The Big Think

September 30, 2013

Shut Down

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 10:06 pm

Sometimes I think Washington’s greatest fear is that the government will shut down and most people won’t notice. 🙂


Filed under: Education — jasony @ 9:52 pm

TaxProf Blog: Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results:

“It’s time to revive old-fashioned education. Not just traditional but old-fashioned in the sense that so many of us knew as kids, with strict discipline and unyielding demands. Because here’s the thing: It works. … Studies have now shown, among other things, the benefits of moderate childhood stress; how praise kills kids’ self-esteem; and why grit is a better predictor of success than SAT scores.”


Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 9:35 pm

Chaffee County rockslide kills five family members – The Denver Post

My old stomping grounds. Agnes Vaille falls is a popular side hike right on the slopes of Mt. Princeton. Sorry to hear about this.

The First Step Toward Solving a Problem

Filed under: Movies — jasony @ 4:47 pm


“So when CraveOnline cornered J.J. Abrams on the red carpet for the Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray release party, we had to ask him… What’s up with those lens flares? His answer may be the most surprising thing he’s done in years. He apologized.

‘I know I get a lot of grief for that,’ says Abrams. ‘But I’ll tell you, there are times when I’m working on a shot, I think, ‘Oh this would be really cool… with a lens flare.’ But I know it’s too much, and I apologize. I’m so aware of it now. I was showing my wife an early cut of Star Trek Into Darkness and there was this one scene where she was literally like, ‘I just can’t see what’s going on. I don’t understand what that is.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I went too nuts on this.” ‘This is how stupid it was,’ J.J. Abrams added. ‘I actually had to use ILM [Industrial Light & Magic] to remove lens flare in a couple of shots, which is, I know, moronic. But I think admitting you’re an addict is the first step towards recovery.'”



Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 10:19 am

“Treasury Secretary Lew says the U.S. will run out of money in three weeks. I’m no financial wizard, but at $16 trillion in debt, didn’t we run out of money $16 trillion ago?”

Jay Leno

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