“In groups where the conversation was more evenly distributed, where you had better participation — and more equal participation among all of the group members — the groups were more collectively intelligent,”
I did not even know this council existed and I have lived in the region for 4 years and paid taxes as a home owner too.
Poor regional transit connections has been one of my peeves in the MidAtlantic. The connections between two big cities, Baltimore and Washington DC, is horrible! There needs to be a simple, fast service from one edge of Baltimore (Near Towson) to DC central and over to Virginia with only stops at downtowns, BWI Airport, a midway point, and maybe National Airport. With local mass transit feeding off this “spine”.
“Timothy Whelan will be closing his photography bookstore in Rockport, Me., on Oct. 2. The bookstore, Timothy Whelan Photography Fine Photographic Prints and Books, is known as one of the finest of its kind in the United States. Mr. Whelan discussed photographers, books and the economic difficulties that small bookstores face…”
Another nice overview of all that is messed up with books on the iPad and some other readers.
Missing from the iPad: ability to have ragged text - insane this is missing from Apple too. Lack of good screen fonts and ability of publisher/author/designer to choose the font or fonts that will be used. The overuse of kitsch stuff (pages, etc.) to make it look like a paper book.
I posted a link to an alternative reader on this blog a few months ago that eliminated all of these issues. Alas, I have forgotten its name and could not find it after a quick search. But it was nice and simple!
This feature is pretty cool but, I found it less useful than it might seem. It’s one of those brilliant ideas that just had no use in the end. But it took Google 6 years to have the option to turn it off. That is too long for an update on a feature that should have been there from the start.
Interesting. Looks like it might be ROKU versus Google or Apple for internet TV. I have a ROKU and, it is nice and simple for Netflix and a few other services. But most of the channels are crud. Kind of like early cable.
In general, most professional graphic designers will not use Arial preferring Helvetica (usually numbered version), Univers, Frutiger (numbered version), Syntax, Thesis, Myriad, Interstate, or many other better designed fonts. But the ubiquity and mindless overuse of Arial forces many to use it in pre-existing documents and web sites. Arial, in a way, has become the Helvetica of the early 21st century. Only not as well drawn as these other exceptional types.
“A game, as Salen sees it, is really just a “designed experience,” in which a participant is motivated to achieve a goal while operating inside a prescribed system of boundaries and rules. In this way, school itself is one giant designed experience. It could be viewed, in fact, as the biggest and most important game any child will ever play.”—Video Games Win a Beachhead in the Classroom NY Times Magazine
No surprise. The people in education don’t go in it for the money. So offering hundreds or a few thousand in bonuses to the top five? teachers in a school for raising test scores has little impact. In higher education this is called merit pay and it doesn’t work there either.
How about these ideas: make teaching jobs secure, decent and even excellent pay, benefits, retirement; don’t overload the teachers with too many students or classes; help struggling teachers get better; make sure teachers teach what they know best; learning is about problem solving and critical thinking - not test taking; fix and improve or tear down old school buildings and design new ones that encourage learning in new ways based on other schools experiences in the U.S. and Europe. Spend more money in school districts to do all of the above and equalize budgets for districts that are struggling or poor.
“Nearly three billion people in the developing world cook their meals on primitive indoor stoves fueled by crop waste, wood, coal and dung. Every year, according to the United Nations, smoke from these stoves kills 1.9 million people, mostly women and children, from lung and heart diseases and low birth weight.
The stoves also contribute to global warming as a result of the millions of tons of soot they spew into the atmosphere and the deforestation caused by cutting down trees to fuel them.
On Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to announce a significant commitment to a group working to address the problem, with a goal of providing 100 million clean-burning stoves to villages in Africa, Asia and South America by 2020. The United States is providing about $50 million in seed money over five years for the project, known as the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.”
It turns out that, a scanned signature may not be legally OK. Faxed too. But if you make a digital signature in Acrobat, it is legal. Digital in this case does not mean the way it looks but rather it has a digital key and when you make that key for your signature and someone opens that document with your unique key digital signature on it, it recognizes it and it is legal.
This Macworld article tells you how to do that and also stick a nice scanned version of your hand written signature on the document you are “signing”.
Note that Apple Preview does not seem to make or read digital signatures. You have to make them in Adobe Acrobat and then read it in that or Acrobat Reader.