The Big Think

August 27, 2013

Methuselah

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 9:35 pm

One of the first fruit trees planted in America is still alive and well at age 383 : TreeHugger: “It may be hard to believe, however, but one of America’s earliest settlers is still alive today — and still bearing fruit after 383 years.”

Verb is the Word

Filed under: Space,Technology — jasony @ 8:31 pm

▶ Computer for Apollo

Amazing that they could figure this out with such basic technology.

Just finished watching the whole 30 minute program and I’m stunned at the complexity and audacity of this thing. Hand wrapped memory cores? That’s insane.

Preservatives

Filed under: Foodie,Humor and Fun — jasony @ 8:13 pm

Yummy! World’s oldest Twinkie still looks fresh after 36 years: “…back in 1976 a science teacher from Maine named Roger Bennatti took a student’s leftover Twinkie from lunch and set it on top of the intercom box in his classroom. It sat there undisturbed for the next 28 years”

Q.E.D.

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 4:32 pm

Quantum computers explained.

Thoughts on Education

Filed under: Education — jasony @ 8:02 am

School is a prison — and damaging our kids:

“As a society, we tend to shrug off such findings. We’re not surprised that learning is unpleasant. We think of it as bad-tasting medicine, tough to swallow but good for children in the long run. Some people even think that the very unpleasantness of school is good for children, so they will learn to tolerate unpleasantness, because life after school is unpleasant. Perhaps this sad view of life derives from schooling. Of course, life has its ups and downs, in adulthood and in childhood. But there are plenty of opportunities to learn to tolerate unpleasantness without adding unpleasant schooling to the mix. Research has shown that people of all ages learn best when they are self-motivated, pursuing questions that are their own real questions, and goals that are their own real-life goals. In such conditions, learning is usually joyful.”

Quoth

Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 5:06 am

“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.”

E.B. White

Appropriate this morning.

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