Prince, you will be missed

The Black Album by PrinceIn high school I was crazy about a girl who was crazy about Prince. Of course she loved to sing all the inappropriate lyrics of his early stuff, which wasn’t the type of thing a 17 year old boy needed to hear with such a heavy crush on her. We were only ever friends and so goes the story of the many loves of Dobie Gillis.

I love Purple Rain, Little Red Corvette, Raspberry Beret, and so many other hits by Prince. But my favorite album was Sign’o the Times. Sign o' the TimesMostly for its social commentary and songs that had a hymn like sound to them. I used to listen to both sides of that cassette so many times. My car cassette auto switched sides when playing. High technology then.  I used to listen to it on third shift when I was a stocker in a grocery store and it was one of the few albums that gave me street creed with my coworkers.

I saw Prince about eight or nine years ago on his Greatest Hits tour. Such a great performer. My wife and I were really far away from the stage, but it was such a great show.  I have a lot of his albums.

Funny story, back when vinyl was cool but fading the first time around I spent two months in L.A. learning how to work in a recording studio and a friend of mine told me he wanted a copy of Prince’s Black album. I had heard about it in Rolling Stone magazine so I knew about it. It was an album Warner Brothers didn’t seem to want him to release but supposedly copies leaked out. I found a copy in a record shop for $12. It was purple vinyl and the front cover of the album was black on black picture of Prince wearing a feather boa I listened to it a couple of times. Carried it back home and the friend who wanted it offered me $75 for it. Who was I to haggle him down. He offered that amount with out discussion so I took it. I always wondered if it really was the album  it looked and sounded like Prince  Years later he finally released it and it was indeed the same album. I bought it just to see. Interesting but not one of his best albums

Prince, I hope you are making music with the Lord. We have lost such an eclectic and awesome artist.

Episode 6: The New Age of Learning

The New Age of Learning

On Episode 6 of the One-Off Technology Podcast:

Title: The New Age of Learning

Do you ever feel like an Internet bottom-feeder? I do. What do I mean? Basically, I search the Internet, especially Google, and I take from the well. I think of the Internet as a well. When we need to know something we go and watch a YouTube video or read a blog on how to do something. I feel like I need to give back to the Internet by posting about topics I know about. Sure, I may know about the same topic as someone else but I feel like I can present it in a different way.

So this episode we talk about the different ways to quickly become an expert on a topic. What you do with it after you master it is your call. But I say, write a blog, write a book, or podcast and share you new found knowledge with the world so you too “give back to the well”.

Go out find knowledge wherever you can. Be who you were meant to be. Go and make your mark on the world and Don’t be a bottom feeder.

Editor’s Note: Corrections and links (None of the links below have given any kind of goods or services to have their names mentioned. Except for in a couple of cases, I have personally used all of these and if I loved them, I tell you so.)

What to reach out or ask questions? Find me on Twitter: aroyrichardson

References from the Podcast:

Correction 1: The show I couldn’t think of, Stingray

Georgia Tech’s MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) for Masters of Computer Science

Correction 2: Iron Works? NOPE, it is Iron Yard which offers programming boot camps for people looking to master a topic or change careers. This is not the only one and I do not have any experience with this company.

The following are CBT (Computer Based Training) sites that I have personally used.

Udemy is great for single courses. So if you are looking for a course on a single topic, most are really good. Pay attention to the reviews before signing up for a course. They often offer big discounts on courses. Sometimes $9 or $10 is a reasonable price for a course that may or may not be great. But if it has good reviews, it is probably worth at least that. The quality of the courses are often times hit or miss. I highly recommend watching the preview for any course you consider before buying.

Pluralsight is awesome if you want to take every course available about a specific topic. If you are a programmer, you can pretty much find courses on nearly every language. The courses do get dry at times but it covers topics in such great depth it is worth it.

Site Point Premium I love Site Point Premium. It is geared toward developers and they often write books first and then create CBT courses to go with their books. If you subscribe to their site, you get the books and the courses free. All you can eat for as long as you are subscribed. is now owned by LinkedIn. I am curious to see what this will mean in the future for this site and for LinkedIn.