Soft Classical Music & Loud Rushing Water

For the second week in a row, my newborn son’s music dominated my listening charts (see chart below). I am actually beginning to enjoy Baby Einstein’s peaceful versions of classical composers. I find myself humming the pieces later in the day after listening to the albums.

While not in the list below, the most listened-to track in our house has been the twenty second recording of the running bathtub sounds that I Ioop-ed into a four hour track. I don’t know what it is about the loud sound of fast-running water, but @LarsFranz responds to it very quickly by calming down and even falling asleep some of the time.

My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-9-4)

  1. The Baby Einstein Music Box Orchestra (11)
  2. Bebo Norman (7)
  3. Kurtis Parks (6)
  4. Mumford & Sons (5)
  5. JAY-Z (5)

Looking Forward to Educause 2011

I will be attending the Educause 2011 Annual Conference at the Philadelphia Convention Center next month (Oct. 18-21). I have been attending the Educause annual conference since 2006. It is always great to hear the ways other universities are using instructional technology, especially when they present assessment data to go along with their solutions.

My team will be giving a presentation at this year’s conference on our experience developing and supporting the official mobile application for The George Washington University. We launched the iOS version of GW Mobile in January 2011, and released an Android version in April 2011. To date, the app has been downloaded over 10,000 times across the two mobile platforms.

I am also excited to hear Seth Godin speak at one of the conference’s general sessions. I expect him to have some interesting things to say to the higher education community.

Newborn Photoshoot

I want to thank my friends Jo Charron and Joe Portnoy for coming over a couple weeks ago and shooting a newborn photo shoot with our son. Jessica and I will cherish the photos taken that day for years to come! Jo posted her favorite shots of the day on her photography blog – Gymnasticals | Anderson – Day 5. Check them out!

Endorsement for Jo — Jo is extremely patient with the little ones. If you are looking for someone to take pictures of your baby, check out here photography packages. A newborn photo shoot makes a great baby shower gift. I know from experience!

Next 10K Is On The Calendar

It feels good to be back in training mode. I just registered to run the Marine Corps Marathon 10K race on October 30, 2011. I have needed a new training challenge for a little while now. I took a pretty long break from training after last October’s Marine Corps Marathon. I still ran throughout the winter, but without much consistency. I bought a new bicycle this spring, so I cycled a lot more often than I ran throughout the spring and summer.

I ran the MCM 10K in 2009, so my goal for this race is to beat my 2009 time of 57:45 (~9:19 min/mi). I will probably set a more specific time goal a little closer to the race.

My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-8-28)

  1. Bethany and the Guitar (8)
  2. The Baby Einstein Music Box Orchestra (8)
  3. The Ambassador (7)
  4. Jay-Z (6)
  5. Deep River (6)


Notice entry #2 — The Baby Einstein Music Box Orchestra. Life has changed a little with the birth of my son this month. Last Saturday night, I found myself on eBay bidding on a lot of seven Baby Einstein CDs for $10. I won!