On Your Street Probably Smells Like Semen Right Now—But It Might Not Next Spring

@My Number Is My Address Or old Korean ladies, who apparently like to harvest them and make some medicine or something out of them. When I lived in Bethesda they'd go around on the street and pick them, which somewhat cut down on the amount of nasty fruit the ended up on the ground. (By "somewhat", I mean there was still enough left on the ground to stink up your shoes.)

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm 0

On Venture Capital's Massive, Terrible Idea For The Future Of College

@synchronia I do like that idea. I actually had a class kind of like that last year, where the teacher made a bunch of videos demonstrating the software we were working with for us to watch, and we met 2 hours a week to have discussion and do supervised exercises in class. It worked pretty well.

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 12:18 am 0

On Venture Capital's Massive, Terrible Idea For The Future Of College

@Sunny Schomaker Yeah, some people don't have access to technology but might have access to a university. They'd be better served by the university.

But some people do have access to technology, but don't have access to a university education, because of money or time or location or other barriers. MOOCs have the potentiol to help them.

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 12:11 am 0

On Venture Capital's Massive, Terrible Idea For The Future Of College

This is pertinent to me, since I'm currently taking a Udacity programming course. I agree whole-heartedly that it's not the same or as good as taking a course in person, for many of the reasons mentioned in this article. I don't think the format of it would work for a more advanced-level class, or really much outside of math/tech fields.

However, that being said, it's leaps and bounds ahead of any online course I've ever taken from an accredited college.

I took another programming class last semester online from Local State University, and I spent $600 to buy a textbook and do exercises out of it that were graded by some adjunct professor I never met. There was no instruction, no audio/visual or interactive portion of the class, and no feedback on my work other than "A - Good job!".

So far, the Udacity course has been much more engaging and interactive. And free, which is nice.

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 11:59 pm 1

On My Misbegotten Historical Romance

@questingbeast Out of curiousity, do British PhDs involve teaching 2 or 3 classes a semester at the university in addition to research and coursework?

Posted on November 4, 2012 at 10:36 am 0

On A Guide to the Spooky Scary Secret Monsters of Every State

Awesome, I love this.

But for Maryland - you should've gone with the Snallygaster, which is a blood-sucking dragon. Its mortal enemy is a wolf-man called the Dewayo. Allegedly the Snallygaster was destroyed during Prohibition when some federal agents caught it in a still and blew it up.

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 8:12 pm 0

On Maurice Sendak And His Editor Ursula Nordstrom: A Cautionary Tale

Oh, how cool! Maurice Sendak holds a place near and dear to my childhood, but I'd never heard of Ursula Nordstrom.

Though I'm a little surprised you mentioned a song about alligators and didn't mention the Carol King song version of Alligators All Around! (Which of course, is now stuck in my head.) She did a whole album based on Sendak's work.

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 12:51 am 0

On The Cost Of Being A Kid In A Classic Adventure Novel

Oh wow, these bring back memories. My Side of the Mountain was one of my favorite books as a kid - I probably read it a dozen times. I actually ran away once to try to live in the woods a couple miles from my house! Fortunately I'd made a map and left it at home and my mom came and got me after a few hours, lol.

Posted on September 13, 2012 at 1:14 am 0

On Long Live The Working-Class Hunk

@Bittersweet Hell yeah. I've been saying since May that this needs to be a thing. You can just tell they're an awesome team.

Though I'll admit I only had eyes for Scarlett in that duo. Renner's cute, but I've had a thing for tough redheads with guns since my preteen crush on Dana Scully in the 90s. *sigh*

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm 0

On Literally The Worst Word On The Planet

@ejcsanfran AGH that is the worst thing ever, and one of my biggest pet peeves. "He was literally torn apart by grief" - what, really? I don't think so!

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm 0