Twenty Things I Learned on My Trip to Florida…

1. Pickle flavored sunflower seeds are very good. 2. BBQ flavored sunflower seeds are eh. Not bad. 3. My wife is like the recalcitrant whatever it is in Green Eggs and Ham. She would not try a single, pickle-flavored sunflower seed despite high praise for them from everyone else in the car. 4. I’m watching Fox News in the hotel breakfast area. In the exact same breath that they say we need to put aside our differences and unite behind Trump, they condemn President’s Obama’s actions toward Israel as being completely and uniformly wrong — when at most he’s issuing a long … Continue reading Twenty Things I Learned on My Trip to Florida…

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Reading Print Books Is Better than Reading E-Books

Yes, it’s true: the latest research indicates that reading material in print rather than in an electronic reader is better for you in the following ways: Increased comprehension. The tactile experience of reading a printed book actually matters. Check out … Continue reading Reading Print Books Is Better than Reading E-Books

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Technology and Higher Ed, Part 2

Summing it up more simply: When I was sixteen I took karate lessons with my friend Marty. Shōrin-ryū at the local Y. The first thing we asked our instructor was, When will we receive training with weapons? (Why did we ask this question? Because we were sixteen.) Our instructor told us that he didn’t train students to use weapons until they were at least a brown belt (one stage before black) because weapons are an extension of our bodies. We can’t learn to use weapons properly until we learn to use our bodies properly. Similarly, technology is an extension of our minds. All … Continue reading Technology and Higher Ed, Part 2

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Technology and Higher Ed

There’s an amazing amount of babble in the news about technology and higher ed. Most of it is rather utopian, and most of the utopian rhetoric is coming from people who have a stake in selling higher ed technology, and almost all of this hype is coming from people who haven’t taught a day in their lives. Google has even recently dropped (wasted) a modest amount of money into researching the effectiveness of MOOCs. I would like to suggest some sound thinking about technology and higher ed. Before I do, though, I’d like to tell you where I’m coming from. … Continue reading Technology and Higher Ed

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Custom Made Stuffed Toys

Child’s Own Studio’s “Softiemaker Showcase” features websites that will take your child’s drawing and turn it into a stuffed animal. Since each stuffed animal (softie) is custom made, they’re a bit expensive ($35-$100 depending on the size and level of detail), but this is something I’d probably spend way too much money on if I had the money to burn. Examples below. I selected a couple of the simpler ones to give you a sense of how the transfer from drawing to animal worked, but some of them get very elaborate. Visit the website. Even if you’re not in the … Continue reading Custom Made Stuffed Toys

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