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In Defense of "New Math"
I'm seeing many of these posts making their rounds on Facebook. I'm seeing statements like, "What the hell is a number line and why do kids need it?" Or, "just teach them the basics." The notion of using a manipulative, playing with numbers, breaking them t...
Houston, there's no problem with this movie.

This is the film where Ed Harris established himself as "the voice" of Houston, which he returned to last year in Gravity.

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This week on The Next Reel 126: Apollo 13

Tom Hanks already won his back-to-back Oscars and with an ensemble film like “Apollo 13,” he wasn’t a clear choice to get nominated again to make a three-peat a possibility. All of that aside, as anyone on the cast or crew who worked on the film knows — as well as anyone who saw the film — he was clearly born to play an astronaut. He reunited with Ron Howard on the making of this amazing film dealing with one of the worst space disasters the world has ever seen, and even though everyone knew what happened, it was a compelling piece of cinema. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we continue our Tom Hanks series with “Apollo 13.” We talk about the amazing effects work and how it seamlessly blends with real footage, miniatures, and amazing weightless photography filmed in the vomit comet. We discuss the performances throughout the film and what each of the performers brings to the story, including Hanks, Gary Sinise, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris, and Kathleen Quinlan. We chat about the roles of women in this film and similar films, what works and what doesn’t for us in their part of the story, and why we feel they’re portrayed the way they are. We talk about the amazing score done by James Horner in this film and how well it fits in context of the film. And we chat about some of the awards the film won, was nominated for, and wasn’t nominated for, and what we think about that. It’s a great movie — one of our favorites — and we have a fantastic conversation about it. Tune in!

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This week on The Next Reel 124: Splash

In the late 70s and early 80s, Disney Pictures had been getting grief for releasing films that were too adult. When “Splash” came along, they decided to create a new label for releasing more adult fare. And thus, Touchstone Pictures was born! On top of that, the film was such a success that it pushed its star, Tom Hanks, and director, Ron Howard, up toward the upper echelons of the Hollywood elite. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we begin our Tom Hanks series near the beginning of his career with “Splash,” a film that Andy holds near and dear to his heart while Pete struggles with many aspects of it. We talk about the beginnings of Hanks’ career and how he ended up getting cast in this film, as well as how well he works in it. We touch on the other actors — Daryl Hannah, John Candy and Eugene Levy in particular — and how they do in the film. We discuss what works for Andy and what doesn’t work for Pete and try to identify specific elements that could be causing Pete to disconnect from the movie. And we chat about the cinematography and how beautiful the film looks, standing out from the flat lighting most comedies suffer from. It’s a film Andy and Pete likely will never agree on, but it’s certainly fun to talk about. Tune in!
Time to update your devices to keep them secure.
You MUST upgrade your iOS and OSX devices NOW to secure your network communications.

Apple SSL implementation is flawed and allows an attacker to intercept ALL encrypted (HTTPS) communication. Every iOS Apps are vulnerables (Safari, Facebook, Google+, Mail...) . On OSX and Safari and  many other apps  are also affected. Chrome is not affected on OSX.

Please it is very important that you  upgrade now as this vulnerability has been made public last night. In particular DO NOT connect to a public WiFi with an unpatched device.

To test if your device is vulnerable you can use the public website:

Help spread the word by re-sharing or +1 this post to ensure everyone promptly patch their devices.

For those interested in the technical details:
Apple cryptic patch notes After refers to a bug introduced in libsecurity_ssl which is the SSL library used by Apple ( This bug lead the SSL library to not check properly the hostname associated with a
given SSL cert which allows an attacker to easily snoop on any HTTPS site.
Another classic Tom Hanks film.
This week on The Next Reel 127: A League of Their Own

Tom Hanks and baseball — they go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Aside from always wanting to be an astronaut, Hanks has always been a great baseball fan and eagerly jumped at the chance to be in Penny Marshall’s 1992 film about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The film is a crowd pleaser and drew in the crowds when it was released, which was great because it shined a light on an aspect of sports history that had sadly been largely forgotten. Join us — +Pete Wright and +Andy Nelson — as we finish our Tom Hanks series with a dip back into our spring Baseball series of past years. We talk about how this film came to be, and how Penny Marshall couldn’t even find any female screenwriters to come on board to write the script. We discuss the performances and how everyone, from top to bottom, really fits their parts and puts in the work, even if we don’t always care for their performances. We chat about the script and how that might be what’s leading to some of our struggles with performances as the script really does feel straight out of screenwriting basic training. We talk about the roles of women in sports and in media, how skewed toward men it all is, and how this film does help give better role models for young girls. And we close it out discussing Hanks himself and what these four films in the first decade (for the most part) of his career showed us about who he is and where he’d be going. It’s a great film, albeit with a basic script, that highlights a key time in our history, and we have a great time talking about it. Tune in!

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Does not having an ear leave a bad post-impression? Vincent Le'gogh: by nismo4banger

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Everyone can use more art in their lives.
Do you know about our new online only series The Art Assignment? (from PBS Digital Studios)
I work for the state-wide authorizing agency for charter schools in Arizona.
  • Arizona State Board for Charter Schools
    Program and Project Specialist, 2011 - present
  • Mosaica Education, Inc.
    National Curriculum Specialist, 2007 - 2010
  • GOALS, Inc.
    Educational Consultant, 2005 - 2007
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