May 2011

After I wrote “The future of education is chaotic and fun“, I came across “The Montessori Mafia” about the unusual levels of successfulness that Montessori produces. In my post, I opened discussing how our current system of funding education in the US is to force everything through a government department. That department is constrained by…

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I wanted to let people know that Microsoft is making the source files for the Elevation of Privilege game available. They are Adobe Illustrator and InDesign files, and are now on the EoP download site. They’re the 85mb of zipped goodness. They can be used under the same Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 US license under…

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Science fiction author Walter John Williams wants to get his out of print work online so you can read it: To this end, I embarked upon a Cunning Plan. I discovered that my work had been pirated, and was available for free on BitTorrent sites located in the many outlaw server dens of former Marxist…

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First, for those who might have missed it, Google has released Google Refine, a free tool for cleaning dirty data sets.  It allows you to pull in disparate data, then organize and clean it for consistency. Next, some interesting thoughts on how “anonymized” data sets aren’t, and some thoughts on the implications of this from…

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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the ACM conference on Computer Human Interaction, CHI. As I mentioned in a work blog post, “Adding Usable Security to the SDL,” I’m now focused on usable security issues at work. I’m planning to say more about the conference in a little bit, but for right now,…

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In “Is Your Religion Your Financial Destiny?,” the New York Times presents the following chart of income versus religion: Note that it doesn’t include the non-religious, which one might think an interesting group as a control. Now, you might think that’s because the non-religious aren’t in the data set. But you’d be wrong. In the…

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Lately, I’ve seen three interesting bits on the future of education, and I wanted to share some thoughts on what they mean. The first is a quickie by Don Boudreaux at Cafe Hayek, titled “Grocery School.” It starts “Suppose that we were supplied with groceries in same way that we are supplied with K-12 education.”…

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