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Iowa Crop Damage

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The Daily Iowan is reporting that crop damages from the floods and related weather is going to cost the Iowa economy around $4 billion. That’s a lot of money by most anyone’s standards. What a tough year for farmers.

I sincerely hope that the Iowa economy is able to sustain this hit and still thrive.


Written by Chris Sutton

June 30, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Posted in Iowa, Life

Nominated for a Ph.d

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Les Poole contacted me the other day through email letting me know that I’ve been nominated for my Ph.d. I’ve been considering grad school for quite awhile, but now being nominated for the credential I likely won’t need to do nearly as much work. :)

Here is the email if you want to get in on the action:

Bacheelor, MasteerMBA, and Doctoraate diplomas available in the field of your choice that’s right, you can even become a Doctor and receive all the benefits that comes with it!

Our Diplomas/Certificates are recognised in most countries

No required examination, tests, classes, books, or interviews.

** No one is turned down
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For US: 1-501-647-xxxx
Outside US: +1-501-647-xxxx

"Just leave your NAME & PHONE NO. (with CountryCode)" in the voicemail

our staff will get back to you in next few days

…Of course I know this is spam, but if people keep sending emails like this there must be a market for them. I wonder who actually falls for this kind of nonsense?

Written by Chris Sutton

June 30, 2008 at 7:52 pm

Posted in Life

MCT TechEd 08 Interview

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If you are interested in becoming an MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer) and want to hear from an experienced MCT then watch Ken Rosen’s interview (Titled “MCT – It’s not just for breakfast anymore!”) with Matthew Roche from the TechEd 2008 Developer week.

Matthew points out that good MCTs, hopefully the ones that stick around the program, are technically solid and are passionate about telling others about the technologies they work with.

A key point he made was that being an MCT is not an ego trip. Some people may like to get up in front of people and have the class be about them. Being an MCT makes the class about the students and the conversation during the course. I’ve been an MCT for 2 1/2 years and I tell students at the beginning of the class that I’m not up in front of the class to hear myself talk but to help them learn and grow. Students feel much more free to participate as a result. That being said the trainer definitely leads the class and keeps it on track, but the course is not about the MCT.

I think the funniest part is where Matthew describes MCTs as “vocal”. That might be a slight understatement.

There are benefits that come along with being an MCT such as getting access to all of the current and beta courseware for free and getting access to some tools that otherwise cost a lot of money. From a business and billing perspective it can be very beneficial because if people like you in the classroom that could turn into some good consulting.

But the most valuable part of the program is the existing community of MCTs. You get access to a large, experienced community that you can run ideas by and who can give you feedback on courses they have already taught. This is invaluable.

Written by Chris Sutton

June 16, 2008 at 2:02 pm