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Wednesday, January 1st, 2025
7:42 am - Thoughts on education
I've been on lj over 12 years now, and I've had lots of thoughts on education [also, I was posting stuff on marypat.org in longer form from 1996 - 2002; I've also written a lot at the Actuarial Outpost on this subject]

So this post is simply to amass posts as I find them, and categorize them. I am defining "education" very broadly here. I may be linking to some friends-locked posts, and will note that when I link. Some of these posts may need to be moved around for better organization.

12 Days of LearningCollapse )

My thoughts for starting schools, business related to educationCollapse )

Responses to Charles MurrayCollapse )

Gifted education/IQ stuffCollapse )

Math educationCollapse )

Online educationCollapse )

Females and math and scienceCollapse )

Actuarial educationCollapse )

UncategorizedCollapse )

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Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
1:59 pm - Met Centennial 1983 - Grace Bumbry & Renato Bruson - Donna, chi sei?
Met Centennial 1983 - Grace Bumbry & Renato Bruson - Donna, chi sei?

Duet from opera Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi, act III Grace Bumbry - mezzo-soprano Renato Bruson - baritone Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Conductor : Thomas Ful...

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 20 Sep 2017, 17:59

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6:42 am - Trip to Chicago: some pics
Recently, I went to Chicago for an actuarial conference. My slides aren't up yet, it seems, but I talked at Sessions 4 and 13.

I was staying at the Swissotel in the downtown loop, and I flew in via Southwest airlines to Midway (my first time flying Southwest - a lot more pleasant than I anticipated) and flew out via American Airlines from O'Hare (nice new tail paint, AA). To get from/to the airports, I used the subway/el and it was quite convenient, I thought. More convenient than trying to get to/from the major NYC airports at least (I flew out of Bradley airport in CT, though, as I had left after work). I never had to walk more than a half mile to get to a station. And the train rides themselves were smooth.

Anyway, for the very little time I had to walk, I took some pictures.

I'm not much of a photographerCollapse )

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Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
4:16 pm - Evolution of Accents
Evolution of Accents

When you describe yourself to others you might mention your height, hairstyle, or maybe your build. But one of the most telling things about you is something you can’t even see, yet it defines you more than you realize. Your accent tells others where you’re from, who you identify with, and m

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 19 Sep 2017, 20:16

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9:02 am - Mary Pat
Mary Pat

mo & bon: what's white and squishy and cute and can kill people?
me: staypuft marshmallow man?
mo & bon: NO!

bon wants to know if you can guess the answer

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 19 Sep 2017, 13:02

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6:14 am - Stanislav Petrov, Soviet soldier credited with saving world from nuclear war, dies at 77
Stanislav Petrov, Soviet soldier credited with saving world from nuclear war, dies at 77

Stanislav Petrov was monitoring an early warning system from a bunker outside Moscow when the radar screen appeared to depict an inbound US missile.

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 19 Sep 2017, 10:14

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Monday, September 18th, 2017
9:48 am - Click here to support Help Shake-A-Leg Miami Rebuild organized by Daniel Kaplan, Matthew Kertesz,…
Click here to support Help Shake-A-Leg Miami Rebuild organized by Daniel Kaplan, Matthew Kertesz,…

Shake-A-Leg Miami is a local non-profit organization that focuses on utilizing the marine environment to improve the health, education and independence of children and adults with physical, developmental and economic challenges, in an inclusive setting. From hosting Paralympic sailors, to exposi...

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 18 Sep 2017, 13:48

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Sunday, September 17th, 2017
3:47 pm - Stu and family update
So Stu's second chemo treatment is coming up on Tuesday, as well as the next anti-androgen shot, which means the effects of the first treatment are about up. Towards the end of the week, he got some extra energy and used it to get some stuff done. He's also trimmed back his beard a lot, partly to see if it will grow back. The goatee he's got now is almost entirely white. He is feeling well for now.

As for the rest of the family:

1. I was in Chicago for an actuarial symposium from Wednesday - Friday. Loads of fun! It was the first annual Predictive Analytics Symposium run by the SOA, and given the incredible positive reaction, I fully expect this to continue for at least a few more years. I spoke at two sessions -- pretty much I go to actuarial meetings requiring travel only if I'm a speaker.

2. While I was out, my ma came up to help. Loads of laundry were done, and I can see the laundry room floor now! (And yes, she did so much more) While here, she got to sample the girls' cooking, with each of them doing one of the Blue Apron recipes. Bon did chicken tacos, and Mo is italian sausage sandwiches... btw, we -still- have food left over from the italian sausage. I am going to get three meals out of it, just for myself.

She went with us to the mall yesterday, which is more about entertainment for the kids than actually buying anything. The girls hit Hot Topic w/ grandma while I was checking out new products at Lush. Then we hit the Disney store, Lego, and, most importantly, the Apple store (which is triple the size of its old location at Danbury Fair Mall). I thought the new ipads were ridiculously large, but I had fun playing Monument Valley 2, which I had never seen before. That's an awesome game.

3. Bon is doing drama club again this year. They're doing a show called "I Hate Shakespeare"...hmmmmm

4. Right now, Mo is on a video chat with her fellow students in an online classics class. I had to help find the combined copy of the Iliad & Odyssey I had bought her.

5. Right now, D is starting a big ole TMBG watch (and actually singing along), but before this, he's a Wii Fit Enthusiast. It's an interesting mix of him taking the task/goal seriously (like the Free Step task, where you step on & off the Wii Fit Board in rhythm) and not quite so seriously (like the Tightrope Walk, where he goes out about 2 yards and then jumps high in the air to fall into the abyss).

The issue with a lot of apps/games with D is that what the formal goal is, is not necessarily D's goal. Especially if the feedback one gets with failure is sufficiently entertaining. The ideal app/game for him is something that just plain goes dark or does nothing when you fail. And only gives a response when you do something right.

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8:07 am - Quiz: Whodunnit? Marple vs. Poirot
Quiz: Whodunnit? Marple vs. Poirot

In honor of Christie’s birthday on Sept. 15, 1890, we created a quiz to see if you can tell her two most memorable creations apart.

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 17 Sep 2017, 12:07

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Saturday, September 16th, 2017
7:30 pm - Gandalf’s case: Russia prosecutes man literally digging up its darkest Gulag secrets -
Gandalf’s case: Russia prosecutes man literally digging up its darkest Gulag secrets -

Article by: Shura Burtin In Petrozavodsk on June 1 began the trial of one of the most amazing people I have ever known – local historian Yuriy Dmitriev. He has dedicated his life to the dead. He is accused either of producing child pornography or illegal possession of firearms – it is uncertain whic...

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 16 Sep 2017, 23:30

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8:40 am - Jerry Pournelle, Science Fiction Novelist and Computer Guide, Dies at 84
Jerry Pournelle, Science Fiction Novelist and Computer Guide, Dies at 84

Jerry Pournelle, Science Fiction Novelist and Computer Guide, Dies at 84SHAREShare on FacebookPost on TwitterEmailLog in to SaveRead Laterhttps://nyti.ms/2y4DLOGShare on LinkedInShare on WhatsappShare on Google PlusShare on RedditShareCancelJerry Pournelle in 1985.George BrichBy NEIL GENZLINGERSepte...

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 16 Sep 2017, 12:40

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7:07 am - Mary Pat
Mary Pat

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 16 Sep 2017, 11:07

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6:14 am - yet again deleted the fb app. uses too much memory.
yet again deleted the fb app. uses too much memory.

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 16 Sep 2017, 10:14

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Friday, September 15th, 2017
9:51 pm - d: i smell like dirt. i need a shower spoiler alert: he got that shower
d: i smell like dirt. i need a shower spoiler alert: he got that shower

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 16 Sep 2017, 01:51

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9:11 am - Mary Pat
Mary Pat

i forgot why i wrote this. i must research

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 15 Sep 2017, 13:11

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Thursday, September 14th, 2017
6:43 pm - Photos from Mary Pat Campbell's post
Photos from Mary Pat Campbell's post

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 14 Sep 2017, 22:43

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5:06 pm - When Societies Put Animals on Trial | JSTOR Daily
When Societies Put Animals on Trial | JSTOR Daily

Animal trials were of two kinds: (1) secular suits against individual creatures; and (2) ecclesiastic cases against groups of vermin.

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 14 Sep 2017, 21:06

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6:16 am - This new facebook post background matches my silhouette nicely
This new facebook post background matches my silhouette nicely

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 14 Sep 2017, 10:16

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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
10:04 pm - added_video
added_video

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 14 Sep 2017, 02:04

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9:22 pm - added_photos
added_photos

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