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Archive for August, 2005

North Carolina Lottery - Thinking Too Small

Sunday, August 14th, 2005

North Carolina is one of the dozen states in the nation that still have no lottery (according to the National Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, 38 states have a lottery). As state legislators have been working furiously to pass a budget — they’re late, of course — the issue of the lottery has […]

Localizing National News

Saturday, August 13th, 2005

I have to ask. Are Western North Carolinians so shallow that they won’t pay attention to a news story unless it has some local angle?
For two days in a row this past week, the Asheville Citizen-Times had what I consider bizarre renderings of national news stories on the front page.
Here was a front page […]

Carnival of Education #27

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

Another great carnival over at The Education Wonks. Lots of great posts on education. It’s hard to know where to begin:

A poetic tribute to the summer that got away
A description of a checklist to ensure your classroom is “multicultural.” I’m still scratching my head over “invisible groups” (sounds like something from […]

There goes what’s left of my time

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

As if the web wasn’t already sucking up enough of my time —
My heroes at Powerline have created a news page. It contains breaking news, summaries of a few conservative blogs, and a cool world map at the top that you can use to link to the home pages of various newspapers.
This may become […]

PCUSA, emphasis on the PC

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

Sometimes, I weep for my denomination.
I stayed away from mainline denomination churches from 1983 until we came here in 2001. There were plenty of choices among the more evangelical churches everywhere I went, and I was displeased with the liberal bent of “upper management” in most mainline denominations.
There are several reasons […]

Clapping during worship: the cynic goes to church

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

I attend a small church near the college. Each week we have some sort of “special music” and sometimes even an offertory by someone other than the organist. We are blessed with a plethora of talented musicians.
Sometimes the congregation claps for the musician, sometimes not. It’s not clear to me what the […]

Asheville Citizen-Times: “Theremin enthusiasts gather to play music”

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

You may recall last month I wrote about an instrument called the Theremin, which is an electronic instrument played by waving your hands between a couple of (I guess) antennae. Anyway, imagine my surprise to discover that Theremins are manufactured in nearby Asheville. Check out this story about a convention (of sorts) […]

I don’t think I’m thoughtful or considerate

Friday, August 5th, 2005

Either I answered the questions wrong, or the survey is just plain bogus.

Your Blogging Type Is Thoughtful and Considerate

You’re a well liked, though underrated, blogger.
You have a heart of gold, and are likely to blog for a cause.
You’re a peaceful blogger - no drama for you!
A good listener and friend, you tend to leave thoughtful […]

“I was just made by the Presbyterian Church”

Thursday, August 4th, 2005

A very funny post on a Chinese version of Revenge of the Sith (or Backstroke of the West) with re-translated English subtitles. Having just come back from a Presbytery meeting this afternoon, I was amused that “Jedi Council” got turned into “Presbyterian Church.”
[Hat tip: Suzi at My Own Thoughts]

Assimilation by the jargonites

Thursday, August 4th, 2005

“Significant Student Learning.”
How does that strike you as an academic buzzphrase? I’m warming to the term because it’s part of my new title: Faculty Fellow for Significant Student Learning.
In case you’re wondering just what a Faculty Fellow is, here’s the blurb from our Faculty Center’s website:

Faculty Fellows are Western faculty who work […]

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