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More Flu Measures

The administration are people too. I just want to start off saying that. However, in this case, I just don’t get it. The more I think about it, the less I get it. Here is the plan our administration came up with. Faculty will report class absences for every Tuesday and Wednesday course. Absence reports…

Students are starting to get the flu around here – and that means that it is time to debate. Clearly there are going to be some absences in the coming month. The question is: what to do about it? There are two camps of thought here: Camp 1: Excuses are bad This camp of faculty…

This Week in Tech on Education

In this WEEK in TECH episode 197 there was a pretty good discussion about education and the university system. In case you are not familiar with TWiT, it is a tech-based podcast with Leo Laporte (from the old Screen Savers show). If you want to listen to their discussion, it starts about half-way through the…

Let them have computers

Announcement: There is a ton of extra money for education of teachers. You should submit a grant proposal. Hey, let’s submit a proposal and get laptops for a whole bunch of students. To me, this is like giving morphine to people with the flu. It will make them feel better, but doesn’t really fix the…

Minimal set up for blogging

This post has nothing to do with physics, so if you are only into physicsy stuff, skip this. The primary goal of this post is to list what I need to blog. The secondary goal is to rant about my laptop. I destroyed my laptop (well, not really, but kind of). Basically, I had a…

Back UP! Wow, that was painful.

I don’t know if you noticed, but this blog has been down almost a week. Several things happened. First, I was hosted by Lunarpages. That didn’t go so well. They ARE cheap, but maybe that is for a reason. I won’t really go into details except to say that they have CPU limits, but you…

Textbooks: Jumped the Shark

Not sure if you know what Jump the shark means. I figured it was a common term. Here is the wikipedia entry. Or maybe you would like a graphic explanation. Here it is: So, why the attack on textbooks? The main reason is that I just posted a rant about forces (or abuse of the…