The Love Song of J. Alfred Proofreader

Was it worthwhile, Throwing off my shawl, Turning toward the writers to say: “That is not it at all, That is not what you meant, at all”? They thought me Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse. They just wanted to dish about Johnny Depp on the loose. I grow old…I grow old… But my friends are all at magazines that could fold. The Love Song of J. Alfred…

The heroine’s journey

Near the end of a review of a time-management game, Emily Short offers some fairly brilliant narratological observations. A Little Princess and Jane Eyre — and buckets of other classic and semi-classic literature for young women — revolve around the idea of patient, perennial self-sacrifice and obedience as a way of life, with the hope that one day, through good luck, the sacrifice will be recognized and the sufferer freed. But from the…

Print from your iOS devices to any printer on your campus

Phil Komarny, my school’s VP for IT, offers a preview of a plan to implement printing from campus iPads. He’s right — printing is less important when so many of us have iPads, though the occasional need to print flyers, recommendation letters that need to be snail-mailed, etc. means I’m grateful every day for my MacBook. The question is asked of me almost every time I am at a conference……

Medical News:Playgrounds Too Safe to Keep Little Kids Active – in Pediatrics, General Pediatrics from MedPage Today

Strict safety rules for equipment and low budgets at childcare centers were largely blamed for playgrounds that don’t make kids feel like playing, Kristen Copeland, MD, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and colleagues reported. “Fixed playground equipment that meets licensing codes is unchallenging and uninteresting to children,” they wrote in the February issue of Pediatrics. The other main problem cited was pressure to focus on academic readiness at the…

Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share

I almost cried while reading this. But the best part is getting to share with my kids, share the geeky things that informed my childhood and continue to inform my existence: Star Wars, Star Trek, math, science, reading, writing, music, computers and video games, movies and television. I can’t tell you the joy of having my kids get into Doctor Who and comic books and Lord of the Rings, and…

Everything You Thought You Knew About Learning Is Wrong | GeekDad | Wired.com

“People tend to try to learn in blocks,” Bjork said. “Mastering one thing before moving on to the next.” Instead of doing that Bjork recommends interleaving. The strategy suggest that instead of spending an hour working on your tennis serve, you mix in a range of skills like backhands, volleys, overhead smashes, and footwork. “This creates a sense of difficulty,” Bjork said. “And people tend not to notice the immediate…

Relax: Twitter’s New Censorship Policy Is Actually Good for Activists

The new censorship technology announced by Twitter allows the company to block tweets or users on a country-by-country basis. Previously, blocking tweets had to be done globally, meaning if an oppressive regime asked Twitter to remove a tweet or block a user, it had to be done for everyone in the world. Now, Twitter can remove that tweet in that country, but allow the world to see it. But wouldn’t…