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Monday, October 29, 2012

poetry and poems


LONELINESS  by ee cummings
if you read everything between the parenthesis, you read "a leaf falls." 
The rest spells "oneliness." If you add the beginning "l" to the "oneliness
--that is, everything not in parenthesis--you get "loneliness." This poem is heartbreaking. 
Upon first reading, I thought, how clever. 
 But the more I read it, the more it got to me. 
The form illustrates falling, motion, slimness, even termination. 
The lines are long--not just the poem as a whole, 
but the letters in the poem--so many l's and f's. 
Long, even fluid lines, all leading down. 



Forgetfulness By Billy Collins

The name of the author is the first to go
followed obediently by the title, the plot,
the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel
which suddenly becomes one you have never read,
never even heard of,

as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor
decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain,
to a little fishing village where there are no phones.

Long ago you kissed the names of the nine Muses goodbye
and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag,
and even now as you memorize the order of the planets,

something else is slipping away, a state flower perhaps,
the address of an uncle, the capital of Paraguay.

Whatever it is you are struggling to remember,
it is not poised on the tip of your tongue,
not even lurking in some obscure corner of your spleen.

It has floated away down a dark mythological river
whose name begins with an
 L as far as you can recall,
well on your own way to oblivion where you will join those
who have even forgotten how to swim and how to ride a bicycle.

No wonder you rise in the middle of the night
to look up the date of a famous battle in a book on war.
No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted
out of a love poem that you used to know by heart.

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Khan Academy

60 minutes: Google's Eric Schmidt on Khan Academy

Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google, explains why he's backing the work of Sal Khan and Khan Academy.

KA on John Stossel DocumentaryKhan Academy on Jon Stossel Documentary in September 2011

     MOOC learning

What in the world is a MOOC?  By 

In the last few weeks, the word “MOOC” has become part of the higher education lexicon. The cute little acronym has been thrown around by administrators in suits-only meetings, casually dropped by blogging or vlogging faculty, and explained by student newspapers. Earlier this month, a PhD student and blogger in Canada declared: “I've watched agog as the word MOOC has proliferated and spiralled into the higher education buzzword of the year.”

So, what in the world is a MOOC? It’s a “Massive Open Online Course” that anyone with an Internet connection can attend for free. These classes are aimed at expanding a university’s reach from thousands of tuition-paying students who live in town, to millions of students around the world.
* Georgetown University Provost Robert Groves blogged: “The ability of massive open online courses to deliver exactly the same experience simultaneously to thousands and thousands of students breaks the mold of traditional university education.  We can all see their potential to increase access to education and reduce the costs of education.” (Full blog post: “Our Moment in Time.”)
* Several TIME magazine staffers have enrolled in MOOCs this semester, including technology writer Harry McCracken who is taking a class through University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. One of his observations: “There are 76,000 people registered for the class, which is more than twice the entire current enrollment for my alma mater, Boston University. Only 13,000 turned in the first written assignment on time. I wonder how many of us will still be at it when the final exam rolls around?” (Full column: “MOOC Brigade: Back to School, 26 Years Later.”)

Tech Company Helps South Korean Students Ace Entrance Tests

Mr. Son’s idea for cheap mass education has made him one of the richest men in the country. Sales at his company, which went public in 2004, jumped to 202 billion won last year, from 579 million won in 2000, when the company was formed. From high school-level courses, Megastudy has expanded into elementary school and opened courses for college students studying to get into medical and law school.
Besides South Koreans’ affinity for all things online, whether shopping or watching TV, Mr. Son’s success also rests on distrust of the public school system. "Koreans who “study like crazy” is what keeps the country’s economy going."
With the country pouring billions of dollars into making its Internet 10 times faster by 2014, Mr. Son suggested that the world turn to South Korea for a glimpse of what education might look like in the future.
“Offline schools will become supplemental to online education,” he predicted. “Students will go to school, perhaps once a week, for group activities like sports.”

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The iPhone 5 (Parody) Ad: A Taller Change than expected

Provinthat size does matter. The feature upgrade you won't be able to miss!

One of the most noticeable and talked about features of the iPhone 5 is its new display. For the first time, Apple has made the handset’s screen larger, bumping it up to right around 4-inches.
But in order to maintain usability, Apple only increased the height of the display, not the width. And this has spawned some criticism from the tech world, as well as this hilarious parody…

Video Production by Cinesaurus []
a Seattle-based creative team obsessed with telling stories through video and animation. 
Director/Writer: Alexander JL Theoharis

job hunters

Job Hunters is a Seattle-based web series set in the near future, where college graduates must fight (potentially to the death) to be placed by the MAEWIN corporation into careers. With a pass-rate of about 20%, this process is also a form of population control.

SNL -complaints at Tech Talk

 SNL offered its satirical take on various complaints about Apple's new iPhone 5.

HERE YOU CAN read CNNnews about a skit that skewered the tech press and featured a confrontation with SNL's version of Chinese factory workers who make the iPhone.
Guest SNL host Christina Applegate as "Tech Talk" host Caitlin Owens started the skit interviewing reporters from CNET (SNL's Bill Hader playing "Josh Savage" in a nod to our own intrepid Apple reporter, Josh Lowensohn), Wired, and Gizmodo about a "plethora of glitches and design flaws."
The three "reporters" in serious geek mode expressed their concerns about the flawed Apple maps, purple screen haze, and more absurdly that the iPhone 5 is too thin and light. They were then joined by three Chinese factory workers (no mention of Foxconn), speaking in bad, fake Chinese accents.

The "workers" shared their perspective on the iPhone 5 issues with the complainers. For example:
"You want Starbucks and it takes you to Dunkin Donut. That must be so hard for you." 
"I guess we are lucky. We don't need maps. We sleep where we work."
The skit also included some new forms of communication -- "traditional sarcastic dance" and "sad Chinese violin." 

 Asked if they would like to complain about a product made in America, one of Chinese workers (SNL's Fred Armisen) said: "What does America make? Does diabetes count as a product? If not, we have to get back to you."

Caitlin Owens: Hello. Welcome to "Tech Talk". I'm your host -- Caitlin Owens. And today's topic: The iPhone 5 and its plethora of glitches and design flaws. Joining me today are Josh Savage, of C-Net... 

Josh Savage: [ smugly ] Thanks for having me!

Caitlin Owens: Adrienne Terzoli, from Wired Magazine...

Adrienne Terzoli: [ haughtily ] Hi!

Caitlin Owens: And Dennis Metcalf, from Gizmodo.

Dennis Metcalf: [ frog-voiced ] It's great to be here.

Caitlin Owens: Great! Josh, we'll start with
 you. What are your complaints about the iPhone 5? 

Josh Savage: Well, Caitlin, everyone knows that Apple Maps has been a total disaster... and since there's no Google Maps app yet, I've been forced to use Google Maps in mybrowser... which is significantly

Caitlin Owens: Ugh! What a NIGHTMARE! Adrienne?

Adrienne Terzoli: I'm just upset about the
 camera. Every time I point it straight at the sun, there's a very slight, purplish hue in all of my photos! What is that?! 

Caitlin Owens: Exactly! It's... unacceptable! Dennis?

Dennis Metcalf: Well, the bottom line is... it's just too light. I mean, I know we asked for a phone that was lighter and thinner, but... this is ridiculous! I mean, I feel like I'm holding three pieces of paper that are stapled together -- not a Smartphone!

Caitlin Owens: Wow... that must be
 so hard to deal with. 

Dennis Metcalf: It's a real struggle. I mean, whoever
 built these iPhones, I don't know what they were thinking! 

Caitlin Owens: Let's
 ask them. Joining us now are three peasant laborers from the factory in China where these iPhones were manufactured. 

Dennis Metcalf: [ his eyes grow wide ] Say

Caitlin Owens: Please welcome Mashu Quin, Li Hai, and Shu Chow. [ the frowning peasants are revealed ] Thanks for joining us.

Shu Chow: Hi.

Mashu Quin: good to see you.

Li Hai: This should be fun.

Dennis Metcalf: Can I leave?

Caitlin Owens: No, you may not!

Josh Savage: Can we withdraw all our earlier complaints?

Caitlin Owens: Absolutely not, this is a trap! So, Mr. Chow -- Josh here was just complaining about... Apple Maps.

Josh Savage: [ worried ] Uh -- uh -- uh, it wasn't really a

Shu Chow: Ohhhhh. Talk about
 Apple Map. It won't work, right? It take you to wrong place? You want Starbuck, it take you to Dunkin Donut? That must be... so hard for you! 

Li Hai: Oh, yeah. You want Macy, it take you to J.C. Penney? Ohhhh! How you deal with that?

Mashu Quin: Oh! I guess we just
 lucky, you know, we don't need map. You know, because we sleep where we work? Yeah, but thank you for pointing out problem. 

Josh Savage: I-I-I-I'm so sorry... I'm so sorry.

Caitlin Owens: And you guys were complaining a lot about the
 apps, right? That they were loading too slow? 

Josh Savage: Oh, no...

Dennis Metcalf: No, no, no...

Adrienne Terzoli: They're

Shu Chow: Uh-oh! Your apps run too
 slow? You can't play Angry Bird? Yeah, I have an angry bird, too -- a chicken in a factory tried to steal my LUNCH! 

Li Hai: Ohhh, Twitter run too
 slow? You can't read Kardashian tweet about handbag? Mybrother have handbag, too -- he lose hand, keep it in BAG until he can afford to re-attach!

Adrienne Terzoli: We didn't mean to offend you. There were just some bugs with the new phone.

Shu Chow: Oh! You upset with bug? They're too many bug in phone, yeah? I sleep in communal bunk bed with HUNDRED stranger! Lice are BEST bug I get! Lice are BEST!

Caitlin Owens: Here's a quote from your web site, Josh!

Josh Savage: Oh, please don't read that! please don't read that!

Caitlin Owens: It says: "I can't believe I waited six hours in lnie for this piece of crap."

Shu Chow: Oh! Oh, you wait in line for
 six hours! That sounds tough! One time, she wait in line twenty-one days for a baby forumla! 

Mashu Quin: You know, food to feed

Shu Chow: So very similar, yes!

Dennis Metcalf: Look, we're sorry, okay? It's just, the iPhone 4 seemed to work better?

Shu Chow: Hey, you know what? We are being unfair. There are legitimate problem with new iPhone. So, go ahead -- make complaint.

Dennis Metcalf: You sure?

Shu Chow: Sure! Go ahead! We all

Dennis Metcalf: Okay, um... well... the
 casing scratches very easily... 

[ suddenly, Li Hai is playing a sad lament on a skinny violin ]

Shu Chow: Do you mind? Li Hai going to play sad Chinese violin from New York subway while you complain... and Mashu Quin going to perform traditional sarcastic dance. [ Mashu Quin stands to perform her dance ] Go ahead!

Dennis Metcalf: [ ashamed ] Uh -- You know what? Uh -- I think I'd rather just stay quiet.

Shu Chow: That's a good idea, Einstein! Okay, we're done shaming him now.

Caitlin Owens: And, finally -- would you guys like to complain about an

Mashu Quin: Hmm...

Li Hai: Oh, that's good question...

Shu Chow: Let's see... what does America make? Let's see... does
 diabetes count as aproduct? If not, we have to get back to you. 

Caitlin Owens: Alright, let's take a break! When we return, more humiliation on... "Tech Talk"!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

How your library speaks volumes of you. Dare check!

What a job? Yet, I am not a librarian! Any gueses?
" Great books are weighed and measured                       by their style  

and matter and not by the
trimmings and shadings of their grammer."      

"Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience:

 this is the ideal life."

======== Transitions ==============

Alicia Martín created “Dislexia” 

Organising my library:  

Never take the fun out of studying 
because that is where the learning begins!

I see the sea, you see.

In any case, do not worry, 

The wallpaper is changed every five years"


paper pasted in strips over the walls of a room 

to provide a decorative or textured surface.