PS... A Column
By Paul E. Schindler Jr.
Some things are impossible to know, but it is impossible to know these things.
I have a day job. So every word of this is my opinion, not that of my employer. This offer IS void in Wisconsin. Except, of course, that some material in this column comes from incoming e-mail; such material is usually reproduced in the Sans Serif type font to distinguish it from the (somewhat) original material.
May 16, 2005 Vol. 7, No. 19
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Life really is what happens to you while you are making other plans. Rae has returned and will be here until we leave for a family trip to France at the end of June; then she will spend the summer in a program in Montpellier France. She taught all of us in this family never to say we are "killing time." At worst, we are spending time. Never kill time. It is all we have.
I spent a lot of time this week, in and out of the classroom. Not always wisely, but I spent it. Rae and I saw Sin City (first for her, second for me). I think she'd have preferred her first choice, "A Lot Like Love." I found the movie even more enjoyable the second time; she loathed nearly every minute of it.
One of the students I taught during my student teaching days at Miramonte had a special presentation of a term project; I was honored to be mentioned and honored to attend.
I am still worried about the person I am becoming in class, who isn't someone I like. But maybe the third year of teaching will be better still.
A Retiring Teacher
Kent Peterman was never retiring in the classroom, that's for sure. But after 40 years of teaching, he's moving to a new phase of his life. In keeping with his personality, he took a moment to congratulate his fellow teachers in his farewell column in the district newsletter. I don't teach in Lafayette, but I think he means me, and by extension, all of us who hear the noble calling:
Our teachers are the best. You are dedicated, innovative, and caring. You make the magic happen 180 days a year in your classrooms. And you toil for low pay. You work hours and hours outside of class. You deal with parents who you wish would move to Mars and you do it with grace and style. You work with children who are easier to work with. You work with children who require the patience of Job, children who try your patience in every possible way. And yet you come back day after day to make a difference in their lives. It may not seem like it now, but they appreciate you and they'll remember you and what you did for them.
He's right. It may not seem like it now. But I have faith. Without it, I couldn't teach.
We saw a clear display of his gross contempt for maintaining the national security of the United States. George Bush appeared driving a foreign car one-handed accompanied by a former intelligence officer of a foreign espionage service in a picture on the front page of The New York Times on Monday, May 9, 2005.
Our children will provide the next generation(s) of fighters necessary to continue the invasion of Iraq. To the extent they are killed or injured (or kill or injure others) in traffic accidents while driving one-handed, George Bush will share some of the responsibility.
Bush undercut our economic security. As Defense Secretary Charlie Wilson once said: "What's good for General Motors is good for America." GM is having financial difficulties, it's bonds were just downgraded to junk bond status and along comes George Bush driving a foreign car. How anti-American can, how un-American, how unpatriotic can you get?
Finally, many brave covert American intelligence officers gave their lives in battle with the KGB so George Bush could live in freedom along with his daughters who have not yet enlisted to fight in Iraq. How does he show his gratitude? By taking a joyride in a foreign car with an ex-KGB officer (Vladimir Putin) who was part of an organization dedicated to murdering Americans and destroying our way of life and our democracy.
Craig Reynolds' Technobriefs
Broadcast Flag struck down, but not out: the news broke as Technobriefs was being written last week, I hoped to do an update over the weekend but life intervened. So permit me a little post mortem celebration: ding dong the wicked Broadcast Flag is dead! (Court yanks down FCC's broadcast flag, Appeals court tosses FCC's broadcast flag rule, May 6, 2005: Stop the Clock!, V-TV Day: We Won the Broadcast Flag Fight!, Why striking down the broadcast flag was important). But don't feel bad for the media barons, days after the federal appeals court threw out their previous unlawful attempt to dumb-down our technology to prop up their profits: MPAA Shopping Draft Broadcast Flag Legislation. Write your reps in Congress, don't let them get away with it!
Weekly Google update: Fortune carried an in depth article on how Google's relentless innovation is making the OS irrelevant. This is good news for most of us, but really bad news if your whole corporation is based on anti-competitive abuse of your OS monopoly:Why Google Scares Bill Gates. Despite its stature, Google was laid low by a humble DNS glitch: Google blackout linked to Internet infrastructure. Dan Gillmor notes that Google is now aggregating the movie critics, for example, thith.
Like a battery out of hell: as our lives become increasingly battery powered, advances in battery design are as sought after as they are infrequent. Here are two recent bright spots. For everyday use thePanasonic Oxyride battery will be in stores next month: Can a New Disposable Battery Change Your Life? Parts of It, Maybe. For more esoteric applications in the future, there is always the "nuclear option": New 'Nuclear Battery' Runs 10 Years, 10 Times More Powerful, while fuel cells continue to be "just over the horizon": For Fuel Cell Innovation, the Tank is Half Full.
Technobits:Adware Called Too Cozy With Spyware --- Senators again ignore privacy, federalism and approve Real ID Act 100-0 --- Next-generation gaming consoles to dominate E3 show --- 'Tags' ease sifting of digital data --- 10 Emerging Technologies --- A virtual world with peer-to-peer style (similar things were said about Spore at GDC by Will Wright) --- US robot builds copies of itself --- Free Online Graph Paper as PDFs, see also.
Techno-journalist wanted, Dan Grobstein File
Are you a technology journalist looking for a job? CNet needs a new reporter in D.C.: Job opening: Technology-politics reporter in Washington, DC [Politech]
Dan Grobstein File
Tom Tomorrow with a great comment on the Bush Presidency in This Modern World.
Pass your drug test with the Whizzinator.
New York Times
The Perfect Storm That Could Drown the Economy
By DANIEL GROSS
The forces propelling and buffeting the economy are like a series of weather systems. Could they be setting the conditions for a perfect storm?
How Do Japanese Dump Trash? Let Us Count the Myriad Ways
By NORIMITSU ONISHI
In a drive to reduce waste and increase recycling, Japan is raising the number of trash categories to dizzying heights.
Geneticists Link Modern Humans to Single Band Out of Africa
By NICHOLAS WADE
A team of geneticists believe they have shed light on many aspects of how modern humans emigrated from Africa by analyzing the DNA of the original inhabitants of Malaysia.
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