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Archive for July, 2005

You want jargon?

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

This makes my point that the academics still have a long way to go.
Here’s a sample:

‘I have been out of the loop and want to touch base on whether we are in that best practice ballpark that would empower us to proactively revisit the bottom line of strategic fit, to think outside the […]

Educational Buzzphrases

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

[Warning! Curmudgeon alert!]
Over the past couple of weeks, a lot of edublogs (for example, brightMystery, No. 2 pencil, and Joanne Jacobs) have been pointing to this story about overused phrases in academia and a list of such phrases that could be part of a drinking game. Here’s the list:

1. Rubric (Just try not […]

An ode to my luggage

Friday, July 29th, 2005

I wonder where my luggage is.
Because it wasn’t in Greenville when I landed.
I wonder if it’s still in San Francisco. Or maybe Chicago. Maybe it took a different route altogether and is down in Dallas. Or maybe it has left the country. Mexico City? Montreal? New Delhi?
Wherever […]


Thursday, July 28th, 2005

I spent the past couple of days at what is considered by many computer science academicians to be the Center of the Universe: UC Berkeley, and more specifically, Soda Hall, home of Computer Science at Berkeley. I was attending a workshop related to a project I’m involved with this summer.
Walking around a campus like […]

Picking up soon

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

It’s been a lousy few days, blogging-wise. On Thursday, I got this weird chest-cold thing that lingered all through the weekend and took what little motivation I had.
Now I’m knee-deep in something work-related and am unclear when I’ll be able to write something profound (or even semi-profound). Things should pick up next week, […]

Homeschooling and Patience

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

The 24th edition of the Carnival of Education is up at The Education Wonks. As always, there’s a great deal to choose from. Something for every taste.
At this week’s carnival, I latched onto a post by a homeschooling mom named Karen who takes on the oft-heard “I don’t have enough patience to homeschool […]

Here’s something you may not have known

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

A banana is naturally trisectable.
I learned this tonight from a colleague in our department (she even demonstrated it). She said she discovered it quite by accident one day when she was “playing with her food.” And that everyone she tells says it’s something they’ve never heard before.
I asked her if it […]

Two Albums

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

Sorry for the light posting. As my mom has said in the past, my “get up and go” has “got up and went.” Since I’m not feeling particularly deep, I thought I’d post on something I don’t think I’ve written on before: music. Not that you can’t write deep stuff on music. […]

Lego Turing Machine

Friday, July 15th, 2005

Here’s what could happen when you have too much time on your hands: you could make a Turing machine out of Lego. I can’t completely follow what the builder has done, but it’s pretty impressive-looking.
For those of you geeks who end up following the link, the builder uses the word stack to […]

Happy ending to “Marine not welcome” story

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

Recall the story last month of the Marine who was not allowed to speak in a Georgia public school. Neal Boortz reports that the nearby Ritz-Carlton resort is throwing a bash for the Marine, his buddies, and the schoolkids. The Marines even get to stay at this very posh hotel. Kudos to […]

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