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  • astronauts « Liam McHugh-Russell
    Edward Tufte experience Powerpoint weekends Category culture One comment Find Read This apophenia Epicurean Dealmaker Freddie de Boer interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats Neoliberalism in One Image Rule Thyself What we think they should want Annihilation Tags academia Alan Johnson America andrew schank anthropology art authoritarianmism Benjamin Wild Pugsley blogs boston review Bruce Bartlett business Canada Cathy Davidson CBC cities collective bargaining communications

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  • Triangles « Liam McHugh-Russell
    form of the problem and the nature of the solution becomes second nature Attending to a task that is not inherently pleasant fighting off distraction overcoming the frustration that inevitably attends early efforts all these are hard but they come with a payoff Taking a low level skill from heartache to habit sets down a foundation for the pursuit of tasks that are in many cases innately more interesting e g only by learning how to write in complete grammatically correct sentences can you become capable of writing moving love letters Measure twice cut once may seem like a boring rule you have to force yourself to remember until it simply becomes automatic in the way that the carpenter does her or his job and an essential part of doing the job well It turns out moreover that the payoff is double because while overcoming frustration and boredom are hard one becomes better at them through practice Even for the rarest of geniuses the pleasures of virtuosity are built on a scaffolding of boredom self doubt and frustration not only in their own field but across a variety of repetitive basic tasks As for the triangles themselves you might strongly put forward that building up a vocabulary of mathematical fundamentals offers an opportunity for your son to become a person and to live a life that he might not otherwise consider or have access to Knowing becoming familiar with the universal relationships that govern the area and height the angles width and side lengths of every triangle means that each one takes on the gleam of an otherwise hidden meaning Perhaps he ll become the kind of person for whom those meanings and the broader network of meanings of which they are a part form a useful or interesting moment

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  • universities (ii) « Liam McHugh-Russell
    in the world We say it should have one of the best 25 MBA schools philosophy departments in the world Quebec should want that and I think Quebec does want it These all too cute editing nonetheless provides fodder for some head scratching about a change which amounts to a complete refutation of the relationship the department has with society and with the rest of the University Why does it cost so much to educate these people when there are no lab materials no medical supplies nor specialized software needed to educate them Why should the prestige of this particular department be just as high as the university s overall reputation and not some other department Why should we care what the Financial Times has to say about the work done in this department More importantly if this program is essentially a training program for tomorrow s corporate elite then why is it offered by a university at all The purely practical answer is that students willing to pay an 8000 premium on the delivery costs of the program provde a convenient cashcow for an institution constantly facing fiscal drought To that a modest proposal the school could make even more money by simply selling degrees recognizing the excellence of those already successful in the business field in return for a hefty fee disposing of the need for a library professors or administrative staff The Globe s averaging of salaries hide the students who would have otherwise done something thoughtful something innovative something revolutionary with the education they now received Little time for that with a massive debtload to pay off In his recent book on universities Ian Angus argues that business has replaced the clergy in the tacked on gaudy addition housing the professional school wing of the universities

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  • The Cat in the Hat and tests in the bag « Liam McHugh-Russell
    system some college graduates may be included in a sizable cohort priced out of books as if they were only a disposable luxury More likely in response to a rising tide of unnecessary credentialism these parents participated in four years of post secondary schooling so mind numbing that instead of feeding a flickering flame of passion for learning the experience so finally smothered whatever academic spark they left high school carrying that they respond to books in their home not with an inflamed literary temperament but a more literally pyromaniacal urge Critics of the study suggest that the authors under measure internet reading though if my writing is any example of what is available then we can be sure that writing on the internet is no substitute Books are the critics argue a thing of the past However the conclusion about such correlations show that books still matter and for children they matter at home There is a bright side in the form of a clear lesson for all of us if one wants to avoid a child so precocious that she corrects grammar and regales with trivia the choices are to sell off one s Hawking Hemmingway Chomsky and Chaucer or to put them along with the Cat in the Hat under lock and key At least until standardized test day via Arts Letters daily November 30th 2007 Category culture education politics US 1 comment to The Cat in the Hat and tests in the bag Steve Rosenbaum November 30 2007 at 10 34 pm Reply I think what we know now about learning styles is that reading is one way of learning that isn t the easiest or best for everyone In addition one of the things you can t learn from a book is how to apply

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  • The Cat in the Hat and tests in the bag « Liam McHugh-Russell
    welfare system some college graduates may be included in a sizable cohort priced out of books as if they were only a disposable luxury More likely in response to a rising tide of unnecessary credentialism these parents participated in four years of post secondary schooling so mind numbing that instead of feeding a flickering flame of passion for learning the experience so finally smothered whatever academic spark they left high school carrying that they respond to books in their home not with an inflamed literary temperament but a more literally pyromaniacal urge Critics of the study suggest that the authors under measure internet reading though if my writing is any example of what is available then we can be sure that writing on the internet is no substitute Books are the critics argue a thing of the past However the conclusion about such correlations show that books still matter and for children they matter at home There is a bright side in the form of a clear lesson for all of us if one wants to avoid a child so precocious that she corrects grammar and regales with trivia the choices are to sell off one s Hawking Hemmingway Chomsky and Chaucer or to put them along with the Cat in the Hat under lock and key At least until standardized test day via Arts Letters daily November 30th 2007 Category culture education politics US 1 comment to The Cat in the Hat and tests in the bag Steve Rosenbaum November 30 2007 at 10 34 pm Reply I think what we know now about learning styles is that reading is one way of learning that isn t the easiest or best for everyone In addition one of the things you can t learn from a book is how to

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  • Yes He Can « Liam McHugh-Russell
    She is for Democrats the safe candidate Obama on the other hand is so full of enthusiasm that no exaggeration he brings tears to the eyes of many Canadians with hope about what the United States can be Writing two weeks ago one day before the Democratic race was shown to have not one but two horses Michael Chabon suggested that arguments against Obama were pragmatic not substantial Sure his friends said Obama might be charming intelligent and sincere but he is too good to be true Someone so nice can t cut it in the snakepit of politics they said and Democrats need someone who can win His speeches may have inspired famous Californians to march to the beat of a new drummer but in American politics Hollywood support is often a burden not a blessing Up until last Tuesday arguments against Obama were founded not on his character or on his potential as President but on his ultimate chances as Democratic nominee Here s the catch Americans are ready for a Democratic president Polls say that they re ready for change independents are voting in record numbers in democratic primaries polls have the democrats in the lead and election markets have a democrat taking the prize by a 50 margin More importantly Hillary may be slightly ahead of Obama in polls among Democrats but American voters buoyed by McCain support over Hillary among independents are much more likely to elect Obama as President with McCain as the Republican nominee Until now Democrats have supported Clinton because they thought that Americans prefer safety over promise security over potential sound mind over the possibility of something greater Polls show the opposite that Americans as a whole not just Hollywood much prefer the visionary to the manager In short with McCain as challenger Democrats can choose the safe candidate who is more likely to lose or take a risk on someone their fellow Americans like and who in their hearts they already like more too Even the persistently self defeating Democrats can t screw this one up February 18th 2008 Category politics US 1 comment to Yes He Can Hopeful February 18 2008 at 1 04 pm Reply Good article thank you Obama you may be pleased to learn is no longer behind Gallup and pollster com a complier of most national polls now show Obama ahead among democrats nationaly You comments about Canadian reaction is spot on Obama on the other hand is so full of enthusiasm that no exaggeration he brings tears to the eyes of many Canadians with hope about what the United States can be So many of us in Canada grew up feeling ambivalent about our bigger brother the historical invasion we repulsed the tacky tv the arrogant visits the crazy right was always coupled with admiration for its creativity it s exuberance and it s ability to reform itself re imagine itself and rededicate itself to its highest values I have felt the emotion you

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  • The End of Capitalists « Liam McHugh-Russell
    of authority or material rewards Back in 2007 Cory Doctorow wrote a short story whose basic conceit was a future in which capital liquid capital had truly become obsolete especially relative to the available human ingenuity inventiveness and the capacity to make stuff sigh yes yes i e human capital Low interest rates is one way to make that world happen Its easy for egalitarian leftists to get excited about this prospect Real interest rates that stay consistently below even very low economic growth rates would mean the refutation of Piketty s grim prophecies The idea of monocled top hatted plutocrats getting crushed under the wheels of history offers the schadenfreude of class enemies losing with the added zest of partially confirming certain strains of Marxist historicism in form if not in function The defeat of the capitalists however doesn t mean permanent victory for humanity or the working class or the multitude or whatever your favourite representative of eschatological emancipation happens to be There s no reason to believe in a world of low returns on cash that there won t be political efforts to hoard the relatively scarce resources that were the source of wealth in Doctorow s world education skills networks the preternatural ability to interact with robots If the last 5000 years are any indication there are likely to be intellectual movements to justify limited access to the new sources of wealth as well The end of capitalists may mean the end of capitalism as we know it but it won t be the end of politics July 8th 2014 Tags capitalists Cory Doctorow economics historical materialism interest rates JW Mason the end of politics Category economics politics Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Website You can use these

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  • Smarter ducks « Liam McHugh-Russell
    doesn t seem to be a very pleasant place to live The people are poor and have little freedom Heritage says that persistent institutional weaknesses impede creation of a more vibrant private sector and the rule of law is weak This sounds suspiciously as if government is too small to do its job properly But I m sure that the citizens of Equatorial Guinea don t mind having a dysfunctional government after all they re lucky duckies Perhaps the most interesting part of this short piece one of the clearest quickest arguments for the idea that working markets requires a strong effective government is that it comes from Bruce Bartlett a former policy advisor to Reagan Bush Sr and Ron Paul It demonstrates that even someone who has worked with a headstrong libertarian type sees the need for effective government presence in any good society The conclusion of his article demonstrates another point however Bartlett believes that high taxes and low regulation like Denmark are preferable to lower taxes and less business freedom So it s worth keeping mind that even convincing people that government is important and necessary to a functioning economy doesn t mean they ll be convinced that it should be on the side of a functioning society Still if you can lead a duck to water October 4th 2011 Tags Bruce Bartlett economics economix government markets New York Times regulation taxes Category politics US Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Website You can use these HTML tags a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Find Read This apophenia Epicurean Dealmaker Freddie de Boer interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats

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