Friday, October 31, 2008

Science Friday 103108

A Beautiful Math By John Tierney, NYTimes
NOVA's Hunting the Hidden Dimension explores the compelling mathematical detective story" of fractal geometry. Video: Hunting Hidden Dimensions

Drinking Lots of Water Is Good for Your Skin By ANAHAD O’CONNOR, NYTimes
The adage about excess water benefiting healthy skin persists, but is it true?

Mercury's many volcanoes spewed blue material, SFGate
Earth's first nearly full look at Mercury reveals that the tiny lifeless planet took a far greater role... Photos

Online Videos - and Our Attention Spans - Get Longer, NYTimes
Internet users are spending more time watching video, both longer programs and sequences of segments they assemble themselves.

Signs in Asia of Tsunamis That Struck Centuries Ago By REUTERS
The tsunami that killed 230,000 people in 2004 was the biggest in the Indian Ocean in some 600 years, two new geological studies suggest.

Steampunk: Boiling Point By Richard von Busack, Metroactive
Steampunk retrofits the technology of the present with the aesthetics of the past. The first-ever convention brings it.

Solar City, NYTimes
Columnist Jim Dwyer's building is one of the first private co-ops in the city to use arrays of solar panels.

Thoreau Is Rediscovered as a Climatologist By CORNELIA DEAN , NYTimes
Scientists are using notes from Henry David Thoreau to discern patterns of plant abundance in New England and to link those patterns to changing climate.
Slide Show: The Warming of Walden

The Unappreciated, Holding Our Lives in Balance By NATALIE ANGIER, NYTimes
The vestibular system is a Joe Sixth-Sense, laboring in anonymity and frequently misunderstood.

Voices of the Manhattan Proje Audio & Photos, NYTimes
Seven veterans of the Manhattan Project talk about the experience of building the first atomic bomb.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

History Thursday 103008

USINFO. State.Gov Outline Series is appropriate for a quick review before SAT II Subject tests.

Outline of U.S. History A chronological look at how the United States took shape -- from its origins as an obscure set of colonies on the Atlantic coast a little more than 200 years ago into what one political analyst today calls "the first universal nation." This fully illustrated edition has been completely revised and updated by Alonzo L. Hamby, Distinguished Professor of History at Ohio University. (November 2005)
Outline of American Geography Considers the physical environment of the United States — landforms, climate, soils, and vegetation — in terms of its impact on the country's cultural, regional, and political development. (November 1998)

Outline of American Literature The Outline of American literature, newly revised, traces the paths of American narrative, fiction, poetry and drama as they move from pre-colonial times into the present, through such literary movements as romanticism, realism and experimentation. (December 2006)

Outline of the U.S. Economy Examines how the U.S. economy works and how it has evolved over the past 225 years. Considers forms of business enterprise, the role of financial markets, how government shapes the economy and seeks to manage the pace of economic activity, the agricultural sector and U.S. farm policy, the changing role of labor, and current U.S. policies on trade and international economic affairs. (February 2001)

Outline of the U.S. Government What makes U.S. government uniquely American...its Constitution, the separation of powers, the concept of “checks and balances,” the decentralized roles of state and local governments, and a citizenry with wide opportunity to be part of it all. (September 2000)

Outline of the U.S. Legal System This Outline covers the history and organization of the federal and state judicial systems; the criminal and civil court processes; the background, qualifications, and selection of federal judges; the role of other participants (lawyers, defendants, interest groups) in the judicial process; and the implementation and impact of judicial policies. It is based on the Congressional Quarterly Press' Judicial Process in America, 5th edition, by political science professors Robert A. Carp and Ronald Stidham. (December 2004)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Students, schools adjust for struggling economy

Students, schools adjust for struggling economy By Rick Hampson, USA Today
NEW YORK — Eliana Goolcharan, a senior at Oyster Bay High School on Long Island, had hoped to attend an out-of-state college, perhaps the University of Texas-Austin ($34,000 yearly for out-of-staters) or maybe a private school such as Providence College ($40,000).

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

New Horizons in High School Classrooms

New Horizons in High School Classrooms By WINNIE HU, NYTimes
Pelham Memorial High School added 17 electives courses this year, allowing students to pursue specialized interests that once were relegated to after-school clubs.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday Lit

A Close-Up of Pop-Up Books, Magical and Movable By AILEEN JACOBSON
The Tee Ridder Miniatures Museum of the Nassau County Museum of Art is exhibiting highlights of a 1,500-volume collection of pop-up books.

Ambivalence as Part of Author’s Legacy By EDWARD ROTHSTEIN
An exhibition about Irène Némirovsky at the Museum of Jewish Heritage includes the manuscript of her “Suite Française.”Slide Show

'Factory Girls' Reviewed by HOWARD W. FRENCH
Leslie T. Chang’s deeply affecting book tells the story of the invisible foot soldiers who made China’s stirring rise possible: the country’s 130 million migrant workers.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Saturday Arts 102508

from the National Museum, Kabul
October 24, 2008– January 25, 2009

A Banquet of World Art, 30 Years in the Making by HOLLAND COTTER, NYTimes
Under the circumstances, everything registers as both high and low. Uplift means whatever turns you on. Beauty, as a concept, is relative, and not necessarily elevated. Art assumes different meaning and value depending on how you view it: as a social historian, a finely attuned connoisseur or as a recreational window-shopper. Slide Show

Eastern Views NYTimes
Images from films playing in the 2008 South Asian International Film Festival, Oct. 22-28.

Bollywood: Often Energetic, Now Animated By RACHEL SALTZ, NYTimes
“Roadside Romeo” is something new under the Bollywood sun: sophisticated computer-generated animation that uses stars to voice the characters.

Pompeii Style, B.C.E. (Before Catastrophic Eruption) By KAREN ROSENBERG, NYTimes
There are some eerie parallels between Pompeii’s frozen-in-time culture of excess and our own staggering economy as evidenced in a show at the National Gallery.
Slide Show: The Treasures of Pompeii

A Century of Italian Art, NYTimes
"Ruins and the Rebirth of Art in Italy," a show that opened in early October at the Colosseum in Rome, features ancient works of Italian art. Slide Show

Antique Muses Stir a Modern Orpheus By JORI FINKEL, NYTimes
Jim Dine’s latest project at the Getty Villa has allowed him to meditate on two of his greatest passions over the years — sculpture and poetry.

Art and Commerce Canoodling in Central Park By NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF, NYTimes
The Chanel Pavilion that opened Monday in Central Park sets out to drape an aura of refinement over a cynical marketing gimmick. Slide Show

China's 'Now' Art SFGate
Chinese contemporary art collector Uli Sigg fills the Berkeley Art Museum with a fraction of his holdings.

King Tut's Coming Back SFGate
Thirty years ago, the King Tut show in S.F. was a blockbuster. And in 2009, it's coming back and will be at the De Young Museum for 9 months.

Painting A Community SFGate
Noe Valley comes alive in new murals by artist Mona Caron.

Focusing In SFGate
International Center of Photography documents documentarian Susan Meiselas.

In Its Grip SFGate
Sara Kraft takes on media ubiquity with her multimedia piece "HyperREAL."

A Family Affair SFGate
One man has brought his family's art treasures from Berlin museums to the Legion of Honor.

For "Bay Area Currents 2008," at the Oakland Art Gallery, curator Aimee Reed picked 12 emerging artists who work in untraditional media, including Noah Sakamoto, who makes drawings out of scraps of paper.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Science Friday 102408

Diving Into a New World By EDWARD ROTHSTEIN, NYTimes
The Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is the largest renovation in the museum’s century-long history. Slide Show: A New Approach for a New Exhibition

Reaching an Autistic Teenager By MELISSA FAY GREENE, NYTimes
A school in Georgia believes that it’s not too late for boys like Sam Gross to make emotional connections. All you need is a lot of energy and, sometimes, a magic box. NYTimes Health Guide: Autism Asperger's Syndrome

Partying Helps Power a Dutch Nightclub By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL, NYTimes
The dance floor at Watt harvests the energy generated by dancers and transforms it into electricity.

From a Strip of Scotch Tape, X-Rays By KENNETH CHANG, NYTimes
In a tour de force of office supply physics, researchers have shown that it is possible to produce X-rays by simply unrolling Scotch tape.

Climate Campaigners Were on Terrorist List By ANDREW C. REVKIN, NYTimes
Dot Earth: Environmental activists with no criminal record find themselves tracked as possible terrorists.

India Launches Unmanned Orbiter to Moon By SOMINI SENGUPTA, NYTimes
The mission is scheduled to last for two years, in which the craft will search the lunar surface for natural resources.

The Wonders of Blood By NATALIE ANGIER, NYTimes
Essay: Even the most extravagant blood lore pales in comparison to the biochemical, evolutionary and engineering marvels of the genuine article.

The Terror and Attraction of Science, Put to Song By DENNIS OVERBYE, NYTimes
The tug of war between beauty and horror is the theme of “Doctor Atomic,” which opened last week at the Metropolitan Opera.

Deep in the Rain Forest, Stalking the Next Pandemic By ELIZABETH SVOBODA, NYTimes
Nathan Wolfe hopes his research will result in staving off global pandemics before they happen.

Man Who Set Stage for a Nobel Now Lives a Life Outside Science By KENNETH CHANG, NYTimes
Douglas C. Prasher provided the essential piece that made the work that won this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry possible.
A Guiding Glow to Track What Was Once Invisible
Three Chemists Win Nobel Prize

Thursday, October 23, 2008

History Thursday 102308

Practicing Politics Just Like the Big Boys (and Girls) By SUSAN DOMINUS, NYTimes
A new documentary tracked the campaign for student union president at Stuyvesant High School, and found some seeming similarities with national politics.

Two Generals, Still Maneuvering
“Grant and Lee in War and Peace,” which opens on Friday at the New-York Historical Society, is a rejiggering of an exhibition mounted last year by the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, where it was called “Lee and Grant.” Slide Show: Grant and Lee in War and Peace

National Constitution Center: We the People Stories
Podcasts of speeches related to US History & Politics.
The Teaching Company: History
One of my favorite ways to study history is to listen to lectures from The Teaching Company. Checkout their online catalog, then order the tapes/cds/dvds from your local libary--they're great!

The History Channel: US History Videos
Checkout their online catalog, then order the tapes/dvds per historical period from your local libary--they're great!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

College Board Will Offer a New Test Next Fall

College Board Will Offer a New Test Next Fall, By SARA RIMER, NYTimes
The College Board unveiled a new test that it said would help prepare eighth graders for rigorous high school courses and college.

Its Native Tongue Facing Extinction, Arapaho Tribe Teaches the Young

Its Native Tongue Facing Extinction, Arapaho Tribe Teaches the Young, By DAN FROSCH, NYTimes
More than a half-century later, only about 200 Arapaho speakers are still alive, and tribal leaders at Wind River, Wyoming’s only Indian reservation, fear their language will not survive. As part of an intensifying effort to save that language, this tribe of 8,791, known as the Northern Arapaho, recently opened a new school where students will be taught in Arapaho. Elders and educators say they hope it will create a new generation of native speakers

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Baylor and the SAT

Baylor Rewards Freshmen Who Retake SAT SARA RIMER, NYTimes
Baylor University in Waco, Tex., which has a goal of rising to the first tier of national college rankings, last June offered its admitted freshmen a $300 campus bookstore credit to retake the SAT, and $1,000 a year in merit scholarship aid for those who raised their scores by at least 50 points.

Baylor Faculty Members Condemn SAT Retaking SARA RIMER, NYTimes
Dr. Green and her colleagues in the Faculty Senate passed a motion criticizing the effort. Baylor had offered incoming freshmen a $300 credit at the campus bookstore to retake the SAT. Students who raised their scores by 50 points or more received $1,000 a year in merit scholarship aid.

Monday, October 20, 2008

In Downturn, Families Strain to Pay Tuition

In Downturn, Families Strain to Pay Tuition By JONATHAN D. GLATER, NYTimes
With the unemployment rate rising and a recession mentality gripping the country, more families are applying for federal aid for students attending college.
Times Topics: Student Loans Credit Crisis

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sunday Lit 101908

Unsafe at Any Read By LEE SIEGEL, NYTimes The idea that great literature can improve our lives is a con as old as literature itself.

Comics by the Hernandez Brothers Reviewed by DOUGLAS WOLK, NYTimes New tales and old from the Hernandez Brothers’ ”Love and Rockets” series.

The Future of Reading: Using Video Games as Bait to Hook Readers By MOTOKO RICH
Publishers, authors and even libraries are embracing video games to promote books to young readers. Previous Article in the Series »

He Counts Your Words (Even Those Pronouns) By JESSICA WAPNER, NYTimes
James W. Pennebaker looks at every single word people use — even the tiny ones — and is leading a resurgent interest in text analysis.

THIS I BELIEVE: Special Feature: Tolerance

The French writer Voltaire called tolerance a “consequence of humanity” and the first law of nature. Yet some of us practice it more successfully than others. Click the links below to read how these essayists seek to exercise tolerance in their lives.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Saturday Arts

New Slide Shows from the NYTimes:

Identity by Design
More than 50 dresses are on view in “Identity by Design: Tradition, Change and Celebration in Native Women’s Dresses,” at the New York branch of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

A Century of Italian Art
An exhibition celebrating a century of Italian art at the Roman Colosseum

The Art of Calligraphy
Two shows on calligraphy and the Koran at the Asia Society are perfect in size and proportion, gorgeous, and worthy of the book they honor.

A Career in Portraits
The best of Elizabeth Peyton’s portraits, as seen at the New Museum, are accessible, devotional and visually alive.

African Textiles
Two new exhibitions provide insight on the history and artistry, of wax-print cloth in Africa — and on Western viewers’ relative ignorance of both.

The Work of Shepard Fairey
Shepard Fairey, a star in the world of street art, has earned a new level of mainstream attention.

In Modern China, ‘Little Kingdoms’ for the People By NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF
A new exhibition offers further evidence that China has become the most fertile territory on the globe for experimentation by architects.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Science Friday 101708

The World, Up Close
The top 10 images in the Nikon International Small World Competition, which recognizes excellence in photographs taken through a microscope. Interactive Feature

Math Skills Suffer in U.S., Study Finds By SARA RIMER, NYTimes
The United States is failing to develop the math skills of both girls and boys, especially among those who could excel at the highest levels, a new study asserts, and girls who do succeed in the field are almost all immigrants or the daughters of immigrants from countries where mathematics is more highly valued.

The First Google Phone, David Pogue, NYTimes
David Pogue takes a look at the G1 from T-Mobile, the first cellphone to run Google software.

From Old Vials, New Hints on Origin of Life By KENNETH CHANG, NYTimes
Researchers who have taken a second look at a classic 1953 experiment say it points to volcanoes as perhaps a more likely environment for where life originated.

Rivals’ Visions Differ on Unleashing Innovation By WILLIAM J. BROAD and CORNELIA DEAN, NYTimes
The presidential candidates’ visions for sharpening the nation’s competitive edge are strikingly different.
Graphic: Budget Impacts of Candidates’ Proposals
Previous Articles in the Series »

Fish Fossil Yields Anatomical Clues on How Animals of the Sea Made It to Land By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD, NYTimes
Scientists are finding striking evidence of the steps by which marine vertebrates evolved into land animals.

Thinking Anew About a Migratory Barrier: Roads By JIM ROBBINS, NYTimes
Scientists are coming to understand the marked changes brought by the roads that crisscross the landscape and the effects they have on wildlife.

Always a Doctor, Even in the Dying of the Light By KENNETH R. WEINBERG, M.D, NYTimes
My father took pride in keeping up with the latest in medicine, and the functions of his body were fascinating to him in a detached, scientific way.

With Little Fuel, Eco-Racers Arrive in Las Vegas By STEVE FRIESS, NYTimes
In making it from Berkeley, Calif., to Las Vegas without burning an ounce of petroleum, a duo from Oregon collected a $5,000 prize in the Escape From Berkeley race.

For U.S. Astronauts, a Russian Second Home By JOHN SCHWARTZ, NYTimes
American astronauts have developed mutual respect for their Russian counterparts during years of cooperation.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

History Thursday

SparkNotes SAT US History (available through Barnes & Noble Amazon) has posted a very helpful online review. US History is presented in triple-tiered chapters, so it is easy to drill down to the details of a particular topic of a historical periond.

Below, a superior analysis of the juxtaposition of gender politics, the presidential/vicepresidential candidacy, and pop culture.
*Warning* Adult Language.

Make a Point at

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Latin: A Dead Language That’s Very Much Alive

A Dead Language That’s Very Much Alive By WINNIE HU, NYTimes

The resurgence of a language once rejected as outdated and irrelevant is reflected across the country as Latin is embraced by a new generation of students.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Popular Mechanics: 100 Skills Every Man (sic) Should Know: The Instructions (With Videos!)

100 Skills Every Man Should Know: The Instructions (With Videos!)
By The Popular Mechanics Editors

Brains and charm are fine, but a real guy (sic) needs to know how to do real stuff. After months of debate among PM’s expert editors—and a preview of 2008’s ultimate DIY list—now you can explore how to perform life’s essential skills, broken down in 10 categories for the competent man—plus 20 tools you need to own. Did we leave anything out—or included a skill you don’t think is worthy? Scroll down and click through for tips, then sound off in our chat, or take PM’s interactive DIY quiz to see how you measure up against the MythBusters and more TV know-it-alls.

Monday, October 13, 2008 The Tell-All Campus Tour

The Tell-All Campus Tour By JONATHAN DEE, NYTimes
An online start-up,, allows high-schoolers to find out what students really think about their colleges. (mp3)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Financial Crisis Hits Teens

(I'm in Portland for the day, buying books at Powell's. Check back next week for Sunday Lit. Meanwhile, check out the video below).

Video: Financial Crisis Hits Teens
Elisabeth Irwin High School in New York City offers a snapshot of how the nation's financial crisis is trickling down to teenagers.
Article: The Frugal Teenager, Ready or Not

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Saturday Arts 101108

A Man of Many Talents, Eager to Use Them All, By ALLAN KOZINN, NYTimes
Caleb Burhans is part of a new generation that doesn’t feel compelled to specialize and works easily in classical, rock and much in between. Video

Wong Kar-wai’s Phoenix Project, Rising at Last By SCARLET CHENG, NYTimes
“Ashes of Time Redux” is a martical-arts movie that took years to film and more years to restore. Trailer Filmography: Wong Kar Wai

Audubon’s Species: Bird Art, in All Its Glory By CORNELIA DEAN, NYTimes
Four new books illuminate the confluence of science, art and ornithology.
SLIDE SHOW: Beautiful Birds Naturalist drawings of birds, and photos of some of the animals’ unique nests.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Science Friday 101008

Physics of Baseball, KQED
Use this QUEST segment and Educator Guide to explore the physics behind baseball and see how one Bay Area teacher explains the connections.
Download the Educator Guide (PDF)
Discuss "corking" a bat on the QUEST Blog

Genebase Bionet: The DNA Ancestry Project
Discover your deep ancestral origins. Find out where your ancestors came from, their ethnic background, and how they have scattered throughout the world today.

SLIDE SHOW: Corals and Comet Dust, NYTimes
And more science in pictures: aspirin-making walnut trees, glass butterfly wings and catapulting fungi.

Three Chemists Win Nobel Prize By KENNETH CHANG, NYTimes
One Japanese and two American scientists won this year’s prize for their work on observing cells.

Three Physicists Share Nobel Prize By DENNIS OVERBYE, NYTimes
The prize was awarded to an American and two Japanese physicists for their work exploring the hidden symmetries among elementary particles.
Times Topics: Nobel Prizes
Discoverers of AIDS and Cancer Viruses Win Nobel

Computers + Biology = Virus Detector A Conversation With Joseph Derisi By CLAUDIA DREIFUS, NYTimes
Joseph DeRisi, a molecular biologist and biochemist, helped invent the ViroChip, which accelerates the ability of researchers to diagnose viral infections.

One in 4 Mammals Threatened With Extinction, Group Finds By JAMES KANTER, NYTimes
One in four mammals is in danger of disappearing because of habitat loss, hunting and climate change, a global conservation body warned on Monday.

Video Game Helps Math Students Vanquish an Archfiend: Algebra By WINNIE HU, NYTimes
Then all action stopped as an algebra problem popped on screen: What is the slope-intercept formula for points A and B?

Butterfly counters miffed at S.F. museum, SFGate
Liam O'Brien was sitting down for dinner Sept. 27 when he flipped on the television news to see a flock of monarch butterflies...
The ultimate science and technology website with over 76,000 content pieces. Launched in 1996 and since extended to include three channels (Space, Tech and Environment), a YouTube channel, podcast series, regular vodcasts and 6 blogs, New Scientist online has over 2 million monthly unique users

Thursday, October 9, 2008

History Thursday 100908

VOANews: Nobel Peace Prize Winners Inspire Young Activists

Practicing Politics Just Like the Big Boys (and Girls) By SUSAN DOMINUS, NYTimes
A new documentary tracked the campaign for student union president at Stuyvesant High School, and found some seeming similarities with national politics.

Flickr: Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes Trial Photographs
During 1925, Watson Davis (1896-1967), Science Service managing editor, took numerous photographs while covering the State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes trial as a reporter. In what was dubbed "The Trial of the Century," Scopes was tried and convicted for violating a state law prohibiting the teaching of the theory of evolution.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

At School of Finance, a Building Block Takes a Tumble

At School of Finance, a Building Block Takes a Tumble By SUSAN DOMINUS, NYTimes
Teenagers observing the markets gyrate and the government officials scramble are seeing institutions that they had every reason to trust flailing in ineptitude.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

College Loans

Counseling on Student Loans Now May Ease Pain Later By RON LIEBER, NYTimes
As of this week, hundreds of thousands of young men and women have taken their first big step on the road to financial adulthood: They’re now on the hook for their first student loan.

Marketing Code for Student Lenders By JONATHAN D. GLATER, NYTimes
The agreement was part of a settlement of claims that they misled consumers about loan terms and benefits.

Panel Proposes Broad Changes in Federal Financial Aid for College By TAMAR LEWIN, NYTimes
The recommendations included a simpler application, Pell grant maximums linked to the consumer price index and federally financed college savings accounts for children in low-income families.

Bank Limits Fund Access by Colleges, Inciting Fears, By SAM DILLON and KATIE ZEZIMA, NYTimes
Wachovia Bank has limited the access of nearly 1,000 colleges to $9.3 billion the bank has held for them, raising worries about meeting payrolls and other obligations.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Tyranny of the Test: One year as a Kaplan coach in the public schools

Tyranny of the Test: One year as a Kaplan coach in the public schools By Jeremy Miller,Harper's Magazine
I am here because the High School for Health Careers and Sciences . . . has purchased Kaplan’s SAT Advantage program, an abbreviated version of the SAT prep course offered by the testing company at any of its 150 centers nationwide. (“Higher test scores guaranteed or your money back.”) As one of Kaplan’s roving “coaches,” I will spend the day helping math and English teachers kick off the test-taking course by modeling the “Kaplan method” for their classes...

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Sunday Lit 100508

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read!
Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. The 10 most challenged titles were:

1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
2. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
3. Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
4. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
7. TTYL by Lauren Myracle
8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
9. It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
(Click here to see why these books were challenged.)

My Platonic Sweetheart By Mark Twain
I met her first when I was seventeen and she fifteen. It was in a dream . . .

Students Make Literacy Day One for the Books By ASHLEY SOUTHALL, NYTimes
Elementary school students on Thursday tried to set a record for the largest number of people reading the same book on the same day.

A Mass E-Mail Amy Ozols
Dear All: Before I begin, I’d like to apologize for sending a mass e-mail . . .

this i believe: Learning Is Worth Doing Every Day by John-Paul, Tacoma WA
My oldest memory is that of a set of encyclopedias in my grandmother's living room

Saturday, October 4, 2008

SAT Advice


Before the test:

  • Sleep
  • Eat breakfast
  • Bring Student ID
  • Arrive early--use the spare time to encourage yourself and your friends to do your best.


  • Read the Prompt
  • Read the Quote
  • Read the Prompt again.
  • Think for 1 minute (don't write).
  • Brainstorm. Focus, focus, focus your examples. Organize. (2 minutes)
  • Write (20 min)
  • Intro Paragraph:
  • Thesis plus preview of your examples
  • 3 body paragraphs. Topic sentence plus 3-4 sentences of concrete detail.
  • Transition between paragraphs.
  • Conclusion.
  • Fix errors and upgrade vocab (2 min).

Writing Section

  • The Fist of No Error (see sidebar)

Critical Reading

  • POE (process of elimination)

Long Passage

  • Read the blurb (who? what? where? when?)
  • Skim for information
  • Mark-up the passage as per the Questions
  • Read the passage critically (why? how?)
  • Answer the questions via POE


Friday, October 3, 2008

Science Friday 100308

Want To See The History Of The Computer In Under Four Minutes?
by DOT MATRIX REVOLUTION* from superbrothers on Vimeo.
There are some who'd try to convince you that the history of computing is a lengthy and in depth topic that would take literally hours - maybe even days - to explain properly....

More Science/Technology News . . .

Thursday, October 2, 2008

History Thursday 100208

History, Politics, & Art Thursday...

With Politics in the Air, a Freedom Free-for-All Comes to Town
“Democracy in America: The National Campaign” at the Park Avenue Armory is a nonpartisan, nonelectoral but intensely political convention-as-art-exhibition timed to coincide with the 2008 presidential race. Performing 'Democracy' Slide Show

Cut and Paste: Martha Rosler
The political artist Martha Rosler talks about her career, from the ’60s to today. Audio Slide Show

The Street Artist Shepard Fairey Moves Closer to the Mainstream ...This year, Shepard Fairey, a star in the world of street art, has earned a new level of mainstream attention. Slide Show

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

School Gives Adult Students An Existential Kick

School Gives Adult Students An Existential Kick NPR All Things Considered.
"Adult education doesn't have to be dowdy," says Sophie Howarth, founder of London's School of Life. The school is a place of higher learning dedicated to "the practical application of philosophy on life's core subjects — love, politics, work, family and play."