Arguing With a Leftist

The writing bug is starting to bite again, so you may see some new content here, including (eventually) a mega-überpost I started back in October of last year, but for now just this little piece.A few days ago someone at Quora tagged me with the question:If both conservatives and liberals love USA, why there are such hostility and lack of trust towards each others?I left an answer, but someone else left this one:As a former Right turned Left, I assure you all there are smart and well educated pe...
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800 Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts Are Now Online: Browse & Download Them Courtesy of the British Library and Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel The Buried Giant begins with an immersive depiction of what it might have been like to live in a European village during the middle ages. Or what it might feel like for us moderns, at least. The couple at the center of the story spends several pages fretting over the loss of a candle, their only one. Without it, their nights are pitch black. In the day, they wander in a fog, unable to remember anything. Though the cause of this turns out to be dark magic, one can’t help t...
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LAUSD community, family remember Michelle King’s ‘poise and grace’

Teary tributes and stirring song rang through the cavernous hall of Trinity Baptist Church Friday morning as loved ones and colleagues reflected on Michelle King’s life as a compassionate leader devoted to public education in Los Angeles. King, who worked from student aide to superintendent of the nation’s second largest district, died on Feb. 2 at age 57 following a years-long battle with cancer. Hundreds attended the memorial service, which was also live-streamed on the district’s website. It ...
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Start Learning HTML and CSS With This Ultimate Guide

There are so many ways to learn web development, your problem might be how to choose a starting point. The design site CSS-Tricks has their own guide for learning HTML and CSS—but they’ve compiled plenty of alternatives into a wide-ranging but approachable list.Read more...
Tags: Learn To Code, Education, Web Development, Web Design, Css, Coding, Html, Lifehacks, CSS Tricks

The Soar kit teaches tech to kids the right way

The future generation won’t look at VR headsets and controllers the same way we do. For us, the generation that used pens, pencils, notebooks, and blackboards, VR headsets and future-tech aren’t as easily accepted and integrated into our lives as they are with younger generations. The Soar ensures that this tech is introduced at a young age, in the right manner, to children. Rather than playing with an iPad or a VR headset first, the Soar ensures their first interaction is a positive learning ex...
Tags: Design, Education, Vr, Product Design, Soar, AR / VR, Red Dot Awards: Design Concept, Red Dot Concept 2018, Choi Jaewan

Standardized tests: Finland’s education system vs. the U.S.

Imperial China developed the first standardized tests for bureaucratic hopefuls.Finland has all but done away with standardized tests, and its education system remains one of the best in the world.The United States relies heavily on these tests and scores lower than Finland in academic rigor, yet provides a more balanced educational system for boys and girls, as well as immigrantsImperial China developed the world's first standardized tests. During the country's Tang dynasty, bureaucratic hopefu...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Florida, Texas, Education, California, China, Singapore, New York City, Society, Policy, Teaching, United States, Testing, Innovation, Finland

When Fred Rogers and Francois Clemmons Broke Down Race Barriers on a Historic Episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1969)

Last year’s Fred Rogers documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, propelled François Clemmons—better known to generations of Mister Rogers Neighborhood viewers as Officer Clemmons—back into the international spotlight. One of the most striking anecdotes in the doc concerns a 1969 episode in which Mister Rogers, who was white, invited Officer Clemmons, who is black, to join him in soaking his bare feet in a backyard baby pool on a hot summer’s day. It was one of those giant leaps for ma...
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Climate strike: UK school pupils take part in call for urgent action

Former UN climate chief says it is time to ‘heed voice of youth’ as thousands join protest Thousands of schoolchildren and young people in the UK are taking part in climate strikes with the support of a former UN climate chief, who said it was “time to heed the deeply moving voice of youth”.Christiana Figueres, who led the historic 2015 Paris agreement, said the fact that children were so worried about their future they were prepared to strike should make adults take urgent action. Continue read...
Tags: UK, Protest, Education, Children, Climate Change, Environment, Society, UK News, World news, Paris, Schools, Un, Environmental Activism, Christiana Figueres

Lucille Ball Demos a Precursor to Peter Frampton’s “Talk Box” (1939)

Decades before Peter Frampton made the Talk Box come alive on songs like "Do You Feel Like We Do" and "Show Me the Way," another legend, Lucille Ball, experimented with its forerunner, the Sonovox. Invented by Gilbert Wright in 1939, the Sonovox "used speakers pressed into [a performer's] throat to produce mechanical talking sounds." And the sounds could then be modulated by the tongue and lips.  Above, in a 1939 newsreel clip called "Machine Made Voices!," Ball puts the Sonovox on displ...
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Watch the Trailers for Tolkien and Catch-22, Two New Literary Films

For decades, fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings wondered if the books could ever become a film. The Beatles and John Boorman both tried to get adaptations off the ground in the 1960s and 70s, and animator Ralph Bakshi came up with his own cinematic interpretation, if only a partial one, in 1978. But now we live in a world rich with Lord of the Rings and Lord of the Rings-related material on film, thanks to the efforts of director Peter Jackson and his collaborators on not jus...
Tags: Google, Television, Film, College, France, Literature, Finland, George Clooney, Joseph Heller, Mike Nichols, Hulu, Seoul, Peter Jackson, Middle Earth, Tolkien, Ralph Bakshi

'The beginning of great change': Greta Thunberg hails school climate strikes

The 16-year-old’s lone protest last summer has morphed into a powerful global movement challenging politicians to actGreta Thunberg is hopeful the student climate strike on Friday can bring about positive change, as young people in more and more countries join the protest movement she started last summer as a lone campaigner outside the Swedish parliament. Related: Teenage activist takes School Strikes 4 Climate Action to Davos Continue reading...
Tags: Sweden, Protest, Students, Education, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, Schools, Thunberg, Greta Thunberg, Climate Action to Davos Continue

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