Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth


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15 Geeky College Courses You Won’t Believe Actually Exist. The Tolkien class I’m inheriting is #8. Fall 2014!

“The rich get education and the poor get training,” Carnevale said. “It’s a way of reproducing class. The higher education system is now in cahoots with the economy to reproduce class.” Already, he added, “there are a lot of kids who are not getting a real education any more. They’re getting training.”

Double Majors Produce Dynamic Thinkers, Study Finds. That’s why I majored in both English and Philosophy.

When the Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened 30 years ago this month, something unexpected happened: People started leaving things at the wall. One veteran has spent decades cataloging the letters, mementos, and other artifacts of loss—all 400,000 of them.

The NYPD will arrest you for carrying condoms, but that depends entirely on who you are.

* More in NYPD-related travesties: Women who report domestic violence are exposing themselves to arrest under a new NYPD directive that orders cops to run criminal checks on the accused and the accuser, The Post has learned.

* The Washington Post is shocked, shocked to find money driving decisions in the NCAA.

* Now fourteen adults have been “functionally cured” of HIV.

* Well, there you have it: The Vatican lashed out at what it called a “defamatory” and “anti-clerical left-wing” campaign to discredit Pope Francis over his actions during Argentina’s 1976-1983 military junta, saying no credible accusation had ever stuck against the new pope.

Rob Thomas: I did get an email from Bryan Fuller earlier today saying, ‘Hey, can you jump on the phone with me at some point? I know you’re busy, but I would love to talk to you about how this thing works.’ And I know it was specifically for “Pushing Daisies.”

“Jesus, Grampa, what did you read me this thing for?”

* And in local news: A Wisconsin court has banned a local man from all the libraries on the planet after he was caught openly masturbating inside the Racine Public Library.

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  1. Penultimate link broken (goes to the same thing as final link (unless that was intentional?)).

    Congrats on Geeky Course listing. Sounds like something that’ll be fun. I hope you’ll post your syllabus when the time comes.

    Stephen Frug

    March 15, 2013 at 10:53 am

    • Oh, I will. No congratulations are in order — the distinction is all Tim Machan’s, who originated the course this year.


      March 15, 2013 at 10:54 am

  2. Yeah, like I said a few comments ago — training != education and MOOCs are an example of this culture clash between business and academia, where entrepreneurs and administrators and governments (e.g. the Steinberg bill in CA) want to insert training as a one-to-one substitute for education, not admitting that there even is a difference.. (An example from my field: I am sad that computer science curricula are ditching pedagogical languages like LISP and Pascal in favor of annoying industry standards like Java, since the latter keep going out of style but the former are still great at teaching concepts that apply eternally.)

    Alex Chaffee (@alexch)

    March 15, 2013 at 11:47 am

  3. You didn’t fix the link — penultimate link, same as the last one.

    Stephen Frug

    March 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm

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