Monthly Archives: July 2015

Gaming – Pass me the controller

 Written by Terri Reddout

 Gaming.  What do I know about gaming?  Nothing. Nada. Ziltch.

games & cultureOkay, that’s not true.  I did a little research and now I know gaming is a $60 billion dollar a year industry.  It is so big, so incorporated into society that even the academic world takes it seriously.

Games and Culture: A Journal of Interactive Media has been in publication since January 2006.  Each journal asks psychologists, sociologists, communication specialists and more to share what they learned about gamers communicate, how they associate with each other and what they can accomplish working collaboratively.

In one issue they look at how propaganda is being used in EVE Online.  Another article looks at the differences of culture between American and Russian players.  Apparently, there’s a perception that Russians approach the game in a more criminal manner.  The study shows it’s just part of their culture.

What else do I know about gaming? Continue reading Gaming – Pass me the controller

You won’t need 3D glasses to see the impact of 3D printing

By Terri Reddout

I’ll admit it. The concept of 3D printing confused me. How on Earth does the printer that kicks out letters and photos possibly print something in 3D?

Turns out it’s easy. Once you get the right printer and the right type of “ink.”

cubex_angleRight now you can buy a pretty good 3D printer, like this CubeX, for your home for $999 – $2000. Sounds expensive. Especially if you’re only going to use it to print multicolored rocket ships.

old-microwave-ad1But remember, the first microwaves cost thousands of dollars. (One source said that would be like spending over $10000 in today’s dollars.)

emerson microwaveNow, you can pick one up at the local mega mart for under $100.


 So how does a 3D printer work? Well, let’s ask a scientist.

Continue reading You won’t need 3D glasses to see the impact of 3D printing

Conflict is scary… but conflict can also be good for you

Written by Terri Reddout


It’s uncomfortable.  It’s energy draining.  It’s not fun.

The funny thing is… avoiding conflict is uncomfortable, energy draining and not fun.


While dealing with conflict may not be one of your favorite things to do, understanding your conflict style and how others deal with conflict can make it easier and more productive.

Would you like a little KTI with your conflict?

KTI is the acronym for the Kilmann-Thomas Conflict Mode Instrument.  It’s a way of determining what your mode for dealing with conflict is.

One side of the instrument considers how assertive you are.  The other side of the instrument looks at your level of cooperativeness. Continue reading Conflict is scary… but conflict can also be good for you

The future of television? Is it in your face?

004_0002Some of the earliest pictures my parents took of me have a television in the background.

So, television has been around as long as I have.

Well, in truth, the mechanics of TV has been around a lot longer than I have.  I’m really a child of early television programming.


Philo sketch
Sketch drawn by Philo T. Farnsworth for his chemistry teacher in 1922. You can learn more about Farnsworth and his battles with RCA at

The TV mechanism was actually invented by an Utah boy named Philo T. Farnsworth.  He first sketched the idea of the vacuum tube in his high school chemistry class.  He went on to develop the first electric television set in the 1920s.

The Great Depression and World War II supply shortages stalled the spread of television.  The research continued but at a slower rate because materials and man-power were needed for the war effort.

Continue reading The future of television? Is it in your face?

A premature eulogy for the music business

I grew up in a house in the middle of a 10 acre cherry orchard.  My parents were around 17 when they gave birth to me.  So, when I turned 10, they were 27.  They were my parents, but they were young people too.

slumber party
That’s my sister in the center swinging her head to the Beatles. I’m the redhead to the right, behind my sister.

I tell you all this to explain why at all my slumber parties we were allowed to turn the stereo up to 10 and dance into the wee small hours in the morning.  At my 40th high school reunion, they were still talking about those slumber parties.

Like you, music has played an important role in my life.  I remember when we got the Beatles’ Hard Days Night album.  In high school every dance had a Credence Clearwater Revival cover band playing.  In college I listened to Chicago, Peter Frampton and Boston.

When my son came along we couldn’t start the day without dancing to Heart of Rock-n-Roll by Hughie Lewis and the News, Every breath you take by The Police or Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen. Continue reading A premature eulogy for the music business

Just because it’s on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s true

Written by Terri Reddout

Where were you on 9-11?

My friend called my office that morning.  She wanted to know if I started recording the news.  When I asked why she told me to get in front of a television set, now!  I did. That’s when I saw the replay of the second plane crashing into the second tower.

The next 36 hours were filled with my news students gathering stories and putting together a newscast focused on how the terrorist attack impacted the community and its people.

At the end of the day on 9-12, a student called me over to the computer and said, “Terri, you’ve got to look at this.”  Here’s what the email he opened looked like.

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Continue reading Just because it’s on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s true

Social Media Godzilla

Written by Terri Reddout

Like Godzilla, there’s no way we can stop social media growth
Godzilla in a scene from the film 'Godzilla VS. The Smog Monster', 1971. Toho/Getty Images
Godzilla in a scene from the film ‘Godzilla VS. The Smog Monster’, 1971. Toho/Getty Images

As a child I used to spend my Saturday afternoons watching Godzilla movies.  Nothing could stop this monster.  Not tanks.  Not machine guns.  Not weird green gas.  Nothing.     As I recall, the people of Earth never defeated Godzilla.  He’d just get tired of all the destruction and mayhem and would quietly sink back into the ocean.

While pulling information for this blog I was overwhelmed with the growth of social media and how it’s infiltrated all aspects of our lives.  It made me think of those old Godzilla movies.  Like Godzilla, there’s nothing out there that can stop the growth of social media.

As a broadcaster I immediately became aware of how social media democratized the spread of information.  Now anybody can spread information about anything they want.  Like this guy and his video on the scientific problems with the 2014 movie version of Godzilla.

Continue reading Social Media Godzilla

Traveling grapes and bear cookies

Written by Terri Reddout

When I say the word “dog” what image pops in your head?

Roger 1This is the image that pops into my head. This is a my Cocker Spaniel, Roger.  He was afraid of vacuums, loved to toss watering cans, chased racket balls and always made friends with the little old ladies who lived on the other side of the fence.

When he was a pup we had to pay extra to have him groomed because he whined so loud it sounded as if the groomers were torturing him.  It broke my heart when I had to leave him with my brother when we moved out of state.

dons dogOr perhaps it’s the image of my friend’s Great Dane.  The dog was size of a small horse and ate a ton of food. My friend suffers from Post-traumatic stress syndrome after serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.  As a service dog, this Great Dane offered my friend a sense of security. The dog recently died.  It’s going to take a really big dog to fill his paws.

ravenOr is your image of Raven, my dad’s dog.  She rode around the orchard on the back of my dad’s quad.  If I happen to sit on Raven’s side of the seat on the back of the quad, she would reclaim her spot by pushing me over and, sometimes, off the quad.  Yet, if I ever went into an orchard by myself, I would look over a couple of rows and see Raven tracking me.  Like Lassie, I trusted Raven to run back and let my dad know if I were in some kind of danger. Continue reading Traveling grapes and bear cookies

“If you only knew…” Differences in Gender Communication

Written by Terri Reddout

Do men and women communicate differently?


Experts researched how men and women communicate and found there are many differences between the genders.  Now, these differences don’t apply to everyone but they do represents some generalities in the way each gender approaches communication.

Our friends from the TV show Friends give us an excellent example.

As Phoebe, Rachel and Monica demonstrated, females tend to focus on details, the emotions, the thought process.  As Chandler, Joey and Ross showed us, males tend to focus on facts.  It’s just one of the many differences in gender communication styles.  Understanding these differences will make communicating with the opposite gender a lot easier and more effective (and make you popular with the other gender.)  Continue reading “If you only knew…” Differences in Gender Communication

Put a diamond ring on it… not an emerald or a ruby

Single-Ladies-Put-A-Ring-On-It-Music-Video-beyonce-17782615-854-480In the Single Ladies music video, Beyonce sings to her ex-boyfriend that he had three years to “put a ring on it” but didn’t.

My guess is Beyonce’s ex- in the song probably wished he had got down on one knee and offered her a diamond.  Too late!

the ring


When Jay-Z slipped some bling to onto Beyonce’s engagement finger it came in the form of a 20 carat, $5 million rock of a diamond.

A diamond.  It’s tradition to give the woman you love a diamond engagement ring.  We’ve been doing it for centuries, right?  Wrong! Continue reading Put a diamond ring on it… not an emerald or a ruby