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July 17, 2011
Like many Brooklyn parents, I was shocked and deeply saddened by the recent abduction and murder of Leiby Kletzky, an eight-year-old boy who had just been given permission to walk 7 blocks by himself in a close-knit neighborhood that is considered one of the safest in New York City.
July 16, 2011
What’s New at University of Venus - Week Ending 16 July 2011University of Venus Around the Web:
July 15, 2011
One of the challenges that campuses will face if they seriously try to become models for future -- sustainable -- society is that nobody really knows what a sustainable developed society might look like. Oh, we know what it won't look like. And we, each of us, can call out characteristics we think it will exhibit, but there's certainly no consensus -- even among sustainability wonks --around a practicable vision of sustainable society.
July 14, 2011
When I opened the envelope that contained my tenure decision this past February, I wish I could say many incredibly deep thoughts went through my mind. But no, the only thought was, “I wonder if Starbucks is hiring.” Thank goodness I received tenure, because my local coffee shop had no need for another over educated, out of work barista that week.
July 14, 2011
Okay, this is really more Joshua Kim’s territory than mine, but a guy can dream. Some tech developments I’d love to see in the very short term:- A meaningful competitor for Comcast. Locally, my choices for home broadband are Comcast or DSL. Accordingly, Comcast acts like the monopolist that it basically is.
July 14, 2011
"The market for edtech information is broken -- and we'd like to glue the pieces together."This quote comes from the latest edSurge newsletter, a startup that describes itself as " a community watering hole and resource for those of us engaged in the emerging eco-system of education technology."You can (and should) sign-up for the the edSurge newsletter at edsurge.com.7 Reasons Why I'm Excited about edSurge:
July 14, 2011
Even though we all know that discrimination continues to exist in our economy, economists often say that discriminatory actions will lead to market opportunities for competitors, as those competitors hire qualified workers who are eliminated from the hiring pool based on factors unrelated to productivity. The same would apply to firms that refuse to sell products to whole groups of people, as such preferences are “purchased” at the high price of lost revenue.
July 14, 2011
This year's Association of College and University Housing Officers - International (ACUHO-I) Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE) was held in New Orleans, Louisiana. A location that was probably the warmest place I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. Thank goodness for air conditioning and elevated, in-door passageways.
July 14, 2011
The author of the influential book about the sixties, The Making of a Counter Culture: Reflections on the Technocratic Society and its Youthful Oppposition, has died.
July 14, 2011
[I have wonderful students in the course I am teaching this summer! This student has commented on Quero, the project that E.U. brought to counteract the perceived U.S. cultural bias of Google. The project died, which the student notes, with this conclusion: "It must be that the Free Market in the US and the more relaxed regulation better favors innovation and success. It might be that Europe is better at regulating Internet and new Technology but it seems it might be the case that there would not be much to regulate without the innovative market from the US."

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