Two best features in my high-tech classroom: configurable tables and the dry-erase wall.

I’ve already blogged about the awesome modular tables. Now I’ll talk about the whiteboard wall. This morning I wanted to help my students understand why, in Oedipus Rex, the characters say things like  “I wonder when Creon will get here. Look, there he is. I can see from his face that he’s got an answer from the Oracle. Pretty soon he’ll be close enough that we can talk to him.…

The Prop Master: Ross Macdonald, Forger for Screens Big and Small – Steven Heller – Life – The Atlantic

Because this is mostly a serial list, there’s not a lot of journalistic depth to this piece, but I did enjoy reading it. It’s a rather stark comment on how fatherhood has affected my movie-going when I realize I haven’t seen a single one of these movies, other than “Baby’s Day Out.” Macdonald is an editorial and book illustrator and typographer who makes props for motion pictures. And he gets…

Tom Wayman’s FAQ on “Did I Miss Anything?”

I’ve long been a fan of Tom Wayman’s poem “Did I Miss Anything,” and I may have showed it to students once or twice, but I’ve never incorporated it into a syllabus, mostly because  the classroom is stressful enough without teachers unleashing their frustrations back at the students. Rather than use this poem, I include a “What should I do if I miss class?” section on the syllabus, and I…

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Particles found to break speed of light

More likely a measurement error than a scientific breakthrough. Either that, or I’m one of the fools the mad scientists are thinking of when, in the glow of their V-shaped sparky wire climbing arc thingy, they raise their rubber-gloved fists and scream, “Fools! I shall destroy them all!” A total of 15,000 beams of neutrinos — tiny particles that pervade the cosmos — were fired over a period of 3…