March 28, 2007

Banning Legos


... At Hilltop, however, the teachers strive to make them different. “We recognized that children are political beings, actively shaping their social and political understandings of ownership and economic equity,” write Pelo and Pelojoaquin. “We agreed that we want to take part in shaping the children’s understandings from a perspective of social justice. So we decided to take the Legos out of the classroom.”

More fun here.

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March 24, 2007

Makeovers For Dead Authours

Austen 'too ugly' for book cover

Jane Austen's 'makeover' for the new book cover Novelist Jane Austen has been given a makeover for the cover of a book about her life after publishers decided an original image of her was unattractive.

"She was not much of a looker," said Helen Trayler, managing director of publisher Wordsworth Editions.


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March 20, 2007

The Offical Word

From 28 March to 11 April, M. D. Benoit will be going on a virtual book tour to promote her upcoming alternate reality novel, Synergy. During that period, ten people will host her on their blog for one day. There will be discussions on the book, Synergy, its themes, characters, interviews with the author, reviews of the book, etc.

Every day, on her own blog, Life's Weirder than Fiction, she will announce where she will be that day, as well as talk a bit about her host.

Synergy's Virtual Book Tour will culminate with a Virtual Book Launch, on 14-15 April. M. D. can be contacted at mdbenoit (at) gmail (dot) com.

And it happens here on April 5, 2007

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March 19, 2007

Cinemas of the Future

.... In the near future, you can expect restaurant-quality meals made with ventless cooking equipment; interactive concession signs and lightning-swift mobile-phone service allowing customers to reserve seats and pay for tickets.

The whole article here.

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Orion and Orkney

I have a real love of Orkney and actually got to visit there once. One of the best websites for the islands is Orkneyjar. I hadn't been to the website in a while, so was browsing what's new, and came across this article: On earth as it is in heaven - was Orion linked to Orkney's Neolithic heartland?

Fascinating stuff -- and Orion is my favourite constellation!

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300

We went to visit friends this weekend. and one of the things we did was go see 300 yesterday. Awesome movie! We all really enjoyed it, even if we did have the urge to shout 'I want nachos!!!' at the snackbar.

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March 16, 2007

Virtual Book Tour

This blog is going to be a stop on the virtual book tour for M. D. Benoit's new novel 'Synergy'.

The date is April 5, 2007, and the authour will be here on the blog that day to discuss her book and themes relating to it. She'll also be answering your questions in the comments. I'll post more details closer to the date.

You can find out more about the book here.

I've never participated in something like this before, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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'True Thermopylaes '

Haven't seen '300' yet, but this was a really good preview/reveiw.

The story behind Frank Miller's '300.'

I will be seeing it this weekend though.

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March 14, 2007

'At World's End'

Some nice stills to be seen here from POTC:AWE.

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March 12, 2007

In Support of Our Troops

Let's Say Thanks

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The Universe Does Have A Sense of Humour!

Seen at the Corner:

MINNEAPOLIS - A North Pole expedition meant to bring attention to global warming was called off after one of the explorers got frostbite.
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March 9, 2007

Because Lasers Are Cool

Laser Guided Asteroids

A team of scientists and engineers at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) are conducting research that could one day save humanity from asteroids threatening Earth.

UAH Laser Science and Engineering Group (LSEG), headed by Dr. Richard Fork, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is conducting research into characterizing and deflecting asteroids that may endanger Earth.

It sounds like science fiction, but Fork, who has a doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and more than 40 years of experience working with lasers, said someday it could be possible to locate a laser in space or on the moon to look at the properties of asteroids and perhaps alter their trajectories away from Earth.

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March 8, 2007

Take A Look At The Chart

Europe Lags As U.S. Races Ahead

It's an interesting article over all, but go down to the bottom and look at the chart. The 'long-term joblessness' number is astounding.

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March 7, 2007

Even Al Jazeera?

Found this article over at some-day-soling's.

Even Al Jazeera Sees Improvement in Baghdad Situation

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Stupid

We let hundreds of thousands of illegals pour across our borders, but if you're trying to get here legally?

The US currently limits visas for skilled foreign workers to 65,000 a year, while the number of green cards, required for permanent resident status is limited to 140,000 a year.

The whole thing here.

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March 6, 2007

Eco-Sex

Okay, now I've heard everything.

"Green" sex for Canadians.

(And no, I don't think it has anything to do with Kermit)

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Drek

So they sold the Russian release rights to Highlander: The Source separately, and the movie has been released on DVD there. Which you can buy and have shipped to you here. Yes, I've seen it. And hard to imagine, but it's worse than Endgame! The one, and only one, redeeming feature was lots of Methos in this one. Otherwise, it's worse than those B movies that the SciFi Channel makes and airs. What a waste. I expected it to be bad, but this surpassed even my lowest expectations.

Supposedly, they're still editing it for a North American/UK release. Though one wonders why they're even bothering.

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