Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
“This is as good a computer as you had a few years ago,” said Google’s co-founder Larry Page, who along with the company’s other co-founder, Sergey Brin, arrived on roller blades at the New York stage where the companies held a news conference.
Google has invested tens of millions of dollars in developing the Android operating software and is giving it away for free to cellphone makers and carriers. The company hopes that many companies will build phones based on Android."
Ever wonder what Maria Montessori had to say about adolescent education in high school and middle school? Well I seriously have. Here's an article about it. From what I can gather, she believed that farm manual labor and apprenticeship were they way to go for those tweens and teens. Interesting.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
My coworker at the florist I work at has been talking a lot about the benefits of raw milk lately. She is not a raw foodist, but subscribes to traditional food magazines is really interested in making a lot of her and her husband's food in order to cut out the preservatives often found in store-bought food.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I got a speeding ticket last week for going 23 miles over the speed limit. It was on a highway (44 and Kingshighway for St. Louisans) where the speed limit was 55 and everyone was going 70. I was going 78. Whatever, I deserved it, but I was late for work.
Friday, September 12, 2008
I saw Vampire weekend at the Pageant on Wednesday night and it was one of the most delightful concerts I have ever been to. The lead singer hopped about the stage on his tip-toes and had the skinniest legs in the skinniest of skinny jeans. The band was adorable.
Most of the middle school girls I know are reading Twilight, the book about hot vampires who fall in love with mortals, the one that was made into a movie with that obnoxious skinny chick from Into the Wild.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
So I've been reading in the past couple months about how in the future cloud computing will be a reality and instead of our hardware (laptops, operating systems, etc.) being important, the Internet browser will be. In the NYtimes article "Browsers Are a Battleground Once Again" talks about the competition between the browsers and the improvements in technology now that people are thinking in more of a cloud-computing direction.
"An example of this in an educational setting is an exam. Students prefer living in a state of equilibrium. However, once the professor announces that an exam will occur in the class next week, the student suddenly develops anxiety and fear. This disequilibrium is only resolved by reading, studying, and memorizing the material that serves as the basis of for the exam. In this example, the disequilibrium facilitates learngin by serving as a motivating influence for study."
from my text book for my Educational Foundations class, Christian Education by Michael J. Anthony
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Lily Allen in a Rolling Stone interview, May 2007
Monday, September 8, 2008
It's weird in a social-dynamic way who wishes you happy birthday on facebook. It is never the people you talk to on a regular basis. It is only the "guy who dated my best friend in high school" or the "youth group kid" or the "girl from the group project in college" or "girl I've been meaning to hang out with now that I moved back to St. Louis" or the "friend of a friend who I always thought was cool." All whom I speak to once every three months, at the most.
After discussing it with my roommates, I think I will take these birthday wishes as compliments. They saw my name on the side of the facebook home page, thought "Oh, I liked her" and wrote me a note.
These people are below the level of friendship where I would say "um, you didn't call me??" and above the level of friendship where I would say "who are you??" The happy medium level of "Oh! I like you!" It's nice to know.
My roommate had some high school kids over from youth group the other night and after dinner we sat down to watch a movie in our awkwardly-elongated living room. Picking movies is always kind of a struggle with youth group kids, as you know that they've all watched NC-17 movies with their friends but you have to keep it to the PG-13 movies because you're affiliated with a church.
We decided on "Casino Royale" (which I own, I love James Bond with a burning passion) because it had the least amount of sex scenes that we could remember. However, as we were watching it, I noticed with new eyes that the movie was quite violent. Why is sex so much more of an issue than violence in movies?
While in New York City with missionary kids this past July, I was talking to a kid named Marc who grew up in Madrid. He was talking about the movie "Monster House" and how it tanked in Spain because of their rating system. Violence is rated a lot more harshly than in America, and it turned out that only 15+ year olds could get into this "kids" movie.
Assuming that we are (and I believe that we are) affected by what we see, I would assume that parents see sex as a more imminent threat to their kids than violence. AK-47s are not readily available to 15 year old upper-middle class preppy kids, while their girlfriends' bodies are. At least I think that this is the logic. However, I think that both watching sex on TV and watching violence on TV make us think of people as objects, either way. And that is nothing to be encouraged either.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
(source) - not the wedding
I helped set up for my first wedding with my new job at a florist this past Saturday. The reception was to be held at the home, and tents were set up on the property. The home was in Ladue, which is one of the more ritzy parts of St. Louis, left over from the 1900s when St. Louis' economy was booming. The house reminded me of the houses in Jane Austen novels, complete with servants' staircases, a small kitchen, and dining rooms with mural painted walls. I hadn't been in this close of proximity to this much wealth in a long time.
As I am sorting through my education at Mizzou, and piecing it into my daily life, I can't help but think of the emphasis that was put on the cultural power of class differences, and how true it really is. In Freakonomics (I think, or the Tipping Point), they talked about how really the only consistent indicator of how well a child will do in school is how educated their parents were. The parents show the child what to appreciate, what is valuable to learn about, etc.
All of the children in this family had attended a wealthy prep school in Ladue and went to Amherst in Massachusetts for college. Wow. Looking around their house, you could see the differences that class makes. Books on Winslow Homer were within easy reach in the drawing room. A book called "Test Your Cultural Literacy" was toilet reading. Really.
And I don't believe that any of that was posturing. The Bride was one of the most intelligent and collected people that I've interacted with in a long time. And it was her wedding day. She knew exactly what was supposed to go where and dealt with everyone with courtesy and kindness. She was inhuman.
I've been dealing with the emotional effects of having little to no extra money lately. I think I'm making it out to be a lot harder than it actually is, but I think there's a reason that the Bible mentions money being a popular idol. What constitutes having a good life?
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I watched Gossip Girl with my roommates last night, saving my dignity by making fun of it the whole time, inserting lines, belittling the characters, etc. But the whole day at work today I kept on thinking about the characters, what their back stories were. I'm in trouble.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
So I started my new job today at a florist and it seems to be more of a fit. They're very very laid back there and I have always wanted to have a broad knowledge of flowers and plants. My grandma would always be able to tell you what kind of plant was what and if it liked the sun or shade. Amazing. Here are my two faves so far:
Cherry Brandy Rose - call me corny but this is my favorite type of Rose. It looks neon, like it is lit up from inside.
Coxcomb - like a velvet coral/brain, but pretty.
I'm definitely into the more sculptural flowers and plants - most of the ones I have around the house are succulents (kind of like cacti - you only have to water them every other week). My favorite is my String of Pearls cactus.