Sunday, December 26, 2010

Operation Snow Screen - 2010

Here is a clip from the boy's video surveillance camera to capture Santa on film:

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I love this picture of my parents. My mom just came in the room and snuggled up with my dad.

I love this picture of my parents. This is a screen cap of a iPhone video. Wish I had a higher resolution version!

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Santa On A Firetruck!

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Bethany Volunteer Fire Department drives Santa around every year. It's such a wonderful tradition and yet another great community event in the best small town in Connecticut! Thanks to all the firemen for all they do for us!

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Santa Comes To Visit 2nd Grade CCD

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High five Santa!

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Betwixt & Between Contemporary Art Exhibit @artspacenh #swct

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As I was walking out of my office tonight something flashing inside The Artspace gallery caught my eye so I went over to see what it was all about. To my pleasant surprise they had a fascinating exhibit titled Betwixt & Between. It was a cross section of contemporary video/multimedia art. It did a wonderful job of waking me up after a long week at the office. I'm looking forward to taking some other coworkers over to Artspace after Christmas. They are open tomorrow but are then closed until after the new year. Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Googleplex Pictures

One of my former employees sent me these pictures from her new job on the Google Android team. I can't wait to go out for a visit!

Google Bikes - they make them too ridiculous to steal.
guy with the android for scale

The front of my building with the android, Nexus 1 (the first Google android device) and all the iterations of android (moving left to right in the picture is froyo, eclair, cupcake, and doughnut)  Gingerbread is currently also up but a clear day has not presented itself to allow me a shot.

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Friday, December 03, 2010

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

I love how Steve Jobs 'dropped into' College for a year and a half. Taking the courses he wanted to take instead of the courses he HAD to take!

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Amity HS Fall Play- Dec 10th- Free

From: "Kennedy, Robert" <>
Date: December 1, 2010 7:48:26 AM EST

The Amity Creative Theater presents its fall production BANG YOU'RE DEAD by William Mastrosimone  on December 10th, 2010 at 8pm at the Amity High School Auditorium.  

Presented to the student body as part of Amity High Schools advisory program; Bang Bang You're Dead is a one act play written by William Mastrosimone in 1999 to raise awareness of bullying, school violence and its causes. According to Mastrosimone, it “is a drama to be performed by kids, for kids” for free. The plot focuses on Josh, a high school student who murders his parents and five classmates. It is strongly based on the events surrounding Kip Kinkel's shootings of his parents on May 20, 1998 and 27 of his classmates at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon on May 21, 1998. The first production of this play took place at Thurston High School and many of the student actors in the play had been victims in the shooting.  As of October 2009, the play had been performed over 25,000 times.   While the play deals with the subject of school violence there is no strong language in the play and no guns or weapons appear on stage at anytime.  If there were a parental rating on the show it would be "PG".  Following the play there will be a question and answer session with the director, cast and crew.

This play is made possible by a generous grant from the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.

There is no admission charge but donations will be accepted for the Pettite Family Foundation. The PETIT FAMILY FOUNDATION honors the memories of JENNIFER HAWKE-PETIT, HAYLEY ELIZABETH PETIT and MICHAELA ROSE PETIT by continuing the kindness, idealism and activism that defined their lives. The Foundation's funds are given to foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses; and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence.

For more information go to our website at   

Rob Kennedy- Theater Arts Teacher
Amity High School
25 Newton Road
Woodbridge, CT 06525

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

History Bye - The Foresters

Exciting news! The Foresters have started recording their new songs. Here is a demo of their song History Bye

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Education and Creativity

Sir Ken Robinson talks about creativity and the challenges of changing education to value creativity as much as literacy.

If you're not prepared to be wrong you'll Never come up with anything Original - Sir Ken Robinson

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Grove - Story.Lab Week 4

Here are the slides from the fourth and final week of Story.Lab presented by Ken Janke from The Grove. There are two fantastic video clips from this week from Sir Ken Robinson that are focused on the themes of creativity, collaboration and education. Several of the story.labbers shared their stories with us inluding Aldon, Lydia, Rachel, Jeff and Mason. I can tell that people spent a lot of time thinking about defining their story and many are well on their way to living it out. Hopefully some of those folks will be willing to share their story as Aldon did.

I want to give a huge thanks out to Ken Janke for guiding our journey over the past four weeks.

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Memorial for Lorren

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I took the boys to Lorren's Memorial at The Connecticut Dance Conservatory tonight. What an amazing night! Her husband Carl set out tons of photos & memorabilia that filled each room of the studio. Lorren was always such a gracious host and hosted our food coop potluck dinners for many years. We had some fantastic food, drink & conversation. Really very special times. Lorren & her family were also so accepting of our kids even when they wert the best behaved. We will carry fond memories of those times always.

What a great life. I'm sad she had to go so soon, but she defiantly lived it to the fullest.

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The Grove - Story.Lab Week 3

Here are the slides from week three of Story.lab presented by Ken Janke from The Grove. There were some new folks who joined us this week so they may be interested in reviewing week one and week two slides first.  How are people finding the material? I really enjoy the thought provoking nature of the content and discussion, but really think it will take quite a bit more time to define my own story. As Ken says, it took him almost six years to define his!  Story lab presentation 3

Monday, November 08, 2010

Mayor John DeStefano's announcement tomorrow will change New Haven & the region @ 9:30 streaming live #nhv #swc

Update for Mac Users: Be sure to install the free plug-in tonight so you can see the live streaming tomorrow!

John DeStefano, Jr.
City Of New Haven

November 8, 2010


WHO:         Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.
Dr. Reginald Mayo, Superintendent of Schools
Special guests including national and state elected officials, CEOs,
Presidents of institutions, New Haven Residents, Educators, More than
200 students and other very recognizable leaders representing national,
regional and local communities
WHAT:  At this event, a groundbreaking announcement will be made that
will answer the questions: “What makes a city great? What does it take
to help move an entire city forward into a new generation?” This will
be an announcement of national interest that will change New Haven and
the region forever. The details of the announcement are being kept
confidential until the Tuesday morning event. This event will be shown
live on several City-operated websites and will be viewed by every
student at every New Haven Public School because the subject of this
event will completely change their lives, their families and their
WHERE:  Live streaming on
WHEN:  Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, November 07, 2010


I love the idea of new collaborative workspaces like the Grove could be the birth of the next intellectual revolution :)

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Friday, November 05, 2010

The Grove Story.Lab - Week 2

Ken Janke continued to be our guide in helping each of us to determine the story of our life in the second installment of Story.Lab. He will be posting his slides online to help all the participants think through the questions raised and even more importantly broaden the discussion to a wider circle of people.

Here are this week's slides:

Ken showed the trailer to a documentary called Darius Goes West. Take a look. It's a wonderful example of a person not only writing their story, but LIVING their story!

Looking forward to continuing the conversation!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bethany SeeClickFix Map

Friday, October 29, 2010

Story Lab - Authoring your Story as Mission

Ken Janke co-founder of The Grove kicked off a 4-week lunch-time lecture series titled "Story Lab - Authoring your Story as Mission". See the slides below) Ken is interested in helping people author the story they want to live. He wants to help them create a vocation that is less about what people do and more about who they are. There was a good crowd that met in the Carriage House in the secret garden behind the Grove's main workspace. (What a great space right around the corner from my office that I never knew was there!)

Ken started the talk asking each of us to describe our passion. I talked about my passion to give back to society (such things as my work with Autism, Tanzanian Orphans, and Robots and of course as a father and husband to name a few :) ). I talked about my belief that "When you give, it comes back to you five-fold" and my other belief about community that "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts". The audience seemed to be made up by a majority of nonprofit and community organizer folks so as you would expect, their passions mostly revolved around community development and helping those less fortunate. I'm sure if more artists and business folks were there would have been a wider breadth off passions.

One woman in the audience asked if people believed that their career choice needed to one in the same with their passion. Many in the audience seemed to think this is the case. I however have a different opinion. I believe (and live) that my passion to help society can be separate from my career. I don't have a need to make a living off of my work with AIDS orphans or Autistic families or any of the other community initiatives I am involved in. In the age-old question: "Is your job a means to an end or the end itself?" I believe that your job provides that means to the end. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do and feel challenged and rewarded in my work, but it's only one aspect of my life. As I was reflecting on this on my walk back to the office I saw this tweet from Rich Digirolamo that I think sums it up perfectly:

"Your job title should not be your identity. Who you are, what you do and what you deliver should."

How about you what do you think? Let's keep the discussion going. I look forward to hearing what you have to say. I'd also love to see more folks join the discussion on Fridays. I want to hear the point of view from businessmen, entrepreneurs & artists!