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Archive for February, 2006

Homeschool and Writing: Fear of Failure

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Full disclosure first: I agreed some time ago to keep the HomeschoolBlogger logo and link on my sidebar, and to write reviews of articles from The Old Schoolhouse (TOS, a homeschooling magazine) in exchange for a free year’s subscription to TOS.
I failed to incorporate the logo into the sidebars of my new themes until now; […]

Homeschool-bashing - it never stops

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

Via Daryl, we find yet another homeschooling detractor taking his shot via the old media. This time, it’s University of Dayton Professor William Bainbridge in an article for The Columbus Dispatch entitled, Home-schooling data need close look. You may wonder why some of us get so agitated about this stuff, but hey, […]

Sledding!

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

We had the most snow we’ve had for some time. We took the opportunity to take a few trips down our sledding hill:

You can see that the snow wasn’t terribly deep. But we had several good runs, both solo and individual.

More on Reunion Websites

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

You may recall from last week that I’m in charge of putting up the website for our high school class reunion (and beyond!).
I’ve found (through my fellow classmates) two fairly decent turnkey solutions. One is myevent (see a demo here). The other is OurClassOnline (and here’s a demo of that one - warning: cheesy […]

An eight-year-old takes on King Richard

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

My wife and daughter were studying history (The Middle Ages) from this book today.  I was informed at dinner that the topics of today’s lesson included the Magna Carta and Richard the Lion-Hearted.
I was further informed that Richard the Lion-Hearted never made it to Jerusalem.  When I looked quizzically at my daughter, she said, “He […]

Western is good for you

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

About a month before my former advisor, Michael Loui, came to Western as a Visiting Scholar, I received word that he had been named an IEEE Fellow.
Now comes word that our next visitor, the imminent Dr. Talbert, has just been promoted and awarded tenure.
Would anyone else like to come give a lecture or two at […]

100 Top Dogs of Pop Culture History

Sunday, February 5th, 2006

See the whole list here.
I would have put Pluto, Astro, and Huckleberry Hound further up on the list, and I’m not sure I’d have had Ren or Gromit nearly so high. Nonetheless, it’s a great list, and it brings back a lot of memories (it was especially cool to see Manfred the Wonder Dog […]

More On Mean Mascots

Sunday, February 5th, 2006

After my post earlier this week on the University of Mary’s consideration that their mascot (the Marauders) were “not nice to women,” I decided to see what other offenders we should consider. Here’s the beginning of my list of collegiate mascots that should be changed:
East Tennessee State Bucs
Bucs are pirates, just like Marauders.  Mean […]

One Lecturer Down, One to Go

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

My Visiting Scholar (also my Ph.D. advisor) left yesterday after three days and six lectures (!!). He gave talks on Engineering Ethics, Computability, Research Plagiarism, and Cooperative Learning. He also met with personnel at our Faculty Center and was impressed with the value the university appears to place on quality teaching.
It was a […]

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