Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Importance of English

The China Conundrum -
Great article highlights the growth of middle class eager to enter the English speaking world....

"College officials and consultants say they are seeing widespread fabrication on applications, whether that means a personal essay written by an agent or an English proficiency score that doesn’t jibe with a student’s speaking ability. American colleges, new to the Chinese market, struggle to distinguish between good applicants and those who are too good to be true."

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Royal Society Opens Online Archive; Puts 60,000 Papers Online

Royal Society Opens Online Archive; Puts 60,000 Papers Online:

Maggie Koerth-Baker of BoingBoing writes:

60,000 peer-reviewed papers, including the first peer-reviewed scientific research journal in the world, are now available free online. The Royal Society has opened its historical archives to the public. Among the cool stuff you’ll find here: Issac Newton’s first published research paper and Ben Franklin’s write-up about that famous kite experiment. Good luck getting anything accomplished today. Or ever again. —

Newton’s telescope appears in the image above

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tintin and the war -

Tintin and the war: If you have any interest in Herge, Tintin's creator...


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

The other side of Elearning

This article highlights the perils of exaggerating the benefits of elearning. I was surprised to learn that classroom-based software is a $2.2 billion market.

A Classroom Software Boom, but Mixed Results Despite the Hype -

"Carnegie, one of the most respected of the educational software firms, is hardly alone in overpromising or misleading. The Web site of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt says that “based on scientific research, Destination Reading is a powerful early literacy and adolescent literacy program,” but it fails to mention that it was one of the products the Department of Education found in 2009 not to have statistically significant effects on test scores.

Similarly, Pearson’s Web site cites several studies of its own to support its claim that Waterford Early Learning improves literacy, without acknowledging the same 2009 study’s conclusion that it had little impact."

Credible prediction of a full-on recession?

An outfitcalled ECRI which claims to have correctly called the last three recessions with no false alarms in between is putting its stake in the ground by
saying that there really anything any body can do at this point to stave off a recession. In the promo for their new report (U.S. Economy Tipping into Recession) they summarize:
"Here’s what ECRI’s recession call really says: if you think this is a bad economy, you haven’t seen anything yet. And that has profound implications for both Main Street and Wall Street."

Friday, September 30, 2011

Odd ball problem: My first Javascript Program!

Check it out!

I'd be curious to know what you think...both in terms of the algorithm and the Javascript.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care:
Extremely revealing statistics on healthcare delivery in the US.
Even has data by hospital!

Paying for Attention

While it is very difficult to quantify the notion of attention it is nice to see this attempt by Esther Dyson.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Media about Media

The Open Thinking Wiki has lots of fun and informative videos about the way in which social media is changing our world.
Everything from the action packed five minutes of
"The Machine is Us/ing us" to the more cerebral and ominous "Manufacturing Consent".

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Big 8 Ride: Florence-Greve

Do this ride when you are in Florence!

It took me less than half a day, and was a welcome reprieve from the Firenze crowds.

Get your bike rental from here. They are extremely helpful!

InfoQ: Gregory Brown on the Ruby Mendicant University

InfoQ: Gregory Brown on the Ruby Mendicant University:

This is apprenticeship learning taken online.

The Digital Revolution and Higher Education | Pew Social & Demographic Trends

The Digital Revolution and Higher Education | Pew Social & Demographic Trends:

It appears as though the online learning revolution is more likely to come from outside the mainstream education establishment.

Happiness, Philosophy and Science -

Happiness, Philosophy and Science -

An excellent survey of "happiness" research. The most interesting question for me is whether or not one has to live a "useful" life in order to be happy. My sense is that one does, but clearly many would not occur.