"The marine is already back in his seat when the professor comes to. His indignation cuts immediately through the fog of having been knocked unconscious, and he is pissed. Why, the quite-probably-concussed professor sputters, would the marine do such a thing?" The Ballad of Marine Todd
Screens generate distraction - biologically impossible to resist - in a manner akin to second-hand smoke. Allowing laptop use in class is like allowing boombox use in class - it lets each person choose whether to degrade the experience of those around them. [CITATION PROVIDED]
I've stopped thinking of students as people who simply make choices about whether to pay attention, and started thinking of them as people trying
to pay attention but having to compete with various influences, the largest of which is their own propensity towards involuntary and emotional reaction.
A two-part series on problems in the clinical trials industry, from Medium.com:
The Best-Selling, Billion-Dollar Pills Tested on Homeless People
How the destitute and the mentally ill are being used as human lab rats
Why Are Dope-Addicted, Disgraced Doctors Running Our Drug Trials?
My Cousin is Not a Hero
: "But it’s not fiction, it’s real life. It’s the night of his dad’s funeral and we’re standing there together, and neither of us is a hero. Neither of us is on an epic journey... Our plot points are weird ones, and our stories don’t add up to some amazing narrative of personal growth and enlightenment — but they do matter, because they’re ours." [more inside]
Mr. Phelan's Building
. Medium's Sarah Agudo and Marcin Wichary investigate the building they work in: "Ancient and modern at the same time; multiple slices of time meeting under one penthouse-sporting roof." [more inside]
The problem with false feminism
: "My friends have asked for it and I feel like the internet needs it, so I’m going to go through, point-by-point and in no particular order, the top handful of reasons people have given for thinking Frozen
is a feminist triumph, and I’m going to debunk them all." [more inside]
On Monday, journalist Conor Dougherty tweeted a picture
of a transcript from a 1984 deposition where, upon being asked if his mother preferred to be addressed as "Miss" or "Mrs.", she responded, "Doctor." It was retweeted more than 2000 times. Here's the backstory.
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has made available the first book-length content (perhaps
) on its writing platform. Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World
by R. David Lankes
is cited as a 164 minute read. For works of this length, Medium offer a feature for bookmarking where you have read to
. [more inside]
"Last week I saw two visions for the future. The first is Her
...and the other was this Infinity Augmented Reality concept video
which had me in fits of laughter because it was so… well, just watch it for yourself. I liked seeing both. However accurate or ridiculous
(and how can we truly know until the future is here?), the act of inventing is what sparks the realities of tomorrow." - Julie Zhuo imagines The Future.
Sudbury Valley School
- "It upends your views about what school is for, why it has to cost as much as it does, and whether our current model makes any sense at all. But what's most amazing about the school, a claim the founders make which was backed up by my brief observations, my conversations with students, and the written recollections of alumni, is that the school has taken the angst out of education. Students like going there
, and they like their teachers. Because they are never made to take a class they don't like, they don't rue learning. They don't hate homework because they don't have homework. School causes no fights with their parents." (previously
) [more inside]
Five years after my great-uncle’s death, penicillin changed medicine forever. Infections that had been death sentences—from battlefield wounds, industrial accidents, childbirth—suddenly could be cured in a few days. So when I first read the story of his death, it lit up for me what life must have been like before antibiotics started saving us. --
Lately, though, I read it differently. In Joe’s story, I see what life might become if we did not have antibiotics any more.
"It feels strange to be active and highly visible on the Web for 15 years but it was only when I joined Facebook that someone from elementary school or high school ever contacted me."
In which on Ev Williams's platform
, Mr Haughey compares his experiences of Facebook and Twitter
. [more inside]
Influential Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan's
100th birthday would be on July 21st. To celebrate, Australian national broadcaster ABC has launched The McLuhan Project.
It includes rare footage, an interactive timeline of his life, and the Tweet like McLuhan
A history of well-done meat in America. "I prefer my meat cooked through, gray, no trace of pink. Shoe leather? To me that signifies 'food safety.' Mine is the hockey-puck, the charcoal, the hunk of tuna that is still on the grill. Gourmands consider well-done timid, even cranky. It's the gradation of people who don't really like to eat."
Lord of the Memes
: Now that MeFi has taught me how to beat the hipsters
, how do I beat the poseurs? David Brooks
says "prestige has shifted from the producer of art to the aggregator and the appraiser;" the cultural elite are early adopters
and, more importantly, early discarders
, of culture. [more inside]
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