Friday, January 14

Random

> Karyn Sorenson shared this with me the other day. Such silliness!

Audio of police dispatch after the Tucson shooting. Impressive. ~ BBC

The MIT OpenCourseWare people have figured out that they need to design their courses for independent learners -- rather than for faculty from other institutions. They do have a reputation for being pretty smart. ~ link

Introducing flu resistant chickens -- genetics. ~ Time

Dave Gibbons has launched a sermon series based on Sir Ken Robinson's online video "Changing Education Paradigms" Dave asks, "Could it be that we're captured by the wrong things?"~ link (vimeo)

Even though "the US economy is about three times the size of China’s in nominal terms, and its GDP per capita is roughly 10 times bigger" according to a poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press nearly half of Americans (47%) think China is the world's leading economy. ~ WSJ

The "Immigration Game" from Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's iCivics -- I'm still trying to figure out what I think of this. My first reaction is that it is a bit off -- not quite sure I can put a finger on it. Sometimes I feel the same way about one of my sermons -- just a hair off -- but enough to make it quirky for all but a few of us. ~ link

I'm still working with one of the men from our church in trying to help him get some legal ID. His was stolen and without ID you can't work, rent a motel room, rent an apartment, fly on a plane, enroll in college, or get a bed in many homeless shelters. Most social programs require ID. We've pursued many options and received a lot of good advice. But it looks like this is going to be a long protracted process. The starting point seems to be a birth certificate. But you can't get a birth certificate without some legal ID. One thing we have learned is that this is a really common problem for homeless people.

What happens to all your online content after you die? Probably not much -- which is hard to swallow if you think that this stuff is all that earth-shattering. ~ NY Times

Yet another Arizona immigration bill -- this one also numbered SB 1070. ~ KTAR
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