An editorial in today’s NYT suggests that some recent high school graduates are not competent in basic skills that should be required to earn their standing. The headline refers to these students’ diplomas as counterfeit, implying that students had a … . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: On Those Counterfeit Diplomas
First, a bit about boredom:
“Boredom may lead you to anything. After all, boredom even sets one to sticking gold pins into people…one may choose what is contrary to one’s own interest…one’s own fancy, however wild it may be…desire what is injurious to himself, what is stupid, very stupid – simply in order . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: On Achievement and Death and Stuff
I just lost 10 pounds without even trying!!
So I was ready to give away some clothes to charity because it was time to resign myself to my middle-age body. I had to accept that I wasn’t going to fit into these clothes ever again. Then I tried them on one last time, and . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: One Neat Trick to Lose Weight Fast
I went to the Jobs, Justice, Climate march on Sunday. It’s taken me a few days to think about what I think about it.
Klein so close at the pre-pre-rally.
I got to Queen’s Park way early and sat under a big tree to read and wait, and I happened to sit where . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: So I Went to the March
Margaret Wente recently wrote about a teacher, Lynden Dorval, who was fired for giving students zeros when they didn’t complete assignments. Fellow teachers argued his case: “They told the tribunal that when there are no consequences, a disturbing number of students – quelle surprise! – don’t do the work.” She clarifies the policy rationale:
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A while back, Mound suggested I read Collapse by Jared Diamond, and I finally got to it. It’s a fascinating read particularly for anyone interested in ancient civilizations. Diamond explores what caused the destruction of various civilizations over the past couple millennia. What interested me, of course, is his final few chapters that clarify . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Diamond’s Collapse
Three summers ago, I decided to take over the backyard, get rid of the playhouse that the kids had deserted, and build a big garden and waterfall with a little studio to work in. The next day, my son said all he wanted for his birthday was to take over the backyard to build . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Backyard Studio and Garden Build
Apparently standing on the brink of global disaster, economically and environmentally, isn’t enough to get the majority of people to demand real change from their political leaders, and move away from their fossil fuel lovin’ ways. So what will it take? This video from 14 year old Hyrum Grenny (with a little help from his . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: What Does It Take To Get People To Change?