Monthly Archives April 2009

More on education

Image via Wikipedia I wrote earlier about whether universities have a future, a subject I’m obviously interested in as a I work in one. After writing that entry, I came across these quotes from the Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises on the subject of education and schooling: It is often asserted that the poor man’s […]

Drowning in Walden Pond

Image via Wikipedia Not all are thrown into a state of awe on reading Thoreau. I haven’t read him (yet), and after reading this, am not inspired to raise him on my to do list. it turns out to be an album of pseudo-sophisticated claptrap; a merciless collection of false profundity and Puritanism. Thoreau’s ignorance […]

No swine flu in Japan yet, but universities have already reacted… with panic!

Image via Wikipedia Completely unpredictably, out of the blue … from the ever watchful Japan Probe. I recommend the following guides: Brett Kelly’s “Evernote Essentials”, Dan Gold’s $5 guides to Getting Everything Done with Evernote and Springpad, and DocumentSnap Solutions’ Paperless Document Organization Guides. Be sure to try DocumentSnap’s free email course on going paperless […]

A little knowledge…

Cover via Amazon Meltdown author Thomas Woods Jr writes a long but informed and informative take-down of a Huffington Post article by Thom Hartmann on the economic crisis. Woods is one smart cookie, and he starts off with an honest admission: After eight years of watching conservatives blow trillions of dollars and comport themselves like […]

The end of universities

Image via Wikipedia Been finding a few articles on the end of universities recently. 1) Universities will be “irrelevant” by 2020, says professor. This doesn’t say much that is new (“institutions that do not adapt will will out to those that do”), and I’m still waiting for all these universities to go belly-up and for […]

More is less

Image by Getty Images via Daylife Coupla articles on a related subject: 1) The painful truth about trainers: are running shoes a waste of money? Then there’s the secretive Tarahumara tribe, the best long-distance runners in the world. These are a people who live in basic conditions in Mexico, often in caves without running water, […]

Outsourcing2.0dea

Image via Wikipedia The Doctor Recommends this Onion News story about outsourcing. Great idea. I recommend the following guides: Brett Kelly’s “Evernote Essentials”, Dan Gold’s $5 guides to Getting Everything Done with Evernote and Springpad, and DocumentSnap Solutions’ Paperless Document Organization Guides. Be sure to try DocumentSnap’s free email course on going paperless first before […]

Copyright and Scanlators

Image via Wikipedia Japan Today has an article about a new move by a Japanese publisher to try to forestall the plauge of “illegal replicas”: Shogakukan Inc, in a rare move as a Japanese publisher, has started to allow people in the United States to read English versions of ‘‘manga’’ comic stories on the Internet […]

Phun with Philosophy

(mouse-tip to Recent Reflection for the link) Hurry! YouTube may not last much longer! And speaking of youtube and philosophy, check out this clever one on the history of Western philosophy, set to a catchy tune. I recommend the following guides: Brett Kelly’s “Evernote Essentials”, Dan Gold’s $5 guides to Getting Everything Done with Evernote […]

Teaching in Japan: the Way of the Dragon

Image via Wikipedia The scene: a highschool gym which also serves as assembly hall. The hall is filled with rowdy students.  A stranger takes the podium. No-one pays him the slightest attention. He stands there gazing around at the chattering students. “Why don’t you say something?” asks a girl at the front, “you peed in […]