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  1. Comment on What's an underrated, cancelled, or largely forgotten show that you really love? in ~tv

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    Rewatching Wilfred now actually. Great show :)

    Rewatching Wilfred now actually. Great show :)

    1 vote
  2. Comment on What's an underrated, cancelled, or largely forgotten show that you really love? in ~tv

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    I was too young too appreciate My So Called Life, but I remember my older siblings watching it and feeling so bored and annoyed that we couldn't watch Ren and Stimpy or something instead :b

    I was too young too appreciate My So Called Life, but I remember my older siblings watching it and feeling so bored and annoyed that we couldn't watch Ren and Stimpy or something instead :b

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Inside the massive effort to change the way kids are taught to read in ~humanities

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    Thank you for that link! And I can confirm from similar experience about character-poverty being non-correlative >_< oh boy...

    Thank you for that link! And I can confirm from similar experience about character-poverty being non-correlative >_< oh boy...

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Inside the massive effort to change the way kids are taught to read in ~humanities

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    I totally agree. When I was younger I worked with the Read Aloud organization that was basically a campaign to get families interested in reading together. A household that enjoys reading produces...

    I totally agree. When I was younger I worked with the Read Aloud organization that was basically a campaign to get families interested in reading together. A household that enjoys reading produces excellent readers and self-motivated learners. It is unattractive to a lot of folks, though. Especially now that everyone has their own screen. Just yesterday someone told me that their 6 year-old reads a lot...on YouTube @_@

    Anyway, I agree that the institution of education can't and won't fix the systemic issues that affect the disparity of wealth and access to life chances. A solution to such a general problem is unlikely to come in the compartmentalized form of institutional policy.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Inside the massive effort to change the way kids are taught to read in ~humanities

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    That is the hope, and a lot of people work really hard to make postive changes in their communities. The problem isn't always just a bad home environment, but that demonstrates the impossible task...

    That is the hope, and a lot of people work really hard to make postive changes in their communities. The problem isn't always just a bad home environment, but that demonstrates the impossible task of institutionalized education: that it cannot directly address the causes of the problems it deals with. The "school" is in an awkward situation here. It is supposed to be a vehicle of social reform (to some extent, especially when it comes to literacy etc.), but it really functions almost as damage control---nursing the wounds of a sick system in a way.

    I know I am a bit jaded about all this. I am a researcher in the Ed. department of a huge university, and our kids are unschooled >_< I would love for school to be better, but I don't see that happening in a top-down model like we have.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Inside the massive effort to change the way kids are taught to read in ~humanities

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    I have a lot I would like to say about this. I don't know if I can really share my thoughts without ranting right now, so I will just say this: read WITH your kids. No amount of policy or...

    I have a lot I would like to say about this. I don't know if I can really share my thoughts without ranting right now, so I will just say this: read WITH your kids. No amount of policy or "results-based" curriculum is an adequate substitute for actually enjoying reading and being motivated by the intrinsic joy of learning. Should phonics be taught? Sure why not, but the problem really isn't just what schools can and should do. Is it any surprise that somewhere like Oakland lags behind in reading scores, or that, like the article mentions, literacy is low among prisoners? Phonics or not, I am doubtful of the role schools themselves can realistically play in improving those conditions, at least when methods and policy are where the energy is going.

    10 votes
  7. Comment on Tildes is awesome in ~talk

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    Very accurate :) I mostly just lurk around tildes, but it is the web community I enjoy the most.

    People who are exhausted with the negativity of social media and want a responsibly-run site with a good community

    Very accurate :) I mostly just lurk around tildes, but it is the web community I enjoy the most.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on What childhood beliefs or misconceptions took you an embarrassing time to figure out? in ~talk

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    I recall the moment that I realized it's called a vagina not "pachina" and has nothing to do with China the country.

    I recall the moment that I realized it's called a vagina not "pachina" and has nothing to do with China the country.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on What childhood beliefs or misconceptions took you an embarrassing time to figure out? in ~talk

  10. Comment on ONLY in JAPAN - Japanese roads engineered to play music | Melody Road experience in ~music

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    I come across this sort of thing here in Korea occasionally. The ones here are mostly "nudges" to alert drivers of changing conditions.

    I come across this sort of thing here in Korea occasionally. The ones here are mostly "nudges" to alert drivers of changing conditions.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What’s a mistake many people do not know they are making? in ~talk

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    This is probably my biggest take away from 7+ years of grad school.

    This is probably my biggest take away from 7+ years of grad school.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on write freely (a federated blogging platform ) releases version 0.13.0 in ~comp

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    Writefreely does Gopher now? That’s awesome!

    Writefreely does Gopher now? That’s awesome!

  13. Comment on What are some best anti-capitalist books? in ~books

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    I think Grapes of Wrath is worth mentioning. Has probably my all-time favorite ending to a novel. Plus, there’s the bonus songs Woody Guthrie wrote about it, The Ballad of Tom Joad, parts 1 and 2

    I think Grapes of Wrath is worth mentioning. Has probably my all-time favorite ending to a novel. Plus, there’s the bonus songs Woody Guthrie wrote about it, The Ballad of Tom Joad, parts 1 and 2

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Just read Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild without really knowing anything about her stuff, and my goodness was that fun!

    Just read Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild without really knowing anything about her stuff, and my goodness was that fun!

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I always loved this part :)

    I always loved this part :)

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Chick Corea, jazz fusion pioneer, has died of cancer at 79 in ~music

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    Oh no, that’s too bad. I didn’t realize he was that old. We saw him with Herbie in Seoul a few years back and he seemed like a 50 year-old young man. Before they started Herbie came to the mic and...

    Oh no, that’s too bad. I didn’t realize he was that old. We saw him with Herbie in Seoul a few years back and he seemed like a 50 year-old young man. Before they started Herbie came to the mic and said, “You know what we’re gonna do tonight?” The crowd just kind of murmured, then he goes “Neither do we!” And they just jammed for 90 minutes, and they got reeeeeally weird with it, plucking piano strings, playing wacky synth noises. Then they had the crowd rehearse a couple melodies and jammed some more. They signaled the crowd to sing their parts, and before anyone could realize what was happening we were all singing harmonies over a really abstract variation of Spain :) I was so moved I started crying! Haha It’s hard to describe the dynamics, but it was a very intense moment. Gonna miss you Chick~

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Homeserver, hosted server, domains and stuff. What do you do, what should I do? in ~tech

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    Namecheap supports dynamic dns. If your registrar does not, there is Hurricane Electric, which does DNS, IPv6, and more.

    Namecheap supports dynamic dns. If your registrar does not, there is Hurricane Electric, which does DNS, IPv6, and more.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on What do you use for email? in ~tech

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    Funny to see this come up here haha I've also started wondering how to make aerc more thread-friendly because of this.

    which is useful when you're subscribed to the Gemini mailing list and the discussion of internationalization comes up again

    Funny to see this come up here haha I've also started wondering how to make aerc more thread-friendly because of this.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on The presence prison in ~tech

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    Please tell that to my advisor. In the past few months I've had to sit through several awkward rants by my professor about how morally depraved I am for refusing to be on-call all the time (I'm a...

    If they don’t, it’s not because they’re ignoring you — it’s because they’re busy. Respect that! Assume people are focused on their own work.

    Please tell that to my advisor. In the past few months I've had to sit through several awkward rants by my professor about how morally depraved I am for refusing to be on-call all the time (I'm a PhD candidate, not a first responder, christ!). I'm not exaggerating either. Korea struggles with this big time. =\

    2 votes
  20. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music