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Aug
16th
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bustr:

Here’s a bigger and cleaner version of the drawing I made the other day, which some people asked for. Unfortunately, my Illustrator and Photoshop skills, mixed with the fact that the pen I used sorta sucked, mean that the quality is still sorta crappy.
Click here for larger version.

bustr:

Here’s a bigger and cleaner version of the drawing I made the other day, which some people asked for. Unfortunately, my Illustrator and Photoshop skills, mixed with the fact that the pen I used sorta sucked, mean that the quality is still sorta crappy.

Click here for larger version.

Jun
7th
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I wanted in. So I did what you might expect an over-enthusiastic suburban nitwit to do, and asked my mom to drive me to the mall to buy Ivor Horton’s 1,181-page, 4.6-pound Beginning Visual C 6. I imagined myself working montage-like through the book, smoothly accruing expertise one chapter at a time.

I remember doing this myself, except the book was SICP - Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs in 1998 or so

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Whatever the process, the product is a nightmare described eloquently by Paul Lockhart, a high school mathematics teacher, in his short booklet, A Mathematician’s Lament, about the sorry state of high school mathematics. His argument applies almost beat for beat to computer programming.
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Christopher Columbus by Maxine Sullivan and Her Jazz All-Stars

Found this on Monica’s WFMU show in 2009

Jun
6th
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Aaron Wildavsky was famous for having meetings on the hoof, which was a good idea partly because using large muscle groups seems to be good for mentation, but also because the setting was better than sitting across a table looking at each other, and on a walk, the time to the end is implicit physically, and the meeting can’t be ended unilaterally on either side. So one knows when there’s just enough time to open the kind of difficult issue that begins with “By the way, I was thinking…”
Jun
5th
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Screenwriting is ultimately very lonely, and at the end of a 12-hour day of writing I never knew for certain whether I’d written any good words. But making ice cream, at the end of a 12-hour day, I have a pretty good sense of whether I’ve made good ice cream or not.” Then there’s the credibility-with-the-kids factor: Mr. Smith has a 4-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son. (His wife teaches English as a second language to students with mental disabilities.) “A 4-year-old doesn’t understand what it means to be a screenwriter,” he said, “but a 4-year-old certainly understands what it means to have their daddy make ice cream.
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Without the obligations of a day job, Mr. Knutzen has made himself a fixture at community meetings and municipal hearings. He recently helped win a $350,000 state-sponsored Safe Routes to School grant for the neighborhood elementary school, to encourage walking and biking. This kind of unglamorous activism makes him “tremendously happy,” he said.
May
10th
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Apr
13th
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Too Cool for School

markcoatney:

Amidst all the fuss of new Tumblrs (Britney! Beasties! State!) over the past few days, we’d like to point another, ongoing effort that’s really great: Tumblr Teachers. The brainchild of Girl with a Lesson Plan, Tumblr Teachers is a self-reported listing of the hundreds of teachers and education students who use Tumblr every day, and as a listing of great Tumblrs in that field it’s second to none. Check it out, and if Tumblr should be on the list, submit it here!

Apr
12th
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