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Notes from 2017 – Time to save Big Bird again!

Last week, the New York Times reported on administration plans to cut popular domestic programs, including funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The move would save $500 million a year, about 0.016% of the federal budget. Said Heritage Foundation … Continue reading

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Part-time penury

Between 1981 and 1984, I worked as a part time instructor at a community college in northern California.  Like most part-timers, I dreamed of the tenure track.  I was lucky.  At one point during a faculty meeting, I looked at … Continue reading

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Big news for online education

In mathematics, an inflection point is the place on a curve where the curvature changes from concave upward (positive) to concave downward (negative) or vice versa. Andy Grove, former Intel CEO, gave the term a new relevance.  In his management … Continue reading

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MIT Open Courseware

Open: characterized by ready accessibility and usually generous attitude: as (1) : generous in giving  – Webster’s Online Dictionary “The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.” – Dick K.P. … Continue reading

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Weekend Video: The Real Meaning of Life

Originally posted on Life Out of the Box:
Here’s a great video that we found by one of our favorite philosophers Alan Watts. We’ve shared another video of his in the past, What Do I Desire, because his philosophy on…

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The Dalai Lama on Hope

Here is a message we desperately need in these times – perhaps in all times.  From His Holiness, the Dalai Lama’s keynote address for Tulane University’s 2013 commencement, May 18, in the Superdome in New Orleans.

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The best graduation speech, ever.

It’s that time of year.  I seldom pay much attention to graduation speeches.  I can’t remember anything said at my own, nor do any quotes come to mind from celebrities whose commencement addresses get soundbytes played on the news every … Continue reading

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Belated reflections on the Academy Awards

By now, everyone who cares has read accounts of the event – the winners and losers, the fashions, and the host.  It’s tempting to add my own $0.02, but that’s not my purpose in writing this.  It would be easy … Continue reading

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