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How to teach a student-centered poetry lesson

How to teach a student-centered poetry lesson

December 1, 2021

How do you put students first in a lesson plan? I use a lesson on Millay's "I being born a woman and distressed" sonnet to demonstrate one way.

Ghostbusters review plus the news

Ghostbusters review plus the news

November 30, 2021

Ghostbusters has a 95% audience score at Rotten Tomatoes. Does it deserve it? Heck yes it does! Let's look at what makes this such a fun film. Plus the news of the day including new Twitter CEO and a South African doctor on the Xi variant.

In the news: politics of the Xi* variant, politics of NCAA football, politics everywhere!

In the news: politics of the Xi* variant, politics of NCAA football, politics everywhere!

November 29, 2021

It's too early to know much for certain about the Xi* variant, but the politics are pretty clear. Also politics of NCAA football and more news from the Thanksgiving weekend.

*Omicron, if you want to use the CCP-approved term.

Sometimes the news doesn‘t mean what you think it means

Sometimes the news doesn‘t mean what you think it means

November 23, 2021

Audio quality warning: my kids were causing a ruckus.

Let's run down the news and all the poor word choices that people are making. Eddie Redmayne forgets what the word 'actor' means, Biden and Yellen forget what the word 'transitory' means, and more.

Also, I did make a mistake here. I said that Jimmy Carter tapped the strategic oil reserves. He didn’t! Although the construction on the Strategic Petroleum Reserves did start under Carter, he didn’t ever enact a drawdown. I blame the kids for distracting me. :)

Esports: How big are they, and who is dominating?

Esports: How big are they, and who is dominating?

November 22, 2021

I've seen a lot of 'fake news' about esports. Even people who play one particular game or another are often ignorant of the esports business as a whole. How big is the business? Which countries are leading? Let's look at the numbers.

Absurdity etherized upon a table

Absurdity etherized upon a table

November 19, 2021

 A lot happened this week! Biden, Gyllenhaal-Swift shade, James Chappel on Bobby Duffy and The Generation Myth, Oliver Traldi on Ibram Kendi. Plus an E. Paul Torrance creativity quiz and a Dune pop culture quiz!

Mind-reading is close enough to start speculating

Mind-reading is close enough to start speculating

November 18, 2021

Over the last decade, neuroscientists have been able to extract words, images, and memories from a person's brain. If this technology becomes fast, portable, and accurate, what will change in our world? Let the speculation begin!

Two poems from Daniel Galef, one from Herrick, one from Wilbur

Two poems from Daniel Galef, one from Herrick, one from Wilbur

November 17, 2021

The mind-reading theme continues! I talk about Wilbur's great poem "The Mind-Reader" as well as two excellent poems from Daniel Galef. Herrick's "Upon Scobble" makes a cameo. EDIT: Apologies! I confused Daniel and David Galef! This is DANIEL Galef, of course! Mea culpa.

How close are we to reading minds?

How close are we to reading minds?

November 16, 2021

Today we review the state of technologies that have the potential to read thoughts. This episode looks at fMRI, BrainGate-style meshes, gaze cameras, pulse oximetry, and more. This is a part 1; part 2 will look at at the cultural and societal implications that may accompany the advent of ubiquitous mind-reading technology. 

The Blessings of a Fault

The Blessings of a Fault

November 15, 2021

Why should you welcome being at fault? People try to avoid it, but there's power in responsibility. Also covered today: Red Notice and art appreciation plus three notes on inflation (eg the price of gas has decreased 30% from the beginning of the year as long as you are measuring in bitcoin: 75 microbitcoin/gallon on 1/1/21 and 52 microbitcoin/gallon today).

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