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  1. Feb 2019
    1. Pol was taught to swear and screamed curse words at his funeral. The African Grey had to be ejected from the funeral ceremony when he started cursing in both English and Spanish, all learned from the president!

      Seems like Jackson had the last laugh!

  2. Jan 2019
    1. “I see. You’ve been starting at AAAAAAA... and working up to ZZZZZZZZ....” “Exactly — though we use a special alphabet of our own. Modifying the electromatic typewriters to deal with this is, of course, trivial. A rather more interesting problem is that of devising suitable circuits to eliminate ridiculous combinations. For example, no letter must occur more than three times in succession.” “Three? Surely you mean two.” “Three is correct: I am afraid it would take too long to explain why, even if you understood our language.”

      Andrew Oakley actually wrote a Javascript program to do exactly what the monk was asking Dr. Wagner on the day that Arthur C. Clarke died (March 19, 2008). The site of course has a disclaimer if you decide to run the program to completion: "USE OF THIS PROGRAM IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. I WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY LIABILITY FOR THE CONSEQUENCES SHOULD YOU ALLOW THIS PROGRAM TO RUN TO COMPLETION." See: http://www.aoakley.com/articles/2008-03-19.php

  3. Nov 2018
    1. The Deck

      A powerful framework for breaking down acquisition, engagement and growth metrics. This will allow you to understand the feedback loops and reinforcing systems that can help predict a companies trajectory.

  4. Mar 2018
    1. MUST conform to the OSLC Core Guidelines for JSON
      1. normative reference
      2. I think it should be MUST support JSON-LD and
      3. SHOULD support deprecated JSON (https://www.w3.org/TR/rdf-json/)
    2. OSLC Core Guidelines for XML

      Normative reference?

    3. integration use cases documented by the OSLC-RM workgroup

      normative reference?

    4. Requirements Management

      I think Requirements Management as a discipline includes more things. How about The RM specification...

    5. The specification is modified to build on the [OSLCCore3] Specification.

      compatibility: "is modified"... What is that supposed to mean? Is 2.1 RM provider a fully compliant 2.0 RM provider? Vice versa?

    6. ??

      what are the substaintial changes in 2.1-WD01 compared to 2.0?

    7. Working Draft 01

      is it possible to tag the origina commit on Git with rm2.1-wd01 or something similar, please?

    8. RESTful web services interface

      Is the domain a RESTful interface?

  5. Jan 2018
    1. Our fellow citizens, too, who in proportion to their love of liberty keep a steady eye upon the means of sustaining it, do not require to be reminded of the duty they owe to themselves to remedy all essential defects in so vital a part of their system. While they are sensible that every evil attendant upon its operation is not necessarily indicative of a bad organization, but may proceed from temporary causes, yet the habitual presence, or even a single instance, of evils which can be clearly traced to an organic defect will not, I trust, be over-looked through a too scrupulous veneration for the work of their ancestors. The Constitution was an experiment committed to the virtue and intelligence of the great mass of our country-men, in whose ranks the framers of it themselves were to perform the part of patriotic observation and scrutiny, and if they have passed from the stage of existence with an increased confidence in its general adaptation to our condition we should learn from authority so high the duty of fortifying the points in it which time proves to be exposed rather than be deterred from approaching them by the suggestions of fear or the dictates of misplaced reverence.

      Jackson's argument for amending the Constitution. What's important to him (or anyone): the end goal (in this case, changing the VP election law) or the supporting logic (the Founders understood their imperfection and so provided ways to rectify structural problems).

  6. Aug 2016
  7. Jul 2016
    1. . Sensual objects exist for real objects, namely, me, or some other perceiver. So I’ve got the caricature of the table and the caricature of the chair, those caricatures have no relation to each other. They have relation only for me, because my experience unifies both of them. So the real is always the bridge for the two sensuals; the sensual is always the bridge for the two reals. And that’s what we try to analyse in Object-Oriented Philosophy

      Cole's problem is that this is Kant.

    1. This principle is, I will show, a convenient fiction in this new work, enabling the philosopher to hear the call of things and to speak to and for them, despite the new rule that we cannot think of objects as being-for-us and must reject older philosophies smacking of "presence" and traditional ontology or ontotheology

      So this is the leap. But what about work like this?

      "Answers to this question are beginning to emerge from an area of work I see as connected to rhetorical ecologies, the study of object-oriented ontologies (OOO), led by Graham Harman, Levi Bryant, and Ian Bogost. Bogost’s self-described “elevator pitch” for this area of inquiry reads as the following:

      Ontology is the philosophical study of existence. Object-oriented ontology (“OOO” for short) puts things at the center of this study. Its proponents contend that nothing has special status, but that everything exists equally–plumbers, cotton, bonobos, DVD players, and sandstone, for example. In contemporary thought, things are usually taken either as the aggregation of ever smaller bits (scientific naturalism) or as constructions of human behavior and society (social relativism). OOO steers a path between the two, drawing attention to things at all scales (from atoms to alpacas, bits to blinis), and pondering their nature and relations with one another as much with ourselves. (bogost.com)

      There’s much more to this area, of course, no surprise given its relationship to Heidegger’s work, but this statement makes the case for a focus on things, just as theories of rhetoric as ecological inform my research methods. While OOO rejects the disproportionate historical focus of study on all things human, often referred to as correlationism, focusing on objects does not mean dismissing human-based studies so much as looking with equal rigor at all the innumerable phenomena that populate the world. This is a question of balance, as becomes clear with Bogost’s call in the last phrase of his blurb to consider objects in their “relations with one another as much with ourselves” (emphasis mine). As those concerned with activism—i.e., action mostly on behalf of people—our anthropocentrism will never recede so very much, but work like that of rhetorical ecologies and OOO opens space for us to consider the existence, movement, and effects of objects in new ways. Hence, my claim that adapted flags might do a kind of activist work on their own. From this angle, any flag objects than trigger thoughts or actions on behalf of D.C.’s disadvantaged would be doing the work of activism."

    1. Ontology is the philosophical study of existence. Object-oriented ontology (“OOO” for short) puts things at the center of this study. Its proponents contend that nothing has special status, but that everything exists equally–plumbers, cotton, bonobos, DVD players, and sandstone, for example. In contemporary thought, things are usually taken either as the aggregation of ever smaller bits (scientific naturalism) or as constructions of human behavior and society (social relativism). OOO steers a path between the two, drawing attention to things at all scales (from atoms to alpacas, bits to blinis), and pondering their nature and relations with one another as much with ourselves. (bogost.com)

      For a critique of ANT and OOO, see Andrew Cole's, "Those Obscure Objects of Desire" and "The Call of Things: A Critique of Object Oriented Ontologies."

  8. May 2016
  9. Apr 2016
    1. Logos principle

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    2. This principle is, I will show, a convenient fiction in this new work, enabling the philosopher to hear the call of things and to speak to and for them, despite the new rule that we cannot think of objects as being-for-us and must reject older philosophies smacking of “presence” and traditional ontology or ontotheology.

      The heart of the critique.

    3. according to the new line of thinking, objects should be recognized for their indifference to us, for the sorts of things they do behind our backs, and for the ways in which they “are” behind appear-ances
  10. Mar 2016
    1. Ensures that vital information is provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessments that measure students' progress toward those high standards.

      Naturally, not every student is capable of reaching those high standards but, ability based grouping will help those students reach those standards.

  11. Feb 2016
    1. When students are grouped by ability, then collaborative work becomes important because this type of learning environment is heavily dependent on team work.

      This prevents the one or two "smart" students in the group from doing all the work because all the students are on the same academic level.

    2. Students can move at their own pace: When students are grouped together based on skill level, the pressure is lessened of when the topic must be covered.

      This is probably the most apparent benefit to ability based grouping.

    1. Between-class grouping - a school's practice of separating students into different classes, courses, or course sequences (curricular tracks) based on their academic achievement

      This is how i envision the education system should look.

    2. Within-class grouping - a teacher's practice of putting students of similar ability into small groups usually for reading or math instruction
    3. Proponents of ability grouping say that the practice allows teachers to tailor the pace and content of instruction much better to students' needs and, thus, improve student achievement.
  12. Dec 2015
    1. While localvorism sounds superb in theory, it is proving quite difficult in practice. To begin with, there are dozens of different definitions as to what local is,

      Localvores want to put their movement into action but there is a flaw because people have different definitions for what local is

    1. Lean finely textured beef is safe, asserts Al Almanza, administrator of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

      even though it is just the scrap meat, 'pink slime' is still safe to eat.

    2. Considered by the beef industry to be an impressive innovation, lean finely textured beef is made from the remnant scraps of cattle carcasses that were once deemed too fatty to go into human food.

      The textured beef is made of just scraps and waste that was not going to be put into food.

  13. Nov 2015
    1. Consumers increasingly are seeking out the flavors of fresh, vine-ripened foods grown on local farms rather than those trucked to supermarkets from faraway lands.

      American consumers interest in locally grown food is growing.

    2. 75% of their organic certification costs reimbursed, and some of them can obtain crop insurance.

      More funding is being poured in to small time farming for speciality crops. Speciality crop are grown during locavore movements.

    3. $2.3 billion was set aside this year for specialty crops, such as the eggplants, strawberries, or salad greens that are grown by exactly these small, mostly organic farmers. That’s a big bump-up from the $100 million that was earmarked for such things in the previous legislation.

      Funding for speciality crops grown by small time farmers has increased very much from 100 million to 2.3 billion dollars which is due to the widespread idea of locavore movements.

    4. Bush has threatened to veto the bill, but it passed with enough votes to sustain an override.

      Benefits of locavore movements is catching the Governments attention.

    5. the number of small farms has increased 20% in the past six years, to 1.2 million, according to the Agriculture Dept. . . .

      Farming is starting to become more of an profession.