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Sunday, September 03, 2006


I don't know what to make of this site actually. Does anyone have any advice as to how to properly navigate an engine like this?


The Allen Report

I think I will start reading this more frequently. I like the tone. More than that, I like reading stuff that comes directly from the press core. Getting prepped for my future career is important!



I love the idea of a new design - a new way to put humans in space. I dislike that our innovation has stumbled into the realm of relying on past innovation with new technology. When we consider the new model are we forgetting some important factors? Like why the design was sicontinued to begin with? How having different companies designing the craft caused problems? Why do they blow off the three Apollo 1 astronaut deaths just because they weren't in the air? No one has yet to say how these new crafts will land. They don't say what kind of training will be required to fly them. No, they don't mention any of this, because if they told you they were retrograding to the time of parachute splashdowns (highly dangerous) and pilots who could only control their ships with thrusters smaller than your tailpipe you might be disappointed. One of my professors has been talking about seeing evidence of PR in almost everything he reads. Don't think NASA is giving you the whole deal here - they aren't. Oh, and don't imagine the timeline going any faster either. The release of the Lockheed-Martin deal seems perfectly timed to distract American science writers from discussing the European Space Agency's remote lunar landing this week. I wonder if I go into politics if I can change these people a little. Probably not. But then how?


The Myth About Homework

After my adventures in France last year, I definitely saw a distinct difference in the homework atmosphere. On the other hand, those students had a heck of alot more free time during the day and no (school sponsored) extracurricular activities to contend with. However, I disagree with this article because they are interpretting the poll one dimensionally.

Students who score lower and take longer on homework are struggling across the board. It is not because they do more homework that they are scoring lower. They have difficulty (and/or are multi-tasking with their tv, computer, Ipod) so it takes them longer.And how was the survey conducted. If you ask a kid how much time they spent working on their homework it is likely exaggerated. Also, they'll include the time they spent doodling, answering their phones, and otherwise procrastinating as study time. When you arrive at your university (which you'll be getting into because you did less homework and got higher test scores {insane amounts of sarcasm here}) they won't rearrange your schedule for you.They opened with "nagging" and the summer reading that didn't get done. You know, I bet your kid wouldn't be struggling if you insisted they keep up with their work. Oh, and just because you can't grasp your seventh grader's vocabulary list doesn't mean that one day they won't grow up and have a job that might require some semblance of brainpower. Encourage them to read from a young age and they will probably do it for FUN - and you can stop nagging.Oh yeah, you could also just try sitting down with them and working with them too. Or would that interrupt your "serendipity"?