Author Archives: rmbrown

Suckered

A friend recommended the other day that I watch SUCKER PUNCH. I’d mentioned how a certain violent nature in fictional women could make them more attractive (though even the violence in KILL BILL couldn’t do it for Uma Thurman) and … Continue reading

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No Place For Young Readers

Schools say they want kids to read, but they really don’t. I experienced this myself. Teachers hated seeing me read in school.

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Public Uneducation

Teaching to the test. If, as a teacher, you want your students to do their best, you have to have them practice what is effectively bad writing— no introduction, no conclusion, just hit the points of the rubric and provide … Continue reading

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Keep Your Eye On The Goal

Some hundreds of years ago, back when I was a lad in the ninteen-hundred and seventies, I was playing a wargame with a friend of mine, as I often did. In this particular game, though, I made a very bad … Continue reading

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Gift Ideas For The Suicidal

It would seem that, for some mysterious reason (probably starting with “Affiliate links”) Business Insider has published a list of gifts that men can buy for their wives or girlfriends. (Particularly, I suppose, if the lady in question works at … Continue reading

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Backwards Compatibility

What’s so great about Microsoft? The Windows team invests a mind-boggling amount of time, hardware, and people into maintaining compatibility. There are bugs in Windows that could have been fixed years ago, but can’t be, because that would break applications … Continue reading

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The Old-Fashioned Way

A fascinating piece on how writing is, and isn’t taught today. In a world of blogs, email, Twitter, and Facebook, the ability to clearly express your thoughts with the written word is more important than ever.

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Modern Expressionism

So, an artist goes into an Apple store. . . . No, it’s not a joke, and I don’t really care about the minor legal trouble this guy got into. What interests me about this article is that he seems … Continue reading

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Putnnam’s Law: Conform or Else

Puttnam’s Law. In the tech field we used to say, “No one ever got fired for buying IBM.” (Now it’s Microsoft.) No matter if it works out or not; if you follow the herd, you didn’t make a mistake and … Continue reading

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No Excuses, Dad

Dan Benjamin is probably a great dad. Let me get that out of the way first. I have no reason to think he’s anything but a great dad, with a happy, well-adjusted, son. Something he said the other day got … Continue reading

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