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Blood versus cemetery: Texas Gothic

16 hours agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

A small Texan town displayed a touch of that state's flair for the Gothic, when some Farmersville citizens threatened to drown a cemetery in blood. This wasn't just any cemetery, but one local Muslims would run and staff. And not...

Save Tales To Terrify

16 hours agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Tales To Terrify is one of the best horror podcasts out there. Ever since they launched in January 2012 hosts Larry Santoro (RIP) and Stephen Kilpatrick have produced 183 shows. The content includes classic horror and current tales, ranging from...

The future of libraries?

17 hours agoEducation / Learning : Learnlets

I had lunch recently with Paul Signorelli, who’s active in helping libraries with digital literacy, and during the conversation he talked about his vision of the future of the library. What I heard was a vision of libraries moving beyond content to be about learning, and this had several facets I found thought-provoking. Now, as context, I’ve always […]

Perdido--Fariña Unwittingly Admits VAM Is Invalid for All

Perdido Street School nails Carmen Fariña to her own words. Fariña thinks there should be an asterisk to so called highly effective teachers who move into renewal schools. After all, if they're highly effective at one place, how canShow More Summary

The New Business Imperative

Learning is the new business imperative. It is now an indisputable business reality: companies must become more nimble and agile. As things move faster, new processes arise, and the time to copy a new business approach drops, it becomes clear that continual innovation is the only way to not just survive, but thrive.  And this doesn’t, can’t, come from […]

I Gave $350K to the Mayor and All I Got Was This Substandard Contract

Oh, the tangled web our union leadership leads. They insisted on endorsing Bill Thompson four years too late, after Michael Bloomberg reversed the twice-voiced will of the voters to buy himself a third term (and won by such a small margin...Show More Summary

Taxidermied hybrid visions or nightmares?

When is the connection between human and animal disturbing? Kate Clark uses taxidermy to explore than intersection, and National Geographic isn't sure if the results are terrifying or thoughtful. This is not in an effort to create a creature from...

Death by Xbox

Snopes reports on a fun scary digital technology hoax involving a fatal Xbox One console: According to reports, the Xbox One forcefully ejected a disc, slicing the teens throat. According to authorities, Davenport was killed when his Xbox One malfunctioned,...

Governor Andy's Thumbs Are Up for Working People (And Also Down)

Governor Cuomo has a new TV commercial, praising himself for supporting the $15 minimum wage. Make no mistake, this is a good thing. But it's not an accurate thing. In fact, NYC workers will not have that wage until the end of 2018,Show More Summary

Creepy clown invades a Chicago cemetery

The creepy clown invasion reached Chicago this month, as a solitary clown snuck into a closed-down cemetery, then posed for a horrified onlooker. Julia Graham and her husband spotted a strange figure in shiny pants scaling a 7-foot-tall fence at...

When crime turns to horror: Arizona Gothic

In Phoenix, Arizona, an apartment dweller attempted a good dead, only to crash into a horror story: A male neighbor knocked on the door of the apartment to check on the 43-year-old suspect, whom he hadn't seen since the day...

Things to do with creepy dolls

Let's say you have a disturbing doll. What can be done with it? Mental Floss offers sixteen - count 'em, 16 - excellent uses for creepy dolls. For example, or (thanks to Gabor Por)

The Worst Advice Ever

As NY State scrambles to follow the mandates of charter-owned Governor Andrew Cuomo and his Heavy-Hearted Assembly, everyone wonders how the hell NYC will deal with the specter of receivership. The geniuses who crafted this bill decided...Show More Summary

You Don't Need No Stinking English

I continue to be gobstruck by the idiotic nonsense that passes for leadership in NYSED. Someone told me yesterday about a DOE employee who did not believe in standalone ESL. This person self-represented as an expert. This is incredible to me, as I've been teaching ESL for decades and do not consider myself an expert. Show More Summary

Still more creepy dolls

Shannon Diane offers a fine selection of very creepy dolls, reborn dolls deliberately created for terrifying effect.

A Nurturing Culture #blimage

My colleague Jane Hart dobbed me (and several other colleagues) in for the #blimage challenge.  I usually resent when someone publicly asks me to do something, but fortunately this is easy and, well, it is Jane ;). She presented the following image and our task is to blog about it: So my take is how things grow […]

On creepy dolls: Smithsonian investigates

What makes dolls creepy? The Smithsonian has a good essay exploring the many ways. From Little Talky Tina to Hoffmann's "The Sandman", reborn dolls to Chucky, uncanny valley to Barbie, Linda Rodriguez McRobbie does a fine job. (via MetaFilter)

MaryEllen Elia, Magician

It's fascinating to read about NY State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and her listening tour. "Fix your schools or I will," sayeth she. There are a whole bunch of schools on the list. In Long Island, where I live, there are several districts facing receivership. Show More Summary

Trust and betrayal

I’ve been part of several online communities for some years now, and one just blew up. From the reasons why, I think that there are lessons to be had that go beyond personal to implications for L&D. The thing that was critical to the success of the group was trust; you could trust it was safe to […]

Fearing the networked car

Here's another little story about Internet of Things fear, well titled "Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It". As the two hackers remotely toyed with the air-conditioning, radio, and windshield wipers, I mentally congratulated myself on...

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