load and my work schedule. I’m really new to online classes and online teamwork.  I’ve already learned that I can’t keep everything on my laptop’s screen or desktop. I’m a very physical learner and what I’ve been doing lately is keeping paper notes in a notebook and writing a paper schedule of what needs to be done in it also.  On my laptop I’ve also created a folder on my desktop for SJSU stuff and one for the class. Right now I’m checking the class on Angel on a daily basis and I’m sure that will continue to be the case since in the fall I’m going back to subbing, teaching guitar, gigging (my weekends in September are booked!) and hopefully spoiling my girlfriend.

I really liked both lectures a lot. I did feel that they both reiterated what the other was saying but still offered some new perspectives on the subject of teamwork.  In my personal life, I’ve been in bands for close to twenty years. While listening to, and reading, Dr. Haycocks and Prof. Erwin’s lectures I kept thinking that this is what I’ve been doing for years with my bands. I’ve seen all of those behaviors in rehearsals and in band meetings. I’ve seen players become really stubborn about their ideas and than retreat into silence when they don’t get their way.  I’ve also seen how with proper communication, preparation and with people showing up on time a synergy is developed among the players which allows more work to be done at a quicker pace.

Also, one could easily relate the team stages with being in a band.  Bands form than storm ideas for songs.  Than, they move to the next stage of working out the kinks in the ideas by co-operating and in most cases they go on and perform them. If they are lucky the group gets some sort of response and people come back for more shows in the future.

As a substitute teacher one aspect of my job is helping kids with their projects. Often I’ll be asked to moderate, i.e. act as a team leader, for a group to help them assess where they are in their projects, move group through stages, and to make sure that the students are speaking to each other with respect.  I’m fully aware that there is a difference in working face to face with a group of children and being on Elluminate with some adults; but I do believe that like Prof. Erwin says with practice, some sense of courtesy and just showing up, I can over come the online collaboration hurdle.

It is finally somewhat warm today in San Francisco. As many people know thanks to the  Mark Twain quote, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”, this town gets cold.   Well, it gets ridiculously cold here in the summer, especially in the months of July and August.  When the weather gets miserable I often ride my bike or walk to one of the many beautifully restored pubic libraries.  My favorites are in Noe Valley, the Mission, and of course the Main Branch by Market Street and City Hall. I love wandering around the buildings, getting lost in the stacks, watching people read, study or just work quietly. The architecture is amazing full of details, marble stairs, and big windows.  I especially like looking out the windows when it’s windy and rainy in SF.  When the weather gets really bad the libraries get pretty crowded…with homeless people.

One of the things I first noticed in San Francisco is the amount of homeless people that dwell inside and around the Main Branch.  I’ve never seen that many people be allowed to just congregate inside a public building before. It seems to me that it’s one of the last refuges in my city for them. The librarians treat them with dignity and compassion.  It seems to me that the public librarians role has expanded to also include social worker…