Scam through Google Maps

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The term “cyber crime” seems to draw a clear line of separation between crime that’s committed in cyber space and those committed “IRL.” However, as technology becomes ever enmeshed in our lives, cyber crime and IRL crime are becoming one and the same or, at the very least, less distinguishable from the other.

In the article linked above, local business scammers use Google services to show-up in searches with one set of quoted prices. Unsuspecting customers are quoted a low price but are then hit with a much larger bill when the business arrives to do the work.

This is problematic considering how many people depend on Google searches for local businesses to help them with locksmithing, repairs, cleaning, moving, and home security, all of which are listed as common services that use this scam.

From an administrative side, Google is taking a reactive rather than pro-active stance, banning or pushing guilty parties very far down in search results. The article calls on both Google and governmental regulation-makers to do more to prevent scams like this.

This is yet another example of selfish people taking technologies that improve our lives and using it to profit without regard to how it harms other people. Common directions refer us to “safer browsing habits” and “increased awareness” regarding these scams. However, even experts are unable to keep track of every threat, every scam, every exploit both in the professional lives as well as personal ones.

The ideal is clear: a world where people can freely share information in an environment that is safe, collaborative, and well-founded. It seems that we’ve all accepted that the ideal is impossible and that furthermore, using the information and technology available comes with a certain amount of risk.

How to handle students who don’t want to learn

One of the most common problems in any field of education is how to deal with students who simply don’t want to learn what you teach.

Some are easy to convert with a little shift in perspective. Others are intent on simply not enjoying anything you have to offer.

It’s frustrating: I certainly want all of my students to be passionate about music, to leave lessons feeling like they made real progress and have a clear path to becoming better. But it doesn’t always work out that way.

I’ve made the mistake of letting the students take charge of where lessons should go when I should be the one guiding them. However, experience has taught me that 1) a student who wants to learn will quickly learn to ask the right questions and 2) a student who does not want to learn needs to be guided to become better while feeling open to providing feedback when the time is right.

My personality type makes me want to put a ton of effort into students who don’t like lessons, to somehow “save” them from their boredom. I was in their shoes. I hated lessons for many years.

But I have to keep reminding myself that there are students who are passionate, who work hard, who love their interactions with me. Those are the students who I should be investing in. I’ll still work hard with the ones who don’t want to learn in hopes that things will turn around, but I can’t burn myself out chasing unattainable goals.

In my heart, I still believe that there’s a way to reach every kind of student, but there’s only so much that can be done with weekly sessions and the drag of reluctance.

#UkeJourney, Ep 1 is now live!

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I’ve been wanting to learn the ukulele for some time. Thanks to my friends at Journey Instruments, I finally can! This is also going to be my first regular series on my Patreon Channel where supporters can subscribe (for as little as $1) to my content in exchange for rewards. Think of it like a reverse Kickstarter over the course of a longer period of time.

In this episode, I talk about various ways I’m approaching the ukulele given my other musical background. I’m try to shy away from chord charts and instead, gain a deeper understanding of the instrument as a whole using music theory principles. That said, the intent is to keep things light and fun.

Hope everyone who’s trying to learn the ukulele will join me by showing their progress, tips, and tricks via #UkeJourney!

New video series! Uke Journey!

I’ve been wanting to learn ukulele for a while. I’ve always considered it an ideal instrument for parents looking to get their young kids into guitar. The ukulele is small, so the size of the child doesn’t matter. A quality uke is also significantly less expensive than a quality guitar.

My friends at Journey Instruments provided me with a beautiful UC770C ukulele to start my, well, Uke Journey (hence the title of the series). In this preview video, I talk about my intent for the series. The first episode will air this coming Tuesday, October 6 @ 12PM EST.

* Amazon links are affiliate links. Journey Instruments provided a ukulele for an unbiased review.