100 Rules from Dru Riley

Find one off this list to value.

Value what this individual offers and come back for one more. Read his story.

Build your own list.

Have a code.

Categorized as Hacks

Finding Stuff

I enjoyed reading this article about June Huh entitled “High School Dropout Wins The Fields Medal”.

He attended a University so did not leave education and from there forged his own path, with his own skill set. Well worth the read on seeing how a path can unfold and why everyone need not possess the exact same skill set.

Categorized as Resources

How to Save YouTube Videos

I used to use a Firefox plugin to save YouTube Videos so I could use portions of them in class. When I went to access the plugin I found it had changed to using a pay plan in a rather impolite fashion. So I did a quick search around and found I could use VLC to download the Videos I needed to use snippets of.

1. How to download YouTube videos with VLC

There are plenty of third-party apps, browser extensions, and websites you can use to download YouTube videos. You also don’t need any of them, since you can do this directly through VLC:

  1. Find a video on YouTube—like this one—and copy the URL from your browser’s the address bar.
  2. In VLC, head to Media > Open Network Stream.
  3. Paste the YouTube link in the box and click Play. You might have to wait some time for the video to start. (If it’s not working, or not loading after a long while, you might want to try this fix to see if it helps.)
  4. Under Tools, click Codec Information.
  5. In the box that says Location, right-click the block of text and click Select All. Copy this text to your clipboard.
  6. Go back to your browser and paste the link in the address bar. This will open the source file directly on YouTube’s servers.
  7. Right-click the video as it plays and select Save Video As.”


If you could be part of any world record, what would it be?

This Icebreaker is from Rob Walker, TAoN. I think I will use this in class, especially with the 2nd big summer heat wave upon us.

The back story: Mallory says she was talking to friends about the recent record-breaking temperatures in Canada — presumably a record most of us would prefer not to be part of. But that led her to this question. “I think it would be a neat little insight into what someone thinks is cool, and into their interests and personality,” she explains. “Do they want to break a solo, risky record (e.g., highest dive), or a goofy one (e.g., most straws in the mouth), or a big group one (e.g., largest round of ‘Ring Around the Rosie’), or a serious one (e.g., most patents owned)?”