SYMC is not too far off in the distance, and after a great few days at Group World HQ working out many of the details, I am positive this will be the best SYMC to date. With that said, youth workers from all over the world will converge on Indianapolis March 1-4th and each of them has an important decision to make: How do I wear or not wear my conference lanyard. There are four distinct phases to the evolution of lanyard style and they are as follows.

1 – The “Standard”: The most common form of lanyard style, with it worn as intended around the neck with your name in a place where people can read your name and greet you with it. Often covered in buttons and other flair, the standard position is helpful to everyone else at the conference.

2 – The “Awkward / Cool”: Bored with the standard position many people choose to place their lanyard near or below waist level which causes awkward gazes to the nether regions when greeting new people. This style makes it easy for you to know who has truly forgotten your name as they will be unable to look natural reading this strategically placed lanyard tag.  You might be tricked into thinking this is “cool” but its more uncomfortable than anything.

3 – The “I think People Know Me”: If you have been to the conference enough, you are tempted to think that people will recognize you and thus a lanyard might not be necessary, after all do they know who you are? right? Stage three is marked with an intentional concealing of the name card, but with lanyard strap in view so that if necessary you can reveal your credentials at the door if someone has possibly not been graced by your presence in the past.

4 – The “People Definitely Know Me”: Stage 4 is all in, no lanyard in sight or on your person. People know you, and when you walk through the door, no one asks questions. This is the riskiest of all the phases because if it backfires, its a long way back to your hotel room to get it.

I can’t wait to see you all in Indianapolis, I am a phase 1 guy, with my Canadian connect group pin for added flair. SYMC Stronger 2013 BE THERE!

-Geoff (Twitter)

So, Google [X] is heating up the web with a crazy new project. What is Google [X]?  According to cnet.com, “Most of what we know about Google X Labs comes from a New York Times article last fall which said engineers are working on a driverless car and other robotics projects, the “Web of things,” and even a space elevator.

The secret lab, where Google co-founded Sergey Brin is said to be deeply involved, is meant to tackle difficult technical problems and develop products that one day could bring Google new sources of revenue.”

Right now a group from Google[x] started Project Glass to build a technology that helps you “explore and share your world.”  It is a sort of iPhone for your face.

Right now this device does not seem to exist…and yes this news came out after April 1st.  Check out their site, watch this video, and give them input.  I could see this replacing my iPad while teaching, it doesn’t seem much more distracting than an iPad and a headset mic.

Google…I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE (If tribute tested out your beta products).



If anyone comes to mind when I hear the words “Motion Designer” it’s Barton Damer.  Not only are we facebook friends but I have meet him twice…I feel like we are on our way to being best friends.

If you have any interest in motion design you should click to his blog alreadybeenchewed.tv.  If motion graphics are not your thing you should still take 2 minutes of your day to watch his 2011/2012 Motion Reel.  Thanks for creating great work Barton!