Pardon me for the alliteration and the weak attempt at punning in the title of this post. I could not resist the temptation. But anyhow, the Finnish educational system's successes underlines my convictions about what features define a good system. Here's a report in today's Wall Street Journal, "What Makes Finnish Kids So Smart?". (Hat … Continue reading Finnish Kids Finish First
The Airbus 380 cockpit. Click on the image above to see the amazing 360 degree view (which will open in a new window or tab.) Note the controls at the bottom of the screen which allow you to zoom and tilt the view. (Thanks Yuvaraj for the link.) The last time I sat in the … Continue reading View of the Airbus 380 Cockpit
There appears to be a thriving cottage industry which is primarily engaged in churning out shallow pieces of journalistic garbage. The pieces detail a particular person's or family's struggles and then juxtapose it in some dramatic way with perceived overall prosperity. The implicit argument is that there is an immense injustice being perpetrated against the … Continue reading Reality Disconnect
Religious insanity should be ridiculed as strenuously and as frequently as one can. Here I am talking about the recent demand by the Pastafarians that since their religion forbids the eating of pasta without meatballs, all vegetarian pasta dishes be banned. It offends the Pastafarians that people can even contemplate the eating of pasta without … Continue reading Ridiculing Religious Insanity
A NY Times report by Neela Banerjee refers to a new survey of religious affiliation by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. The report shows, for example, that every religion is losing and gaining members, but that the Roman Catholic Church “has experienced the greatest net losses as a result of affiliation changes.” … Continue reading Religious Affiliation in the US
Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, "This is my own, my native land!" Whose heart hath ne'er within him burned, As home his footsteps he hath turned, From wandering on a foreign strand! If such there breathe, go, mark him well; For him no Minstrel raptures swell; … Continue reading Breathes there the man . . .
This is meta-writing: writing about writing. Ankan wrote: You write extremely well. You have very good ideas, but your posts are a joy to read even when I do not agree completely with the ideas. They say good writing comes as a result of clarity of thought. Is it just that, or can one do … Continue reading On Writing Well