Category Archives: NPR

I always knew I needed multiple, or larger, computer monitors . . .

. . . and now there’s some research that proves it. It makes sense. If you use 3 or 4 applications (and who doesn’t these days) or if you like to have several different web sites or word or excel documents visible simultaneously (even if you’re using the same application), then OF course productivity improves if you have a large, or several, monitors.

I need a 24 inch MacBook Air. Steve Jobs, are you reading this?

Here’s the story from NPR.


Why are Israel, Syria, and the US quiet, except for a deliberate minimal leak from the White House to David Sanger?

Prominent Republicans on house intelligence committees have written this letter to the Wall Street Journal (the link here is a “reprint” – WSJ is accessible to paid subscribers only) appealing to the Bush administration to reveal what it knows about a supposed Israeli airstrike on Syria in Sept 2007.

Quote from letter: “We are among the very few who were briefed, but we have been sworn to secrecy on this matter. However, we are prepared to state, based on what we have learned, that it is critical for every member of Congress to be briefed on this incident, and as soon as possible.”

David Sanger, from The New York Times, appears to have received deliberate leaks from the administration, and was interviewed last week on the Diane Rehm Show about it. He was told that it was definitely an air strike on suspected secret nuclear facilities in Syria which may have had some connection to North Korea. Both Israel and Syria have apparently been quiet about it.

What’s going on?

[Thanks to FMH for a “heads up” on this WSJ letter.]

The latest in radical charter schools . . .

. . . won’t work for everyone, but it is working for a small town high school in Henderson, Minnestota. The New Country School is built around the following principles:
No classes. Students work on projects they select themselves. Projects are tailored to fulfill state curriculum requirements.
No teachers. Students consult with “advisers” who are available through the day to guide their work. Advisers do not “teach” in the traditional sense. They guide students’ work.
No hierarchy. The school is run like an agricultural cooperative. Advisers are owners, rather than employees. There is no principal.
No bells, no firm schedule. Time is set aside for lunch and for quiet reading. Other than that, students choose how to spend their time. If they fall behind, advisers help them get back on track.
No walls. Students work in an open environment and can confer with other students and advisers as needed.
There’s no central office.
And no janitors. Students clean the bathrooms and the rest of the school themselves.
Read and listen to the story, here. Visit New Country School’s Web Site of if that isn’t working read more here.