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Longwood Gardens at Du Pont Estate

Longwood Gardens is one of the many Du Pont estates that are now open to the public.

While sitting in the lawn chair I engaged in an intellectually stimulating conversation, pretending to be an aristocrat, overlooking my many acres of land, and eating my ham sandwich. I watched the geese as they played in the pond and all the people as they enjoyed the capital I have built.

Here is my day at the Longwood Gardens in photographs.


Knowledge Gained


Management Information Systems (MIS) has turned out to be much more encompassing than I initially expected it to be. Looking at the title now after taking the class this semester, I can see I have an entirely different perspective on what MIS means. Originally, I thought the course was primarily focused around Excel. This seems very silly now. At the time when I asked other students what the class was about, the number one answer always seemed to be Excel and spreadsheets. With this information, I looked forward to becoming extremely proficient at Excel.

Now I can see that MIS is way more expensive than only Excel. If a student asked me what MIS is all about I would tell them it is about learning to utilize technology to its fullest capability. Managing the tools that we have to leverage productivity, and to share knowledge and information that is already available. In this case, Information Systems are the tools that we can use. I would say to the student that there will be spreadsheets, but they will only be a tiny portion of the entire class.

Learning about the magic bullet logical fallacy will most likely stick with me for the rest of my career. The idea that there is no one solution to all problems can be applied to many other areas of life than just MIS. We are hardwired to believe there is a straight line to all solutions when in reality there are no straight lines to all solutions.

The concept of knowledge management has completely transformed my way of thinking. The research I conducted for the paper has opened my mind to a whole new world. I had never thought of integrating Information Systems into a shared culture before. Information Technology and Information Systems always seemed very disconnected in my mind. Now I can see it is just an external construct of the same thing. We are all interconnected, and there is so much knowledge just waiting for us to use efficiently. There is not one magic bullet that will allow us to do this. The efficient sharing of knowledge must be done on several different levels.

This idea is very exciting for me. I think it will be a continuing theme throughout my school career. What is even more interesting is the avenues of information that have manifested themselves since I have stumbled upon this idea. “The Order of Things” by Foucault was brought to my attention after I brought up the idea of combining Bourdieu’s Cultural Capital with Knowledge Management at a dinner party. There is so much knowledge to be shared, but we must voice that we are interested before it is shared with us.

So many layers of knowledge. I’m looking forward to expanding on this idea in the future.

Rung on the Ladder

“Happiness is not, as men think, a greedy thing; it is a lowly thing; for that reason it never gluts a man’s desire. You deem lofty the objects you seek, because you are on a low level and hence far away from them; but they are mean in the sight of him who has reached them. And I am very much mistaken if he does not desire to climb still higher; that which you regard as the top is merely a rung on the ladder.”

Seneca the Younger Letter #118

Cashier Diary #5

To the woman at the beginning of my shift. The woman who came to the counter shaking violently from the anxiety of flying. I should have grabbed your hand and said, “Feel my steadiness. Feel the calm that I have. The confidence that you will be OK.” But I didn’t. Because I was afraid. I was afraid she might cry out and say, “Why are you touching me?” 

I regretted this choice all day and thought about it for 8 and a half hours.

Maybe the lesson is to conquer your fears in order to unite with others. Or maybe, allow others to know your fears so they can help conquer them. 

Cultural Capital 

Everything you have gained in life. 

The muscle mass you build.

The artwork and books you collect.

The knowledge you acquire. 

It is hard to transfer into financial terms, but your life’s work has value.

 Keep growing!

More on cultural capital from Pierre Bourdieu

Cashier Diary #4

I had 210 transactions on my register alone today. My teammate, Sir Ellsworth, well surpassed this total. Combined we had over 500 transactions. 500 interactions with other human beings.

A few weeks ago I met a man from New Castle who came into Philadelphia for the MLA Conference (Modern Language Association.)

He told me how he planned to stop by the Rosenbach on his way out. The Rosenbach is an extraordinary find. They have rare books that are desired by many. It is also very unassuming.

As he was leaving, and we both waved goodbye; I was suddenly struck with struck with the realization that we will probably never meet again.

Every interaction has infinite possibilities. Make sure you make it the best one possible.