Dream Machines

As children, we spend much of our time in imaginary worlds, substituting toys and make-believe for the real surroundings that we are just beginning to explore and understand. As we play, we learn. And as we grow, our play gets more complicated. We add rules and goals. The result is something we call games. Now an entire generation has grown up with a different set of games than any before…

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Such pictures fill my weekday world at five

Such pictures fill my weekday world at five. The yellow crime tape flutters at the scene Of yesterday’s event. You’re there, on screen, Square-jaw’d Slick Goodhair, you’re reporting live. But first, “Are you depress’d? Or weak, or dumb? This pill, this car, this show, this boy, this chick, This beer, this low-carb pizza on a stick Will banish pesky thoughts.” Oh, bliss… I’m numb! “Tonight! Police continuing their hunt For…

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Enigma 3 Walzen Chiffriermaschine Chiper Weltkrieg 1941

Fine example of a WW II Enigma cipher machine in a very good condition and a great history; full functional. Year of construction 1941 by Manufacturer Chiffriermaschinen Gesellschaft Heimsoeth and Rinke, Berlin. The Enigma machine is placed in an oak woodwork case. Three high-quality, all-metal, matched rotors and an Umkehrwalze ?B?. The rotors are continuous numbered; serial numbers has been removed. There are two spare rotors in an additional small…

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Moonlighting

Still unconvinced of my suitability, he reminded me that the job involved backbreaking work and that the average person could not hack it. He warned me that I would leave the job daily with various aches and pains. I countered that I worked out regularly and that I was not afraid of a strenuous job, though I must admit I was starting to worry. To prove my point, however, I…

We Can’t Do It Alone

Universities and colleges, including my own, have made retention a priority, encouraging faculty members to rethink what they do in order to foster student success. However, this is only half the effort needed, and may come too late for many students. Like the musical Chicago’s Velma Kelly, colleges and universities cannot be a one-person act in the musical Retention; they need their K-12 partners to get in on the action.…

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Law Professor Bans Laptops in Class

Professor June Entman says her main concern is that students are so busy keyboarding they can’t think and analyze what she’s telling them. [...] Student Cory Winsett says if he must continue without his laptop, he’ll transfer to another school. –Law Professor Bans Laptops in Class (AP)

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Child poetry plagiarist unmasked

The 10-year-old winner of a children’s poetry competition had to hand back her prize money after newspaper readers noticed that her poem was the work of a well known writer. “It’s a mini drama for her. She did not realize it had been written by someone else,” a member of the competition jury said Tuesday. –Child poetry plagiarist unmasked (Reuters|My Way) That’s one way to get ahead in life. Let’s hope…