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Post-Mortem Analysis of the Feminism Debate, Part III

[Update 2017.10 – This series has gotten a lot of attention lately. It appears that it’s become an ancillary part of another discussion on a discussion forum. Welcome! I encourage you to read the followup to this series, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forums, for an epilogue to the discussion.] This is the final article in …

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Post-Mortem Analysis of the Feminism Debate, Part II

This is the second in a 3-part series on an analysis of the Feminism Debate between Sargon of Akkad and Dr. Kristi Winters on April 30, 2016. This was a formal debate between two prominent YouTube personalities and tackled the highly-emotional topic in a structured and formal fashion. In the first part, we gave a short overview of the debate …

Common Core Math: So Clever It’s Incorrect

A few months back I came across an example of a Common Core math problem that really set me off. I mean, it actually offended me. This was the key question for a 6-year-old’s math exam:   (If you’ve never seen this problem before, feel free to try to work it out before reading the Answer after the “read more” link …

Alcohol and the Tech Industry

An article on Alcohol and the Tech Industry, written by Kara Sowles, came through my twitter stream today, followed by a few enthusiastic virtual thumbs up. I’ve written before about the Tech industry and inappropriate behavior (often as a result of overindulgence of alcohol), and I don’t have any problems with the suggestions Ms. Sowles makes about how to improve the …

Thought for the Day: John Stuart Mill

“All that has been said of the importance of individuality of character, and diversity in opinions and modes of conduct, involves, as of the same unspeakable importance, diversity of education. A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another: and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the …

Quote of the Day – Frederick Douglass

“Everybody has asked the question. . .”What shall we do with the Negro?” I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are wormeaten at the …

Shaking Hands with Steve Wozniak

Meeting Steve Wozniak at the Flash Memory Summit, 2014, asking for taking a picture with him, and some of his advice and life lessons (video).

You Do Good Work

There is something I’ve been struggling with lately, trying to deal with some major issues of the pressure that comes naturally to a workaholic in high-stress environments. You may have been too; in fact a friend of yours may have sent you a link to this blog for one very important reason that you may have missed somewhere along the …

Please…

It’s the text message that you never want to get at 3 a.m. “Dad is in the hospital. They have ruled out a stroke. They think it’s an atypical seizure but are waiting for results to find out. Right now he’s unconscious but they are waiting to move him to the ICU.” You may never want to get it, but …

Thought for the Day, From Cicero

“Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the ‘new, wonderful good society’ which shall now be Rome, interpreted to mean …

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Welcome to the Participation Ribbon Generation

I can’t even begin to express how much this troubles me. I saw this infographic last week and tried my best to put it out of my head, just one of the many emotional gut-grabbing ideas about “believe in yourself” stuff that gets a zillion ‘likes’ and ultimately winds up doing far more damage than good. This is the result …