Category Archives: ramblings

De-tuned

I wrote this nearly five years ago.  I was mad then; now I’m more or less just resigned.  The intellectual commons is being fenced off, now more than ever.  I think we’re losing more than outlets for creativity or profit; … Continue reading

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My philosophy of education

Edited to correct some grammatical mistakes. The new school year is about to start, and it’s customary to take a moment and philosophize.  But I’m really busy, so I’m going to dust off something else and let that stand in.  … Continue reading

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Can seeing a US flag turn you Republican?

And if so, what can be done about it? A study referenced in Discover has the provocative conclusion that seeing a small American flag while completing a political questionnaire can induce the respondents into being more Republican, even up to … Continue reading

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Information in Action: What is a parent?

I was just watching a season 2 episode of Castle called “When the Bough Breaks” and it annoyed me, by going along with a societal convention that annoys me.  In it, a young Czech immigrant is murdered and, after a … Continue reading

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Lego-mania

This is a mostly-pointless TED talk that celebrates the vast Lego culture … It’s fun even if it isn’t all that deep.

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Days of miracle and wonder, indeed

For about ten years, I’ve been running a project in my Honors Physics course called Days of Miracle and Wonder (yes, title taken from a Paul Simon song).  In it, the students are asked to create a business case for … Continue reading

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Yay, “Liberal” Media!

Headline at ABC News: “Democrats are Dropping Like Flies” Reality: Not seeking reelection for US House US Senate Governor Democrats 10 2 3 Republicans 14 6 4 So the retiring Republicans outnumber the retiring Democrats in every chamber— and in … Continue reading

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What Michael Steel Won’t Let Me Post

OK, that’s melodramatic.  All that’s occurred so far is that their mediocre site has choked several times since I’ve tried to post a comment in response to a blog post there.  The post blames President Obama for the jobs lost … Continue reading

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Me-tooing a clever description

One of the unsung heros of the health care debate is the Congressional Budget Office, an agency that few really understand and fewer appreciate.  Ezra Klein has a tidbit on them, including a description so pithy I can’t help but … Continue reading

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The Start of Summer

Everyone has their own unique signs that summer is upon us, the signature sound that signals the academic year is winding down. For me, it’s “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears. More below the fold.

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