Month: May 2010

Huggies’ New Invention: Jean Diapers? – TIME NewsFeed It’s the end of the world as we know it… (Source:

As technological skills become synonymous with literacy, it is imperative that students learn to use emerging real-time technologies for research, experimentation, problem-solving, collaboration and creativity. Tech-savvy teachers are already taking advantage of these very technologies to build their own skills and lesson plans. The Real Time Web & K-12 Education – In and Out of the Classroom Amen.

Young digital natives are training their brains for technological expertise but are not developing neural networks that modulate the ability to maintain eye contact during a conversation, recognize non-verbal cues, and perceive and convey empathy. iHUMAN | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters

Even with cheap printed books, you can tell that someone proofed every page. With many e-books, they’ve clearly just been run through a converter with no proofing whatsoever. Daring Fireball Linked List: Texts, as Opposed to Books Astute comment from Gruber that reminds me of the transition from handwritten manuscripts and texts (often laboriously copied) to texts manufactured on printing presses at the end of the late Renaissance.  Over the next five years, I expect …

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Pay Per VOIP Me initially: “yay! Finally.” Me after reading description: “wait, really? Sigh.” I have no issue paying for services. However, paying for 3G calls via Skype even though I already pay Skype and ATT seems a little… opportunistic by the vendors? Just sayin’

Summa Theologica (for Thomas Whitley)

MH McCormick Field Panoramic

McCormick Field is a Beautiful Ballpark

Don’t Forget Your Towel Today

Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On that day, fans around the universe proudly carry a towel in his honour.

R.I.P. Phoenix via

We realize that removing features and support is not easy, but with this spring cleaning done, we’ve laid the groundwork for more Reader improvements down the line. Official Google Reader Blog: Spring Cleaning: Comments, offline, and older browser support I love the way the Google Reader team links to developers that work in both the Google and the Apple spaces. That rocks. 

thedailywhat: So This Just Happened of the Day: Spoiler alert. [artsbeat.]

We report the design, synthesis, and assembly of the 1.08-Mbp Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn1.0 genome starting from digitized genome sequence information and its transplantation into a Mycoplasma capricolum recipient cell to create new Mycoplasma mycoides cells that are controlled only by the synthetic chromosome. The only DNA in the cells is the designed synthetic DNA sequence, including “watermark” sequences and other designed gene deletions and polymorphisms, and mutations acquired during the building process. The new cells …

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While I am a Luddite who fears powerful folks sashaying with hubris, I cannot help but wonder: Which came closer to preventing Dr. Venter from venturing this far? Science teacher: Craig Venter: Cautionary Tale One Sometimes, life is a lot like Lost (or the other way around).

Neatorama: Where Cursors Come From

At that time, Bent Stumpe was an electronics engineer, newly recruited to work on developments for the SPS Central Control room. One of the things his supervisor asked him to build as soon as possible was a device to control a pointer on a screen, also called a tracker ball. The bowling balls – CERN Bulletin Fascinating how revolutionary objects often get their start as very practical ideas. 

MH and I at Gavin’s 3rd BDay Party

Spartanburg Day School’s New Upper School

“The architectural style is a little bit different than what you’ve seen on campus so far,” Jacobs said. “This is really a new image for the school. It looks back to sort of the history of private day schools in this country.” So exciting to be a part of this process and I’m happy my students will get to enjoy the benefits of a new space and ever-vitalized school in the coming years.

Middle School Field Day

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