What is Creativity Without a Keyboard (or Why I Want My Kids to Play Minecraft)?

Last night, my six year old daughter started playing Minecraft on my Windows desktop. She was clumsy with the keyboard / mouse combination that a desktop Minecraft experience requires. Telling her that "W" moves your character forward, and "S" backwards while you use your mouse to pan and active click (oh, and spacebar to hop) … Continue reading What is Creativity Without a Keyboard (or Why I Want My Kids to Play Minecraft)?

Importance of Crisis for Humanities

We religion majors don't do so bad, either... Defying all conventional wisdom and their parents’ warnings, most English majors also secure jobs, and not just at Starbucks. Last week, at the gathering of the Associated Departments of English, it was reported that English majors had 2 percent lower unemployment than the national rate, with an … Continue reading Importance of Crisis for Humanities

Greenville's doing just fine. I'm more concerned about the brain/talent drain in the Pee Dee of SC due to lack of state support for economic development and infrastructure: http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/01/smaller-town-startups-stopping-the-brain-drain-in-south-carolina/283338/

Why isn’t Thomas Whitley in this competition?

Science Magazine has posted the 12 finalist videos from its annual Dance Your PhD contest. The contest asks scientists from around the world to send in videos of themselves interpreting their research in dance form. As usual, this year's finalists have gone all out with some wacky, fun, and just plain bizarre videos. You can … Continue reading Why isn’t Thomas Whitley in this competition?

Differences in Private and Public School Teacher Pay

As a fan of economic theory (by no means an expert), I've always tried to rationalize the chasm that exists between private school and public school teacher pay. Having been both a private school and public school teacher, I've had to rationalize this on a whole different level. Though there are lots of generalities in … Continue reading Differences in Private and Public School Teacher Pay