Monthly Archives: December 2014

Play not fear

““We know how kids learn; we know what classes should look like, and yet our classes look almost the opposite,””
http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/12/how-deprogramming-kids-from-how-to-do-school-could-improve-learning/

““Students clearly learned in Mr. Holman’s class, and he never pushed fear,” wrote a former student, Kate Nunke, in an email. She described the rest of her high school experience as one long fear fest: “Fear of not getting into college, fear of not passing, fear of disappointing parents, fear of looking like a fool in front of your peers,” the list goes on.”

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“Statistically speaking … we are more likely to be living in a simulated world than the real one. … But is there any way to empirically test this hypothesis? Indeed, there may be. In a recent paper…” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/opinion/sunday/is-the-universe-a-simulation.html?_r=1

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Heating Degree Days and NSTAR (our gas company)

NSTAR puts a nice 13 month chart of usage on your monthly bill (so one can see usage from the same month in the previous year). That’s nice. But… what would be even cooler is if they showed the HDD and CDD (heating degree days and cooling degree days) for these time periods. That way, when it says you used 100 units this year vs 140 last year, one could quickly tell if that was because it was a lot warmer this year or because of all that insulation you added!

Here’s and API for such data…
http://www.degreedays.net/api/signup Only $49/month for unlimited locations! Go to it NSTAR! Actually, surely they already have this data and probably much more because they already surely have to strategize about supply and demand and they probably consult historical data like usage and HDD and weather forecasts.

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The big idea: Children are biologically designed to educate themselves

The big idea: Children are biologically designed to educate themselves

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“Then as I got even older I realized that the people in charge are as clueless as the rest of us. Like our software, our society just kind of happened over the years and it’s always on the verge of coming tumbling down. Nobody really knows what they’re doing or what they’re talking about. If you can get over the sheer terror of that thought, it’s actually quite liberating.”

http://nickbradbury.com/2014/12/11/the-programmers-dream-a-ramble/

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Shimer College AND Why I Am Teaching a Course Called “Wasting Time on the Internet”

Shimer College: the worst school in America?

This tiny, eccentric institution in Chicago was just voted the worst place to study in America. But does Shimer, which shuns lectures and has no societies or clubs, deserve such an accolade? Jon Ronson went there to investigate
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/dec/06/shimer-college-illinois-worst-school-america

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Why I Am Teaching a Course Called “Wasting Time on the Internet”

“The idea for this class arose from my frustration with reading endless indictments of the Web for making us dumber. I’ve been feeling just the opposite. We’re reading and writing more than we have in a generation, but we are reading and writing differently—skimming, parsing, grazing, bookmarking, forwarding, retweeting, reblogging, and spamming language—in ways that aren’t yet recognized as literary.”
http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/wasting-time-on-the-internet

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Dry Cough? Stuffed Nose? ICE CUBES TO THE RESCUE!

My son stumbled on this remedy on his own this afternoon… he was having some ice water to drink and happened to be sucking on an ice cube and his cough went from once ever minute to once every 5 minutes!!!! This is amazing! We’ll see how long it lasts!

Dry Cough:
http://www.reddit.com/r/LifeProTips/comments/162m3p/lpt_how_to_severely_reduce_coughing_with_only_an/

Stuffed Nose:
http://lifehacker.com/cure-a-stuffed-nose-with-an-ice-cube-1280843412

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