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Posted by sprague on January 31, 2011

Beijing subway line 2 at 9am rush hour, practically empty. Wish everyone had cars so it could be like this every day!

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Posted by sprague on January 20, 2011

the solution for monetizing content – give a large percentage of it away for free like you guys do, and (if you are sufficiently alluring) your loyal readers won’t be able to resist a purchase when it becomes available.

I wonder if that would work for an outfit like the New York Times. Pretty sure it wouldn’t for The Economist – they have good stuff but they have it in such volume no normal person could consume it all anyway (used to subscribe, but it is expensive, and I had to throw most of it away unread – I’d gladly pay, say $20/year to get the best 20% of it, print or online, but $100/year is a bit stiff for something you read only for a small share of your amusement @via Jens Fiederer

http://www.marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2011/01/the-great-stagnation.html

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Posted by sprague on January 15, 2011

Nothing beats Real American food (Taken with instagram)

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Posted by sprague on January 9, 2011

My snapshot photos don’t do justice to the incredible sights at the Harbin Ice and Snow World.  Imagine huge buildings and castles, constructed entirely of ice and brightly lit with color lights.

Reminds me of Disneyland…

Harbin

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Posted by sprague on January 4, 2011

I prefer true but imperfect knowledge, even if it leaves much indetermined and unpredictable, to a pretence of exact knowledge that is likely to be false.

http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economics/laureates/1974/hayek-lecture.html

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Cliff Mass Weather Blog: Common Core Math Standards: Worse for Our Kids and Millions of Dollars Wasted?

Posted by sprague on January 3, 2011

Cliff Mass Weather Blog: Common Core Math Standards: Worse for Our Kids and Millions of Dollars Wasted?: ” CLIFF MASS WEATHER BLOG THIS BLOG PROVIDES MY LATEST FORECAST OR COMMENTS ON CURRENT WEATHER OR OTHER TOPICS SATURDAY, JANUARY 1, 2011

Common Core Math Standards: Worse for Our Kids and Millions of Dollars Wasted?

A major decision is going to be made by this legislature—one that will profoundly affect math education in our state and one that could cost the state tens or hundreds of millions of dollars at at a time when budgets are extraordinarily tight. This decision is flying under the radar of most of the media and many politicians.

The decision? Should Washington State adopt the new ‘national’ Common Core math standards produced by the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, giving up our new and highly enhanced math standards adopted in 2008.

This is important, so stay with me.

A little history first. As described in numerous media reports and national studies, the performance of U.S. students in math is lagging that of students in ma”

(Via .)

Cliff Mass Weather Blog: Common Core Math Standards: Worse for Our Kids and Millions of Dollars Wasted?

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How to search and quote from books online

Posted by sprague on January 3, 2011

Neat trick using Google Books to search for a phrase and then quote it.

From a snippet in the WSJ China Real Time Report, referencing an important scholarly book about science in ancient China.

According a historical digest called “Science & Civilisation in China,”

The original book by Joseph Needham (that guy featured in the excellent The Man Who Loved China), is available for limited preview on Google Books.  You can’t download it to read offline, but when you’re just searching and discussing a snippet from the text, who cares?

Yeah, I know you smart people do this all the time, but I just figured it out and thought it was cool. What other interesting ways is the internet transforming how we learn and republish information?

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