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Enabling the Machine
Over at Slate, Bryce Covert was critical of teachers at Chester Uplands who went to work without pay. Covert was not the only person in the world to make that criticism, and I'm not unsympathetic. Teachers are terrific team players, and that impulse sometim...
Over at Slate, Bryce Covert was critical of teachers at Chester Uplands who went to work without pay. Covert was not the only person in the world to make that criticism, and I'm not unsympathetic. Teachers are terrific team p...
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Cool little piece.
Google debuted a serif-free logo today—the first real change to its logo since 1999. And although it’s much prettier than the 16-year-old wordmark, the company claimed it was more about functionality than looks: The Google logo has become more and more problematic throughout its existence, and it had everything to do with those serifs.
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I love when Google goes on sprees like this. It's almost time for new Nexus phones and other goodies for the fall and winter. New logo, new Nest Thermostat. What else is on its way? 
Introducing Google's new logo. #GoogleDoodle
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Nice upgrade. I'll stick with my 2nd gen, but those of you who don't yet have one, it's worth every penny. 
Just four years ago, before the Nest Learning Thermostat came along, nobody even thought about that beige box on the wall.
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I'm staying with my 2nd gen as well.
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The members of the +National Rifle Association​might as well be accessories to these murders. Certainly the leadership of the NRA is. 
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I am a twenty year veteran public school teacher and recommend that young people stay away from the profession as they will be undervalued and abused by the current system. Until policy changes, it is foolish to become a teacher and irresponsible to encourage others to join the profession.
 
From the Washington Post Answer Sheet: The real reasons behind the U.S. teacher shortage. #TheRealEducationCrisis
'How ironic it would be if the reforms based on the belief that three great teachers in a row are the key to student success, result in students not having certified teachers at all.'
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Almost every time I read +Leo Babauta, I get to work on some aspect of myself. He has a way of gently easing me toward difficult things. This is no different. His description of the situation hit home with me and so too did his ideas for working with it. Lovely stuff. 
By Leo Babauta. One of the most common things I see in people who write to me is something we all share: disappointment in ourselves. We all feel this, because we constantly fail to live up to our standards: We aren't as disciplined as we'd like. We don't stick to habits we're trying to create.
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The comment. And then the responding comment. Priceless.
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Aside from the incendiary headline, the article is very well-informed and makes the case that teaching is largely seen as care-work which has long been the domain of women and that because it's equated with women there is no real need to pay or respect the people doing it. 

Good, good stuff. Very convincing and well done. 
The Chester Upland School District in Pennsylvania is $22 million in the hole and can't currently guarantee teachers that they'll be compensated for their work. Yet teachers are going back to school on Wednesday without paychecks, after their union voted unanimously to work without pay as the year begins. It's happened...
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Favorite line so far: 

"It’s kind of like that scene in Star Wars when the Millennium Falcon makes the jump to light speed. Suddenly you’re thinking, Oh shit, I’m going 99 mph."
 
The Model S P90D, the latest version of Tesla’s sedan, is the best electric car ever made. Our review:
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Good review of an odd album on its anniversary. Got me listening to the old gem again. 
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Probably my favorite album of theirs. Never thought about this year being an anniversary...good grief.
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Writing, changing, running, becoming, teaching and wondering.
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I'm trying to figure out what my writing, running, technology, teaching, and reading have in common. I'll let you know soon as I figure it out. 
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Radford, Virginia - Pawtucket, Rhode Island - Upton, Massachusetts - Troy, NY - Oswego, NY - Manlius, NY - Fayetteville, NY - Potsdam, NY
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Meet the 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat.
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Just four years ago, before the Nest Learning Thermostat came along, nobody even thought about that beige box on the wall.

Six Good Reasons for Parents in NY State to Support the Opt Out Movement
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1.Testing in the state has reached abusive proportions. Third graders in NY take six days of tests that are more time consuming than the LSA

VAM on Trial in NY
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If you don't know Sheri Lederman's name, you should. She's the New York teacher who, with her lawyer husband, dragged VAM into a courtroom t

The Deal With the Hyperloop | Wait But Why
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The path to a Hyperloop future just launched.

Why Elon Musk Doesn't Mind That His Rocket Crashed Into His Robot Boat |...
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All things considered, for the first try, the Falcon could’ve done worse. Technically, Falcon did hit its target—just at the wrong angle, an

The Difficult Route
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My youngest recently asked my wife where dreams come from and my wife told her that dreams are all the thoughts and feelings that we push do

Fixers
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My oldest daughter likes electronic toys. She may have been the first kid in her class with a smartphone, in part because her father likes e

Grand Avenue by Ron Koertge | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
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'Grand Avenue' by Ron Koertge, and the literary and historical notes for Sunday, October 19, 2014.

For Jessica, My Daughter by Mark Strand | The Writer's Almanac with Garr...
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'For Jessica, My Daughter' by Mark Strand, and the literary and historical notes for Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

APPR Side Effects
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Included in the APPR rating system for teachers in New York is the requirement that we upload artifacts demonstrating the teaching standards

Superintendents Speak Up
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On the first day of school, my wife's superintendent got choked up. He was delivering the usual kick-off speech, and she said he started to

A Great Labor Day Story
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If you live in New England, or were paying attention to supermarket labor news this summer, you already know this story. Almost a hundred ye

The School Year Begins Tomorrow
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The goal of my teaching year is to be open and curious. I have not been in love with my public school teaching job for some time. The last t

The Truth About Hello Kitty - The New Yorker
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Mickey Mouse is not a mouse. If you look very closely at him, you can see that he wears gloves.

First Song by Joseph Stroud | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
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'First Song' by Joseph Stroud, and the literary and historical notes for Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Comcast Confessions: when every call is a sales call
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When AOL executive and Comcast customer Ryan Block recently tried to cancel his internet service, he ended up in a near-yelling match with a

Some People Think by James Laughlin | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison...
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'Some People Think' by James Laughlin, and the literary and historical notes for Monday, July 21, 2014.

Change Password
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Thinking again about ways to be healthy. I've just finished week one of the Seven Valleys Writing Project Summer Institute. We meet 8:30 to

Truth and Occurrences
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Just picked up a book from the library, Mark Sundeen's The Man Who Quit Money. The cover says, "In 2000, Daniel Suelo gave away his life sav

Disjointed But Okay
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I spent the afternoon telling people to relax about an assignment. Just do it, I said. I've done this particular assignment twenty times. La

I got an Americano and it was made quickly. Taste was good rather than great. Nice staff.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Good location, nice staff, loud hallways. It's about what you would expect from a chain hotel. That said, the staff has been above par, very good really and the location is very convenient. Deep pool, but the whirlpool was closed during our stay. Bistro is nice for breakfast and serves Starbucks.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Lovely. We ordered tea for four and received sandwiches, pastries, scones, and tea that was enough to leave us happily stuffed. Not a lot of seating, but had a funky good feel.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
We've been going to the Monday half-price night. My family and I like the conveyor belt and sit at the bar. When we first went, there seemed to be an endless selection coming round, but lately we have been struggling to find things to eat. Monotony. The service is alright, but it's difficult to get the check sometimes. It's a good place, but it could easily slip into being less. I hope they will strive for more.
Public - 2 years ago
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Good food, nice staff. Nothing to write home about. We wanted soup, coffee, and light fare. That's exactly what we got. They made a good, rich Americano.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Tremendously likable people serving really good food. The crepes were good but the Gelato was even better. My kids loved it!
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
While I am impressed with the technology they bring to bear, it was like being in a used car shop with a salesperson who just has to make the quota. I went in for simple cleaning and care, was diagnosed with TMJ so severe that I would need a treatment plan that began at $2000 and went from there. Foolishly, I went along with the first installment and they took molds of my mouth for several hundred dollars. I kept saying that I can't afford thousands of dollars and my insurance doesn't cover any of it, but they kept pushing and pushing and pushing. My fillings needed replacement, I needed braces, I would have to purchase and wear an appliance in my mouth for years. No matter what I said, I couldn't get them to simply keep my teeth clean and baby them along. I'm nearly forty-five and won't ever wear braces. No other dentist has worried about the TMJ. And I've never paid so much money so fast to a dentist aside when I had my wisdom teeth out (and that wasn't a dentist so much as an oral surgeon). My main complaint is that they wouldn't listen to me when I said that I couldn't afford what they were selling. It was like going to the dealership for a Corolla and having the salesperson constantly pitching the Lexus while refusing to sell me the Corolla. Not Berry good at all.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago