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[liveblog] Ed tech hackathon
March 29th, 2017, 08:42 AM

I’m at an education technology hackathon — “Shaping the Future” — put on by MindCET, an ed tech accelerator created by the Center for Educational Technology in Israel. MindCET’s headquarters are in Yeruham in the Negev, a small-ish town that’s been growing as tech companies migrate there. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting […]

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How a little bit of data ruined my morning run
March 25th, 2017, 08:42 AM

Since I was 21 years old, I’ve gone through long stretches where I have “run” outside for exercise — in quotation marks because I am passed by people who are running so slowly that I feel bad for them until I remember that they passed me. I’ve gone years running infrequently, and then other years […]

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Four-pound fountain pen?
March 21st, 2017, 08:42 AM

I’m thinking that this Lamy 2000 pen on Amazon isn’t really a one-inch cube… …that weighs 4.2lbs.

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How a thirteen-year-old interprets what's been given
March 18th, 2017, 08:42 AM

“Of course what I’ve just said may not be right,” concluded the thirteen year old girl, “but what’s important is to engage in the interpretation and to participate in the discussion that has been going on for thousands of years.” So said the bas mitzvah girl at an orthodox Jewish synagogue this afternoon. She is […]

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The wheels on the watch
March 12th, 2017, 08:42 AM

1. This is an awesome immersion in craft knowledge. 2. It is incomprehensible without that craft knowledge. 3. It is mesmerizing, in part because of its incomprehensibility. 4. The tools — many of which he makes for this task — are as beautiful as their results. 5. How much we must have loved clocks to […]

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[liveblog] Five global challenges and the role of the university
February 28th, 2017, 08:42 AM

Juan Carlos De Martin is giving a lunchtime talk called “Five global challenges and the role of the university,” with Charles Nesson. These are two of my favorite people. Juan Carlos is here to talk about his new book (in Italian), Università Futura – Tra Democrazia e Bit. Charlie introduces Juan Carlos by describing his […]

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The Keynesian Marketplace of Ideas
February 18th, 2017, 08:42 AM

Can we apply Keynesian economic theory to the Internet's marketplace of ideas, as Tim Hwang suggests? The fit is imperfect, but it is a helpful way to think about the conversations that shape ideas.

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Ricky Gervais's "Life on the Road": Review
February 13th, 2017, 08:42 AM

[NO SPOILERS YET] Ricky Gervais’ new TV movie, Life on the Road, now on Netflix, suffers from the sort of mortifying errors committed by its protagonist, David Brent, the manager of The Office with whom the movie catches us up. [TINY SPOILERS THAT WON’T SPOIL ANYTHING] The movie is amusing in some of the main […]

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How to fix the WordFence wordfence-waf.php problem
February 1st, 2017, 08:42 AM

My site has been down while I’ve tried to figure out (i.e., google someone else’s solution) to a crash caused by WordFence, an excellent utility that, ironically, protects your WordPress blog from various maladies. The problem is severe: Users of your blog see naught but an error message of this form: Fatal error: Unknown: Failed […]

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Trump's conspirators
January 23rd, 2017, 08:42 AM

For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have bore the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed. So said Pres. Trump in his inaugural address, identifying the perpetrators […]

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