"Young-adult author John Green has done an amazing job mobilizing a generation of readers and writers through his “nerdfighter” campaign. Kids from all around the country shout from the rooftops that they love to read and learn and make art. One day Mr. Green will undoubtedly win a MacArthur Fellowship, or something similar, for the groundbreaking online community he’s created (as well as for his fiction). But not every kid is able to own his or her creativity in this way. In many working-class neighborhoods, the “nerdfighter” label just isn’t gonna fly. Self preservation won’t allow for it. I’m sensitive to this because it’s the way I grew up, too."
The bear was an important cult animal in Finnish paganism. The pre-Christian Finns believed the bear to have come from the stars and that it had the ability to reincarnate. After a successful bear hunt, a celebration called karhunpeijaiset (literally “celebration of the bear”) was arranged in honour of the slain bear. The purpose of the ceremony was to placate the bear and to convince its soul that it was greatly respected by the people. The bear was so feared that some of the songs sung during the ceremony were meant to convince the bear it hadn’t been slain by the hunters, rather that it had killed itself by accident.
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tiny puppies on tiny couches !
"Tiny Puppies on Tiny Couches" — why? BECAUSE, that’s why.
The fact that they are gently but helplessly falling OFF the couches further illustrates the double-nature of “cuteness” that several languages/cultures recognize (ie, “kawaii” in Japanese meaning both cute and pitiful).
The device currently takes the form of a handheld cylinder, which can be connected to the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth. Through the Ophone app on their handset, users can select and arrange the smells they want to send into their own personal “symphony” — which could start with a hint of caramel and slowly segue into an espresso aroma. The Ophone is capable of creating 320 different smells, and at the moment it is being trialled with coffee smells that actually deliver a small amount of caffeine when inhaled by the user. After the fragrant message has been composed, the data is sent to the recipient’s Ophone device via their smartphone and they can take in their friend’s personalized aroma.
This is a really funny video where Jordan and Chris Fairbanks eat the world’s hottest pepper and then flip the fuck out. I talked to Jordan not long after this was shot: all of this is 1000% real. Including his suffering. Especially his suffering.
Closing the achievement gap, reaching all learners and improving scores are the stated goals of most businesses, but in Reilly’s description of a powerful learning experience, technology is not a necessity. Rather it’s about how learning is framed, how tools are used and whether the student’s passions are at the center of the learning process. “We wonder why the kids aren’t prepared for college,” he said. “We’re not creating the right experiences.”
Reilly was also candid that not all his experiences with technology in the classroom have been positive. “We paid enormous amounts of money for a Student Information System, but unfortunately we need to customize,” Reilly said. Businesses want to sell their products to schools, offer basic customer service for a time and move on.
But Reilly says schools’ needs evolve and they need flexibility from ed-tech partners. In fact, the best experience he’s had with technology in his school was when his friend built him exactly what he needed from scratch. Unfortunately, that model is not scalable for any business hoping to survive and compete."