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Archive for January, 2006

Marauders, Bake Sales, Tablets, etc.

Monday, January 30th, 2006

The blogging will be light this week (maybe some posts like this one, but probably nothing terribly profound), as I will be entertaining my former PhD advisor this week. We are hosting him at Western as a Visiting Scholar.
Here are a few tidbits to keep you occupied:
Item #1 “It’s an interesting study, but what’s […]

Reunion Websites

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

Our high school class (class of ‘76 - the Bicentennial Class!) is having its 30 year reunion this summer. I volunteered to run the reunion website.
Anybody got any advice?
I should mention that there were over 700 students in my graduating class.
(No suggestions)
Ignore all
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WordPress 2.0

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

Just updated the site to WordPress 2.0.  The change is transparent to the reader (I think), but it appears to be a quantum leap in terms of posting and maintaining the site.

“I read the New York Times”

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

I just finished Michael Crichton’s State of Fear (I needed something a bit different from the other stuff I’ve been digesting). Great stuff! A good thriller with a contrarian environmental message.
Here’s by far my favorite line from the book (you don’t even need the context):
“I read everything. I read the ‘Science’ section […]

Skipping Recess?

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

Edwonk reports on this recess controversy:

A Central Texas mom is mad at her son’s school for not letting his fourth grade class out to recess.
“I’m really concerned no only for my son, but also for the other kids who don’t have recess,” says Lina Abad. She says her 9-year-old is hyper-active and not having recess […]

“The schools are Microsoft, and they’ve bundled the fun stuff (which isn’t their primary mission) with their lousy OS.”

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Daryl Cobranchi, commenting on homeschoolers’ access to extracurricular activities. Great line, Daryl!
A market-based approach to education? What a concept!
In the comments to Daryl’s post, Hal Young (I’m presuming this is Hal Young, the President of North Carolinians for Home Education), links to a provocative article that talks about wants vs. needs in a […]

Part II is coming

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

No. Really it is. This has been a hectic week, and I’m just shot at the end of the day.
But Part II is really coming.
In the meantime, here’s a picture of a Fierce Snake, one of the deadliest snakes on the planet.
(We read about them the other day in homeschool)

Research, Scholarship, Application, and Being A Professor (Part I)

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

This post started to get longish, so I’ve decided to make this into a multi-part series. Hope you like it.
As I mentioned in my last post, there’s a miniature storm brewing at my university around the issue of “traditional research” and its importance to faculty life and success. For now let’s define traditional […]

Second Week Down

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

In Mathematical Concepts, we talked a lot about probability. I tried to get students to understand how to figure out what the possible equally likely events were in a number of probability scenarios (coin tosses, dice throwing, card drawing, etc.). I blew one explanation near the end of Tuesday’s class and had to […]

“God gave me the man who killed my father to be like a father to me and a grandfather to my children.”"

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

I’ve been waiting for this story in Christianity Today to be available online. It is astounding and captivating to see what has happened to the South American Auca Indians since their tribesmen killed five American missionaries (including Jim Elliot) back in the 50s. Go read it - you won’t be disappointed.
The story is […]

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