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Month: January, 2011

Science Fair Project Ideas, Answers, & Tools

by Robinson

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Dynamic Periodic Table

by Robinson

The Internet’s #1 Education Site for K-8 Kids and Teachers

by Robinson

Smugglers get medieval: Pot catapult found at border

by Scott Smith

Drug smugglers trying to get drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border are getting old-school: they’re trying a catapult.

NAEP – 2009 Science: The Nation’s Report Card

by Robinson

Nabokov Theory on Polyommatus Blue Butterflies Is Vindicated

by Robinson

I think that there used to be more hours in the day.

Books we’re recommending – O’Reilly Radar

by Scott Smith

“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones,” said Joseph Joubert. At least that’s what The QI Book of Advanced Banter says, and it was one of the more enjoyable ones I read last year. It is a book of quotations so perhaps it’s not everyone’s cup of tea even though I do believe that reading outside pure technology and business still informs what you do in those spaces. I asked the Radar folks for the best books they read in 2010 and perhaps somewhere in this list of recommendations you’ll find something that tickles your fancy enough to push aside the old books.

Tim O’Reilly

T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets is a masterpiece. I don’t know how I missed it before this year. How can you not love a poem that says things like:

There is, it seems to us,
At best, only a limited value
In the knowledge derived from experience.
The knowledge imposes a pattern, and falsifies,
For the pattern is new in every moment
And every moment is a new and shocking
Valuation of all we have been….
Do not let me hear
Of the wisdom of old men, but rather of their folly,
Their fear of fear and frenzy, their fear of possession,
Of belonging to another, or to others, or to God.
The only wisdom we can hope to acquire
Is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless.

or

So here I am, in the middle way, having had twenty years—
Twenty years largely wasted, the years of l’entre deux guerres
Trying to use words, and every attempt
Is a wholly new start, and a different kind of failure
Because one has only learnt to get the better of words
For the thing one no longer has to say, or the way in which
One is no longer disposed to say it. And so each venture
Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate
With shabby equipment always deteriorating
In the general mess of imprecision of feeling,
Undisciplined squads of emotion. And what there is to conquer
By strength and submission, has already been discovered
Once or twice, or several times, by men whom one cannot hope
To emulate—but there is no competition—
There is only the fight to recover what has been lost
And found and lost again and again: and now, under conditions
That seem unpropitious. But perhaps neither gain nor loss.
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.

Test-Taking Cements Knowledge Better Than Studying, Researchers Say

by Robinson

I have always found this to be true for my own study practices.

Why working at home is both awesome and horrible – The Oatmeal

by Scott Smith

Index of /~greg/stackoverflow/ebooks

by Scott Smith

Index of /~greg/stackoverflow/ebooks