The Big Think

May 17, 2011

Quoth

Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 11:17 pm

“nothing important, or meaningful, or beautiful, or interesting, or great ever came out of imitations. The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.

This is more difficult, because there is no zeitgeist to read, no template to follow, no mask to wear. Set aside what your friends expect, what your parents demand, what your acquaintances require. Set aside the messages this culture sends, through its advertising, its entertainment, its disdain and its disapproval, about how you should behave.”

Great words from an inspiring commencement speech.

Fab-ulous

Filed under: Maker,Technology — jasony @ 10:41 pm

“What’s more important is to show the creators of the famously inflexible and (depending on who you ask) outdated math and science curriculums is that 3-D printers aren’t just fun for the students. Lipson and his fellow 3-D printer pioneers need to show that using these devices quantitatively helps kids learn better. Lipson isn’t aiming at an engineering curriculum to go along with math and science; “I would like to see it integrated into the existing curriculum,” he says.

The possibilities are amazing. “You can teach regular math and science concepts better–surface volume, that kind of thing–if the kids can actually make and see them,” says Lipson. “You could even teach history, by making ancient artifacts.” What Lipson really wants to do is encourage those who often write off math and science by an early age to think twice about ignoring it. “Kids tend to form their opinion about whether they’re good at math or whether they like it by around fourth grade, so we’re putting a lot of effort to try to do this before then,” he says. That’s tricky, because the public school curriculum is focused on basics like reading, writing, and arithmetic at that time, but Lipson sees personal fabrication and all the benefits that come from it as just as important.

“When you design things, a figurine, whatever, and you press a button and you see the thing being made in front of your eyes and you take it home that day, I think there’s something very empowering in that moment,”

Getting 3d printers into the classroom as a teaching tool. Brilliant!

Words are Hard

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 8:38 pm

21 Reasons why English Sucks

#7 is my favorite.

A Modest Proposal

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 8:20 pm

David Brin’s “No-Losers” Tax Simplification Proposal

Interesting idea.

Racing with the Clock

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 8:07 pm

Why New Experiences Are Important, and How They Positively Affect Your Perception of Time – Lifehacker

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