The Original Winnie The Pooh

Before Disney took these characters and made them beloved household names, A. A. Milne had a classic literature book series for children. His lead character, Winnie-the-Pooh (yes, hyphenated) also known as Pooh Bear was first introduced in 1924 in a poem from the verse book When We Were Young. Two years later, circa 1926, he finally starred in his very own self-titled book and in 1928 came a sequel, The House at Pooh Corner. The last original major work featuring Pooh Bear was 1927′s Now We Are Six, another poetry collection featuring him.

Disney took these little adventures and transformed him into a lovable cartoon character from several movie incarnations and a television series. Most notably the A. A. Milne characters are known for The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh (1977), a collection of the Disney featurettes Winnie The Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968) and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974).

If you’re at all interested in finding an in-between book series for kids getting old enough to read along with you, these are great. They feature well-known characters but they are also modern classic books.

Common Pitfalls To Avoid

Transitioning from one employer to another can be tricky, especially if they are competitors in the same line of business. And, it does not even matter whether you are a newly hired laborer or you are moving into one of the highest paying jobs. Are there trade secrets? Were you hired to get “an edge” over the competition? How much do you really know about your new work and how is it different from what you were doing? How great is “company loyalty” at your new employer? Here are some ideas to help make the transition easier and avoid some common pitfalls.

This Is How I Did It At ABC

Assuming you never worked for this new employer before, verbalized comparisons between your former employer and your new employer should definitely be avoided. Such discussions are bound to lead to defending certain processes, procedures, policies or practices; and you do not want to be put in that position. If you are asked, particularly by your superior, answer to the best of your ability, knowledge, and recollection. However, if you are asked by other employees, be careful how you answer. If these employees begin executing or suggesting a new process, procedure, policy or practice, they may, or may not, the reference you or your former employer; but if they are questioned about why they changed, your name may be mentioned, which may not be good for you. Moreover, if you know that another employee may start doing their work differently as a result of your informal discussions, seriously consider advising your superior; but do so in private and with discretion.

This Is How ABC Did It

If the two companies are competitors and have made wise decisions, particularly about products and marketing those products, you should not even have to think about comparisons. Both enterprises know much about each other and their processes, procedures, policies and practices. It is part of knowing your competition. If you think ABC did a better, more efficient or economical approach, keep it to yourself, at least for the first few days, weeks or maybe even months. The insinuation that ABC is superior in a particular approach may directly or indirectly appear as though you are being critical. This should be avoided. There is an excellent possibility that you presently do not know enough about how and why your new employer conducts their business to even address the issue. However, if your boss asks, again, answer to the best of your ability, knowledge and recollection. If you are asked in the presence of colleagues, make your comments objective and direct answers to the inquiries. Try not to make a judgment about which is superior; that will be for your superior and others to decide.

I Know…

Come across to both your boss and your colleagues as humble and unassuming. Thoroughly understand how and why your new employer does what they do, before you even think about verbalizing comparisons with what you did at ABC. It is often very easy to come across as a “know it all,” even though that was not what you meant or intended. And keep in mind, it is often more important how you say something than actually what is said.

In short, exercise discretion, do not volunteer information about how ABC does it, show some humility, mind your own business and perform your job, duties and responsibilities to best of your ability. In most cases, it will be a wise decision to let weeks or months pass before even bringing up the subject of comparisons with ABC.

Thank you for reading!

Babylon A.D. Review

Movie Review

It seems to me that Vin Diesel (real name: Mark Vincent), likes his routine. He rarely steps outside his comfort zone when choosing movie roles, and when he does, he always takes two steps back – as if he were terrified of this new world.  Diesel has wandered into a few territories that may not have been native to his reputation (The Pacifier, Find Me Guilty), but he’s been up to his neck in what seems to be his two “can’t miss” categories – driving fast vehicles while looking tough (The Fast & The Furious series, xXx) and being in either outer space or the future (The Chronicles of Riddick, Pitch Black, the upcoming Rockfish). His latest, Babylon A.D., definitely falls in the latter, and as expected, doesn’t stray far from where he feels at home.

Diesel stars as Toorop, a mercenary with the ability to take on dozens of a heavily-armed soldier with nothing but his thoroughly unexplained, and therefore mysteriously superior, combat skills. The audience is forced to assume his ultra-tough nature since his employer dispatches a small army simply to find him while Toorop spouts Tarantino-esque lines – “If you wanted to kill me, you should’ve blown up the building”. Toorop is proposed with an all-too-tempting and seemingly simple job offer: escort a young girl from an ancient convent in Asia to New York City in six days. Of course, this easy task turns out to be much more than Toorop signed up for.

The first two acts play out as a low-rent version of Children of Men; from the reluctant yet persistent tough guy guide and the odd-acting, over-distraught girl all the way down to the bleak futuristic backdrop. Akin to Children of Men, the audience is never fully told what happened to the world for it to appear as such, nor do we ever know why exactly the girl in question needs to get to her respective destination. However, unlike the Alfonso Cuaron film, we feel no sort of desire to see our protagonist complete his mission. Toorop comes off as an uber-jock, the type of guy who shoved smaller kids into lockers and garbage cans, except in the future and with a lot more firepower.


Technology is part of almost every aspect of our lives. It has become an important tool for business, medicine and education. Mobile technology has made some amazing breakthroughs in the past 10 years, and more higher education institutions are incorporating mobile access in their programs. If you are considering careers in education, you will need to be familiar with the most popular technology trends. Here’s a shortlist of technology trends in higher education.

Mobile Access – As more people access the internet through their mobile devices educators are recognizing the need for mobile applications. These devices include smartphones and laptops. Walk into almost any college classroom and you’ll see students with laptops in use. Instructors and students are using these devices to keep up on their studies, engage in real time chat rooms, and share files. For the online student, mobile access means being more connected to their fellow students and instructors.

Cloud Computing – Cloud computing is a relatively new technology. Imagine storing your files on a remote computer that you can access from anywhere. No longer are you bound to your home PC or have to carry a flash drive. Cloud computing lets students share files on projects, turn in assignments and have access to classroom resources.

Online Learning – Online classes, distance learning and integration of online curriculum in the classroom setting is an important trend to be aware of. More colleges and universities are recognizing the opportunities online learning presents their students and their school. Today’s students are more goal orientated and don’t want to sit in a lecture hall. They want to be hands on and get their degrees quickly. Online learning lets students progress at their own pace and gives them valuable technology skills they can use in the real world.

WiFi On and Off Campus – The demand for wifi access will continue to grow based on the previously mentioned education trends. Students expect to be able to access the internet almost everywhere they go including in their dorms, the library, and off campus. Online students depend on wifi to access their classes away from the home PC. This frees them up to work anywhere like the beach, a coffee shop or at a friend’s house.

eReaders – Many colleges and universities offer e-versions of textbooks, reference books and other media for students to use on their laptops, mobile devices and eReaders. This is a great boon to the online student. Instead of having to visit the campus library, an online student can now access and download almost all of a campus library’s resources online.

As technology evolves and become more accessible to everyone, new technology trends will emerge for the future. It is the blend of technology with standard teaching practices that will create the classroom of the future.

Job Opportunities For All Through University Adult Education

The university adult education is one effective program that guarantees a society that provides equal opportunities for all citizens. Adult education, after all, is a means of leveling the playing field for individuals who wish to pursue gainful employment. It is a fact that there are plenty citizens who may not have the educational background that is sufficient for them to be hired by any employer. If this is the case for many in the country’s population, this will certainly lead to high unemployment rates. University adult education is vital in significantly reducing the unemployment rates and indirectly boosts the economy.


University adult education must exist in any society. Not everyone has the financial capacity to go through college and graduate a degree. Since many public entities and private companies prefer to hire employees with proof of college graduation included in their resumes, those that are financially disadvantaged are most likely to end up unemployed. Ironically, they happen to be the ones who need work the most because of their dire situations. With university adult education, however, the chances can become even. They can work in a blue-collar job at first and later enroll for a college degree or an associate’s course.


In other countries, university adult education can mean taking lessons in literacy. This is because many countries, especially in the underdeveloped ones, still have large numbers of illiterate adult citizens. This case is particularly true for those who have nascent educational systems. In the United States, however, where nearly everyone is literate and majority have basic and high school education, university adult education means continuing education for those who did not have the opportunity of going to college. Because of this, the university adult education program in the country has been much appreciated by many citizens. It affords them the chance to catch up with others who have gone to college.


University adult education for teachers, on the other hand, refers to the special training provided to budding instructors who want to teach adults. Mentoring adults and providing them with education requires skills that are quite different from that of teaching elementary or high school students. With the demand for more teachers capable of empowering adults with education, the need for a training program such as university adult education is very urgent. Fortunately, many colleges and universities have responded to the need by developing their respective programs on adult education.


In building a society that is fair, one that is truly democratic even in the economic sense, university adult education is indeed of vital importance. A society can only move forward if its citizens are empowered economically. Since not everyone owns businesses, the others can contribute greatly through the use of their skills and knowledge. They also earn their income through being employed. If a sector is not provided this opportunity, this sector becomes alienated and may become a cause for social problems. With university adult education, this less fortunate sector can still gain the opportunity to earn a living.

Complete University Adult Education With Penn State

Many adults are now looking to improve their career opportunities and expand their knowledge through the use of university adult education programs.  One such university adult education program that is chosen by many for their abilities to provide specifically designed programs to cater to adults is Penn State College of Education.


The university adult education program at Penn State College of Education is considered one of the leaders in curriculum and practices for teaching adults in their goals for further education and further knowledge in a wide range of university adult education programs.  Penn State, with their university adult education programs, are noted as being ranked within the top three for university programs worldwide and they have held this ranking for more than two decades.  At Penn State College of Education, there is a high focus to achieve excellence and the accolades obtained by Penn State for their university adult education programs are, in their view, obtained due to the cohesive creative skills of the faculty and doctoral students.


At Penn State students will be exposed to the wide range of interests and backgrounds of the mentors of the faculty and doctoral students who focus their attention on creating programs, and adjustments to existing teaching programs, that are focused specifically on university adult education.  It is worth noting that university adult education is not the only area where the doctoral students and faculty mentors focus on improvements, all facets of training and education are constantly being enhanced and improved for those obtaining education at Penn State.


When Penn State is your choice for university adult education four areas of relevant requirements to get you started in your training program are as follows:


  1. Choose the university adult education program that meets your career goals or academic requirements.  Students may find that there are a variety of courses available that they wish to attend.


  1. Choose the appropriate Penn State option or facility to carry out the desired program.  There are some Penn State university adult education programs that may be completed online.


  1. Complete the application requirements to enroll at Penn State to start your university adult education program.


  1. If your have previous education in an area and available course credit, transfer these credits to your new program of university adult education at Penn State.  If you are not sure whether your previous education has applicable credits, or can be transferred to your university adult education program, assistance can be provided by the helpful staff at whichever Penn State facility you choose to enroll with.


The staff of Penn State will provide all the necessary information and required paperwork needed to students wishing to attend university adult education programs.  Perhaps the most difficult choice for the student themselves is which university adult education program is the perfect choice for their purposes.


Penn State has 22 campus locations and offer online programs therefore any student interested in university adult education programs will find a suitable option to meet their career or academic requirements.  Check out Penn State today for your university adult education program.