Gun and Pencil: Book Buyback for Baghdad?

Considering how little return American students get on their books during “Book Buyback” at the end of the semester, I wondered if Iraqi students could use these donations instead? –Mike Arnzen –Gun and Pencil: Book Buyback for Baghdad? (Pedablogue) A reflection on the CS Monitor’s report on the state of higher education in Iraq. Now there are some professors whose problems really make me feel like a whiner. Me: Okay, okay,…

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PowerPoint Doesn't Make You Dumb

If there’s a problem with PowerPoint, it’s not that it makes you dumb, it’s that Microsoft has never taken the time to show us how it can make you smart. –Mike Gunderloy –PowerPoint Doesn’t Make You Dumb (ADT Mag) Enough people responded ethusiastically to the NY Times article dissing PowerPoint that I thought it worthwhile to link to an opposing viewpoint. What’s that on the home page of ADT Magazine —…

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Food Simulator, The

The machine’s inventors are somewhat vague about what the food simulator will actually be used for, but they suggest that it will be helpful in designing new foods… –Lawrence Osborne –Food Simulator, The (NY Times (will expire)) Here’s the PowerPoint business plan these guys must have followed. Step 1. Invent a device that can simulate the sensation of chewing food. Step 2. ? Step 3. Profit. BTW, I don’t know why…

How the Grinch Stole…

A Florida man claiming to be selling tickets to a Christmas show took $10 each from hundreds of school children then splurged on wine, sunglasses and movies…. David Lee Ellisor collected money from students at schools all around Miami for a “once in a lifetime” Christmas show that never took place. –How the Grinch Stole… (Yahoo/Reuters) He’s innocent until proven guilty, of course… but if Ellisor shows up in the next…