👓 Why Did I Teach My Son to Speak Russian? | New Yorker

Read Why Did I Teach My Son to Speak Russian? (The New Yorker)
When bilingualism isn’t obviously valuable, you have to decide what you think of the language.

A nice essay that focuses on the personal side of raising bilingual children. In my experience needing to have a reason to speak a language is very important. Often around the age of three (or the beginning of daycare and/or school) children who realize they don’t have to speak a language will give it up (and often flatly refuse) as they begin to become more broadly socialized. It definitely helps if they’ve got a peer group who primarily speaks the language as well.

I quite liked the parts about a language “filling one up” or the ways in which language was implicated with attention. These are intriguing observations.

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❤️ ClintSmithIII tweet about philanthropy

Replied to a tweet by Clint Smith on TwitterClint Smith on Twitter (Twitter)

This reminds me a lot of Malcolm Gladwell‘s thesis about philanthropy in higher education. Hopefully identifying the problem and suggestions for solutions will point a way to fixing the problem.

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📺 "This Week" Episode dated 17 June 2018 | ABC

Watched "This Week" Episode dated 17 June 2018 from ABC
With George Stephanopoulos, Stephen K. Bannon, Karen Finney, Rick Klein. Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist; roundtable discussion with Rick Klein, Karen Finney, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Matt Schlapp, and Greta Van Susteran;

Definitely the fluffiest of the morning shows today. In all this morning there was too much featuring of Trump administration officials blowing fluff and pushing blame without taking any stance toward leading on the situation.

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📺 “Face the Nation” Episode #65.24 | CBS

Watched "Face the Nation" Episode #65.24 from CBS
With Margaret Brennan, Rudy Giuliani, Susan Collins, Steve Scalise. Attorney Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's attorney; Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine); Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), House Majority Whip; Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.); author David Sanger; panel discussion with Rachel Bade, Ben Domenech, Jeffrey Goldberg and Eliana Johnson;
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📺 Angels & Demons (2009)

Watched Angels & Demons (2009) from Columbia Pictures
Directed by Ron Howard. With Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård. Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works with a nuclear physicist to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican during one of the significant events within the church.
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👓 Hello Goodbye | Casting Out Nines | The Chronicle of Higher Education

Read Hello Goodbye by Robert Talbert (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Today I want to officially announce the end of one era at this blog and the beginning of a new one. Beginning Fall 2015 (I don’t know the exact date), the Chronicle of Higher Education will no longer be hosting Casting Out Nines. The article you are reading now is the last one I will be posting at...

Ran across this as I was updating my following list. I suspect after having done this for several years he wishes he had maintained his own blog and syndicated out to the Chronicle. He’s also got some interesting thoughts on the community he encountered in this new space that he didn’t/couldn’t control himself.

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👓 The Sass jerk | The Sass Way

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What is it about Sass that turns me into a fanatic? How is Sass like your favorite TV show? And why am I often alone at parties?

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👓 Trump has turned words into weapons. And he’s winning the linguistic war | George P Lakoff and Gil Duran | Opinion | The Guardian

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From ‘spygate’ to ‘fake news’, Trump has turned words into weapons. The press must do more to dull their power
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👓 LaTeXiT | chachatelier.fr

Bookmarked LaTeXiT (chachatelier.fr)
Should LaTeXiT be categorized, it would be an equation editor. This is not the plain truth, since LaTeXiT is "simply" a graphical interface above a LaTeX engine. However, its large set of features is a reason to see it as an editor; this is the goal in fact.
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👓 George Lakoff says this is how Trump uses words to con the public | CNN: Money

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Lakoff said the president manipulates language to control the public narrative.
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👓 EdX introduces support fee for free online courses | Inside Higher Ed

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In its quest to find a sustainable business model, online course provider edX will test charging users for access to previously free content. Observers say the move was inevitable.
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👓 Ed-Tech That Makes Me Want to Scream | Inside Higher Ed

Read Ed-Tech That Makes Me Want to Scream by John Warner (Inside Higher Ed)
I'm not losing my mind yet, but it's close.

This makes me want to write out a full thesis of the fact that there’s a limit to individual human knowledge. Perhaps I could call it the Aldrich limit as a corollary to Shannon’s limit? I suspect it could be a part of a larger thesis about the various levels of knowledge and how to protect freedom.

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