Technological contextOur family has two Macbook Pros, an iPad, an iTouch, and two iPhones. How did we ever get to a point where digital devices have so much to do with our lives and the way we work?When I was in Middleton High School in Southwest Idaho, 1989, not a single student or teacher had a cellphone or laptop, and very few had basic computers - more like complex calculators no one could use. Our school had a computer room, and the drives for the computers were cassette players. No, not 8-track tapes smart asses. But, the kind of tapes that still exist here and there today.The loud speaker... Read More
My science projectLast night, my son and I completed ground breaking scientific research on his fourth grade project. You remember those science projects, right? For mine, I caught harmless bugs, killed them, and pinned them to a piece of cardboard, with their appropriate scientific names.My son was overwhelmed by the assignment sheet that was six pages long. I wanted to start immediately because the project was due the next morning. At first, I tried to coerce my son to construct an old school project where we would make a car that ran on a 9 volt battery, from scratch. That was the kind... Read More
Now it's established that chocolate may very well be a health treat - eaten in moderation, you could soon be eating the same wonderful chocolate though with much less fat, according to a recently released study.
That's if manufacturers embrace a new technology and use “fruit-juice-infused chocolate.” At a presentation of the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, Stefan A. F. Bon, Ph.D., who led the research, said that the technology enables chocolate manufactures tp add fruit juice, vitamin C water or diet cola and eliminate up to to 50 percent of... Read More
Stephen Hawking has spent his career decoding the secrets pf pir universe is urging that we continue to explore space - for humanity's sake. He says, “we won’t survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet."
Seventy one year old Hawking made the statement on Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was toureing a stem cell lab that's focused on slowing the progression of Lou Gehrig's disease. Hawking was diagnosed with the neurological disorder 50 years ago, while studying at Cambridge University.
Hawkings is world renowned for for his... Read More
IS PARANORMAL NORMAL? riginal.
You have to laugh? Why do people say that? You don't have to laugh at all. You can be a misery guts. You may have a paranormal bank account. You may have a paranormal bank. Apparitions of dollars with no visible strings attached appear out of thin air conjured up by a paranormal bank manager with a ghastly...ghostly voice. An expensive pen hovers out of the BLUE suspended in disbelief at the interest accrued on your paranormal loan. A weary farmer wearing suspenders stands suspended in suspense by circumsional debt. They say misery loves company.... Read More
Elearning and massive open online courses (MOOCs) represent a fundamental disruption in the continuum of traditional higher education, initiating an unprecedented revolution in education that will induce mayhem before resolving itself into a unique and evolved system.
The new universe of higher education will empower more people across the globe and increase the general level of human intelligence, a democratic system of education that benefits human evolution globally.
In the midst of a turbulent Continental Congress in Philadelphia, 1776, Thomas Jefferson... Read More
Redefining writer's block
If you are a blocked writer, you may be comforted, or tormented, by Ralph Ellison's story. His block scorched an enchanted literary career, a conflagration created in the fuel of his famous 1950 novel Invisible Man. The book elevated Ellison to the heights of the literary elite and the Civil Rights Movement, and his compulsion to surpass his previous success with a new novel crushed him, his death in 1994 the final defeat. Ellison wrote only one novel despite more than forty years of effort. The New York Times notes that:"His predicament was worsened by... Read More
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