The current shutdown in Washington is limiting the access that scholars and researchers have to vital materials. To that end, we have opened up access for the next two weeks to three of our online resources: Oxford Reference, American National Biography Online, and the US Census…
“This is more than just a tablet. It’s a complete learning solution organized around the school day,” said Stephen Smyth, president of Amplify’s Access division, which produces the tablet. “We believe it’s both more affordable and more impactful than just about any…
“Scientists have another name for failure: data. Expecting that your first stab at a big project will succeed is not only unrealistic, but a bit lazy. We should consider ourselves “tinkering scientists” on our quest to create, with each failure just another data point.”—
The role that the computer can play most strongly has little to do with information. It is to give children a greater sense of empowerment, of being able to do more than they could do before. But too often, I see the computer being used to lead the child step by step through…
A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.
“The human mind is capable of being excited without the application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this, and who does not further know, that one being is elevated above another, in proportion as he possesses this capability. It has therefore appeared to me, that to endeavour to produce or enlarge this capability is one of the best services in which, at any period, a Writer can be engaged; but this service, excellent at all times, is especially so at the present day. For a multitude of causes, unknown to former times, are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and, unfitting it for all voluntary exertion, to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor. The most effective of these causes are the great national events which are daily taking place, and the increasing accumulation of men in cities, where the uniformity of their occupations produces a craving for extraordinary incident, which the rapid communication of intelligence hourly gratifies. To this tendency of life and manners the literature and theatrical exhibitions of the country have conformed themselves.”—The folly of sensationalism: William Wordsworth on the news … in 1798. (via explore-blog)
A great article in Saturday’s National Journal – called Design and Conquer in the print edition and The Art of Techhology online – supports RISD’s efforts to focus national attention on the value of art and design to innovation and the economy.
People who never confront challenge and frustration, who never acquire new styles of learning, and who never face failure squarely may in the end become impoverished humans. They may become forever stuck with who they are now, never growing and transforming, because they…
In the traditional conception of school, the learner was invoked as a docile individual who turned up to school to be instructed in a core canon of curricular content and codes of behavioral conduct. Now, in our digital times, the learner is being reimagined as a more active,…
I don’t believe in market research. I don’t believe in marketing the way it’s done in America. The American way of marketing is to answer to the wants of the customer instead of answering to the needs of the customer. The purpose of marketing should be to find needs — not to find wants.
People do not know what they want. They barely know what they need, but they definitely do not know what they want. They’re conditioned by the limited imagination of what is possible. … Most of the time, focus groups are built on the pressure of ignorance.
Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. I think a lot of what people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.
Say yes to everything. I have a lot of trouble saying no, to an pathological degree — whether to projects or to interviews or to friends. As a result, I attempt a lot and even if most of it fails, I’ve still done something.
Assume nobody else has any idea what they’re doing either. A lot of people refuse to try something because they feel they don’t know enough about it or they assume other people must have already tried everything they could have thought of. Well, few people really have any idea how to do things right and even fewer are to try new things, so usually if you give your best shot at something you’ll do pretty well.
Some of you may remember the fundraiser I did this past summer for my 30th birthday. Well, I need your help again. The Queens Galley needs your help.
The Queens Galley is a soup kitchen/food pantry located in Kingston, NY. But it’s so much more than that. The QG is the only organization in the region that serves three meals per day. They operate on the philosophy that people have inherent worth, regardless of economic status. Their meals are restaurant-quality in order to provide patrons with much-needed nutrition, and to help them maintain some semblance of normalcy, and integrity. They believe that people experiencing poverty and food insecurity are going through enough without having to prove their need. Since they don’t require proof of poverty, the Queens Galley is ineligible for federal funding, and must rely solely on volunteer donations.
Mounting maintenance costs paired with the impact of Hurricane Sandy on this region (and many of our usual donors) have taken their toll, and the Queens Galley is left floundering. Thanks to a very generous donor, they’re able to maintain operations through December, but they’ve had to cut back, halting their breakfast program for the first time in 10 years. The Queens Galley has 7 staff members on payroll (mostly FT cooks who serve the hundreds of people who walk through the doors each day). Two weeks ago, they were unable to make payroll, and they’ll likely have to cut staff hours after Thanksgiving.
Most of the expenses are due to the maintenance and upkeep of the facility which houses The Queens Galley. The site consists of four large, old buildings, in desperate need of weatherization and wiring upgrades. The Queens Galley is in the process of trying to buy the building, but they still need $60,000 to secure a down payment by the end of this year. If they’re able to purchase the building, they’ll be eligible to receive additional grant money. In addition, there are several contractors willing to donate the materials and labor for the required renovations that will help to significantly reduce the overall cost of operations.
If the Queens Galley can’t come up with the necessary funding, they may have to close their doors for good, leaving Hudson Valley residents without a valuable resource that is desperately needed.
I’m heartbroken over this. In a time of personal need, The Queens Galley helped me to maintain my physical and mental health, nurturing my body and spirit. When you’re downtrodden, it’s rare that you get the reassurance from another that yes, you are a human being, and yes, you are worth more than a bowl of cold “slop” in a dim church basement.
I don’t want to think about what will happen if the Queens Galley is forced to close. I don’t have the means to save them all by myself, so I’m asking for your help. Please, fellow Tumblr-ers, this is more important to me than anything. If any of you can help…even if you give just $1…you’ll be my personal heroes.Information on how to donate can be found here.