Monthly Archives: June 2005


I have to say, I don’t like it. I suppose whatever we build is going to be a giant bullseye for terrorists, but I just think the original design was a lot more inspired. The first 20 stories are going … Continue reading

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Video games and learning

Every few weeks, a comment pops up on the Cognitive Daily post I wrote back in April. The post reported on a Chilean study indicating some positive results using Game Boys to teach basic reading and math to students in … Continue reading

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Rhetoric versus action

Excuse me if I’ve come a little late to noticing this, but isn’t this latest pattern a bit alarming? -Congress is moving toward approval of a constitutional amendment barring the desecration of the flag -Dick Durbin is criticized and apologizes … Continue reading

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Life as a coffeeshop vagabond

There are just a few types of people who frequent coffee shops from about 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on a weekday. There are the mothers with small children. These women just seem to need to get out of the … Continue reading

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Where I’ve been…

Sorry for my little blogging hiatus last week. Things should be back to normal this week. If you must know, last week I was rendered practically immobile by a horrendous rash, which I’m just now recovering from, thanks to steroids … Continue reading

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NY Times on Paperless Ballots

I know, I know, I’ve mentioned this before, but since the NY Times has an editorial on Paperless Ballots today, I think I’m going to have to go over it one more time. The Times is perfectly correct to point … Continue reading

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A little more on reading

My first full-time job after I dropped out of my first stint in grad school was as an editorial assistant at HarperCollins publishers. My boss was the acquisitions editor for readers for college freshman composition courses: those giant anthologies of … Continue reading

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How much should a writer read?

A few months ago, I played poker with a Famous Author (he was a guest of one of the usual assortment of schleps I play with). He had written a book that Everyone had read, a real Visionary Work of … Continue reading

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The perils of going with the lowest bidder

I’ve just hired a painter to paint our very large house. He gave a very low bid. An almost impossibly low bid. Now I’m beginning to understand why. In less than a week of painting he has already: 1. Asked … Continue reading

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More evidence that I am not completely unproductive

My review of Everything Bad Is Good for You is up over at Conversational Reading.

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What I want to know now is, how can Amazon possibly stay in business?

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