The Big Think

July 30, 2010

Publish or Perish

Filed under: Education — jasony @ 1:43 pm

“many of the publications are too long. A book on Virginia Woolf could be a 30-page article. Somebody did a count of how many publications had been written on Virginia Woolf in the past 15 years. The answer is several thousand. Really? Who needs this? But it’s awfully difficult to say, “Here’s knowledge we don’t need!” It sounds like book burning, doesn’t it? What we’d say is that on the scale of priorities, we find undergraduate teaching to be more important than all the research being done.”

The Atlantic has a good article on the current state of college education.

Name Game

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 1:42 pm

Names that match professions? This one takes the cake.

July 29, 2010

1945-1998

Filed under: Politics,Technology — jasony @ 11:07 pm

A short film that I couldn’t look away from. It gets going around 1958. Don’t miss the end. (h/t Scott)

Casemod

Filed under: Computing,Games — jasony @ 7:20 pm

Holy Warhammer, Batman. What a mod!

Radical

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 6:59 pm

Tarp Surfing.

love the tongue-in-cheek interviews

Red Dead

Filed under: Games — jasony @ 11:59 am

The music of Red Dead Redemption. Brilliant short vid. I’d love to be one of these guys (either playing, recording, or writing). Video has an annoying age check, but it’s worth it.

Looong exposure

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 10:44 am

The longest exposure in photography history. How long? You won’t believe it. I’m practicing my teasers. :)

July 28, 2010

Just a Little Dangerous

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 9:29 pm

Flamethrower vs. Fire Extinguisher. In super slow motion.

Golden Age

Filed under: Music — jasony @ 10:25 am

Several of the arguments against the period-instrument movement had bite. They reflect the skepticism regarding the possibility of knowing the past that dominates today’s universities and that gets used (improperly) to justify junking the study of history, philology, and literary tradition. The proponents of period performance heard and considered these sophisticated objections. Then something wonderful happened. They responded, in essence: “Yeah, whatever.” They tweaked their rhetoric, junked the term “authenticity” and anything else that sounded too authoritarian—and went right on doing what they had been doing all along. That is because their hunger for the past—for discovering how the musicians at the Esterházy palace interpreted crescendi or how much vibrato a cellist performing Bach’s cello suites in the 1720s would have used—was so great that no amount of hermeneutical skepticism could extinguish it.

Classical music’s golden age is… now. (h/t Barry)

007

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 10:16 am

Modern technology is making spying much harder.

Your New Health Care System

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 9:51 am

Cheaper and more efficient, I’m sure.

Paradise Recovered

Filed under: Movies — jasony @ 9:44 am

Congrats to my cast and crew friends on Paradise Recovered as they see it in the world premiere on the big screen! Wish I could be there!

July 27, 2010

20sd +1 Maker

Filed under: Maker — jasony @ 7:59 pm

Happy birthday to Gary Gygax.

July 26, 2010

America’s Ruling Class

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 9:29 pm

What is sure to become an important touchstone of modern politics, Angelo M. Codevilla’s seminal article should be must-reading for every American.

Flugtaggers

Filed under: Humor and Fun,Maker — jasony @ 10:27 am

A world record Flugtag flight. Full video of crazy splashdowns/wipeouts here. There’s still hope for our litigious society if this kind of thing can still happen. Go St. Paul!

July 25, 2010

Coming Soon: Tab Candy

Filed under: Computing — jasony @ 8:53 pm

Tab Candy for Firefox. This looks like a great addition. I really need this (I currently have about 30 tabs open)

Curses, Foiled Again!

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 8:48 pm

Gustavus Adolphus College science professor Scott Bur left for a week’s vacation this summer and, when he returned, he discovered his shiny new office. Real shiny. Really, really shiny.

None of his stuff was new, of course, but everything — literally everything — had been covered in shiny tin foil.

full story.

July 23, 2010

What Every Geek Needs

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 10:43 pm

Giant cardboard robot arms!RAAAWR!!!!

July 22, 2010

The Business My Wife Most Wants to Start

Filed under: Business,Humor and Fun — jasony @ 8:49 pm

Happy customers all the time.

July 21, 2010

Trains

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 9:42 am

A train that lays its own tracks. Wow, that’s cool.

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