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A penny saved is a penny. [Aug. 24th, 2005|01:03 pm]
The American Caliban
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  1. The "Trump Blog" is well worth reading. Today's entry is from the Donald's "Chief Learning Officer", who has a ten point plan for reforming higher education that made me so happy I had to do the mambo with the cat for a while. Special points for using the phrase "just in time", although #10 is really the best after you've read the first 9.

  2. I remembered today how much I liked Borges' Library of Babel.

  3. Here, have lots and lots of mushroom cloud pictures.

  4. Since the Japanese have concreted over their entire nation with pork-barrel corruption construction projects, it's time for the natural progression to blowing cash on a useless new Concorde.

  5. In smaller, more insidious aircraft news, they're making evil animatronic birds to spy on us.

  6. ¡Cuidado! ¡Hay llamas!

  7. Mulder, watch out! ROGUE SQUIRREL!
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[User Picture]From: torgo_x
2005-08-24 08:52 pm (UTC)
Today's entry is from the Donald's "Chief Learning Officer",

Oh my god, it's Roger Schank! He was a bigwig/wingnut at Northwestern when I was there. Read about his horrors here, by the Robot Wisdom guy, who used to work for Schank.

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From: cordiloquy
2005-08-24 10:46 pm (UTC)
That Borges story just about broke my brain the first time I read it a few years back. In the best possible way. Thanks for posting that, didn't know it was online.
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[User Picture]From: screed
2005-08-24 11:26 pm (UTC)
Who says its a Camberwell Carrot?
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From: cordiloquy
2005-08-25 05:19 am (UTC)
I do. I invented it in Camberwell, and it looks like a carrot.

(God, I love that movie.)
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From: threepunchstuff
2005-08-24 11:24 pm (UTC)
Hey Harvard's great FUN and all, but don't you crave something a bit more serious? Well, pull up a patio chair and fire up that five year-old Packard Bell, it's time to get your learn on!
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2005-08-25 10:07 am (UTC)

The universitaries are lacking in perspiration and sticktutivity

The one that broke me was his assertion that you get to graduate if you amass a certain number of credits. WOULD THAT THIS WERE TRUE!
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-08-25 04:20 pm (UTC)

yikes!

so according to donald, we could make the university a vocational training experience. maybe corporations could determine if an individual has become proficient in class x and can determine if s/he passes the class. too bad for critical thinking and discourse, maybe we could give no child left behind tests to determine if the university professor is worthy.
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