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Ziad Munson
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I've decided to run for local school board.  Please visit the campaign website if you live in the East Penn school district, or forward this along if you know others in the district.

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This is the very first I've heard of this (though not of the student's father).  All I can say is...WOW!   #lehigh   #academia  

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I've played this twice now.  I love the theme of trying to research, experiment, and then publish the results of new scientific discoveries.  The worker placement mechanic (simulating the amount of effort you, as a scientist, devote to different aspects of the scientific process) works well and so too does the melding of this mechanic onto the tech tree of scientific discoveries.  The artwork is superb.  The only problem with the game?  It takes too long to play.  And I think the design of the board is partly to blame- it simply takes too much focus and concentration to figure out what is connected to what on the tech tree, who has published (versus researched or experimented on) what, and so forth.  While beautiful, I suspect a change in the design of the gameboard itself could cut 30 minutes or more of player 'analysis' time from the game.

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I've played Dark Ages a couple of times now and I don't like it.  The expansion introduces a lot of new kingdom cards, many of them opening up interesting new effects and card interactions.  But played entirely with Dark Ages kingdom cards, the game is almost unworkable.  And several games with just a handful of Dark Ages cards have been boring to me as well.  The problem is the length of the games.  The new effects and interactions are simply not worth the double, triple, and even quadruple game lengths that result.  _Dominion_ is a great half-hour game.  It's not such a good ninety minute game, though.   I'm going to be using Dark Ages cards very sparingly in my future sessions.

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So, are these all Photoshopped, or are they for real? I often wonder this about awkwardfamilyphotos.com too.

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A Christmas carol for the modern university.

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On the importance of the upcoming presidential election.  Theda was my dissertation advisor; she offers several insightful ideas in this short interview.

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A very interesting essay on the state of research into how salt affects health.

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A 10-minute video on how spending money on others can increase happiness. In other surveys, scholars have shown that money CAN buy happiness, up to about $55,000 a year. After that income level, money has not effect on happiness.

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If the facts presented in this article are true, it is hard to make the argument that charter schools are subject to meaningful public oversight in PA.
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